AC Milan Chief Executive Adriano Galliani has confirmed that Massimo Ambrosini will leave the club at the end of his contract.
Ambrosini’s departure will bring an end to his 18 year spell at the club. The 36-year-old was signed by Fabio Capello back in 1995 from Cesena and has won two Champions League, one Coppa Italia and four league titles during this stay at the club. Ambrosini has made 489 appearances (in all competitions) and was handed over the captain’s arm-band after the departure of Paolo Maldini back in 2009.
Ambrosini wasn’t a regular in the starting eleven during the early part of his career. His career was largely hampered by injuries, and was mostly used as a substitute, but he fought his way back into the line-up during the 2007-08 season.
Recently his future at the club was up for speculation as his contract approached its expiration date. Last month his agent confirmed that there are interests from a lot of clubs across Europe, including West Ham United, but they will take the final call on his future after a discussion with Adriano Galliani.
“There is interest from West Ham and it’s a real interest, like that of other English, German and American teams, although there have not been concrete contacts.
“But, like every year, the first thing Massimo will do at the end of the season is speak with Adriano Galliani.” – Moreno Roggi, Ambrosini’s agent, was quoted in press.
But now Galliani has confirmed that the 36-year-old will leave the club, in what turned out to be a very emotional decision for both the parties involved. Galliani was apologetic in his statement, but maintained that the midfielder’s age was a massive factor in this decision.
“I’m really sorry to say goodbye to Ambrosini. It’s a decision that sees me emotionally involved.
“I’m sorry for Massimo that we announced the decision. We have been torn for many days. He’s really sorry too, but at the end the age reasons overcame the emotions.” – The AC Milan Chief was quoted in the club’s official website.
It will also be an emotional news for the Milan fans as Ambrosini was part of the famous Milan squad which dominated in league and even in Europe. Riccardo Montolivo is expected to replace Ambrosini as the captain of the side from next season.