Friday May 27 2011
Inter reject Montolivo idea

Inter have joined Milan in pulling out of the race to sign Fiorentina captain Riccardo Montolivo.

The classy midfielder has refused to sign a contract extension with the Viola which means the club will have to sell or lose him for nothing in 2012.

The Nerazzurri had been closely linked, but President Massimo Moratti today claimed that the player would not be purchased.

"I don't think that Montolivo can join Inter," the oil baron noted.

Moratti's comments come just hours after Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani also dismissed whispers that Montolivo was heading to his club.

"He would be a perfect replacement for Andrea Pirlo, but a Pirlo who plays in front of the defence," Galliani said.

"We want a left-midfielder and Montolivo is not one. We are looking for a player with legs, a player who is good at coming from deep."

Juventus have also been associated with Montolivo, but they in turn have signed Pirlo from Milan on a free.

The Bianconeri are expected to soon net Michele Pazienza from Napoli too and they could yet swoop for Udinese's Gokhan Inler.

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