Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson claims the Premier League champions are unlikely to see any first team players leave Old Trafford in the summer. The Scot's comments come after rumours linking Brazilian midfielder Anderson and Portuguese winger Nani with departures, following unsettled and unproductive seasons.
"We have no plans to sell anyone. That's a fact. There is no need for us to sell anyone. Nani played last week at Arsenal and he did well. When he is in form there are very few better than him. So I think we will bring him back in pre-season training and he will be all right," the 71-year-old veteran explained.
Anderson and Nani
Earlier transfer speculation linked Anderson with an exit, with the Mirror reporting the 24-year-old wanted regular playing time. The Brazilian does have injury problems and with Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes, Tom Cleverley, Ryan Giggs and Shinji Kagawa all available, it was expected Ferguson would allow his 2007 signing to leave the club.
Meanwhile, the future of Nani is perhaps a little more uncertain. The 26-year-old Portuguese international has often been praised by Ferguson but inconsistent form and continued disagreements over a new contract (his present deal expires in 2014) have raised talk of an Old Trafford departure. In addition, there has also been talk of the winger being used as bait in an attempt to bring Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo back to Manchester.
Ferguson on Mourinho's Return to England
The United boss has also spoken on the possible return of former Chelsea boss José Mourinho to west London. The Portuguese led the Blues to two Premier League crowns and an FA Cup between 2004 and 2007 before leaving for Inter Milan and Real Madrid. And The Sun believes the 50-year-old is set to return to Stamford Bridge on 1 July.
"Would I relish Mourinho coming back? Yes. Absolutely. It will get me angry again. I think going back is a big attraction for him, if his time at Madrid is finished that is, but I have no knowledge of it," Ferguson said.
Mourinho on His Future
However, Ferguson and the Premier League may have to wait a while longer. Because for all the speculation and rumours, Mourinho continues to dismiss the possibility of a move.
"I have not taken the decision yet. First to know will be my wife and my children. Then the president (Florentino Perez) and director general (Jose Angel Sanchez). We will speak about the future after the end of the season. I have a Copa del Rey final and La Liga matches to play," the Special One declared.