Milan Sign Will Hughes
AC Milan have confirmed the signing of attacking midfielder Will Hughes on a free transfer after his Derby contract expired at the start of the summer. He becomes Milan's first signing of the window, and continues Matthaus' tradition of signing young players.
Many were shocked when Hughes left Derby on a free transfer, as that is where he has thrived so far in his career. The 19-year-old had spent his entire career in the white shirt of Derby, and had widely been touted as one of the stars of the future in England. A couple of years ago, there was talk of him joining giants Manchester City and Chelsea.
Despite this, Hughes stayed at Pride Park, and in the years he was at the club (between 2010 and 2014), he made 67 appearances for the Rams, and scored seven goals. Despite his contribution to the cause, he was unable to help Derby make the step up and get promoted to the Premier League, in which case he may have stayed.
The reason Hughes left Derby County is unclear, with even Hughes himself not revealing his thinking, but many expect that it is related to wanting a move to a big club, and if this is the reason, he has been successful, after securing a move to the San Siro. After many clubs attempted to sign Hughes, with Derby blocking them all, Hughes finally decided that he needed to work at getting a move away from the Championship side.
Whether Hughes' move to the Italian capital will be a success or whether he will flop remains to be seen, but one thing is certain for the youngster. He will certainly not be welcomed back at Derby if he ever returns in the colours of another team, following the unsportsmanlike tactics he used to leave the club.
Will Hughes will be on £7.5k per week until June 2017 at the San Siro. Milan fans are said to be delighted to have secured such a good talent for free, and pleased that they will make a profit on him if they sell him if he fails in the black and red of the Rossonneri.