MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 29: Krzysztof Piatek of AC Milan celebrates his second goal during the Coppa Italia match between AC Milan and SSC Napoli at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 29, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Krzysztof Piatek’s former Coach Michal Probierz admits Real Madrid regret not doing enough to snap up the striker before AC Milan sealed the deal.

Piatek has made an instant impact for Milan, scoring four goals in as many games since arriving from Genoa last month.

However, Michal Probierz – who managed him at Cracovia – revealed Madrid were also in the running for his services.

“So far he’s moved well and taken all the right steps to become a great player on an international level,” Probierz told Football Italia via Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I’m sure that now Milan will get back among the top four clubs in Serie A. Then, in the future, he’ll become a star, worthy of playing for Real Madrid.

“I really think Real’s directors regret not trying hard enough to buy him in January. They really thought about him, but Milan wanted him more.

“For Italian fans, especially the Rossoneri ones, it’s great because they can admire him every weekend.

“I’m sure that with his character and attitude to every aspect of the game, he’ll be among the greatest strikers of his generation.”

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 17: Marco Asensio of Real Madrid reacts during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Girona FC at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 17, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Solari insists on not giving up

Real Madrid was defeated 2-1 by Girona today in the Spanish La Liga tournament, making title-chances more difficult.

Milan are still in contention to secure a Champions League spot and possibly claim a silverware in the Coppa Italia after their disappointing exit from the Europa League.

And the Rossoneri fans will be optimistic an improved Milan side and a prolific Piatek would weave the magic.