Van Wolfswinkel happy in Lisbon

The Netherlands international only joined Sporting in the summer on

a five-year contract from Utrecht, but has impressed in Portugal.

He has been watched on several occasions by United in recent weeks

and Chelsea have joined their Premier League rivals in keeping tabs

on the 22-year-old. Van Wolfswinkel is reported to have a

€22million (£18.9million) release clause in his

contract, which is around four times the figure Sporting paid

Utrecht for his services. However, he has played down speculation

that he could move on again in January after expressing his

contentment with life in Lisbon. “It is good that my name was

linked to big clubs such as Manchester United and others in

England, but I am really content and happy at Sporting,” Van

Wolfswinkel told Dutch radio station NOS. “Things are excellent in

every sense. I play for a good club and I am scoring goals because

I am taking this satisfaction on to the pitch.” Van Wolfswinkel’s

representative Louis Laros admitted over the weekend that he did

not anticipate any January departure for the forward. “Chelsea and

Manchester United have watched Ricky, like other young footballers

in Europe, but I do not expect a possible deal in the January

market,” Laros told the Portuguese media. “Nobody has spoken to me

directly and Sporting are not interested in a deal at the moment.

“However, in the world of football, it is impossible to say never

about a sale.”