Lucas Paqueta eager to work under Marco Giampaolo next season

Brazilian attacker Lucas Paqueta has said that he is eager to work under manager Marco Giampaolo next season. The 51-year-old was appointed as the new Rossoneri head coach shortly after the previous campaign, where the club failed to qualify for the Champions League for the fifth season running.

Speaking to reporters, Paqueta said that he is eager to meet with Giampaolo shortly after returning from vacation. He added that he has some knowledge on the manager’s style of play and hinted that he would prefer to play in the number 10 role, he told: “Giampaolo? I will meet him personally when I return from vacation.

“Now I just want to rest because I come from a very intense season. Then, my head will only be focused on Milan. I know that Giampaolo plays with a number 10, I followed his work at Sampdoria, I was really happy to hear about his arrival at Milan. I hope I can help the Rossoneri and give my contribution in this formation that suits me.”

Paqueta made the switch to the Rossoneri from Flamengo during the 2019 winter transfer window and he thereafter made 13 appearances, where he contributed one goal and an assist. Nonetheless, there were many positives with the movement in the attack and he could have enjoyed a better beginning with more patience in front of goal.

The attacker was recently on Copa America duty with Brazil where he made the single substitute appearance en route to their title triumph. Still, he is likely to earn a three-week rest as a mandatory process after a major tournament and that should see him miss most of the club’s pre-season tour. Milan have made just one signing for the summer with Theo Hernandez joining them from Real Madrid. The Frenchman should offer competition to Ricardo Rodriguez for the left-back role.