A lot of Manchester United fans thought the English Premier League club would say goodbye to 26-year-old Portuguese winger Nani during the recent transfer window. However, in a bit if a surprise move, manager David Moyes has signed him to a new five-year deal which will see him under contract at Old Trafford until the end of the 2017/18 season.

The same fans are probably wondering why Moyes decided to sign him for such a long deal, but the manager said he’s pleased Nani agreed to the length of the contract. Moyes stated, “He has great ability and experience beyond his 26 years. I’ve been impressed with his approach to training and look forward to working with him in the coming seasons.”

Nani has already been with the club for six years as he joined United back in 2007. He said he enjoys playing with the team and the last half a dozen years have been an amazing experience. “When I came to the club, I never imagined the success we have enjoyed. Training every day with top players who want to win trophies every year is a great motivation to me.”

The player added that he’s glad to see that Moyes have faith in him and is looking forward to playing under the new manager for the next five years. The reason some fans will be surprised is because Nani isn’t exactly what you’d call a regular at Old Trafford. He runs hot and cold and often sits on the bench for games at a time.

Nani has four Premier League championship medals with United as well as a European Champions League medal. He has made 62 appearances for the Portuguese national team and has scored 13 goals and has found the back of the net 40 times in 212 matches with United. He started his career with Sporting Lisbon in 2005 and managed 11 goals in 76 matches in them.