Hellas Verona goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini has revealed that he couldn’t sleep at night when he found out that he was joining Manchester United.
Gollini joined the Manchester United Youth Team as a 16-year-old back in 2012, and has recently spoken to Gazzetta dello Sport about how it was to move to the Theatre of Dreams.
He said: “When they told me (I’d be going to United), I spent the night staring at the ceiling: I would be leaving the next morning. They accused me of doing it for the money, but that’s not true. My family never took one euro. I wanted to face a new world.”
He also talked about how it was to train with the world-class players at Manchester United.
He recalled: “The first day, I went to the cafeteria and passed Giggs and Ferdinand who greeted me. After training Rooney and Mata were taking free-kicks and called me over. Every time I stepped in goal, Rooney would tell me ‘Out of 10, I’ll put 7 past you’, and I’d say ‘No, no, less’. Some of them I’d save, although I let in a few… Spending so much time with as a youth player with champions is something that helped me grow.”
And Gollini has grown quite a bit since then, establishing himself as the first-choice goalkeeper at Hellas Verona at the age of 20.