De Jong eyeing long-term AC Milan stay

The Netherlands international is hoping to stay with the Rossoneri for another four or five years and hopes Hamburg can avoid the drop to 2. Bundesliga

AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong has expressed his intention to remain with the Serie A club for several more years.

The combative midfielder joined Milan from Manchester City in the summer of 2012 and has since developed into a key player at the San Siro side.

De Jong has made 32 appearances in all competitions this season for a side that has struggled for form in both domestic and European competition, but despite Milan's below-par campaign to date, the former Ajax man is eager to extend his stay at the club.

"I want to try and stay at Milan for another four or five years," De Jong told Bild.

The 29-year-old, who has a contract with Milan until June 2015, then went on to discuss the situation of his former club Hamburg in the Bundesliga and hopes HSV will avoid relegation.

He added: "I feel really sorry about what has happened to HSV in the past few months. They are a great club and I don't want them to go down."

Hamburg currently sit 16th in the Bundesliga table with 19 points from 22 games.