Matteo Darmian seems likely to return to Italy this summer with Juventus, Inter Milan and Napoli linked


Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian has revealed that he could sign for Inter Milan, Juventus or Napoli this summer. The 28-year-old right-back has been used sparingly by Jose Mourinho for the past season and with 19-year-old Diogo Dalot signing for the Old Trafford club this summer, the future for Darmian looks bleak. The Italian international has one year left on his contract and the club have not started negotiations on a renewal, hence the player seeking football elsewhere.

Last week, Sky Italy reported that Darmian’s agent met with Juventus Sporting Director Fabio Paratici and discussions regarding that are still ongoing. Darmian has spoken to Gazzetta dello Sport about his situation, which is where he has confirmed that three Serie A clubs are interested in signing him this summer. The player obviously wants to play football as a starter and with Antonio Valencia being a mainstay in the team and the fact that Ashley Young emerged as United’s first-choice left-back last season, a place on the bench seems the only option for Darmian.

“United are a top club, but wanting to be a starter is normal. I have one more year on my contract and we haven’t talked about a renewal. My agent knows what I want. Returning to Italy? It could be to Juve, Inter, Napoli or someone else, it’s not for me to say.

“In any case, I’d only move to the club who offered me the best solution. My doors are open. I was close [to leaving last year], but United didn’t want me to go. It was a sign of confidence, plus I wanted to play under Mourinho for another year.”

Darmian made 17 appearances for United in all competitions last season and in the majority of them, he seemed rusty and really needed a run of matches that he was not going to get. Dalot’s arrival will show that the future will lie elsewhere for the 28-year-old with United needing to secure some positions for now and for the future. United will be expected to challenge Manchester City to wrestle the Premier League title away from them, so Mourinho will have a big job on his hands.

Darmian started well when he signed for United in the summer of 2015 which saw early comparisons to former United captain Gary Neville, however, that soon disappeared which saw the player criticised, benched often and never actually reach the heights he hit for the club early in his career. His lack of game time since Mourinho became the manager suggests Darmian is not trusted and the manager needs to trust the players on the pitch. It is a shame it did not work out and perhaps a move back to his native Italy will help his rediscover his form.

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