Hakan Calhanoglu praised the impact of Zlatan Ibrahimovic at San Siro, saying the “real Milan” is back and stated that Ibrahimovic has helped bring the “real Milan” back.
Milan has been unbeaten in 11 games in all competitions and is sitting sixth in Serie A since the season restarted last month.
Ahead of this season, the 38-year-old is reportedly set to extend his stay.
Ibrahimovic returned to Milan in January and has scored eight goals in 18 matches.
Calhanoglu lauded Ibrahimovic, saying to Sky Sport: “I believe it’s the real Milan.”
“We are a team, with great mentality and passion, that always wants to win. Zlatan helped us with this and we think it’s important.”
“But the championship is still not over and we are looking forward to next season.”
What led the coach to extend his contract to 2022, despite constant speculation about his future in the midst of Ralf Rangnick’s connections, is the turnaround of Milan under Stefano Pioli.
Calhanoglu, who is out of contract next year, is happy that Pioli stays-and he wants to stay in Milan too.
“I want to stay in Milan. I have chosen this core team and I still want to wear this shirt,” he said.
“I’m happy that Pioli has been confirmed, and he’s also been through a hard time since everyone was talking about Rangnick.”
Milan will make Wednesday’s trip to Sampdoria in Serie A action.