AC Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek has made the bold claim that he will be worth €60-70million when he leaves the Rossoneri.
The Poland international joined Milan from Genoa in the January window for €35m (as per the Guardian) after he scored 12 goals before Christmas for the Rossoblu following his arrival from Poland.
He went on to add nine more league goals for the Rossoneri between January and the end of the season, however this season he has netted just once from open play.
This has led to speculation over both Piatek’s future in the starting line-up and his future at the club, with La Gazzetta dello Sport – as cited by Calciomercato.com – even reporting that Piatek would be allowed to leave on a six-month loan if Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrives.
Speaking to Polish TV station TVP Sport (via Calciomercato.com), Piatek offered some background on his move to Milan before making a claim about his valuation.
“When I moved to Milan it all happened so fast that I didn’t even ask questions,” he said.
“I was focused on work, in football yes It’s always about setting new goals. Now I’m worth 38 million, the next time I change clubs, I’d like to be worth 60-70 million.
“I have to be ambitious, I’ll work for it, I’m at the beginning of my career, it’s only my second season in Serie A, one of the top five championships.”
On the reception he received on arrival, he added: “I was shocked. In the first game against Napoli I wore headphones, but I perfectly felt the entire stadium that sang my name and applauded. They treated me as if I had been playing there for so many years. They appreciated me from the first days.
“Look at my Instagram profile. When I left Poland I had 5,000 followers, now it’s a million and a half. Popularity has become huge, but the most important thing is football. I appreciate the fans who want to take pictures with me.
“I look in the mirror and look for the blame inside of me. At the beginning, as a team, we didn’t create so many opportunities. We’re improving, I’m going to shoot again.
“For Italian journalists, one day you’re the soccer pope and the next day you’re the worst player. I accept it. Nobody put themselves in my shoes, the covers of the newspapers don’t touch me.”