Milik: I’ve come back stronger

Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik believes that his road to recovery from an ACL injury has made him a better player and says that Juventus have won ‘enough’ Serie A titles.

The highly-rated Polish hitman, who missed the bulk of the 2016/17 Serie A season due to the injury, has managed a total of only 17 matches for the Partenopei – four of them as a starter – but this has not diminished his confidence that a successful awaits.

Speaking to La Repubblica, the 23 year old spoke of his frustration at being sidelined but found something positive in the ordeal.

“I missed the pitch a lot, I missed the goals and especially the adrenaline,” he stated. “I didn’t imagine pulling through so strongly. I studied my body over the past few months and something went off in my head.

“It’s true: what doesn’t kill you makes you a stronger man and a better player.”

“The season that just ended wasn’t wasted,” the former Ajax man continued. “I’m less afraid of the difficulties that lie ahead and I’ll know how to deal with the next one.

“Napoli can compete on all fronts, including the Coppa Italia. The World Cup is a dream, for me, but I’ll think about it later.

“It could be the most beautiful season of my career. I can’t wait to get back on the pitch and among the goals,” he added.

Speaking about the competition the Naples club will be facing in their quest for silverware, Milik joked about the perennial Serie A champions’ pedigree, saying that he feels it’s time for a new champion.

“Juve remain the favourites, they’ve won six Scudetti in a row and for a team, that’s enough!

“Maybe there’ll be room for someone else. Napoli, for example.”