Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa admits he regrets not having joined AC Milan in the summer.
The highly rated defender was followed by both Arsenal and AC Milan, but the Rossoneri appeared to be winning the race for his signature.
The player himself admitted it would be difficult to refuse the Rossoneri, but the Italian club were unable to reach an agreement with Montpellier.
Yanga-Mbiwa now explains that he would have liked to have joined Milan, while reveling he was never too keen on Arsenal switch.
“The chairman told me I have an agreement to leave,” the France international said to L’Equipe.
“AC Milan came for me. But the chairman refused the offer. So I understood it would be difficult.
“Arsenal came to make an attempt. But I was focused on something else. I was disappointed when I understood it could not be sorted out with Milan.”
The 23-year-old has spent his entire career at Montpellier and was recently appointed the captain of the side.
The centre-back already has five seasons as a first team regular behind him, and has so far amassed 174 league appearances for la Paillade.
Montpellier are prepared to cash in on their prized asset, but they didn’t want to be bullied into lowering heir asking price.