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Old 27-03-2021, 16:49   #16783
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Former Milan CEO and current Monza director Adriano Galliani ‘thought he was going to die’ after going into intensive care with COVID.

Galliani has just been released from hospital, but reveals the extent of his condition had not been fully understood.

“I was in intensive care from March 7 to 17, the longest 10 days of my life,” he told the Corriere della Sera newspaper.

“It was a nightmare. There were no windows in intensive care, I just had a wall in front of me. I will say frankly that I thought I was going to die.

“It certainly didn’t help that I suffer from claustrophobia, as even being in an elevator gives me anxiety, so imagine not seeing daylight for 10 days.

“Having said that, the medics and nurses at the San Raffaele hospital were marvellous and their humanity extraordinary.

“I tested negative on March 17 and was moved to a different ward. I must confess, I’ve travelled all around the world for football and my work, I’ve been fortunate enough to stay in the best hotels, but when I got to that ward, I thought to myself: ‘There’s no Four Seasons room that can match it. This is the best place in the world.’ I was so relieved.

“This experience changed the way I view things, because truly health is the only thing that matters in life.

“It will take about a month for me to fully recover. I lost 10kg because I couldn’t even eat a meatball during those 10 awful days.”

Galliani is again working with Silvio Berlusconi, who was in charge of Milan for over 30 years and now owns Serie B side Monza.

Berlusconi also spent time in hospital with COVID complications several months ago.

“Berlusconi is my family. He wrote to me constantly, he was really worried. I saw his calls even when I was too tired to answer the phone,” continued Galliani.

“We’ve been working together since I was invited to his home for a meeting in November 1979.”

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