Devis Vásquez has officially joined the Club on a permanent basis.
It came out of nowhere but it’s now official: 24-year-old Vásquez has become a new player of Milan, giving coach Stefano Pioli more options at the goalkeeper position, as the calf injury of Mike Maignan refuses to be healed.
The official statement on the website of the Diavolo reads:
“Milan is delighted to announce that Devis Estiven Vásquez Llach has joined the Rossoneri on a permanent basis from Club Guaraní. The goalkeeper has signed a deal with the Club lasting until 30 June 2026.
“Born in Barranquilla (Colombia), Devis made his first-team debut with Guaraní in 2021 and went on to make 28 appearances for the Paraguayan outfit in the league and three in the Copa Libertadores. He has chosen to wear the number 77 shirt.”
Vásquez had his first interview with MilanTV after signing the contract: “I’ve been happy with the start of this adventure over the past few days and now it’s official. This is obviously a huge club so I’m pleased to be here. Milan is a dream come true, as is getting the chance to play in Italy. Yeah, I’m just happy to be here. It’s amazing. I was really excited to come to Italy, especially to a club as big as Milan. Any player that gets an offer like this is going to get excited and will give everything to play for a club of this size.
On returning to Italy after playing the Viareggio Cup: “My first impressions of Italy were really positive. When I came to play in the Viareggio Cup, I started to learn Italian; I listened to music, and learned online without a teacher. When I went back to Colombia after that, I set myself the aim of returning to Italy and here I am.”
On the type of player he is: “I’m an aggressive player, very focused, as a goalkeeper should be. I’m alert and I’m a leader. I always try to help my teammates because we’re a team and we need to be on the same side. I’m a serious guy. Of course, when I get more comfortable with people, I open up but I can be quite reserved in the beginning. But I like to think that I’m a good person.”
On Yepes, his role model: “Yepes, who played for Milan. He was a real leader for the Colombia national team. We love him and we always remember him. I don’t think talent alone is ever enough. No matter how talented you are, you need to work, work, work. That’s what helps you to get results come game time; this is my philosophy as a footballer.”
On the #77: “I chose 77 because somebody close to me, who I care about deeply, asked me to take that number and I gladly did so. I wanted to repay him for everything he’s done for me, all the faith he showed in me, all the years he believed in me. He helped me so much so it’s a way of thanking him for everything he’s given to me.”
A message to the fans: “Hi, Milan fans! I hope to see you soon, much love! Forza!”