Matteo Darmian confirms desire to leave Manchester United
Italy international Matteo Darmian has confirmed that he would like to part ways with Manchester United during the summer transfer window. The 28-year-old managed just five Premier League starts during a frustrating 2017/18 campaign and he has now decided on a fresh challenge regarding of the injury crisis at the club.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Darmian admitted that he wants to move on from the Mancunian giants and does not believe the injury to Antonio Valencia will hamper his ambition, he said:“I don’t think the injury of Antonio is a big injury. I don’t know how long he needs to stay out, but at the moment he is the captain, he’s first choice. I want to play more regularly.Last season, I didn’t play much — that’s my objective and my ambition. That’s why I spoke with the manager and also with the club about my future. I want to leave but we will see what happens because we don’t know.”
Club-captain “Antonio Valencia picked up a calf problem during the opening stages of the goalless draw against Real Salt Lake “and he has since been receiving treatment from the club’s physios. Nevertheless, the 33-year-old has been backed to return before the season opener next month but his probable absence may witness either Timothy Fosu-Mensah or Victor Lindelof take up the right-back position.
Darmian was particularly impressive under the guidance of former head coach Louis van Gaal and he continued to command a decent role during Jose Mourinho’s first season in charge. However, the previous campaign was a huge disappointment for him on the personal scale as he found himself behind both Ashley Young and Luke Shaw in the pecking order. So far, no clubs have matched United’s £17m asking price but there has certainly been interest from the likes of Juventus and Napoli this month.