Manchester United winger Nani, who is currently on loan with Sporting Lisbon, has confirmed he has received texts from the Red Devils' executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in recent weeks.
The 28-year-old has rediscovered his form at the Estádio José Alvalade - and his impressive performances in Portugal have not gone unnoticed by Woodward.
Speaking to the Guardian after his stunning strike against Gil Vicente at the weekend, Nani confirmed Woodward has been in contact - indicating the Portuguese ace may still have a future at Old Trafford.
Nani reveals Woodward texts
“I receive some texts from Ed Woodward,” Nani revealed. “He texted me about the goal [on Sunday] and the great season I am having here.”
Nani went on to explain that he still loves Manchester United - despite his struggles at Old Trafford over the past couple of seasons - and refused to rule out the the idea of working his way back into the Red Devils' first team next term.
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He also confirmed that United's decision to appoint David Moyes as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor worked against him - even though it was Moyes who handed the player a new five-year contract early into his brief tenure as the Red Devils' manager.
“I love Manchester United,” Nani continued. “The only decision I made was to play more and be me again, because I lost a lot of things there last season due to injuries and the change of manager. The new manager didn’t know me well and a lot of things changed. I needed to play regularly to be happy.”
Nani refuses to rule out return
And on the possibility of returning to United, Nani added: “You never know the future.
“It depends on a lot of things. If United want me to stay then with a different mentality I think we can work well next season but there are a lot of things to discuss and see.”
Nani - who currently earns £100,000-a-week, according to the Mirror - has scored eight goals in 23 appearances for Sporting and also caught the eye in the Champions League group stages, netting four goals.
It's been several years since Manchester United fans have seen Nani produce these type of performances; he made a combined 22 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 campaigns due to a combination of poor form and injuries.
Prior to that he would consistently put up the numbers - in terms of goals and assists - for Manchester United.
In both the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons he scored ten goals in all competitions and was widely regarded as one of the Premier League's most effective wide-men.
Nani should leave United this summer
If - and it's a big if - Nani can replicate his current performances at Old Trafford next season, there's no reason why he can't force his way into Louis van Gaal's side.
But the change of scenery appears to have done him the world of good - and staying away from Manchester United will probably the best thing for his long-term future.
Manchester United fans: would you welcome Nani back to Old Trafford next season - or should he leave the club permanently? Have your say in the comments below!