|Org||Italy National Team|
|Club as Player||Brescia|
2020 04 06 Retrieve
[Wonderkid Sandro Tonali names favourite player amid Juventus & Real Madrid links] I am not thinking about it, I don’t care, not now. And I’m not saying that to be misleading. I am just interested in finishing the season as best I can, because I still feel I have a lot to give to Brescia, who believed in me. Then, we’ll see. Cellino says he wouldn’t even sell me for 300 million? The president loves me, like a son, and I love him very much – he always gives me important advice. I don’t know, it’s a lot of money. It is a bit of a shock to hear certain figures, but I am always quite calm and serene, it is one of my qualities
[Tonali frequently finds himself compared with Italy legend Andrea Pirlo] Because of the hair. It doesn’t bother me, but it is not a suitable comparison for me. Having similarities is one thing, but on the pitch we are very different. Pirlo’s ability was crazy. I don’t know who will be able to reach him.
[While Juventus have been the club most closely linked with a move, Tonali himself is an AC Milan fan] Yes. And Gennaro Gattuso was my idol. [But] out of the players today I am inspired [most] by Luka Modric
2020 05 01 Retrieve
[Sandro Tonali insists he wasn’t ‘not scared’ about his €300 million ($330m) price tag] I love president Cellino very much and he rates me highly. He’s a great person and I hope to travel down a good road with him. After the match against Fiorentina, he said he wouldn’t even sell me for €300m, but that doesn’t scare me, even if it really is a lot of money. I’m confident about what we’ll do this season. For now I’m not thinking about the market, I just want to help Brescia stay up.
[Tonali has also become accustomed to comparisons to Pirlo and Gattuso] Tonali has also become accustomed to comparisons to Pirlo and Gattuso. I consider myself to be like Gattuso but more technical. He’s always been my role model
2020 06 07 Retrieve
[Tonali has drawn comparisons to legendary Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo, who also began his career at Brescia] Let’s say that Pirlo gave the right answer. We don’t play like each other - but to say that I’m a more complete player than he was […] When two of my friends sent me the Instagram live in which he said that, I stayed still. I’m still speechless now. All I can say to him is, thank you. I’d rather say what I’d like to learn from him. The long pass from deep, accurate to within a millimetre. I’m better at short passes today. Which, to tell you the truth, comes even more natural to me than the long pass. I know that with the right sacrifices, I can reach the top of the world. I haven’t achieved half of what I have in mind, but I feel good enough to make it.