Manchester United midfielder Nani has insisted that he will not 100 percent rule out the idea of continuing on loan at Sporting Lisbon next season, and posted a farewell message to the club’s fans.
The Portugal midfielder has enjoyed a healthy campaign in his home nation having joined Sporting on a season-long loan after Louis van Gaal took over at Old Trafford, scoring 10 goals in 34 appearances. As a consequence he could well return to the United fold in a better position to fight for a starting berth, although the general theory is that he might well be sold on.
Despite signing a new five-year deal when David Moyes was at the helm, Nani hasn’t looked fit to be a regular starter since the days of Sir Alex Ferguson, and even then there were plenty of fans who would have preferred to see him not in the starting XI.
According to reports however United scouts have been monitoring the players Van Gaal has sent out on loan, in a bid to help the manager come to a decision as to whether or not each individual deserves a place in his plans for the 2015/16 season.
Nani is due to return to Old Trafford upon the culmination of this campaign, but his Instagram goodbye to Sporting fans - following on from his statement last month that his future wasn’t necessarily cemented - will provide them with some hope.
Shot at redemption?
Of course since his contract is due to run for so long Nani’s future will be in the hands of Van Gaal, who may well discern from his performances this year that the winger deserves one more shot at becoming a regular United option.
So far Ashley Young and Chris Smalling have both managed to drastically turn their fortunes around under the Dutchman, particularly Young, who could now be rewarded with a new contract himself, and there’s nothing to say Nani couldn’t enjoy a similar reverse in form.
Plans at United
That said Van Gaal is sure to have plans for next year that involve buying high-level talent during the summer transfer market.
The Red Devils have already been heavily linked with an unlikely move to sign Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale and, though that’s far from a calculated certainty, a player of his ilk could well be targeted with the millions United have at their disposal.
United fans, do you think Nani should be given a chance to stake a claim for a place in Van Gaal’s team? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments box below.
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