Ignazio Abate focused on AC Milan form

Abate: 'Milan is my priority'
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Ignazio Abate dismisses reports suggesting that he wanted to leave AC Milan in the January transfer window.

Ignazio Abate has insisted that his priority is to achieve success with AC Milan, despite reports continuing to link him with a move away from the club.

The Italian defender was rumoured to be close to signing for Zenit St Petersburg in the January transfer window but he insists that his loyalty was always with Milan.

Abate told Corrie Dello Sport: "The transfer market? There was a concrete offer, not just rumours. I spoke with [Milan vice-president] Adriano Galliani and he wanted me to stay. Milan is my priority.

"I started badly with an ankle injury in the Berlusconi Trophy and then a pulled muscle. After the Christmas break, I got back in shape and things have gone well since then."

Milan are currently third in Serie A.

Milan defender Ignazio Abate in action against Chelsea on July 28, 2012
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