The veteran Argentine attacker was impressed by what he saw of the 21-year-old striker when he trained with the Nerazzurri's first team three seasons agoInter forward Diego Milito has revealed that he would welcome the return of Mattia Destro to San Siro.
The 21-year-old progressed rapidly through the Nerazzurri's youth team ranks but never made an appearance for the senior squad before being used as a makeweight in the deal that saw Andrea Ranocchia join from Genoa in the summer of 2010.
However, Inter are just one of the many Serie A sides said to be interested in signing Destro, who is coming off the back of a terrific season with Siena, and Milito would love to see the Italian back at Appiano Gentile.
“Destro trained with us during the treble year [2009-10] with [Jose] Mourinho,” the Argentine told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“You could already see back then that he was a great forward - complete, technically good - and that was confirmed by his great season [with Siena]. He also still has plenty of time ahead of him to improve."
Milito, though, is primarily focused on picking up where he left off last term, having played a key role in Inter's resurgence during the second half of the season.
“I want to stay at Inter and I hope to do so until June 2014,” the 33-year-old declared. "I’ve always said that it’s magnificent here: my team-mates, the club and the fans all make me feel loved.
“I will never be able to repay the Interisti for the affection which I have been shown."
Milito, who joined the Nerazzurri from Genoa in 2009, scored 24 goals in Serie A last season.