Calendar omission hints at Manchester United winger exit

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Manchester United winger Nani has been left out of the club's official 2013 calendar, fuelling speculation he could be set to leave the side in the New Year.

The Portuguese star has been locked in contract negotiations with the Old Trafford hierarchy for the best part of four months, but an agreement has so far proved elusive.

Following the arrivals of Robin Van Persie and Shinji Kagawa in the summer, Nani has found first-team opportunities limited at Old Trafford. And the 25-year-old has been linked with a move away from Manchester United - a number of Serie 'A' clubs are thought to be interested, as well as Paris St Germain and Zenit St Petersburg.

Nani has made just 11 appearances for Manchester United - scoring a single Premier League goal - as the former-Sporting star has seen Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia leapfrog him in the Old Trafford pecking order.

The Daily Mail report speculates that the calendar omission hints at a possible January exit for Nani - and Sir Alex Ferguson has been linked with moves for a number of repacements should the Portugal international move on, including Porto star James Rodriguez and Crystal Palace Wilfried Zaha.

Nani joined United in 2007, and soon established himself as a key part of Sir Alex Ferguson's side - winning the club's Players' Player of the Year award in the 2010-11 season.

But the winger has fallen out of favour in the past few months, and was reportedly the subject of Ferguson's ire after this season's 5-4 Carling Cup defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Injuries have also interrupted his season - Nani suffered a hamstring problem early on this campaign.

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