Milan midfielder Calhanoglu admits admiration for Rangnick but also has ‘respect’ for Pioli

By Oliver Fisher -

Hakan Calhanoglu has revealed that he would have no problems if Ralf Rangnick were to arrive as the next manager of AC Milan this summer.

Speculation continues in the media claiming that Rangnick will take over at the end of the season in the dual role of head coach and the man in charge of recruitment.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport’s report earlier on Friday, Calhanoglu is ‘destined to play a leading role’ under the leadership of Rangnick next season, as he is a player much appreciated by the German.

This is in large part due to his ability to play as a central midfielder, a winger, attacking midfielder and even as a regista in an emergency – something which caused Rangnick to pursue him while he was in charge at RB Leipzig.

Calhanoglu was interviewed by Sky Sport 24 about the current moment, the resumption of training and football in Italy, but also about Rangnick – the possible new Milan manager.

“The virus? Now I’m less afraid, but I wasn’t even afraid when the Coronavirus arrived. If it has to catch you, it takes you. I hope we can start playing again because football is our life,” he said (via MilanNews).

“Training like this is not the best. I miss group training, I miss my team-mates, my friends.

“We follow the news every day but they always change from week to week, so mentally it is difficult for us.”

On Rangnick: “I know him through some of my team-mates who have had him as a coach. Whether Rangnick arrives or not is not up to me. I respect everyone, both him and Pioli. I like them both.”

On objectives between now and the season end: “To get into the Europa League and win the Coppa Italia. We want to do well in both competitions.”


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