Manchester United player Bebe has been speaking about his future having being crowned Pacos de Ferreira’s Player of the Year.
It is quite a turnaround for someone who was swiftly dubbed not just a ‘flop’ but Sir Alex Ferguson’s worst ever transfer following his £7.4million purchase in 2010.
Just four years later, the now-23-year-old finished his latest loan spell with 12 goals and talk of a possible call-up to the World Cup squad.
The latter failed to materialise, but even the fact that such stories were being written shows how far the United player has come.
With a year left on his current contract, he could yet return to Old Trafford this summer for one final attempt at proving the doubters wrong. But when asked what the future held, the player had another option in mind.
In quotes published by Portuguese newspaper A Bola, Bebe said, “Nothing is concrete. I hear Braga and Sporting Lisbon (are interested) but they are just rumours and I leave that to my agent.
“If I could choose to stay in Portugal it would be great to play here, because I think it would be favourable for me.”
So has Bebe realised there is no future for him at United, or simply acknowledged that after such an impressive season for Pacos he could see a lot more football by remaining in his homeland.
It remains to be seen, but if Louis van Gaal does not give Bebe the chances he craves, it seems he would be happy to remain in a country he left for the bright lights of Old Trafford, only to make his real breakthrough having left that fairy tale behind.