Inter Milan icon Giuseppe Bergomi reveals he was once a supporter of AC Milan who rejected him on a trial.
The 59-year-old spent his entire career with the Nerazzurri, cementing himself as one of the most beloved figures at the club.
The legendary defender joined the club in 1979 and remained loyal to the cause till his retirement in 2000.
However, Bergomi’s career could have panned out differently had the Rossoneri accepted his services following a trial.
The young Giuseppe was a Milan fan at the time, so he was hoping to carve himself a place with the Diavolo.
“Yes, I was a Milan fan as a youngster. I never had a problem saying it,” admits the 1982 World Cup winner in his interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport via FcInterNews.
“My father was a Milan supporter. Eighty percent of the people of Settalese supported the Rossoneri.
“Today, there are about ten Italians at Inter. We know Dimarco was born an Inter fan, but what about the others?
“If I truly had an illness. I would have been sick when Milan rejected me due to rheumatism in my blood.
“I wasn’t feeling any pain at all. I was able to play football with my friends and in the Settalese area.”
Bergomi then explains how he winded up at Inter. He reveals how he immediately felt at ease with the Nerazzurri.
“A scout, Pino Bussi, arrives from Treviglio and reports me to Inter. Juve, and Milan.
“So I went on a trial in Rogoredo and that’s where it all began. I went home to tell my mother that I was going to Inter!
“I liked everything about the environment, I felt my heart beating when Anselmo, the warehouse worker, handed me the bag. It included Six-stud shoes, shoes with rubber studs, and sneakers.
“At Settalese, I only had one pair of shoes and they were sufficient. And then the tracksuit, that nice heavy shirt.
“The warehouse worker tells me ‘Please, it should last you all year.’ Of course, God forbid. But I had already run to my friends to show them everything.”