United midfielder opens long-term exit door

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Manchester United midfielder Anderson has admitted he would love to return to Portugal to play club football.

The Brazilian international has spent the past four seasons at Old Trafford, having joined the club from FC Porto for a reported £20 million back in 2007.

Having been used sparingly in his first three seasons under Sir Alex Ferguson, Anderson has started to forge a position for himself in the Manchester United starting line-up, featuring in three of the clubs four Barclays Premier League matches so far this term.

He found himself on the bench for the Champions League tie against Benfica last night though, undoubtedly a disappointment on his return to the country, and admitted to the Portuguese media that a future return to the country would be favourable.

“Do I have a longing for Portugal? Yes, but I have been at Manchester United for four years and have another four years,” Anderson told reporters.


The Red Devils earned a point without the 23-year-old in their side at the Estadio Da Luz, with Ryan Giggs' 42nd minute equaliser enough to earn Manchester United a 1-1 draw.

Ferguson is expected to ring the changes for Sunday's clash with Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League though, and Anderson could once again be in the fold for a Manchester United recall.

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