Milan right-back Davide Calabria wants to keep up the positive start to the season and hopes to break into Roberto Mancini’s Euro 2020 squad.
The 23-year-old, capped twice by Italy, has played all nine Serie A games for the Rossoneri this term and was rewarded with his debut for the Azzurri in November.
“I went through a bad period, I had to get out of it by myself rolling up my sleeves and working hard,” Calabria told Sky Sport.
“I think this other positive period is a reward for the sacrifices I have made, I hope to continue as I’m doing with Milan and I hope to arrive at the European Championship.”
Calabria said the Diavolo players are glad to have coach Stefano Pioli recovered from coronavirus.
“I talked to the coach a lot to establish a human relationship between us, it’s essential for a team to create a positive relationship, because it is then reflected on the pitch.
“Now, everyone gives everything for each other. In the period in which we unfortunately were without the coach, we gave everything to make him happy and we succeeded.
“And we are even more please that he’s back now.”
Calabria said he pictures a future in the Diavolo shirt and feels what he has done so far is just the ‘starting point’.
“It’s certainly an objective to continue with this shirt,” he added. “I have always said that it’s an honour to be here.
“I grew up here. What I have done so far, is just a starting point.”