Manchester United winger Nani has been speaking candidly about his loan move to Sporting Lisbon in comments published by Portuguese newspaper A Bola.
The 28-year-old returned to his former club in the summer and hit the ground running, and while injury set him back slightly he returned with a bang last weekend, scoring one and setting up another to take his tally to eight goals and six assists for the season.
In an interview initially aired by BT Sport, Nani said, “I needed this experience. For the past two seasons I suffered many injuries; I was upset about many things in my life and I missed my family.
“The only chance to be happy was this and I took advantage of the situation to represent Sporting.”
As enlightening as that is, it was his next statement that may raise the most eyebrows among United fans.
“It was I who decided to leave and that was a good decision,” he added, suggesting that a player some felt had been shown the exit at Old Trafford in fact headed there of his own accord.
Nani has frustrated far more than he has dazzled during his time at United, his talent undeniable but his sporadic displays of brilliance overshadowed by too many inconsistent performances.
At Sporting he has looked far more like his old self, a regular goal threat who is enjoying both his game and his surroundings.
He could still have a future at United, but following his latest comments it could in fact be him that wants to leave rather than his manager Louis van Gaal struggling to find a place for him in a much-changed starting line-up.
Only time will tell, but Nani has admitted a return to Sporting was his one chance to be happy, so would he really turn his back on that so soon?