Former AC Milan midfielder Demetrio Albertini has said that Sandro Tonali is a modern player who is important to Milan.
Speaking whilst on Sky Sport 24 (via Milan News), Albertini showed how highly he thinks of Tonali who has become a key player for the Rossoneri towards the back end of the current campaign.
Because he came through at Brescia, many people initially compared Tonali to Andrea Pirlo but Albertini thinks that comparison is premature: “Everyone compared him to Pirlo, but Pirlo is unreachable for me.”
He then passed comment on the suggestion that Tonali is similar to himself. He also refuted that comparison, saying: “The comparison with me? He is a modern player, I was more static, he is also good at getting forward.
“I only went into the box to take penalties, football has changed compared to my time.”
Tonali is coming to the end of his second season as a Milan player and his first did not go as many had hoped.
Albertini recognises this but feels he can now do great things in a Rossoneri shirt given how important he has become.
“Tonali is an important player for Milan, after a first year with some difficulties he left aside his shyness and now I wish him to write important pages with the Milan shirt”.
Albertini made 293 appearances for Milan between 1988 and 2002, managing to score 21 times.