Exclusive Diogo Dalot: Manchester United defender talks about Cristiano Ronaldo, Erik ten Hag and his future goals | Soccer News
What can you learn from training with Cristiano Ronaldo every day?
“His work culture, his professionalism, his mentality…”
These are all qualities that Manchester United right-back Diogo Dalot used to describe what he was able to gain from training and being around the evergreen goal-scoring machine Cristiano Ronaldo. .
The two knew each other before Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford last summer due to playing together for Portugal. But Dalot describes what it’s like to train with Ronaldo more consistently.
“I’m sure I’m not just speaking for myself, but it’s been one of the most positive things about this season – working with someone who has his work culture, his professionalism, his mentality and being close to him now… it’s been very useful for me and my career,” says Dalot. Sky Sports News.
“I have no more compliments for his way of working, he is also a fantastic human being.
“The numbers are there, the stats are there, so obviously we’re very happy to have him here.”
Ronaldo has undoubtedly been a shining light on the pitch for United – scoring 17 times during the Premier League season – but what is he like off the pitch?
“He’s a very likeable person. When he feels he has the trust of others, he gives 100 per cent,” Dalot said.
“Everyone gets on well with him here, everyone likes having him around. It’s always a big plus to have a player and a person like that in the dressing room.”
“We are delighted for Erik ten Hag”
Once United’s season is over, all eyes will quickly be on the next one when Ajax manager Erik ten Hag takes the reins at Old Trafford.
When asked if he had researched United’s new boss, Dalot said: “I don’t think you have to see a lot to know he’s a great manager – which he does. has done with Ajax is something exceptional.
“He plays very attractive football, I think all United fans are delighted to have a manager like this, and so are we as players.
“In our heads it’s going to be clear who will be the manager next season and that’s good because we’re going to take our break in the head knowing who to expect.
“Then we will have time in pre-season to work together, work out our ideas and start the new season.”
“Playing regularly at United is one of my greatest desires”
After turning 19 under Jose Mourinho in 2018, Dalot had to bide his time before fully stepping into the starting XI at United.
Dalot spent last season on loan at AC Milan, making 33 appearances, and on the back of that is now enjoying his best season at United in terms of playing time – making 21 appearances so far.
After working his way into the first team, it is clear to Dalot that next season will be vital for club and country.
“It’s hard to say it’s been a good season when the results aren’t quite there as we hoped, but individually it’s been good in terms of the game a lot more,” Dalot said.
“Playing regularly has been one of my biggest desires since I’ve been here and I’ve fought very hard to get it.
“It’s been good with more minutes than other seasons so I’m very happy with that, but obviously I want to combine that with team performances, with trophies and that’s the goal for the next seasons.
“I like to see him season by season. This season has been special because I’ve played more regularly here, getting into the first team with the national team and we qualified for the World Cup.
“I want to be there, so those are the goals, but we still have three games to play, national team games at the end of the season, so there’s no point looking too far ahead when we have goals. to be achieved at the end of the season.”
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