Romagnoli will be a great signing for AC Milan, says Bertolacci

The talented defender is set to move to San Siro from Roma and one of his new team-mates is confident he will make a big impact

AC Milan midfielder Andrea Bertolacci believes the signing of Alessio Romagnoli will prove to be a fine piece of business as he prepares to join the club from Roma in a €28 million deal.

The 20-year-old defender is set to undergo a medical and finalise a deal that will reportedly see Milan pay €25m up front and potentially a further €3m in bonuses.

Romagnoli played under new Milan boss Sinisa Mihajlovic on loan at Sampdoria last season and Bertolacci is looking forward to playing alongside him.

“Mihajlovic knows him well,” he told Milan Channel.

“If he wanted him so much it’s because he knows he will be very useful. We will do everything to help him integrate as soon as possible.

“I know him from our time at Roma, he is a great signing.”

Bertolacci himself moved to San Siro this summer and spoke about the challenge of adapting to the demands of a new head coach.

He said: “When there’s a new coach, it’s normal that things take time. The coach asks us to keep possession and swap positions a lot.

“Over time we will learn all of the systems the coach wants. Mihajlovic is very demanding, he demands great intensity from us. Football has become about physicality and dynamism, and the preparation we are doing will help us.

“Apart from the Audi Cup where we weren’t convincing, we have shown a willingness to return to being the Milan of years gone by. We want to do well.

“We are disappointed to have taken a step back after the games against Inter and Real Madrid, but now we have to think about regaining the rhythm we had in China.

“The workload and the tour of China definitely affected us, but I wouldn’t want to look for excuses. The important  thing is to be ready for the first official match, in the Coppa Italia.”