Luiz Adriano: Milan not looking for new Kaka or Pato

Milan’s new Brazilian forward Luiz Adriano has insisted he is not intimidated by the famous Brazilian names who have starred at San Siro in recent years.

From Cafu and Ronaldo to Kaka and Alexandre Pato, the Rossoneri have a long history of players from the South American nation pulling on the famous red and black shirt.

But Adriano has affirmed that he will be judged solely on what he accomplishes at the club.

“There is no burden there. I have been made to feel really comfortable and have received a great welcome,” Adriano toldĀ Goal.

“I don’t think they want me to become a Kaka or Alexandre Pato. They want me to be Luiz Adriano.”

The 28-year-old spent nine years in Ukraine with Shakhtar Donetsk before moving to Serie A in August.

And he admitted that the switch was a dream come true.

“Man, it was like a film was playing in my head,” he said of the moment he signed for Milan.

“I had several goals for my career, the idea of leaving Shakhtar… And I thought this would be a new challenge and that I wanted to enter into Milan’s history.

“I want to give my best here and win many titles with Milan. I got really happy when I heard that I was coming to Milan, which is one of the biggest teams in Europe. My family was also very pleased with me coming to Milan.

“It was hugely exciting for me to wear Milan’s shirt and come to practice at their training ground. It was really exciting to me. During the first game, I felt anxiety, a desire to play, butterflies in the stomach to wear Milan’s shirt. I was anxious to enter the soccer field to feel the fans more closely.”

Sinisa Mihajlovic’s charges have made an inconsistent start to the current campaign season, sitting in sixth place after 12 matches.

But Adriano believes that a top-three spot is well within reach for the Rossoneri.

“The goal is to return to the Champions League and fight for the title,” the striker said. “Milan are a giant in the football world, so they always have this goal. I believe that Milan made a good market because we also have excellent midfielders. I think that the team is well structured.”