De Silvestri’s career
A right-back who made an explosive impact with his athleticism and strength on the field, a Serie A veteran with 15 years of experience under his belt, Lorenzo De Silvestri began his professional career at Lazio in 2005. He was quick to make a name for himself with the Biancocelesti because of his competitive spirit and resilience, characteristics which have set him apart throughout his career. After winning the Coppa Italia and making six appearances in the Champions League with Roma, Lorenzo moved to Fiorentina at 21 years of age, in what proved to be an important signing, with the Viola snapping up a promising young Italian talent who had been a key man in the Italy National Team’s youth squads. It was during his time with the Viola that his path first crossed with Sinisa Mihajlovic, as it would repeatedly in the future. Three seasons in Tuscany were followed by a move to Sampdoria: De Silvestri was a well-established player by this point, always dangerous when on the front foot and often on the scoresheet thanks to his aerial threat, while he was very difficult to get past in defence.
De Silvestri played over 100 matches for the Blucerchiati and made a number of appearances for the Azzurri after his debut in 2010. During his time at Sampdoria, he was reunited with Mihajlovic. He reaffirmed his quality with his performances at Torino (playing under Sinisa for a third time), where he was a regular for four seasons, despite fierce competition from Zappacosta and Ansaldi on the right flank. He made a total of 128 appearances for the Granata in Serie A, the Coppa Italia and the Europa League, with his immense dedication and passion on the pitch earning him constant praise from the fans. He has now joined the Rossoblù on a permanent deal.