Rio de Janeiro, May 29 (IANS) Highly-rated Brazilian midfielder Otavio has played down media reports linking him with a move to Italian football giants Inter Milan.

The 22-year-old has been compared to Italy World Cup winger Gennaro Gattuso after a string of fine performances for Brazilian Serie A club Atletico Paranaense and Brazil's U-23 team, reports Xinhua.

"I'm only thinking about Atletico. They are the ones who are paying my wages," Otavio told reporters on Saturday.

"I saw the reports, but I leave these things to my agent and the club. They are responsible for managing my career. I'm not thinking about it."

Otavio has made 88 first-team appearances for Atletico Paranaense since his first-team debut in 2013.

He is expected to be called up by national coach Dunga for the Rio Olympics in August.