Darmian’s relationship with Mourinho at a ‘complete breakdown’

Date published: Friday 9th September 2016 9:37

Matteo Darmian: Could move on

Matteo Darmian’s relationship with Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is at a “complete breakdown”, according to reports in Italy.

The Italian paper Tuttosport believe that Darmian is heading for the exit door at Old Trafford and claim the story is “good news” for Juventus, who are plotting a move for the 26-year-old.

Juve are believed to be eyeing a loan move in January with an option to buy next summer, while United are said to have placed a £17million fee on the Italy defender.

The Italian joined United in summer 2015 from Torino for £12.7million and he agreed a contract to keep him at Old Trafford until 2019 with the option to extend for a further year.

But after becoming a regular member of the first-team squad under Louis van Gaal he has slipped down the pecking order under Mourinho.
He started 15 games at right-back under Van Gaal in the Premier League last season, and only eight players featured for more league minutes.

But Mourinho has entrusted Antonio Valencia, who was a fringe player last season, with the role of right-back this season and the decision to demote Darmian has angered the Italian.

The newspaper suggests the defender and his manager’s relationship could be beyond repair and Darmian could now look to move on in January.

The developments are in stark contrast to what Darmian had to say at the start of last month when he hinted he was ready to fight for his place at United.

Darmian told United’s official website: “I think it’s good to have such competition within the squad because there are a lot of good players for every position in a big team.

The 26-year-old added: “You just have to be ready for when the manager gives you a chance.

“I think he’s a great manager, he’s very hungry and his victories and successes speak volumes for him.

“We want to improve this week to be ready for the first game of the season.”

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