“Maldini called me; I told him that I am focused on the Euro "

Calhanoglu acknowledged a call from Milan's sporting director to discuss his future. Gunes: "We are going to have a good tournament"


Milan player, Hakan Calhanoglu, appeared before the media to talk about the opening match that his team, Turkey, will play against Italy, the country in which he plays: “We will try to give everything on the pitch, we are ready. They have good players and a good coach. I don't want to talk about strengths or weaknesses. All I know is that we want to qualify. ”

The midfielder did not want to clarify if he has spoken with a teammate of his at Milan, or if he has given advice: “We have analyzed them together, as a team. They have very good players upstairs like Insigne. Everyone knows what Italy is like, I didn't have to explain anything to them. We will have to demonstrate in the field everything we know how to do. ”

Finally, he confessed that Maldini, Milan's sporting director, called him to talk about his chances in the tournament: “Maldini called me three days ago, we talked about Milan. I told him that I am focused on the Euro, but of course my responsibility is Milan and I have great respect for Maldini and Massara. ”

Senol Gunes, optimistic for the debut

The Turkish coach, for his part, was optimistic about the match against Italy: “We are happy to be able to play the opening match of this tournament. We have worked hard during the pandemic to get here. We have complied with the sanitary regulations and have accepted the restrictions. I hope this tournament serves to help society, that good football is seen, fair play and that it is a beautiful experience. ”

He also spoke about the rival coach, who had a stint at Galatasaray at the time: “Mancini is a successful coach, he has good players. But also all my players are ready to have a good tournament. It is a difficult match. We know the power of the Italians, for example, with Donarumma, Insigne, Locatelli, Immobile… They have players who play for Chelsea, too. It is a soccer country, with a soccer culture. There are similarities between our two countries, I think. ”

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