Diego Laxalt has revealed what to expect from his parent club AC Milan as they face his loan club Celtic in Thursday’s Europa League clash
Late in the summer transfer window the Scottish champions confirmed the signing of Laxalt on a season-long loan deal.
Of course, a peculiarity of this is that Celtic will be Milan’s first opponents in this season’s UEFA Europa League group stages, with a visit to Glasgow lined up for Thursday night.
The 27-year-old joined Milan from Genoa in 2018 and has made 35 appearances for the Rossoneri. During his unveiling, the Uruguay international insisted that he is firmly focused on Celtic.
Laxalt spoke at a press conference ahead of the game at Celtic Park, with his comments transcribed by MilanNews and translated below.
On the game: “It will be a complicated game, and it will be very difficult. I expect an aggressive game, it will be good.”
On the loan to Celtic: “For me it’s a great opportunity. I’m doing my best to help the team and my time will come. I hope to help the team.”
On the defeat in the derby against Rangers: “It certainly hurts like every defeat and obviously a little more after the derby. We have a great chance to reverse the situation.
“We must be ready, positive and confident. I know them, I have been with them, it is enough to see the matches to see that they arrive in a great moment and therefore we will have to do our best to win.”
On Milan’s weaknesses: “Every team has weaknesses, but we have to think about us. We have prepared for the game by following the coach. I don’t have to be the one to indicate how to play the game, we must follow him.”
On meeting former team-mates: “I’m preparing it like a normal game, in a few days I will be able to reveal what my emotions were.”