By: Oliver Fisher
AC Milan winger Jens Petter Hauge has insisted that he is learning with every passing day since making his move from Bodo/Glimt last summer.
Following the 3-2 win against the Norwegian side back in September, Milan decided to sign Hauge just a few days later. It was a throwback to the vintage Rossoneri strategy of signing players that perform well against them.
Not long after the game, the agreement was reached and Hauge flew down to Milan once again, this time to stay permanently. And after 17 appearances, the winger has registered four goals and one assist across all competitions.
“I enjoy every day that passes. Every day is a new opportunity for me to adapt to the city, the team and the group. I hope to continue to be part of this group and get the minutes I can. I have to show off and take the chances I get,” he said (via @endrelub).
Hauge was asked about what it is like to play alongside a demanding and experienced champion in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who also hailed from Scandinavia.
“Zlatan is a great guy who has experienced a lot. You can learn an incredible amount from him, both the way he trains and how he plays. It makes it easier when we can speak Scandinavian. He helps me understand how to play when we have the ball and how to defend.”
The winger also spoke about his first Serie A goal against Napoli: “It was incredibly big for me. Napoli are an incredibly good team. When I came in and got the 3-1, I was relieved. The same day Glimt won the league, it was a big day for me. We have to try to pick as many points as we can going forward now. All the games are important.”
Hauge had a great experience when he started in the game against Juventus earlier in the month, a game in which his opposite number was Cristiano Ronaldo.
“It’s clear that playing against Ronaldo was a big deal. He and Zlatan are two players who have really put the football on the map in recent years. Two players you’ve looked up to, it’s fun to have played with him one and against the other.”
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