Inter Midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu Confirms Contract Extension Talks: “We’re Close”
Inter Milan midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu has confirmed that a new contract is very close for him.
Speaking to Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia, via FCInterNews, the 29-year-old made clear that he and the Nerazzurri are not far away from agreeing an extension to his current deal, which expires at the end of next June.
Reports have suggested for some time that Inter and Calhanoglu are close to agreeing a new deal.
The talks have been ongoing for several months now. Calhanoglu is a key player for this Nerazzurri side and securing his future has been a priority.
At the moment, the former AC Milan is under contract with Inter until the end of next June. Calhanoglu joined on a free transfer from the Rossoneri in the summer of 2021, penning a three-year deal.
However, the player himself has given a very strong hint that he is ready to sign a new deal past this point in the very near future.
A recent report indicated that the official announcement of a new deal for Calhanoglu may come after the Champions League final against Manchester City in Istanbul next month.
Key Inter Star Hakan Calhanoglu: New Contract “Close”
Asked about the contract extension talks between he and the club, Calhanoglu replied that” You know I’m very happy to be at Inter.”
“I feel the love of our fans,” he continued. “It’s something that can’t be explained in words.”
“We’re close to agreeing an extension,” the Turkish international made clear, “and I’m happy to continue my dream at Inter.”
“Last season was difficult, I arrived from Milan, a lot was expected from me and I always responded on the pitch by giving my all.”
“I improved, I played as a mezzala, and then as a regista out of necessity,” Calhanoglu noted.
“Thanks to the staff and the coach, I was able to give my best, and I want to continue.”
“It’s been a great season so far, our fans give me strength. I want to respond on the pitch.”
Calhanoglu reflected that “I’m 29 years old, I play as a regista for my national team, but here I do whatever the coach asks of me. My role is as a regista, but if the coach wants me to play as a mezzala then I’ll do it.”
Calhanoglu Wants To Be First Turkish Player To Lift UCL Trophy
The Inter midfielder also looked ahead to the upcoming Champions League final against City.
“We know that City are a strong team, and that they’re favourites, but I think we’ll give everything and it’s a one-off match.”
“We’ll be playing in my country,” the Turk noted. “I’m excited.”
“I would like to lift that trophy there and become a part of history 0 I would be the first Turkish player to lift the Champions League trophy,” he noted.