Thursday September 17 2015
‘Romagnoli worth more than Stones’

Alessandro Costacurta says ‘if Everton want €50m for John Stones, Milan’s Romagnoli is worth €70m.’

The former Rossoneri centre-back believes their new signing has the quality to become a defensive leader, but worries that too much is being expected too soon.

“Last summer I went to watch the Under-21 European Championships in the Czech Republic,” he told Tuttosport.

“Well, if Everton are asking €50m for John Stones, then Romagnoli is worth €70m.

“He has a simple game, he does the right things without overdoing it and let’s remember that he’s only 20 years old.

“That’s an age when it’s permitted to make mistakes, but instead Milan are asking him to be the leader of their defence.  It’s not easy, but he can do it.

“I remember that Maldini and I made a lot of mistakes at his age, but we had a certain Franco Baresi beside us to hide our flaws.

“The derby? They’re right when they say that a draw would’ve been the right result. Milan certainly didn’t deserve to lose.

“Having said that, I think that their route back to the top is long and arduous.

“I can feel the optimism and it’s only right that that is the case, there have been a few signals of a reawakening.

“I don’t see many players who can resolve matches and much depends on Mihajlovic’s work, on the organisation that he manages to give them. He’s able to do that, but we need patience.”