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Manchester United midfielder Anderson has admitted his frustration and has expressed his discontent, claiming he tried “many times” to leave the club, but the matter is out of his hands.
The Brazilian told Globo Esporte: “What can I say? I have three more years of contract, I have tried to leave many times and never succeeded to do so.”
International opportunity is what is potentially the motive behind Anderson’s unhappiness. Anderson has not featured for the Brazilian national side since 2008 and seems certain to miss out on the Brazilian team that will host the 2014 World Cup.
Anderson joined the Red Devils five years ago from Porto. The 5ft 9 bulldozer came with a big reputation as Manchester United splashed out £20 million on the then 19 year old.
However injuries have limited Anderson to just 93 Premier League appearances since his arrival in 2007, although Anderson has had a very successful career thus far with Manchester United, winning three Premier League titles, the Carling cup, the Community Shield, the FIFA World Cup, and a Champions League trophy.
Anderson showed his quality during the 2008/09 season, where he stayed most of the season injury free playing a total of 38 games.
However with Anderson’s injury record and having fallen down the pecking order at Manchester United due to the arrivals of Shinji Kagawa and the development of Tom Cleverley, Anderson may find the grass greener outside of Old Trafford.
He is still only 24 and would be a real asset to any team he plays for, if he can just stay injury free.
Written by Farhan Daw
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