Reported Arsenal target William Carvalho focused on Champions League ambition

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Said to be on the radar of Arsenal, William Carvalho has been speaking about his hopes of qualifying from the Champions League group stage.

Reported Arsenal and Manchester United target William Carvalho has been speaking about how it feels to play in the Champions League with his current club Sporting Lisbon.

The Portuguese international was strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford during David Moyes’ time in charge, but more recently the defensive midfielder has been tipped to join Arsenal, with Arsene Wenger making no secret of his desire for a new defensive-minded midfielder.

William is regarded as one of the most promising young talents in Portugal having shone in his breakout campaign and won a call-up to the World Cup on the back of his showings for Sporting last season.

But while his future remains in some doubt, the player appears to be happy to have helped his club back to where he clearly feels they belong.

In an interview with Portuguese newspaper A Bola, William said, “We want to be back where we were. Being in Europe is normal for Sporting.”

After five years away from Europe’s elite competition, the Primeira Liga club are now back, in a group including Chelsea. And given the attention on those games William is likely to generate even more buzz if he can help inspire his side into the knock-out stages.

“We have a motto, that is to think game by game,” he added. “But we want to pass this group stage.”

So it appears that while the rumours surrounding a possible January move to Arsenal are likely to swell in the weeks ahead, the player himself is fully focused on ensuring that come 2015 his current club are still in the Champions League.

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