Today it was Ismael Bennacer’s turn to undergo the Q&A organised by Milan’s Instagram page, and he revealed his love for the club.
Bennacer joined Milan in the summer from Empoli for a fee widely reported to be €16m plus €2m in bonuses, with the young Algerian having impressed since he was allowed to leave Arsenal.
It was actually revealed that the Gunners in fact rejected the chance to match the Rossoneri’s bid and sign the young midfielder for what is looking more and more like a bargain price, and since then he has become a fan favourite.
As mentioned, Bennacer answered questions on Milan’s official Instagram, and the questions plus his responses were transcribed by MilanLive, which we have translated below…
If you could go back in time, which game would you like to see? “The 2007 Champions League semi-final against Manchester United, when Kaka scored an incredible goal.”
Who is the best Algerian player? “Mahrez, he’s incredible.”
Which is the strongest footballer you have faced in Serie A? “Dybala.”
Which players of the past are you inspired by? “Iniesta, Pirlo and also Xavi.”
What do you feel when you wear the AC Milan shirt? “It’s incredible, I see the Champions symbol on my shoulder…”
In what role did you play as a child? “Number 10, even if I was a left back as a child.”
What was the best moment of your career? “When I won the African Cup of Nations.”
I can’t wait to see you score in San Siro. How will you celebrate? “I can’t wait to score in San Siro too. I don’t know how I will exult, I think I will go to the Curva Sud to cheer.”
What made you fall in love with Milan? “Everything. The team, the club, the players who have passed through and those who are there now. This made me fall in love with Milan.”
What is the best match you played with AC Milan? “Against Udinese.”
What are your strengths and where you need to improve? “Ball recovery, passages between the lines. I think I have to improve everything, but in particular I have to be more decisive.”
Your top 11 ever? “Dida, Cafu, Nesta, Maldini, Roberto Carlos, Xavi, Pirlo, Iniesta, Messi, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho.”
What will you do as soon as you can leave the house? “I hope to train, then to see both my mother and my wife.”
What do you want to say to the Rossoneri fans? “I always say force Milan to our fans, we will come back stronger. Stay home, you have to be a united team.”