Adel Taarabt spent the first half of the season on loan at Fulham from QPR, swapping Craven Cottage for the San Siro in January.
The Moroccan has been a revelation since joining the Rossoneri, immediately finding his way into the first team and scoring on his debut.
Yet coach Clarence Seedorf left him out in two straight games earlier this month. The decision fuelled rumours that Milan would be forced to buy him outright after a set number of appearances.
Taarabt was back in the starting eleven on Wednesday for the win over Fiorentina, however.
His agent has now rubbished rumours of such a clause - giving a different reason for his lack of minutes.
“None of that,” Vincent Morabite told milannews.it. “Taarabt just needed to catch his breath.
“It’s clear that as we were all surprised by his great start we expected him to continue as an undisputed starter, but he needed a rest to start once more.
“In Florence he was seen again.”
Taarabt must have been eager to get back to playing. Just weeks ago he said he would like to remain at Milan as long as possible.
To convince the club to take him on permanently, he’ll need as many chances as he can get.
Still, there is an extra twist in the tale. Seedorf’s future on the Milan bench is up in the air at the moment.
The Dutchman thinks highly of Taarabt and could well push to keep him in Milan this summer. But if the coach is replaced, the man next in line may be less keen to hold on to a player with a history of off-field antics.
And this scenario, of course, hasn’t escaped Morabite.
“Milan now need peace of mind,” he added. “Let’s see how the season ends and the discourse on the coach, whether or not Seedorf stays and other decisions that affect the club’s transfer market choices.
“As of today, Taarabt has every chance of remaining with Milan.”