Inter’s Calhanoglu on Scudetto derby possibility: “I always wish Milan all the best”

By Oliver Fisher -

Inter midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu has addressed the idea that he and his team-mates could celebrate winning the Scudetto in the derby against his former club AC Milan.

At half-time last night it looked like Inter’s dream of winning the title against Milan on April 22 was fading, but their second-half comeback means it remains a possibility as they won 2-1 against Udinese.

Inter would need to be 16 points ahead of Milan after the derby given that there will be five games left and head-to-head no longer matters, due to there being a play-off in the event of teams finishing on level points.

If things go as they should (Milan beat Sassuolo at the weekend and Inter win against Cagliari at San Siro) the gap would be 13 points. That makes the equation simple: they would seal the Scudetto in the derby if they win.

Speaking to DAZN, Sky Sport and Inter TV, the former Calhanoglu spoke about the relationship with his former team and the possibility that the derby at the end of the month could be decisive.

“I don’t like talking about the past and I don’t want to start a fire, I swear, I want to stay calm. I have an excellent relationship with my former teammates,” he said (via Radio Rossonera).

“I always wish Milan all the best and I also have a good relationship with Maldini and Massara, I wrote them messages when they won [the league]. But the issue with Milan is closed, the book is closed.

“I suffered in silence and I have to say thanks to my wonderful teammates and the Inter fans, who always support us. In football only one wins.

“Winning the Scudetto in the derby doesn’t change anything for me, I’m just happy because it would be my first Scudetto and because for Inter it would mean a second star which would write history.”


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  1. It was really disheartening to see Inter best Udinese at 90+5. The more this “winning the scudetto in the derby”, thing is talked up, the more I think it will happen. The numbers against Inter just aren’t good in the Pioli era.

    1. A scum you couldn’t give enough salary.
      One of the best if not the best midfielder in the league.

      And you know what’s funny, you will call more and more players scum when they leave because as it stands now AC Milan can give Maignan, Theo, Tomori or even Calabria a salary rise.

      1. He is a scum because he always talked trash about Milan whenever he could, especially in 21/22 and celebrated in a provocative way a goal he scored against us.
        Donnaruma, despite being insulted several times by fans even during Italy games, never talked bad about Milan.
        Hakan became world-class thanks to Milan. He is better at inter now but it was Milan who drew attention to him.
        And by the way I don’t regret his departure, we won a scudetto immediately after he was gone having made no reinforcement in the midfield. Also with Inter he is playing in a different system having Barella and Brozovic/Mkhitarayan in front of him. He simply didn’t do that well as an AM in Milan.

      2. Take a chill pill bro, this ain’t your space. Allow us to lament in peace. This guy like to make trantun upandan.

  2. I value Calha as a player which is why when he left, I felt really bad… and yeah, part of me wants him to fail all the games from now till the end of his career.

    That said, if he was in any other company and moved to the competition for more money, I don’t think there would be so much animosity (e.g. went from Google to Microsoft)

    Also with this interview, he had the chance to twist the knife but he didn’t and that I think is a very mature sign that he didn’t have previously. I still think that Inter has currently a better team and a much bigger percentage of winning the upcoming derby even though I hope we crush them (like when we beat them 5-0 with a team that ended in 10th place that season)

  3. Forget Hakan the snake. The issue is Inter offer better wages to free agents Onana/Thuram/Zielinski/Taremi/Hakan etc etc

    That way they get valuable players for nothing that either stay and give them a strong team or they sell on for huge profit.
    I’m not saying we should chase freebies for every role we need to fill but it is certainly a very ‘Moneyball’ way to build a team

    1. Morata has an incredible eye for these things (his actual eye is a whole other thing that weirds me out 😅). On one hand experience, on the other data analytics and both might draw the same conclusion in some cases.
      I do hope Moncada can find us our own Fabinho though….I’m still waiting

  4. I want to moved on from this clown and Donnaruma.

    I mean, i can’t forgive how he transfered to Inter then celebrated the curva with his gesture after he scored the pinalty in the derby. But i also remember he helped us back to CL again.

    The less we talk about this clown and Donnaruma, the better. Holding a grudge is just not good for your mental health.

  5. Players benefit from change of environment. I have no qualms about CH10 leaving. Lord knows, we’ve had plenty former Interisti come to Milan and perform better.

    Good Luck to Hakan. I just reeeeeeeally hope to avoid him celebrating the Scudetto victory against us in the Derby.

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