The Argentine forward has suffered from illness and muscular injuries in 2020 but one of La Vecchia Signora’s former stalwarts has defend the lack of form from the 26-year-old.
“He is a champion, let’s not joke about it,” Di Livio said to TuttoMercatoWeb.
“He is certainly going through a tough period, but unfortunately he had COVID-19, then a physical problem, and he came back late.
“However, no one has any doubts about his qualities, and I am sure that he will bring them out and make himself useful for Pirlo.”
“He looked like a good full-back but he has stunned me because nobody developed him as a central defender,” he said.
“There he became the strongest of them all, he has absolutely surprised me.”