Brahim Diaz: “It is true that I had other offers, but Milan are a very big club”

By Oliver Fisher -

Brahim Diaz has once again reiterated that he rejected a number of offers from other clubs in order to secure a summer move to AC Milan.

The attacking midfielder joined on loan from Real Madrid earlier in the month, and while it is officially a dry loan a number of reliable sources have confirmed that the Rossoneri will enter discussions with Los Blancos over a permanent deal as the season progresses.

MilanNews recently reported how the formula is indeed a dry loan and Milan in fact do not have any option to buy, so consequently they will have to negotiate with Real Madrid if they decide they want to try and keep the Spain U21 international, but that possibility is absolutely not ruled out.

Brahim spoke to the microphones of Efe about the last few weeks including his move to Milan, the game against Rio Ave in Portugal and about the future.

“It is true that I had other offers, but Milan are a very big club and was in a winning streak after quarantine, they entered European positions. In the end, it’s Milan, I didn’t think twice about it because it’s a very big club,” he said (via MilanNews).

On the crazy match against Rio Ave, which included a 24-penalty shootout, he added: “It’s the longest game I’ve ever played (laughs).

“In the end it was very important to pass the round and enter the group stage, because we are Milan and we have to stay in. Big teams, as they say, must win in any way.”

On qualifying for the Champions League: “Theo Hernandez said he will dye his hair with Milan colours if we qualify for the Champions League?

“I don’t know what to promise, I’ll copy him and we’ll take a selfie! The group is very young with some experience that helps us, we can do it. I accompany Theo if necessary, I have no problem, even if I’m more shy than him, these are things he likes more (laughs).”

On playing with Zlatan Ibrahimovic: “He is a great man, since I arrived he has given me excellent advice. As a player we already see what he is, he continues to make a difference on the pitch.”

On returning to the Spain U21 national team: “It’s an honour and a pride to be here. My father told me, I didn’t even notice because, even though I’m always on the lookout, we were on our way and I received his message.

“[Manager] Da la Fuente trusts me and we all see it, he called me up every time I had consistency and he has already called me in the lower age groups, it is a pleasure to see him again.”

On his goals for Spain: “I have the advantage of being able to play with both feet and that’s how it went. The team-mates make everything easier and in the end it was me who put it away.”

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