Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot ‘yet to open talks on permanent Old Trafford exit’ with Portugal star set to face parent club with AC Milan in the Europa League knockouts
Manchester United are yet to open talks with outcast defender Diogo Dalot regarding a permanent exit from the club, according to the agent of the Portuguese youngster.
Dalot has been spending the season on loan with Italian giants AC Milan, who United happen to face on Thursday in the knockout stages of the Europa League.
In 10 league appearances this season for Milan Dalot has one goal to his name, and has played his part in helping the San Siro side rocket back to the top end of the Italian top flight. He has also featured eight times in the Europa League, scoring once.
Diogo Dalot will face his parent club with AC Milan despite his United future remaining unclear
But despite an upturn in form Dalot’s future remains unclear, with his agent this week outlining that things will come together ‘at the right time.’
Dalot’s representative, Carlos Goncalves, told Italian publication Calciomercato: ‘When he came to Milan, he knew he was arriving at a great club for history and tradition, one of the best in the world. For this, he chose the Rossoneri.
‘And when you play for a team like this, it’s normal to compete for the Scudetto. There’s an excellent relationship with [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic and the other team-mates, he’s happy in Milan.
Dalot had featured 10 times in the league for Milan this season and scored on one occasion
‘Thursday will be a very special match for him. Right now he’s a Milan player, on loan from Manchester United, but he wants to do well for his current club. If he was playing against another team, it wouldn’t have been different.
‘At the right time, his future will also be discussed. He has to train at his best and take advantage of every opportunity, the rest will take care of itself.
‘There’s no contact now, but it’s normal. The focus is all on the field. Later we will talk about it and we’ll see what happens.’
Much hype surrounded the signing of Dalot when United brought him to English football as a raw 19-year-old in 2018 for the costly sum of £17.4million.
Then manager at the time Jose Mourinho hailed the youngster as ‘the best full back in Europe’ for his age group, sending waves of excitement through the United fan-base.
Former United boss Jose Mourinho once hailed Dalot as Europe’s best for his age group
In October 2020 Milan confirmed the season-long loan capture of Dalot as United sanctioned the move following a breakthrough in their pursuit of Alex Telles.
Since his arrival Dalot featured 35 times in all competitions for United, and is widely expected to be sold this summer as boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to raise funds for a spending spree.