Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Taison has stated his desire to leave the club, while he has also opened up on Milan's attempts to bring him to the club last summer.
The Brazilian was recently sent off for reacting to racist abuse in his side's tussle with rivals Dynamo Kyiv. After the noises grew louder from a section of away supporters, Taison picked up the ball and kicked it towards them.
Following these events, the 31-year-old took to Instagram, commenting: "My tears were of indignation, repudiation and helplessness, helplessness that I could do nothing at that moment! But we are taught early on to be strong and to fight! Fight for our rights and for equality!"
Further to this, Taison has now revealed his desire to leave the club in an interview with Globoesporte (via Calciomercato).
“After what happened, I thought: it’s time for me to leave Shakhtar, this is my will, I want to go back to being happy," he said. "It will be very difficult to leave, from what I believe knowing Shakhtar."
The player went on to discuss Milan's attempts to sign him, adding: “Milan offered €30m for me, an important proposal that arrived during the last summer, but the club refused.
“Back to Brazil? I believe that for economic reasons it is impossible. I’ll be there by 15 December, but only for the holidays.”
The Italian giants have made a poor start to the new campaign, finding themselves sat 14th in the table after 12 games. However, they produced a resolute and much-improved performance to push Juventus all the way in their last outing on Sunday, despite eventually losing 1-0.
It is not yet known whether the Rossoneri will make another attempt to land Taison in January, but it appears as though the midfielder is keen on a fresh start somewhere else.