‘Worst moment of my life’
The Guardian have bagged an exclusive interview with former Manchester United winger Nani and the star had plenty to say about his time at Old Trafford. While he’ll always have a place in his heart for United, he looks back at the moment he signed a five-year contract extension in 2013 as the worst moment of his life. The Portugal hero certainly doesn’t mince words.
That was early on in the short-lived David Moyes era, the Scot’s sanctioning of the extension proving misleading. Nani would go on to make only seven starts in the Premier League that season. “It could have been the best moment of my life but it turned into the worst,” Nani says. “After you sign a contract like that, you think all the people will be behind you and help you. And you see the opposite. Then the stress comes. I was down and, when it’s like that, of course, the injuries come too. It was a bad moment. It was something that made me very down, very disappointed.”
Blunt Van Gaal
Things didn’t improve under Louis van Gaal. “He [Van Gaal] told me that, if I wanted to stay to fight for a position, then good but I would not be his first option or maybe even the second,” Nani says. “I said: ‘No. I have been here for many years, I have been very important to this club and I think it’s time to decide.’ I wanted to play every game in the starting XI.”
Off Nani went, first on loan to Sporting Lisbon before a permanent move to Fenerbahce. After an impressive European Championships with Portugal followed an electric campaign at club level, Valencia signed the attacker for £7.2m. Read his full interview with the Guardian by clicking here.