Alessio Romagnoli assured he is “happy in Milan and have many reasons to stay,” while missing the Champions League “would not be a failure.”
The centre-back has been linked with Juventus as well as a possible move abroad to the Premier League.
“I am happy in Milan, I will remain here as long as I am happy, then we’ll see,” Romagnoli told reporters at the Premio Gentleman event.
“The club has to talk about rumours, not me. I am happy in Milan and I am the captain, so I have many reasons to stay.
“If we don’t qualify for the Champions League, then it’d be another season with the objective of getting into that tournament, like the current campaign. However, there’s still a round to go and anything could happen.
“We believe in our chances. We’ll give our all to win against SPAL on Sunday and wait for the other results. We’re aware it no longer depends entirely on us, but we have to try.
“Missing out on the Champions League wouldn’t be a failure, but it would be very disappointing. We dropped points in a few too many games where we had the wrong approach and now need to make the final sprint count.”
Romagnoli also stood up for under-fire Coach Gennaro Gattuso.
“He had a difficult year, but he’s a really honest person. He improved us all from last season, taking us from a delicate situation to flying high. He made us work hard this year and did well to control the group.”