From being frustrated in the Milan bench for about two months, Chelsea loanee Mario Pasalic has now blossomed into an important player with the Italian giants.

The 21-year-old Chelsea loanee has emerged as a key part of the Rossoneri’s midfield over the past few weeks, and has started three of the last four games for Milan.

From being close to returning to Chelsea in January, Chelsea will now be worried about losing the young midfielder.

His agent Marko Naletilić, while talking about the future of his client, told Milan News:

“It’s been a good time thanks to Montella who gave him confidence, acknowledged that he improved physically and did play him. [Mario] appreciates this thing, he is very well in Milan and is already in love with the society, the city, the whole environment. He’s very glad that he trains with a good young coach like Montella from whom he can learn a lot.”

“Right now we do not talk [with Chelsea], we see later what happens. Today it is important that he continues to play well and help the team. He must use all the opportunities that Montella gives. He should think about doing well in Milan and then at the end of the season we will evaluate what to do with Chelsea and with the Rossoneri.”

“As I said, he is in love with Milan; this makes you realize what is the intention of Pašalić. Clearly he is aware of what Milan means in world football history. For him to be part of this society as a player is a great honor. Galliani is a great relationship, is a great friend, we hope that things will continue well with Pašalić.”

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