AC Milan midfielder Suso says he has turned down the opportunity to join a club who can offer him Champions League football as he favours a longer stay at the Serie A club.
Suso, who joined Milan in 2015 but spent the first six months of 2016 on loan at Genoa, is hoping to sign a new contract with the San Siro club.
The former Liverpool man says he has been left waiting since December to finalise a deal, but in the meantime he has received attractive offers to leave Milan.
“First of all I would like to thank the fans for their many messages,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “I would like to let them know that we had an agreement in December and I have been waiting since.
“I spoke with [Milan general manager Marco] Fassone back then and he told me that there was no problem. I’m just waiting and continue to wait. They have my number and that of my agent. I’ve had three offers from clubs in the Champions League, but I want to stay here.”
Tottenham are reported to be one of those three clubs, but Suso says he hopes his future lies in Milan.
The Serie A club have invested €99 million into new players already this summer, with several more arrivals expected before the transfer window closes at the end of August.
Having qualified for the Europa League last season, ending a three-year absence from European football, Milan are now intent on returning to the Champions League, which is why Suso is happy to bide his time at the club.
“The club are doing a great job, building a great side to stay at the top,” the 23-year-old said. “We need to take it slowly to try to get back into the Champions League.”
Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.