Matteo Darmian has refused to confirm whether he will stay at Manchester United this summer amidst speculation linking him with a move to AC Milan.
The versatile defender proved to be a useful squad member for Jose Mourinho’s team this season but there have been suggestions that the 27-year-old could be set for a return to Serie A.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Darmian, who is currently on international duty with Italy, said: “Surely this is not the moment to talk about the transfer market. I wouldn’t know what to answer.
“I have a contract with Manchester United, so let’s see what happens.”
Darmian helped United to win the Europa League and looked back on the victory over Ajax in last month’s final with fondness.
He said: “That night in Stockholm was an important night. It was a real pleasure to me to win the Europa League. I have enjoyed that victory during my days off and I am 100 per cent focused on the national team.
“It’s well known that playing at Manchester United brings with it a lot of competition so you need to accept the choices made, keep working as I did, and then I have reaped the benefits at the end of the season.
“We have won a Europa League and this is what makes me go forward, this is my mentality and I will keep going this way.”
Capable of playing in either full-back berth, the £60.000-a-week Italian, also filled in at centre-back when required this season and produced some encouraging displays, especially at times when United’s defensive resources were depleted.
A fine distributor of the ball, he had an average pass accuracy of 82% in the Premier League this campaign, while he made an impressive 75 clearances.
There are likely to be several changes at United during this transfer window, both in terms of arrivals and departures. Experienced striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, for instance, is expected to be released when his contract expires at the end of the month.