Matteo Darmian has made it clear that he is happy at Manchester United ahead of the summer transfer window.
The Italian, who made 29 appearances over the 2016/17 season, saved his best for last with a sensational performance against Ajax in the Europa League final – something that Jose Mourinho, reportedly keen on signing a left back over the summer, would have taken note of.
Several reports over the season have claimed that several Serie A sides, with Inter Milan the most prominent, had expressed an interest in the 27-year-old.
But Darmian, speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport, has insisted he is happy and indeed settled at Old Trafford.
“I’ve got another two years on my contract here and I am happy in Manchester,” he said. “Now, with a medal around my neck, is not the right time to talk about my future — we can do that later. But I cannot deny that I have settled in here perfectly.”
“It’s so hard to go all the way in this competition, but when you do win it, it is so satisfying,” he said. “It was the first time for United and we have made history.”
I don’t know about you, but one of my favourite aspects of Man United’s triumph in Stockholm was the way Darmian, after a season of solid but unspectacular performances, suddenly turned into Paolo Maldini for 90 minutes.
It was, to use an horribly over employed headline, an Italian job from the left-back: the kind of performance that hardly appeals to the footballing aesthete but one that ensured Ajax, even with all their firepower, could barely make any headway down the left hand side.
The clash with Ajax demonstrated, in quite emphatic terms, that European finals tend to separate men from boys, and Darmian’s robustness and defensive nous on a night where United couldn’t afford slip-ups would have stuck in Mourinho’s mind.