New AC Milan signing Ante Rebic has confirmed that his agent was in talks over a move to Inter prior to the Rossoneri’s swoop.
The Croatia international joined Milan on deadline day from Eintracht Frankfurt on the basis of a two-year loan.
It is believed that there is the possibility for him to join on a permanent basis in 2021, as Calcio e Finanza revealed in their analysis of Milan’s accounts that a €25m option to buy was inserted into the deal.
Rebic left after signing his contract with the Rossoneri to go and join up with his national team ahead of their 2020 European Championship qualifiers.
However, he trained with his new team-mates for the first time on Thursday and was officially presented to the media on Friday at Casa Milan.
“Boban was the first person I spoke with about joining Milan. He was very important and gave me a bit of advice,” he said (via MilanNews.it).
“My agent had talks with Inter but I didn’t speak with them. Once I knew Milan’s interest I had no doubts. When I also asked my father he told me Milan is the best option.
“Did I know Giampaolo before? No I didn’t but I’ve heard of him and was told some things through Boban. What I’ve seen in these few days is that he is very well prepared.
“I used to play in a 4-3-3 formation. In the last few years we’ve changed so I had to adapt to be a support striker. However it depends on what the coach wants.
“My first goal? I haven’t thought about it yet. But when it does happen I don’t think I’ll act overly enthusiastic because it’s not part of my character.”
Rebic has taken the number 18 shirt, but he has revealed that it was not his first choice.
“I wanted the No.4 shirt but it was taken so I decided to take 18 as it’s the same shirt no. in the national team.”
He could make his debut against Hellas Verona on Sunday, although multiple outlets are claiming he will start on the bench.