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Gaitan happy at Benfica, insists agent

19 June 2013 17:39

Nicolas Gaitan's agent has insisted that the player is happy at Benfica and no offers had been received for the Argentina international.

The winger has impressed during his three years at Benfica and has begun to catch the attention of clubs around Europe, with Manchester United and Arsenal both reported to be interested in taking him to the Premier League.

Gaitan has made 74 appearances during his time in the Portuguese capital, with 23 coming last season, scoring 13 goals, but it is his creativity and trickery that is attracting interest. His ability to terrorise full-backs from the left wing has made him one of Europe's hottest properties.

The Argentine was a key part of Jorge Jesus' side that came so close to winning a European and domestic treble last season, but they ended the campaign with nothing after losing the league by one point, and the finals of the Portuguese Cup and UEFA Europa League.

However, the player's agent, Jose Iribarren, has insisted that there have been no formal bids for the 25-year-old and with three years left on his current contract he expects him to remain at the club.

"For now, there is no formal offer," said Iribarren. "He wants to continue at Benfica next season. We know the rumours have been appearing in the newspapers but I cannot confirm that there is particular interest from one club.

"To repeat, Nico Gaitan is calm and happy at Benfica."

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