Matteo Darmian has revealed that playing with Italy at the 2014 World Cup gave him the perfect platform to build on as he eventually moved to Manchester United.
Darmian was a surprise inclusion in Italy’s World Cup squad but he started all three of their games at the tournament.
The 25-year-old then made the move from Torino to Old Trafford this summer and he claimed the club’s Player of the Month award for August.
Darmian revealed how playing at the World Cup gave him the confidence to push his career on.
“Everything happened very quickly,” Darmian said.
”It gave me confidence, of course. Playing in a World Cup means you are competing against the strongest teams in the world and also the strongest players. So, on a self-esteem level, it gives you more certainty and security.
“I used to watch the Premier League on television and it was well known that it was perhaps one of the best leagues in the world. So, when I got the call from United, I didn’t have to think twice about it at all.
“For me, it was a big step in my career and a really big opportunity, personally, which I didn’t want to let slip away. Of course, Manchester United are one of the biggest clubs, not just in England but the whole world. Because of the history as well, all these factors made it an easy decision for me.”
Darmian’s form has slipped away somewhat in recent weeks but the majority of supporters are agreed that the right-back was an astute signing. Capable of playing on both flanks, Darmian’s versatility has proven to be useful following Luke Shaw’s double leg break.