Tonali has chosen Milan but I wanted him to join Roma – Cellino

Tonali has chosen Milan but I wanted him to join Roma – Cellino
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Tonali has chosen Milan but I wanted him to join Roma – Cellino

Tonali has chosen Milan however I wished him to affix Roma – Cellino

Sandro Tonali’s transfer to Milan is nearly full however Brescia’s president Massimo Cellino wished him to affix Roma.

Italy worldwide Tonali has been one of many hottest properties in Italian soccer over the previous few years, having damaged into the Brescia crew as a 17-year-old.

A technically gifted midfielder famend for his dribbling and passing talents, Tonali – now 20 – has lengthy been seen as a future star of the Azzurri.

Brescia managed to maintain maintain of Tonali for the 2019-20 season after they had been promoted to Serie A, however their relegation left them helpless to withstand affords.

Cellino beforehand claimed Tonali ignored affords from Barcelona and Manchester United, whereas Inter had additionally tried to prise the expertise away.

However Milan, whom he supported as a baby, look set to win the race for Tonali – although Cellino would have most well-liked to promote him to Roma.

Chatting with Il Messaggero, Cellino mentioned: “Sandro has supported Milan since he was a baby.

“The negotiation with them made me doubly glad – I additionally respect a membership that offers worth to cash.

“[Milan technical director, Paolo] Maldini has Milan DNA and has all of the conditions for turning into an amazing supervisor.

“I might have seen Sandro extra at Roma. It’s an attractive crew, a sizzling metropolis. [Roma vice-president, Mauro] Baldissoni advised me a while in the past that he was their dream, however now I don’t know who’s answerable for their transfers.

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“I had a wonderful relationship with [former president, Franco] Sensi and I do know [former director of football, Walter] Sabatini very properly.

“I really feel very hooked up to Roma. Because of this, after I bought Cagliari, I had the dream of shopping for Roma and rehabilitating it, enhancing its potential by way of my work and my expertise. It remained only a dream.”

The deal for Tonali is rumoured to be an preliminary mortgage price €10million, plus an choice to purchase set at €20m, and given Brescia’s relegation, Cellino felt it was unimaginable to maintain him any longer.

“It had by no means occurred to me earlier than, to find a robust participant like Tonali,” he added. “I might have preferred to maintain him, however sadly the dream was shattered with the relegation and the uncertainty transmitted by the pandemic.

“I needed to handle Brescia with out refinancing the corporate. I maintain the place of president as a career, whereas my different millionaire colleagues do it as a pastime.”

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