It would be fair to say that it has not been the easiest of seasons for Alessio Romagnoli due to a number of different reasons.
As MilanNews writes, Romagnoli started the 2020-21 season from the treatment table due to the muscular problems he had to face, namely a calf issue that forced him to stay out of action for 87 days. Despite that setback, he and Simon Kjaer quickly became a certainty at centre-back, but more injury problems, poor form and the arrival of Fikayo Tomori seem to have questioned the captain’s future.
The report mentions how for a top club it is necessary to have at least four central defenders of absolute quality available in the squad, as injuries this season have shown. Tomori’s performance seems to be almost certain, and in spite of his struggles Romagnoli is well regarded by the management, and paired with the Englishman he could constitute a high-level defensive pairing for the Milan of the future.
Romagnoli enjoys the total confidence of Pioli, who knows that the more important players you have in the same roles the better, especially if we take into account that breaks for the experienced Kjaer. For a club that aspires to play every three days, hopefully in the Champions League, quality depth is key.
Romagnoli has a contract that will expire on 30 June 2022 and the renewal negotiations – led by Mino Raiola – seem anything but a formality. La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that to sign an extension the request is around €6 million net per season, practically double his current salary, a figure that is difficult to imagine Milan paying.