AC Milan has officially announced the return of Matteo Gabbia from his loan stint at Villarreal. This decision sees head coach, Stefano Pioli, gain another defensive option ahead of the team’s forthcoming Serie A, and Coppa Italia games.
In an official statement, the club declared the early termination of Gabbia’s temporary switch to Villarreal. This announcement means the player will rejoin the first team with immediate effect. As noted in the club’s communique, “AC Milan announces the early resolution of the temporary sale of Matteo Gabbia to Villarreal. The player will be reaggregated to the first team from today; welcome back Matteo.”
The news will undoubtedly bolster the defensive resources at Pioli’s disposal and comes at a pivotal time in the season with crucial league and cup encounters approaching. The exact role that Gabbia will play upon his return remains to be seen, but the club’s decision to recall him suggests he is part of the coach’s plans moving forward.