Nani ‘open to United return’

first_img Press Association United sent Nani on a season-long loan to Sporting Lisbon as part of the deal that brought Marcos Rojo to Old Trafford last summer. The winger revealed Woodward has been in touch to congratulate him on his good form and the midfielder appears open to the possibility of staying at United once his loan at Sporting expires. Nani has opened the door to a possible return to Manchester United after admitting he still “loves” the club and is in regular contact with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.center_img “I love Manchester United,” the Portuguese told the Guardian. “The only decision I made (last summer) was to play more and be me again, because I lost a lot of things there last season due to injuries and the change of manager. “You never know the future,” Nani added. “It depends on a lot of things. If United want me to stay then with a different mentality I think we can work well next season but there are a lot of things to discuss and see.” Nani has been in good form since his move to Portugal, scoring eight goals in 25 appearances. He broke down in tears after scoring his latest goal last Sunday – a dipping long-range volley in the 2-0 win against Gil Vicente. The 28-year-old, who joined United from Sporting in 2007, said he was overcome by emotion because of “personal stuff”. He also revealed Woodward messaged him to congratulate him on scoring the goal. “I receive some texts from Ed Woodward,” Nani said. “He texted me about the goal [on Sunday] and the great season I am having here.” last_img read more

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Hodgson worries for young stars

first_imgEngland manager Roy Hodgson worries about the spotlight young players are put under and believes a lack of strong family support can leave them vulnerable to outside influences. Ward has been a hugely influential figure in the life of Sterling, whose father was murdered in Jamaica when he was nine – four years after the youngster had moved to England with his mother. “I worry for all these young players, to be honest,” said former Liverpool boss Hodgson. “They become stars very quickly. Their period of potential stardom doesn’t last for very long these days. “Sometimes a few games in the Premier League and you are a star. Jack Grealish is a good example of that, isn’t he? “A few months ago he was playing in Aston Villa’s reserves. Suddenly he’s in the first team and now we regard him as a star as well. “We should never forget we’re dealing with very young people. “I believe from what I know of Raheem that he’s strong enough to compartmentalise his life – from this side to what happens on the field of play, which is what interests me, but I do sympathise with them.” Asked what advice he would give a young player, Hodgson added: “If you wanted a one-word answer, I would say ‘family’. Family is very important. “But of course for some of these young players they don’t have the same strength of family around them as maybe a (Steven) Gerrard or a (Frank) Lampard have had so then you’re in the realms of saying, ‘Who’s going to work in place of those people?’. “I still believe the managers of their football clubs are important people for them. “I think that nine times out of 10 if you’re talking about the top clubs the manager will be a top-class guy, a top-class leader, and he’ll be able to give good advice. “But it’s a very individual thing and quite frankly I wouldn’t dream of commenting on any situation like Raheem’s with Liverpool because I really don’t know the details. “I don’t know Raheem’s side, his agent’s side, the club’s side. The people who know that are Liverpool Football Club. “What I have to do is distance myself from it, sympathise with anything that’s going on – from both parties, perhaps – and wish and hope that when he puts that England shirt on, he can leave all that behind him.” Press Association Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling has been the subject of intense focus all week as his long-term future at the club has been played out in public. Events reached a head on Thursday when Reds officials cancelled a meeting with the player and his representative scheduled for Friday after reading incendiary comments reportedly made by agent Aidy Ward to the London Evening Standard. last_img read more

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Džanan Musa: Our Best Marksman of the European Championship

first_imgOur biggest sport jewel, young basketball player Džanan Musa, who is – according to the basketball expert’s forecasting – the future European class, has been declared as the best marksman of the European Championship U-16 in Latvia with 23 points average.We remember his successful matches at the Championship, and he really thrilled everyone with the match against Lithuania when he scored the unbelievable 37 points, almost a half of the total score of our representation at the match.(Source: Radio Sarajevo / photo: ekskluziva.ba)last_img read more

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