Milan star thanks teammate after netting hat-trick in Europa

Europa League By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 15/09/2017

Milan star thanks teammate after netting hat-trick in Europa

Andre Silva has thanked his AC Milan teammates after scoring a hat-trick in the club's 5-1 win over Austria Vienna on Thursday evening.

The 21-year old Portugal international was in inspired form in the Rossoneri's Europa League opener, while Hakan Calhanoglu and Suso also got on target.

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Silva's three-goal haul at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion has made him the first Milan player to score a European hat-trick since Kaka in 2006.

"It was my first start in the Europa League, I got a hat-trick and am very grateful to my teammates. We put in a great performance," Silva told Sky Sports News.

"I felt good alongside [Nikola] Kalinic. I'm happy to be part of this squad and get along with all my teammates, as we give our best for each other.

 "The coach [Vincenzo Montella] will decide if I am ready to start in Serie A. I work hard and we are all fighting for the same team objective."

Milan host Croatian giants Rijeka in San Siro in the Europa League Group B encounter on September 28.