Mancini: ‘If a player like Tonali leaves Italy, there is a problem’


Italy manager Roberto Mancini has admitted « some regrets » when asked about Sandro Tonali’s impending move to Newcastle United.



After moving away from Inter talisman Nicolo Barella, the Magpies have decided to approach Milan to discuss a deal for Tonali. Things moved quickly and it didn’t take long for the Saudi-backed side to complete a deal worth around €80m, leaving Rossoneri fans heartbroken.

Tonali completed his pre-transfer medicals with Newcastle in Romania yesterday and is now expected to officially join the club in the coming days, further dampening the mood among the Milan crowd.

Speaking to Sky Sports Italia, Mancini was asked about Tonali’s impending move from Milan to Newcastle.

« On the one hand there are regrets, if a player as good and young as Tonali leaves Italy, it means there are problems. But technically playing in the Premier League will serve Tonali well, it’s good for him.

Tonali’s departure has not gone down well with Rossoneri fans, who were already strained following the dismissal of technical director Paolo Maldini earlier this month. Many believe the midfielder wouldn’t have been sold if Maldini hadn’t been kicked out by Gerry Cardinale.


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