Friday March 22 2019
Paqueta: More Brazil freedom, but...

Milan midfielder Lucas Paqueta admits he is given ‘more freedom’ by Brazil but insists Gennaro Gattuso is playing him in his best position.

Many saw Paqueta as a spiritual successor to Kaka when Milan signed him in January, but the 21-year-old has gone on to find a home in central midfield as opposed to further afield.

“It all happened very quickly,” he told reporters from Brazil’s training camp, referring to his €35m transfer.

“Milan got me ready, giving me their full support. I’m very grateful to them because the game is quicker in Italy and also different tactically.

“Still, I received excellent preparation and I’m very happy. As for Gennaro Gattuso, he’s a great person and an excellent professional, who pushes you to give more: I hope we achieve great results this season.”

The former Flamengo star has been given his country’s No 10 jersey in the absence of Neymar…

“The Brazil shirt is a heavy burden, with its history and five stars,” he continued.

“It’s a great privilege to be there with any number. I intend to work hard so I find space in the team.

“Milan and Brazil have similar tactics. In Milan I play as a left-central midfielder, which is the position I like.

“Serie A is a different, more tactical League. Here, Tite gives me the freedom to go one step further towards the opposing box, to be more free.

“Playing as a left-central midfielder is the position I prefer.”

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