Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo has hinted that Nani might still have a future at Old Trafford, after revealing that senior officials are constantly asking him how the Portuguese winger is getting on at Sporting Lisbon.
The Argentina international joined the Red Devils from the Primeira Liga giants in a £16 million deal during the summer, with Nani heading in the opposite direction on a season-long loan.
And, Manchester United chiefs have looked to use Rojo's ties at Estádio José Alvalade to keep close tabs on the outcast's progress back in his homeland.
"The people here at Manchester United are always asking me about Nani,"
Nani's departure suggested that he was not part of Louis van Gaal's first-team plans moving forward, but judging by Rojo's latest comments that is not entirely accurate.
"The people here at Manchester United are always asking me about Nani," he was quoted as saying by the Sunday People.
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"They ask if he scores goals, whether he’s playing regularly and playing well in that position. They are very attentive to the work of Nani."
Manchester United scouts have been ordered by Van Gaal to keep a close watching brief on the £120,000-a-week star, presumably so that he can make a decision next summer whether to reintegrate the player back into his squad.
Nani actually made a positive impression during the pre-season tour of the United States and featured in the Premier League opener against Swansea City in August, before being sent out on loan towards the end of the summer transfer window.
A return to Old Trafford in 2015/16 should not be ruled out entirely, particularly if the wide-man continues to impress during his temporary stint with Sporting this term.