Mark Van Bommel is confident that former club Milan are back on the right track after a problematic start to the season.
The Rossoneri waved goodbye to a host of veteran players at the end of their contracts in the summer, which included the Dutchman, while they then sold Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Paris Saint-Germain.
“It’s not easy to do well after such big changes, but I’m optimistic,” said the PSV enforcer. “I think that Milan will start to climb back up the table.
“A lot of quality players have left Milan, but new players with quality have arrived.
“They have had a difficult start to the season, losing two games at home, yet the current Milan squad still has a lot of talent, while directors Ariedo Braida and Adriano Galliani are good at what they do.”
Despite no longer wearing the Rossonero jersey, the former Bayern Munich midfielder still follows events at San Siro closely.
“I’m not in touch with boss Massimiliano Allegri, but that's only because I don't even have his phone number,” he added.
“However, I do speak with the players and the staff at Milanello. I talk with a few of the Milan players every week. I always have Milan on my mind.”
Milan, after beating Zenit St Petersburg on Wednesday, are next in action against city rivals Inter on Sunday.
“I will be supporting Milan in the derby. It’s an important match and it’s important for Milan to make up for the lost points and climb up the ladder. I’m expecting a great game.”
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