Defender opens up on ‘bittersweet’ decision to leave Man Utd and join Milan on loan

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan loanee Diogo Dalot has revealed that his exit from Manchester United to join the Rossoneri was ‘bittersweet’ for him.

The Portugal U21 international arrived at Milan towards the end of the last summer transfer window on a season-long dry loan from the Premier League side.

Dalot has made 10 appearances this season across all competitions, which is nothing to dismiss easily given how good Davide Calabria and Theo have been.

His performances have been fluctuating though, as the 21-year-old has had great games like the pair against Sparta Praha, but others less convincing ones against Lille and Genoa.

It is perhaps understandable, given that he has so far struggled to get consistency in terms of minutes and in terms of his role, alternating from side to side.

Dalot spoke to Portuguese newspaper Record about his summer move from United, with his words transcribed by the Express.

“Of course, the feeling is a little deeper, more because I didn’t have the time I liked physically,” he said.

“I spent great moments at United. I played very important games for me and the team. I left with a bit of a bittersweet feeling for not being physically available for all those games I lost due to injury.

“But it is what it is. I wouldn’t change anything because what I learned was very important for my future and how I am now.

“I don’t regret it or look back with disappointment. It is always positive to see the feedback from Milan fans and the affection that United fans have for me.

“It’s fantastic to feel that. But my focus is solely and exclusively on the present. The gift is Milan and helping the club to fulfil its goals and mine. It wouldn’t be professional to be otherwise.”

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