Is this the real reason Manchester United gave Nani a new contract?

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Have United simply given Nani a new deal in the summer just to ensure they get cash for him in 2014?

It was widely expected that next summer Manchester United were more than ready to allow Portuguese winger Nani leave the club at the end of his contract with the club. Despite showing flashes of his obvious brilliance and innate talent over the years, it seemed his love affair with United was coming to an end.

The fact was, he was not performing well for the club anymore, and he became more a figure of frustration than anything positive.

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With his contract expiring in 2014, he was expected to leave this summer gone, with the likes of Juventus and Arsenal both linked with his signature.

Instead, they gave him a new contract - seemingly out of nowhere.

Nani signed a new deal at the start of September keeping him at the club until 2018 - despite concerns over his form for the past 18 months.

And while injury has played its part, not much has improved. With the eventual breakthrough of Wilfried Zaha surely just a matter of time, and the sudden arrival of Adnan Januzaj on the scene, Nani finds himself in and out of the team once again.

So why did they give him an improved deal?

Could it simply be to sell him next summer, rather than lose him for nothing instead.

Now United can sell him on for profit, with the likes of Galatasaray said to be interested in his signature.

He is still only 26-years-old, and it would appear that he has simply just lost the mojo at Manchester United.

If he was offered a new deal in order to simply sell him off, it would finally be a feather in the cap for new chief executive Ed Woodward, who has so far been criticised for his poor performances in the transfer market.

But managing to negotiate a new contract in order to ensure they were selling him for profit would finally demonstrate the new guy has got what it takes to finally step into the shoes of David Gill.

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