Arsenal’s Mathieu Flamini: I rejected two-year AC Milan deal
Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini reveals he rejected a two-year AC Milan deal in favour of a return to The Emirates
Mathieu Flamini has revealed he rejected a two-year AC Milan deal in order to seal a return to Arsenal this summer.
The 29-year-old penned a three-year deal at the Gunners in August after ending a five-year spell at the Serie A outfit.
Flamini was an Arsenal favourite for his unforgiving style of play in Arsene Wenger’s midfield before he moved to Milan in 2008.
And the one-time France international claimed to have offers from Milan and other European clubs but opted to rejoin the Gunners.
“Milan asked me to extend my contract for two years,” Flamini told France Football.
“However, at 29 years old, I didn’t want to sign for anything less than three seasons. I had other opportunities in Italy where clubs other than Milan contacted me, as well as from sides in Germany and England.
“At this stage of my career it was an important choice, so I took time to think. To maintain my fitness I decided to train with Arsenal and then over time the deal unfolded.”
Flamini admitted Wenger’s presence at the north London side was another key factor when it came to making the decision to return to the English capital.
“The fact that Wenger is still at the club was an important part of my decision, he knows me very well and has played a big role in my career.
“He introduced me to the best league, the Premier League, and has taught me on many levels, tactical, technical and mental.
“We have the means to participate in the title race, even if we are outsiders. I wish to write a beautiful new story with Arsenal.”