Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic was subject of a bid from both Milan clubs, Inter and AC, this summer but the club did not accept the bid.
The 31-year-old Serbian international has been relegated behind a midfield duo of Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and would be keen on a move away from Old Trafford, according to the Mirror.
Duncan Castles told the paper:
“It’s not that he wanted to leave Manchester United, but his calculation was: ‘If Solskjaer doesn’t want to play me, I don’t want to be a bench player at Manchester United.
”’If these two important clubs in Italy are interested in signing me and giving me a long-term contract at age 31, then the rational decision for me would be to pursue that option and go and play football in Italy, ‘cos I’d rather be playing football in Italy on a long-term contract than be on the bench for a manager who would prefer to have someone else in the first team in England.’
“United didn’t take up those offers because they felt that financially they weren’t high enough for them to sell Matic.
“So he was forced to remain at the club. He didn’t push for a transfer in the sense of going public and going down the various steps you can go down when you want to move elsewhere.
“And now he sees himself stuck on the bench with a team that has won just one of four games this season under Solskjaer’s direction and is on a run of just three wins in 16 in all competitive matches.”
United play Leicester City at the weekend with no end in sight for the complete glumness at the club.