Luis Nani has revealed why he ignored elite clubs in Europe to sign for Man Utd.

Nani [R] spent seven seasons at Old Trafford.

Portugal international Luis Nani has explained the reason why he rejected a move to Arsenal and signed for Manchester United back in 2007.

After the winger Nani sealed a move to Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon, he went on to win four Premier League titles and the Champions League during his seven-year stint with United.

The 33-year-old also revealed several elite clubs in Europe including Arsenal, Chelsea, and LaLiga giants Real Madrid were keen to secure his services.

"At that time, I was lucky because I was working with the strongest agents in the world and then we had a connection with a lot of important persons," said Nani in quotes reported by the Daily Star.

More: Manchester United legend explains how Paul Pogba can thrive under Solskjaer.

"People who were important in Manchester because, at that time, Ronaldo was playing there and had a similar story, you know, playing for Sporting and then Ferguson went to bring him to United.

"Carlos Queiroz was there as well, he’s Portuguese, so it can help a little bit and I was very excited.

"My agent asked me as there were so many teams to choose from – Chelsea, Arsenal, teams in Italy like Juventus and Inter [Milan].

"Bayern [Munich] and [Real] Madrid – I don’t know if they were true but it was in the news."

Nani, who plays for Major League Soccer franchise Orlando City, added: "I chose Manchester because of the reasons they gave me at that time and everything [about how] the past was involved with me.

"It gave me the reasons to go there, all my story and beyond that, told me to go to Manchester. It was a club where I have a story in the past before I moved to Manchester, when I was a kid, so it was good."

More: Rooney explains why Park Ji-Sung deserves praise for the part he played at Man Utd.

Follow Think Football Ideas across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Photographs: The photographs on the site are not owned by Think Football Ideas and we do not claim ownership of these images by any means. All the images are the sole property of their respective owners. 


A huge thanks to Daily Mirror, Daily Star, Getty Images, Reuters, Action Images, PA Sport, and Marca.

        Advertise With Us