Alex has been presented to the media as a Milan player today and reflected on his ambition, as well as now working alongside former opponent Pippo Inzaghi.
The Brazilian defender agreed at the start of the summer to switch to San Siro at the expiry of his Paris Saint-Germain contract, and today has been officially unveiled to the media.
“I want to thank the fans for the great affection, I want to repay that and I am convinced that together we can take away great satisfaction,” Alex has told reporters today.
“Milan are a great club even if this year we are not in the Champions League. I am very happy to have come here.
“Everyone has spoken well of Milan and I have always dreamed of wearing this shirt. Also in Brazil they talk much and well of Milan.
“This season we will put in a lot of effort, whilst the fans will support us. Yesterday [at the preseason launch at Casa Milan] it gave me chills throughout the reception.
“We will work hard to repay all this affection.
“I am sure I can lend an important hand to the team, I will bring to them my experience.
“With work and commitment we will also fight for the Scudetto.
“Are Milan vulnerable from set-pieces? It is not that Milan concede so many goals. Tactically, we are already working on avoiding conceding these goals.
“If we want to win then we cannot concede so many goals.”
Alex will start preseason under new Coach Pippo Inzaghi.
“I have marked him in the past, he was a very fast striker. Now I have him as a Coach and I hope to work well with him to take away the maximum satisfaction.
“And Carlo Ancelotti? For me he was like a father, he helped me a great deal. He and Inzaghi spoke often and if I am here it also thanks to Ancelotti.
“Thiago Silva? We have talked much about Milan together, the talks were long. He always spoke well of this team and the environment, and he also drove me here. Thiago has always spoken well of Milan.
“My shirt number? It would be an honour to have the No 33 that Thiago Silva had here.”