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They say you talk a lot, do they mean the field?"Yes. Off the field I am also someone who likes to be with his teammates and seek conversation, but


They say you talk a lot, do they mean the field?
“Yes. Off the field I am also someone who likes to be with his teammates and seek conversation, but in general I am a rather reserved person. I like to observe, and if I think I have to say something, I do. But I don’t have to. I have to be doing it permanently. On the pitch, on the other hand, I try to communicate as much as possible to provide stability”.

From the outside you look like an experienced 30-year-old player, but you’re 23…
“I think I developed early and, unlike others, I have been lucky enough to play for many years with veteran professionals who have enormous experience. I was able to learn and adapt a lot from the beginning, at Ajax, with the Dutch team and afterwards. at Juventus: players like Chiellini, Bonucci, Cristiano Ronaldo or Buffon are ten, twelve, thirteen years older, and I have taken an example from those people. Maybe he is more mature than other 22-year-olds, but I don’t see it as something special “.

Your parents were hockey and tennis players. Has sport been an important part of your life since you were little?
“Yes, a lot. I did judo, I played hockey, tennis and soccer, this being the last sport. It’s a funny story: at first I didn’t like soccer at all. I just didn’t care that much, I didn’t watch the games either. The first time I kicked a ball was when I was six years old, quite late. From that moment, I fell in love. Every day football. We played at school, after school, at the club, and then I also started to love knowing everything about the players, about the big names. I loved everything related to football.”