Nani has admitted he might not return to Manchester United once his loan spell at Sporting Lisbon ends, as he feels his first team opportunities would be limited at Old Trafford under Louis Van Gaal.
The Portuguese left United in the summer to return to his former club on a season-long loan and his performances for Sporting led to speculations that he might be recalled to Old Trafford as early as in January. The 28-year-old, however, is reluctant to leave Lisbon behind, for he’s finally found regular first team football.
“I am very happy how it is going at Sporting,” he said.
“That is what I wanted. I wanted to play more. I wanted to get back to my best and I wanted to enjoy my football. That is what is happening. It is going well. It has turned out very good for me. It has made me very confident again for the future.
“Yes I had to get away from United to achieve this. I saw the opportunities were going not be less for me so I had to make a choice. I had been at Old Trafford for a long time, for seven years, and I think I needed a little time away to understand and find my confidence again.”
The 28-year-old added he left Old Trafford as he felt he wasn’t part of Van Gaal’s plans.
“Louis van Gaal gave me the option to go. I could have stayed but I chose the best option for me at the time and I think I was right,” explained Nani.
“I am enjoying my game again. Football is the best thing in my life. Football has given me everything and when I play I really enjoy myself so I want to play all the time. That wasn’t happening at United. When I don’t play I am very disappointed.
“You can accept not playing regularly for one or two years but after that, when you know you have the quality to play, you have to make a choice,” he continued.
“That is what I did and it is working out well. It is a possibility that I might come back to Manchester United. Why not? It is something that eventually we will have to discuss and see if it is possible.
“But at the moment I am focused on my job at Sporting Lisbon because it is there where I am doing well. To move back in January is a little bit more difficult but you never know. Let’s see what they say. I’m working hard to be at my best. I just want to continue to work very hard and play well.”
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