Nani doesn’t feel Sporting Lisbon loan is a backwards step from Manchester United in his career

by Sam Peoples

Nani has moved to quash claims that leaving Manchester United and re-joining Sporting Lisbon this summer is a backwards step for his career.

The Portuguese winger moved back to Sporting on loan as part of the deal that saw Marcos Rojo go in the other direction to join United.

Nani spent two years at Sporting before signing for Manchester United for around £17m in 2007.

However, despite starting just 24 times for United in the since the 2012/13 season, Nani has insisted re-joining Sporting isn’t a backwards step and that he had other offers.

“I do not think that it’s a step back,” Nani told Tutto Mercato.

“I had other options but I decided to play at this club. It was my choice.”

Nani won four Premier League titles, the Champions League and a League Cup during his time so far at United but fans were forever frustrated at his inconsistency.

On his day, Nani could be unplayable but the problem was that he didn’t show that enough and in the past couple of season, Nani began to pick up injuries which made it difficult for him to re-find his best form. Despite signing a new five-year contract last summer, Nani was never able to force his way back into the team.

At this stage, it isn’t known whether Nani will make a full return to United but by the sounds of it, he is much happier back in his native Portugal.

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