Date: 12th December 2007 at 4:56pm
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You all remember the wearisome rumours about Miguel Veloso? The Sporting midfielder was praised by Carlos Queiroz but he added that signing him is not a priority.

This last thing appears to have escaped the attention of Sporting president Filipe Soares Franco who launched a scathing attack on our assistant for trying to unsettle the player and labelled him a persona non grata.

Sir Alex Ferguson, however, was nonplussed by it and understandably: as he said, why would he tap up a player who is playing for the club that can be called our feeder club?

‘We should respond to these allegations,’ he said in the Guardian.

‘It’s unfortunate that the president has said this, and unfair that he chose Carlos as a target.

Carlos’s behaviour is impeccable and their president should retract his comments. We have a good relationship with Sporting and I don’t want to see that destroyed.’


He added, in no uncertain terms, that we do not want to sign Veloso and never wanted to. Case closed, I think.