Revealed: Man Utd £90,000 a-week defender refused to sign for AC Milan last month

Manchester United full-back Diogo Dalot has revealed that he rejected the chance to join AC Milan on a permanent basis to battle for starting role at Old Trafford.

The 23-year-old defender spent the 2020-21 season on loan at Milan, representing the team  on 33 occasions in all competitions, including 21 outings in the Italian top-tier.

The Italian heavyweights are believed to have been keen to secure services of Dalot on a permanent basis in the summer of 2021, however, he ultimately decided to stay at Old Trafford and compete for starting role under Erik ten Hag.

The Portugal international defender became Man United’s first-choice right-back in the second half of last campaign, with interim manager Ralf Rangnick picking him ahead of Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Dalot has kept hold of his starting role this season, contributing one assist in seven games, with the defender proving to be a vital player for new manager Erik ten Hag.

The Portuguese has revealed that he could have joined AC Milan in the summer.

“Milan are a great club and I loved the season with the Rossoneri. But it (transfer) wasn’t just up to me. In the end I decided to stay at United and it was the right decision,” Dalot told reporters.

“If I’m a better defender I owe it to Milan. Italian football is different from the Premier League and I had to adapt in just one year and playing in Serie A has helped me a lot.

“Over the past two years here in Manchester, the minutes have increased and, consequently, so has self-esteem.”

Dalot’s current contract at Old Trafford is due to ends next summer, although the team do have the option to extend the agreement for another 12 months.