Catania striker Maxi Lopez has revealed he wants to help Milan hitman Zlatan Ibrahimovic win the UEFA Champions League.
Maxi Lopez has recently been linked with a move to Milan after Antonio Cassano was ruled out of action indefinitely following surgery.
The Catania striker is widely expected to be signed while Antonio Cassano recovers from heart surgery.
“I am grateful to Catania for all they have given me. As long as I am here, I will always give my best for them,” he told Corriere dello Sport.
“It is a great joy for me to be linked with Milan, as I grew up in Buenos Aires watching Serie A and admiring the Rossoneri. If the interest is real andCatania are open to it, then I feel ready to make the most of this opportunity.
“I like pressure, as that is where you see the real champions. I can do well, have reached my full football maturity and feel that I can take this chance. Replacing a star like Cassano is a responsibility that I would like to shoulder.”
Lopez, who – like Ibrahimovic – had a fairly unsuccessful spell at Barcelona, reveals a move to Milan would interest him, and that he would like to help his Swedish counterpart win European football’s biggest prize.
“I already won the Champions League with Barcelona in 2006. If I come to Milan, then I’ll do everything possible to help Ibrahimovic win the Champions League, as he deserves it.
“[Diego] Milito and [Diego] Forlan often talk to me about the city of Milan.
“Along with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, I’d say Milan are currently among the strongest teams in the world.”
Despite scoring just two goals in 19 appearances during his time at the Nou Camp, Lopez was a member of the Barcelona side that won the Champions League in the 2005/06 season.
The Argentine could also in theory begin his international career for Italy.
“I would certainly think about it. Playing for the Azzurri would be an honour.”