News broke last week that Manchester United’s deal with Partizan Belgrade for up-and-coming star Adem Ljajic had collapsed.

The press quickly latched on to it and claim it was down to lack of funds at our club, thanks to the massive debt given to us by the Glazers.

However, Ljajic today claims the reason he won’t be joining United in January is because he couldn’t get a work permit.

“Stories about stagnation in my football development are nonsense,” he said. “If Manchester United were really not satisfied with how much I’ve progressed in this year, I would not have been with Ferguson two months ago at the end of my last cycle of mandatory training at the club before moving to England. The reason for the transfer not happening is that I couldn’t get a business licence. Who knows what I will do next? I have heard already that clubs are interested and that Partizan want to sell me. We’ll see.”