Okay, whatever, sure.
Carlos Bacca reportedly insisted that he could have stayed at Milan, but that he and his family felt more at home in Spain, and that it had “already been decided” that his loan move would be made permanent.
Carlos Bacca insists Gennaro Gattuso and director Leonardo "wanted me to stay at #ACMilan , but the decision to join #Villarreal had already been made" https://t.co/VeJ3oZCROb #Colombia #SerieA #VillarrealCF pic.twitter.com/ODtYO1oeBk— footballitalia (@footballitalia) August 22, 2018
At a press conference, Bacca said:
I could’ve stayed at Milan, as I had that option. Gattuso and Leonardo wanted me to stay, the Coach said he’d work with me, that he considered me a player in his squad and was against my departure.
He made me feel important, but the decision to leave was already done and dusted. I will say that Milan are doing the right things, they now have a Coach that says things to your face and they’ll get back to winning ways
Bacca’s future at Milan was already pretty much decided before Gennaro Gattuso got the coaching job at the club, so it’s not surprising to see Bacca leave. Bacca was left home for the ICC tour of the United States, which makes his claim that Leonardo wanted him to stay seem a bit fishy, as Gattuso left Bacca at home because he wasn’t in the plans for the season, even going as far as taking Nikola Kalinic and Andre Silva, both players that ended up leaving the club during this summer.
But whatever, Bacca’s happy at Villarreal, and Milan got Samu Castillejo as part of the deal.
On to the links.
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