Paletta: I needed trust and consistency

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AC Milan centre-back Gabriel Paletta feels fans are starting to see the best of him after a season-long loan spell at Serie A rivals Atalanta last season.

The former Liverpool and Parma defender joined the Rossoneri on a three-and-a-half year contract in February 2015, and went on to make 14 league appearances in the latter stages of the 2014/15 campaign.

However, his first-team place came under threat the following season, after a series of knee and muscle injuries.

As such, he joined Atlanta on loan after returning from injury, with the promise of regular first-team minutes ultimately proving to be the decisive factor in his decision to leave Milan.

"I needed trust and consistency," he told Corriere dello Sport. "I came back with the idea of staying. I was convinced that if I was given my chance I'd be useful.

"I'm going through a good period. I repeat, all I needed was consistency. And in contrast to last year I had the advantage of playing all the pre-season friendlies."

Paletta also explained how he fell out of contention for a starting berth in a Sinisa Mihajlovic-coached Milan team, following his return from injury.

"Sinisa Mihajlovic? I got injured in the first week of pre-season and when I came back he had already chosen the starting pair," Paletta added.

"There were a lot [of defenders] and I wanted to play, so I went to Atalanta."