Ivan Strinić has confirmed his move to Milan and is happy to meet his ex-Dnipro and Croatia NT teammate, Nikola Kalinić.
After Pepe Reina confirmed this week that he is going to Milan, now is the turn of Ivan Strinić, who put an end to the rumours and officially announced he will be wearing a Rossoneri shirt next year.
Strinić is currently with the Croatian national team and Milan fans will be able to watch him in the Russia in the upcoming FIFA World Cup.
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“The season is over now, so I can say that I’m no longer a Sampdoria player and I’ve signed a three-year contract with Milan,” the 30-year-old left-back told 24, according to the Italian media this afternoon. “The club will probably announce the deal after the end of the World Cup.
“Milan also wanted me when I was at Napoli, but Napoli didn’t allow it. That’s why I went to Sampdoria last summer to have a chance to play. Everything was perfect, I played a good part of the season and I think I did my best. I didn’t play from the moment Milan informed Sampdoria of the negotiations with me [in February]? When you’re expiring in 6 months, a club can do two things: they can think about getting the most out of you or decide to not let you play anymore.
“For this reason, I played only three matches in the second part of the season. Milan wanted me and waited for me [thus taking a gamble on an experienced player who didn’t get much playing time last season], saying that they didn’t care that I wouldn’t play much for the rest of the season. The fact that they wanted me anyway is a good thing [Strinić will most likely be Ricardo Rodriguez’s main back-up next season], as it will be a great thing to become part of the history of this club.
“Kalinić [who is 100/1, according to SunBets, to be the Top Scorer in Russia in the upcoming World Cup]? I’m happy to be teammates again with him, we get along very well. When I was at FC Dnipro I helped him a lot. Now I’ll sure that he’ll do the same with me at Milan. My situation? During the spring I had problems with bacteria that attacked me, and I fought it for three months. Things have improved, and I feel in an even better shape despite losing 4 kilograms.
“The last Milan season [many bet on the Rossoneri last summer to finish in the Top 4 but evidently they only finished 6th]? It wasn’t easy for Milan to change the whole team over the summer, so there is confidence that we can do better next year [the Diavolo are 170/1 to win the Serie A title next season according to Bet365], but it was a great success to reach the Europa League [Milan could still be excluded from the competition as they await UEFA sanctions].”
The Rossoneri transfer market begins with two free agents. Both Reina and Strinić are currently thought of as back-up, but will play their part as Milan want to return to the Champions League.