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

Nani [R] spent seven seasons at Old Trafford.
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.

"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."

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