A failed medical scuppered his chance while still with Wigan Athletic.
Robinson, recalling contact with Milan director Paolo Maldini, explained to fulhamfc.com: “It was kind of unbelievable.
“Literally at the start I didn't believe that there was interest, I didn't believe that he'd have taken that much of a liking to me.
“It wasn't until I spoke to him on the phone that I actually truly believed that he'd seen something in me.
“He convinced me that he was looking forward to working with me, and then he was there when I got the bad news that it wasn't going to happen. He was gutted for me, he said he was really sorry and that he'd been looking forward to working with me and stuff, which additionally hurt as well, but it is a big compliment I suppose.
“I was a bit young to have seen him play but he was one of my Dad's favourite ever players, so it was a proud moment for me because he was so in awe of it as well.
“It took a long time to sink in. Even now it's hard, looking back, to think that it was even happening. It's been over a year now since that all took place, so it was difficult to believe at the time, but it was massively motivating as well
“I always say that I don't regret any single thing that's happened to me. I'm very happy and very proud of where I am now, the man I am now."