Portuguese legend claims he snubbed Chelsea for Manchester United

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Former Manchester United star Nani has claimed he snubbed a move to Arsenal and Chelsea over a switch to Old Trafford.

Nani left Sporting Lisbon for Manchester United in the summer of 2007.

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Nani told the Red Devil’s official website: “At that time, I was lucky because I was working with the strongest agents in the world and then we had a connection with a lot of important persons.

“People who were important in Manchester because, at that time, Ronaldo was playing there and had a similar story, you know, playing for Sporting and then Ferguson went to bring him to United. Carlos Queiroz was there as well, he’s Portuguese, so it can help a little bit and I was very excited.

“My agent asked me as there were so many teams to choose from – Chelsea, Arsenal, teams in Italy like Juventus and Inter [Milan]. Bayern [Munich] and [Real] Madrid – I don’t know if they were true but it was in the news.

“I chose Manchester because of the reasons they gave me at that time and everything [about how] the past was involved with me. It gave me the reasons to go there, all my story and beyond that, told me to go to Manchester.

“It was a club where I have a story in the past before I moved to Manchester, when I was a kid, so it was good.”

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