FOOTBALL NEWS

01/07/2008 07:31, Report by Steve Bartram

Silvestre set to stay

Former United defender Laurent Blanc claims Mikael Silvestre has turned his back on a potential move away from Old Trafford.

Blanc, now manager of Bordeaux, has long since coveted his former Reds colleague to bolster his defence for next season's Champions League campaign.

He holds no further hope of snaring Silvestre, however, insisting his compatriot will remain in Manchester.

"Mikael Silvestre? It is finished," Blanc told a press conference, in reference to his quest to sign the United defender. "He has decided to stay in Manchester for his last season there."

Silvestre missed much of last season with a cruciate knee ligament injury, but returned in the latter stages to provide experienced defensive cover.

Sir Alex Ferguson is keen to keep his squad together, and Silvestre seems set to stay in Manchester for what would be a 10th season at Old Trafford.

Silvestre: Season by season

1999/00 - 35(3) appearances, 0 goals
2000/01 - 41(6) appearances, 1 goal
2001/02 - 44(7) appearances, 1 goal
2002/03 - 54 appearances, 1 goal
2003/04 - 45(1) appearances, 3 goals
2004/05 - 45(5) appearances, 2 goals
2005/06 - 44(4) appearances, 1 goal
2006/07 - 13(8) appearances, 1 goal
2007/08 - 5(1) appearances, 0 goals

Total - 326(35) appearances, 10 goals

Honours - Premier League (1999/00, 2000/01, 2002/03, 2006/07), Champions League (2007/08), Intercontinental Cup (1999), FA Cup (2004), League Cup (2006), Community Shield (2003, 2007)

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