De Sciglio: “My future? I’m relaxed, we haven’t spoken about it yet, an honor & a privilege to wear the armband”

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Mattia De Sciglio signs autographs during The New Bomber Presentation at the Diesel Store on the 14th of March 2017. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/Getty Images for Diesel)
Mattia De Sciglio signs autographs during The New Bomber Presentation at the Diesel Store on the 14th of March 2017. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/Getty Images for Diesel)

Mattia De Sciglio has said his future could depend on the future of the club and also answered questions from children at a Fondazione Milan event.

There are growing reports that De Sciglio could leave Milan at the end of the season as his contract expires in June 2018 and Juventus are apparently showing interest.

The 24-year-old was today (Thursday) present at a Fondazione Milan event in Nerviano called ‘Youth, Sport and Mattia De Sciglio’ and among other things, he discussed his future with the Rossoneri, which he currently captains due to the absences of Riccardo Montolivo and Ignazio Abate.

“I am very relaxed about my future, I’m focusing on my football and honoring the Milan captain’s armband,” he told reporters at the end of the event, as written on Milannews.it. “I still have a year on my contract, as do other teammates, and those who work for me said there’s not much we can do right now. We haven’t yet sat down with their representatives and when the time comes, based also on what happens at the club, we’ll evaluate what is to be done. There’s not much to say right now.

“We haven’t even spoken about it yet. Being the captain now? Of course, the captain’s armband has a great weight, especially with the Milan shirt and it’s very important considering the players who’ve already worn it. It’s an honor and a privilege, and it’s certainly a pleasure to be able to wear it at this time when we’re missing Montolivo and Abate, who are the captain and vice. I am trying to honor it as well as I can in the final phase of the season which for us is very important.

De Sciglio hugging Gerard Deulofeu during Juventus-Milan at the Juventus Stadium on the 10th of March 2017 (MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)
De Sciglio hugging Deulofeu during Juventus-Milan at the Juventus Stadium on the 10th of March 2017. (MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)

“We have 8 games in the running for Europe, which is fundamental. It’s our goal, we have to reach it. The draw against Pescara? We too expected a different Milan performance. We’ve analyzed the game and I think it was a psychological issue more than anything else. It was definitely a game we needed to win in order to avoid losing ground; it started on the wrong foot and we did improve as time wore on. Against these teams it’s hard to overturn the results when the game starts in a certain way.

“The derby and the ‘closing’ are close? We don’t think about it too much and we’re first and foremost thinking about the game on Sunday against Palermo because it’ll be difficult, especially after our draw with Pescara, we need three points to continue the hunt for Europe. After the game with Palermo we’ll play the derby, then we’ll see what happens with the club, those are corporate matters.

“Matches against Inter [April 15], Roma [May 7] or Atalanta [May 14] are head-to-head clashes, so they are easy to prepare for. Those against Empoli, Crotone or Palermo are the more difficult ones, because you have to be prepared mentally and not let the concentration levels drop.

“Milan’s mentality? I believe we’ve made progress with our mentality compared to last season. Also in the first round we managed to make good performances and win three points against small sides. There aren’t many games left for us to get into Europe and there are many sides fighting for the same objective, so we must be hungrier than them and pounce on any slip-ups.”

Donnarumma and De Sciglio prior to Netherlands-Italy at Amsterdam Arena on the 28th of March 2017. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
Donnarumma and De Sciglio prior to Netherlands-Italy at Amsterdam Arena on the 28th of March 2017. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

In addition to talking to journalists, De Sciglio also took time to answer questions from the children present at the event, which was headed by Barbara Berlusconi. “The start of my career? I started at Milan at the age of 9, I’ve already been here 15 years,” he said. “The first time I was called up into the senior squad, it was one of the strongest sensations I’ve ever felt. It was one of those moments you feel in the pit of your stomach, when something comes true that you had only dreamed of.

“How to keep your feet on the ground? A lot is due to the education of the parents which in my case did more than well. They taught me the values of life, to be loyal, have respect for others and to know how to give the right value to the finer things in life. The sacrifices I’ve made? There have been many, but I made all of them willingly. My idols? When I was your age [talking to the kids who asked him questions], Milan won many trophies and the symbol was Maldini who I admired very much.

De Sciglio during Milan-Genoa at Stadio San Siro on the 18th of March 2017. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
De Sciglio during Milan-Genoa at Stadio San Siro on the 18th of March 2017. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

“The Supercoppa win in Doha [Milan beat Juventus in December]? It was the first trophy after some difficult years, it was certainly a great satisfaction. The final in Manchester in 2003? I watched the final with my family at the home of a friend of theirs who was a Juventino (laughs).

“What is a coach for me? It’s neither a father not a friend… I’ve always seen my coaches as leaders and I’ve been lucky enough to have had coaches who have taught me a lot. What I would do if I wasn’t a footballer? I always wanted to be a football player. If I hadn’t, then my father still teaches martial arts, so I’d have maybe gone into that realm of sport instead.

“Who have been the most important people for my personal growth? Surely my parents, they’ve always been close to me at times when I was down. Moments of despair? There were moments but the people that are important to me supported me and never made me lose self-esteem and it’s the most important thing because you have to believe in yourself. What I think of parents who are fans-coaches? I think that for them the most important thing should be the enjoyment of the children. Also when I was little I remember things not so beautiful on the sidelines done by parents.

“The most beautiful place I’ve seen? We travel a lot but we see very little of the places where we go. I think New York is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen and I have to go back this summer.”

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Ink
Ink
4 years ago

Must stay. He is finding back his form and our own product. Will be very difficult to see him in any other shirt, especially the one of Juve. Off topic; for those who were blasting Donna and the ”blind fans” like myself for saying Paletta made a mistake, in case you have not read it already — ”Gabriel Paletta scoring an own goal in AC Milan’s 1-1 draw against Pescara in Serie A on Sunday was a moment that represented one of the flaws in modern football. Although his young teammate Gianluigi Donnarumma received some blame for not controlling the… Read more »

Milanista121
Milanista121
4 years ago
Reply to  Ink

My opinion is that it’s not 100 % Palettas fault, and it’s not 100 % Donnarumma’s fault. Paletta played a difficult ball back, yes. Should Donnarumma be able to control it though? Also yes, but this is what happens, and is a perfect example that you can make mistakes, whether you’re 17 or 30 – it happens. It was both players fault, it happens, they will learn and move on. For example, I’m on your side when it comes to Pasalic, but trust me, I have a feeling that if Pasalic got a pass like that in the middle of… Read more »

Ink
Ink
4 years ago
Reply to  Milanista121

I agree. It was fault on both of their parts.
And that one mistake does not make Donna overrated as well.
Hopefully the last 8 games will go without unfortunate mistakes.

Misund
Misund
4 years ago
Reply to  Milanista121

We must also mention that its Montella’s instructions to play out of defense. he instructs them to do, and when you don’t have world class players this is doomed to happen once now and then. Paletta isn’t a good ball playing defender imo. Romagnoli are better but inconsistent. But I believe in his talent. Eventually we will get our patients back when our youngsters mature more 😉

Nas
Nas
4 years ago
Reply to  Ink

What’s puzzling to see a defender pass the ball back to his goalkeeper? I’m one of Donnarumas biggest supporters but the own goal was without doubt his mistake not Palettas Its not Palettas fault Donnaruma was caught by surprise he should have been more alert and in my view its not acceptable for defenders or any player to put the ball over the line and gift possession back to the opposing team when there’s another option which in this case was to pass it back to his keeper, there was plenty of time for Donnaruma to control the pass and… Read more »

pharshooyi
pharshooyi
4 years ago
Reply to  Nas

Donnaruma wasn’t caught by surprise, if you watch the game properly you will notice, he called for the ball before Paletta passed the ball to him. it is one of those mistakes in football. if it had been before Paletta would have played the ball for throw-in. but it is modern football where you are expected to pass every ball.

edd
edd
4 years ago
Reply to  Nas

you guys talking about who to blame for that pass, if you ever played for a team or trained as defender you will know the simple rules when you wanna return a ball to the goalkeeper when you under pressure. THE RULE IS NEVER pass the ball to the goalkeeper high from the pitch, even if 10 inch or 20 cm as an example because it will cause what you saw ( a goal ), and if you do pass it the way paletta did, then make sure it must be outside your own goal in case the goalkeeper miss… Read more »

Nas
Nas
4 years ago
Reply to  edd

I did train and play as a center back for almost 20 years until I tore my anterior cruciate ligament and was to old to recover enough to continue I hate when people say “defenders should just kick it over the line when under pressure” why should we? Its a long long time ago since keepers were allowed pick up back passes and since then defenders quickly learned to play and pass themselves out of trouble and that’s exactly what Paletta tried to do and he made the correct decision as he judged that there was enough time for Donnaruma… Read more »

Abe
Abe
4 years ago

Ac milan has a good squad but in reality it has to throw in cash this summer like Paris & Man City. Juventus wouldn’t be dominating if they didn’t buy super players. When mediocre teams tie and beat you regularly then you become mediocre as well.

Milanista121
Milanista121
4 years ago

For me, its a no-brainer to keep him in the squad. He has starting to perform well again, which is due to him working on his mental strength, and is really seeing the benefits of it. And you can see him smiling more in pictures now, it was something that was missing, so he has gotten his spark back. We will also see how far he has come depending on how he fares with the captains armband during the final games of the season. Personally, I think it’s hard to see him leave, especially for Juve, even more so if… Read more »

King James
King James
4 years ago

get me Aubameyang

O'Gabbs
O'Gabbs
4 years ago

In other news he will be tying the nuptials knot with agnelli’s duaghter this Easter after dumping allegri’s duaghter. Dybala to be his best man

imadala
imadala
4 years ago

Guys…the news on sempre milan cant be trusted,can it?

Gallo
Gallo
4 years ago

No comments guy’s until Milan is sold fully