MAURO TASSOTTI and France Baresi have praised Mattia De Sciglio and expect great things for him.

De Sciglio has become a fixed player in Milan’s first team over the past two seasons and he’ll continue his growth this season as he’s expected to play much more games this year compared to the 2011/2012 term.

Mattia, who turns 20-year-old on October has made himself a regular in the Under 21 Italian national team and even got a call-up from the first team and Prandelli. De Sciglio is now getting praise from legends.

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“Obviously, I keep an extra eye on Mattia De Sciglio as he plays the same role as I used to play,” Milan assistant coach and legend Mauro Tassotti told La Gazzetta dello Sport“We’ve always believed in De Sciglio – right from the start. De Sciglio has amazed us since his first training sessions with the first team.

“It was only logical to make De Sciglio a fixed part of the first team due to his performances in training. I see myself in De Sciglio. He has a bit of my characteristics; a mix of athleticism and technique – and also the same stamina.” Tassotti was part of the legendary Milan team which was captained by Franco Baresi (both defenders retired in 1997). Baresi also has kind words for the possible new Milan defense star.

“I hope that De Sciglio will have a long career at Milan. He has the qualities to achieve it,” Baresi told Milan Channel. Cesare Maldini, the father of Paolo and former player and coach, added on him: “Physically I see he’s already well, and I like the personality and mentality with which he took the field in these last games.

“My feeling is that he’s a young player that will go a long way. I don’t know if he can follow in the footsteps of Paolo, you can’t compare the two. De Sciglio is very young and still has much to prove. But I’m glad because he’s a serious and humble guy. I’ve met his family and I can say that they are good people who know how to help the boy. He has an excellent starting point,” Maldini senior continued on the full back.

Ignazio Abate is expected to return in time for the Atalanta match so De Sciglio is likely to start from the bench next Saturday, unless Massimiliano Allegri decides to give him a go in a less-familiar left-back role.

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