Much was said and hyped about the possible arrival of Victor Lindelof to the Theatre of Dreams, but unfortunately for all the parties involved, no move ever materialised.
The 22-year-old was expected to be Jose Mourinho’s fifth signing as the reports from England claimed that the Devils are closing in to finalize the transfer, but the player eventually signed a new deal with Benfica, leaving everyone red-faced. And now, the Swedish defender has further drained down the talks as he has said that snubbing Manchester United to sign a new deal with Benfica was an “easy choice”.
He told Expressen: “It feels good that I extended my stay by one year. I enjoy playing for the club and feel I evolve every day there. It was an easy choice.
“Both parties were very happy and they wanted to give me a sign that they are satisfied with what I’ve done there.
“Much has been written but it’s nothing I have focused on. I have always focused on what was important to me and that’s the team. [The rumours] make no difference to me.
“As I’ve said I’ve been thriving at Benfica and that’s where the focus has been. A lot has been written and I’ve said nothing, I’ve been focused.
“I have a long contract at Benfica and I’m thriving there. It’s a big club and I’m developing every day. I’m only 22 years old and there is no stress [to push through a move].”
Even though the defender has been very vocal about his contract extension, it is very well expected that Manchester United will try to acquire the signature of the 22-year-old again in the summer window.