AC Milan midfielder Mathieu Flamini has denied falling out with Arsène Wenger after his departure from the club in July and also believes that he wasn’t ungrateful despite leaving on a free transfer to the Italian giants.
The France international, whose deal at the Emirates ran out this summer, passed a medical and agreed terms to stay at the San Siro until 2012.
After a magnificent Champions League performance ironically against AC Milan last season, the 24-year-old drew comparisons with hard-tackling midfielder Gennaro Gattuso.
Speaking to French daily Journal Du Dimanche, Flamini said:
“I’m not a player ungrateful. I have always respected my contracts. I wanted a new challenge. The train passes once and I did not want to stay ‘dockside’. In fact I do not regret it. There is no problem with Arsène Wenger. I know what I owe”
Milan president Adriano Galliani presented newly-signed Premier League pair Andrei Shevchenko and Gunners’ defender Philippe Senderos to the Italian press earlier today, with the Swiss international announcing his happiness at the season-long loan move.
“I am very happy to be here and happy to be given this chance by the club, I want to repay this trust on the pitch. Arsenal are a great team, but Milan are the best team in the world.
My first impression is very good, this is a great club and I want to stay here a long time. Compared to the English league, the players in Italy work harder.
The English league is more physical while the Italian one is more tactical, and personally I have to work hard to reach this level.” Senderos told Milan’s official site.
Philippe was unavailable for Milan’s 2-1 loss to Bologna due to injury, but Mathieu Flamini did start and put in an energetic display as the Italians lost early ground on close rivals Inter.