NEWS
Friday September 2 2011
Montolivo denies Milan deal

Riccardo Montolivo has rejected reports that he has agreed to join Milan in 2012. Fiorentina have also revealed that he snubbed a move to Roma this summer.

"I'm just concentrating on Fiorentina," said the former Viola captain. "I have no verbal or written agreement with any other club."

Montolivo was made available for transfer by the Tuscan side after he refused to sign an extension to his contract that expires next June.

Milan were strongly paired, but it has now been revealed that Roma made an offer for the former Atalanta playmaker.

"There was interest in him from a big Italian club and that was Roma," Viola sporting director Pantaleo Corvino noted.

"However, it was the player himself who turned it down. He told us that joining Roma would have been an act of treachery towards the Viola fans.

"We missed out on an important economical opportunity there, but the positive side was that it demonstrated his attachment to Fiorentina.

"We can't deny that Montolivo has betrayed us though. We wanted to make him the symbol of Fiorentina.

"Nevertheless, what has just happened will allow us to sit around a table again and discuss his future."

If Montolivo isn't convinced to put pen to paper on a new deal then he could leave Tuscany on a free transfer next summer.

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