Nani turns down Manchester United return

Nani will remain in Portugal (©GettyImages)

Nani has turned down the chance to make a surprise January return to Manchester United according to reports in Portugal.

The winger has bent sent back to his native country on loan for the season having fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford, despite the fact he penned a new five-year contract in 2013.

On fire

The 27-year-old has been a hit since returning to his former club, scoring two goals in nine league games as well as three in four Champions League encounters. That has prompted speculation that he could well return to Manchester United in the January window.

His employers have struggled to find consistency under new boss Louis van Gaal this season, and currently occupy seventh place in the Premier League. However it looks as though they won't be able to call upon Nani's services in the new year, with Portuguese newspaper O Jogo claiming that he's turned down the chance of returning to Old Trafford in order to focus on continuing his recent good form in Lisbon.


The news won't be taken too badly at Manchester United given Nani's lack of success in the north west in recent seasons. He started just 14 games for the Red Devils since August 2012 and failed to deliver on his promise following his big-money switch in 2007.

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Instead Van Gaal is likely to focus his efforts on shoring up his leaky defence in the January window. Manchester United have suffered a serious injury crisis at the back and have been without the likes of Jonny Evand and Phil Jones now.

January sales

That could prompt a move for Aston Villa centre-back Ron Vlaar, although contrary reports claim Van Gaal may wait until the summer to find the man for the job because the targets he wants aren't available in January.

Further forward it's also been suggested that Manchester United could swoop for Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman - although publicly at least the Italian giants have been adamant that he's not for sale.

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