Matteo Darmian says it was 'impossible' to reject Man Utd

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Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian has admitted he found it 'impossible' to turn the Red Devils down when their interest in signing him became apparent.

The Italian international is one of six new arrivals at Old Trafford so far this summer having joined the club from Torino in a deal worth around £12.5 million.

The 25-year-old has started both Premier League games for Manchester United so far this season and is expected to line up for the home game against Newcastle this weekend.


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Although several clubs were interested in his services Darmain, the full-back insists there was only ever one place he was heading too once an offer had been made - Manchester United.

He told TuttoSport: "When Manchester United called me, I didn't have to think about it for a second – it's impossible to turn them down," Darmian told Tuttosport.

"I still follow Torino, they did well against Pescara and have the ability to get better. Everything's in place for another good season."

Despite the success of the Darmian deal, Manchester United have been criticised this week for failing to to seal the signing of Pedro from Barcelona. The Spanish international seemed set to join the Red Devils however they couldn't agree a fee which allowed Chelsea to swoop.

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However boss Louis van Gaal insists that they weren't beaten to the punch, but opted against pulling the trigger. “I think that when we wanted Pedro it was not any problem," the Manchester United boss explained. So, because there was a (release) clause in his (Barcelona) contract and it was the most easy of transfers. So you can write what you want but we cannot say what we want. That’s the difference.”

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