Matteo Darmian has confirmed that he wants to leave Manchester United this summer. Rumors have linked the Italian defender with a return to Serie A for several months, and in his comments following the friendly win over AC Milan on Wednesday, United manager José Mourinho confirmed that Darmian was seeking a move away. Mourinho also noted that the club had yet to receive a suitable offer for the player’s services.
“Matteo wants to leave and I think when a player wants to leave, if the right offer arrives you have to try to be human and let the player follow his instinct but not at any price. Until now, the offers we got for Matteo are not even close to being accepted.”
Following those remarks, Darmian himself has left no doubt as to his intentions. Despite injuries to Antonio Valencia and new signing Diogo Dalot — opening up a potential starting spot at right-back in the opening games of the season — Darmian has no desire to spend another year mostly kicking his heels on the bench.
“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.”
Darmian has been useful at times because of his ability to play both full-back positions, but he was yet another player in a long line of Louis van Gaal signings who was never of the required standard. United are in dire need of at least one top class full-back, but if the (relative lack of) activity in the transfer market so far is any indication, players like Darmian will first have to be moved on before new signings are recruited.