Giampiero Ventura: Manchester United’s handling of Matteo Darmian is bizarre

by Tanveer Arayan

Italy national team coach Giampiero Ventura believes Manchester United’s handling of Matteo Darmian has been bizarre.

He was included in their latest squad for friendly fixtures against San Marino and Uruguay and a 2018 World Cup qualifying clash with Liechtenstein.

However, he will be forced to miss out the first game as Man United are yet to release the full-back after his involvement in the Europa League Final in Stockholm.

Speaking about the decision, Ventura wasn’t pleased as he was left short of options.

“I’d also add Darmian, he doesn’t have permission from United to come to us until June 5,” he said.

“A bizarre choice, as he’s been stopped since the Europa League final, and I think we’ve lost him for the Uruguay game too. A bizarre choice.

“We’re not going to cry though, we’ve lost many players over the months but locally we have a lot of youngsters thanks to the training camps.

“[Andrea] Conti, [Danilo] D’Ambrosio and [Leonardo] Spinazzola will be important for us in the upcoming matches.”

Mattia De Sciglio, Alessandro Florenzi, Emerson Palmieri and Davide Zappacosta are all missing and with their Italian Juventus players readying for their clash against Real Madrid in the Champions League final on June 3, it’ll be a massive blow.

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