Andre Silva open to AC Milan return

Portuguese striker Andre Silva has suggested he may be open to returning to AC Milan on the condition that he’s granted regular football.

The 23-year-old joined Milan in the summer of 2017 from Primeira Liga giants FC Porto in a €38m deal.

But Silva struggled to adapt to life at Milan with just two goals in 24 Serie A appearances to his name before leaving for Sevilla last summer on a season-long loan deal.

The 23-year-old has since enjoyed a remarkable turnaround in form at Andalusia with nine goals in 22 La Liga games for Sevilla and will make his return to Italy for the first leg against Lazio in the Round of 32 Europa League clash on Thursday.

“Of all the teams we could’ve drawn Lazio are one of the strongest, but we’ll go to Rome to win,” Silva told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Here at Sevilla, you can breathe the passion for the Europa League. They’ve put the five they’ve won in plain sight at the stadium. They value the Europa League a lot.

“Do I follow Lazio? Yes, because I’m a Milan player and I want to be informed. I saw them against Inter in the Coppa.

“They’re a strong team who play well against the big sides and I remember them as a complex team from last season. We need to do our best to beat them.”

The Portugal international confessed in December that he currently has no idea over what will happen in his future with Sevilla reportedly having a €30m buy option for him this summer.

And it appears that things haven’t changed for Silva, who still holds affection for parent club Milan and won’t rule out a return to the San Siro if he’s promised regular action.

“Do I miss Italy? Yes,” said Silva.

“Even if the past has passed, things could’ve gone differently. Football isn’t an individual sport.

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The Blaugrana manager believes the team is thinking in the long-term as he has signed three footballers this summer.

“You can have expectations, but you’re not alone and others must help you or at least try to.

“I’m happy [with how Milan are doing]. They’re fourth, despite fighting with some great teams, and that’s the main objective.

“They also beat Napoli in the Coppa Italia, so that’s great too. I hope they keep going like this.

“Milan aren’t what they were a few years ago, but they can go back to being great and I hope they do.

“I want do well here first and then wait… If it was up to me, I’d go and play for the best team in the world.

“If I’m asked to choose between playing as a starter at Sevilla or going back to Milan without playing, my preference is obvious.

“However I’m in the middle of two situations: I’m fine here and I’m a Milan player. I’m not thinking about my future, otherwise, I get distracted.

“Are Milan following me? Yes, they send me messages and tell me I’m doing a good job. Moreover, I’m an investment for them.

“I have many friends there and when they went to Seville for their game at [Real] Betis, I went to their hotel to greet them.

“If Sevilla sign me then it’s because they have faith in me and think I can do well, but it’s still too early. I haven’t done anything yet.

“The present will ultimately impact on the future. I just want to play and be happy.”

Sevilla, who are fourth in La Liga, will take on Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico at Rome on Thursday night with kick-off set for 6:55 PM (CET).

SEVILLE, SPAIN – JANUARY 23: Ivan Rakitic of FC Barcelona competes for the ball with Andre Silva of Sevilla FC during the Copa del Quarter Final match between Sevilla FC and FC Barcelona at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on January 23, 2019 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

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