AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has dismissed all speculations regarding Riccardo Montolivo’s future at the club and said that he would captain the side next season.
Recent reports from Spain suggested that Sevilla are interested in signing Riccardo Montolivo from Milan this summer and have already failed with an opening bid of €20 million. The 28-year-old had been in brilliant form last season and was one of the prime reasons behind the Italian club managing to qualify for the Champions League, despite a poor start in the league. Ever since the departure of Massimo Ambrosini, Montolivo was reported to be the favourite to wear the armband next season.
Adriano Galliani has now crushed all the speculations surrounding Montolivo’s future at the club and has announced that the Italian midfielder will replace Ambrosini as the next captain at the club.
“We are talking about the future captain of Milan, the player [Montolivo] is not for sale.
“I talked to [Christian] Abbiati before, he had no problem with Montolivo being named as the new captain.
“And then we assigned it to Riccardo, who among other things has a name that I always like to mention, since his footballing style reminds me of Kaka.” – The AC Milan SEO was quoted in press.
The former Fiorentina man wore the captain’s armband for the very first time in a match against Juventus back in 2011 and he has also captained Fiorentina after the departure of Dario Dainelli and Martin Jorgensen, back in the 2010.