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Manchester United winger Nani is threatening to run down his contract before leaving for free.

The Portugal international is furious after United failed to offload him to Zenit St Petersburg against his wishes in midweek.

Claims from Zenit general director Maxim Mitrofanov about Nani pricing himself out of a £25million move to Russia with his excessive wage demands are true.

But Sunday Mirror Sport can reveal that Nani asked for a wage in excess of £200,000-a-week in the knowledge it would prompt Zenit to pull out of the deal.

At one point, the 25-year-old turned off his mobile phone so that he could not be contacted.

A source close to the ­player said: “It wasn’t an ­accident that Nani was ­incommunicado. He told his agent to ask for silly money if Zenit wanted to talk. He expected them to turn him down flat, but they still wanted to talk.

“In the end, Nani turned off his phone and told ­people he was with at the time not to divulge his whereabouts if anyone called them.

“He doesn’t want to go. He’s happy to sit there and see out his deal if United make things this difficult.”

Nani has two years left on his current deal, and was hoping that ­United would offer him an ­extension worth £130,000-a-week.

But with Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia, Shinji Kagawa, Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie all capable of playing wide , ­Sir Alex ­Ferguson feels that Nani is surplus to requirements.

So no deal was on the table and United have looked for potential buyers in a bid to claw back some cash after a summer which has seen Ferguson bankrolled to the tune of £50m.

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