Recent AC Milan arrival Keisuke Honda admits that he has not yet been produced his best form for his new club, claiming he is currently only at "50 percent".
The Japan international, who joined the Rossoneri from CSKA Moscow at the start of the month, made his first Serie A start Sunday, as Clarence Seedorf's side beat Verona 1-0 thanks to a Mario Balotelli penalty.
Honda, who had featured on two previous occasions for Milan, was replaced midway through the second half of the game at San Siro and was the first to concede that he has yet to hit top form.
“I'd say I am just at 50 percent of my level of play,” the attacking midfielder told reporters after the win over Verona. “I still have to improve my game quality, but it was nice to be able to win this match. We had some problems in controlling the ball, so we have to further improve in this regard and also in being able to score more.
"I think we will face more and more opponents who will defend and try to get a goal on the break. To win against these teams will improve our game, though. We train for this.”
However, for the moment, Honda's aim is to build up a rapport with new boss Seedorf, who replaced Massimiliano Allegri as Milan coach last week.
“We communicate well in English," he said of the Dutchman. "We just have to take a little more time to talk about the type of football that he wants to play and what they expect from me."
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