Amad Diallo makes Man Utd transfer stance clear amid Sunderland links

The winger has been linked with a loan exit from Man Utd this month, with Leicester City and Middlesbrough also interested.
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Amad Diallo has again poured cold water on any Manchester United exit this month amid reports linking him with a return to Sunderland.

Amad's future has been subject to speculation throughout January and several Championship sides were interested in taking him on loan. Among them was Sunderland, where the 21-year-old enjoyed an excellent campaign last year, playing regularly and helping the Black Cats into the play-offs.

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Reports this week suggested that Amad has 'pleaded' to return to the Stadium of Light in search of more regular football this month. But Fabrizio Romano was quick to counter those claims, insisting the Ivorian is happy to stay and fight for minutes between now and May.

Those reports were 'liked' by Amad on X, formerly Twitter, in the latest message from the United youngster on his plans. He has been active on social media this month, previously rubbishing reports of a potential move to Middlesbrough and insisting claims he could reunite with Tony Mowbray at Birmingham City were false.

Romano insists that talks have taken place between Amad and manager Erik ten Hag in which the winger's place in the squad was made clear. He looks set to provide direct competition to Antony, with Jadon Sancho loaned out to Borussia Dortmund and Facundo Pellistri expected to spend the next six months at Granada.

Amad was preferred off the bench to Pellistri during United's 3-2 defeat at Nottingham Forest last month, his first and only appearance of the season following a lengthy absence due to injury. The former Atalanta man was given the chance to prove himself as a first-team player in pre-season but lasted just a few minutes in the United States before suffering that cruel ankle injury against Arsenal.

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The 21-year-old was back on the bench for Sunday's 4-2 FA Cup win over Newport County following a brief absence due to illness. Supporters have clamoured for the youngster to be given a shot at regular football amid growing frustration with Antony's form. The Brazilian scored at Rodney Parade but that was his first effort in 23 appearances this season.

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