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The combative midfielder insisted his red card offence stemmed from a willingness to prove himself deserving of the Rossoneri jersey

AC Milan midfielder Mathieu Flamini says his red card in Sunday's draw with Napoli was born out of a desire to earn the approval of the home supporters.

The 28-year-old endured a mixed night at San Siro, with his first-half goal later cancelled out by a moment of madness which saw the former Arsenal man red-carded for a reckless tackle on Juan Zuniga.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Flamini offered apologies but stressed it was a case of wanting to impress.

"I'm happy about scoring the goal. I had so much joy in scoring my second goal in a row, but I am disappointed about my red card," he told reporters after the game.

"I wanted to show that I am a player full of enthusiasm who deserves to wear the Milan shirt.

"It is a mistake to leave the team with ten man, but I had a great desire and anger can happen in football occasionally."

The Frenchman also fuelled speculation regarding his future by refusing to rule out a move to French giants Olympique de Marseille.

"My future? I just said never say never about the possibility of moving to Marseille," he added.

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