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Monaco respond to Nani rumors

Claudio Ranieri plays down a move for the United winger

By | 27th July 2013

Monaco manager Claudio Ranieri has ruled out a move for out-of-favor Manchester United winger Nani, according to

The Portuguese international has struggled to find his form with the Red Devils recently, and with Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia, Ryan Giggs, and new signing Wilfried Zaha all competing for the same role, many had speculated that Nani’s future at United was uncertain, with Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain, and Zenit St. Petersburg all reportedly interested in players’ services.

Having already signed Ramadel Falcao, João Moutinho, Ricardo Carvalho, James Rodriguez, Eric Abidal, and Jérémy Toulalan this summer, Ranieri told reporters that Monaco are not interested in signing the winger, stating, “No, Nani is just rumors. Our market is closed.”

After falling down the pecking order under Sir Alex Ferguson, Nani looked to be almost certainly on his way out of Old Trafford after making just seven starts in the Premier League last season. However, new United boss David Moyes has reportedly convinced Nani that he does in fact have a place in the team and that it would be in the winger’s best interest to remain at the Theater of Dreams.

Monaco finished first in Ligue 2 last season, securing promotion back to the top flight after being bought by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, who has invested heavily in the club’s future.

The Red and Whites earned their first preseason victory earlier today, with new signing Falcao, Layvin Kurzawa, and Marcel Tisserand getting on the score sheet, beating Championship-side Leicester City 3-0 at the King Power Stadium.

Monaco’s next match is against a  rejuvenated Tottenham side that today beat South China 6-0, with Jermaine Defoe netting a hat-trick to secure the club’s first preseason victory.

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