Inter Milan midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu has shrugged off interest from Al-Hilal to cement himself as one of the finest players in his position across Europe.
The 29-year-old spent four years at AC Milan before making the crosstown switch to the Nerazzurri on a free transfer in 2021.
Since then, he established himself as a pillar in Simone Inzahgi’s starting formation.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport via FcInterNews, Calhanoglu could have tripled his wages by joining the Saudi Pro League.
The source claims that Al-Hilal had offered the former Bayer Leverkusen man a four-year contract worth 18 million euros per season to join Neymar, Sergei Milinkovic-Savic and others.
Nevertheless, Hakan rejected the offer in favor of staying with the Nerazzurri and proving himself as one of the best midfielders in Europe.
Calhanoglu has certainly succeeded in his mission as the figures prove.
The pink newspaper compared the stats of the Turkiye star to some of the most renowned deep-lying midfielders in Europe.
Hakan Calhanoglu Rejected Lucrative Al-Hilal Offer To Remain At Inter Milan
The Inter Regista is flying off the charts in terms of goals. He’s also on par with Real Madrid legend Luka Modric and Barcelona star Ilkay Gundogan.
As for successful passes, Calhanoglu has a percentage of 92.3%, so he’s only second behind Man City star Rodri (93.1%).
Hakan is also ahead of the rest in terms of tackles and duels won.
Finally, he retrieved possession 98 times this season, so he’s only slightly behind Rodri (101) and Gundogan (100) in this department.