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United cleared of poaching claim

by Adam Marshall, 16 October 2008

Partizan Belgrade have denied that talented teenager Adem Ljajic has linked up with Manchester United against their will.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson has managed to secure the midfielder on trial after being tipped off on his potential by scout Budimir Vujacic.

With the 17-year-old elaborately dubbed 'The Little Kaka' in some quarters, it was surprising that United had managed to steal a march on his many suitors by acting so swiftly.

However, Partizan have insisted they did not expect him to return to Belgrade after an Under-19 international match in Northern Ireland and gave full permission to United to run the rule over the player.

"It is not true that Ljajic went to England without permission," the club's general secretary Darko Gubor told

"We have been in contact with Manchester United for some time now and Ljajic was with the international team in Britain at this moment so it was handy for him to go on trial now.

"We want to co-operate with Manchester United and this is only the first step.

"I repeat Ljajic went to Manchester with Partizan's permission and all I can say regarding his potential move to United is that he is still a very young player who is at the beginning of his career."

Ljajic, who has impressed in a right-wing role, will spend a few days with the United youth set-up after helping Serbia hammer England 4-1 in the Under-19 European Championship qualifiers in Newry on Monday night and also defeating Northern Ireland 3-1 in the competition.

- He's a right winger and dubbed the Little Kaka...... I like. Could this mean we're getting ready to say bye-bye to Ronaldo?

Edit, I had to stick an emoticon there, otherwise ppl might over-react.
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