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After starting more than 30 games under Jose Mourinho last season, Daley Blind has find it difficult to break into the starting team this season. Though Manchester United extended his contract until the summer of 2019, it is believed that the 28 year old will be sold this summer to accommodate new signings.
Blind is aware of the rumours, concerning both incoming and outgoings but claims that he is happy and expecting to stay at Old Trafford next season. His aim is to force himself back into contention under Jose Mourinho.
He told Ajax Showtime magazine: “I hear that the club’s high-ups are satisfied with me, and they just want me to keep on working.
“There are lots of transfer rumours surrounding United.
“Five or six players in my position are linked to the club every week, and given my contract situation it’s logical people have written about me leaving.
“Jose Mourinho gave me over 30 matches in his first year in charge, which not everyone had expected.
“He stated his faith in me, and I have done my best to reward him. I have a great relationship with him.
“He always involves me with the first team, even though he picks other players.
“That can happen at this level – this is Manchester United, and there is lots of competition for places.
“It’s down to me to keep working hard, get as many minutes as possible and show what I can do.
“This is my fourth season with United, and I’ve averaged over 30 games a year in the first three.
“This is the first time I’ve played less often, but I’ve been out injured for two months.”
United are expected to add reinforcements this summer but Blind may have a future due to versatility. He may to settle for more of a support role but still could be an useful option.