Abbiati was with Atletico Madrid at the time.
He recalled to Derbyderbyderby.it: “I had a great season at Atletico Madrid, I was confident and I was convinced I could get back in at Milan. I had started talking to President Zamparini to go to Palermo, if I had gone Milan would have taken Lloris from Nice, but I felt too safe that time, I thanked Zamparini and stayed at Milan.
“Ancelotti said that Dida and Kalac would leave on an equal footing. Dida was in his last year, Kalac conceded five goals against Chelsea in a friendly match, I won the TIM trophy in Turin against Juventus and Inter and went back to the starting line-up."