Fabio Borini spoke about the season he had and the things he did on and off the pitch, stated that he wants to play more minutes in the next campaign and said he waits for revenge against Juventus.
Milan signed 11 players for over €220 million last summer and the 2nd cheapest one was Fabio Borini, who arrived from Sunderland on loan for €1m with an obligation to buy in this summer for €5m.
Borini surprised many by proving to be an important and valuable squad player and in today’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport, he talks about his first year in Red and Black.
“I like American football because I am inspired by the philosophy of dedication and hard work”, Borini, who has on his bookshelf an American football autographed by Odell Beckham Jr., told the pink newspaper. “I’m one of those who run until my legs hold me up? Let’s say that it’s one of the characteristics that make me look like Gattuso. I see in me the same charge.
“I, like Gattuso, finish the games exhausted. On the other hand, my mother still runs [long distances], my father did it [200-400 meters] and my sister used to long jump, so it’s no wonder. If it’s true that with Montella we worked much less than with Gattuso [like Franck Kessié said after the win against Roma]? I only say one thing: if one wants to train hard and well, he does it with everyone.
“The season I had? For me it was absolutely positive. The expectations for me were not very high and I think that I have proven to be worthy of the Milan shirt. I think I did good things although most of the time I didn’t play in my natural role. I think it’s been an amazing year and my performances also give me a bit of revenge: after spending a long time abroad, people had forgotten a little about me.
“What should happen next season for me to keep the smile? Goals, and above all – more minutes, of course. Scoring and staying on the bench is a bit frustrating. I would like to play and not just be another pawn. I intend to carve out a role as a protagonist.
“As an attacker or a fullback? On the third time Gattuso put me in there, I went to him and told him that if he needed me in that role, I would’ve liked to learn it properly. These are movements that in my career I have always tried to neutralize, and now I’m going to have to put them into practice.
“I don’t know what role I’ll play next year, but I’m basically a striker, eh… Where would I play if I could? Second striker in a 4-4-2. I’m one who works a lot and I think I do it well. I’m generous by nature, also in the dressing room: due to my experiences [he moved from Bologna to Chelsea at the age of 16], I helped the other new purchases with the language, I involved them in the adaptation and I did it with pleasure because I know I helped the group.
“What is Milan to me? History and family. A past of a huge profile and a staff that takes care of the players. They mean it when they want you well. It happened only here and at Liverpool. Would there be a risk of running away from Milanello if UEFA’s decision is heavy? As for me, certainly not. In general, I don’t think so. It could be a situation that binds us together even more.
“And then, excuse me, run away to where? Here we are at Milan. Suso could leave due to his clause? I saw him grow up at Liverpool and he’s a much more aware player now. If he left, it would create a big void. Çalhanoğlu finally blossomed? I helped him a bit too… some advice on the pitch but above all outside. Let’s say that I didn’t do a great service to myself [laughs].
“Describing myself in three adjectives? Ambitious, courageous and determined. I already worked with Mirabelli at Sunderland? He works very well because he knows many players not only from the technical point of view, but also their personality. And this is a great help to create a winning group.
“When will the first title with Milan arrive? I’m waiting for the revenge against Juventus in the Supercoppa Italiana. Playing it in the first half of August could benefit us if the coach doesn’t kill us in pre-season [laughs]. My dream is to win a trophy with this shirt.
“The Supercoppa would be an excellent introduction to more important prospects.”