Brahim Díaz has spoken to Sky after returning to Spain for U21 duties, saying ‘I want to show my potential, show the world what I can give’.
Brahim has started showing his class at Milan over the past few years as he’s been given more time and responsibilities.
The Spaniard has one goal to his name in five appearances and now he’s returned to his homeland for some games with the U21 squad. Díaz, who is at Milan on loan from Real Madrid, spoke to AS:
What is it like to return to the national team after so long?
“It’s a pride to represent Spain, always. I feel lucky.”
You were always the big star in the U17 and U19 teams. Was it frustrating to see yourself out of the U21 side?
“It’s always a pleasure to be with the national team… it was because I had no continuity. Now I’m here and I’m very happy.”
Did it hurt to miss out of the Olympic Games?
“Now they are in 2021… you have to think about what’s coming. Representing your country in the Olympic Games is a wonderful thing and I must work for it.”
You dream of the Olympic Games, of the U21 EUROs, of the first team as well?
“I’ll work. I’m ambitious, that is clear. But you have to work little by little and earn it on the pitch. We have to look at the short term, now I’m with the U21 side and we’ll see…”
Would I renounce my vacation if they call me up for these three?
“I would be delighted! I would be there without a doubt, I hope so.”
How was the adaptation to Italy?
“Very good. They have received me wonderfully. I’m very happy, we have a good dynamic and I hope we continue like this.”
Did you expect to adapt so quickly?
“Adaption is usually slow but in my case it has been very fast. I’m very happy, in a very healthy, ambitious and high-quality group. We want to do great things.”
What is the different between England, Spain and Italy?
“Every football is different. Italian is a little more tactical, it has a physical part to it… it’s very good to have played in three different countries to grow as a footballer.”
How is Ibrahimović from short distance?
“You have already see how great he is as a player and in the dressing he is too. He’s a great person who tries to help.”
Half of Europe wanted you. Why did you choose Milan?
“It’s true that there were many offers. I don’t know exactly, but Milan is a historic club, with a great project that has been winning every game since after the lockdown, so to speak. The affection they have shown me and the interest they had in me made me choose this great club.”
Does the desire to bring it back to its rightful place have any influence? Is it a personal challenge?
“It’s a very big club, with a lot of history and they have a good project. They is a very healthy group, now there is a winning dynamic and we are continuing it. The objective is to be that great Milan again and I think that it can be achieved. There is a lot of hope, there’s a winning team in place.”
Why did you decide to leave this summer? What has changed?
“I wanted continuity, to feel that I have minutes and that I’m there to play. Nothing has changed. I want to be me, to show my football. I feel like an important guy at Milan and it’s time to grow, learn and improve.”
How is your relationship with Zidane?
“I have a lot of affection for Zidane. He was a great player and he is a winner as a coach. He has always given me good advice. What he’s told me is between him and me, but I’m very fond of him.”
So there was no problem with Real Madrid…
“I’m focused on Milan and I only think about giving my best for Milan. As I said I’ve a lot of affection for everyone at Madrid…”
Have you regretted signing for Madrid?
“Far from it… it’s Madrid.”
Are you sure that you will win at Madrid in the future?
“I’m focused on Milan this year. I want to do my best for them and then we’ll see…”
Do you want to show your talent in professional football?
“It’s what I want: to show my potential, show the world what I can give. I hope to be at a good level.”
Solve a question: Are you left-footed or right-footed?
“[Laughs] I always like to leave it in the air because that way the opponents don’t know! I play with both, I have that facility. I’m right-footed when I shoot and left-footed when I dribble. But I can also shoot with my left and dribble with my right. It depends…”
You take corners with the left…
“Yes, I do… it’s a big advantage.”
How do you get that?
“‘I’ve always been with the ball, since I was little. It was my best friend. I have always wanted to improve in all areas and being ambidextrous was one of them. I’ve improved it, I’ve practiced. When I saw that I was shooting a lot with my right foot, I switched to the left…”