Niang hoping for long Milan career

AC Milan striker M'baye Niang is enjoying his time at the club and reveals, if it were up to him, he'd stay there for the next decade.

Niang joined Milan from Caen as an 18-year-old in 2012 and initially struggled to break into the first team before consecutive loan spells at Montpellier and Genoa.

However, the young French striker seems to be finding his feet this season and even scored a brace to lead the club to a 4-1 win over Sampdoria last month.

"If it was up to me, there would be no problems. I see myself in this team for a long time, even for 10 years," he told Courier dello Sport.

"I never had doubts. I wanted to move back to Milan because I feel part of this club. I accepted to join Genoa on loan because I wanted to prove that I was somebody for Milan.

"I'm a center forward, I can eventually play as a second striker. If I could choose, I would always play with two forwards next to me. But it's up to the coach to decide. I thank Gasperini who gave me the chance to play continuously."

Niang revealed he has a great respect for compatriot Paul Pogba, who plies his trade at Juventus, and says he would like to reach a similar level.

"We know each other very well, and we have played many times together in the youth teams of the national team. He has done better than me, I would like to reach his levels. I'm a more offensive player, but I also fight away from the box," he concluded.