Theo Hernandez has conceded he “can’t envision returning” to Real Madrid, and that he is planning to remain at Milan “until the end of time”.
Hernandez finished a €24 million (£22m/$29m) move to Santiago Bernabeu from Atletico Madrid in 2017, with the Blancos secures the left-back to a six-year contract in the wake of meeting his delivery statement
The 23-year-old went on to win four trophies with Madrid, including the Champions League, but was never able to establish himself as a regular in the first team.
The talented young defender grabbed both goals for Pioli’s side as they snatched a point at San Siro, including a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser, with that result ensuring that the 18-time Italian champions are now the only unbeaten club left in Europe’s top five leagues.
Ahead of a crucial trip to Genoa on Wednesday, Hernandez has expressed his desire to see out the remainder of his playing days in Milan, while conceding he cannot see himself ever returning to Madrid after his frustrating two-year spell at the Bernabeu.
“I think I’m in the best moment of my career,” The Rossoneri star told El Transistor. “I went to Madrid very young.
“It’s difficult when you don’t get minutes… I can’t imagine [going back], I’m really happy here.
“If I could, I’d stay at Milan forever.”
Milan are currently three points clear of local rivals Inter at the summit heading into the latest round of Serie A fixtures, with Napoli and defending champions Juventus a point further back in third and fourth respectively.
Juve have won a record nine progressive titles in Italy, yet the Rossoneri are offering to oust the Andrea Pirlo’s side to win their first Scudetto since 2010-11.