Man Utd boss Moyes convinced Nani to stay

Manchester United winger Luis Nani, expected by many to leave during the summer, has revealed that talks with new manager David Moyes convinced him to extend his stay at Old Trafford, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

The Portuguese international signed a new five-year contract with Man Utd last week, ending speculation of a move which had appeared likely after not being first choice in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final two seasons in charge.

Ferguson signed the then-20-years-old Nani from Sporting Lisbon in 2007, and throughout his time in Manchester, his form has been largely inconsistent. In all, he has made 217 appearances, scoring 39 goals, while racking up 73 assists.

Last season, however, he made just seven Premier League starts, as he fell behind Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young and Ryan Giggs in the pecking order. This led to several clubs, including French champions Paris St. Germain being linked with Nani.

But Moyes has encouraged him to stay, and Nani told the Daily Mirror: “I am very content with my new deal at Manchester United. This summer was not easy but after a lot of thought and talking to David Moyes I believe it was the best solution.

I feel I can offer many things to United. I had other important offers but without a sufficient challenge to make me want to leave United. The coach would not guarantee me a place in the XI more than any other player. I know I must work hard to get into this team. That is my objective for this season.

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