The Italy international is ready to start his third season at Milan, his second one since he joined the club permanently from Brescia.
Tonali was initially loaned to Milan in 2020 and the Serie A giants signed him on a permanent deal a year ago. Tonali, a lifelong Milan fan, agreed to take a pay cut in order to return to the club after his loan spell.
“It was the right thing to do and my development has been a natural consequence,” he told Sette Magazine.
“Being in a team permanently is not like being out on loan. It’s a detail that alone counts little, but makes the difference by adding other factors.
“If you play badly while on loan, you can be worried the club won’t sign you. I joined Milan at the right moment and I want to stay.”
Reports in the UK had linked Arsenal with Tonali, but the Rossoneri insist they haven’t received any offer, and the 22-year-old isn’t considering leaving his favourite club.
“We are alone with our fans, we are not concerned by the things the others say, like last season. We can’t change what people think, it makes us reflect, but we are not bothered,” the midfielder said.
The Rossoneri want to retain the title won last season.
“After Giroud’s brace in the derby, we understood that we were there. A mistake from Inter was enough, but we had to be strong mentally. It was hard to play the last five games knowing we only had a result.
“Why did we win? It was a mix of factors, but Pioli was decisive, he was in a difficult situation when he started.”
The interview ends with a message to Milan fans. “I want to show them my new tattoo. There’s written impossible, but with a red line cancelling the letters I and M. Nothing is impossible, this is my message.”