Sergino Dest has revealed his delight at sealing a deadline day move to AC Milan, having arrived on an initial loan deal from Barcelona.
Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara decided to dip into the transfer market late in the window after Alessandro Florenzi suffered a muscle injury during the 0-0 draw against Sassuolo on Tuesday night.
From the present moment up until the break for World Cup there will practically be a game every three or four days, so Maldini and Massara they decided to intervene immediately on the market and ensure Stefano Pioli has an alternative to Davide Calabria.
Dest arrived from Barcelona via the formula of a loan with option to buy but it must be noted that the USA international can also be used as a winger if needed.
He spoke to Milan TV for the first time after signing his contract and revealed his emotions after sealing his arrival at Milan, with his words relayed by PianetaMilan and translated below.
On his move to Milan: “It all happened very quickly, in one day. I had to make a decision very quickly and change my life, cultural team. I love this club that I always wanted to play for as a kid. It’s a great thing for me and an opportunity to play. I’m happy and honoured to play for this club, I’ll give it my all.”
On Serie A: “I’ve never played in Italy, but I’ve seen some matches. For me it’s a new and high-level league. We will have to face some excellent teams, but we have the Scudetto on our chest and we want to keep it for next season as well.”
On his role: “As a boy I played as a winger, later also as a full-back. When I was at Ajax, going to full-back was a good idea that allowed me to show my qualities both in attack and defence. I have good stamina and I cover the whole flank, for me it is the most congenial role on the right or left and this has helped me to become a professional player.”
On the current Milan side: “Milan are returning, they are doing very well, they have won the title and I feel that they are returning to the levels of when I was a boy, when I watched Milan matches. For me it is the right choice and the perfect moment to come here with these mates. We will do everything to bring the Club back to where it deserves to be.”
Who did you talk to before moving to Milan? “I talked a bit with Kessie, who played here. He only told me positive things and that helped me.”
On Milan of the past: “Many champions played here, but Ronaldinho for me was the best, a joy to watch. I really like the Brazilians who played for Milan. That group which included Kakà, Ronaldinho and others. I was almost obsessed with them and always watched them.”
On personal targets: “I want to play also in view of the World Cup, but obviously not only that. This is a great opportunity for me and I have not thought twice about it. I accepted immediately, I want to play with the Scudetto on my chest. For me it is it was easy to make this decision.”
A message to the fans: “Hello fans, I’m Sergino, I’m ready to give my all and I’m happy and proud to be here. I’m in an important club that won the Scudetto and I’m ready. See you soon!”