Manchester United have told AS Roma that defender Matteo Darmian will not be leaving the club in January, reports Gazzetta dello Sport via talkSPORT.
The Italian full-back was linked with a loan move to the Stadio Olimpico for the remainder of the season, having fallen down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho, but the Red Devils have no intention of agreeing a departure until the summer.
With United unlikely to bring in any more new faces before the January transfer window shuts, they won’t allow a first-team player to leave. Darmian can operate on the left and right side of defence, and is providing cover for the likes of Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia.
While not commanding a starting place, the 28-year-old is still far too useful to be deemed expendable. Darmian, who boasts 36 caps for the Italian national team, joined the club from Torino in 2015, and has gone on to make 79 appearances in all competitions.
He’s featured just four times in the Premier League this season, spending the majority of the campaign as an unused substitute or being out of the match squad entirely, so he’d likely have been open to a temporary move away to get more playing time, but it appears he will stay at Old Trafford this month.
Roma might have to wait until the summer to make another approach.