Nani hasn’t heard from Man Utd boss van Gaal

Luis Nani has revealed he has not been in contact with Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal since leaving the club on loan to Sporting Lisbon, ESPN

has reported.

Nani was allowed to leave Old Trafford as part of the deal to sign Argentina international defender Marcos Rojo, with Nani returning to his first club – the one from which he joined United in 2007. After seven seasons, 230 games and 40 goals, Nani has confirmed he would be open to returning to United and explained that he has had some communication with his parent club, particularly after scoring a stunning goal in February.

“I receive some texts from [executive vice-chairman] Ed Woodward. He texted me about the goal and the great season I am having here,” Nani said in an interview with the Daily Mail.

He left United when van Gaal decided on a new system of playing without wingers and Nani acknowledged that as long as the Dutchman was playing in that manner, he was going to struggle to get a game, so decided to move on. “I knew it would be hard to play,” he affirmed. “I decided to go to Sporting because it was an opportunity to come home, feel comfortable, get games and feel strong again.”

While Nani admits he would be willing to return, he stresses that for now his focus is on Sporting, but explained his departure from Manchester was simply a footballing matter, and not an issue with the club.

“At the moment I just focus on my job here,” he said. “I’ll do my best and get in the best condition I can, then come back as strong as possible and see what the manager or the club want from me.

“I love United. I love the club. The only decision I made to go away was to play more and be me again because I lost a lot of things there last season because of injuries and the change of the manager. The new manager didn’t know me well and a lot of things changed. I needed to play regularly to be happy.

“You never know the future. It depends on a lot of things. If United want me to stay then, with a different mentality, I think we can work well next season but it’s a lot of things to discuss and see.”

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