AC Milan attempted to sign me in January - Ruud van Nistelrooy

The veteran striker has made it clear that several clubs were interested in signing him in January, but he eventually opted to stay with HSV
Netherlands international Ruud van Nistelrooy has made it clear that Serie A champions AC Milan were one of the sides that attempted to lure him away from Hamburg in the January transfer window.

The experienced attacker appeared to be on his way to Real Madrid last winter, but HSV eventually refused to sanction the move, and the player has revealed that Milan were also in the hunt for his signature.

"Real Madrid were not the only ones who tried to sign me. AC Milan also attempted to lure me to Italy as they were looking for a replacement for the injured Filippo Inzaghi," Van Nistelrooy was quoted as saying by Spits.

"Chelsea also approached me to discuss a possible transfer, but I really did not want to leave HSV, until the one club that I was willing to make an exception for [Real Madrid) came up."

Van Nistelrooy then went on to discuss his plans for the future and made it clear that a return to PSV, who have been linked with a bid, is not an option for him.

"I promised in 1998 that I would return to the club, but I have changed my mind. I simply do not want to play in Netherlands any more. Perhaps England is still an option, but Spain is more likely."

Van Nistelrooy has an expiring contract with Hamburg and will leave the club on a free transfer this summer.

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