Porto manager responds to talks Anderson will return as part of rumoured €50m deal

by Sam Peoples

FC Porto’s manager Paulo Fonseca has decided to remain tight lipped on whether Anderson will be moving back to Portugal this year.

The 25-year-old has spent seven indifferent years at Old Trafford and rumours suggest that David Moyes wants to use him as part of a €50 milliion deal to sign Porto’s Eliaquiam Mangala.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference yesterday, Fonseca took a very David Moyes like approach to the Anderson rumours by refusing to discuss players who are not at Porto.

“No, I do not want to speak about players who are not part of the squad,” he said.

As Moyes only officially came into the job in July this year, a summer clear out was never likely as he wanted to give his players the opportunity to prove themselves to him.

However, Anderson failed to build on an impressive pre-season and has been given a peripheral role in the squad so far as a consequence. He has also been forced to drop down to play with the Under-21s in order to get some game time.

Players who don’t live up to their expectations at any football club do not usually get seven years to prove their worth but Anderson has struggled with injuries and fitness so much that his United career has never got off the ground.

While Fonseca refused to get drawn into fuelling the speculation, it would be a surprise to see Anderson remain at Old Trafford past this summer because of how many opportunities he has failed to take.

A move away could also be an opportunity for Anderson to go back to his old club if he were to rejoin Porto, a place where he could potentially get his career back on track. 

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