Andrea Bertolacci

Andrea Bertolacci

Full name:          Andrea Bertolacci

Date of birth:      11 January 1991

Place of birth:    Rome, Italy

Height:                1.79 m (5 ft 10.5 in)

Position:             Midfielder

Number:             16

National team:  Italy

Nationality:       Italy

Foot:                   Left

Agent:              Alessandro Lucci – WSA

Joined:                2 July 2015

Contract until:   30.06.2019

Personal life

Andrea Bertolacci is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Milan, and the Italian national team.

Bertolacci began his career at Roma, and was signed by Milan in 2015. He has represented the Italy national team and Italy U21 national team, and also played for the Italy U17 national team and Italy U19 national team. He made his senior international debut in November 2014, in a friendly match against Albania.

AC Milan career

In June 2015, Roma bought the other part of Andrea Bertolacci’s player rights from Genoa for a sum of €8.5m. Subsequently, on 29 June 2015, Bertolacci joined fellow Serie A club A.C. Milan for €20m.

He scored his first Serie A goal for Milan in a 3–1 away win over Lazio on 1 November 2015.

Since Gennaro Gattuso joined AC Milan, Andrea Bertolacci has always been in second plan. This caused big dissatisfaction, and he publicly wanted to leave. His contract with AC Milan is until the end of the current season 2018/19, and after that Andre will join Genoa. His move to Genoa was already published in January.

For AC Milan Andrea has so far played 52 matches in all competitions. On these matches he managed to score 2 goals and assist additional 2.

Other clubs

Andrea Bertolacci started his career with the Roma academy. In January 2010 he was sent on loan to Serie A team, Lecce. He scored the first goal for Lecce against Juventus a game in which he scored a brace. In summer 2010, Lecce extended the loan and borrowed Simone Sini also from Roma.

On 22 June 2011, Lecce excised the option to purchase 50% of his registration rights for a pre-agreed fee of €500,000. However, Roma excised the rights against the option for €500,000. Thus, Lecce received €500,000 in net as an incentive for the loan. Then Andrea Bertolacci was loaned for another season to Lecce, in order to play as a regular and gain more experience.

Bertolacci scored against his parent club in a 2–1 defeat on 20 November 2011.On 30 June 2012, Andrea Bertolacci returned to Roma. In summer 2012 he was involved in the deal to sign Genoa’s Panagiotis Tachtsidis. 50% of Bertolacci’s player rights were tagged for €1 million and also 50% of Tachtsidis’s rights for €2.5 million.

On 20 June 2014, Roma and Genoa renewed their co-ownership contract agreement with Andrea Bertolacci.

2014-2015 season with Genoa is Bertolacci’s best season of his career. He scored 6 goals in 34 matches of Serie A, producing 8 assists and helping his team reaching the 6th place in the league.

International career

Andrea Bertolacci started his international experience in Val-de-Marne under-16 international tournament. He played all 3 matches of the 2008 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship elite qualification, in which Italy did not qualify to the next round. He was then promoted to the U19 team in January 2009 (as a consequence of the early exit of U-19 born 1990 team), played twice in 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship elite qualification and once in the elite round. He was also selected for the final stage, playing twice as starter. During the 2010–11 season he was capped twice for the U20 team in the Four Nations Tournament.

In April 2011 he received his first under-21 call-up. However, he was injured and missed the friendly. On 10 August 2011 he made his debut with the Italy U21 team, in a friendly match against Switzerland.

On 11 June 2013, Andrea Bertolacci scored a 94th-minute equaliser – his first goal for the under-21s – against Norway in the European U-21 Championships to ensure Italy topped their group. Italy went on to reach the final, though Bertolacci did not feature.

On 9 November 2014, he was called up by Antonio Conte to the senior squad ahead of a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Croatia and a friendly against Albania. On 18 November, he made his debut with senior team against Albania, playing for 70 minutes in a 1–0 win at Stadio Luigi Ferraris. On 28 March 2015, Andrea Bertolacci made his second appearance for Italy in a Euro 2016 qualifying match against Bulgaria in Sofia which finished 2–2.

Additional information

Andrea Bertolacci is a quick, hardworking, versatile and well-rounded midfielder, who is also capable of playing in several other positions, due to his ability to aid his team both offensively and defensively. A left-footed player, he is usually deployed as a creative attacking midfielder, due to his vision, passing, technique, and striking ability, as well as his adeptness at making attacking runs.

Bertolacci married actress Nicole Murgia on 23 December 2015 and is brother-in-law with her brother, Alessandro, who is also a footballer.

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