If Hakan Calhanoglu wants to extend his AC Milan career into a third season, he will need to produce more displays like this in the final few weeks of the Serie A season.
The Turkish international kept Milan’s Champions League dream alive by scoring the only goal of the game away at Fiorentina on Saturday, timing his run into the penalty area like Frank Lampard in his heyday before glancing a wicked header into the far corner.
That was only his second goal of the league campaign – a dreadful tally for a player who arrived at Milan in 2017 with a reputation as one of Europe’s most promising attacking midfielders.
But, on Saturday’s evidence, the much-maligned 25-year-old, who was named Milan’s Man of the Match at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, still has plenty to offer under Gennaro Gattuso.
You scored the winning goal and have now won the #FiorentinaMilan@emirates MVP award! Way to go, @hakanc10!— AC Milan (@acmilan) May 12, 2019
Il gol vittoria al Franchi gli è valso il vostro voto: è Hakan Calhanoglu il vostro migliore in campo! pic.twitter.com/q9FPKVEhhw
Calhanoglu has been immense today.— Justin Dipaolo (@DipaoloJustin) May 11, 2019
Calhanoglu is the best ... pic.twitter.com/7w3A39u5u5— Siti Hajar Dewi Lestari (@SitiHajarDewiL1) May 11, 2019
Calhanoglu still here— Siti Hajar Dewi Lestari (@hajar_lestari) May 11, 2019
Not for sale ...
Goal Milan. Well done. Hold the forye now. My king calhanoglu.— KING Wyllan⚫ (@KINGwyllan) May 11, 2019
He's often the best even when he doesn't score— Maurizio (@maucecch) May 12, 2019
According to Calciomercato, West Ham have already contacted Calhanoglu’s replacement though The Hammers, or Leicester for that matter, will have to pay around £26 million to sign the former Bayer Leverkusen and Hamburg talisman (Fanatik).
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