Schalke signing Kevin-Prince Boateng says he didn't leave AC Milan over racism.

Schalke director Peter Peters made that claim during the week.

"What he said disappoints me because it is not true," the Ghana international told Tuttosport. "Absolutely not.

"I have never said that I wanted to leave Italy because of racism.

"If I decided to end my experience at Milan then it was simply because I wanted to go and play in a championship that was more suited to my way of playing football.

"I gave it a lot of thought because I knew that I would miss the city, my friends and also Italy.

"It wasn't an easy decision to make, but it was made three months ago with [my girlfriend] Melissa."

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