AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong is hoping to secure a new contract at the San Siro, after openly admitting that he wants to stay at the club despite being strongly linked with a return to England.
The Dutch international, who played for Manchester City before moving to Italy, was wanted over the summer by City's rivals, Manchester United, but no deal was formalised and the Red Devils signed Daley Blind from Ajax instead.
De Jong, who's current deal expires next year, is close friends with United boss, Louis van Gaal, due to their international days with Netherlands, but he was quick to snub a move to join him at Old Trafford, claiming he was happy in Italy.
The 29-year-old spent three years in England at the Etihad Stadium before moving to Milan, and he has recently revealed that he has no intentions to return to the Premier League as he is happy with life in Italy and doesn't see the need for a new challenge.
However, with just several months left on his current deal, if no talks are held, the powerhouse could be on his way out of the San Siro whether he likes it or not.
De Jong could officially hold contract talks with any overseas club in January due to the Bosman Rule, but the Dutchman is keen to have talks with the club's officials regarding a new deal.
According to Sky Sports, he said: “My contract is a question for (Adriano) Galliani.
“I’m happy here in Milan. I don’t see any problems for a renewal. Let’s hope we still have time.”
“I’m happy here in Milan. I don’t see any problems for a renewal. Let’s hope we still have time"
Despite AC Milan's slow start to the new campaign, and their 2-0 home defeat to Palermo at the weekend, De Jong has given his backing and support to manager, Filippo Inzaghi, saying the players must take some of the blame as well as the man in charge.
"We didn't have a good game against Palermo, but we must believe in our objective which could be third or fourth place.
"We must believe in our game, we win and lose together, we're not looking for people to blame.
"We must improve in attack. It's not Inzaghi's fault if we lose a match, even if he did take responsibility. We must work a lot this week to stay on our path.
"We travel to Genoa (where they will next face Sampdoria) with confidence, even if it will be hard there. I only believe in one thing: work, work, work in order to win."
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