Mark van Bommel has told how he shed tears when leaving Bayern Munich for Milan in the January transfer window on a six-month contract.
The Dutch international brought a five-year association with the Rekordmeister to an end, and speaking to publication Bild, admitted: "I know everything that relates to the Bavarians. I miss the guys a lot and I shed tears after my departure. "
But as with anything, there is always the need to look forward, and Van Bommel has settled quickly after sampling Serie A football for the first time.
"It was a good decision for me personally," he said of his transfer. "Integration is very quick in football, luckily I speak many languages. On the pitch I speak a lot, but things come to me in a hurry and I sometimes make some errors. The guys understand me, however, and I know that they want to help me to integrate. In Milan, for this reason I am not a foreign body."
Having previously claimed that the Bundesliga is better than Serie A, Van Bommel has made an about-turn on the subject. The midfielder was part of the Bayern side which lost to Inter in last year's Champions League final, and he cites this as one of the reasons for his change in opinion.
"The Italians have gained more titles, the statistics speak for them," he said.
Van Bommel's Milan face Napoli on Monday night in a crunch league game, with the Rossoneri holding a three-point advantage over their second-placed visitors ahead of the contest.