Cristian Zaccardo has admitted he did think about leaving Milan during the summer, but he’s now ready to prove his worth.
The 2006 World Cup winner was signed in January from Parma, but he has appeared in just one game for the Diavolo since.
“I had a few thoughts of moving on,” he told Tuttosport. “That’s only natural after the small number of minutes which I played.
“But then I started pre-season, I trained well and I was given opportunities to impress.
“Staying at Milan was always my first choice, because leaving here would have meant a half defeat for me.
“I happily remained and now I hope to prove myself.”
The 31-year-old could be given a chance in the starting line-up against Torino this weekend given the Diavolo’s injury problems in defence.
“I’m ready and I can’t wait,” he added. “I have a great desire to give the team a helping hand and show that I can be a dependable player for the side.”
Zaccardo has been used as a centre-back in recent seasons, but he could be asked to go back in time on Saturday.
“I was born as a full-back, it is a role I had played for almost all of my career, I won a World Cup in that position.
“I’ll happily go back to playing on the flank and if boss Massimiliano Allegri thinks I’m up to it then I will give my maximum.”
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