Botman chose 'dream' Newcastle move over Milan transfer
Sven Botman considered Newcastle "a little better" than AC Milan as he weighed up his transfer options, settling on a "dream" Premier League move.
Lille defender Botman is expected to complete his move to Newcastle on Friday, with a deal in principle announced earlier this week.
That reported £31.8million (€37m) agreement brought to an end a long-running saga, with the centre-back the subject of interest from both Newcastle and Milan.
Botman discussed the merits of signing for both clubs following a January window in which neither could convince Lille to sell.
Milan initially seemed favourites to finally land their man following the 2021-22 season, but they could not match Newcastle's offer.
And Botman explained to De Telegraaf: "Newcastle's great project and the chance to play in the Premier League were two decisive aspects in making a decision.
"Milan had also given me good feelings, but Newcastle more so; they seemed a little better.
"I've been dreaming of the Premier League all my life and now this dream comes true."
Botman revealed he was concerned after missing out on a January transfer, believing such opportunities "only pass once".
But he was ultimately pleased to stick around, face Chelsea in the Champions League and depart Lille "in the right way", still joining Newcastle.