AC Milan winger Ante Rebic feels he is in a more positive moment now than he was before, and praised the impact of Zlatan Ibrahimovic upon his arrival.
Rebic was the hero at San Siro on Sunday as he netted twice in the second half to propel Milan to a vital 3-2 win over Udinese, with one of the goals being a well-taken 93rd minute winner.
There had been speculation in the weeks prior that the Croatia international could cut short his two-year loan spell with the Rossoneri and return to Eintracht Frankfurt having struggled for game time.
However, we reported via our mercato expert Vito Angele that there has been a definitive halt to the negotiations over a possible return as Rebic – having waited patiently for so long – seized his opportunity and is now a part of the plans once again.
Rebic have given an exclusive interview to Croatian outlet Sportske Novosti, who Milan fans will know well given the recent Dani Olmo soap opera, and he began by reflecting on the season thus far.
“At the beginning of the season we did not expect this situation, but with the passage of time things are improving. The team is young and of quality, it takes time to start giving my best. But I’m optimistic,” he said.
“We have signed expert and quality players. The results are already visible, in the last four games we have done well.
“Ibrahimovic? He is one of the best strikers in the history of football, he is certainly a reinforcement. Milan will benefit from experience and quality on the field.
“We all feel better with him, Ibra is a positive character who brings a winning mood. we talk often, he is kind and nice. He often helps us with advice, it is an honour.”
Rebic also lifted the lid on his relationship with compatriot Zvonomir Bobam
“I talk to him after the game, he is there for any help. He believes in us.
“My role? I am not a 9, I have never been a top scorer. In the national team and at Eintracht I was always one of the most important [players]. I have qualities that are welcome in every team, I am not in such a big club by chance.
“I made many sacrifices to come to a club like this. I achieved this goal, I want to leave a mark and do something I will be remembered for. I believe in myself. One day I will definitely return to Frankfurt, but first I have a lot to do here.
“I am a professional, I carry out my tasks with dedication. Professionalism requires patience, even if waiting is difficult. I think I played well the last game, the coach is convinced he can count on me.”