Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone added fuel to the fire of transfer rumours by confirming “I’d love to play in Serie A, hopefully with my beloved Milan.”
The former Italian Under-21 international has become a sensation at the Emirates in recent performances and could well push Wojchiech Szczesny on to the sidelines.
“I am happy at Arsenal and want to be Number 1 here,” he told the Corriere della Sera newspaper.
“Then I’d love to return to Italy and play in Serie A, hopefully with my beloved Milan. I have always supported the Rossoneri.”
Mannone was linked with a move to Milan this week as a replacement for the ageing Christian Abbiati.
“And finally, the Nazionale, which I already experienced at youth level, but the senior Italy squad is very different.
“I had some tough time, as in 2009 I played for 10 games after Almunia’s injury, but the manager did not think I was ready. I was absolutely furious and wanted to leave. Now I understand and have achieved maturity by working hard.”