Arsenal keeper Vito Mannone has stated his intention to move to Italy, preferably with AC Milan, at some time in the future. The Italian keeper believes his battles for a first-team place at both Atalanta and Arsenal have helped focus his mind, and Mannone has a clear idea of his ideal career path.
"I did my first audition [trial] at Arsenal in 2004," Mannone told Corriere della Sera.
"I asked Atalanta what their plans were but they did not want to focus on me.
"I have to thank them, otherwise I would not be at Arsenal.
"In 2009 Almunia was injured and I played ten games, but then Wenger decided to give me a break.
"He thought that I was not ready, but now I understand.
"Now my goal is to take the starting spot," Mannone continued.
"I want to be Arsenal's number one.
"Besides, I hope to reach the national call."