Torres safe at Chelsea but will Nani stay at Old Trafford?

Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres’ inclusion in the Spanish national squad is more significant than Nani’s inclusion in the Portugal squad.

Fernando Torres’ good form towards the back end of the season has been rewarded with a re-inclusion to the Spanish national squad.

By contrast Nani’s inclusion in the Portugal squad has come at a time where his Manchester United future remains firmly in doubt.

Torres has seemingly saved his Chelsea career with goals towards the back end of last season, which should convince the incoming Jose Mourinho to keep him on at Stamford Bridge as a squad player at the very least.

Torres has adapted well to make himself more of a goal threat considering some of the abilities he has just lost through time, such as his blistering pace which made him globally feared as a Liverpool player.

On the other hand, with Nani, it’s literally any United fan’s guess as to whether David Moyes will keep him at the football club next season.

Sir Alex Ferguson seemed very reluctant to use him regularly throughout the last campaign, which gave off the message that he had serious doubts about the winger’s lack of commitment or consistency.

Whether that changes with Moyes is a bit too early to say, but at the start of the season had you asked any Chelsea or United fan who they wanted in their team, they’d have picked Nani every single time.

That was due to Torres’ inability to hit the back of the net ever since his £50 million transfer from Liverpool and the injury which caused him to lose a lot of his natural pace as a striker.

It puts Chelsea in a slightly better position ahead of the summer because Torres will return to Stamford Bridge in the pre-season full of confidence, as opposed to the somewhat wary striker he’s sometimes appeared as at Chelsea.

Nani probably doesn’t know what to make of his United context at the moment because he’s hardly been prolific or integral to the United side recently, yet he’s still good enough to make it into the Portugal squad.

For any new manager coming into a club, it’s important to have fewer headaches to come to terms with as opposed to more.

Although Mourinho already knows Chelsea like the back of his hand, there will still be a few issues and things he needs to sort out but Torres’ role and future is not one of them.

Moyes has to decide whether Nani has a place at his club, but more importantly how to replace him if he’s going to move on.

Which international inclusion do you see as most significant?

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