Marco Sportiello unveiled by AC Milan: “This is the last step in my career.”

The newest signing of AC Milan, Marco Sportiello, faced the media yesterday during his introductory press conference at Milanello.

The shot-stopper shared his emotions and aspirations for his new chapter at the historic club after he joined on a free transfer from Atalanta.

“This is the last step of my career. Being here is a dream, I’m not just saying that because I’m the newcomer and I’m supposed to say that,” began Sportiello.

“I have yet to realise it. I think I have matured a lot, especially in recent years and I think I’ve arrived at the right time. Once I heard about Milan’s interest, nothing else mattered.”

The veteran will serve as the backup to Mike Maignan–who he immediately recognised as a high-quality goalkeeper following his arrival to Serie A in the summer of 2021.

“When Mike arrived in Italy and I played against him for the first time, I immediately said to my coach that he was an extremely strong opponent,” he said.

“He made a great impression on me right from the start, and he justified it. I’ve always adapted to everyone and I fit in very well. I’m not that young, but I can learn a lot from him and I plan to do so.”

“I am slightly ‘old school,’ he is very modern and different from others. I want to watch him closely, I’m very eager to train with him. I think I can help him by setting the pace in training, stimulating him.”