Last updated : 10 June 2007 By Editor

"The transfer all happened very fast. It seems the clubs reached an agreement quite rapidly and from then on I knew my career would continue at Manchester United.

"They are one of the major clubs in Europe. Any player would like to play for Manchester United. All I have to do now is to keep working and giving my best to prove to be worthy of the confidence shown in me.

"I know I'm young and I have still to learn many things.

"At least I'll have them to speak Portuguese with and they will be important especially in the initial period of adapting to a different country.

"I've spoken briefly about it to Ronaldo already on international duty. I'll have more time to be with him and talk about different things in the future.

"As for the three of us playing together, it would be great to play alongside them but that's up to the coaches to decide.

"They are two of the best players I know so it's a privilege to have them as club-mates.

"Any player would like to play at Manchester United. They are one of the major clubs in Europe. All I have to do now is to keep working and give my best to prove to be worthy of the confidence shown in me. I know I'm young and I have still to learn many things."

The Observer:

Just how good is Nani? Is the Portuguese whippersnapper ready to compete immediately for a first-team place at Old Trafford when he arrives next season? There is a sneak preview tonight as the latest youngster to inspire Manchester United to part with a multimillion-pound transfer fee is one of the star attractions of the Uefa Under-21 Championship that begins today.

United have made a habit of expensive, yet rewarding attacks on the youth sector of the transfer market in recent years. Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney are still eligible for the under-21s. Together with Nani, the three were reeled in for a combined sum of more than £50million.

That Ronaldo and Rooney are enjoying some well-earned rest while Nani - and another young United attacker, Giuseppe Rossi of Italy - will spend the next two weeks on junior international duty demonstrates how there is a clear divide among the eight teams. Some, such as Serbia and Israel, are selecting their strongest squad and gladly include players who were with their full national team last week. Others acknowledge there are some special cases and the very best have bypassed this age group. You can imagine how a phone call from Stuart Pearce to Alex Ferguson enquiring about Rooney's availability would have gone down.

Historically, some major talents have used the under-21 tournament as a useful stepping stone. Zinedine Zidane, Rudi Voller, Davor Suker, Roberto Mancini and Luis Figo all flourished on this stage.

Nani is obviously marked out as one to watch now that word of his potential has spread outside Portugal. When growing up he was a big admirer of Figo and has been working hard to emulate that example. He is taken aback by the speed of his development, though. 'Things have happened very quickly, suddenly,' says the winger. 'I'm surprised, but very pleased.'

The 20-year-old is one of a handful of promising players in a team that have the Portuguese wondering if they might be witnessing the creation of a new golden generation. Joao Moutinho, one of Nani's friends from Sporting Lisbon, and Werder Bremen's big centre-forward Hugo Almeida were in the full Portugal squad that won in Belgium last weekend. Midfielder Miguel Veloso, another to have emerged from the famed Sporting academy, has been tipped by Luis Felipe Scolari as 'on the verge' of a breakthrough to the senior team. PSV Eindhoven's centre-half Manuel da Costa is said to have caught Chelsea's eye. Portugal appear to have young talent to burn.