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Blind and Darmian still part of Man Utd plans - Mourinho

4:34 PM MYT 04/05/2018
Matteo Darmian Manchester United
The Portuguese is planning for next season at Old Trafford with Marouane Fellaini, Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian and Eric Bailly in mind

Jose Mourinho wants Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian to stay at Manchester United as he says they are still part of his plans.

The duo have have played limited roles for the Premier League side this season and have been linked with moves to Italy.

However, Mourinho would rather hold on to them, unless they would be happier at a new club.

"Yeah, they are part of my plans," he said. "When a player wants to go, if that's the case, and when the right offers arrive, we study that because we always try to have the players happy.

"So, if happiness means for them to leave, let's see what happens. But they are in my plans. I don't want to sell."

Marouane Fellaini recently cast doubt on his United future when he criticised the club for not extending his contract last year .

Mourinho still thinks Fellaini wants to remain at the club, although he would accept it if the 30-year-old decided to leave.

"I'm still positive," he told a news conference on Thursday. "He's important, he's a player that I like, but again, he has a different position in relation to other players with a contract, because players with a contract we can control their destiny in a different way. In Marouane's case, the destiny is in his hands.

"Maraoune knows I want him to stay and the club wants him to stay, he has an offer from us and it's up to him. I'm still positive because I feel that he likes to be here, he likes the feeling that the manager trusts him and there is a good chance for him to stay. But if he leaves, so be it."

Mourinho also explained that Eric Bailly has been used sparingly in recent weeks because he wants to give United's other defenders the chance to earn a World Cup spot.

Bailly's last appearance was in the 3-2 derby win over Manchester City on April 7, and Mourinho suggested he is allowing his "emotional" side to come through by giving Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof more opportunities.

"There is no situation [with Bailly]," he said. "He's fine, no injury, he is one of our five central defenders.

"Honestly, my work is not about World Cups and preparing players for the World Cup or giving chances to players for the World Cup. But he's the only central defender whose county is not in the World Cup so if I have to make a more emotional, more effective choice for my players, then he is the one I'm not going to help before the end of the season.

"Rojo, Lindelof, Jones, Smalling, all of them are wishing to make the squad for the World Cup. Bailly is not under that pressure.

"I try not to [be emotional], I try to be a good team manager and that means to be a bit cold, bit selfish, but I'm not as bad as that and I have a little bit of space for that feeling. So, when I look at the other central defenders, fighting for the World Cup, I give less to Eric."