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Rebic arrives in Milan after leaving Frankfurt, with Andre Silva headed the other way

5:15 AM IST 02/09/19
Ante Rebic Frankfurt 2018-19
The Croatian had been left out of Frankfurt's matchday squad ahead of the deal being confirmed by their sporting director Fredi Bobic

Eintracht Frankfurt attacker Ante Rebic has left the Bundesliga club to join AC Milan on a two-year loan deal, with Andre Silva leaving Serie A to replace him in Germany.

Earlier in August, Eintracht had voiced hope Rebic would remain despite the interest from the San Siro side, with sporting director Bruno Huber claiming they were “still optimistic” of retaining his services.

However, the Croatian international had come in for criticism following a poor performance in the first leg of the Europa League qualification play-offs against Strasbourg, in which he was yanked at half-time.

After the match, Rebic was told by Eintracht head coach Adi Hutter that if he wished to remain with the club, he needed to show it on the field.

Rebic did not feature at all last weekend in a 2-1 loss to RB Leipzig, as he was left out of the squad.

He was returned to the XI in the second leg against Strasbourg, and though Eintracht came away with a 3-0 victory, Rebic himself was dismissed just before the half with a straight red card.

That sending off will be his final action for the club.

Another Frankfurt sporting director, Fredi Bobic, spoke with Sy Sports to confirm the deal.

"The clubs have an agreement. If everything goes fine Silva is a Frankfurt player tomorrow and Rebic in Milan," he said

After his arrival in Milan, Rebic spoke briefly to reporters.

"I'm very happy to be here. Forza Milan," he said as he walked to his hotel.

Hutter seemed relieved the saga had come to an end.

"It was Ante's wish to join a big club, and all involved are happy about the situation," he said after Frankfurt's 2-1 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf

Rebic will make a return to Serie A, having first featured in the Italian top-flight with Fiorentina after a €4.5m move from Croatian slide Split in August 2013.

However, Rebic struggled to break into the Fiorentina squad, and ended up spending time on loan with Hellas Verona before heading to Eintracht on a temporary basis in 2016.

The forward has spent the last three seasons with Eintracht, the loan being made permanent in 2018. He has 17 Bundesliga goals during his time there, with his high of nine coming last season.

Eintracht have already suffered heavy losses in their attack this transfer window, having previous lost Luka Jovic to Real Madrid and Sebastien Haller to West Ham.