The enigmatic striker is happy to be a Rossoneri player again, but one of his new team-mates has warned there’s a long road ahead
Carlos Bacca believes new AC Milan arrival Mario Balotelli “has a lot of work to do” to be up to speed with his fellow forwards.
Colombia international Bacca scored his first goal for the club during Milan’s 2-1 victory over Empoli on Saturday following his €30 million switch from Sevilla and will be hoping to find his stride quickly.
But he already has plenty of competition for a starting place at San Siro, with Balotelli joining Bacca and Luiz Adriano as the third new attacking recruit when he returned on loan from Anfield on Thursday.
Bacca acknowledges that head coach Sinisa Mihajlovic has decisions to make on who will be regular starters between himself, Luiz Adriano and Balotelli.
“There’s healthy competition in attack and the important thing is that it benefits Milan,” he told Mediaset Premium.
“Mario has been here for a few days and has a lot of work to do, then Mihajlovic will decide whether to play with two or three strikers.”
Saturday’s defeat of Empoli saw Milan register their first points of the season after losing 2-0 at Fiorentina last time out and, although their quality ultimately shone through in the end, Bacca feels they must improve.
“We played this game with the right attitude, but we must improve the quality of our football,” he added. “Empoli put in a great performance and really pressured us on the ball, but fortunately we were able to win.”