Samuel Chukwueze hopes to score ‘more goals’ for Milan fans but is aware Stefano Pioli ‘can’t put on the bench’ Christian Pulisic, who has been impressive for the Rossoneri in 2023-24.

The Nigeria international scored his first Serie A goal on Sunday in a 3-1 win over Hellas Verona at the Stadio Bentegodi.

“I am really happy. I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time,” the Nigerian winger told DAZN as quoted by Milannews.

“These first few months were not easy, but I’ve continued to work hard. Winning was important, and I want to keep scoring to help the team.

“I must continue working hard because they signed me to score goals. I trust the coach and his plans for me. I just need to remain focused and continue working hard.”

What Chukwueze said after scoring first Serie A goal

Chukwueze was asked to describe his first months at Milan.

“They were not easy as who plays in my position [Pulisic] is doing well and scoring many goals,” he replied smiling.

The coach can’t put him on the bench, but I continue to work. Today’s goal means a lot to my confidence. I must continue to work and be focused on the future.”

Pulisic scored in Milan’s last four games including Sunday’s win in Verona. The USMNT captain has netted 12 goals across all competitions with the Rossoneri this term.

Lastly, Chukwueze sent a message to Milan fans: “Thanks, I hope to score more goals for you.”

Chukwueze and Pulisic stats this season

Chukwueze joined Milan from Villarreal in a €20m deal last summer, but prior to today’s match, he had only scored two goals in 22 appearances across all competitions. Both his goals came in Champions League matches, including one away at Newcastle in December 2023.

Pulisic, on the other hand, has already bagged 12 goals in 39 matches across all competitions, setting a new personal record for goals scored in a single campaign.

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