AC Milan winger Samu Castillejo refused an offer to leave the Rossoneri and return home to Spain in January, a report claims.
Castillejo had found very little playing time in the early part of the season, having fallen behind Hakan Calhanoglu and Suso in the pecking order, but the switch to a 4-4-2 has seen the Spaniard become a key fixture in the starting XI.
This comes after it was reported in January that two LaLiga clubs were considering making an attempt to sign the then-out-of-favour wide man: namely former club Villarreal and Espanyol.
According to Calciomercato.com, the 25-year-old did indeed reject an offer from the latter during the January transfer window as he is determined to stay at Milan and prove his worth.
Today, Castillejo has become a staple of Stefano Pioli’s 4-4-2 and the farewell of Suso – who joined Sevilla last week – makes him even more important.
He will also play a role in helping new arrival Alexis Saelemaekers settle in down the right, and Sunday’s derby against Inter could even be a watershed moment for the Malaga-born winger.