NEWS
Saturday June 9 2018
Milinkovic: 'I'm a future playmaker'

Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic confessed he supports Real Madrid, sees himself in Yaya Toure and can be “a future playmaker.”

The versatile midfielder is at the centre of a bidding war at well over €100m, with interest from Juventus and Manchester United above all others.

He is also preparing for the 2018 World Cup with Serbia and spoke to FIFA.com.

“I think that I'm in a really good place right now,” said the 23-year-old.

“Pressure? I love pressure, it gets the best out of me. That's when I feel the best and give maximum on the pitch – those who know me can confirm that.

“I am absolutely ready for Russia. If I need to earn the trust of the Coach [Mladen] Krstajic, I will do my best to justify that.”

Milinkovic-Savic was famously about to sign for Fiorentina when he pulled out, telling them he preferred Lazio, so it pays to know what his ambitions are.

He confessed to being a Real Madrid supporter, as he was born in Spain where his father was playing at the time.

“That comparison (to Zinedine Zidane) can only flatter me. However, I see myself more as a Yaya Toure. As for idols, I can say I have always watched and looked up to Nemanja Matic as well.

“I can see myself as a future playmaker. That is how I like to play most, and my last season in Lazio has proved it.”