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Tonali downplays comparisons with Pirlo

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The Brescia youngster says he’s inspired and maybe only his hair is similar to the Italian legend but he has other role models

18-year-old midfielder Sandro Tonali has been called up for the first time to the Italy national senior team.

And the Brescia footballer has been compared to Andrea Pirlo by the media and fans, and he just wants to enjoy his time with his country.

“The first few days have been positive,” Tonali said according to Football Italia.

“Everyone has put me at ease and they’re happy about this call. It’s a dream for all kids, and my teammates and the club are happy too.”

“Until yesterday I only watched the national team on TV, I can only take an example here,” he added.

“Marco Verratti’s words? We’re quite similar in the start to our career, I hope that will be the case later too.”

“As for the Pirlo comparisons, he inspired me but I’ve never seen another like him. Maybe my hair is similar. My role model was [Gennaro] Gattuso in terms of grit,” he commented.

“My objectives? I want to win, in Italy and abroad.”