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Niang: I can become world's best

M'Baye Niang says he has no regrets about turning down a move to the Premier League with Arsenal in order to join AC Milan.

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Niang, 18, has made only 13 appearances for the Rossoneri this season but believes Serie A is the right place for him to try to become the best striker in the world.

When asked whether he regretted not switching to the Premier League, Niang told La Republicca: "No. Arsenal wanted me, but when Milan showed up I had no doubts.

"Can I become the best in the world? I can make it. A club like Milan is the ideal place to grow because of the many champions you can learn from. Serie A is a tough league, physically and tactically."

Thanks to Milan coach Maximiliano Allegri, chief executive Adriano Galliani and club captain Massimo Ambrosini, Niang says he now understands how football works in Italy.

"In order to get my breakthrough, I need to lead a serious private life," he explained. "I need to rest and train well. It is not like in France - in Italy, there is real professionalism."


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