Just as he dreamed of when he was a young boy growing up, Davide Calabria will be the permanent AC Milan captain going into next season.
La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews) recall how Calabria is expected to start for Italy tonight against Germany in Monchengladbach which will push him to 38 appearances for the season for club and country, of which 33 are with Milan and 5 are with Italy. After that he will enjoy a well-earned holiday before reporting for preseason next month.
With Alessio Romagnoli’s farewell virtually certain, Calabria’s journey through the youth teams to carrying the armband full-time will be complete. He has been the vice-captain under Stefano Pioli for a couple of seasons having played 184 matches for the Rossoneri across all competitions, but now it is his for real.
After arriving in the senior team following impressive performances for the Primavera, he conquered a starting spot at right-back and also came through several difficult periods both for the team and his individual performances.
The ascending parable of Calabria can be compared to that of Milan as they have come through struggle to win the league title. Next season the stakes are raised though: in addition to defending the Scudetto, the aim is to go further in the Champions League, and Calabria will be the leader.