Netherlands international Daley Blind has insisted that he's 'looking forward to working' with new Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.
Blind, 26, has insisted that he can hold his own in the Premier League despite not being as big as Pepe.
The versatile ace, who moved to Old Trafford as a midfielder, played a prominent role in defence for the club under Louis van Gaal last season.
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However, with Jose Mourinho now confirmed as Louis van Gaal's successor at the Theatre of Dreams, Blind's future has been the subject of debate.
In fact, Sky Sports today reported that the Portuguese tactician is willing to sell the Dutchman in the upcoming transfer window.
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Blind wants to prove himself
But Blind appears to be determined to prove himself to Mourinho, claiming that he will give his all under his guidance.
"I am looking forward to working with Mourinho. We will have to wait and see whether anything changes for me," Blind told NOS, as per Goal.com.
"I will just give my all and work hard. Mourinho is a manager who has achieved a lot and I am keen to work with him.
"I might not be as big as Pepe, but I think I have shown in the Premier League that I can hold my own defensively. We conceded the fewest goals in the Premier League and I think we got the most clean sheets. That's something to be proud of. I played nearly every game and that is a good feeling.
"You might be looking for a certain statement [about my future], but I will just give my all under Mourinho."
Should Mourinho keep him?
The notion that Blind isn't a Mourinho-type player is a fair one. The former Chelsea boss has worked with the likes of John Terry, Sergio Ramos, Kurt Zouma and co. throughout his career and it's safe to say that Blind is a very different player to that trio.
But Mourinho would be foolish to completely disregard Blind at this stage. Alongside Chris Smalling, he played a key role in defence for the Red Devils last season and rarely had a bad game. He may well be small, but he didn't let too many strikers get the better of him.
There's also the fact that he is extremely versatile. As well as a centre-back, Blind is more than capable of playing in central midfield and at left-back.
He may not be Mourinho's first choice defender next season, but there's every reason to believe that he could still have a major influence throughout proceedings. It's safe to say that the new United boss has a tricky decision to make. Perhaps he should hand Blind an opportunity to express himself.
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