Adel Taarabt has revealed that life at Milan for him is ‘a dream’, and that he could not sleep after making his Champions League debut.
The creative midfielder was a late arrival at San Siro in January from Queens Park Rangers, signing on a loan deal after cancelling a similar, unsuccessful arrangement at Fulham.
For the 24-year-old, the surprise surrounding his move to the Rossoneri is one he shares, as he tries to reflect on life at the club so far.
“I have been here for 10 days, for me this is a dream. I have spent here the best 10 days of my career,” Taarabt has enthused this week to RMC Sport.
“I have trained three times with the team and played in a wonderful stadium like that at Napoli. Then, at home to Bologna in another magnificent stadium. And then on Wednesday I played my first match in the Champions League.
“It has been a dream for me. When I signed up, I always said that I believed in my qualities and I thought I had everything to play for Milan.
“It is true that this has surprised people because I did not play at Fulham, but now I am here. I am making my way and will try to earn a place in Milan.
“Everything is amazing, Milanello is exceptional. In the dressing room there are so many great players. The Coach is Clarence Seedorf, who played 13 years in Milan and has won everything here.
“San Siro is exception. This week was my first match in the Champions League and I played in the Last 16, I could not sleep that night.”
Taarabt was asked who has helped him settle in at Milanello.
“I’m close to Rami, we have the same Moroccan background, we also speak Arabic. But the one who has helped me most is Mexes. I did not know him, but he has really helped me so much.
“I consider him as an older brother. Even if he does not play, he is a great professional, always encouraging everyone. When Rami scored against Torino, he was the first to celebrate.”
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