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Last Updated: Sunday, 7 January 2007, 21:54 GMT
Bayern hold off Hargreaves sale
Owen Hargreaves
Hargreaves has made no secret of his desire to join Man Utd
Bayern Munich insist Manchester United target Owen Hargreaves will not be sold in the January transfer window.

The Bundesliga club have put a price of 20m on the England midfielder, 25, but want to keep him until the end of the season even if that offer was met.

Bayern general manager Uli Hoeness told the Welt am Sonntag paper Hargreaves "will definitely not be leaving this winter. Beyond that, we will see".

Hargreaves has not played since breaking his leg last September.

Earlier in the week, Bayern president Franz Beckenbauer told German newspaper Bild that if an offer of 20m was tabled "we would have to think about it".

It's not like I'm saying I want to go to AC or Inter Milan because they're offering me more money

Owen Hargreaves on his desire to join the Premiership

Beckenbauer added: "That is a figure that would allow us to be active in the transfer market."

Hargreaves has been repeatedly linked with United over recent months - with the player admitting he would relish a move to Old Trafford.

Bayern had previously stated that they would not sell a player who last season signed a contract to keep him at the club until 2010.

And Beckenbauer added: "It is normal to want to keep a player who has just extended his contract and who only wants to join another club because they will pay him better."

Hargreaves has always maintained that his desire to play in the Premiership is not motivated by money.

The England midfielder said: "It's about the opportunity to possibly play in another league I haven't played in before, which is also the country I represent and where my family lives.

"It's not like I'm saying I want to go to AC Milan or Inter Milan because they're offering me more money.

"It's because it's England and because Britain is where my family is. My parents and my brothers are in Canada, but the whole of my dad's side of the family is in Bolton and my mum's side is in Rhyl.

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"I think some people don't realise that. They think I'm half-German or something, but I'm not. I was brought up by a British family. It just happened to be in Canada."

Hargreaves has been told that he is not ready to return to full training as he recovers from a broken leg.

The 25-year-old sustained the injury in a league match against Arminia Bielefeld in September and had hoped to return in January.

But he is now unlikely to be ready to play against Borussia Dortmund when the Bundesliga restarts after its winter break on 26 January.

Hargreaves had hoped to return to full training with his Bayern team-mates, who are on a training camp in Dubai.

However, tests on his leg revealed the healing process was not as advanced as previously predicted and he will instead only take part in light training.

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