Aleksandar Dragovic discusses Manchester United interest

The Austrian defender was linked with a transfer to Manchester United.

23-year-old Dragovic is currently playing with Dynamo Kyiv, and his impressive form for club and country saw Manchester United linked with him.

The Manchester Evening News claimed that the Red Devils would attempt to make a move for the centre-back during the January transfer window, but, with their interest coming late in the window, a summer move is considered more likely. Although he was one of the cheaper options available on the winter market, and United needing some severe defensive reinforcements, Dragovic remained in the Ukraine, and it is likely that his impressive performances will have garnered even more suitors ahead of the summer window.

The 23-year-old has addressed the interest shown in him by United in a recent interview with Austria’s Der Standard, claiming that he is ready to make the step up, although he has no qualms with staying in Kyiv.

Dragovic said: “We have seen in the last six months that I feel ready [to step up]. At some point I will hopefully step up.

“I feel very, very comfortable with Kyiv. The time now is not that I really want to leave the club.”

The 35-capped international added that he would only move to a club who had a real plan for him in place, with no desire to be a bit-part player. Despite the interest from United, Dragovic claimed that only one club would have been able to tempt him away in January - Real Madrid.

“You have to have the feeling that they really want you,” he added. “That's the important thing.

“There is only one [club], Real Madrid. This is a world club.”

If Dragovic continues his rapid progress as one of the most promising central defenders in world football, he may just get his wish of interest from Real Madrid heading into the summer.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch