Ruud van Nistelrooy has admitted he is unlikely to play in Italy despite there being a number of Serie A clubs interested in signing him.
The Dutch striker signed a new long term deal with the Premiership champions last week and he is committed to Old Trafford until 2008.
Former United team-mate David Beckham has urged van Nistelrooy to join him at Real Madrid while European champions Milan are known admirers of the 27-year-old. However, Van Nistelrooy seems set to shun any offers.
“I thank David for his faith,” van Nistelrooy told Corriere della Sera.
“He’s a friend.
“But I have just renewed my contract with Manchester United until 2008 and I haven’t the intention of moving.
“I think it is the same for (Francesco) Totti. I don’t see him in a different jersey than Roma’s.”
As for the prospect of playing in Italy, the Dutch striker believes such a move is unlikely.
“I don’t know if any club would be disposed to waiting for me,’ he added.
“At 32-years-old, when my contract finishes with United, no-one in Italy will probably want me.
“Anyway, I can’t look so far forward.
“If I had to indicate a preference, I would say Milan, for Marco van Basten, my idol and the big connection with Holland.”