Ahead of Sunday’s clash between AC Milan and Roma, Hakan Calhanoglu was interviewed by SportMediaset. The first part was aired yesterday, which you can read here, and now the second part has been released.
The Turkish international has been a key player for Stefano Pioli’s side as of late, involved in all four goals scored against Lecce (two assists, two hockey-assists). Since Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrived, he has been a lot more consistent than we are used to.
“Ibra is a leader on the pitch, a champion. However, off it, he’s a very nice and funny person. There is a beautiful friendship between us, even though I’m younger. He gives me advice, we joke a lot,” he began (as cited by Milanlive.it).
In his three-year experience at the club, Calhanoglu has had a hand in 28 goals in the league, registering 12 goals and 16 assists. No other Rossoneri player has done better than him in the same period, per Opta (via MilanNews.it).
The midfielder was asked about his role on the pitch, currently playing as the left-winger in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Once Ibrahimovic is back, though, he should be the trequartista again, with Ante Rebic moving back to the left flank.
“I like it, I play as a playmaker and I feel very free to be able to move. The manager trusts me.
“Scudetto? I want to win some trophies. In my career, I miss lifting a trophy. So Scudetto, Coppa Italia or something else, I would like to win. Perhaps with Milan, I really hope so,” he concluded.