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Manchester United defender admits he is ‘open’ to leaving

Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian has admitted that he is open to a move away from the club.

The Italian made just eight appearance in the Premier League last season, with Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young the first choice options at right and left-back respectively.

He was brought in by former United boss Louis van Gaal, making 39 appearances in his first year at the club under the eccentric Dutchman. However Jose Mourinho‘s arrival at Old Trafford in 2016 has seen his role decrease into nothing more than a squad player.

The former Torino full back has been linked with a move to Serie A Champions Juventus for a number of months, but he has name dropped both Inter Milan and Napoli as potential destinations:

“United are a top club, but wanting to be a starter is normal,” Darmian told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“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”.

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