It has been a whirlwind few days for young AC Milan defender Matteo Gabbia, who made his league debut for the club on Monday.
In the 44th minute of Monday night’s 1-0 win over Torino, head coach Stefano Pioli was forced into an early change though as Gabbia came on for his Serie A debut, replacing Simon Kjaer who landed awkwardly when clearing a ball for a corner.
Pioli revealed in his post-match interview that Musacchio refused to come on after declaring that he has a problem in his calf.
So with Kjaer and now Musacchio both struggling with muscle discomfort – injuries that tend to be handled carefully to prevent aggravation – there are reports that Gabbia could be in line for his first competitive start for the Diavolo.
Reflecting on a hectic week, the 20-year-old spoke to Sky Italia about his experiences and his plans for the future, and his words were transcribed by MilanNews.
“I am happy but above all focused on the future. I try to keep my feet firmly on the ground and look forward,” he said.
“I thank all those who have spent time to send me a positive message. All this for me is a dream come true, I want to have a very important career at Milan but I think about training session after training session, without worrying myself on the future.”
There are rumours doing the rounds from various outlets suggesting Milan are keen on bringing Thiago Silva back to the club, with the 34-year-old set to depart PSG on a free transfer at present.
“There are many strong players who have written the history of this club have passed to Milan. I remember Maldini but also Thiago Silva and I think they are models from which to try to get something more,” Gabbia continued.
“After seeing Ibrahimovic live, I hope to also see Thiago Silva. It would be wonderful to meet him too.”