New AC Milan signing Emerson admits Real Madrid almost drove him to retirement.

"I couldn't take it anymore. At a certain stage I wanted to just end it with football," said the Brazilian midfielder.

"The situation was untenable in Madrid and I just couldn't focus there. At one point I thought about retiring.

"I have found myself in a club that allows me to think only about football and that is very important for me. I am ready to start again."

He had followed Coach Fabio Capello from Roma to Juventus and Madrid, but his spell in Spain was agonising despite the Liga title success."

"Capello is exceptional and really helped me a lot. We worked together for seven years, so the time had come for a change," added Puma."

"I have already played in Italy and will have no problems settling back into this style. I have no physical issues either."