Matteo Darmian has been pictured putting in the hard yards for Italy ahead of their World Cup qualifier with Albania on Friday.
The Italian was omitted from the national side for games against Spain and Macedonia back in October 2016 after failing to make a single Premier League start under Jose Mourinho.
He was later reintroduced by Gian Piero Ventura for clashes with Lichtenstein and Germany in November and will once again be in contention for upcoming games against Albania and the Netherlands.
Darmian, who has only made six starts for Manchester United since the turn of the year, was seen working hard for the Azzurri on Thursday.
The summer of 2016 held witness to innumerable reports linking Darmian, supposedly dissatisfied with his bit-part role at Old Trafford, with a move back to Serie A. Napoli, Inter Milan, Roma, Juventus and his old side Torino were amongst those supposedly interested in securing the 27-year-old’s signature ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.
Such noise has since abated, leaving Darmian in an ambiguous place heading into the summer. Indeed, this entire season has been one of ambivalence for the Italian: how he has performed, how his body language appears and indeed how supporters view him under Mourinho – not necessarily positive but hardly negative either. Supporters will be keen to see how his predicament evolves over the next few months.