Man United transfers: Nani is NOT for sale in January, says Ferguson
Man United transfers: Sir Alex Ferguson insists Nani is not for sale in January amid reports linking winger with move to Arsenal
Sir Alex Ferguson has ruled out the possibility of selling Nani in the January transfer window, insisting the Portugal winger has a future at Manchester United.
Nani, who is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford in recent months, with Arsenal reportedly keen on luring the 26-year-old to Emirates Stadium.
But Ferguson insists he has no intention of cashing in on the winger, who signed a new four-year contract with the Red Devils in March 2010.
“He’s injured,” Ferguson told United’s website. “His contract’s not up for a year-and-a-half. Yes, absolutely [he has a future at the club]. Why would I want to let him go?
“Obviously his people have been negotiating with [chief executive] David [Gill] about a new contract but I don’t know what stage we are at with that. But we won’t be letting him go.
“We need a Nani. He offers something different from the other players. He’s an incredible talent, the boy’s a great talent.
“Unfortunately, he’s injured at the moment so we sent him over to Dubai for a break and hoping a bit of warmth will help him in his recovery. He’s not far away but he’s far enough away. I don’t think I’ll get him back until probably the middle of January.
“It’s a hamstring injury he’s got. A player like Nani has never had a hamstring injury ever – I don’t think he’s ever had many injuries with us. But he’s got it right in the top and it’s a bad one.”