Being surplus to requirements is not a feat any player can quietly stomach.
This is particularly the case in the modern era, where talented individuals are backed by staunch agents who are eager to ensure that their abilities don’t go in vain on a bleak bench.
As of such, even a few months of being sidelined is often enough for new destinations to be sought. Such appeared to be the case for Matteo Darmian, with the Italian’s time at Manchester United touted to come to an end this window.
Serie A giants like Inter Milan, Juventus, and Napoli were all linked with him at some point or another, and his own comments seemed to indicate that a departure was inevitable.
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But now, his agent Tullio Tinto has something else to say. Tinto remarked: “Napoli? Mourinho and the English club do not want to give in. After talking with them, I think that Darmian does not move from United and, therefore, from the Premier League.”
Curiosity does beg the question as to what may have persuaded a change of heart for the 28-year-old. One possible answer could lie in United’s worrisome injury lineup ahead of the Premier League commencing in just over a week.
New arrival Dalot has been ruled out till early September, while Mourinho’s existing options on the flanks are also in varying stages of recovery. As of such, it is Darmian who is most apt to start against Leicester when the Red Devils return to action.
Moreover, with the current state of affairs at the club, perhaps retaining the Italy international is a desperate move on part of the club to ensure some semblance of order remains.
As of such, one ought not to be surprised if this saga resurfaces in January, with the player more adamant to leave than ever before.