Strinic confirms summer switch from Sampdoria to AC Milan

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The Croatia international endured a frustrating end to the 2017-18 campaign, but he is now looking forward to making a fresh start at San Siro

Ivan Strinic has confirmed that he will be joining AC Milan on a three-year contract this summer.

The Croatia international endured a frustrating end to the 2017-18 campaign at Sampdoria as an expiring deal led to him being frozen out.

He will, however, be taking on a new challenge next season after agreeing a switch to San Siro.

The 30-year-old full-back is delighted to have finally secured a move to Milan after being linked with the Rossoneri for several years and is expecting a move to be finalised after World Cup 2018.

Strinic told 24sata: “The season is now over, so I can say that I am no longer a Sampdoria player and I have signed a three-year contract with Milan.

"I think the club will announce it after the World Cup.

“Being left out by Sampdoria? When you have a contract that’s expiring in two months, a club can do one of two things.

“They can concentrate on getting the most out of you for the time left, or they can decide not to play you anymore.

“So I played only three games in the second half of the season, Milan wanted me and said they didn’t care that I would not play much for the rest of the season.

“The fact they wanted me anyway is a good thing.”

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Strinic added on fulfilling an ambition of joining Milan: "Even as kid, I never supported any foreign club, only Hajduk. But of course I liked some clubs more than others and Milan was definitely one of those.

“While I was growing up and started playing football, Milan was the best club in Europe and I loved players such as [Clarence] Seedorf, [Paolo] Maldini, [Andrea] Pirlo, Cafu. It is an honour and privilege to be part of such a club's history.

“It was not easy for Milan this season to change almost their entire squad, it takes time and hopefully we'll do better next season. Although this one was not so bad either as we qualified for the Europa League.”

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