Former team-mate tips ‘very intelligent’ Adli to succeed at Milan and praises Giroud

By Oliver Fisher -

Former French national team goalkeeper Benoît Costil has praised Olivier Giroud’s recent exploits, while he believes that Yacine Adli will come good for AC Milan.

There are a number of Milan players who will be in action at the World Cup, making it one of the top reasons to play, and among them will be Giroud who is experiencing a second wave of youth with the Rossoneri.

Costil boasts over 400 appearances in the French top division for Rennes, Bordeaux and Auxerre, and he spoke during an interview with MilanNews about some of his compatriots from Giroud to Adli and Maignan.

How do you rate the start of Yacine Adli’s season?

“He is currently in a learning phase in a very big club as well as in a very demanding league. Milan have big ambitions, but Yacine is a very intelligent player. I think he’s living this period well, aware of the work that awaits him to slowly join the team and grow his playing time. The lack of playing time is not serious, I’m not worried at all because we are talking about a talented player who will make it through.”

Have you given him any advice these past four months?

“We often speak but I don’t give him advice. At Milan he is surrounded by players who are better suited than me to do these things (laughs). We are often in touch and every time he gets to play for a few minutes we are both happy.”

Do you think a loan would do him any good?

“I’m not his agent and I’m not even in his head so it’s not for me to decide. If he believes that a loan is the best solution to continue his growth path then good for him. I just hope that he continues to improve and that he takes a leap in quality to find a way that allows him to play more and more in the Milan shirt.”

Did Giroud deserve a call-up to the World Cup in Qatar?

“Considering everything he shows on the pitch every week, I’d say that the call-up is more than deserved. Olivier is a formidable person, thanks to his mental strength and his self-sacrifice he has become an example for many young players. In all of this we must not forget that he is above all a talented player.”

Can we consider him as one of the best French players in history?

“I don’t know but he is well placed in terms of goals scored for France as he is one step away from Henry’s record, but in any case he is very well placed in terms of goals scored for Les Bleus. The fact that he has more than 100 caps for the national team and has scored so many goals speaks volumes about his depth as a player.”

Can we consider Maignan as one of the best goalkeepers in the world?

“There’s no doubt that Maignan has become a European and world reference when it comes to goalkeeping. There are currently some great goalkeepers in the world but Mike is complete. He has all the qualities and he’s also charismatic. I guess he’s quite disappointed and frustrated since the World Cup was a great goal. I’m really sorry but I am convinced that it is the future of the French national team.”

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