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Cellino | “Interest in Tonali from all over Europe”

Brescia owner Massimo Cellino admitted that he’d received interest from all over Europe for star teenager Sandro Tonali in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“His talent is clear for all to see, but the truly special thing about Sandro is his smile. He loves to play football and the rest is of no real interest to him.

“There is always the risk with young players such as him that their sudden fame can create problems, but he is doing so well. I believe he can become even better, as I’ve never had such a good player in my squad.

“Tonali sacrifices himself so much for the team with his defensive work, but if he were to move to a more advanced role, he’d score more goals. You’ll see, he’s got a great shot.

“The other day, his agent and his parents were telling me about his €50m valuation. I replied that for me he is worth €300m, which means I don’t want to sell.

“I have a dream. If Sandro accepts, I am ready to make a big financial sacrifice to extend his contract. It’s up to him to decide. He can stay here and enjoy his football, or go to a big club and risk being left on the bench.

“All the big Italian clubs are interested. Abroad there’s Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, but in my view, he’d be better off remaining as a star player with Brescia.”

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