Tijjani Reijnders certainly seems to have adapted to life as an AC Milan player well, and he had the chance to speak about his time so far while with the Dutch national team.
Reijnders arrived from AZ Alkmaar during the summer mercato for a fee widely reported to be €20m plus bonuses, and he joined a midfield that needed rebuilding after Sandro Tonali’s sale to Newcastle United.
So far the signs have been positive. As La Gazzetta dello Sport (seen below) write this morning, the 25-year-old old was a starter against Bologna, Torino and Roma in the first three league games of the season and he played every minute of each game.
Reijnders adds creativity and substance to the three-man midfield Stefano Pioli has decided to rely on, but above all he has an incredible engine. In the three matches played by the Rossoneri so far he is the player who has run the most exceeding 12km covered on all three occasions.
Reijnders has also been called up by the Netherlands for their 2024 European Championship qualifiers against Greece (Thursday 7 September) and Ireland (Sunday 10 September).
On their official YouTube channel, the new Milan star spoke about what is has been like to adapt to a new league and club.
“It was an intense summer and in the end I managed to move to Milan, where I play with great pleasure. Wearing the shirt of one of the greatest clubs in the world is an honour,” he said.
“I read that I am Milan’s thirteenth Dutch player, so there are many connections between Milan and the Orange. It’s very nice and it also makes me very proud to continue this tradition.
“Marco van Basten and Ruud Gullit were icons of the club and, if you are in the gym, you can also see the Golden Balls they won. Obviously the impressions are all new, but you can’t complain about Italian culture…”