Former academy director sends Milan a warning over young midfielder: “He will be the next Locatelli”

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan have been warned by their former head of youth that selling Tommaso Pobega this summer could be a big mistake.

There have been reports that interest in Pobega is growing after a positive experience in Serie B with Pordenone and a good spell last season with Spezia, showing that the 21-year-old is on a growth path which could mean he is ready for a top team soon.

Daniele Longo reported on Twitter that Atalanta are keen on signing Pobega once the transfer window opens, but in addition to La Dea, both Sampdoria and Hellas Verona have set their sights on the Italy U21 international.

Speaking to the microphones of La Gazzetta dello Sport, the former head of the youth sector for Milan – Mauro Bianchessi – spoke about Pobega and admitted Atalanta would be a good fit for the young midfielder, who is destined to become the ‘next Locatelli’.

“With Gasperini, Pobega would make the leap in quality. Anyone who signs him makes a big hit. To think that at Milan the first two years he played little, but I urged him not to give up,” he said (via MilanNews).

“He is like that, hard-headed. After the European Championships he will also impose himself in the national team. He will be the next Locatelli. I’m sure.”

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14 Comments

  1. RF says:

    Couldnt agree more! Did you hear this Maldini?

  2. nyr2k2 says:

    It is too bad, Elliott has clearly given Maldini a mandate to win while also balancing the books. They can only accomplish this by selling young players to buy more established players. It’s unfortunate. I was hoping the UCL qualification would change things but no. Milan will regret these moves in a few years.

    1. sheva7 says:

      @nyr2k2
      Stop damage controlling Maldini. He is the first one that needs to go. He’s the one who appointed fodder Pioli who hates talented players like Hauge and has a fetish for bad players like Krunic.

  3. Stephen says:

    Pls and pls maldini don’t sell pobega give him a chance, over the mistake of locatelli and pesssini you don’t learn something haba naw

  4. SHEHU ILIYASU ABDURRAHIM says:

    Sailing this guy is crazy. We have to learn from our mistake. Locatelli and pasina example

  5. Zymotix says:

    This management just want to give more space and minute play to krunic. With krunic and castillejo in the team showing to the world , who we are?
    It’s new Milan ,mediocre team with big history. Same thing that happen to Arsenal under Gazidis .for maldini would be better If he just stay at home become milan legend not technical director

    1. TheOne says:

      Are you really comparing Arsenal with Milan? Arsenal had one thing one year. Before that and after that they are identical to Tottenham, big losers.

  6. Shal says:

    Keep Hauge and Pobega. Or dry loan them. Or put a buy-back. It is a total disaster how we give away our talents for nothing and then end up with ‘Number 10 wanted’.
    Sell someone else. The list of useless players is still pretty long. Cut other expenses like marketing or whatever. Do something!

  7. I am Forzza says:

    If there was an experienced president in Milan Gasperini and instead of Maldini, Milan would know what kind of player he has. But not Maldini and Massara made a mistake in life because they let Donnarumma and Colllhanoglu go, now they want to sell a very talented player like Pobega. That’s how only amateurs do it.

  8. Moon says:

    We all know Pobega is a future top player. Wake up Maldini and Massara !

  9. olas says:

    Fools Maldini and masara

  10. caleb says:

    I wish I was not a Milan fan…Why we make dumb decisions again and again..like fools who never learn from their mistake…Just because of the present we are selling of the future..trusting a guy like Pioli we are selling these young stars …for sure I don’t see Milan winning anything at least for next two years especially with Pioli as manager and his best friends like krunic, Samu, leao and our legend Maldini he is a good player but if he gonna sell this young talent ..that bad and destroying the future of the club..better sell his son

    1. sheva7 says:

      I agree with everything except the last part. Daniel Maldini is actually even more talented than Pobega.
      But just like Pobega, Hauge etc. he’s suffering under Pioli never getting any playing time.

      He’s excellent as AM(much better than Shitnoglu) or Left Winger and has the physical tools as well has his inherited tackling ability from his Paolo and Cesare to do very well in midfield and defense too but the few chances he got he was employed as Centre-Forward which he’s not.

      I feel bad for him. He deserves more playing time and instead he’ll eventually be loaned without getting any serious chance.
      He doesn’t deserve this treatment just like Hauge or Pobega don’t imo.

    2. sheva7 says:

      I agree with everything except the last part.
      Daniel might be even more talented than Pobega.
      He’s excellent as AM and Left Wing and he also has the physical tool as well as tackling ability(runs in the Maldini family) to do well in midfield and defense too but the few chances he got he mostly played as a striker which he’s not.

      He is getting just as punished as Hauge and Pobega by this shithead bald fraud Pioli.

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