Fabio Borini is determined to prove he is worthy of a place in the Milan side, after clinching what he describes as a dream move to the Italian giants.
The 26-year-old was regarded as one of the brightest young talents in Europe during his days in Chelsea’s youth team, and it looked as though he was capable of delivering the goods at first team level when he scored six goals in nine matches whilst on loan at Swansea City. But he failed to progress at Stamford Bridge, and was sold to Parma who immediately loaned him to Roma in 2011.
Borini impressed enough during his one season in the capital to earn a return to the Premier League with Liverpool, who paid around £10.5million for his signature. But he scored just two goals in 20 appearances in all competitions for the Reds, who were happy to loan him to Sunderland for a season before he joined the Black Cats for £8million in August 2015.
In all competitions the striker scored 16 goals in 82 outings for the Wearside outfit, but only once in 15 league games as David Moyes’ side were relegated to the Championship last season. He has now clinched a surprise move to Milan, who will take him on loan with an obligation to buy next summer, and he is determined to prove he is worthy of playing for such a club.
“I am only just starting to realise what’s happening,” he told Milan TV. “Looking at the Milan Museum, you understand how great this club is and I can only be honoured to be here. Seeing all those Champions League trophies up close gives you a certain sensation, as they are the trophies players most want to lift. I will have to make the most of all these facilities to improve myself as a player.
“Milan is a dream come true for me. If it was up to me, we’d start pre-season training today! I just have to wait a few days and I can’t wait. I spoke to coach Vincenzo Montella and he said he was really happy to have me there. It’s going to be an important campaign and returning to Europe is the first step, via the preliminary rounds of the Europa League.”