Milan released Massimo Ambrosini “because age proved more important than emotions” in rejecting a contract extension.
Vice-President Adriano Galliani confirmed this evening that the captain would not be offered a new contract, as his current deal expires at the end of the month.
“It is a real shame to say goodbye to Ambro, a decision that seems me very emotionally involved,” Galliani told Milan Channel.
“I apologise to Massimo once again in case we hadn’t already told him the decision. We’ve been torn for many days.
“He too is very disappointed, but at the end of the day age proved more important than emotions. Ambrosini has been a great Milan player, having 18 seasons with us is incredible.
“In 18 years a baby is born and grows into a man, so he achieved so much with us. I think it might be a record that he won four Scudetti with four different Coaches: 1995 with Fabio Capello, 1999 with Alberto Zaccheroni, 2004 with Carlo Ancelotti and 2011 with Massimiliano Allegri.”
Ambrosini notched up 489 appearances for the Rossoneri and 36 goals, also lifting the Coppa Italia, two Italian Super Cups, two Champions Leagues, two European Super Cups and one Club World Cup.