Tuesday January 7 2014
Galliani: Cristante staying here

Adriano Galliani has dismissed the idea of sending Bryan Cristante out on loan this January, as he calls for Alessandro Matri to be supported.

Cristante was notably handed a first start for the Rossoneri in yesterday’s 3-0 win over Atalanta and marked it with a goal.

Whilst otherwise linked with a loan move away this January, with Genoa, Parma and Atletico Madrid all rumoured as interested, the club’s Vice-President has clarified where the 18-year-old’s future lies.

“We have had requests from a lot of teams, but he is staying here,” Galliani has stated on Milan Channel this week.

“I talked to him and his agent and told him to remain calm. And he will find his space.

“Indeed, we are not so short in midfield with him and the fact is that we have Muntari and Montolivo suspended in the Champions League, and in the first leg [Last 16] against Atletico Madrid, Cristante will play.”

Galliani commented on other rumours relating to the transfer window, as well as the reception Alessandro Matri received at San Siro yesterday when substituted.

“We have signed Rami and Honda, at the moment there are no other arrivals. But, Milan will be the team to best strengthen in January. It is necessary to close the first half of the season on 25 points.

“Alessandro Matri? He is one of us, from our youth, he is not a former Juventino, he has returned home and he must be supported.

“I see that he is not playing very well right now, but he should not be booed like that, I do not understand this obstinacy.

“Hopefully this is the beginning of Honda-mania - he told me he will only be happy when he plays well and Milan will win.”