Winger Ante Rebic refused to be drawn on a question about whether his future at AC Milan is something he sees as long-term.
Rebic arrived at Milan last summer on a two-year dry loan from the Bundesliga side – that is a loan with no option or obligation to buy – with Andre Silva moving in the opposite direction under the same terms.
The Croatia international took some time to get going struggled for the first half of the season but has exploded since, scoring seven goals in all competitions making him the club’s outright top scorer this season.
It was reported over the weekend by il Corriere dello Sport that Milan are already working to sign Rebic permanently, with contacts underway, but the 26-year-old revealed a desire to return to Frankfurt some time in the future during an interview on Monday.
Now, Rebic has given an interview to Tuesday’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport about the current Coronavirus emergency and about his time in Milan so far.
“The most important thing is health, so I advise everyone to respect the rules, with the hope that this situation will end soon,” he said (via MilanNews).
“I can’t wait for everything to return to normal to continue doing what I was doing before the stop. In 2020, I finally had the opportunity to play several games in a row and it helped me to demonstrate what I can do. I used the moment in the best possible way.”
On seizing his opportunity, he added: “Actually I expected it because in the last three seasons I had played continuously, doing many good things both with Eintracht and in the national team.
“I was just waiting to have the chance for AC Milan to show what I know and what I can do. Having said that, I still have room for growth that I want to take advantage of.”
Stefano Pioli has been credited with a number of things since his arrival on the bench, one of them being igniting Rebic, but he faces an uncertain future at the club.
“It is not for me to talk about the future of the coach,” Rebic said regarding a possible confirmation of the current boss. “Honestly, I have always believed in myself. Pioli gave me the opportunity to play a few games in a row to show what I can do and I tried to respond better.
“My future? I think it is premature to talk about it now. What is happening in this period is further proof that in life you cannot make any kind forecast, so I think it’s stupid to say something about what’s going to happen in a year. We’ll see.”