LIVE MN – Vranckx: “Amazing AC Milan, I will do everything in my power to deserve this opportunity. Kessie’s legacy? I’m ready” friends, welcome to the Milanello press room. Soon, Aster Franks, the new signing of Milan, will speak at the conference and then be presented to the press: the Belgian arrived in the summer from Wolfsburg on an expensive loan with the right to redemption set at 12 million euros, yesterday he made his Milan debut in Serie A against Sampdoria. Stay with us and our live text so you don’t miss the statements of the young Rossoneri midfielder.

2:00 p.m. – The Aster Franks press conference begins.

You wanted Milan as badly as Milan wanted you so badly. What did Milan like as a symbol during your young career? “For me, AC Milan is a great club that has made football history, with many great players from the past. I am now here and I will train as best I can until I deserve this opportunity.”

Last season you worked as Van Bommel’s coach, how important is he to you as a midfielder? Did he talk to you about Milan? “I learned a lot from him, he had a great career. He gave me advice to help me, it was a great experience.”

Feelings and emotions in yesterday’s debut against Sampdoria: “It was tough minutes, we were 10. I went in with the mindset of running as much as there was to run to help my teammates. I did my best, it was a great feeling.”

Do you have a role model, player that you inspire? “When I was young, but until now, I have been watching Moussa Dembele. There are many good players, but Moussa Dembele is one of those whom I have always sought with respect and admiration.”

On the interview with Pioli at the end of the match and his relationship with the coach: “What we said stays between me and him, it was tactical issues. He always tries to give me advice and help me understand Milan’s way of playing.”

What surprised you the most in the first weeks of Milan? “It was a pleasure to be part of this team. The facilities are at the top, they help and motivate me to do more and more.”

Have you heard of any fellow Belgian before coming to Milan this summer? “I know Saelemaekers and Divock Origi from the national team, then I have known De Ketelaere for a long time and called him: they gave me many positive opinions.”

Where do you like to play? “If I play in midfield, I’m happy, and I like to play in defense even if it’s more advanced.”

How important is it to know that Milan focus so much on youth? “It was one of the main reasons why I came here. I really wanted to be a part of being here, I see there are young talents growing well and last year they were also in the Champions League.”

Do you feel ready to take on Casey’s legacy? “I think I came here with desire, determination, and a desire to show what I can do. I’m always positive, and I’m ready.”

How easy was it for a footballer with international experience like you to blend in in last night’s tough match against Sampdoria? “We had to stay united, push and defend together. We had to give our lives not to give up on goals, I got in with that mentality and that’s what we did.”

In a year’s time, why should AC Milan replace the Aster Franks to become such an integral part of the project? “I think about working hard every day in training, when I have the opportunity to play I will try to make the most of it.”

On his ability to press and recover balls: “That’s definitely one of my qualities, which is to intercept balls forward.”

14.17 – Frank’s lecture ends here.