Tuesday January 29 2013
Montolivo loves Milan playmaker role

Riccardo Montolivo is happy to have been given the keys to the Milan midfield by boss Massimiliano Allegri.

The Italian international joined the Diavolo in the summer on a free transfer once his contract at Fiorentina expired.

After being used in a variety of ways by Allegri, he’s now a key figure in the middle of the park for the Rossoneri.

“As a playmaker I get to play a lot of balls,” the former Atalanta man told Milan Channel.

“Some teams like to man mark me during the game, I know that, but I like playing in the role I have been given at Milan.

“It allows me to be at the centre of the game, I have to control the game and it is possibly more important than the attacking element.

“I just try to create the move that will lead to an attack.

“It is a crucial role and I know I cannot make mistakes – I have to play with confidence.”

The 28-year-old has scored two goals in 20 League games so far this season. He’s also played in four Champions League encounters.

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