Maxi Lopez is delighted after finally completing his move to Milan and has promised to repay the club’s faith in him.
Lopez joined late on Friday evening after Vice-President Adriano Galliani was unsuccessful in negotiating a deal for the Rossoneri’s first transfer target, Carlos Tevez.
Signing the forward from Catania on an initial six-month loan believed to cost €500,000, the San Siro side have the option to make the deal permanent in the summer for a further €8.5m.
“I’m very happy,” Lopez told Milan Channel after the move was confirmed.
“After everything that has happened, I finally got to join this great team.
“I want to salute all the fans of this great club. I hope that I can return the fans’ affection with my efforts on the pitch.”
His agent, Andrea D’Amico, also spoke about the move and the nervous circumstances that surrounded it.
“It is a chance that he deserves. We knew that everything was on the condition of the Tevez deal, but we accepted the risk because the Milan train passes only once in one’s career and you have to gamble.
“The final minutes were frantic. At 18:55 Tevez was a Milan player, then what happened, happened and the word of Galliani goes without saying and he filed the Maxi’s contract at Milan.
“He cannot wait to make himself available, as he said, he’ll ‘eat the grass from the field’.”
Think you know your Italian football? Share your knowledge, tips and comments to win cash prizes in OLBG's tipster competition - £11,000 to be won monthly!