Luis Nani, a reported target for Arsenal, will not be leaving Manchester United in the January transfer window, says Old Trafford boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
According to the Mail on Sunday, the Manchester United winger is a transfer target for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, with suggestions he will not sign a new contract with the club.
It was reported on Saturday that Arsenal were hoping to convince Manchester United into selling Nani as a favour for allowing Robin van Persie to leave the Emirates Stadium during the summer transfer window.
Ferguson, though, has dismissed suggestions that Nani will leave Manchester United for Arsenal, and insists the 26-year-old - who is currently injured - still has a future at Old Trafford.
“His contract isn’t up for a year and a half. We need Nani. He offers something different from the other players. He’s an incredible talent, the boy," the Manchester United manager said following the weekend defeat of West Brom.
“Unfortunately, he’s injured at the moment. We have sent him over to Dubai for a break, to help him in his recovery.
“He’s not far away but he’s far enough away. I don’t think I will get him until the middle of January.
“He’s got a future here.Why would I want to let him go?”
Nani has made 205 appearances for Manchester United - scoring 38 goals - since joining the club from Sporting CP in 2007, but his future at the club has been the subject of intense speculation of late.
With Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young providing competition for Nani on the Manchester United flanks he is no longer guaranteed a regular place, but Ferguson would appear to have put paid to suggestions the Portuguese will leave.