Friday July 4 2014
Matri: I hope to stay at Milan

Alessandro Matri says his first option is to stay at Milan this summer, but he will ‘consider all possibilities’ if he is down the pecking order.

The striker moved to the Rossoneri for €11m last summer, but a difficult first six months at the club saw him shipped out on loan to Fiorentina.

“I wanted so much after 10 years to return to Milan, my favourite team, the one where I grew up and that I have always cheered,” Matri has told today’s edition of the Corriere dello Sport.

“Despite the conditions at both Milan and Fiorentina, it was destined not to be my lucky year. I also had many chance in which to score, some I messed up badly, I could not believe it myself when I saw the ball not go in the net.”

Milan begin preseason under another new Coach in the form of former striker Pippo Inzaghi.

“I know him well, I’ve always respected him for his dedication to work, his great courage, the desire he had to return after too many injuries.

“Is he an example to follow? I hope so…July 9 I should be present at Milanello. I hope to stay there, I’ll do anything to earn another chance.

“Is Inzaghi in agreement? Honestly, we have not talked. It is a very delicate position, but I would love to have a second chance. I’ll be ready, in any game, even more so in the [preseason US tournament] International Champions Cup.

“For my characteristics I can be used only as a central striker, but I want to continue to be important, even if away from Milan.”

Now back from La Viola, speculation continues to link the 29-year-old with a move away, with Genoa said to have held talks with Milan earlier this week.

“I do not want to start the season as third choice. Genoa? I do not have any decisions made, it is fair to consider all possibilities.

“Certainly I would like to remain at Milan. After a year, as we have seen, so many things can change.”

Matri reflected on his more successful period prior to returning to San Siro, when at Juventus.

“I have experienced the most important moment in the resurrection of Juventus, who came back by force to win in Italy.

“The strength of the group and the presence of great champions like Buffon and Pirlo have helped to bring about a decisive turning point in the history of Juventus.

“What do I need to improve now? What was missing in my return to Milan, a bit of serenity that could give me security in my means.

“And I’d like to recover the same confidence that was in me when I arrived at Milan a year ago.”