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United midfielder eyes return to Portugal

Anderson would never play for Benfica. (©GettyImages)
Anderson would never play for Benfica. (©GettyImages).

Manchester United midfielder Anderson has revealed his intentions to one day return to FC Porto, the club that gave him his first taste of European football.

The 24-year-old Brazilian moved to Portugal in 2006, in a €7million deal from Gremio. But after just 18 months at the Estadio do Dragao he was on the move again, this time to the Premier League.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson paid an undisclosed fee - believed to be around £20million - to bring the South American to Old Trafford, where he has enjoyed mix fortunes over the past five years.

A combination of poor form and injuries has halted his development at Manchester United, though he is currently enjoying an extended run in the first-team, as he looks to earn a new contract.

In a recent interview with Portuguese TV show Grande Area (RTP), Anderson spoke about the influence of Ferguson and how much the club will miss him when he finally retires.

He made clear his huge hunger for success, stating that he wishes to achieve a number of things with the club before leaving, whilst also distancing himself from ever turning out for Porto's domestic rivals Benfica.

"I would like to return [to Porto] one day, but I would never play for Benfica," he confirmed. "This is certain in my head.

"It is not in my plans to play for Benfica although I respect them as a club."

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