Sagnol confirms Milan interest
Bayern defender staying open-minded
By Patrick Haond. Last Updated: May 6, 2008 12:09pm
Sagnol: In demand
Bayern Munich defender Willy Sagnol has confirmed that Milan and another top European club are interested in signing him.
Sagnol has endured a difficult season following injury and loss of form, and he was recently suspended by coach Ottmar Hitzfeld after complaining about his situation.
The Frenchman's comment that he had 'fallen into a hole and nobody is prepared to help me get out' suggested that he wanted to secure a move away from the Allianz Arena.
Milan have been linked with Sagnol in the past and the full-back admits it is flattering to once again learn of their interest.
But he has an open mind regarding his future as the next Bayern Munich boss Jurgen Klinsmann, who takes over from Hitzfeld this summer, has assured him that he is part of his plans.
Sagnol is hoping the matter will be resolved before he links up with the France squad for Euro 2008.
"My future should be settled around 24th or 25th of May," he told L'Equipe TV.
"The Milan officials have regularly returned their focus (to me) for six years and I am proud of that interest.
"It almost happened in 2002 and above all after the World Cup in 2006, but in those times I preferred to favour Bayern.
"My preference remains Bayern, where I have two years remaining on my contract, but I will follow cautiously what will happen at the club during the coming days.
"I had the opportunity to talk with Jurgen Klinsman, the new coach. He told me he relies on me.
"In transfer business, everything can happen quickly. Milan and another big European club, not Italian, are attracted.
"I can just say my choice will be made before the Euros, which is my great aim. I want to start it being calm."