Manchester United winger Nani has reportedly retracted his initial increased wage demand, according to The Sun.
At the latter end of last season, Nani, 25, initially requested a pay increase from £90,000 to £130,000 pounds a week which would mean a weekly pay rise of just under 50%. However, in the second half of the 2011/12 season the winger suffered a subsequent loss of form, scoring only two goals.
Nani’s loss of form continued to slump during Portugal’s Euro 2012 campaign and seemingly has failed to improve after a disappointing performance against Everton on Monday, which eventually saw him replaced by Ashley Young with just over ten minutes remaining. The Sun now claims that Ashley Young will now start ahead of Nani when Manchester United play Fulham at Old Trafford tomorrow.
As a consequence, Nani has dropped his wage demands in fear of losing his place in Sir Alex Ferguson’s first eleven. Nani faces stiff competition in his position, with Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young and veteran Ryan Giggs also able to perform on both wings. Sir Alex Ferguson has told the winger that in order to receive a wage increase he needs to emulate the kind of form that saw him in the PFA team of the year at the end of the 2009/10 season.
Nani earns considerably less than the United top earners. These include Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie who comfortably exceed the £10 million pound income received per annum. This is compared to the £4 million pounds Nani earns per annum. Conversely, Nani still earns less than his colleagues vying for the same position Ashley Young and Ryan Giggs, but still earns more than Antonio Valencia.
Nani was rumoured to be of interest to both Real Madrid and Zenit St. Petersburg in the summer but consequentially to these rumours Manchester United have said that with two years left to run on Nani’s contract, they would not be willing to let him go for any less than £25 million pounds.