Legendary Rossoneri striker Andriy Shevchenko is just a couple of weeks away from leading his nation in the charge for the European Championships, but he still had time to talk about his beloved Milan.
The 44-year-old coach is in charge of his fifth year in Ukraine’s dugout. Speaking on Radio anch’io lo sport (via MilanLive), he answered key questions regarding the upcoming showdown event, Italy’s chances at the European Championship and Milan’s future.
He said: “We are preparing our best. I would like to avoid Italy, they have a great coach and plays very well. They have what it takes to win the European Championship.”
Shevchenko also pointed out one player from his national team squad who can possibly excel in Serie A, according to him.
“If I had to recommend one of my players on the market, I would say Mykolenko. He has great potential and would be ready to play in Serie A,” he said.
He also said it is a possible prospect that he coaches the Milan giants one day in the future. According to the Ukraine legend, Milan are always in his heart.
He said: “I am currently busy with my national team. We’ll see. Milan is always in my heart, as well as Italy which is a second home. I would love to coach the Rossoneri, but now there is Pioli who is fantastic.”
Speaking on the Donnarumma contract issue, he said: “Everyone is free to make their own choices. He is a talented, young footballer and his career is still in its infancy. He has to decide what is best for him. He could also have stayed at Milan to win the Scudetto and play the Champions League. But he made his decision.”
Adding further, Shevchenko elaborated on veteran Ibrahimovic, who he sees as a leader in the locker room: “He is now a leader, one who leads the locker room. I saw his season, it was excellent and he also scored a lot. He knows how to guide the youngest, he is an example,” he said
Ukraine open their tournament on June 14 against The Netherlands.