Possible Manchester United full-back target talks up Real Madrid interest

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Manchester United linked Mattia De Sciglio has admitted flattery at interest from Real Madrid.

Headlines on Tuesday have been predictably dominated by the sacking of David Moyes.

Before the Scot’s miserable season at Old Trafford could even come to an end, the Red Devils hierarchy called time on his brief stint at the helm.

But as the dust settles from the former Everton man’s footsteps through the exit door, United’s squad still requires rebuilding.

It’s unknown who will ultimately lead United’s campaign on the transfer market - one that’s expected to bring about sweeping changes to the squad.

And what’s more, there’s now a measure of uncertainty about what targets will be pursued now that Moyes has been dismissed from the hot seat.

Left-back is an area of particular concern as Patrice Evra looks on his way out this summer and Alexander Buttner hasn’t convinced since arriving in August 2012.

Moyes was linked with a move for AC Milan starlet Mattia De Sciglio last month, the 21-year-old an intriguing talent that can play in either full-back role.

De Sciglio is the type of player that would be ideal for a rebuilding United. Not only is he versatile youngster with plenty of upside, but also has first-team experience with a European giant that has fallen on hard times in the Rossoneri.

But Moyes’ departure casts doubt over whether United will seek to make him a part of the club’s future this summer.

As well, it’s been said that Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid have been lurking in hopes of luring De Sciglio to the Santiago Bernabeu.

And whilst the Italian has now said he’d ideally like to stay with Milan, he’s identified Real Madrid as an intriguing destination should he be sold.

“”I hope to be able to play for a Milan that has gone back to being competitive, but you never know,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“And if Milan were to have the need to sell me I would consider the offers that arrive.

“I enjoy the involvement of a great club like Real Madrid.”

United would do well to bring in De Sciglio, who has the potential to become one of Europe’s best full-backs and could fill an area of immediate need for the fallen champions.

Milan’s financial difficulties may mean he’s available for a decent price. However, with Real Madrid sniffing around and the player clearly aware, the Red Devils would need to move fast.

Moyes’ departure doesn’t mean De Sciglio will be entirely forgotten at Old Trafford - but United will need to decide quickly if he's still a wanted man in Manchester as the managerial situation is sorted out.

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