Yacine Adli has revealed his excitement to play with some familiar players at AC Milan and admitted to being flattered by the Zinedine Zidane comparisons.
Milan announced the signing of Adli from Bordeaux last summer on a permanent deal but as part of it he was sent back on loan to the French side on loan for the 2021-22 campaign. They suffered relegation to Ligue 2, but Adli had a positive season in terms of his development.
Now, the 21-year-old playmaker can look forward to fully diving into his new experience with the Rossoneri, but it will not be easy given that the challenge for the upcoming campaign is to defend the Scudetto and go further in the Champions League.
Adli will join up with players that he knows very well from their time in France and he revealed his excitement at linking up with his new team-mates.
“I was in the PSG academy with Ballò-Tourè and Maignan. Mike is a bit older than me so I saw him play for a long time, especially when I was younger. I played for a few moments instead with Fodè so there we already know a little bit but here we can get to know each other even better. It is a wonderful place to play with other Parisian boys,” he said (via MilanNews).
“I know Ismael [Bennacer] very well, we have the same agent and have known each other for a long time. I think he’s a great player, probably one of the best midfielders right now. What he does is incredible and I’m sure he can do even better to show everyone he can. become an important name in the world of football.”
Due to his technical ability and his versatility, some have likened Adli to a young Zinedine Zidane, something which he has admitted to being quite flattered by even though he is remaining grounded.
“Zidane is a player I admired a lot and watched a lot. I played for 3 years in Bordeaux and played 100 games in Ligue 1 so I gained experience. Now I have come to a completely different club with a fantastic group of players. Now. I have to get used to and be ready to help the coach and the team and earn a place in the first team.”