Tuesday January 24 2017
Montella: ‘Niang considering offers’

Vincenzo Montella confirms Milan forward M’Baye Niang “is considering an offer to change teams” and won’t be called-up for Juventus.

The Frenchman is believed to be considering an offer from Genoa, which would see Lucas Ocampos move the other way, with Torino also thought to be interested.

“The truth is that the lad - along with the club - is considering an offer to change teams,” Montella confirmed in his pre-Juventus Press conference.

“He won’t be called-up, to allow him to calmly decide along with the club. He’s always been involved in normal situations, sometimes he’s been on the fringes but he’s never been out.

“So for my part as long as he’s a Milan player he’ll have the consideration which that deserves, i.e the maximum.

“He has made himself extremely available right from the start, and he’s trying to grow so he can manage his talent better.

“He’s a player who has had his ups-and-downs and there are things he needs to improve. We tried, and we got to a point where we were delighted with the results, including the lad, and I’m not talking about technical results.

“He got to a certain point and then stopped, and I won’t pretend to know why, or I don't want to say... He’s a very sensitive lad, he’s a normal boy and he’s never gone too far, while remaining on the limit.

“I didn’t like the attitude that he showed when he came on against Torino, and he acknowledged that. He’s done more in the past, as he would also admit.

“If he stays here, we’ll try again. If he goes elsewhere then I hope he succeeds.

“Did I offer my opinion on his potential sale? Obviously I was involved.

“Ocampos? I only talk about my players. We’ll see.”

Defeat to Napoli on Saturday night left the Rossoneri seven points adrift of the Champions League places - albeit with a game in hand - what are the objectives for the season?

“The table is so tight that there’s a really thin line between challenging for the Champions League and not making the Europa League.

“A lot will depend on the game in hand with Bologna and the upcoming games.

“It seems pointless to talk about the Champions League right now, our objective is to qualify for the Europa League.”