Monday July 17 2017
Pioli: Kalinic absence no conspiracy

Fiorentina boss Stefano Pioli insists there is no conspiracy surrounding Nikola Kalinic’s leave, amidst speculation linking the striker with Milan.

Kalinic has been given time off by Fiorentina, with family matters being the official reason for his absence, but it comes just a matter of days after the Croat went public with his desire to join Milan.

“Starting goalkeeper? It’s clear and I've told those concerned. Sportiello will be the starter,” the Coach said after the Viola’s 11-0 friendly win against Trentino Team on Monday.

“I’ve always said this, that someone’s ahead and someone’s behind. It’s up to who’s ahead to stay ahead and vice versa.

“Kalinic’s absence? It’s no coincidence for now. He was granted leave for family reasons and I hope everything can be resolved soon.

“It’s clear that there are also other situations, and the sooner they’re addressed, the better.

“Milenkovic? It’d be bad if I didn’t know him. I’ve watched and reviewed him, he has an element of character, with physical strength and good technique. He’s very young but interesting.

“Other defensive signings? I think someone will come in. We need a fourth central defender.

“Babacar? He knows how to attack well, he offers physical presence in the box.

“He’s a complete attacker, looking for regular football, I’m happy to coach him. We’ll see how the team develop.

“Ianis Hagi? He’s good on the ball with both feet. I’d like him to be more decisive, sometimes he holds onto the ball for too long and slows down our play, but he has talent.

“We’ll see what the best solution is for him and us. I can’t give complete evaluations yet.

“Rebic? He’s keeping busy, he had a tiring week. Without the ball today, he’s been able to move much better.”

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