The defender revealed that Adriano Galliani made it clear he wanted him to stay at San Siro, despite competition for places from the emerging Mattia de Sciglio
The 26-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Zenit St Petersburg in the January transfer window after losing his regular spot in the starting line-up, and although he admits there was interest, the thought of quitting San Siro has never crossed his mind.
“The transfer market? There was a concrete offer, not just rumours. I spoke with [Milan vice-president] Adriano Galliani and he wanted me to stay. Milan is my priority," he told Corrie Dello Sport.
“I started badly with an ankle injury in the Berlusconi Trophy and then a pulled muscle. After the Christmas break, I got back in shape and things have gone well since then."
The emergence of Mattia de Sciglio has contributed to Abate's reduced first-team action this season, but the former Torino full-back feels competition for places is nothing new at Milan.
“De Sciglio? There’s always a lot of competition here at the club. Mattia is new and deserves the praise he’s getting,” he added.