Manchester United Transfer News: Nani Is Deserving of a Contract Extension

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJuly 9, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 04:  Nani of Manchester United with the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane on March 4, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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According to an article from (via Times of India), Manchester United midfielder Nani is currently engaged in talks regarding a contract extension with the club.

SkySports (via Times of India) has confirmed that Nani is hopeful a deal is reached, and that he believes he is supported by manager Sir Alex Ferguson, noting, "The manager has great faith in me and that's what is important. My agent is negotiating and we'll see what happens."

A valuable piece of United's midfield, the 25-year-old winger would be a tough loss for the Red Devils, particularly due to his proficiency on the offensive end.

Nani has shown the ability to facilitate time and time again from the wing, as evidenced by his eight goals and 10 assists in English Premier League competition a year ago.

Although winger Antonio Valencia appears to be a natural replacement for Nani after the signing of Shinji Kagawa, Nani is a more valuable offensive piece. Valencia's motor and relentless energy make him a more versatile threat, but Nani's contributions simply can't be ignored.

While there's a growing sense that Nani has become an expendable piece of the United midfield due to the presence of players like Kagawa, Ashley Young and Valencia, the Portuguese product has shown the ability to shoulder the offensive load, albeit inconsistently at times.

Nani's unpredictability makes him frustrating to watch, but his flashes of creativity and offensive prowess should be enough to establish him as a member of the starting XI.

Nani's aggression and willingness to take on defenders are what separates him from United's other midfielders, and while the price of creativity may be frustrating, it's a valuable asset to Sir Alex Ferguson's squad.

With the scoring load squarely on the shoulders of Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and company, United have afforded themselves a luxury in Nani. For a player who has produced admirable numbers during his tenure with United, appeasing Nani's request for a contract extension is the least the club can do.

Perhaps the possibility of ridding the midfield of an inconsistent piece is appealing to some, but the upside and pure potential that Nani has flashed over the past few seasons make him worth the gamble.