After spending six seasons at Manchester United during which he won 4 Premier League titles, 7 domestic cups, a Champions League, and a FIFA Club World Cup, Brazilian midfielder Anderson joined Italian club AC Fiorentina on a loan during the January transfer window. As Daily Mail reports, at his first press conference with his new club the player was objective in that he has no intention nor desire of returning to England in the summer.
In his interview, the player mentioned “lots of players want out, especially people like me and Nani, who have been in Manchester for seven or eight years”. This is a controversial remark towards United, but especially regarding Nani who during the summer signed a new five-year-contract. His situation at Old Trafford is unstable due to a series of injuries and a strong competition in the midfield which has kept him out of regular playing time.
The Brazilian was also full of praise for his old club, but apparently it was time for him to leave Manchester and prove himself in another football league. During the interview, he stated that he is very happy in Florence, especially with the support shown by the entire club staff during his arrival. Anderson’s objectives in the upcoming seasons are to win titles with Fiorentina, showing he hopes to remain at the Italian side on a permanent move.
One thing is sure – if half of Anderson’s words are true, Manchester United is set for a large number of changes during the summer of 2014. Ryan Giggs (retirement?) is 40 years-old, and the contracts of Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, and Patrice Evra are coming towards their end (plus a few other surprises like Chicharito, or the aforementioned Nani) Perhaps it’s time for new stars to shine upon Old Trafford…