Real Madrid have seen a few things crushed in the past few weeks. Firstly the Copa del Rey trophy was harshly trampled over by the ceremonial bus, and this week, someone far more agile, nifty and supremely talented in Lionel Messi crushed Mourinho’s dreams of lifting a second successive Champions League trophy. The semi final first leg was as a whole, a disgrace, with diving and play acting coughed up all over the pitch. So what do Real Madrid do when they find themselves in a pickle? Spend a load of money on new recruits.
The latest player to be linked to the Spanish side is Manchester United’s Luis Nani. The Portuguese has often been accused of copying Cristiano Ronaldo’s style, so by joining his compatriot at Madrid will go no way in shaking that irritating yet flattering tag. Nani cost United £17 million in 2007, and has only this season come into his own, creating himself a guaranteed starting spot in most big games and as a result having a brilliant season, with 12 goals and even more assists.
A move to Italy was also being mooted earlier in the season as United’s interest in Sneijder being suggested as a help for Inter’s rumoured bid for Nani. And it is unsurprising that Nani is so sought after, with his blistering form this season and a certain impact whenever he plays. But a move to Real Madrid? Very unlikely.
Nani used Twitter to voice his side when he was being linked to Inter Milan. He wrote: “I’ve seen some false reports in the press. I want you to know that you will hear the truth from me. Love MU”
Sir Alex Ferguson would certainly not be eager to do any kind of a deal with Madrid after the episode with Ronaldo. The fiery Scot told the world that he “wouldn’t sell a virus” to that “mob”, referring to Madrid. He did in the end sell his Portuguese star to Madrid, but it was for an outrageous sum of £80 million, and not a bad deal at all.
I really can’t see Sir Alex letting Nani go, who still has around 15 months left on his contract, and Nani is clearly comfortable in Manchester United. He is clearly important to United’s attack, and would certainly not have a guaranteed starting place at an overcrowded squad at Real Madrid. It would be a silly, silly decision for Nani to leave for Madrid when he is in the privileged position that he is currently in.
Wayne Rooney recently admitted to regretting even contemplating leaving the great club that is Manchester United, and when you watch documentary’s of Sir Bobby Charlton’s time at Old Trafford and the creation of a legend, it is surely unrivalled inspiration for any footballer. So the conclusion? If Nani wants a glitzy, glamorous life in Spain with his friend and former team mate Ronaldo, whilst sitting out on the bench, then Madrid is the place to go. However, if he wants a successful, highly satisfying success, and a first team place, as well as the possibility of carving his name in the United history books, there is only one thing to do; sign a new contract at Manchester United.
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