Carlos Bacca was linked using a move to West Ham in the off-season but the Colombia international striker has unfinished company in Milan.
Hat-trick hero Carlos Bacca said he promised to guide AC Milan back into European competitors immediately after rejecting a move away.
Milan kicked off their Serie A season in winning fashion, overcoming Torino 3-2 because of Bacca’s three-goal haul on Sunday.
The match-winning performance came on the back of an off-season fuelled by speculation linking Bacca with a San Siro departure, amid strong interest from Premier League outfit West Ham.
But Bacca reiterated his desire to assist Milan return to Europe, either by means of the Europa League or Champions League.
“When the intermediary presented the give, I consulted with my loved ones and decided to stay,” Bacca told Sky Sport Italia post-match.
“It was the ideal point for me to complete.
“I wanted to remain simply because I promised I’d take Milan back into Europe.”
Bacca opened the scoring inside the 38th minute, only for Torino to hit back courtesy of Andrea Belotti three minutes in to the second half.
Milan, nonetheless, moved ahead again thanks to Bacca, who completed his hat-trick with two ambitions shortly just after the hour-mark.
Daniele Baselli decreased the deficit within the 90th minute to give Torino hope, and Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma came up huge for the hosts, saving a last-gasp penalty as Bacca walked away with the match ball.
“My son wanted the match ball and I’d promised to score him a hat-trick ultimately, so I wanted to take the penalty and do it for him,” added Bacca, who scored from the spot in the 62nd minute soon after Giacomo Bonaventura was fouled inside the area.