Udinese star Rodrigo De Paul has revealed that several offers for him were declined over the summer amid links with AC Milan.
Paolo Maldini, Ricky Massara and the rest of the Milan leadership were understood to be keen on bolstering the midfield depth available to head coach Marco Giampaolo in the recent transfer window.
A report from Calciomercato.com earlier in August confirmed that Milan are still in the market for a new midfielder, and that three names have been shortlisted, with De Paul being one of them.
The 25-year-old had an impressive campaign last season for the Friulians, amassing nine goals and eight assists in the league alone.
The Argentina international though reportedly held a valuation of around €35-40million though, something which likely scuppered any chance of a potential deal.
Napoli and Fiorentina were both also linked with a move, and now De Paul has discussed the interest in him.
“I am more relaxed now that the transfer window has closed,” De Paul told reporters, via Football Italia.
“Udinese really wanted me to stay, rejecting all the offers that came in. I am happy to remain with a club that wanted me to stay at all costs.
“Thanks to Udinese, I am here wearing the jersey of my national team.”
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