Hakan Çalhanoğlu

Predict Çalhanoğlu's Inter Career

  • 4 - Star player of his generation. La Grande Inter material. Think Baggio or Ronaldo.

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Besnik

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Too bad he doesn't get into these opportunities often. His shooting power/accuracy is unreal, but somehow we tend to play slow and predictable which doesn't create any room for these attempts like Hakan excels at. But indeed, he's doing well and brings that aggressiveness which neither of Barella, Brozo or Mkhi have.
 

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Aston villa and Arsenal want him but the price rumored I don’t believe it
 

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CALHANOGLU: ‘I’M WAITING FOR INTER TO CALL FOR CONTRACT RENEWAL’
Hakan Calhanoglu discussed his role at Inter, their ambitions this season and his desire to pen a new contract with the club.

The 28-year-old Turkish midfielder joined the Nerazzurri on a free transfer last year after his deal expired with Milan, ending a four-year period with the Rossoneri. He has become an important part of Simone Inzaghi’s squad in the Lombardy capital, scoring three goals and providing five assists in 20 appearances across all competitions this campaign.

Speaking to Corriere della Sera, Calhanoglu first discussed how he feels at Inter and the importance of their upcoming clash with Napoli.
“I feel good and I want to be even more important for Inter. Here they helped me from the start and made me feel at ease. I want to repay this trust by winning another trophy, maybe the Scudetto.
“We believe in the comeback, if we resume with the same quality of the last games before the break we can make it. The match against Napoli on January 4 at the San Siro will be decisive, it will tell us so much about the rest of the season.
“Winning would be very important, we play at home and we are favourites. We are preparing it in the right way, I see the team well. We want to show what we have inside.”

He touched on his role as a regista under coach Inzaghi.
“Intelligent players know how to adapt and I think I did well in a role that I already knew anyway, because with my national team I play as a midfielder. Then you can be tall or short, but on the pitch you make the difference if you have the fire inside.
“You have to be bad in duels, intense. In this I think I have improved. Before I was more elegant, light, a classic number 10. I didn’t have the nastiness that I have today.
“Since I changed roles I’m more aggressive and I run a lot, I sacrifice myself. I’ve never been interested in counting goals and assists. I know that many people look at these statistics, but the numbers come if you work well.”

The Turkish midfielder spoke about his happiness with the Nerazzurri and revealed that he wasn’t allowed to ride his motorcycle.
“I’m in love with my Harley, but I don’t use it and it’s sitting in the garage. As soon as I arrived here Piero Ausilio told me: ‘I never want to see you on a motorbike’. The sporting director has not yet called me to negotiate the renewal of my contract, which expires in 2024.
“I want to talk about it, I’m waiting for him to call me. I love Italy, I’d like to stay in Milan even at the end of my career.
“If I hadn’t been a footballer I’ve always liked music, but I think I would have become a policeman, they handle difficult situations, they help others, they do a good job. Football came on its own, when I realised I had talent. Then I put sacrifice and hard work into it.”

Calhanoglu discussed the contract situation of teammate Milan Skriniar.
“I hope he stays, he is a great player and one of the leaders of the team with Handanovic. He will decide with the club, but I hope he stays.”

He gave his thoughts on coach Inzaghi.
“He is one of the people who most wanted me at Inter, he showed he believed in my qualities from day one. He complimented me for the way I replaced Brozovic, I have an excellent relationship with the coach, together we won two cups and only missed out on the Scudetto.”

The 28-year-old spoke about the Champions League and his ambitions in the competition.
Winning it is one of my dreams, this year I believe in it. I don’t know why, I have a special feeling. We got through a difficult group, we got back up after the defeat against Bayern and showed what we are capable of.
“Porto are a strong team, but if we play like we did against Barcelona we can pass the round.”

Finally, Calhanoglu discussed the upcoming Supercoppa Italiana clash with Milan.
“Finals are special, and we play them with a different spirit. We will go to Riyad to win. I respect Milan, I have a good relationship with Pioli, Maldini and Massara.
“As a gentleman I congratulated them for the Scudetto won last season. Friends have no colours. But for me that’s the past, now I only think of Inter.”
Seems like they trained him to be meaner than Eriksen.

First beat Napoli before talking about Scudetto dude.
 

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And yet we will
 

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Yeah I can already see yet another Zhang special with the non-extension. Management should simply put him on sale and look what's out there in the market because I'm 100% certain Zhang won't sanction any renewal. :D

And to be honest, I'm not even sure if I want to extend Calhanoglu. We need to let go some high salaries and Hakan with his 5m€ net salary (without growth decree) is one of the most expensive players. Make the money now in 2023 with him so we've maybe kicked the can down the road one more year (with the Dumfries sale for 22/23 season done in June).
 
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I say we let him leave on a free. He's hardly irreplaceable, will be 30 at the end of his contract and will probably ask for €5-6m net levels of salary.
 

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Absolutely brilliant 1-on-1 defending from Calhanoglu when that cross from Oliveira reached Osimhen. Managed to get himself in between the attacker and the ball and held off Osimhen excellently. I don't know what the fuck Bastoni was doing but whatever.

I don't want to be negative considering the excellent performance against Napoli and because it feels like a "fresh start" after the world cup break. But it's easy to forget this season so far has been a joke with 5 losses in the league already - 4 of them against direct rivals, which is just disgusting. Anyway, the point I'm making is that Calhanoglu's performances this season have been one of the few bright spots. Thanks to him we haven't missed Brozovic much at all, which is saying a lot considering we've tended to look like a relegation side without Broz. Probably picks up too many cards but on the whole, impossible to complain.
 

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maybe he should play AM behind two strikers, 3412

Correa or Micky as backup, bring in new backup strikers
 

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Absolutely brilliant 1-on-1 defending from Calhanoglu when that cross from Oliveira reached Osimhen. Managed to get himself in between the attacker and the ball and held off Osimhen excellently. I don't know what the fuck Bastoni was doing but whatever.

I don't want to be negative considering the excellent performance against Napoli and because it feels like a "fresh start" after the world cup break. But it's easy to forget this season so far has been a joke with 5 losses in the league already - 4 of them against direct rivals, which is just disgusting. Anyway, the point I'm making is that Calhanoglu's performances this season have been one of the few bright spots. Thanks to him we haven't missed Brozovic much at all, which is saying a lot considering we've tended to look like a relegation side without Broz. Probably picks up too many cards but on the whole, impossible to complain.
So much this.

Hard to really explain how positively surprised I've been by Calhanoglu, two years in a row now. Last season I was surprised how well he slotted in to our team, really putting effort into the all-around mezzala game. This season the Brozovic stunting has been just spectacular.

And yet, I would be ready to sell him if good offer arrives next summer. We need to sell (Dumfries is not enough) and he'd be a good candidate for that, pure plusvalenza and relatively big salary. His contract ends in 2024 so it's either a sale or extension. Well, of course there's the Zhang special, no sale but waiting extension over the summer window.
 

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sell brozo, sell micky, sell gags, keep Calha

also actually use asllani

like i said id like to see calha behind two strikers, maybe even in midfield in a 343 alongside barella
 

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Gazzetta says he’s possibly out of the Supercoppa.
 

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Hopefully his injury is nothing serious. You might see him as a less technical player than Eriksen. For me, he's such an upgrade from Gags, Vidal, Vecino and all the other jokers we had to endure in the past 10 years. Teşekkür ederim Hakan.
 

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He's an upgrade over Eriksen though. He brings so much in defensive aspect of the game as well, and he's pretty damn aggressive which is a thing that we lack in our team, big time.

But it's kinda irritating how his freekicks have gotten worse over time. He used to be so good at them. Now he's constantly hitting the wall. We need him to shot way more in the open game because dude's shooting/accuracy is unreal.
 
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