Genoa midfielder Andrea Bertolacci has welcomed links with Italian giants Milan. “I supported them as a child.”
The two clubs have close transfer links and there are suggestions that the 22-year-old is of interest to the Diavolo.
“I grew up in the Roma youth ranks, but I was a fan of the Rossoneri when I was a boy,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
“I supported them mainly because they had Roberto Baggio and I admired him a lot. I even had a ponytail myself at the time…”
Bertolacci, three goals in 18 League games this term, has started to be used as a trequartista by new Rossoblu boss Davide Ballardini.
“I’m playing in that role now, but I’ve always played in a host of midfield positions,” he continued. “I just give my all for the best of the team.”
Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani is understood to be a big fan of the youngster. Galliani also has a good working relationship with Alessandro Lucci – the player’s agent.
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