Jens Petter Hauge (20) was presented as a Milan player on Thursday. This year’s big form player in the Elite Series hopes that he can play a role in Milan already this season.
– The plan is to see if I can fight my way into the squad and stay there. I may have to reckon with spending some time, but at the same time I feel it is realistic to take that step now. I feel well equipped and very ready, says the 20-year-old to VG.
He has just completed his first training session in Milan clothing, along with three other players who are not included to face Portuguese Rio Ave in the Europa League playoffs on Thursday night.
– It was fun to get started and fun to greet some of the other players.
On a slightly choppy line on the way from the training facility, Hauge tells about what it was like to wear the black and red suit for the first time.
– When I put it on and saw the Milan emblem, the Serie A logo and the Champions League trophy with the number 7 inside, it was big. It is only when you realize how big a club this actually is, says Hauge.
Milan has won Europe’s most generous club tournament, under the names Champions League and Series Winners’ Cup, seven times.
The difference from Bodø could hardly have been greater. In Milan, he has got his own driver who, according to himself, “makes sure that he is in the right place at the right time”.
– It is a step up in all possible ways and then it will be exciting to see how I handle it. I have hopes of tackling it and taking new steps, he says.
Side by side with Milan legend Paolo Maldini, a kind of Italian Berg if you will, Hauge was presented with suit number 15, which has been worn by players such as Ruud Gullit and Zvonomir Boban.
– It was fun and great to meet him. He is an icon and he is one of the greatest legends in football. There was a good atmosphere when I entered his office. He is incredibly open and honest and nice guy. An amazing gentleman, so it was good to talk to him.
– In a club like Milan, most of the numbers have been used by big stars. It will be fun. For me, it does not matter so much, he says about the suit number.