“It wasn’t Jose Mourinho’s fault that I left Real Madrid,” the 31-year-old stated. “It wasn’t because of him – he actually made me stronger.
“I looked to give my best for him in these years, making sure I was always at his disposal. Unfortunately I wasn’t always fit and that didn’t help.
“It was a good personal experience for me in Madrid, less so professionally. But it was a spell which helped me to grow, I matured a lot.
“I don’t regret the years in the Real shirt, but, seeing how things went, I did lose a little desire to play. The decision to leave was taken after speaking with Carlo Ancelotti.
“I didn’t play with continuity, partly because of the injuries, partly because of the competition for places.
“I want to play regularly at Milan, that was what I based my decision on. I will re-find the joy of playing football here. My desire was Milan.”
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