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Mou expects Darmian stay

Published:Saturday | August 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Manchester United's Matteo Darmian (second right) celebrates after scoring a goal in the English Premier League on April 20, 2016.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho confirmed that defender Matteo Darmian will remain at Old Trafford, while admitting he was open to allowing the Italian to leave this Summer.

The Italian international was heavily linked with a return to Serie A, with the Juventus particularly interested.

However, they decided against meeting Manchester United's 20 million Euros asking price.

"I don't think he (Darmian) will go," Mourinho said yesterday.

"He cannot have any bad feeling towards us because we opened the door for him in case his desire was to go, but it looks like it's not going to end in a transfer and for me it is good news that Matteo is staying.

Mourinho described Darmian as reliable and highlighted his flexibility in the United line-up.

"He's always an option for us, a reliable player," Mourinho said. "We know that his performance level is that one, we know he always does a job for the team, right-back, left-back, starting player on the bench, he always does it, he's loved in the group by his human nature, too."