Nigeria fullback Taye Taiwo has joined Serie A champions AC Milan on a free transfer from Ligue 1 club Marseille.Taiwo, 26, completed a medical with Milan on Wednesday before finalising his switch from the Stade Velodrome to the San Siro on Thursday, signing a three-year contract.
The left-back had made more than 185 appearances in six seasons with Marseille, playing a key part in the club’s Ligue 1 championship success last season.
Formerly of Nigerian clubs Lobi Stars and Gabros, Taiwo scored the winner for Marseille in their League Cup final victory against Montpellier last month.
“I thank God for this move, joining another big team like AC Milan is a dream come true,” Taiwo said.
“I am leaving a big club for another one, one I was only able to dream of playing for as a kid.”
“I will surely miss the city and Olympique Marseille, the fans, players, management and French football in general.”
“It is emotional and sad to leave a place I have come to call home but I’m taking a piece of Marseille with me.”
Taiwo has 48 caps for Nigeria and appeared in the 2010 World Cup finals.
He joins a Milan side celebrating their first Scudetto since 2004, the same year he made his full international debut.
“I hope to bring my best to a team that’s parading great players already,” he said.
“The three-year deal is signed now and all I can do is give my all to a dream club and win trophies to complete the union.”
“I am a happy man and my immediate target is to be a winner here.”