Monday June 24 2013
Milan name Montolivo as captain

Riccardo Montolivo has been named as the new captain of Milan – just a year after his arrival at San Siro.

The Rossoneri are looking for a new man to wear the armband after Massimo Ambrosini’s contract was not renewed.

The midfielder has beaten competition from veteran shot-stopper Christian Abbiati for the honour.

“Montolivo will be Milan’s captain,” Vice-President Adriano Galliani commented. “I’ve spoken with Abbiati and there are no problems.”

Italian international Montolivo, signed on a Bosman free transfer from Fiorentina, is thought to have caught the attention of Sevilla.

Reports yesterday claimed that they had bid €20m for the former Atalanta playmaker.

“Montolivo is not for sale,” Galliani continued. “We won’t be selling him to anybody.

“Anyway, at this moment in time, no Spanish club – apart from Barcelona and Real Madrid – can spend €20m for one player.”

Montolivo, who did wear the armband at times last term, scored four goals in 32 League games during his maiden Diavolo campaign.

Tickets for the Champions League final between Juventus and Real Madrid are still on sale with reseller Viagogo - Click to find out more