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Published: 11:49 | 8/4/16

Darmian won't leave England 'for a long time'

Italy defender says Premier League is "best in the world"

Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian says he intends to play in the Premier League 'for a long time".

The Italy full-back believes the English Premier League is "the best in the world" and says that life at Old Trafford is a big step-up after four years at Torino.

Darmian, who made his Serie A debut with AC Milan as a 17-year-old, signed a four-year-deal with Manchester United in in July 2015 following a £12.7m transfer from Torino.

"I love the Premier League, and I want to stay here for a long time," Darmian told Sky Sports.

"This is all very different because I'm at a major club now, and Serie A is not like this championship.

"The Premier League is more physical and less tactical, this is the most important difference, but I think it is the best championship in the world, so I love it.

"They play very fast and strong, and I have to adapt to this kind of football, but I want to improve myself.

"My team-mates make me feel comfortable, and the staff are the same, so for me it's been easy here."

The 26-year-old admits that finishing outside the Premier League top four this season would be a failure for United, but says there is an air of optimism around the club following back-to-back 1-0 wins over Manchester City and Everton.

United now lie fifth in the table, one point behind fourth-placed City with seven matches of the season remaining.

"Of course top four is minimum requirement. We want to be there at the end of the season and the club works towards this," he continued.

"If we work hard we have a big chance. We won the last two games so we want to continue on this way."

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