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I wanted to join Milan in summer - Cerci

Alessio Cerci revealed he wanted to join AC Milan in the summer before moving to Atletico Madrid after arriving in the city ahead of completing a year-and-a-half long loan move to the Serie A club.

The winger only moved to Spain in September, but three months and just nine appearances later the Italian has returned to his homeland, with Fernando Torres heading in the other direction. 

"It was what I wanted in the summer," the 27-year-old said after being unveiled as a Milan player on Thursday.

"It was important to go back to Italy, I'm happy.  I spoke with [Filippo] Inzaghi and coming to Milan was my dream, even if I’m a little late.  The Rossoneri are a very good team and I’ll give my best.” 

Cerci will undergo a medical on Friday and then put pen to paper on a contract, with the deal to be confirmed on January 5 when the Italian transfer window officially opens.

The Italy international could wear the No.22 jersey formerly worn by Milan legend Kaka and will hope to make his debut against Sassuolo on January 6 as the club resume their league campaign after the winter break.