Jose Mourinho has explained why Manchester United keeping Matteo Darmian “is good news”.
United initially planned to sell Darmian this summer, with the defender eager to return to his native Italy after three years in the Premier League.
But moves to a number of Serie A clubs have fallen through ahead of Friday’s deadline on Italian clubs signing players, meaning Darmian will be staying at Old Trafford.
The 28-year-old played the full 90 minutes on the opening day against Leicester, and will be featuring again some time soon. Sorry, United fans.
“I don’t think he will go, and he cannot have any bad feeling towards us because we opened the door for him in case his desire was to go but it looks like it’s not going to end in a transfer and for me it is good news that Matteo is staying,” he said.
“He’s always an option for us, a reliable player, we know that his performance level is that one, we know he always does a job for the team, right back, left back, starting player on the bench, he always does it.
“He’s loved in the group by his human nature, too.”