The 21-year-old has impressed this campaign, attracting interest from several of Serie A’s top clubs who are keen to land him from parent club Udinese.
While a return to the Zebrette come season’s end is certain, Zielinski insists his only focus is on performing well against Milan at the Stadio Carlo Castellani.
How happy would you be to score against Milan?
“I’ve already scored against them in the Primavera via a freekick. It was against Filippo Inzaghi’s side, which included Bryan Cristante and Andrea Petagna, and we won 3-1 in 2013. I would like to score another, whichever way I can.”
You’ve played 1541 minutes out of a possible 1800, scoring a goal against Genoa to go along with four assists.
“Everyone has shown faith in me, but I can still improve. I want to score five goals and create 10 assists. I have a lot riding on the next five months.”
Those five months could have a large say on your Serie A future and you being at the Euros with Poland.
“Yes it could have a big impact on my career.”
However you will be returning to Udinese.
“Yes, my immediate future will be with Udinese but I’m happy here with Empoli.”
However a big club could step in.
“I would like to join Juventus or Roma, however I was happy to hear of interest from Napoli.”
At Napoli you would meet up with Maurizio Sarri who reinvented you as a central midfielder.
“I must thank him. I was a trequartista, but I’ve learned a lot in terms of defence under Marco Giampaolo. Riccardo Saponara’s presence could have caused problems for me but it has proven to be a good thing. I cost Udinese €100,000 but who knows what my value will be after the Euros. That depends on me.”
You didn’t really play under Francesco Guidolin at Udinese.
“An injury during the summer resulted in some issues. However Guidolin helped me debut in Serie A and we won eight straight matches with him, though I did see the bench a lot.”
That worried Polish Football Association President Zbigniew Boniek.
“He didn’t know why I wasn’t playing. Now he is hoping I will play at the Euros.”
Who are some of your idols?
“I like Santi Cazorla, along with Mesut Ozil and Miralem Pjanic, but Zinedine Zidane is the best of them all.”
Who is the Zidane of current Empoli side?
“Massimo Maccarone, though I’ve forged a great friendship with Manuel Pucciarelli.”
What do you want to say to Empoli fans, who know they won’t be seeing you past the summer?
“That I’m not focused on my future right now. My only concern is earning three points against Milan.”