Alessio Romagnoli has put pen to paper and completed the medical check-ups today as he joins the red and black squad of Sinisa Mihajlovic.
After reaching an agreement with Roma on Sunday, the 20-year-old arrived to Milano today to undergo the medical check-ups and sign the contract.
Milan confirmed that Romagnoli has signed a contract which ties him to the club for five years. Roma announced the official figures of the deal: there are no bonuses involved whatsoever as Milan will pay the Giallorossi from Italy’s capital city €25 million over 5 years (€5 million each year) while Roma are entitled to 30% of a future profit the Diavolo could have by selling Romagnoli, should the price exceed €25m. Milan are making a big investment for Alessio but both clubs seem to be confident that he’ll be worth more in a few years.
“Welcome Alessio, you’ve signed a contract with us until the 30th of June 2020 and we’re really happy about this,” Milan Vice President Adriano Galliani, who negotiated the deal, said as he welcomed Romagnoli to the club. “You’re young, 20 years old, and for this reason we think you have all the time ahead of you to become one of our leaders, one of those great defenders from the Milan school, one of those to be proud of at San Siro. A warm welcome from all of us at Milan and good luck Alessio.”
Upon arriving to the city, Romagnoli told the press he’s “overwhelmed by the comparisons” to Nesta. The same Nesta wrote on Twitter this evening: “Thought on Romagnoli: I’ve seen little but I think in the future he can become a great player. Good luck! Roman’s have always done well at Milano.”
“It is all very exciting for me, I am at the biggest and most successful club in the world. Now it is down to me to do well,” Romagnoli, who has decided to wear the number #13 at Milan, said. “I am really overwhelmed by the comparisons with a great player like Nesta, but to become like him a lot of work is needed. Mihajlovic told me that if he were given the chance, he would bring me here.
“I want to give the squad a hand and I will try and give my best and all that I have. You (the press) are the ones that say Milan are poor, but even in defence there is lots of quality at Milan and as far as I am concerned I simply want to give my all. I had a good relationship with Rudi Garcia, he said that he wanted to keep me but then for lots of reasons the club made the decision to sell me and I wanted Milan.”
Romagnoli, who has already taken part of today’s training session, will hope to have a career as successful as Nesta, who is the only defender in the club’s history to have cost more than Alessio.