Cathal Heffernan signs for AC Milan following successful loan spell


 Republic of Ireland captain Cathal Heffernan before the UEFA U17 Championship Qualifying Round Group 5 match between Republic of Ireland and Poland at Turner's Cross in Cork.

AC Milan have triggered the option to sign Cathal Heffernan on a permanent basis from Cork City following a successful six-month loan spell in Italy.

The 17-year-old Republic of Ireland underage international went on loan to Italy in January and made his debut for AC Milan’s Primavera 1 side in March.

Heffernan spoke about his time in Italy following the announcement that AC Milan had triggered the option to sign the midfielder.

The Cork native admitted the move was hard at the start. Heffernan, however, adapted to the new environment.

“Words can’t describe how I feel about it, it just suits me to the ground. The culture, the weather, everything, I just love it," Heffernan said on the Rebel Army’s YouTube account.

“Since I have got over there I have just loved every second of it and I don’t take any day for granted. I just keep working hard and getting better every day.

"It was difficult at the start, the first two weeks were hard, but once I adapted it became second nature."

Heffernan said he is unaware of when pre-season officially begins, although, he just received his "pre-pre-season programme" so that's his initial focus.

The former Ringmahon Rangers player will spend another month at home before travelling back to Milan in the middle of July.

“To be honest I don’t actually know the exact date yet but we just got sent a pre-pre-season programme there so I will probably do that for the next few weeks," Heffernan added.

“I’ll probably have another month at home and then in the middle of July I will go back.”

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