AC Milan defender Davide Calabria has spoken about how important Milanello is for him and the other players in the squad.
Peppe Di Stefano, the well-known journalist and Milan correspondent for Sky Sport, presented his new book ‘Milanello, the devil’s house: Anecdotes, stories and background of the most successful sports centre in the world’ at the Sheraton Hotel in San Siro this evening.
Calabria spoke to Sky before the presentation of Di Stefano’s book and recalled some of his memories about the training ground, given he is one of the few members of the squad who went through the academy up to the Primavera and then into the first team.
“Milanello is my everyday life, my life. I remember my first time very well. It is a place that has that magic that remains in your heart, you feel the story,” he said (via SempreMilan.it).
“It is always an honour for me to set foot in that sports centre. What do I say to newcomers? I think they understand it from them, many say that Milanello is beautiful because you perceive the history of this fantastic club.”
On what it means to play for Milan: “You understand the importance of wearing this shirt. Milanello is part of the history of the club, it is essential to be a man of depth and then show on the pitch what you can be worth as a player.”
A player he would have liked to play with: “A difficult choice to say who I would like to know more, I would almost like to know them all from the first to the last. Now being able to work with Paolo, one of the most important captains in the history of football is an incredible thing. I grew up with him, as a child I played with his son at Vismara and now working with him is a great emotion.”