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Newcastle signing Jeff Hendrick admits AC Milan interest genuine

Newcastle United signing Jeff Hendrick admits he had interest from AC Milan this summer.

Hendrick has admitted being linked with AC Milan during the summer provided him with a confidence boost.

The Magpies ultimately won the race to sign the 28-year-old Republic of Ireland international after his contract at Burnley had expired, but knowing that they had had to fight off competition from the Serie A giants put a smile on his face.

Speaking about Milan's interest as he was unveiled at a press conference on Friday, Hendrick said: "Yes, there was interest there. I know there was a bit of interest and that was it.

"It was a really nice feeling when I was told they were interested. Everyone knows that club, it's massive, so it gave me a bit of a confidence boost, I have to say."

He added: "I'm delighted.

"It's a massive club, I love to play at the stadium here and I've been dying to get going.

"I had a great four years at Burnley, I really enjoyed it, but I wanted a new challenge and want to play in the middle, which is where I see myself."

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