Louis Van Gaal is thought to have made his first big decision as he awaits to be officially confirmed as the manager of Manchester United - he is said to have told club executives that he wishes to keep Portuguese winger Nani.
With Manchester United expecting a summer of big changes all around the club, it appears that boss-in-waiting Van Gaal has already made his first big decision on the transfer front.
The Mirror reports that the 62-year-old Dutchman has told Manchester United executives to stop winger Nani’s protracted £10m move to Italian side Juventus, as he sees a future for the Portuguese star firmly at Old Trafford.
The 27-year-old had been earmarked for a move to Turin after falling out of favour with previous manager David Moyes - he made just 13 starts all season. Injuries arguably played a part, but the signing of Juan Mata - and Kagawa’s return to the starting line-up - certainly didn’t help Nani's desire for more game-time.
Although Nani has been a big disappointment at Manchester United this season, and has been in the shadow of international teammate Cristiano Ronaldo almost from the start, he has played a big part in the club's most recent successful campaigns - benefiting from a system under previous manager Sir Alex Ferguson that was fast-paced, direct and that always used the full width of the pitch.
There is no doubt Nani has skill and experience to add-value, and maybe a lengthy run in the team under Van Gaal will boost his confidence and get his Manchester United career back on track.
Here are some comments from Manchester United fans on learning of the report:
Van Gaal may just be able to get the best out of Nani. And Nani at his best is a wonderful thing.— pauliegunn (@PaulGunning1) Mayo 5, 2014
VanGaal has blocked Nani's move to Juventus??? I love this man already! #MUFC— kOSH. (@KamikazeKosh) Mayo 5, 2014
Good that van Gaal has blocked the Nani transfer to Juve! I think he'll get the best out of him! 5M for him is a joke— No magac (@Saadaq_) Mayo 6, 2014