Bennacer sends defiant message amid COVID-19 pandemic: “Keep your head up high”

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan midfielder Ismael Bennacer has urged everyone to keep their heads high as the world continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

The death toll from coronavirus continued to rise on Sunday, as Italy announced that 651 more people have died, bringing its total to 5,476 – an increase of 13.5 percent but down from Saturday’s figure of 793.

Football is suspended at the moment both in terms of training and matches, and some players have been using their influence to preach the importance of following government advice and sticking together through these tough times.

Bennacer sent in a video message to BeIN Sports, and his words were transcribed by il Corriere dello Sport.

“I hope you are all well in this delicate situation we are experiencing,” he said (via MilanLive).

“We must all be united, only in this way will we emerge stronger, this applies to the whole world. You have to keep your head up high, for my part I continue with training to keep fit, and I take care of the family.”

All the training at home will never replace the emotions of a real match or even being on the field at Milanello, feelings that Bennacer can’t wait to return to.

“I train 2-3 times a day if I can, but I miss the field so much. It will be even better when we return to this fantastic crowd. Thank you all, take care of yourself and we will remain united,” he said.

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