Manchester United winger Nani has ruled out a move to Portuguese champions Benfica, despite having an impressive spell on loan last season in Portugal with Sporting Lisbon
The 28-year-old has made 147 appearances since arriving at Man United in 2007 but looks set to leave this summer.
Louis van Gaal allowed Nani to leave last season on loan, with United paying his full wage bill, and although he had a fruitful loan spell at Sporting it hasn’t brought him back into the Dutchman’s plans for next year.
Speaking in a press conference, Nani ruled out moving to Benfica and dismissed chat about his future.
He said: “No, I don’t think about possibly signing for Benfica and I don’t want to talk about it as I said before.
“My focus is with Portugal right now and I just think about our next game and my holiday afterwards.”
It would be difficult to see Nani at the club come the end of the transfer window.
Even though the Portuguese star has proven he still has what it takes to play at the top level, he would struggle to get consistent game time and that was before Memphis Depay joined in what could be considered a direct replacement.
Nani’s finest United season came in 2010 when he earned a place in the PFA team of the year but injuries and inconsistency plagued him for the following few years until he was eventually sent out on loan to Sporting.
On his day, Nani is capable of winning games on his own but with a new look Van Gaal side taking shape, Nani’s days as a United player are surely coming to an end.