CM: Caldara could be named in UCL squad at Pellegrino’s expense – the explanation

By Oliver Fisher -

In a bizarre paradox, AC Milan could name Mattia Caldara in their Champions League squad list despite the fact they were actively trying to offload him all summer. recall that the defensive department did not undergo much change for Milan in the summer with Matteo Gabbia and Fode Ballo-Touré leaving and only Marco Pellegrino arriving.

One player who the club were attempting to sell but instead remained with the Rossoneri is Caldara who, however, unlike the other players outside the plans could actually serve an important purpose.

Milan have decided to reinstate him in the squad by inserting him in the list of 25 players available in Serie A. Caldara is in fact one of the four ‘homegrown’ players, i.e. he came through an Italian academy.

Caldara, Marco Sportiello, Alessandro Florenzi and Antonio Mirante make up the four players required, while in addition to Davide Calabria and Tommaso Pobega, Lapo Nava, Davide Bartesaghi and Kevin Zeroli have been added to the Milan-trained list.

By today the sqyad list for the Champions League group stages will need to be named and, just like for Serie A, Caldara could be named. Unlike Serie A, however, his selection could mean someone like Marco Pellegrino misses out.

Tags AC Milan Mattia Caldara


  1. I think I’m okay with that, if it means we can put full squad for the CL – Pellegrini is young anyway and I think playing him in CL is too risky. Better let him play some minutes in Coppa and against weaker opposition in Serie A.

  2. “Caldara, Marco Sportiello, Alessandro Florenzi and Antonio Mirante make up the four players required”

    A little correction: the quota is not required to be filled, not filling 1 association homegrown quota simply means we can only have 24 players on list A (4 club homegrown + 3 association homegrown + 17 unrestricted), no additional penalty. As he ended up staying, might as well have him use the open quota.

  3. Such a shame that Caldara injuries ruined his career. I had high hopes for him but he suffered 2 of the worst injuries an athlete can have, an ACL and Achilles rupture.
    Same goes for Andrea Conti.
    From all the players Mirabelli signed that summer, Conti was my favorite. What could have been. Theo on one side, Conti on the other

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