Calhanoglu arrived last summer from Bayer Leverkusen.
“I made my first trip to Milan by plane," Calhanoglu recalled, speaking to Forza Milan.
“I was thinking about a new style of football, my new club and my new teammates. It's a big change coming to a club like Milan, a club with great history.
“As I went to Milanello I was thinking about the great champions who had been there, like [Paolo] Maldini or [Gennaro] Gattuso, my head was buzzing.
“It wasn't easy to make an impact straight away because we were living in a hotel, and also because of the language. Talking and communicating with my teammates wasn't easy.
“Now I'm happy, I understand the others and I can talk to them. I like the Italian culture, it reminds me of Turkey.
“After being banned for four months I needed to play a bit to get in to the right physical condition.
“It's difficult if you can't communicate though and Montella didn't speak English, only Italian.
“Obviously I know football, I know what position I have to take up on the pitch and how to behave during the game, but I need to feel the support of a Coach who talks to me.
“Gattuso gave me a lot of confidence because he really helps me and communicates with me. He's always told me to free my mind and focus on football.
“He believed in the qualities I had and said that by doing that the results would come."