Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian comments on speculation regarding his future

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The defender made an impressive start to his Old Trafford career, but has struggled a little recently.

Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian has hit back at speculation linking him with a transfer away from Old Trafford by insisting that he is very happy with his current club, the Daily Star reports.

With Louis van Gaal often selecting winger Antonio Valencia at right-back last season, the 26-year-old - who joined the Red Devils from Torino for £12.7m in the summer (via Star) - appeared to be the answer to many of their defensive problems as he made a string of fine performances shortly after his move. He helped the Red Devils keep four clean sheets from their first five games of the season in all competitions. 

However, his form has tailed off slightly in recent weeks, leading to speculation that he may be looking for a swift exit. But, he explained that he is very content with life with the Premier League side. 

"I am happy here with the team, the staff and the city," he said, as reported by the Star.

"I am happy here so I just try to ignore the rumours,"

Having not played so much in recent weeks, he would be forgiven for considering his immediate future with the European Championships just a few months away. 

However, he has arguably done enough during his brief spell with United to justify holding down a regular spot in the team, especially considering the other options available on the right-hand side of defence. 

While United's style of play has come in for serious criticism this season, one thing that cannot be questioned is their defensive strength, and Darmian is a major part of that. 

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