The 20-year-old completed his move to the Stadio San Siro from Brescia on Wednesday and in doing so he fulfilled a lifelong dream.
“It’s a dream come true,” Tonali told Milan’s official media channels after completing his move.
“It’s a dream that a lot of kids have and it’s always been my dream.”
“I’ve chosen the No.8 because it has a special meaning as a midfielder,” the player added, “and at Milan it was worn by a player who made history.
“I called him up and asked him [his thoughts] and he replied as a coach does, saying: ‘don’t ask, just take it and go get them’.”