Earlier this week Diogo Dalot gave an interview to The Telegraph insisting he was happy at Manchester United and would be patient in his quest for game time.
But everything else seems to point to the opposite being true, with Dalot yet to start a single Premier League match this season.
A separate Telegraph report named Dalot as one of eight unhappy players who felt misled over pledges of game time which have failed to materialise.
Jose Mourinho is reported to be keen to sign Dalot for Roma, having signed him for United, amid a need to sign a new right-back, The Mail reports.
Journalist Fabrizio Romano continues to stir the transfer pot, and has said Dalot wants to play football and will consider a move.
Speaking to Rio Ferdinand’s Vibe With Five, Romano said: “Mourinho wants to try for Diogo Dalot in January, Dalot wants to play, it’s a really similar situation to Donny van de Beek. He loves the club he loves the atmoshere but he wants to play.
“He was really disappointed after the game with Atalanta, he was hoping to play, because of Italy after spending a great season at AC Milan last year on loan. So let’s see, Diogo Dalot will fight for Manchester United to the last day, he is super professional.”
Dalot had chance against Villarreal
United lined up away at Atalanta in a 3-5-2 before switching to a back four once Raphael Varane got injured.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka was preferred, as usual, with Dalot spending the game on the bench.
His disappointment was likely heightened because a good game in Italy could have put him in the shop window.
He did start the Champions League game against Villarreal, and did not give a great account of himself. He has not started a game since.
But then, to be fair, Wan-Bissaka has turned in a couple of horror show performances since himself.
There is a lack of balance in Solskjaer’s team selections, with Dalot one of many players who the United manager does not seem to trust.
While he says he is happy at United, if the club give him permission to hold talks with another club and leave permanently, Dalot would be sensible to consider it.
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