Adel Taarabt has conceded that it’s a ‘dream come true’ to sign for Milan, as he was officially presented this afternoon.
The playmaker joined on loan until the end of the season from Queens Park Rangers, and the Morocco international has admitted that he jumped at the chance to play for the Rossoneri.
“For me it was a great joy to hear about Milan’s interest in me,” he told the gathering reporters.
“I’ve got loads of enthusiasm and once I passed the medical tests and completed all the admin, it was a dream come true signing for Milan.
“I’m honoured to be here, I’m at a top club. It’s a big change for me and I cannot wait to make my debut with this shirt.
“I’m still really young and they say I’ve got talent. It’s been a while now that people have said that I should be playing in a big team. During my days with QPR, I was linked with PSG but nothing happened. I’m here now and I can’t wait to show my true worth.
The 24-year-old then commented on his preferred position and the idea of working with Clarence Seedorf.
“My preferred position is where the Coach wants me to play. Near the striker, on the right, the left, behind the front two.
“I hope that Milan is a platform for me to show my abilities and to give everything to the team. I chose my new number on my friend’s advice.
“He’s a big rossoneri fan and he advised me to choose the number 23 jersey if it was free.
“I’m proud to play in a similar role that Coach Seedorf played in when he was a player. He’s fantastic. I think I can learn a lot from him.
“It’s a great chance for me and I’ve got great respect for Seedorf as a player and as a coach. I haven’t got a difficult character. Perhaps some find it hard to accept direct and sincere people.
“In football in general, these type of characters aren’t always appreciated. I’m really the complete opposite, I like to joke and this can be misinterpreted.
“I will be friends will all my team-mates. It’s true that when Milan were interested in me, I thought ‘well, they’ve got the Italian Balotelli and now they’re going to also have the Balotelli of Morocco’.
“I can’t wait to get to know Balotelli better and to become his friend. Milan have shown great faith in me by inserting me in the Champions League squad list.
“However, I’m really motivated and I can’t wait to show my worth in Serie A and play my part in the Champions League against Atletico Madrid.”