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Official: Darmian leaves United for Parma

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Matteo Darmian has left Manchester United for Parma.

The clubs official website manutd.com, released an official statement to confirm the Italians departure.

It read:

“Manchester United can confirm that defender Matteo Darmian has signed for Italian side Parma.”

“The full-back joined the Reds from Torino in 2015 and went on to make 92 appearances for the club.”

“In four years with us, Matteo scored one goal – a sublime volley against Crystal Palace in 2016, in a 2-0 victory at Old Trafford.”

“Everyone at Manchester United would like to thank Matteo for his service and wish him all the best for the future.”

The move is understood to be a permanent deal.

Darmian was signed by former United manager Louis Van Gaal. He made a promising start to his United career, with 39 appearances in his opening season.

The second season was solid but not quite as regular, he featured only 29 times, as Van Gaal came under increasing pressure.

Van Gaal’s departure ultimately signaled the end of his United career too. Jose Mourinho used the player only 17 times in his first season and then last season he managed only seven games all season.

He has not featured at this season.

While new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been full of praise for Darmina, he is ultimately been deemed surplus to requirements. It was just a matter of finding the right deal for all parties.

There have been loan offer in the past, but United saw no future at the club for the player and was in search of a permanent deal,

The Italian was believed to have been homesick and wanted a return to Italy if at all possible.

Parma is believed to have agreed to a fee with United of 1.5 million Euros. This is a far cry from the 18 million they paid for the player.