Thursday September 5 2013
Mangia denies all Milan links

Former Italy Under-21 boss Devis Mangia says he was never a contender to replace Massimiliano Allegri at Milan.

The ex-Palermo tactician has been linked with the Diavolo over recent times as one of the candidates the club could turn to if and when Allegri departs.

“These are things that do not exist,” Mangia stated to Sky Sport Italia. “There has never been anything about that.”

Remaining on the subject of Milan, the tactician was asked about Stephan El Shaarawy’s role at the club after Allegri has switched back to the 4-3-1-2 system.

“He is a player who did very well last season out wide in a 4-3-3,” Mangia continued. “He now needs to evolve and change his movements.

“However, I think he has the qualities to act as a second striker as Allegri and Italy boss Cesare Prandelli have already said.

“But we should remember that this is a boy who was born in 1992, who knows he has to work hard to grow and keep improving.”

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