Written By Onyeka Daniel
During the January transfer window, AC Milan tried to bring in reinforcements, but could only sign Filllipo Terracciano and brought back Matteo Gabbia from Villarreal and as explained by their manager, the club is not looking to sign anyone just for the sake of signing, rather, if the player is needed and can fit into the team.
The Rossoneri were heavily linked with a move for Arda Guler before he ended up joining Real Madrid, but the interest has reportedly not died there. According to reports from Spain, the main competition that Real Madrid faced in July was from Milan and Barcelona.
Who had scouted him mainly in his games for the Turkey national team where he has already shown great things. Then, however, he moved almost surprisingly from Fenerbahce to Real Madrid, choosing to join up with Carlo Ancelotti rather than perhaps picking a team where he would get guaranteed game time.
From then on, a lot of bad luck has followed including an injury in his first training session (a meniscus problem that kept him away from the pitch for two months) and another one after that as well. Upon returning from the problem and finally becoming available in November, he then got a third injury.
However, since the attacking midfielder returned he has had just 89 minutes in total spread over three appearances. Milan remain admirers, and according to the Spanish source they might attempt an assault again in the summer by taking advantage of the good relationship with Los Blancos.
As seen in the Brahim Diaz negotiations, and the competition he faces to get game time in Spain. Talking about fitting into the team, Milan have missed that attacking threat since the Los Blancos decided to recall Diaz and they could look to bring in Guler to fill that role.
He can also play on the right side of a 3 man attack, and his dribbling skills, especially in tight places would be very much appreciated, but there is no indication whatsoever on how Madrid will react to this request.
Milan left-back Theo Hernandez has admitted he still holds his former club Real Madrid ‘close to his heart’, but has also praised Rossoneri coach Stefano Pioli, while insisting that his sole focus is currently on Serie A and the Europa League.
Hernandez gave an interview to Spanish outlet AS recently, during which he discussed his career to date at San Siro, while also commenting on the LaLiga leaders and their search for a new left-back. Now into his fifth season in Italy, the Frenchman believes that he is currently in prime condition and feels that Milan has become his second home.
“Both sportingly and personally, I feel very good here,” he told AS. “I am devoted to this wonderful city that welcomed me as if it were my home from the get go. Everything has been very easy since the beginning. I have started a family, I feel at home and very happy.”
Hernandez also believes that he is currently playing the best football of his career to date. “I am convinced of it. A player never stops improving, but I feel a lot of maturity at the moment and I feel the confidence of my coach and my teammates, which shows on the pitch.
“Pioli is a coach who is very close to his players and someone who has supported me at all times. He has given me the confidence to exploit my qualities and I have tried to repay him with my work on the pitch.
“I am very grateful to him both personally and professionally.” AS also asked Hernandez about his previous connections with Real Madrid. The 26-year-old spent two years on the Spanish giants’ books between 2017 and 2019, which also included a season spent out on loan with Real Sociedad.
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“I only have thoughts of gratitude for Madrid because of the strong commitment they made for me at the time. I am a person who likes to look to the future, but I focus all my thoughts on the present. But as a grateful individual. The club holds a special place in my heart.”
When pushed on the topic of a potential transfer back to the Spanish capital in the future, Hernandez said: “I think about the day-to-day, not so much about the future. At Real Madrid, I have great friends and fantastic memories, but I am a Milan player now. “I feel very good here and I’m not thinking about other things. I am completely focussed on what I have to do each day for this shirt.” He further added.
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