If there is one player that seems to divide the Milan fan base in terms of possible regret, it is midfielder Manuel Locatelli.
Locatelli joined Milan’s youth system back in 2009 when he was just 11 years of age from Lombardy rivals Atalanta, and spent nine years at the club prior to leaving in summer 2018 which was certainly a gamble like you might expect on websites like VN88.
His exit came after he had exploded onto the scene in the 2016-17 season by scoring a couple of memorable goals including a winner against Juventus at San Siro and a screamer against Sassuolo.
Since moving to the Sassuolo he has established himself as a key member of the starting XI, particularly under current boss De Zerbi. He left San Siro to join the Neroverdi on a paid loan deal with an obligation to purchase the Primavera product outright, an option they ended up exercising.
Locatelli spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport about his time at Milan in November, claiming that he will always thank the club for what they did for him, which caused some fans to think a possible return could be on the cards.
“I want to take this opportunity to tell the Gazzetta that I will thank Milan for all my life and I will never hurt them. Milan was my home and therefore I never speak badly of home,” he said (via MilanNews).
“Despite everything that has been said, I will always thank Milan. Things did not go as they should but I will always speak well of Milan.”
However, his agent Stefano Castelnovo has taken a decidedly different approach when asked by reporters about the future of his client, as he poured cold water on the possibility of a return to Milan earlier in the week and did the same in his latest interview with the Daily Mail.
“We have excellent relations with Sassuolo, the club is really ambitious, let’s see what happens. If a good offer arrives, it will be in everyone’s interest to find an agreement,” he said.
“We will be forever grateful to Sassuolo. And also to Milan, but I believe that at the moment he is looking for a new experience, in Italy or abroad. He dreams of playing the Champions League, I hope both he and Sassuolo can receive a gift in the summer.”
Those dreams of a return for the former Primavera man, it seems, are destined to remain just that.