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Matteo Darmian tells Jose Mourinho he wants to leave despite Manchester United injury crisis

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Manchester United defender tells Jose Mourinho he wants to leave despite injury crisis
The Italian believes he will receive more game time back in Serie A (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian has informed Jose Mourinho that he wants to leave the club despite the growing injury crisis at right-back.

Darmian has struggled to force his way into Mourinhos first-team plans during his time at Old Trafford, though was expected to start the new campaign due to an injury picked up by Antonio Valencia.

United signed teenage full-back Diogo Dalot, but he is out until September with a knee injury, leaving Darmian as the last available option at right-back.

Manchester United defender tells Jose Mourinho he wants to leave despite injury crisis
Mourinho was planning to start Darmian in Uniteds league opener against Leicester (Getty)

But the 28-year-old, who is being chased by both Inter Milan and Juventus, is still annoyed about starting just five times in the Premier League last season and wants more game time elsewhere.

Yes, thats what I want [to leave], Darmian told reporters. I will probably go to Italy. It is a difficult decision to leave.

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To play for probably the best club in the world is a good thing and for me its an honour to play here and play for Manchester United, but we have to take decisions in our life and this is my decision.

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Probed about Uniteds current injury problems at right-back, Darmian continued: I dont think the injury of Antonio is a big injury.

I dont know how long he needs to stay out, but at the moment Antonio is the captain, hes first choice.

Manchester United defender tells Jose Mourinho he wants to leave despite injury crisis
Although Darmian is likely to start the new season, he knows he is only backup (Picture: Getty)

I want to play more regularly. Last season I didnt play much – thats my objective and my ambition. Thats why I spoke with the manager and also with the club about my future.

Valencia left Uniteds tour of America due to the severity of the calf injury he picked up against San Jose Earthquakes and Mourinho suggested afterwards that he would not be able to rely on his ageing skipper as much next season.

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