Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian finally breaks his silence, after not being sold by the Red Devils till now.
Manchester United got off to a good start to their new season after defeating Leicester City 2-1 on the opening night of the Premier League. It wasn’t the most impressive of performances from United but it was a crucial victory to start the season following a torrid pre-season tour.
Apart from the youngsters, there were players who wanted to leave the club in search of minutes. One of them was Matteo Darmian. At one point, it seemed that Darmian would be the first player to leave the club – following the early arrival of Diogo Dalot from Porto.
Instead, injuries to both captain Antonio Valencia and Dalot at the start of the pre-season saw Darmian slotted into the starting line-up against most of the remaining pre-season games. In fact, he even started against Leicester. Clearly, they are forced to use him, despite the fact he has his heart set back to Italy.
In an interview with Libero (h/t Calciomercato), the Italian clarified his foremost desire is to play meaningful minutes and not be 3rd choice behind Valencia and Dalot.
“United is one of the biggest clubs in the world, anyone must deserve the place and I work in light of this.
“But of course I’d rather play more, even if it means leaving Manchester; where I dream of going back to is Italy, in Serie A, where I got a lot of satisfaction.”
The 28-year-old has been with the Red Devils since 2015 but has mostly filled the role of a depth option, starting just five Premier League matches last year.
I feel this all has to be United’s fault not to sell him early and he has the right to be disappointed as he is not getting his desired move.
Moreover, being 28 now, teams like Juventus don’t come around more often. So, he had a chance to move to Turin but United blocked that as well as they did not have any recognised right back. Also, Darmian was very unfortunate as Valencia and Dalot got injured at the same time, which kept him in the club.