Ghana star Kevin-Prince Boateng has revealed his frustrations with being on the bench for Sansiro outfit AC Milan.
The 29-year-old midfielder re-joined the Rossoneri in January after he was released by Bundesliga side Schalke 04, but hasn’t made a single Serie A start under manager Sinisa Mihajlovic.
“I have a role that’s a bit different for me,” Boateng told Milan Channel.
“I’ve always been a protagonist and a starter. Personally this is a bit of a difficult period for me, but the team is the most important thing.
“I’m more mature now, I have more experience than before. I’m not saying that’s always an advantage.
“Before I played with a clear head, I didn’t think too much, I just went out there and did what I wanted to do.
“Now maybe I think more, and maybe that holds me back a bit, so I’m looking for a balance of the two things. Before the Derby [with Inter] I thought about what to say to the team for a week.
“I found the squad to be a little uncertain, but it’s normal because they were coming from a period of not winning.
“We’ve grown a lot, now I can see a young team. People say we’re not a team but I can guarantee you that we are.”
Boateng was then asked where he sees himself fitting into Sinisa Mihajlovic’s team.
“For a Coach it’s an advantage to have a player like me, because I can play in different positions.
“The fact that we’re playing without a trequartista holds me back a bit. In a 4-4-2 I can play as a second striker, pivoting around the main striker.
“I’ve talked to the Coach, I told him I’ll even play in goal! I’m fit, I’m at 100 per cent.
“The Coppa Italia final with Juventus? There’s no need for big speeches to prepare for a final. I’ll speak when it’s necessary.
“If they need me, I’ll be there.”