The agent of Diogo Dalot has revealed that the Manchester United defender is ‘very happy’ at the club, and expects him to stay for the 2022/23 campaign.
Dalot started the previous season as the deputy right-back to Aaron Wan-Bissaka, but his fortunes changed with the dismissal of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Under interim boss Ralf Rangnick, he became the first-choice over Wan-Bissaka for his better attacking attributes, and was a regular starter after the New Year.
It has already been reported that new manager Erik ten Hag wants to keep him, and the same has been reiterated by his agent, citing that he is ‘very happy’ at the club.
Speaking to 101 Great Goals, agent Carlo Goncalves said: “He is very happy at Manchester United. The season went well for him personally.”
“Obviously, it didn’t go well for Manchester United given the club’s expectations. But we are expecting Diogo to stay for next season, for sure.”
Dalot and Wan-Bissaka had almost an equal number of starts last season. Both were good defensively with over two tackles per game, but Dalot fared better in terms of forward play.
The 23-year-old made more progressive passes than Wan-Bissaka. He averaged three long balls per game in the Premier League, three times as many as Wan-Bissaka (0.9).
Despite the positives, Dalot did not make a direct goal contribution (goal or an assist). Ten Hag may look for a new right back. This could coincide with Wan-Bissaka’s departure.
With Ten Hag tending to prefer attack-minded full-backs, Dalot looks set to stay. The same can’t be said about Wan-Bissaka. The club are open to selling or loaning him out.
As things stand, RB Leipzig’s Nordi Mukiele seems a potential target. The Frenchman, who can also play as a central defender, had seven goal involvements last term.
Ralf Rangnick was fancied to play a key role in luring Mukiele, having managed him at Leipzig. With the German’s exit from United, the transfer strategy may change.
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