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Romagnoli: “I hope to play 200 more games at Milan – if not more, my dream is to become the strongest of all and to win and be remembered as a winner”

Alessio Romagnoli throughout Milan-Lille at Stadio San Siro on December 3, 2020. (Spada LaPresse)

Alessio Romagnoli spoke to Sky Italia to rejoice his two hundredth look at Milan, discussing his previous, current and future.

Simon Kjær obtained injured in the first 10 minutes of the sport towards Celtic final night time, so coach Stefano Pioli despatched Captain Romagnoli onto the pitch.

Final night time’s sport, which Milan managed to win 4-2 regardless of being 2-0 behind, marked Romagnoli’s two hundredth look for the Rossoneri. To rejoice the event, the 25-year-old Diavolo captain had a particular interview with Sky (as reported by Milannews.it):

On 200 games in Purple and Black: “200 matches imply many issues, I see them as a place to begin and not as a level of arrival. I hope to play 200 more games, if not more. I’m all the time proud to be the Milan captain and I’ll all the time give my finest in each match.”

On Roma: “I owe a lot to Roma, a lot. They took me as a child and raised me, I owe a lot to Zdeněk Zeman, and he needed me in the first staff once I was very younger. It was a actually good expertise.”

Alessio Romagnoli celebrating with Nicolás Burdisso and Francesco Totti throughout Roma-Genoa at Stadio Olimpico on March 3, 2013. (@imagoimages)

On his first aim in Serie A towards Genoa in 2013: “My aim was very emotional, then going to hug Francesco Totti was improbable.”

On the previous as a fullback with Rudi Garcia: “I really feel like a central defender. At 18 years of age I may not say no to enjoying as a fullback. I did nicely sufficient, it was an necessary expertise for me and an necessary step in my profession.”

On the expertise at Sampdoria with Mihajlović: “I keep in mind Sampdoria with nice emotion, Miha was crucial for me. I’ve to thank him as a result of he needed me strongly at Sampdoria and Milan, he spent a lot of cash for me and he made me play even once I was making some errors.”

Alessio Romagnoli holding a Milan jersey after signing the contract on August 11, 2015. (@imagoimages)

On the arrival at Milan: “I stated ‘sure’ at the first second, a name from the coach was sufficient. All the relaxation was achieved by Galliani and by my former agent. Milan means Champions, trophies, and victories, I’ve all the time felt half of a household. I arrived very younger and I’ve been right here for six years and I can’t ask for something higher, it was love at first sight.”

On Nest and the #13: “Nesta for me is the nice defender in historical past, Italian and not solely. The #13 was accessible, I felt I may take it, with out issues, very evenly.”

On the win in the Supercoppa Italiana in 2016: “The primary trophy is by no means forgotten, over the years we may have received different ones like the Coppa Italia last we misplaced in further time. I misplaced three finals, I hope to make up for it in the subsequent few years. The primary trophy, nevertheless, was crucial.”

Alessio Romagnoli throughout a press convention at the King Abdullah Sports activities Metropolis Stadium in Jeddah on January 15, 2019, a day earlier than the Supercoppa Italiana last towards Juventus. (FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP by way of Getty Photos)

On Montella and Gattuso: “I used to be sorry for Vincenzo’s firing however soccer goes like this. Then Rino arrived, he’s a ‘actual individual’ like Siniša, a actual man. With him got here the outcomes and the satisfactions, it was a actually elementary yr for us. That Milan was the mirror of its coach, a Milan all the time prepared to battle.”

On the objectives in the final minute in 2018 towards Udinese and Genoa: “These objectives have been necessary, they got here in tough conditions and allowed us to keep in the wake of the Champions League even if it ended prefer it did… these have been two of the finest moments of my profession thus far.”

Alessio Romagnoli celebrating throughout Udinese-Milan at Stadio Friuli on November 4, 2018. (Picture by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Photos)

On the captain’s armband: “We have been on tour in America, Gattuso touched my arm and I instantly stated ‘sure’. Convey Captain of such a superb staff at 23 can solely be a supply of satisfaction. Few folks put on the Milan armband, the strongest in the world have worn it and it’s a push to do higher and higher.”

On Pioli: “He is one of us. An individual who does issues in a group, he needed a lot that this group may develop. We should not cease, we’re at the starting, nothing is written. We should be good at taking benefit of the second and doing the very best.”

On Ibrahimović: “He added starvation for victories, mentality and objectives that we have been lacking in the starting.”

On the Scudetto: “Our goal is and will stay the Champions League, the league marketing campaign is nonetheless lengthy, and it is nonetheless too early to make predictions. We play each sport to the most to attain the Champions League, then let’s see…”

On his character: “Off the pitch I’m very calm, even timid. I like to maintain issues inside, I’ve all the time maintained the similar friendships however in Milano I discovered my ideally suited setting.”

On his future: “I really feel nice at Milan, it was love at first sight. I’m very completely satisfied in Milano, I’ve a contract till 2022 and there is nonetheless a good distance to go and then we’ll see. As lengthy as I keep right here I’ll all the time give my finest.”

On his private goal: “My dream is to become the strongest of all, to win and to be remembered as a winner. Each play works for this. I purpose to be a winner and to win as a lot as doable.”

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