Dante and Bayern Munich Agree to New Contract, Ending Manchester United Reports

Dan BrettContributor IIIMarch 24, 2014

Bayern's Dante looks to his fellow players during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and FC Arsenal in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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Bayern Munich defender Dante has signed a new three-year deal.

The Brazilian's contract will end interest from Manchester United, who were looking to bolster their back-four options according to Manchester Evening News' David Lynch.

As tweeted by Eurosport, Dante's signature will keep him at the Allianz Arena until 2017:

The centre-half could feature against the Red Devils in the Champions League quarter-finals at the start of April.

According to ESPN, the 30-year-old denied any fears of David Moyes' men: "We have no need to fear United. We're ready for them," Dante said.

ESPN's Kevin Palmer tweeted the moment that the deal was signed, adding weight to whether Toni Kroos will follow suit:

Moyes will now have to search elsewhere as Dante's future will remain in Germany.

According to Sky Sports' Thomas Zocher, Freiburg star Matthias Ginter had been linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Per Sky Sports, the Red Devils' boss travelled to Germany to watch the 20-year-old against Hertha Berlin.

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With a deal for Dante now dead in the water, a move for the recently capped German international may be back on the cards.

But should the boss be looking for experience, the former Everton manager may be better looking elsewhere.

Ginter has played an important part in Freiburg's last three Bundesliga seasons, per WhoScored, making him an excellent long-term proposition.

PIRAEUS, GREECE - FEBRUARY 25:  (L-R) David De Gea, Nemanja Vidic, Chris Smalling and Michael Carrick of Manchester United react after conceding the first goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Olympiacos FC and Manchest
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However, with Nemanja Vidic moving to Inter Milan in the summer, United will need experienced heads across the back four.

Dante would have been the influential figure to lead a new era at Old Trafford, but Moyes must turn to alternative targets, knowing the closest he will get to the Brazilian is when the sides square off in Europe.