Anderson wants new Manchester United contract

Anderson is desperate to stay at Manchester United (©GettyImages)

Manchester United midfielder Anderson is desperate to remain part of Louis van Gaal's squad, despite fresh reports claiming the Red Devils will terminate the Brazil international's contract in January if they fail to find a buyer.

Anderson's current deal expires at the end of the season, but United are prepared to pay the South American a cool £1.4 million to cancel his £60,000-a-week contract after he failed to impress Van Gaal.

The 26-year-old, however, is determined to win over Van Gaal and secure a new deal rather than end his seven-year association with the Red Devils, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Anderson's good relationship with Van Gaal

The report states that Anderson has a good working relationship with Van Gaal, who surprisingly included the Brazilian in his 25-man Premier League squad at the start of the season, and believes he still has a future at Old Trafford.

Manchester United fans, the majority of whom gave up on Anderson a long time ago, expected the underwhelming former FC Porto star - who cost £27 million to sign in 2007 - to leave the club last summer.

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Anderson and Fiorentina

Anderson was expected to seal a permanent move to Fiorentina after moving to Italy on a six-month loan deal, but the Serie A outfit opted against signing him on a full-time basis. The midfielder made a disappointing eight appearances for Vincenzo Montella's side after failing to make an impact at the Stadio Artemio Franchi and was granted permission to return to his parent club.

Van Gaal has used Anderson in two matches this season - August's humiliating 4-0 defeat to League One outfit MK Dons in the Capital One Cup second round, and the 0-0 draw away to Burnley four days later - but the former Gremio starlet has not been anywhere near United's first team since.

Wasted talent

His last appearance for Manchester United came in a reserve team match in September - and it seems certain that Anderson will no longer be on the pay-roll at Old Trafford come the end of January.

Once considered as a player with more talent than Wayne Rooney by Manchester United chief scout Martin Ferguson - brother of Sir Alex - it will mark a sad end to a career which promised so much, but delivered so little.

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