Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian has reiterated his desire to leave Old Trafford in the current transfer window.
The Italian international is down the pecking order at the Premier League club, and reports have suggested that Jose Mourinho is open to selling the former Torino man if the price is right. Antonio Valencia is still seemingly the first-choice right back, while £19m youngster Diogo Dalot appears to be the long-term option for the position.
Speaking to the media on Man United’s pre-season tour, the 28-year-old says that he is looking to leave England before the new season as he goes in search of first-team football:
“Yes, I still want to leave, that what I want. But we will see what happens because we don’t know. I don’t think the injury of Antonio Valencia 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.”
Darmian arrived at Man United in a £12.7m deal in 2016, but has found first-team opportunities hard to come by in the past couple of seasons. He made just five Premier League starts last season, and is looking ever more likely to be leaving this summer.
However, he may find his options limited. Juventus had been heavily linked but they have since signed Joao Cancelo from Valencia, while Inter look set to acquire Croatian international Sime Vrsaljko from Atletico Madrid in the coming days.
That said, Serie A remains the most likely option for Darmian to revive his stagnating career.