08 January 2019
Lucas officially presented: "I have great motivation, I am ready and I want to be decisive"
In anticipation of his full debut, it was today time for Paquetá's press conference at Casa Milan. Our new winter signing sat next to Executive Chairman Paolo Scaroni, Leonardo and Paolo Maldini, as Lucas spoke officially for the first time as a Rossoneri player (streamed live on Facebook, Youtube and Milan TV).
Executive Chairman Paolo Scaroni opened proceedings:
"It's an important day for us, as we present an important player. Finally, Lucas Paquetá is part of the AC Milan family. This signing confirms Elliott's desire to bring the club back to the top, where they should be. He is the 35th Brazilian in the Rossoneri's history and Leonardo discovered him, as he’s also done with many other top Brazilians in the past. This is a deal that falls under the Financial Fair Play rules – something that still remains our North Star. Elliott’s project is long-term and we’re not setting ourselves any great limits. Paquetá is 21 and represents a young investment for AC Milan’s future."
Here's what Lucas Paquetá had to say:
THE PHONE CALL AND THE DECISION
"I feel great. I'm happy and I already feel very involved. I want to thank everyone for the faith that has been placed in me and I hope to repay this out on the pitch. Milan are a great team with a decorated history. They've won it all. Receiving the call from Leonardo was important. He presented the project to me and, together with my family, we said yes to AC Milan because it was the best choice".
"I'm a technical player and one that's always looking to understand how the game changes. I'm an attacking player, I have a good physique and I like to put myself about, with and without the ball, while also creating play and looking to score. I chose No.39 because it was my first number at Flamengo. I hope it can bring me luck here at AC Milan. I prefer to play in midfield but I've also played further forward. I am at the Coach's disposal and I'm here to give my all".
"I've watched many Serie A games. It's a very physical league, while a lot of emphasis is also placed on tactics. It, therefore, differs from Brazil slightly. I will try to adapt as well as I possibly can, and I will also try to learn and pay attention to the smallest details so as to be successful on the pitch and help us win. I need to adapt quickly. When you put on the Rossoneri shirt, you need to ready for every kind of situation: I'm ready to provide support to the team at any moment. I can feel the responsibility on my shoulders, but I'm ready. I want to play a decisive role in terms of helping AC Milan win football matches. This is an important moment for me".
"Gattuso was a great player, and to be coached by him will be a unique experience. I always chose him as a starter when I played on the PlayStation. He has welcomed me with open arms and has made me feel comfortable so as to allow me to work hard and develop. I hope I'll be able to reward him on the pitch. Playing at San Siro will push me on, but wearing this shirt is the thing that will push me on the most: I want to honour it and do the best I can".
KAKÁ, HIGUAIN AND THE TEAM
"Kaká was a champion, he's one of my idols. He had his own unique story and was one of the best footballers in the world. I hope the path I go down will be a winning one that includes lots of trophies. Kaká spoke to me about the club and city: he said that AC Milan is like a family and would be one of the best experiences for my career. I've been welcomed with open arms by Higuain and by all of my teammates, they gave me support right from the off and continue to do so. I hope to help Higuain score but not just that: it will be special to play by his side. The team has excellent qualities".
WATCH THE PRESS CONFERENCE HELD TO PRESENT LUCAS PAQUETÁ
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