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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 January 2006, 14:40 GMT
Silvestre vows to stay at Man Utd
Mikael Silvestre
I don't care what people say - I feel I am efficient
Mikael Silvestre
Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre has insisted he will not be leaving the club in January.

The 28-year-old's place is under threat from new arrivals Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra and he has been linked with a move to Lyon.

But he told L'Equipe newspaper: "I am not on the transfer list and I am not going to leave during the winter break.

"I play almost all the matches, my future is at Manchester United and that is where I am planning to stay."

Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to spend 12m on defensive reinforcements Vidic and Evra has only heightened speculation over Silvestre, whose current contract has 18 months to run.

Silvestre has made 314 appearances for United since his arrival from Inter in 1999.

He started his Old Trafford career at left-back, but has played more often alongside Rio Ferdinand in central defence recently.

But he has produced some below-par performances this season and came in for criticism following their 3-1 derby defeat at Manchester City at the weekend.

Silvestre admits overall performances this season have not been up to United's standard.

"Bowing out from the Champions League before the last 16 was a huge failure," he added.

"We are too irregular, we display good performances against big sides and we lack collective spirit against smaller teams.

"But we have two competitions to win (the FA Cup and the League Cup) on top of doing well in the league. We can still save our season."




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