Andrea Conti said Milan are fighting Inter and Lazio for a Champions League, then praised Coach Gennaro Gattuso compared to Vincenzo Montella.
The right-back has been out of action since suffering a knee injury in August, just a few weeks after making his move from Atalanta.
“I feel good, at long last, but I’m not at 100 per cent yet,” the 24-year-old said on Milan TV.
“I can play a few chunks of the game, but wouldn’t feel ready to start yet. The return to the locker room, the stadium, feeling the emotion of the match day was very important to me. I felt almost like it was my debut.”
Conti was brought in by Montella, but is now working under new boss Gattuso.
“Milan has changed a great deal, in the approach to the game and the characteristics of the team. It’s a totally different Milan and, to be honest, a better one.
“Gattuso is proving himself to be well-prepared and with all the experience he accumulated as a player, that was inevitable.
“Now I hope to be an extra weapon in the armoury for the final few weeks of the season. I believed in our Champions League chances even when there was a wider gap in the table. Considering the current situation, our rivals for a top four finish are Inter and Lazio.”