The championship, the injury, the explosion of Kalulu and the return to the field. There is everything in the long interview with Simon Kjaer to Sportweekweekly insert de The Gazzetta dello Sport. The defender of the Milan starts from the long stop: “I had never suffered such a serious injury and for the first time in my career I had to face a period in which I would have worked alone, away from the rest of the group. My mother told me: pretend to be a hermit, one of those who live in the forest, separated from everything and everyone. I felt just like that. Yes, society was close to me, my companions wrote to me encouraging me, but in the end it was me who had to get up at 8 in the morning every days to work until 8 pm: therapy, re-education, alone together with the physiotherapist. So I said to myself, if I look like a hermit, so be it: I will only cut my beard when I return to work with the team“.
SCUDETTO – Kjaer then focuses on the scudetto he won last year since Devilthe Dane feels he is his despite having played little: “When I got hurt, I pulled the plug from football for four months. I didn’t even watch the games. I was in contact with Pioli and his companions, nothing else. I didn’t go to Milanello because I had nothing to say and nothing to do. I returned more or less with ten games to go because I had to start doing some work with the team again and give something back to me. The boys welcomed me by giving me the shirt with my name signed by all of them. Milan is really a family and I love everyone. What did my injury steal? I know I have given a great hand in winning this Scudetto because it was the conclusion of a path of growth, both technical and mental, which began two and a half years ago when I arrived at Milan. Last year I only played 11 games, but I feel the Scudetto is mine. We all won it together. We celebrated as champions have to do. I usually keep things inside, but sometimes I am able to get them out. “
TEAMMATES – Kjaer then focuses on some teammates: “Daniel Maldini he seemed to me matured, more ready. I hope he can prove it in Spezia where he went on loan. The club has done well because he needs to play. About Leao e Tonali I say that I want to see them this year: they are no longer kids, they have to grow enormously. What they did last year is no longer enough. Leao he has extraordinary qualities and therefore cannot afford games in which one sees little: he must always be decisive. If he can make that leap, he can become one of the top five in the world. Then I want to see Origin: I was with him in Lille, he was a kid, now I expect a champion who makes the difference because he has everything to be one, speed, physique and feet. Also Bennacer it must grow, carving out an important role “.
KALULU – Pierre Kalulu was one of the most positive notes of Milan’s season, but Kjaer is not afraid of the competition: “Pierre has had a fantastic season. From my point of view he is not a rival. If I do my job, if I am well, I will “It’s only someone who can decide, Pioli. Then I can get angry with him, but not with Kalulu, Tomori or Gabbia because they are colleagues and one of them will be at my side on the pitch. I’ll need them, their help, so I won’t they can never be rivals. I know I won’t play 45 games this year. There will be opportunities for everyone, but of course I want to play. When there is the derby I want to play“.
NEW SEASON – The Scudetto is archived, the new season restarts and many do not see Milan as a favorite for an encore. Kjaer says his: “The opponents were aggressive on the market. When there were ten games to go, nobody believed in our Scudetto. Now it gets even harder because everyone wants to beat the Italian champions. But we can still grow. Nobody, here at Milan, he has still finished doing it. Even us old men: if the body starts to collapse, the head has to go faster. “