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Reports emanating from Italy continue to suggest that Manchester United are monitoring the progress of Salvatore Foti.

Manchester United and Chelsea were both cited as suitors when the Italy Under-17 international made a move from Acireale to Sampdoria this season.

Foti elected to stay in Italy when the time came to step-up a level from Acireale but it has been suggested that United are still keen - with some sources even claiming a possible ‚é¼11 million bid has been considered.

However, for the moment at least, it seems the gifted Italian starlet has no intention of quitting his homeland in order to taste life in The Premiership.

"I owe a lot to coach Walter Novellino,'' Foti told Corriere dello Sport.

''He launched me in the big league and I thank him for what he did. Once I enter the pitch, I try to give my best to repay his faith.

"Why did I choose Sampdoria? It has been really simple because they are a really big side. My wish was to stay in Italy and to earn a little space in the first team.

''I knew I would have this possibility with the Blucerchiati jersey. I can say I made the right choice.

''I don't know if there is a real interest of Under-21 coach Claudio Gentile but, should a call-up arrive, it would be really great.

''But now I think to do good things with Sampdoria.''