Nani set for Manchester United stay

The Portugal international will be offered a lucrative contract extension at Old Trafford after manager David Moyes made clear that he regards the winger as central to his plans
By Duncan Castles

David Moyes will keep hold of Nani at Manchester United after convincing the winger that his future lies at Old Trafford, Goal can reveal.

The 26-year-old has been told that the new manager regards him as central to his plans for United's first team and will underline that importance with a lucrative contract extension.

While the exact details of Nani's new deal have still to be clarified, the winger is said to be delighted with Moyes' commitment to offer him more playing time following an injury-hampered campaign in which he made just 10 Premier League appearances last term, the lowest total of his six seasons as a United player.

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Nani was deeply frustrated with both his lack of playing time last season as well as what the wide man perceived as Sir Alex Ferguson's lack of trust in him, telling friends that he did not want to see out the final year of his Old Trafford contract.

Goal's special report back in March revealed that Nani was part of a group of players, including Antonio Valencia, Chicharito, Anderson and Anders Lindegaard, who then manager Sir Alex Ferguson was prepared to offload while Galatasaray were known admirers before giving up their pursuit after a failed £6 million bid.

Premier League rivals Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City all also explored the possibility of a move for Nani while the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco and Zenit, who were ready to invest €40m on a transfer a year ago only for United to refuse to sell, were also keen.

Convincing Nani to re-commit himself to United represents a major coup for new manager Moyes, albeit one that risks criticism after the former Sporting Lisbon star's turbulent 2012-13 campaign.

The winger was prevented from flying to Asia and Australia for the first leg of United's pre-season tour by the after-effects of a nose operation but he is due to begin training under Moyes this week.

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