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:
Gollini might be a talented keeper, but he comes across as a very arrogant and weak minded person. Another poor investment by the the club... #avfc— Chrsmo (@Chrsmo) 20 June 2018
Another player that needs someone to work everything out for him. Complained more than he played— Guy Bradley (@GuyBradley) 20 June 2018
Well I guess he’d get found out in championship as he did in PL as he will in Serie A, @piergollo talks about no tactics helps if he knew how to save a goal and not pass to an opponent in his first game so basically bye n good riddance♂️— ogeedj (@ogee1968) 19 June 2018
Is it a football career he wants?! Or to be a lollypop man?— Andrew Service (@AndoServise) 19 June 2018
Gollini had a specialist Itialian goal coach bought in especially by Di Matteo— thatcherlover (@thatcherlover) 20 June 2018
That wouldn’t have been a problem, Gollini. If you was actually decent in goal.— Adam (@AdLovesCurry) 19 June 2018
Walked in past the waiting fans with his big headphones on. No wonder we didn’t accept his rubbish goalkeeping— Simon Back (@Simonback78) 19 June 2018
Sounds a bit of a mummy’s boy ..— Graham Eva (@GreyEva1) 19 June 2018
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