Former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini wants Premier League return
Ex-Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini is plotting a return to the Premier League.
The AC Milan star has been offered a new two-year contract at the San Siro but is set to reject it in favour of moving back to England. He said his also considering offers from other countries.
The Frenchman looked destined to become another of Arsene Wenger’s ultimately useless youngsters until injuries presented him with a run in the first-team in his preferred defensive midfield position. He was shaking off his utility man tag and establishing himself as one of the Premier League’s top midfielders when he stunned the Gunners by opting to move to Italy in 2008.
He told The Sun: “Milan offered me a contract for two years but I need to take my time and make the right decision.
“I’ve been in Italy for five years, I’ve had a great time and learnt a lot.
“But I miss England and I want to win the Premier League.
“It has a special place in my heart. I like the pace and the physicality of English football and I like that every game is very open.”
The 29-year-old cited Arsenal’s Champions League final defeat to Barcelona as one of the biggest disappointments of his career.
He continued: “I want to win trophies. I am a competitor.
“My biggest regret was when I was with Arsenal and we lost the Champions League final against Barcelona.
“As well as the Premier League, I want to win the Champions League.
“When you are a competitor, what you want is to be successful. And to be successful, you want to win trophies.”
He added: “I’ve had some good offers but I want to take my time and decide what direction I will take.
“What’s important is to be in a team which has a good project, good ambitions and abilities.
“I miss the Premier League but other countries are possible, too. I don’t want to close any doors.”