Monday June 24 2013
Milan name Montolivo as captain

Riccardo Montolivo has been named as the new captain of Milan – just a year after his arrival at San Siro.

The Rossoneri are looking for a new man to wear the armband after Massimo Ambrosini’s contract was not renewed.

The midfielder has beaten competition from veteran shot-stopper Christian Abbiati for the honour.

“Montolivo will be Milan’s captain,” Vice-President Adriano Galliani commented. “I’ve spoken with Abbiati and there are no problems.”

Italian international Montolivo, signed on a Bosman free transfer from Fiorentina, is thought to have caught the attention of Sevilla.

Reports yesterday claimed that they had bid €20m for the former Atalanta playmaker.

“Montolivo is not for sale,” Galliani continued. “We won’t be selling him to anybody.

“Anyway, at this moment in time, no Spanish club – apart from Barcelona and Real Madrid – can spend €20m for one player.”

Montolivo, who did wear the armband at times last term, scored four goals in 32 League games during his maiden Diavolo campaign.

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