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Belgium international believes time is right for move

Steven Defour has admitted he is ready to leave Standard Liege and is aware that long-term suitors Manchester United "are closely monitoring" his situation.

Defour 22, has been linked with United since manager Sir Alex Ferguson sent him a letter wishing him a speedy recovery from a foot break last winter. With the Scot supposedly flush with cash from the Glazers after the recent Wayne Rooney controversy and determined to reinvigorate his side, a move could be afoot for the Belgium international.

Speaking to Extra Time, Defour declared he would consider any bid from the Old Trafford outfit.

"I know that Manchester United are closely monitoring my situation. There hasn't been any official contact yet though," Defour said.

"I've been sidelined for quite a while due to injury, but I'm playing at a high level again. The chance that I'll leave the club is rather big if I continue to play like I currently do.

"I've had the opportunity to leave Standard on more than once occasion in the past couple of seasons, but I loved the club too much to leave. However, I'm 22 years old now and I also have to think about myself.

"There comes a time when you just have to make the next step in your career, regardless of sentiments for any club."

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