Last Updated: Mon, 14 Oct 2013 09:05
Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay claims David Moyes' arrival as Manchester United's new manager scuppered his proposed summer move.
The 26-year-old Argentinian centre-half was heavily tipped to make the switch to Old Trafford going into the summer after former Red Devils' boss Sir Alex Ferguson had kept tabs on him for some time.
However Garay's move never materialised and the player has now broken his silence to lift the lid on why he is not plying his trade in the Premier League this season.
Garay, who was tipped to become a long-term replacement for Rio Ferdinand at the Theatre of Dreams, said: "I believed I was going to join Manchester United in the summer. The deal was nearly closed but finally Benfica did not accept the offer.
"I believe the exit of Ferguson has influenced the deal. Moyes did not believe in me as much but that's not a problem.
"I am happy at Benfica and have a lot of dreams and ambitions for this season. Now I only think about the present which is Benfica but it's never possible to discard anything in the future."
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