Manchester United defender Chris Smalling says continuing transfer speculation helps to keep “you on your toes”.
The centre-back says the intense nature of the rumour mill is part and parcel of life playing for a big club and it only encourages him to get the best out of himself.
“Transfer speculation does spur you on,” Smalling told MUTV.
“When you come to Manchester United, in every transfer window – whether the team is doing well or badly – there are always players linked with the club because this club is always linked with the best players.
“It keeps you on your toes and spurs you on. You can’t rest on six months of good performances because as soon as you have a blip, there is always another player to take your place.”
Smalling has admitted to being “happy” with his form in 2015 and is hoping to stay clear of injuries in 2016.
“I have been happy with the past year, I stayed relatively injury-free and have been able to play games, build up and keep learning. I take a lot of positives from that,” added Smalling.
“Towards the end of last season and in the summer, somebody needed to step up and make sure they were consistent. In the last couple of years we have had a lot of injuries in the centre-back positions, so in these last 12 months I have been happy with the manager’s faith.
“I don’t make too many resolutions but if I can stay injury-free again then I would wish for that, and also to contribute to success with United and England.”