USA international full-back Sergino Dest has revealed that he is working to “convince” AC Milan to sign him on a permanent basis after his loan deal expires, despite strong interest from Man Utd.
Having been seemed surplus to requirements at the Catalan giants during the summer transfer window, Dest was placed on the transfer list, and he was rumoured with a number of teams before eventually joining AC Milan on season-long loan deal on the deadly day of the transfer window.
The 21-year-old has played two games for the Italian side since his arrival, featuring in the Champions League matches with Red Bull Salzburg and Dinamo Zagreb.
Dest has been an unused substitute in the team’s Serie A matches with Inter Milan and Sampdoria, though, with Davide Calabria seen as the starting right-back.
AC Milan have the option to acquire the former Ajax defender on a permanent basis this summer, and he hopes that he is able to convince the Serie A giants to sign him.
“Here, I can improve a lot. Now, it’s my turn to improve myself as much as possible. What I can do is give my best and convince Milan to keep me at the end of the season. Now I just have to give 100%,” Dest told reporters.
“I am a versatile defender, I can play both left and right. My favourite position is the full-back, but if I need to, I can play even further ahead.
“Everything is going well. We are playing every three days, so I didn’t have time to look around and visit the city. Everyone in the team is very welcoming, it’s not easy to remember all the names, but the coach helps me.
“It’s a different league, here I can become a more complete player. I’ll have to focus on improving my defensive skills. Changing teams and leagues is an excellent opportunity to grow.
“I am happy to be here. [Stefano] Pioli’s game is very good, it can allow me to develop my game in the best possible way. This season can be an opportunity for me to help the team, developing both my offensive and defensive characteristics.
“I have recently arrived. Everyone is helping me, but I want to integrate into the whole group without specifically binding to anyone.”