Following his wonderful campaign with the Roman club last season, Anderson has been linked with a big money move to one of the elite clubs in Europe and it was recently claimed that the Brazilian was being courted by United ahead of a potential £30million move.
Reputed Manchester United target Felipe Anderson is adamant he will remain at Lazio next season. The 22-year-old Brazilian scored 11 goals for the Roman side, as Lazio finished fourth in Serie A to qualify for the Champions League play-off, where they could face United in August. It is reported last weekend that Manchester United sent scouts to watch the 22-year-old throughout last season and were hugely impressed.
The Brazilian midfielder enjoyed a fine season in Serie A last term, helping his club to Champions League qualification. His fine form, which saw him net six goals and assist seven more, has attracted much interest from Premier League big boys. Anderson scored 11 goals for the Roman side, as Lazio finished fourth in Serie A to qualify for the Champions League play-off, where they could face United in August.
However, Anderson insists he will play his football at the StadioOlimpico next season. He quashed talk about his potential transfer to Old Trafford by clearly stating that he has no intentions to leave Lazio anytime soon.
“Next year? All I know is I’ll be playing for Lazio,” Anderson told reporters in his homeland. “I only recently renewed my contract for another five years. I’m thinking about that shirt, and nothing else.”
Anderson rose to prominence with Lazio last season, scoring 10 league goals in 32 appearances for the capital club, while also grabbing seven assists as Lazio qualified for the Champions League.
“I will play at Lazio next season,” Anderson told the press. “I have made my mind clear and renewed my decision to stay in Rome. I am now currently thinking only about Lazio. I know many teams are interested in me, but I don’t care about those clubs. The interests of other big clubs in Europe towards me mean nothing to me. I am focused on Lazio, and I am looking forward to the next season with Biancocelesti.”
Anderson began his career in Lazio as the club agreed a €7.8 million fee with Santos in 2013, and the player signed a five-year deal worth €800,000 a year. He was one of seven stand-by players named by coach Dunga for Brazil’s squad at the 2015 Copa América in Chile.