Andrea Conti

Andrea Conti

Full name:          Andrea Conti

Date of birth:      2 March 1994

Place of birth:    Lecco, Italy

Height:                1.84 m (6 ft 5 in)

Position:             Right-Back

Number:             12

National team:  Italy

Nationality:       Italy

Foot:                   Right

Agent:                M.A.R.A.T. Football Management

Joined:                7 July 2017

Contract until:   30.06.2022

Personal life

Andrea Conti is an Italian professional footballer who plays for Serie A team Milan and the Italy national football team as a right-back.

Andrea Conti can play as a right-back or a right wing-back, although he is perhaps more comfortable in the latter position. Gifted with great pace he thrives going forward and making overlapping runs. He excels at staying wide and crossing but also has a knack for getting into the box and scoring himself. His great stamina allows him to make attacking runs and rapidly get back into position when needed.

AC Milan career

On 7 July 2017, Andrea Conti joined Milan in exchange for a reported fee of €24 million, plus Matteo Pessina. He made his debut for the club on 27 July 2017, replacing Ignazio Abate as a second-half substitute away to CS U Craiova. He made his league debut in a 3–0 win against Crotone.

On 15 September 2017, Conti suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury during A.C. Milan’s training session. Having undergone knee surgery, he was in recovery until March 2018. However, shortly after resuming training and playing a few matches with the reserves, Andrea Conti suffered a recurring ACL injury that sidelined him for the rest of the year.

On December 22, 2018, Conti made his highly anticipated return to the pitch, coming on as a substitute for Ignazio Abate eleven minutes before the final whistle in a 0–1 home Serie A defeat against Fiorentina.

After the match against Fiorentina, Andrea Andera Conti entered as substitute in the Coppa Italia match against Sampdoria. Right from the first moment he showed why the Milan management bought him. With an incredible cross he assisted Patrick Cutrone who scored crucial goal in the time extension. This saw AC Milan go through and Sampdoria dropped of the Coppa Italia in season 18/19.

Other clubs

Besides AC Milan, Andrea Conti has only played for Atalanta. He has been raised into their famous footaball academy.

Conti was born and raised in Lecco, Lombardy. In 2002, he had a successful trial at A.C. Milan yet refused to join the team due to his dislike of the club’s youth training center in Linate area of the city, as well as its far-from-home location. He also had an offer from the club’s cross-city rivals, Inter Milan, yet eventually joined Atalanta’s youth academy where he would play together with Mattia Caldara and Roberto Gagliardini for over a decade.

In July 2013, Conti was loaned to Lega Pro side Perugia. He made his professional debut on 4 August 2013, starting in a 0–1 Coppa Italia home loss against Savona. His first league appearance occurred later that month, a 2–2 away draw against Nocerina. Conti made 16 league appearances, helping his team achieve promotion to Serie B.

On 10 July 2014, Conti moved to a fellow second-tier team Virtus Lanciano, in a season-long loan deal. Conti made 24 league appearances while his team finished 14th out of 22. In the summer of 2015, he returned to Atalanta and was included in the first team squad for the upcoming Serie A season.

On 30 September 2015, Conti signed a new contract with Atalanta until July 2019. He made his debut for the club on 2 December, in a 1–3 loss against Udinese in Coppa Italia. Conti made his debut in Serie A on 6 January 2016, in a 1–2 loss against the same opponent. His first goal in the competition occurred on 3 February, in a 2–1 win against Verona.

Conti managed to score 8 goals in 33 appearances during the 2016–17 Serie A season, setting a personal record for scoring. His main playing position was a right wing-back in a 3–4–3 formation.

International career

On 12 August 2015, Conti made his debut with the Italy U21 team, in a friendly match against Hungary.

In June 2017, he was included in the Italy under-21 squad for the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship by manager Luigi Di Biagio.

In August 2017, he was called up to the senior squad by Gian Piero Ventura 2018 World Cup qualification match against Spain on 2 September and, on 5 September against Israel. He made his senior international debut in Italy’s 1–0 home win over Israel, but was forced off early due to injury and replaced by Davide Zappacosta.

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