Wigan star Robinson admits being open to Italy move amid rumours of rekindled Milan interest

By Oliver Fisher -

Wigan Athletic defender Antonee Robinson has left the door open regarding a move to Italy amid reports AC Milan have rekindled interest.

Robinson was close to signing for the Rossoneri in January as he travelled over on deadline day to complete a dream move, undergoing both his medical and physical checks before heading to the club’s Casa Milan headquarters.

However, rumours then surfaced suggesting a heart problem had been detected, and Wigan then released a statement on their official website confirming that Robinson would be staying. He has since revealed he cried over the collapsed move.

There have been suggestions that Milan could re-ignite their interest in the 22-year-old from Tuttosport (via MilanNews), and it has been widely reported that a release clause in his contract can be triggered for just £1.5m due to Wigan’s relegation.

Robinson has now spoken out about his future and essentially confirmed he will be leaving the English club, revealing that he feels his options are still open.

“I’m pretty sure I will be leaving, bar anything out the blue happening,” the United States international told the BBC.

“I’m open to moving to a top-tier club. Whether it ends up being a Premier League team, a Serie A team or a Bundesliga team I don’t know yet. That’s all in the hands of my agent and who wants me more.

“I’m hoping that I can go to a club now where it’s a new challenge, it’s a higher standard and most of all I still want to play.

“I haven’t come back from all these setbacks to sit on the bench for anyone. I want to come and play and test myself and get better as a player.

“I think there’s a lot of lads who will be in the same boat thinking, one, the club needs to sell players. But two, especially off the back of how well we’ve done, League One – we’re all better than that.

“I think every lad in the team is better than League One. I think the lads will have the chance to kick on in their careers and do well, I don’t think anyone is knocking any of us for going.”


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