Nani insists he has no doubts over his decision to leave Manchester United, after completing his transfer to Fenerbahce on Monday afternoon.
The Portugal international joined the Reds in the summer of 2007, and showed great promise in his debut season as he helped Sir Alex Ferguson’s side win the Premier League and UEFA Champions League double. But this was to prove the highlight of his eight-year spell in Manchester, the last 12 months of which were spent on loan at former club Sporting Lisbon.
Despite signing a new contract in September 2013 which was designed to keep him at Old Trafford for another five years, the writing has been on the wall for the winger for some time. It had become increasingly clear that Nani had no future at the club under Louis van Gaal, who is happy to let the player leave his squad on a permanent basis and join Fenerbahce.
The Turkish side have paid a fee of just £4.5million for the player, who has won 86 caps for his country and cost United around £17milion when he joined from Sporting. Nani passed his medical at the Istanbul club on Sunday afternoon, and after officially being announced as a Fener signing less than 24 hours later, he made no qualms about his belief that he has made the right move.
“This is one of the most special days of my life,” said the 28-year-old, who made over 230 appearances for United and contributed to four league titles and a League Cup as well as the Champions League during his time in England. “I am very happy and proud to be part of Fenerbahce. I have no doubts that I made the right decision to come here. I will give my all for his club.”
Nani could be joined at his new club by former Old Trafford pal Robin van Persie, who seems destined to leave the Reds in the coming weeks. It was widely reported at the weekend that the Holland international, who has 12 months remaining on his contract, has agreed personal terms with Fenerbahce, who must now agree a price to sign the 31-year-old.