Ex-Manchester United winger Nani joins Serie A side Venezia on free transfer

Former Manchester United star Nani has joined Serie A strugglers Venezia on a free transfer.

Nani’s future was unknown following the expiration of his contract with MLS side Orlando City in November, but Venezia have confirmed the Portuguese is returning to top-flight European football.

The 35-year-old spent three productive seasons with Orlando, during which he scored 28 goals and provided 23 assists in 77 appearances.  He was named an MLS All-Star in both 2019 and 2021. 

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Ex-Manchester United winger Nani has joined Venezia on a free transfer from Orlando City

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Venezia have agreed an 18-month deal with Nani through until the end of the 2022/23 season, and will hope he can lift them from their current dire predicament. 

The club was promoted to Serie A this season but find themselves with just 17 points and hovering one place above the relegation zone. 

Upon ending his contract with Orlando, Nani said: ‘I shall never forget how the fans and community supported me and my family ever since the moment we arrived in Florida. 

‘You will have in me a friend and a fan for the future. I wish you all the best.’ 

Nani enjoyed a highly decorated Manchester United career, with the skilful, pacy winger a fan favourite. During his time there he won eight major trophies including four Premier League titles and the Champions League. 

Nani (right) had a stellar Manchester United career, winning eight major trophies in his time

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