Luisao flattered by City reports

Benfica defender Luisao says he is flattered by rumours linking him with a summer switch to Manchester City. The 27-year-old defender has made more than 100 league appearances for the Lisbon giants - scoring 16 goals - since joining them from Cruzeiro in 2003.

While he has also been capped 36 times for Brazil, winning both the 2004 Copa America and 2005 Confederations Cup.

And amid reports that Benfica officials have recently visited England to discuss both Luisao and team-mate Oscar Cardozo with Mark Hughes' side, the experienced stopper has admitted the opportunity to ply his trade in the Premier League would be a tempting one.

"I have not received any offer or contact yet," he told Globoesporte.

"I have not spoken with my agent for some days, but I will call him to know if he has something.

"For me it is very interesting. Everyone dreams of playing in England and I am not different. I am glad but, for now, I have a contract with Benfica, where I am also happy."

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