Tuesday September 22 2015
‘I needed time at Milan’

Empoli’s Riccardo Saponara ‘regrets’ the way he left Milan, saying: ‘I needed time and I needed to play.’

The attacking midfielder left the Rossoneri for the Tuscan side in January after failing to break into the team and has since become one of Serie A’s most impressive young talents.

"Failure at Milan? I needed time, I needed to play,” the 23-year-old said to Gazzetta dello Sport.

“People don’t realise that it’s difficult to show everything you can do in a few minutes.

“The criticism of Milan fans for my sale increased my regret. As a fan and someone who dreams of being a Milan player I wanted to do well, but I was helpless.

“Allegri wanted me, but without him it was more complicated.

"I'm a guy who has a passion and cultivates it. I don’t deserve the classic image of a superficial footballer, I’m obsessive.

“I know that to achieve my goals I must score goals. I want success so much that I’m willing to make more sacrifices than usual.

“If I had another life, I would still be like that. Daniele Rugani is like me - he begins training already sweaty, after doing a couple of hours alone.”