Agent: Pasalic wants to stay at AC Milan

The agent of Chelsea midfielder Mario Pasalic has revealed that his client would welcome the opportunity to make his loan stay at AC Milan a permanent one.

The 21-year-old joined the Italian giants on a season-long loan deal at the start of the campaign after being deemed surplus to requirements by new Blues boss Antonio Conte.

And, with his stay at the San Siro progressing well, Pasalic would be more than willing to continue donning the Milan shirt.

Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport after Milan's penalty-shootout victory over Juventus in the Supercoppa Italiana, Pasalic's representative, Marko Naletilic, said: "He's very proud to have scored the decisive penalty and wear the AC Milan shirt.

"Montella has shown great faith in him and has given him confidence after his long injury. This is something Mario appreciates a lot. He still has room for improvement – he's at 70 per cent now.

"His future will depend on several factors: on Chelsea, Milan, and him, of course.

"His wish counts and I can say that Mario already has AC Milan in his heart."

The comments from Pasalic's agent follow Milan CEO Adriano Galliani's recent revelation that the club had the option to make his stay permanent at the end of his loan.

Galliani said: "In Croatia, Pasalic is considered to be on the same level as Luka Modric, who is one of the best midfielders in the world.

"We had this opportunity, we do have the option to buy and we'll see what to do next summer."