New AC Milan striker Alessandro Matri has declared that he has a "special feeling" about returning to the San Siro, while vowing to represent the club with honour after being handed the Rossoneri's number nine shirt.
The 29-year-old started his career with Milan before moving on to Cagliari and Juve, and has admitted that he was desperate to return when he got win of Massimilano Allegri's interest.
He told Milannews.it: "It is a special feeling to return to where I grew up and there are several factors that will help me to do well.
"Allegri? I talked to him yesterday when they told me about the transfer, now it is up to me to do well. There were other clubs looking to sign me but when I knew of Milan's interest I tried to push to come back here.
"The number nine shirt? It is an important shirt, I have dreamed about it since I was a child and Marco Van Basten, George Weah and Filippo Inzaghi wore it. I will honour this number."