Calabria opens up about ‘tough’ season with Milan: “I had to roll up my sleeves”

By Isak Möller -

Just a few months ago, Davide Calabria seemed destined to leave Milan after spending a majority of last season on the bench. However, despite Diogo Dalot’s arrival from Man Utd, he managed to work his back.

Andrea Conti was the undisputed starter last term and Stefano Pioli didn’t give many minutes to the alternatives. Then the former suffered a serious injury and suddenly the situation changed, so much that Calabria became the undisputed one.

The transfer rumours vanished as the 23-year-old played better and better, re-earning the trust of the fans. In an interview with Sky Italia (via MilanNews), the right-back opened up about the tough period and what he did to get off it.

“I went through a tough period, I had to get out of it by myself. I had to roll up my sleeves and work. I think this other positive period is a reward for the sacrifices I made, I hope to continue as I’m doing with Milan and reach the Euros.”

“Pioli? I spoke to the coach several times to establish a human relationship that was then established between us, it’s essential for a team to create a positive relationship because it is then reflected on the pitch.

“Now everyone gives everything for each other, in the period in which unfortunately the coach wasn’t with us, we gave everything to try to make him happy and we succeeded. Now we are even more pleased that he is back,” he continued.

It’s clear that Calabria, who grew up in the Rossoneri academy, wants to remain at the club and win trophies. As he stated himself in the interview, this is simply the starting point of what he wants to achieve.

“The future? It’s certainly an objective to continue with this shirt, I have always said that it’s an honour to be here, I have grown up there since I was a child. What I’ve done so far is just a starting point,” he concluded.

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