Darmian talks about Manchester United after reaching CL final

Ajax's David Neres in action with Matteo Darmian.

Matteo Darmian has already won a European trophy with Manchester United Reuters / Phil Noble.

Inter sealed their place in the final of the Champions League for the first time in 13 years following a convincing 3-0 win on aggregate over AC Milan.

When Inter were drawn with Bayern Munich and Barcelona in Group C, not many expected the Serie A outfit to progress beyond the group stage, let alone reach the final of the competition at the expense of their fierce rivals.

Simone Inzaghi’s side produced a brilliant defensive display at San Siro, preventing Milan from scoring any goal across two legs. Matteo Darmian played every minute of the clash, helping Andre Onana keep two clean sheets.

Akin to Inter, Darmian has also surprised many with the path his career has taken ever since his exit from Manchester United. The versatile defender left Manchester for Parma in 2019 after lifting four trophies, including the Europa League under Inter legend Jose Mourinho.

On the back of impressive performances for Parma, the Italian earned another big move – a loan spell with Inter. He maintained his good form and was rewarded with a permanent transfer to the Italian giants in 2021.

After the final whistle on Tuesday, Darmian talked about his former club but insisted he’s focused on the final in Istanbul, where Inter will face Real Madrid or Manchester City.

“I have to say thank you to them [United] because if I’m the player and person that I am, it’s also because of them. I just have to say thank you, but now I’m an Inter player and I give everything for Inter,” the 33-year-old told Sky Sports.

Darmian isn’t the only former red at Inter. Romelu Lukaku and Henrikh Mkhitaryan also play for the Nerazzurri. The latter was on the scoresheet in his side’s 2-0 win over Milan in the first leg.