Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed Manchester United’s interest in Steven Defour after sending a letter to the Standard Liege captain reassuring him that he remains in his thoughts.
The Belgium international is currently sidelined after breaking a bone in his foot, but was the subject of considerable speculation last summer, with Everton having a £9million bid turned down.
The letter, which has been released to the media, reads: “Dear Steven, I have just heard about your injury and, in the name of Manchester United, I would like to wish you a full and speedy recovery.
“I am sure at the moment you must be feeling awful and that you’ll have all kinds of questions.
“Steven, these are natural worries but I have to tell you that modern medicine and treatments are incredible, you have to have confidence in them.
“I’m going to follow your progress closely and I will remain in contact with your club to have news of your recovery.”
Defour was delighted to receive Ferguson’s letter but the 21-year-old was quick to point out that the Premier League club had sent the letter to his club to pass onto him.
“One thing I should like to highlight is that Ferguson has followed his interest officially,” Defour told Het Laatste Nieuws. “He addressed the letter to Standard.
“I think the attention is great, but I do not want people to think I am already at Manchester, which is by no means the case.
“But if they come knocking, then I would obviously not cause problems.”