Gianluca Lapadula says ‘scoring is not a priority’ for him and says he is now finally free of any physical problems.
On Saturday the Rossoneri face Swiss 2nd division’s FC Chiasso for a friendly match (16:00 CET) and with 13 players on international duty, coach Vincenzo Montella will give minutes to those who haven’t been very much involved so far.
When Lapadula signed for Milan from Pescara for €9m, the agent of last season’s Serie B top scorer (30 goals) said that the club told the 26-year-old that he would have an important role in the squad, but since Bacca ended up staying, Gianluca finds himself mostly on the bench.
“I think the choice [to join Milan] means a lot and it shows how strongly I desired this choice,” Lapadula told Milan TV today. “At first I had some physical problems but now I train regularly without any trouble. I’m very happy and especially when you win everything is much more beautiful.
“I no longer have any physical problem, I train and I can say that the negative moment has passed and that I am fine. If I miss scoring goals? I’m convinced that it’s all a consequence of the performance you put on the field. Scoring is not a priority for me and when I go to the pitch I always give everything with great desire, never give up and put myself at the service of the team.
“Surely the negative lessons teach much more than the positive ones, now I’m finding little room but I’m sure that it will give me even more stimulation and more will to give my best. Saturday’s friendly? It will be an important test, we’re available to the coach and I see it as an opportunity to exploit.”
Lapadula is seen as Bacca’s alternative and he has so far played 73 minutes. Pescara have already said they are willing to take the player back in January if Milan would like to send him away.