Alessio Cerci admits he “made the wrong choice” with Atletico Madrid and wants to rediscover himself at Milan.
The winger has seemed off form and a shadow of his former self since leaving Torino over the summer, where he spent six months at Atleti before coming to San Siro in a loan exchange with Fernando Torres.
“I expected something more from myself too. I knew it would be a difficult year, as I didn’t have pre-season training,” Cerci told Milan Channel.
“I wanted to come here over the summer, but obviously I needed everyone to be on the same page for that to happen. I made the wrong choice and going back I’d do things differently.
“I came here to play football and can only achieve match fitness during games. I know this year started on the wrong foot, but I really want to give my all and go back to being the Cerci everyone admired.
“It is only natural that people start to wonder, with 10 games to go this season, where the real Cerci will be back.
“I know that when my legs are firing, I rarely get a game or a season wrong. I must always give 100 per cent to reach excellent fitness levels.”
Despite his poor form, Cerci has been called up by Antonio Conte for Italy’s games against Bulgaria and England.
“I found out during the half-time break against Cagliari. It fired me up and is really satisfying. I was a little down to begin with that I didn’t start the game, but that’s only natural.”
Cerci did win a penalty – albeit a very controversial one – during that 3-1 victory, but also missed a sitter and set up Giampaolo Pazzini for another howler.
“I gave the ball to Pazzo and wanted him to score. I wanted to score too and celebrate the Italy call, but someone like me really cannot miss those chances.”