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Ferguson wants to keep 'match-winner' Nani

ESPN staff
February 22, 2013
Nani's talent makes him a prized asset for Manchester United © PA Photos

Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed he wants Nani to stay at Manchester United, after describing him as one of the 'best match-winners in Europe'.

Nani has struggled to emerge from the shadow that Cristiano Ronaldo cast over Old Trafford, but he is rated highly by Ferguson due to his undoubted talent. The Portuguese winger has struggled for consistency, which his manager is aware of, but the Red Devils boss would be loath to let him leave.

"We are prepared to keep him, no doubt about that," Ferguson said. "He is one of the best match-winners in the game and I am including the whole of Europe in that. He is capable of scoring the most incredible goals.

"The boy has got great talent for winning matches."

Nani has cut a frustrated figure having struggled to nail down a regular place in the side. The club are speaking to Nani and Ferguson has made it clear that the best way for Nani to guarantee a start is to show his best on a regular basis.

Ferguson said: "David (Gill) has been speaking to his agent for a few weeks now. It is entirely up to the boy himself now. He has a year and a half left. I would prefer to keep him.

"The thing with Nani is he wants guaranteed first-team football and he can guarantee that with his performances.

"We are trying our best as he is such a match-winning player."

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