Kondogbia: I never said yes to AC Milan

The €40 million man has revealed that Robero Mancini was the key factor in him opting to sign for Inter instead of their city rivals

Geoffrey Kondogbia has dismissed the suggestion that he ever agreed to join AC Milan, insisting that he decided to move to Inter the moment he spoke with coach Roberto Mancini.

The midfielder looked certain to leave Monaco for the Rossoneri this summer, with Milan CEO Adriano Galliani claiming that everything had been agreed with both the player and the Ligue 1 club.

However, Milan were ultimately outbid by city rivals Inter, who paid €40 million for the Frenchman at the 11th hour to secure his signature.

Kondogbia, though, has claimed that he only made his mind up on where to continue his career after receiving a phone call from Nerazzurri coach Mancini.

“Why did I choose Inter instead of Milan? It was because I believe that Inter are closer to me,” he told reporters at a press conference on Friday.

“I spoke to the coach and he convinced me that this was the best project for me.

“Mancini told me many things. When a coach like this calls you, you cannot say no.

“But I never said yes to Milan.”

Indeed, Kondogbia believes that he has joined a club capable of challenging Juventus for next season’s Serie A title.

“I chose the Italian league because I think that it’s the best next step for my career.

“It’s the right moment and right league in which to improve.

“The Scudetto is possible for Inter. We’re working to obtain the very best results.”

Inter had been hoping to sign Yaya Toure before the Manchester City ace performed a dramatic u-turn and decided to stay at the Etihad.

Kondogbia has often been compared to the Ivorian and the 22-year-old admitted that the former Barcelona man is an idol of his.

“I have been compared to both Yaya Toure and Patrick Vieira because we’re similar but my model is Toure,” he added. “I can play in every role in midfield.”

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