Thursday May 10 2012
Nesta: I’m leaving Milan

Alessandro Nesta has confirmed that he will leave Milan at the end of the season – a decade after joining the outfit.

The 36-year-old is out of contract in the summer and although he was offered an extension, he’s decided to terminate his Rossoneri adventure.

“This has been my last season with Milan,” he stated on Thursday. “I’m leaving. We’re playing at high levels and if I no longer feel important then I’d prefer to stay at home.

“I took this decision when I was feeling in good shape. I’ve won a lot but out of respect for the club and myself, I would like to go and try a different experience where I will be able to do something good.

“I made my choice in February. The club offered me a new one-year deal, but I decided that I didn’t want it.”

Rumours suggest that the 2006 World Cup winner will end up in the MLS with New York Red Bulls.

“I don’t know where I will be playing next season because I haven’t signed anything,” continued the 2002 capture from Lazio.

“I’ll go and play where the tempo is lower. An experience in America wouldn’t be bad, it’ll be a great adventure.”

The centre-back has won honours galore at San Siro and he’ll have fond memories of his time with the Italian giants.

“Carlo Ancelotti was the most important Coach in my career,” he added. “He was perfect. Winning the Champions League for the first time was the best memory.

“I’ll miss the people at Milanello who have been here on a daily basis for the last 10 years. I’ll also leave behind historic friendships with Massimo Ambrosini, Clarence Seedorf, Andrea Pirlo, Christian Abbiati, Paolo Maldini – people who I have a bond with.”

Nesta is one of 10 players with expiring contracts and he’s suggested that he won’t be the only high profile exit before the start of next term.

“I leave Milan disappointed because we wanted to win the championship and could have.

“I don’t know what the future will hold for Milan because there will be a group of players leaving. I don’t know what the club will do.”

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