Inter midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu has been discussing his move to Inter after leaving city rivals AC Milan in the summer, according to a report in the Italian print media today.
Whilst being interviewed by Corriere dello Sport, the Turkish midfielder explained that he came to Inter because he likes to face new challenges.
“Inter are a good team that won the last Scudetto and more derbies during my Rossoneri experience. I chose to come here because in my career I like to face new challenges.”
He also added that he would celebrate if he scored against AC Milan, saying: “If that happens, I’ll celebrate as always.”
Hakan Calhanoglu appears to be unsure how many teams were interested in his services in the summer because he was focused on Euro 2020 with Turkey.
“Better if you ask my agent. I didn’t speak to anyone because I was committed to the European Championship and I was thinking only of Turkey. He knew he had to find the best possible solution for me and he did it.”
Many were shocked when Inter became the favourites to sign the midfielder, but the player himself was calm about the situation.
“I was not surprised, but calm. With my qualities, I know what I can do and honestly, the risk of being left without a team has never crossed my mind. I said to myself, a club will come.”
When asked whether he was concerned to see Achraf Hakimi and Romelu Lukaku leave the club, he explained that the financial situation meant it was expected.
“I knew that the two of them had done a great job here and have all my respect. It is normal that, in a difficult economic time due to Covid, it is not easy to keep great players who have important offers.
“The good of the club, it must be put in front of everything. I have always remained focused on my work because I knew I had come to a great team.”
Hakan Calhanoglu believes that Inter’s excellent start to the campaign is what he expected, and he added that they did enough to beat Real Madrid in the Champions League.
“I think the good start is normal when you wear the Inter shirt. I knew the value of my new teammates and that of Inzaghi. We played very well against Real and we deserved to win.”
As for the Scudetto fight, the midfielder thinks it is very open but that Inter are the favourites, saying: “Many teams can join and fight until the end. Roma and Napoli had a great start, but Atalanta are there too. And I don’t know who else will be able to add. We are favourites after last year’s victory.”
Hakan Calhanoglu appears to have great respect for his new coach, Simone Inzaghi. He said: “Before signing for Inter I spoke to him several times on the phone and from what he said to me, you could see that he wanted me.
“The coach is one who always aims to win, but I also understood this by playing against him. I like his way of working, the adrenaline he gives you and the motivations he gives you.
“In Milan from I was freer because I had only one striker in front, while now there are two and I have to go back, open the game and recover the ball.
“Basically, there are not too many differences. I think I did a good job so far also because I’m learning the tactics and movements of the mezzala.”
Finally, the midfielder revealed which of his new teammates has impressed him the most: “If you just want a name I say Skriniar, a great person, a great defender and a great character.”