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Premier League target plays down move

Premier League clubs have been following the progress of Shakhtar Donestk midfielder Fernandinho after his fine displays for the Ukrainian club in the Champions League but any hopes had of securing the 27-year-old have been set back after he denied speculation linking him with a move to England.

The Brazilian international attracted attention in the Football Transfer Tavern after he was reportedly quoted as saying he would like to join a Premier League club with both Manchester clubs thought to be interested in a £16.5 million move.

However he has now admitted that he is happy at Shakhtar despite the English interest.

He told Sky Sports: “A journalist announced that (the Premier League rumour), I said nothing. The way it was announced, it’s clear no player would say something like that.

“I kept calm about it. Many people asked me about that but it was just speculation.

“I have a contract with Shakhtar until 2016 and I see my future there, as it’s the club that opened the doors for me in Europe.”

When asked about a future move to the Premier League, he added: I’ll always want that, I can’t say I’ll never leave Shakhtar.

“If a good offer for me and for the club comes, I’ll sit and talk with the board and we’ll try to reach a deal, so I can extend my European career.”

Fernandinho was won five caps for the Brazilian national team and will be harbouring hopes that he can make the squad that will compete in his homeland in the World Cup next year.

He is just one of several Brazilian’s who have found their feet at the Donbass Arena and elsewhere Tottenham Hotspur continue to be linked with his much coveted team mate Willian who too has impressed in the Champions League this term.

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