Nani praised for leaving Manchester United to rejoin Sporting Lisbon

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Nani has received praise for his decision to leave Manchester United in favour of a return to former club Sporting Lisbon this summer.

Portuguese international Nani moved back to the Estadio Jose Alvalade on loan in August as a crucial part of the deal that saw versatile defender Marco Rojo complete his transfer to the Premier League.

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Nani praise

And while the frustratingly inconsistent 27-year-old is still technically contracted to Manchester United, it seems particularly unlikely that he will given any further opportunity to succeed at Old Trafford now Louis van Gaal is at the helm and seemingly committed to overhauling his squad with the additions of several world-class attacking players.

Whether a permanent deal at Sporting is a realistic possibility is not clear at this stage, although manager Marco Silva evidently believes Nani made the correct choice in not passing up the opportunity to make his Primeira Liga comeback.

"He came home," the former Estoril stalwart was quoted by the Daily Express.

"Sporting was his previous club. He knows his team-mates. This is the best choice he could've made."

Champions League tie

Nani - who was reportedly involved in a car accident in Lisbon last week but thankfully emerged unscathed - will have the chance to impress the English football public once again on Tuesday night as he is expected to line up for Sporting for their Champions League clash against Chelsea.

The tricky winger grabbed the headlines during his last European outing, of course, scoring a terrific late equaliser for Verde-e-Brancos as they laboured to a 1-1 with draw with Slovenian minnows Maribor at Ljudski vrt.

Nani - who made one Premier League appearance for Manchester United this season before his loan and is believed to earn approximately £4.8 million-per-year in England - also got off the mark at domestic level for Silva's men last week during the 4-0 rout of Gil Vicente.

Sporting will not have been encouraged by the news that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho definitely plans to start talismanic striker Diego Costa for the Group G clash despite the player having struggled with a hamstring injury of late.

Didier Drogba has not travelled to Portugal as a result of an ankle issue sustained recenty during a routine training session and midfielder Ramires will almost certainly not feature due to a muscle problem picked up during the match against Manchester City earlier this month.

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