Former Aston Villa goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini has spoken about his time at the club, but he is getting no sympathy from the fans.

Ex-Aston Villa goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini has laid into the club for the way he was treated during his 18-month loan spell with the Midlands side, claiming he was greeted coldly upon his arrival.

The Italian has had a lot to say in a recent interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, including about Roberto Di Matteo’s tactics, and he has not held back.

He said, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail: “In the Championship you play with great intensity, there are no tactics, it is different from the Premier League, which has changed so much thanks to the Italian coaches. Every game is a battle and the goalkeeper is always under pressure.

“Unfortunately he was sacked, they didn’t give him time to work. I didn’t feel good with the new English coach and with his companions..

“On arrival, I was greeted coldly, while at Atalanta everything was different. I played a lot with Aston Villa, but I wanted to go back to Italy.”

Gollini did not get much of a chance under Di Matteo’s replacement Steve Bruce, and he was loaned out to Atalanta in January 2017, where he now plays his football permanently.

All in all, the 23-year-old made just 20 Championship appearances following Villa’s relegation from the Premier League in 2016.

Gollini showed signs of promise but was largely a failed experiment, and the Villa fans have not taken too kindly to his recent comments:

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