Monday October 24 2011
Taiwo rejected Real Madrid option

Taye Taiwo claims he rejected an approach from Real Madrid over the summer in order to sign for Milan.

The Nigerian put pen to paper on a Rossoneri deal after his contract with French outfit Marseille expired.

"I chose Milan because to play in Italy was always a dream of mine," the left-back, 26, revealed.

"Real Madrid also tried to sign me, but I am sure that I made the right decision in saying yes to Milan," he added.

"It's great to be here surrounded by so many champions and I want to stay for some years to come."

Taiwo has had his problems settling in, but he's sure that he and his club can have a successful season.

"Football is more physical in France," said the player who spent six years with his previous Ligue 1 outfit. "In Italy, things are more tactical and I need to improve my movement off the ball.

"As for Milan, I think that we can win both the Italian championship and the Champions League."

Milan beat Lecce 4-3 on Sunday to move on to 11 points in Serie A – four behind current leaders Udinese.