The French defender of DR Congo origin sees the Swedish international as an inspiration for him at San Siro
Pierre Kalulu called veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic an “ example to follow ” alongside AC Milan.
After two seasons in the French elite division of Olympique de Lyon, the 20-year-old joined the Italian high-level flying team on a five-year contract for an undisclosed amount.
In just nine league games played for Stefano Pioli’s men in the 2020-21 campaign, the defender boasts of a goal in the 2-2 draw against Genoa.
Asked about his daily relationship with the skinny striker in a recent interview with Eurosport, the youngster is simply in awe of the former Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United star’s desire to win despite his age.
“It is an example to follow. When you see what he’s doing at 39 … He’s not only good on the pitch, he’s also good on the outside, ”said Kalulu.
“Zlatan is demanding and hungry. He always wants to win. In the face of that, you think, “I can’t come here and feel less like him than him.”
“He shows you the way forward. And when you see what he has gained and the hunger that he still has in him … You cannot come and be silent.
He also revealed that he found the adaptation very easy in Italy thanks to the advice given by some of the senior players at the club.
“There are French players here, I have no problem adapting. It gave me a better understanding of the game, ”he continued.
“Simon (Kjaer), Franck (Kessie), Ishmael (Bennacer), Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) … Several executives give advice. If we are where we are today, it is because of work.
“The requirement is daily. There is no training you can take lightly. When we come back to the field, it’s to be good and to progress. This is what is instilled in those who sometimes play less. “
Kaulu, who is eligible to play for DR Congo internationally, is expected to be on parade when the Serie A giants host Manchester United in Thursday’s Europa League game.
After playing a 1-1 draw in the first leg staged at Old Trafford, Pioli’s side need a win by any margin or at least a 0-0 draw to qualify for the next round of the tournament.