Sporting Lisbon boss Jorge Jesus dismissed speculation regarding William Carvalho's future by insisting that the midfielder will remain with the Portuguese club beyond the ongoing summer transfer window.
Arsenal have been linked with a move for the midfielder since last summer, and according to the London Evening Standard, they are still keen on signing the midfielder, who was named the best player in the recently concluded European U21 Championships, where Portugal finished as the runners up. Arsene Wenger reportedly had scouts monitoring the player during the entire tournament.
The north London club have a host of midfielders in the squad, but according to the Mirror, the Gunners have shown interest in signing Morgan Schneiderlin in recent weeks as talk of a title challenge in the upcoming campaign intensifies following the arrival of Petr Cech.
However, the Portuguese international's manager, who recently took over as the manager of the club, has put an end to speculation, by claiming that Carvalho is a big part of his plans at Sporting. The Gunners themselves look to have cooled their interest in signing a midfielder with a Mirror report suggesting that, Mikel Arteta has signed a new deal to remain as backup for Francis Coquelin next season.
"William is a certainty. Sporting has young people who are already certainties, are not hopes or doubts. William will be enhanced if the team is also," Jesus said, as quoted by ESPN.
"Only players value the team respond to winning titles. He's a player with features to play more. I have no doubt that with me will play more," the former Benfica manager added.
According to the Daily Mail, Premier League rivals Manchester United have also been touted as potential suitors for the Portuguese midfielder, while French club AS Monaco have also been linked with a move. But the latter club's manager Leonardo Jardim has ruled out a possibility citing financial constraints as the reason.
"William Carvalho is already well thought of. Monaco won't make an investment of that kind this season to strengthen the team," Jardim said, as quoted by ESPN.