Ferguson: Nani has United future
Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed he wants Nani to stay at Manchester United, after describing him as one of the 'best match-winners in Europe'.
Nani has reportedly had a fractious relationship with Ferguson in recent times, but he is rated highly by the manager due to his undoubted talent. The Portuguese winger has struggled for consistency, which his boss is aware of, but the Scotsman would be loath to let him leave.
"We are prepared to keep him, no doubt about that," Ferguson said. "He is one of the best match-winners in the game and I am including the whole of Europe in that. He is capable of scoring the most incredible goals.
"The boy has got great talent for winning matches."
Nani has cut a frustrated figure having struggled to nail down a regular place in the side. He has started just five Premier League matches this season. The club are speaking to Nani over a new contract - with his current deal set to expire in June 2014 - and Ferguson has made it clear that the best way for the 26-year-old to guarantee a start is to show his best on a regular basis.
Ferguson said: "David (Gill, United chief executive) has been speaking to his agent for a few weeks now. It is entirely up to the boy himself now. He has a year and a half left. I would prefer to keep him.
"The thing with Nani is he wants guaranteed first-team football and he can guarantee that with his performances.
"We are trying our best as he is such a match-winning player."