Tuesday July 31 2012
Di Natale: 'I turned down Milan'

Antonio Di Natale reveals he turned down Milan, but “I wouldn’t leave Udinese even for Real Madrid.”

The veteran Serie A hitman has become a symbol at the Stadio Friuli and assures fans that is not going to change.

“It’s true, Milan wanted me, but I wouldn’t leave Udinese even if Real Madrid came knocking. I want to end my career here and score many more goals,” he said in his Press conference.

“My target is to reach 150 goals with Udinese, which would be satisfying, but the team results count even more.

“It would also be good to match Alessandro Del Piero’s Serie A tally of 188 goals. He’s a champion and it’s a shame he’s gone,” added the striker now on 153 top flight goals.

Di Natale’s new partner at the Stadio Friuli is Luis Muriel, who has returned from his loan spell at Lecce.

“He had a great campaign at Lecce and has so much quality, but obviously he needs to work hard. In a year or two, he could become like Alexis Sanchez. It’s true he arrived a little heavy at pre-season training, but he is young and can only get better.”

Di Natale only started pre-season training at the weekend, as he was given extra vacation time due to Italy reaching the Euro 2012 Final.

“In the opening match with Spain I made up for the penalty I missed against them in the Euro 2008 shoot-out.

“This was a great experience and we would’ve won the trophy if it hadn’t been Spain in the Final. In any case, it was an impressive tournament for the Azzurri.”