Aleksandar Dragovic
Dynamo Kiev manager Sergei Rebrov has said that Aleksandar Dragovic (R) will not move to Manchester UnitedGetty

Dynamo Kiev manager Sergei Rebrov has ruled out a January move for Aleksandar Dragovic to Manchester United, while admitting that he does not know if the player will remain at the club following the end of the current season. The Red Devils are keen on signing the defender, who has impressed in the Champions League this season.

Italian outlet Sport Mediaset had reported that the move was nearing completion with the 20-time English champions expected to spend around €21m (£16m, $23m) to bring the central defender to Old Trafford. The Ukranian club's manager, however, has poured cold water on the speculation making it clear that the defender is keen to remain with his current employers ahead of their Champions League last 16 showdown against Manchester City on 24 February.

"Is Dragovic going to Manchester United? I doubt Dragovic reads those stories or that he gives any meaning to all that is written about him," Rebrov said, as quoted by the Independent.

"I talk with Alex a lot. He is an absolutely decent man. Now he has a goal, he wants to play in the Champions League playoffs [against Manchester City] for this team. After that? Only God knows."

United are facing a major injury crisis in the defensive department and are currently unable to stop conceding goals due to the inexperience at the back, the Dutch manager will be hoping to bring in reinforcements to provide cover for the number of defenders currently on the treatment table. Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Antonio Valencia and Phil Jones are all on the sidelines, leaving the manager with no option but to use Ashley Young in the full back position alongside Daley Blind, Chris Smalling and Matteo Darmian. This makeshift defence has not held up with the Old Trafford club conceding 10 goals in their last six games, of which they have won just one.