Inter Milan midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu believes that Italy can benefit from the chemistry of his Inter Milan teammates at EURO 2024.

The 30-year-old spoke to Italian broadcaster RAI Sport, via FCInterNews. He gave his thoughts on this summer’s tournament, and also spoke about his own quality.

This summer, there will be plenty of Inter players represented at the Euros.

Midfielder Calhanoglu will be one of them. The former AC Milan and Bayer Leverkusen midfielder is not just one of Inter’s most important players – he is also the captain of the Turkish national team.

But where in most cases there are just one or two Inter players in a national side, for Italy it is a bit different.

There are several Nerazzurri players in multiple different positions for Italy this summer.

Even without Francesco Acerbi – absent from the Azzurri squad after undergoing surgery – there are Nicolo Barella, Alessandro Bastoni, Federico Dimarco, Davide Frattesi, and Matteo Darmian.

Italy coach Luciano Spallletti has not hidden the fact that he intends to build around this “block” of Inter players.

This season, Inter have certainly seemed to have a particular chemistry that comes from this group.

Spalletti has even based the formation he’s been using around Italy’s 3-5-2 system. That has allowed key players to play in roles that are virtually second nature to them.

And just as the Nerazzurri have benefited from an Italian core – the national team can inherit some of Inter’s form.

Hakan Calhanoglu: Inter Milan “Block” An Advantage For Italy At EURO 2024

Inter midfielder Calhanoglu noted that Italy “won the last edition of the tournament.”

“They’re a strong team,” he continued.

“They have 5-6 of my teammates playing for them,” Calhanoglu noted of Italy.

“And as Spalletti rightly pointed out, that’s an advantage for them because they always play together.”

And Calhanoglu also wasn’t hiding his self-belief.

Asked if he feels like Europe’s top midfielder, the Inter man said that “I’ve often said that I feel that way.”

“I know that there are a lot of world-class players in my position,” Calhanoglu continued. “But I’m always learning and growing.”