Newcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin has responded to the links with a potential move to AC Milan that first arose in January.
Saint-Maximin was a huge part of Newcastle’s survival prior to their takeover, but this season he has fallen out of favour with the emergence of Miguel Almiron and Joelinton. He was in the line-up for the 1-1 draw against West Ham on Saturday, but it was his first start since August.
According to the Newcastle Chronicle, Milan did enquire Saint-Maximin’s availability in January but were told that a loan deal was not available and neither was any kind of cut-price permanent deal.
There have been suggestions from multiple sources that Milan’s interest in signing the 25-year-old winger could continue into the summer, and now the player himself has responded to the rumours.
“I will be honest, I’m not going to lie, when you are in that situation a lot of teams can see it (like Milan). A lot of teams see it as an opportunity to come and buy the player,” he said.
“But I am very proud to be here and the most important thing for me is to play. And I will always try to be in a position where I play every game.
“I don’t play football to be on the bench. But you know sometimes you have to understand the situation. As I said, when I was in the team they didn’t lose games and I did my job. When I was available the team were doing well and not losing games.
“You need to understand that. For sure, if we lose two games and I stay on the bench I will never accept that situation. When the team does well though and when you love the players you can’t be a nice guy when you play, then not very nice when you don’t.
“I am not like that. I believe a lot in God and that’s why when I didn’t play I prayed for the team because finally we were together. And if we get to the Champions League – we are going there together. So that’s the most important thing.”