Diego Milito has revealed that a lack of first team football persuaded him to leave Inter this summer and return to Argentina.
After suffering a torn cruciate ligament, the striker’s chances in Walter Mazzarri’s XI were limited last time out. And as such, the veteran opted to re-sign for boyhood team Racing Club.
And speaking to FIFA.com about the switch, the 35-year-old admitted that playing week in week out was behind his decision to leave San Siro.
Obviously the chance to get the first-team football I didn’t have with Inter last year because of a serious injury came into it,” he told the website.
“But I’ve always said that I wanted to come back fighting fit and give the club something. The idea of coming, playing and being in good shape had a lot to do with it.
“There are some people who maybe just accept the situation because they’re happy with their lot. I lived really well in Milan and so did my family.
“Everything was in place for me to carry on, but this was what I wanted and my wife and my children supported me. You have to respect the decisions people make.”
MIlito then reflected on his highlight in the Nerazzurri shirt and Italy’s disastrous World Cup campaign.
“It’s hard to pick out just the one [highlight]. It would be easy and a bit obvious to say 2010, when we made history with Inter.
“No other Italian team had won the treble before and we won the Champions League for the first time in 45 years.
“They were special moments that will stay with me forever, but I also had some very intense experiences in Genoa.
“Italy had a fantastic team, not least at this last World Cup. The midfield was so strong, with players like Motta, Verrati, Marchisio, Pirlo and De Rossi.
“Some are better than others, but they’re all above average in terms of skill. You still have to respect them despite what happened.”