Lucas Paqueta has declared that Milan ‘must aim’ for the Scudetto, Marco Giampaolo is a ‘professor’ and whoever plays for the club is a ‘champion’.

Paqueta returns to Milan after a summer in which he helped Brazil to Copa America glory, and he wants to taste that winning feeling with the Rossoneri.

“The team have great players and achieved great results so far,” the midfielder told Sky Sport Italia.

“We deserve the Champions League, we must get back to winning it by playing good football.

“We must aim high, we mustn’t settle for fourth or second place. Our objective must be first place.

“Gattuso taught me a lot. He had great success as a player. As a Coach he really helped me adapt, teaching me many things. 

“For me, Giampaolo is a professor. He has new ideas and is precise in the way he transmits them.

“He’s changed our style of play, both in attack and defence. He’s attentive to everything and that allows us to play well.

“Playing at San Siro gives you a huge buzz. When I saw my idol Kaka there, I thought about how good it was.

“When I saw the players there, I imagined myself there too. It was always a great thrill. Playing at San Siro is incredible and I hope to do so many more times.”

The 21-year-old caught the eye in his half-season with the Diavolo, but he made it clear he could do better.

“All the players who played for Milan were hard-workers. I hope to do some of that work so I can become a winner with this shirt.

“Milan are a great club who are known all over the world. They’re a point of reference in Brazil.

“Whoever plays for Milan is a champion. They’re a team who have won seven Champions Leagues.”

Finally, he was asked about the language barrier.

“I still have some difficulties, even though I understand it now. I’m still studying the language, so I can speak it and understand it better.

“Greetings to all the Milan fans. I promise them a good season.”

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