Ivorian midfielder Franck Kessie has made it crystal clear that he is not seeking an exit from AC Milan, despite what reports in Italy suggest.
The 22-year-old signed for the Rossoneri in June 2017 from fellow Serie A side Atalanta on an initial two-year loan deal with Milan obligated to buy him at the end of it.
But Kessie has recently been linked with a departure from the San Siro amid an alleged row between manager Gennaro Gattuso and sporting director Leonardo.
Reports in Italy suggested that Milan could sell Kessie in order to raise the required funds to sign fellow loanee Tiemoue Bakayoko permanently from Chelsea at the end of the season.
However, Kessie has no plans on walking out of Milan at the moment as there are still things he wants to achieve first.
“I have five years left on my contract and I’m here,” Kessie told Sport Mediaset.
“We have a great coach who’s doing well and we’re all with him. I feel good and I want to keep dreaming of taking Milan back into the Champions League.”
The Ivory Coast international will return to Bergamo on Saturday for Milan’s next Serie A match against his old side Atalanta.
Gennaro Gattuso’s side are in the middle of a tight battle for a top-four spot in the Serie A with fourth-placed Milan currently just a point ahead of Lazio in seventh.
“I’m very happy to come back to Bergamo,” he added.
“I have to go there as an opponent but it’s still beautiful, at the same stadium, with their fantastic fans.
“It was special to score there last season, but I didn’t celebrate and I’d do the same again.”
Kessie has managed three goals and two assists in 27 appearances for Milan across all competitions this season and is contracted at the San Siro until June 2022.