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Milan legend Shevchenko dubs Piatek his successor

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Andriy Shevchenko has anointed Krzysztof Piatek as his successor at Milan stating he has incredible instinct and scored goals of a great striker.

Piatek has scored nine goals in his opening nine appearances for Milan since his €35m switch from Genoa in January, prompting comparisons with Shevchenko.

The Polish striker has become one of the fans favourite because of his prolific nature in front of goal which has seen Milan stake a claim in the top-four race in Serie A.

“He’s my heir,” the Ukraine national team manager, who scored 175 goals for the Rossoneri, told Sport Mediaset.

“He has an incredible instinct in front of goal and scored goals of a great striker.

“He shoots well with both feet and is good with his head. He’s helping Milan a lot.”

However, the Pole failed to save the Diavolo from a derby defeat to Inter before the international break.

“I saw the game. Milan had some chances towards the end and the match could’ve ended as a draw,” added the 42-year-old.

“Milan are still fully on course for the Champions League. I think they’ll qualify.”

MILAN, ITALY – JANUARY 26: Krzysztof Piatek (R) of AC Milan is challenged by Kalidou Koulibaly (L) of SSC Napoli during the Serie A match between AC Milan and SSC Napoli at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 26, 2019, in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

The Rossoneri will need Piatek to be firing from all cylinders till the end of the campaign in order to secure a Champions League ticket.