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Daley Blind insists he is here to stay at Manchester United

Manchester United defender Daley Blind has insisted that he is going to fight for his place in Mourinho’s side, despite speculation that he would leave the club this summer.

Blind was one of the first names on the team-sheet last season under Louis van Gaal, and had a solid campaign, linking up well with Chris Smalling in the heart of defence.

Despite this, many assumed that he had no place in Mourinho’s plans, especially with the signing of Eric Bailly at centre-back, and the return of Luke Shaw at left-back.

However, Blind insists that he is here to stay at Old Trafford.

“People were making that mistake very quickly [that I would leave],” Blind said.

“But nothing was said and just like all the other guys I want to work very hard and get my spot in the team.

“I think in football, you never really have assurances but I believe if you are confident and work hard that you will get chances.

Blind in action vs Galatasaray (Getty Images)

“What I’m saying is not only for me but everyone in the squad. That’s what I do, work hard and I want to be part of the team.

“I think every manager has his own ideas. Mourinho is a great manager with his own plans and as a team we are learning a lot.

“The manager is very honest. Not just with me, but with every player he’s honest. We know Manchester United is a big club with a lot of competition.

“That is what makes it a big club and good for players. I definitely think as a player you always have to work hard and show the best of yourself and be confident.

“I’m confident with my own qualities so I have to show it over and over again.

“I think in pre-season until now I’m doing a great job and I’ll keep working hard and we see how it ends.”

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