Honda wants to stay at Milan next season

Kyodo

Keisuke Honda made it clear on Sunday that he wants to remain at AC Milan next season.

“A lot of people will leave a club solely for individual reasons,” Honda said, after putting in a full shift during Milan’s 3-0 victory over Torino. “But if I’m wanted for next season, I want to stay here.”

Milan, in its first year under Filippo Inzaghi, is 10th in the table, 37 points behind champion Juventus with one game left of the season.

A huge shake-up at the San Siro is being talked about for the summer, with both Inzaghi and Honda said to be on Milan’s list of expendables.

Honda started his second campaign well, scoring six goals early on, but he has not found the net in Serie A since Oct. 19.

The Japan striker knows full well that if he wants to make the grade next season, he will have to be more productive. Honda created Milan’s second on Sunday, Giampaolo Pazzini’s penalty that was sandwiched by a double from Stephan El Shaarawy.

“If you don’t score you can’t survive,” Honda said. “Only those who know how to win at world level are wanted here. The real competition for places will begin.

“I was getting the ball more often because I think people know now that I can hold it up.”