Nani has confirmed that his future remains uncertain at this point though it could be decided within a few days, as speculation claiming he will take his leave of Manchester United runs rife.
The Portuguese midfielder enjoyed something of a revival last season whilst on loan at former club Sporting Lisbon but it doesn’t appear to have been enough to convince Louis van Gaal to alter his first-team plans.
Van Gaal not interested in Nani?
The Dutchman has offered not the slightest hint that he will welcome Nani back into his first-team fold when the new season starts and as a result rumours have strongly inferred he will move on to pastures new.
A common link in recent days has been with Turkey, where Fenerbahce are said to hold an interest in signing him for around £7million. Another is in his native Portugal, with Benfica surprise suitors despite his obvious links to Sporting.
It’s from the former that clarification has been issued from the man himself, with Nani being quoted by Turkish newspaper Haberturk as having admitted his future could change within the next few days.
"My future is not clear yet. I feel very comfortable. The next position may become clearer in a few days. But I think for now the only holiday [sic]," the Portuguese said.
Not a chance he will stay?
Though the winger seems naturally cool over his future it can be assumed that deep down he is aware of the increasing possibility that he will be sold before he gets the chance to kick another ball for United.
Unfortunately for him Van Gaal has a surplus of world-renown talents vying for the positions in the advanced third of the pitch, and one gets the feeling Nani is set to suffer as a result of having failed to shine at Old Trafford during the post-Sir Alex Ferguson regime.
Van Gaal's mind is made up
Indeed he can count himself unlucky seen as though other peripheral figures likes Ashley Young and Chris Smalling appear to have fought their way into Van Gaal’s plans after initially being tipped to struggle, but that will offer little comfort.
Given that Tom Cleverley has already signed for Everton in a permanent deal and Javier Hernandez looks set leave also, it seems that Van Gaal made his mind up on certain individuals at United fairly quickly, and those he farmed out on loan last summer aren’t likely to be offered a reprieve.
For Nani that spells out one thing and one thing only. Regardless of how untroubled he may be at the moment, he has to come to terms with the fact that he’s more than certain to be plying his trade elsewhere soon.
United fans, is there any reason to keep Nani on board past this summer? Let us know what you think Van Gaal should do with him in the comments box below.