Tonali admits he is lacking match fitness but sends message: “I am getting back to my best shape”

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan midfielder Sandro Tonali has claimed that he is getting back to his ‘best shape’ after a difficult preseason.

The Rossoneri pulled off one of the coups of the summer when they secured the signing of Tonali from Brescia on a season-long loan deal with an option to buy worth €25m plus bonuses.

However, it would be fair to say that supporters are yet to see the best of the 20-year-old Italy international, who had his medical delayed after testing positive for Coronavirus and therefore had start to life at Milanello delayed somewhat.

Nonetheless, head coach Stefano Pioli is now starting to gradually ease him into things and get more minutes in his legs, and he has started both of Milan’s Europa League victories namely the 3-1 win over Celtic and the 3-0 win over Sparta Praha tonight.

Tonali spoke to Sky Italia after the game, and revealed his belief that he is finally approaching his optimum condition having had his preseason preparations effected.

“It’s never easy to come back after a month at home, especially into a Milan side that is riding the crest of a wave. I feel that I am getting back to my best shape,” he said (via MilanNews).

“The Milan jersey is heavy, but in general I am lacking some match fitness, so these games are very good for me and the team to find our feet. It’s never easy to win, especially 3-0, so we are happy.”

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