Parma midfielder Dejan Kulusevski says Josip Ilicic is the “strongest” player he’s played alongside, and his idol growing up was Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard.
Kulusevski, who is set to join Juventus next season, gave an interview via Instagram with Gli Autogol and answered an array of questions about his life and career.
The Swede was asked how he spends his time in light of the countrywide lockdown in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic.
“I read, cook and watch everything related to basketball,” said Kulusevski.
“I play the Playstation together with Gaston Brugman, Ricardo Gagliolo and Hernani, we do everything together.”
Kulusevski then recalled his most cherished goal of his career.
“The first goal in Serie A that changed everything, it wasn’t a good goal because it was an empty net, but it was certainly important, it was against Torino from an assist from Gervinho”
The Gialloblu midfielder then stated who are the strongest players he’s played alongside and against.
“Josip Ilicic, for sure. He’s very strong. One of the best in the world, there is no doubt. I learned a lot from him.
“They call him ‘grandmother’, but he’s not exactly an old man.
"Cristiano Ronaldo and Douglas Costa are the strongest opponents I’ve faced. In the last game we played against Juve, Ronaldo was very good.
“Douglas Costa in one on one situations does not give you a chance. When he moves the ball he does it at twice the speed.”
Kulusevski named the player he idolised growing up.
“My favourite player is Eden Hazard. I would really like to play the way he plays. I copy many of his movements, his body feints. For me he is really good.”
Hailing from Sweden, Kulusevski was asked about Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
“I think he changed Sweden. When he made it, many lads thought they could do it too.
“He has shown that everyone he can do it. He has Slavic origins like me, maybe that’s why I identified with him.
“He’s an idol for everyone. I’ve never met him, but I hope to be able to play against Milan for that reason.
“Being able to talk to him would be a dream.”
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