Since Jose Mourinho began his reign at Old Trafford, Manchester United has been all about new signings.
Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have all boosted the squad, but United have not yet sold any of their first team stars.
Marouane Fellaini, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo were all linked with an exit, but Dutch defender Blind has hit back at the people who expected him to leave Manchester this summer.
Given Mourinho’s preference for players who can play in one position, Blind’s versatility looked to have put him at a disadvantage, and Arsenal were linked with a move.
But after getting some game time on United’s pre season tour of America, the 26-year-old has spoke about his future.
Talking about the rumours, Blind said:
People were making that mistake [me leaving] very quick.
But nothing was said and just like all the other guys, I want to work very hard and get my spot in the team.Advertisement
I think in football, you never really have assurances. But I believe if you are confident and work hard that you will get chances.
What I’m saying is not only for me, but everyone in the squad. That’s what I do, work hard and I want to be part of the team.
Blind was part of United’s kit launch in China recently – which, by the rules of modern football, means he’s seen as someone who is unlikely to leave in the near future.
Whether or not the former Ajax man will get games is another matter, with Bailly, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones all seemingly ahead of him in the race for a centre back spot.
However, with doubts over Bailly’s suitability for the Premier League, Blind could be handed another chance to impress.
Let’s hope Jose doesn’t give Fellaini a similar chance.