Manchester United star Alex Telles has gone on the record to insist he doesn't attempt to force a move out of Porto.
The defender's transfer saga rolled on all summer before the Brazilian eventually signed in the final days of the window.
As United haggled over a price, speculation was rife that Telles had demanded to leave Porto to ensure he got his Old Trafford move.
However, the 28-year-old has vehemently denied asking the club to grant his exit.
“I never mentioned leaving, the president knows that. That’s because I felt very happy and at ease, I was making dreams come true at the club, on a collective and individual level, but all professionals have dreams and goals and I never hid that the Premier League was a child’s dream and an athlete’s dream," Telles told Portuguese newspaper O Jogo.
“I waited for the right opportunity, but I never failed to leave my gift, to make it worthwhile at the club. So I am very grateful to FC Porto.
“I never forced FC Porto to leave, not at all.
“I have always been very faithful to my work and the present and never thought about the future. I let things happen in the best possible way.”
Telles' final Porto game was a defeat to Maritimo.
But the left-back insists he wasn't distracted by his move as he put on the jersey for the final time.
“I never imagined it would be a farewell. Many people said that I had already agreed to leave, that I played for playing, sometimes they talk too much, but anyone who knows me knows that there was nothing," he continued.
"I played totally focused and focused on my work and Sergio Conceicao would not let an athlete play if he was not 100 per cent focused.”
Telles has endured a mixed start at United but is beginning to find his form.
The defender was struck with covid-19 earlier in the season which has stunted his time in England thus far.
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