Krzysztof Piatek has been the talk of Serie A ever since he established himself as a prolific goal-scorer last season.
The Polish striker scored 19 goals for Genoa and 11 for AC Milan, taking his total to 30 goals in his debut season of Italy’s top flight.
He admitted to Gazzetta that he could not have hoped for a better start to his career in Italy.
The 24-year-old outscored his dream strike partner Cristiano Ronaldo by two goals in the league.
“Cristiano Ronaldo and Andriy Shevchenko,” replied Piatek when asked as to which player would make a dream striking partner.
“When I arrived in Italy, who would have thought that I would have scored more than CR7. But I want to improve and become top scorer. I will do everything to succeed.”
Piatek has already made a name for himself at Milan and has been presented with the iconic no9 jersey. He does not believe that the number on the back will burden him with extra pressure.
He added: “Nine is an important number for a striker, all the best have it – [Robert] Lewandowski, [Luis] Suarez, [Karim] Benzema, [Harry] Kane.
“I am happy because the club believed in my qualities, they told me that I should have the shirt, while I said that I would have fought with all my strength to get it, and I did.
“I don’t believe in superstition and this curse. For me, nine is normal, everything will be fine like with 19. It’s not scary to me.”
The two Italian sides meet in the pre-season International Champions Cup in Nanjing and it will be Conte’s first match against his former team since being appointed Inter manager in May.
Conte helped Juve to win three Serie A titles among other titles as boss, while he previously won five as a player with the Bianconeri, as well as the Champions League.
In their first pre-season match in Singapore, Conte’s side were beaten 1-0 by Manchester United thanks to Mason Greenwood’s goal. And the Inter boss admits the English league is the best.
“I think nobody will be upset if I say that the Premier League is the most important league and the most difficult competition to play and to win,” said Conte, who lifted the Premier League title as Chelsea boss.
“There are a lot of competition because there are six teams fighting for the title. I think in England is very difficult to win either the Premier League, the FA Cup or the League Cup.
“The Italian championship is growing back and that’s very important. However, I think right now the Premier League is better than any other tournament.”
AC Milan and city rivals Inter have announced plans to build a new 60,000-seater stadium.
A joint statement released on Wednesday confirmed that a ‘technical and economic feasibility study’ had been filed with city officials, marking the start of a regeneration project that could cost more than €1.2billion.
The ground will be built in an area just metres from the existing San Siro site and it is hoped that the complex could create 3,500 jobs.
The current stadium, opened in 1926, has a capacity of 80,000, making it the largest in Italy. It has been renovated on several occasions and as recently as 2015.
Over the years it has played host to a number of sporting events, including matches at the 1934 and 1990 World Cups and four European Cup finals, along with concerts from performers such as Bob Marley, Michael Jackson and Beyonce.
It is set to host the opening ceremony of the 2026 Winter Olympic Games.
“The choice of AC Milan and FC Internazionale is based on a careful and in-depth analysis, carried out over the last few months,” read the statement.
“Both AC Milan and FC Internazionale are firmly convinced that this is the right path to follow and are thrilled and excited by the project which will give Milan a new landmark of world-class excellence, contributing to the progress already made by the city of Milan over the last few years.”