Inter attacker Hakan Calhanoglu explained he ‘wanted a new challenge’ and revealed how the Nerazzurri convinced him. ‘They won the Scudetto and play in the Champions League’.
The Turkey international left Milan over the summer and decided to join arch-rivals Inter when his contract expired.
He explained he’s ‘aware’ that the choice to move across the city was ‘particular’, but stressed he had to ‘look forward’.
Calhanoglu recently scored a penalty in the 1-1 draw with the Rossoneri, in the first Derby della Madonnina of the season, and celebrated with a gesture towards his former fans.
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The 27-year-old revealed he still has ‘many friends’ at the Diavolo, but felt he needed ‘a new challenge’ and refuses to look back.
“I spent positive seasons at Milan,” Calhanoglu told 433. “I still have many friends there.
“I decided to go to Inter because I wanted a new challenge in my career. They are a great club, they won the league last season and play in the Champions League.
“I am aware that I made a particular choice. But this is life. You must look forward and not look back. I knew that Inter has always been a great team, they often beat Milan in derbies.”
Calhanoglu, capped 65 times by Turkey, has appeared in 12 competitive games with the Beneamata, scoring two times in Serie A so far.
Milan are currently first in the league, seven points above Calhanoglu’s new team.
#Calhanoglu: ‘L’#Inter? Vinceva i #derby, lo scudetto ed è in Champions. Ecco come mi hanno convinto, voglio vincere tutto in nerazzurro. Sono grato al #Milan, ma volevo…’ https://t.co/yzSLRxPyn7 pic.twitter.com/Q9dLedHIs4
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