AC Milan defender Matteo Gabbia has discussed life in lockdown and realising his ‘dream’ of playing for the Rossoneri.
Italy continues to be at the centre of the battle against Coronavirus. As Sky News notes, the death toll in Italy accounts for more than a third of the total number worldwide, as the total number of dead is now 10,779.
For the time being football has understandably taken a back seat as the country aims to get to grips with the pandemic, with no training for a couple of weeks now and players instead doing their own workout routines from home.
Gabbia spoke to Sky Italia about the current emergency, and his words were transcribed by MilanNews.
“I am fine, both me and my family and this is the most important thing. From a sporting point of view I am sorry for this stop because I was experiencing an exciting period,” he said.
“I hope to return soon to experience certain emotions. Now I am trying to keep myself trained. A happy moment had come for me, I was playing continuously and I’m happy about that.”
Indeed, due to the injuries sustained by Mateo Musacchio and Simon Kjaer, the 20-year-old had found consistent playing time after making his senior debut for Milan.
Towards the end of last month he even put pen to paper on a new four-year deal with the club which will see him stay until 2024.
“It has always been my dream to play for AC Milan,” Gabbia continued.
“Wearing this shirt gives me great emotions. The thrust that you get from playing for your favourite team is unique. I hope to have many more years wearing this shirt.”