Inter striker Diego Milito has insisted it never crossed his mind that he would be leaving the Nerazzurri, despite rumours linking him away in January.
Milito has faced increased competition for places this season with the arrival of Diego Forlan from Atheltico Madrid, and Luc Castaignos from Feyenoord, and the Argentine had been linked with moves to Tottenham and Schalke. He also missed games injured, and struggled for goals until the last two fixtures against Parma and Lecce, which has seen him net three times.
But talking to Al Jazeera ahead of this weekend’s Derby della Madonnina with Milan, Milito says a move was never a possibility:
“I never thought of going away, these things happen in football, you can’t always play at your best. These things happen, injuries happen and maybe they set you back a little, and you have to catch-up, but i’ve always stayed calm.”
Milito, who has now netted six times in 13 Serie A appearances, is looking forward to the weekend derby clash with Milan at San Siro:
“We’re still far away from the top of the table, and so we only take it game by game. We know that Sunday’s game is an important one for what it means, but also for the table, because we could shorten the distance between us a little. But we are still far behind, we only need to think about winning the derby, which would give us great morale.”