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Returning Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini has revealed that he rejected a new deal with AC Milan as well as several offers from elsewhere in order to re-sign for Arsene Wenger’s men, Sky Sports reports.
The France international made his return to the Emirates this summer after leaving for a five-year spell with the Serie A giants back in 2008, and he made his first appearance since rejoining in the north London derby with Tottenham.
And he has admitted that he turned down a big offer from the Milanese club in order to come back to the Premier League.
“Milan asked me to extend my contract for two years,” Flamini told France Football.
“However, at 29 years old, I didn’t want to sign for anything less than three seasons. I had other opportunities in Italy where clubs other than Milan contacted me, as well as from sides in Germany and England.
“At this stage of my career it was an important choice, so I took time to think. To maintain my fitness I decided to train with Arsenal and then over time the deal unfolded.”
Flamini also revealed that the opportunity to work with Arsene Wenger again was a major factor in helping him decide to make the switch back to the Emirates.
“The fact that Arsene Wenger is still at the club was an important part of my decision, he knows me very well and has played a big role in my career.
“He introduced me to the best league, the Premier League, and has taught me on many levels, tactical, technical and mental.
“We have the means to participate in the title race, even if we are outsiders. I wish to write a beautiful new story with Arsenal.”