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Diogo Dalot explains why he stayed at Man Utd despite interest from AC Milan

Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot enjoyed a productive 2020/21 season in Italy last year, spending the campaign with Serie A giants AC Milan.

The young defender had fallen out of favour at Old Trafford, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka firmly the first-choice right-back in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s mind.

Dalot’s impressive performances for the Rossoneri reportedly convinced the Italian side to renew their interest this summer, with several reports claiming they were ready to make an offer for him.

A move never materialised, however, and Dalot ended up staying at Manchester United. So far this season, he has yet to convince Solskjaer he will displace Wan-Bissaka at right-back but there have been promising signs.

The 22-year-old has now opened up on his decision to stay at the club, and his ambitions going forward as he prepares to take part in Portugal’s international fixtures this month.

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“The goal of my experience in Italy last year was to be more mature and to play as many games as possible,” he is quoted as saying by MilanNews, via Sempre Milan.

“That was what I was looking for, knowing that it is never easy to play for a team like United, now I am trying to gain space little by little, always giving my best. Always fighting, every day. I know I have qualities and that’s why I decided to stay in Manchester and accept the challenge.”

Dalot has less than two years remaining on his current deal at Manchester United and could potentially have his value nosedive if he doesn’t commit to a long-term deal at the club.

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