Manchester United right-back Diogo Dalot has insisted he ‘always wanted’ to switch to AC Milan this summer, despite interest from Everton.
The United defender joined the Serie A giants on a season-long loan deal at the end of the transfer market after it was made clear there was no place for him at the club this season.
The Serie A side were not the only side interested in his signature, with Everton also believed to have been interested in a deal.
The Toffees had wanted a new right-back this transfer window to provide competition for first-choice Seamus Coleman, with doubts remaining about Jonjoe Kenny, who has returned following a loan stint with Schalke.
Dalot was one of several names allegedly on their list, although a move ultimately never happened in spite of claims Everton were prepared to pay big on a future purchase clause.
But even if the Red Devils had sanctioned a deal, it seems they may have had a difficult time convincing the talent to move to Goodison.
“When I signed I wanted to achieve important goals with Milan, my head is 100% in Milan now,” Milan Live report Diogo saying.
“When I heard that Milan were looking for me, I was happy. I was a bit anxious about the final decision. Then I felt satisfied. I always wanted to come here.”
The focus for him is now on improvement, with him likely to be afforded plenty of game time during his year in Italy.
He has found it hard to impress at Old Trafford, with the club even spending big on competition in the form of Aaron Wan Bissaka last year.
However, the Red Devils’ determination to resist losing him long-term indicates the board still believe there is a place for him in future.