Calhanoglu hit back at Zlatan Ibrahimovic and appeared to criticise Inter boss Simone Inzaghi, saying that his wrong subs during the last Milan derby in Serie A caused the Nerazzurri’s defeat. He later clarified, insisting that he has never accused his coach.
“Evidently, some of my words were misinterpreted by some sections of the media,” he said.
“I never criticised any coach, let alone Mister Inzaghi, who I consider to be a great coach and one who strongly wanted me at Inter, putting his faith in me.
“If my teammates and I had a great season and won two trophies, a lot of that is down to him.”
Calhanoglu also hit back at Ibrahimovic, who had taunted him during Milan title celebrations in May. The Swede had incited Milan fans to insult his former teammate during an open bus parade, telling them to ‘send a message to Hakan.’
As a reply, they had started singing unpleasant chants against the mother of the Turkey midfielder.
According to Gazzetta and Alfredo Pedullà, Calhanoglu informed Inter about the interview, but the club still didn’t like it, so the Turkey midfielder could be fined.
Calhanoglu joined the Nerazzurri on a free transfer from Milan one year ago and managed seven goals and 13 assists in 34 Serie A appearances in 2021-22. His contract at the Stadio Meazza runs out in June 2024.
— Alfredo Pedullà (@AlfredoPedulla) June 23, 2022