The agent of AC Milan defender Ignazio Abate has said a transfer to Zenit Saint Petersburg would have happened had the press not become involved.
The Italy international was widely linked with a move to the Russian giants during the January transfer window, but ultimately remained with the Rossoneri.
"I think the fact that the move was leaked probably stopped it," Andrea D'Amico told Calciomercato.
"In football, news should only be spread when a deal is actually completed," he added.
Abate played all 90 minutes of Milan's last competitive fixture, a 1-0 away win over 10-man Atlanta in Serie A.