M’bays Niang: a new man and a different player.
In a long interview with La Gazzetta Sportiva, Milan striker M’Baye Niang has explained how he intends to make the leap in quality this season.
He began by explaining that; “The road accident I had served as a warning. I was out for three months when the team really needed me and it was disappointing.
“When I looked at the wreckage I thought to myself how lucky I’d been to only injure an ankle.”
When he was asked about the jump from a hotel balcony into a swimming pool he replied: “It was just a game, I didn’t see anything wrong in what I did, I didn’t think about the consequences. Then I saw the video and I realized how stupid I’d been.”
The 21-year-old then explained it was time to get serious.
“I now feel that I’m maturing and all the previous experiences have helped me grow.
“The important thing is that I’ve understood my errors now I want to put all that behind me and start again.”
When asked if he had thought that a move away from Milanello would have been better he replied:
“Seriously, I’ve never considered leaving. I’m happy here, why change that. I believe that I can be one of the key players this season and really important to the team.
“I’m ready to face up to the pressures and I want to return to European competition and have a great season and score many goals.”
Steve Mitchell @barafundler, via calciomercato.com