Gennaro Gattuso admits he has no intention of leaving Milan, but is proud to have been a target for Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Speaking ahead of the two clubs’ Champions League semi-final meeting on Tuesday, Gattuso stated his admiration for English football.
“Some contacts were made, but I see my future at Milan now,” Gattuso told The Sun.
“But you cannot be anything other than proud when the United manager wants to sign you.
“I once said my dream was to play in England and that the team I liked best was United.
“I really like the atmosphere in England and I think my way is probably more suited to English football than Italy.”
The midfielder is looking to knock United out in the semi-finals and has targeted a reunion with Liverpool in the final, in the hope of taking revenge for Milan’s penalty shoot-out defeat to the Reds in the 2005 Champions League final.
“After the final against Liverpool I wanted to quit the club, not because I didn’t like Milan any more, but because I was so sad about what happened,” added Gattuso.
“Now I would really like to play Liverpool in the final again.”