Darmian meets with Real Madrid

EXCLUSIVE: The Italy international had a chance encounter with Blancos officials after catching up with old friend Davide Ancelotti, son of Blancos boss Carlo

By Romeo Agresti

Torino defender Matteo Darmian met with Real Madrid officials before last week’s Champions League clash with Juventus.

After having dinner with his girlfriend, the Italy international headed to the Golden Palace Hotel, the Spanish side’s base for the semi-final, first-leg clash in Turin, to meet with Davide Ancelotti, the son of Blancos boss Carlo.

Darmian and Davide are old friends from the full-back’s eight-year stint at AC Milan, which coincided with Carlo’s time in charge at San Siro.

Madrid officials took advantage of the pair’s informal meeting to speak with Darmian, who has previously been linked with a move to Barcelona.

Indeed, the Blaugrana had been lining the 25-year-old up as a possible replacement for Dani Alves, who is now ready to sign a new two-year contract with the Catalan club after initially looking set to leave on a free transfer this summer.

However, it now seems that Madrid are considering making a bid for Darmian, even though the European champions have already moved to strengthen the right-side of their defence for next season with the signing of Porto full-back Danilo.

Darmian, who joined Torino from Palermo in 2011, has been capped 11 times by Italy and represented his country at last summer’s World Cup in Brazil.