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.”