Anderson -- who was bought from FC Porto in the summer of 2007 for a transfer fee believed to be in the region of £18 million -- has revealed that he's tried to leave Manchester United on numerous occasions. When the 24-year-old was asked recently whether he desired a move back to Portugal, here's how he responded:
"What can I say? I have three more years of contract, I have tried to leave many times and never succeeded to do so."
- Anderson | Source: Globo Esporte
This is hardly surprising. Anderson was highly-rated when he arrived at Old Trafford and to put it bluntly, he hasn't lived up to expectations. He's been extraordinary at times and his talent is evident, however, during his 5+ seasons at the club, he's been plagued by continual injuries and inconsistency. The midfielder has likely been frustrated as well by not featuring as often as he probably would have liked when he has been available for selection.
Looking ahead to next season, Ando is the only central-midfielder that can be depended on along with Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley. Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes are nearing retirement while Darren Fletcher's future is uncertain due to health concerns. Unless United purchase a few midfielders in upcoming transfer windows or unless youngsters such as Davide Petrucci, Jess Lingard, Ryan Tunnicliffe become integrated into the first-team, it seems unlikely the club would allow Ando to leave. This makes sense of course and fortunately, there are no indications that the Brazilian is trying to force a move. I wouldn't worry about Ando's desire to play in Portugual or elsewhere unless he goes on self-imposed exile and is seen in South America golfing in the heart of a United season.