Criscito: I would take a pay cut to join AC Milan

The Italy international is desperate to return to his native country and has made it clear that he is willing to lower his demands to push through a move to San Siro
Zenit St Petersburg defender Domenico Criscito says he would happily take a pay cut in order to push through a transfer to AC Milan.

The Italy international's agent claimed earlier this week that the Serie A side had contacted him over a potential transfer and Criscito is desperate to return to his native country after a three-year spell in Russia.

"When my name is linked with the big teams I enjoy it," Criscito told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "My agent has spoken with Milan and is working on things with Zenit. I would take a pay cut to join Milan.

"Milan have been after me for some time and this can only make me happy, now we are having contact with Milan, but I do not know at what point negotiations are.

"Milan remains one of the largest clubs in the world, with [Filippo] Inzaghi as coach the team will have more 'oomph', just as he had as a player. 

"I would return to Italy only for a team of prestige, as in Russia I'm fine, my family is settled and every year I play in the Champions League, but I miss Italy and want to go back."

The 27-year-old Criscito has a contract with Zenit until June 2016.