Soon AC Milan fans will get to see Yacine Adli in action for the first time as the preseason friendlies emerge, and the player has revealed plenty about himself.
Adli was signed on a permanent deal from Bordeaux last summer but as part of the operation he was given back to the French side on loan for the 2021-22 season, which ultimately ended in relegation to the second tier.
However, the 21-year-old playmaker is now ready for a new adventure with Milan and he was interviewed by DAZN about a number of different topics ahead of his debut campaign with the Rossoneri.
“I watched AC Milan matches, I tried to keep in touch with the team from a distance. I concentrated a lot on the history of AC Milan in order to acclimate as quickly as possible to life, the tradition of the club, the fans… I looked at a bit of everything to get here well prepared,” he began (via Calciomercato.com).
“The moment that thrilled me the most? Obviously the last game with the Scudetto party. If I could I would have entered the television to celebrate with them. I was really happy.”
Adli also revealed some of the background on why he chose Milan, and the steps that he is taking to make sure he adapts to a new life in Italy in the best possible way.
“It is true that when I signed for Milan they were not yet Italian Champions, but they were still the great Milan, the greatest Italian team, which had won 7 Champions Leaue and 18 Scudetti, now 19. So it was already something incredible.
“I was happy to hear Maldini and Massara asking me to come here, truly something incredible. I immediately felt that I wanted to come and play here.
“In the last year I took Italian lessons, I started with very simple things like colours, parts of the body, as you do when you learn a new language. And little by little things improve, I hope to to be able to speak fluent Italian soon.”
The former PSG academy man shed some light on his first encounters with head coach Stefano Pioli, and also discussed the role that he might be asked to take up as part of his system and which position he prefers, given his versatility.
“Pioli? He speaks French well, but I prefer that you speak to me in Italian to learn the technical terms more quickly because if he were forced to speak the mother tongue of each player it would be difficult for him.
“I played in almost all roles. In the PSG youth sector I was a central defender, then as number 8, and as an attacking midfielder. In the national team I played winger both on the right and left wings. Sometimes I also played as number 9.
“Pioli is a coach who knows how to adapt, in a match he knows how to put the opponent in difficulty and therefore I will adapt without problems to any form. Just give me the Rossoneri shirt and then I’ll take care of it.
“I really like playing as No.10 or as a playmaker to get the ball rolling and feed the game. My best quality is to assist and put my team-mates in a position to score. This is something I like.”
As a final comment regarding competition for the Scudetto, he added: “That the teams reinforce themselves is a good thing for Serie A. And then, since Milan are defending champions, they want to take back the title, but it will be difficult for them.
“Last year there weren’t many who thought that the Milan could win the championship, but they immediately showed that their level was very high and they showed it especially against the big names. put it back at the center of the European scene.”