Reported Manchester United target Enzo Perez has shown no sign of discontent or a willingness to leave Benfica according to his current boss.
The Argentina international has been strongly linked with moves to both United and Valencia in recent months, and reports last week claimed Louis van Gaal had sent scouts to watch the midfielder with a view to making a bid for the player.
However, Benfica coach Jorge Jesus has poured cold water on the exit claims in comments published by Portuguese newspaper A Bola.
Speaking of the player with a reported £23.5million release-clause, Jesus said, “Gossip is one thing, reality is another.
“The player is extremely pleased. He has never showed displeasure or a desire to leave.”
On the prospect of the alleged United target leaving in January Jesus said, “Nothing leads me to believe that it is true. I’m calm.”
Perez has played 107 games for Benfica and has featured 15 times for Argentina, including during the World Cup earlier this year.
The player’s tenacity, technical ability and versatility suggest he would be a smart signing by United, but it seems his current boss is not worrying about that particular prospect.