AC Milan defender Pierre Kalulu has stressed how important Paolo Maldini is as an influence for him and the rest of the team, as well as head coach Stefano Pioli.
Kalulu joined Milan back in the summer of 2020 and he came as somewhat of an unknown quantity given that he did not have a single senior appearance to his name while he was with Lyon, but like many recent purchases he has outperformed expectations.
The Frenchman has shown this season that he has quality and awareness as a centre-back in recent games and throughout his time at the club, and he has also demonstrated ample courage and personality too.
Kalulu spoke to StarCasinò Sport and a snippet of an interview that will be released this weekend was teased today, with his comments relayed by Calciomercato.com.
“When I entered Milanello for the first time, I realised I was a Milan player. Maldini is an important presence for all of us, I always try to learn something from the people who have made the history of this club,” he said.
On Pioli: “Mister Pioli is very close to us, for me he will always be a different coach from the others. Bennacer also helped me a lot when I arrived, he was my point of reference.”
On his childhood: “The person who was most important for my growth was my dad, he has always been present at every game of mine since I was a child.”
On his developments: “Since I joined Milan I have improved above all on the mental aspect, on concentration and on the desire to always win.”
On his targets: “Playing with France is my goal, but now I have to prove my worth at Milan.”
On the Coppa Italia: “In the derby the details make the difference, but we are ready for anything. The work and the desire to win make this team a winning group.”