Matteo Darmian has completed a permanent transfer to Parma from Manchester United after four years at the club.
The Italian, who moved to Old Trafford from Torino for £12.7m in 2015, made 92 appearances for United over four seasons, scoring just once (a banger against Crystal Palace).
In recent times, Darmian has been an almost invisible figure at Old Trafford, playing no part in pre-season and managing just seven appearances in all competitions last term.
The club confirmed on Monday morning that Darmian had joined Parma on a four-year deal as the defender returns to his homeland.
🇮🇹 @DarmianOfficial has joined Parma on a permanent deal.
Buona fortuna, Matteo!
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 2, 2019
This was a transfer which always had to go through, and probably should have been done last year, but United fans will remember Darmian fondly, I hope.
While hardly up to the pace of Premier League football at times, his doggedness, his intuitive eye for defending in a truly Italian way, was something to admire. That performance against Ajax in the Europa League final, during which he shut down their left-hand side, was a masterclass in how to cancel out a threat.
Moreover, as others have dwindled and thrown toys out of the pram, Darmian always stuck to the task, never complained, just got on with it. We wish him well back in Italy. Ciao and gratze, Matteo.