Calabria recalls first-team promotion after hitting milestone: “It was something I didn’t expect”

By Isak Möller -

In addition to the squad being very young, Milan also have a few academy products in their side, such as Matteo Gabbia, Lorenzo Colombo and Davide Calabria. The latter recently hit an important milestone for the club. 

As he started against Fiorentina, he made his 100th appearance for the Rossoneri in the league. Of course, a big milestone that any Milan academy player dreams of hitting, and Calabria managed to do so in five years.

In an interview with MilanTV, as cited by MilanNews, the right-back spoke about when he was promoted to the first team by Sinisa Miahjlovic. He also shared his thoughts on the current Rossoneri side and recent success.

On the hundred matches in Serie A with Milan: “It’s very nice, a strong emotion, it’s a source of pride for me, who grew up with this shirt. Such an important goal is not for everyone, a beautiful path, I hope to do many more games.”

On the first day at Milanello: “There is still a photo here, bag on the shoulder, it was beautiful. Going from Vismara to Milanello was still an important step in my career, we were in contact with the first team.”

On the first team: “It was something I didn’t expect, I wasn’t sure I was staying during Mihajlovic’s time. I went on a training camp with them, after doing well the coach spoke to me and told me that I had been confirmed because he was very happy with what I had done.”

On AC Milan in recent years: “It has been a very long path of growth, even the dressing room has changed a lot structurally. In the space of a few years, many things have changed, each coach wanted different things. It’s normal within a team like Milan.”

On the team: “At a time when we are all doing well, it’s essential that there are more players within the squad, it’s no coincidence that we have been doing well for many months. It’s part of the work we have done in this period. It’s a path that we must continue to pursue.”

Pioli tested negative for COVID-19 and missed three games as a result of it, with Daniele Bonera forced to lead the team from the sidelines. Calabria spoke about the matter and revealed that the manager was still very close to the team.

On Pioli: “The coach could not be with us but he stayed very close to us, he called us, he wrote us messages, he video called us with group meetings. He was as close as possible and the team responded well.”

On the setting: “The guys who have been here for the longest time help the new ones to enter a context like Milan, it’s not easy for everyone. The positive period helps to bond further on and off the pitch.”

On relationships: “I have a family that has always been close to me, follows me when I need to, friends who always make themselves heard. I feel close to them, here at Milan it was easy anyway, I felt at home from the first day I wore this shirt.”

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