M’Baye Niang believes AC Milan is a better team than Juventus heading into the new season.
The Rossoneri finished two places and 15 points behind the Serie A champions Bianconeri in 2012-13 but the 18-year-old, who joined San Siro last summer, wants to help usurp the back-to-back Scudetto winners this campaign.
"We hope to do better than Juventus [this season]. I think we are better, but let’s see what happens. We can achieve great things," he told reporters. "I want to stay at Milan for as long as possible. I am working for the new season and I will 100 percent stay with Milan. I have to do my job, score goals and grow as a player.
"Massimiliano Allegri tells me I am young and need to keep working to improve. We have a great rapport."
Niang has set specific goals for himself as he looks to play a bigger role in Milan's first team, including challenging the likes of Mario Balotelli in attack.
The Frenchman added: "I work hard because I want to become stronger than Balotelli. He gives me a lot of advice, as do Kevin-Prince Boateng and Philippe Mexes. I can play as a center forward or support striker, as long as I get to play."