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United full-back Matteo Darmian is convinced he is part of manager Jose
Mourinho's plans and doesn't expect to be offloaded in January.
The Italian defender struggled to break into Mourinho's team at the
start of the season, making his first appearance in late October for the
goalless draw with Burnley, before slotting in at left-back as United
beat Swansea 3-1 on Sunday.
However, Darmian insists he is still working hard to become a starter
at Old Trafford and isn't thinking about a possible transfer.
"I've read things like that, but I don't think it's true," Darmian told Sky Sport Italia.
"I keep going on my way, working to improve and to give the coach a
selection headache. I'm not thinking about the transfer market. It's
still too early."
The 26-year-old joined the Italy squad after the win over Swansea,
and is delighted to be part of the squad to face Liechtenstein.
"It's always nice to be part of the Azzurri and representing my
country is the best thing there is. As usual, coach [Giampiero] Ventura
will find me extremely motivated," he added.
"When you are not playing, there is always the risk that you won't
get called up, but I've always worked hard and I've been playing a bit
more these past few weeks. Now I'm delighted to be here."
Italy will face Liechtenstein on Saturday at the Rheinpark Stadion in a Group G 2018 World Cup Qualifier in a group consisting of Spain, Italy, Albania, Liechtenstein, Israel and Macedonia with the winner of the group automatically qualifying.