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Fergie: Utd need a player like Nani, he's not for sale
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted that Nani will not be leaving the club in the near future.
The Portuguese winger has fallen out of favour at Old Trafford in recent times and has struggled to command a regular first team place - a turn of events that has seen him widely tipped to depart United at some point in the next six months, with Arsenal mentioned as one potential suitor for his services.
But Ferguson has denied that he wants to offload Nani, stating that the former Sporting Lisbon player will get a chance to play his way back into United's first-team reckoning once he fully recovers from a hamstring injury that has hampered him over the past few weeks.
Ferguson confirmed that negotiations between Nani and club chief executive David Gill over a new contract are ongoing, with his current deal due to expire in the summer of 2014.
"He's injured," Ferguson told United's official 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 David 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."
The Scot added: "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."
Ferguson also dismissed reports that United are set to sign Borussia Dortmund forward Robert Lewandowski as "absolute nonsense".
"It's nonsense," he said. "Absolute nonsense."