Atletico Madrid star Angel Correa has revealed that he was close to joining AC Milan in the past when he was unhappy with his situation in Spain.
Correa was repeatedly linked with the Rossoneri back in 2019 , when Giampaolo had recently become the new head coach and he wanted a player like Correa to play in behind the two strikers as part of his 4-3-1-2 system. However, Atletico’s demands for the Argentine were quite high with post sources claiming they wanted €40m for the forward after a poor season.
As MilanLive recalls, Boban and Maldini liked Correa’s profile very much and were happy to back the purchase, but André Silva’s move to Monaco fell through meaning the Correa deal was skipped and at the end of the transfer market Milan decided to sign Ante Rebic on loan.
Interviewed by Radio La Red, Correa spoke about when he was close to joining the Rossoneri and told an anecdote that also concerns his coach Diego Simeone.
“I have an excellent relationship with Cholo, but when the negotiation with Milan was about to end, he didn’t do anything. He said that if I stayed, everything was fine and that even if I left, everything would be fine. I was one step away from leaving Atlético and they told me ‘look, you are the No.10 of Atlético, you live in Spain, in Madrid… but you get angry and you want to play’.”
Correa explained that he was unhappy with the role that Simeone had for him: “I wanted to play in my position, which was more of a striker, which was not happening for me. I saw that the years passed and that my situation did not change. These are the moments in which we start thinking,” he said (via MilanLive).