Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Aston Villa’s brand new signing Pierluigi Gollini has gone on to reveal that he did not even play as a goalkeeper a couple of years ago.
Aston Villa splashed around £4.25 million to secure the services of Pierluigi Gollini from Hellas Verona this summer and the young goalkeeper is now expected to play a crucial role in the Villans’ bid to earn promotion into the Premier League.
Gollini has certainly enjoyed a meteoric rise since his release from the Manchester United Under-18 side a couple of years ago and the goalkeeper admitted that he even rejected the advances of Italian giants Juventus this summer (Birmingham Mail).
Villa fans certainly seem very excited about Gollini and the 22-year-old gave a good account of himself on his debut against Austrian side Grazer AK, managing a clean sheet.
Gollini recently talked to Midlands media outlet, the Birmingham Mail, and the goalkeeper has certainly made a surprising admission during the interview. The Italian revealed that he was actually a central defender not too long ago and added that he became a goalkeeper by accident.
He said, “It doesn’t feel that long ago that I was diving around on the streets playing in goal for my home town. In fact not so long ago I wasn’t even a goalkeeper!
“I went to play, aged 11, for the team of my city - SPAL Ferrara. They called everyone in the town and said bring us the best guys born in the year 1995. I eventually got down to a group of 50, then a group of 20. then they chose me. I played the whole season as a defender.
“One day the season was finished and I told the goalkeeping coach, come on let me train for longer and I will show you I am good in goals! I loved playing on the streets in my little village.
"He answered to me, ‘when you come with the gloves, we will train’. Next day I returned and trained. Then we won a tournament soon after and I didn’t look back.”