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Nani keen to return to Manchester United

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Manchester United outcast Nani wants to return to Old Trafford but reveals that he hasn't spoken to United manager Louis van Gaal since he left the club on loan last year. 

The Portuguese trickster joined Sporting Lisbon, the club he started his professional career at, last summer. He was part of the deal which brought Argentine defender Marcos Rojo to Manchester. 

Talking to the Daily Mail, the 28-year-old revealed that United chief executive Ed Woodward is the only one in touch with him following his season long switch. Woodward has also been impressed with Nani's outrageous strike from 30-yards out against Gil Vicente last week.

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"I receive some texts from Ed Woodward," Nani said. "He texted me about the goal and the great season I am having here."

Nani's season long loan move came after a surprising five-year-contract extension he signed under former manager David Moyes. But the Portuguese insists that he had the final say in the move which took him away from the club.

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"I knew with the new manager it would be more difficult because of the new system and my position in it," he explained.

"I knew it would be hard to play. I decided to go to Sporting because it was an opportunity to come home, feel comfortable, get games and feel strong again."

United love

Nani joined Manchester United aged 18 and, during his time at Old Trafford, has won the Champions League along with for Premier League titles. It is no surprise, then, that he holds a deep affection for the club.

"I love Man United. I love the club. The only decision I made to go away was to play more and be me again because I lost a lot of things there last season because of injuries and the change of the manager," he said.

"The new manager didn't know me well and a lot of things changed. I needed to play regularly to be happy."

The future

A return to Manchester United remains the ambition for Nani, although he is not prepared to take anything for granted as he impresses for Sporting.

"You never know the future. It depends on a lot of things," Nani concluded.

"If Man United want me to stay then, with different mentality I think we can work well next season but it's a lot of things to discuss and see."

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