Japan boss and former AC Milan coach Alberto Zaccheroni is expecting Keisuke Honda to make a big impact when he dons the famous Rossoneri shirt next year.
Honda will move to San Siro in January when his CSKA Moscow contract expires and the attacking midfielder could play a big part in reinvigorating a team that has faltered domestically so far this campaign.
“I’m convinced that he is a player who will be admired. He is physically strong, has excellent technique and great personality," Zaccheroni said to Radio Anch’Io Lo Sport. “I bossed Milan for three years and I know how much a player’s character is important in such a setup.”
It has been confirmed that Honda will wear the number 10 shirt for Milan, with the game at Sassuolo on January 12 expected to be his debut.
Zaccheroni went on to speak about Honda’s World Cup preparations and hopes his efforts between now and the end of the season will ensure the 27-year-old is in tip-top condition when he heads to Brazil next summer.
“He will need these months before the end of the season to prepare in the best way for the World Cup," the Italian said.
Honda’s new club was drawn with Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last 16 Monday, but the Japanese international will be ineligible to compete in Europe this season following his appearances for CSKA Moscow in the competition.