I’M TOO BIG TO SIT ON AC MILAN BENCH
Posted: Aug 01, 2012
Nigeria defender Taye Taiwo has revealed why he switched from AC Milan to Dynamo Kiev of Ukraine on a season-long loan deal.
"Coming to the Ukraine is a great opportunity for me to earn a regular first-team place," he told BBC Sport after being frozen out in pre-season at Milan.
"I know Milan is a big club but I am not a player who is happy to sit down, collecting salary without playing football.
"I've considered a lot of things and I realised going elsewhere for regular football is greater than a life on the Milan bench."
"It was a dream to move to AC Milan but to be honest I never had the chance to show what I am capable of doing but that is life.
"I chose to come to Dynamo Kiev because of the opportunity to play in the Uefa Champions League and also to experience a new life.
"It was very important to consider my international career and I took this decision with that in mind."
Taiwo will play alongside compatriots Yusuf Ayila, Lukman Haruna and Brown Ideye at Dynamo.
"I know them [the Nigerians] from the national team set-up. I have been friends with Yusuf [Ayila] for several years. That makes it a lot easier to settle down.
All four players were part of the Nigerian squad that went to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Dynamo Kiev have equally announced the imminent signing Taiwo, subject to a medical to be held today.
The left-back only joined the Rossoneri last summer, on a free transfer from Marseille, but struggled to settle at the club and was shipped out to Premier League side Queens Park Rangers in January.
Linked with a number of destinations, Ukrainian outfit Dynamo have laid claim to agreeing a deal for the 27-year-old.
“The Ukrainian club confirm that the player is not expected before tonight to have the traditional medical, before signing with the club.
“A photo shoot will also follow to capture the event,” read a statement on the club’s official website.
Exact details of the agreement in place with Milan are not yet known, but it is understood that the Rossoneri will receive €500,000 for an initial 12-month loan of the player, with Dyname then having the option to purchase him for a further €2m.
Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev have taken Nigeria defender Taye Taiwo from AC Milan on a season-long loan.
Taiwo,according to a report on the BBC website failed to seal a move to the two English Premier League clubs,QPR and Reading,Portuguese side,Benfica and his former club,Marseille of France because of his wage demands.
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