Motta flattered by Milan talk
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Motta's performances in Spain last season attracted a string of admirers with Newcastle United manager Sir Bobby Robson confirming he is a fan of the 20-year-old.
Champions League winners Milan have emerged as the leading candidates to procure Motta but the South American starlet concedes he is in no rush to quit Camp Nou.
"It's important to know that what you do is appreciated," Motta told Il Corriere della Sera.
"I've never said I want to leave Barcelona but Milan aren't a normal team, so we'll see.
"The thing is complicated but we wait to see."
Motta's representative Cristiano Miller admitted Milan had commenced tentative negotiations to sign the midfielder but he expects the Samba ace to stay in Catalunya.
Miller stated: "Milan started a negotiation but it has to be clear that Thiago will stay at Barcelona."
Expanding on a potential transfer to Serie A, Motta revealed he is a firm fan of Milan's attacking style and also refuted comparisons to compatriot, and Rossoneri star, Rivaldo.
"A team that presents (Andrea) Pirlo in that position is offensive," continued Motta. "I like Milan.
"Italian football is built on strength. It's a football where the defence starts from forwards.
"I want to be just Thiago Motta and make a good career. And I hope that in 20 years someone would have the will to become the new Motta."