Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani claims that had Carlo Ancelotti not been sacked by Real Madrid, forward Carlos Bacca would most likely have made the move to Madrid over Milan.

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Galliani was talking to media after Bacca scored yet again for Milan, this time in their league win against Genoa, and was quoted by MARCA as suggesting that Ancelotti leaving Real played a key part in Milan striking a deal with Sevilla for the Colombian:

Bacca is a fantastic player. Even Ancelotti spoke to me about him. Had Ancelotti stayed at Real Madrid, Bacca would have probably moved there.

The forward scored 49 times in 108 appearances in his two seasons with Los Nervionenses, guiding them to back-to-back Europa League success for the second time in the club’s history, having first done so in 2006 and 2007.

Galliani isn’t the first person to have confirmed Ancelotti’s interest in Bacca, however. Agent Ernesto Bronzetti said in September of last year that the 55-year-old Italian had a keen interest in the Colombian hitman.

Galliani was also full of praise for Sevilla manager Unai Emery, who he described as a ‘great coach’, but was quick to add that he would not be coming to Milan.