Pioli sends strong message to management regarding player he ‘wouldn’t trade for anyone else’

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli appears to have sent a strong message to the management to get Hakan Calhanoglu’s renewal sorted.

There has been much deliberation as to whether the Rossoneri will strike a deal with the Turkey international given that multiple sources have claimed he is requesting a mammoth pay rise.

The latest update from Marc Behrenbeck of Sky Germany on Twitter claimed that there have been ‘good conversations’ between the Milan management and the entourage of the player.

Milan and Calhanoglu have moved closer to a contract extension beyond the summer with further talks to be held after Christmas, and it is perfect timing after last night’s performance in which he registered a goal and two assists.

Pioli spoke to DAZN about Calhanoglu at the end of last night’s game, with his comments transcribed by MilanNews, and he sent a message about the importance of the player.

“I believe we are winning many games because we have very strong players. I wouldn’t trade them for anyone else, Calhanoglu is one of them. Ok, the spirit but then you need the quality.

“Calha is fantastic, he is intelligent, he knows how to move well, he knows how to attack and knows how to connect the game, he sacrifices himself. I want him at this level, at the top. We have many roles in which we are at a very high level, we must continue.”

Hakan’s renewal: “I don’t think there are any problems. Calha is very happy with us and with the club. I’m sure his will is to stay, then there is a negotiation. Club, technical area, me and the player want the same thing, he has reached important levels and can still grow. A player to bet on.”

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