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Nani to follow Ronaldo to Madrid?

Manchester United midfielder Nani has spoken of his desire to play for Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese international has seen how fellow countryman Cristiano Ronaldo has excelled in Spain under the former Chelsea boss and Nani is keen to have that for himself at some stage in his career.

The 24-year-old said : ‘It is good to hear there are other clubs interested. ‘Would I like to work under Mourinho? Yes.”

Such comments are likely to intensify speculation linking Nani away from Old Trafford this summer. He was left out of the Champions League final starting eleven last month and slipped dramatically down the pecking order during the season.

He started very strongly, threatening to comfortably fill the role formally occupied by Ronaldo at Old Trafford, but didn’t feature as much during the second-half of the campaign.

Once Antonio Valencia returned from injury, he was picked ahead of Nani. Then, with Ashley Young set to join from Aston Villa and fellow wide players Wesley Sneijder, Samir Nasri and Alexis Sanchez all linked to the club, Nani could find himself surplus to requirements.

Sir Alex Ferguson will of course want strength in depth when it comes to his midfield, but Nani isn’t likely to be happy with a place on the bench all year. Especially with how well he started the most recent campaign.

He has got a taste for starting every week at the highest level and if he doesn’t get this at Manchester united, perhaps he would be tempted with a move to Spain.

For now though, he seems keen to emphasise his position at the Premier League Champions, saying: “At this moment I am fine at Manchester United.”

There is no doubt that the next few months are vital for him though if he is to become a regular member of Manchester United’s starting eleven. He needs to hit the ground running and show Ferguson why he can be an invaluable part of life at Old Trafford.

Mourinho could well be watching on for things to go wrong…..

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