Brescia sensation Sandro Tonali has admitted that ​Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric inspires him the most out of players currently active in the game. The 19-year-old is one of the most in-demand talents in Europe with the likes of Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, ​Liverpool, and ​Juventus all rumoured to be keeping tabs on him.

Tonali admitted that he is an ​AC Milan fan, despite being linked with the aforementioned clubs.

“Yes,” he confirmed. “And Gennaro Gattuso was my idol. [But] out of the players today I am inspired [most] by Luka Modric.”

Last year, ​Brescia owner Massimo Cellino claimed that it would take nearly €300 million to sign the youngster – but Tonali isn’t being distracted by the interest in him.

“I am not thinking about it, I don't care, not now,” Tonali told ​Corriere della Sera.

“And I’m not saying that to be misleading. I am just interested in finishing the season as best I can, because I still feel I have a lot to give to Brescia, who believed in me. Then, we’ll see. Cellino says he wouldn’t even sell me for 300 million? 

"The president loves me, like a son, and I love him very much – he always gives me important advice. I don’t know, it’s a lot of money. It is a bit of a shock to hear certain figures, but I am always quite calm and serene, it is one of my qualities.”

During his time in Italy, Tonali has been compared with ​Serie A legend Andrea Pirlo, however, Tonali doesn’t think the comparison is a good one – and says it is mostly down to their physical resemblance.

“Because of the hair,” he noted. “It doesn’t bother me, but it is not a suitable comparison for me. Having similarities is one thing, but on the pitch we are very different. Pirlo’s ability was crazy. I don’t know who will be able to reach him.”