“It’s a dream to be here and to have scored on my debut against Napoli,” AC Milan Adel Taarabt

By Anna Italia
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Here are the declarations of AC Milan midfielder Adel Taarabt to Mediaset  and Milan Channel on Tuesday 11 February 2014.

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Taarabt declaring to the Italian TV channel Mediaset: “It’s
a sensational feeling, it’s a dream to be here and to have scored on my
debut against Napoli. It was a dream start and I only hope it’s just
one of many successful moments. The best goal? I scored a few in
England, but the one against Napoli was the most important because it
was for Milan. I grew up watching Zidane. He scored many similar goals
to the one I scored against Napoli and the comparisons please me. Coach Seedorf told me that he wanted to see me train three times before playing me but he said that he had faith in my qualities.”

Taarabt continued: “I
showed what I am capable of, but I’ve now got 4 months to show that I
have what it takes to play for Milan. I want to stay here for a long
time and after my goal the fans will be expecting performances like the
one against Napoli, but I’m ready for the challenge. Where do I prefer
to play? In a central position behind the striker because I have lots of
energy to also help out in defence. Balotelli? I didn’t see it,
but my team-mates told me that he cried. I don’t understand the reasons
why but I think that he is going through a difficult time right now
because his daughter is in Naples and he would have liked to have scored
for her. It’s an emotional issue and we need to be close to him and
show him affection as he is a top player and we need his help.”

on his pre-match walk in the city of Naples with team-mate Balotelli,
the Moroccan midfielder had the following to say: “Mario speaks
English just like me so he is helping me a lot in the changing room. In
England we had the habit of going for a walk before the match and I sent
him a message to ask if he wanted to join me for a walk. Mario waited
to ask for coach Seedorf’s permission, who said that it was fine to do
so. We went out at the back so as to avoid being recognised. My time
with Fulham? It was different to here because the game is more
defensive. Against teams like Liverpool and Manchester United the coach
asked us to sit back and not take too many risks in attack. However, I’m
now at a club which I like and that plays with important players. We
have a coach who was a number 10 and inclined to attack. I think it’s
also for this reason. My debut was exciting because it was at the San
Paolo and one of my heroes is Diego Maradona. To think that Maradona
played on that same pitch meant a lot to me. It will be the same against
Bologna at the San Siro, an incredible stadium, followed by Wednesday
night’s Champions League match. It will be memorable! I think about all
the times I’ve seen the Champions League on the television and all the
top players. It will be my first time playing in the tournament. I will
try and forget everything and think about doing my best for Milan.”

Taarabt’s comments exclusively for the Milan Channel:
“It was a great feeling before the Napoli match as it was my first game
for a big club. It was my dream to play for Milan and it came true. I
was also really happy because I scored a goal but sad at the same time
as we lost 3-1. Napoli are a great team, but now we’re focused on Friday
and then the Champions League. The goal in Naples went beyond all my
expectations but luckily God was there for me and it went well. I think I
had a good game but I can also do better. I only trained three times
before the Napoli match. I’m here to show that I can become a top Milan
player and I hope to eventually find an agreement that keeps me here for
many years.”