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Theo Hernández lives the best moment of his career. After two complicated seasons where he did not become the player that many expected when he was signed by Real Madrid, the left-back is enjoying, when he is still only 22 years old, a spectacular moment in Milan. And it is that the player had not reached this level either in his debut season in Madrid or in the next when he was loaned to Real Sociedad and ended up being separated from the group after some friction with the coach for his physical condition.
The physical aspect is precisely one of the great keys of the new Theo Hernández. In Italy, training without the ball is essential in a championship where being physically fit is key, and the youngest of the Hernández brothers is gifted in this regard. He has been since he began to stand out in the Atlético de Madrid academy and is now taking advantage of it in a Serie A that is amazed by the left-back performance: six goals and two assists contemplate a player who is the top scorer of the season in a historical team as Milan.
But being better physically is not the only element that has changed Theo's face. For the first time since he broke into the elite in another loan in Alavés, he has the full confidence of his coach. Something he did not achieve in Madrid (Marcelo was ahead for Zidane) or in a Real Sociedad where he lost his place even having a contract saying that he should play. Two situations that he has overcome now in a Milan that opted for him by paying 20 million euros to a Madrid that did not fully trust him although he decided to break the unwritten pact to not take away Atlético players. A transfer that made him the center of criticism of Atlético’s fans in a process that Theo also lived with some problems.
But that is past, and the present goes through the confidence of a Milan transmitted through a coach, Stefano Pioli, who told him since he arrived at the club last October that he was his left-back and that he fully trusted him. He has shown it and Theo has played it all, except for a match in which he was suspended, since the former Inter and Lazio coach arrived on the bench. A trust that, unlike other teams, he also has in a locker room where Samu Castillejo is one of his great supporters.
Not only football has influenced the takeoff of the former player of Atlético and Real Madrid, but also a more stable personal situation. The most important support comes from his mother, who spends long periods in Milan with the player and who has always occupied a very important part in the life of Theo and his brother Lucas, who for his part lives a difficult season at Bayern due to his problems with injuries. But Theo enjoys and smiles with a Milan that, after the arrival of Ibrahimovic, has gained confidence and is already fighting to reach European positions, the great goal of a club that wants to be reborn and who is getting it from the hand of players like Theo Hernández, one of the great surprises of the season in Serie A.
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