Dante happy at Bayern despite Manchester United links

The Brazilian centre-back, who openly welcomed a move to Old Trafford on Tuesday, says he is "very lucky" to play for the German champions and will only leave if forced out
Bayern Munich defender Dante has backtracked after suggesting he could join Manchester United and insists he is happy to remain at the Allianz Arena.

The Brazil international had told Fox Sport Brasil on Tuesday that he was “happy with Man Utd's interest” and that “a lot can happen in the future.”

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The former Borussia Monchengladbach defender's agent, Marcus Marin, promptly played down an imminent move to Old Trafford, telling Goal that neither he or his client had spoken to the reigning Premier League holders – though he did concede that United were interested.

And now Dante has further rejected links with a move away from the German and European champions and says he would only leave Bayern if forced out by the club.

“Only if Bayern says 'go away now' will I take my bag and leave,” the 30-year-old centre-back told Sport1.

“I have everything a player dreams of at Bayern. I am very lucky.”

Dante's agent, though, suggested that he would be open to a move to the Premier League and, with his contract with Bayern yet to be renewed, is keen to showcase his talent to an English audience.

“We have not found a solution [with Bayern], so we are still in the race, but England is very interesting, Manchester United are a big club so you never know,” Marin told Goal on Tuesday.

“Next month [Bayern] play in the next round of the Champions League against Arsenal and it is a good way to present himself in England. In the last game [in England] he played very well so yeah, we will see.”