Federico Dimarco and Davide Calabria – two lifelong fans – could play a decisive role for Inter Milan and AC Milan respectively.

This is highlighted in today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Corriere della Sera, via FCInterNews.

In modern football, it’s relatively rare for players to stay at one club, particularly their boyhood clubs.

However, it does occasionally happen that a player can break into the first team and establish themselves. This is the case for both Nerazzurri wingback Federico Dimarco and his Rossoneri opposite number Davide Calabria.

Dimarco & Calabria Play Key Roles for Inter & AC Milan

Inter wingback Dimarco has established himself in his team’s first-choice eleven this season.

The 25-year-old was part of the first team last season, after loan spells with Parma and Hellas Verona, among others. However, it has been this season where Dimarco’s really turned into a key player for his boyhood club.

The wingback is the only Milan-born player in the current Inter senior squad.

Meanwhile, Calabria came through Milan’s academy. Breaking into the team at a young age, the 26-year-old is now the Rossoneri’s first-choice right-back.

Moreover, Calabria also captains his boyhood club.

Breakout Season For Federico Dimarco At Inter Milan

The Corriere notes how this has been a breakout campaign for Dimarco at Inter.

Last time around, the wingback was given his first taste of regular first-team action. Dimarco’s performances on loan at Verona in particular convinced the club to give him his opportunities.

However, Dimarco found himself behind Ivan Perisic in the pecking order down the left flank. The versatile Italian international also made appearances as a left-sided centre-back.

However, Perisic left in the summer, opening up a spot for Dimarco. The 25-year-old has grabbed his chance with both hands. Whilst Robin Gosens is in the team for competition, Dimarco has been the clear first choice for much of the season.

Dimarco has scored six goals and made nine assists this season across all competitions.

Now, the 25-year-old lifelong Inter fan will go head-to-head down is flank with Calabria. Both are representing clubs they’ve supported since childhood, and a place in the Champions League final could mean even more.