Bookmakers pay out on Juventus switch for Nani

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The Italian arm of bookmakers Paddy Power have taken the decision to pay out on bets backing Manchester United winger Nani to join Juventus this summer.

The Portuguese winger has long been linked with a move away from Old Trafford with Juve said to be interested, but talk has died down of late prompting suggestions he will stay put this summer.

The betting firm pulled a similar stunt before the Turin-based club landed Carlos Tevez from Manchester City, and now says it is so confident about the Nani deal going through that they are paying out already.

The stunt has prompted SkyBet to slash their own odds on Nani leaving Old Trafford to head to Italy.

The 26-year-old insisted earlier this summer that he wanted to remain at Old Trafford and fight for his place in Manchester United's starting XI, even following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.

"Of course there is a big difference when Sir Alex leaves the club and you can feel the change because you know how important he was to this club but the team is the same so we hope the manager comes with a lot of good ideas to help us win again," he told reporters.

"Everyone has to prove himself because it is a different manager, different ideas but he knows the players, he's seen us on TV all this year he knows the players. I think that in a couple of weeks, a couple of months the players will understand the personalities."

The former Sporting Lisbon winger is currently out of action through injury and is yet to feature in the 2013/14 campaign.

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