The AC Milan defender Philippe Mexes has said that he never thought about leaving the club in the summer transfer window, despite the club experiencing a lot of difficulties in terms of many high profile players leaving the club.

AC Milan have been criticised a lot by the fans in recent months due to the fact that they have sold a number of players like Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the context of reducing the financial burden at the club. As a result, they are not expected to be close to challenging for the title. Yet, the French defender Philippe Mexes, who moved from Roma a few seasons ago, has said that he is happy to stay at the San Siro to play for a club like AC Milan.

The 30-year-old French defender has been linked with a move to the Premier league with Arsenal being reported as one of the possible destination. However, no official bid from the Premier league club materialised in the final few days of the transfer window and Philippe Mexes still remains as an AC Milan player. Milan were beaten 1-0 by Sampdoria on the opening day of the season, but they recovered to beat Bologna 3-1 in the second match of the season.

"The important thing for me is to be here at Milan. It wasn't the happiest of summers, even though the birth of my daughter brought some smiles to my face. It wasn't easy being here training twice a day and hearing all the [transfer] market rumours. I never asked to leave the club. Now I'm back and I want to show the fans that I'm here to stay. I never thought about leaving Milan. My present and my future is here," Philippe Mexes said to the journalists on Thursday.