Andrea Conti says the people around him and the fans ‘give me strength to keep going and to continue my recovery in the best possible way’, and says his teammates are a bit fatigued but ‘it is better to work hard now’.
The transfer market of Milan is pretty much stuck right now due to the changes in management, as it remains unclear whether Massimiliano Mirabelli will still be here in a couple of weeks.
Milan have already signed Pepe Reina, Ivan Strinić and Alen Halilović on free transfers but another “new signing” is Andrea Conti, who missed practically the entire last season due to knee injuries.
“I have been training all summer because we agreed with the physiotherapists and that I should keep training, also because I had two serious injuries,” Conti said in an interview with MilanTV at training center Milanello earlier today. “So, I had only a 10-day vacation which is what I needed to charge my batteries, but I’m happy with the work that I have done and with how I’m training now.
“You have to think positive to get through this period. I’m always here [at Milanello], I enjoy being here with my teammates and training here. Everyone, from the cook to the sporting director, have always shown how much they care for me and this gives me strength to keep going and to continue my recovery in the best possible way. How my teammates have been doing? I have seen the guys a bit fatigued, but this work will come in useful over the season, so it’s better to work hard now.
“I get along really well with all my teammates, we have kept in touch also during the summer holidays. They are like brothers to me, it’s like I have known them for a long time and I’m happy to have them as teammates. [Milan coach Gennaro] Gattuso? The boss has great grit, it’s as if he wanted to be on the pitch. He instils his energy to us and this is very important.
“The many fans on the first day of training? I can just thank them because they have always supported me during this year, although I wasn’t playing, and I was injured, they have always backed me, and I hope I can repay them for their support on the pitch like I always did in the past.
“Being here is just great. We have everything we need to train in the best possible way, which is essential to prepare for the season to come, and to work at our best every day.”