MARK VAN BOMMEL hopes Milan will beat Inter on Sunday and keeps in touch with the players.
Van Bommel spent a rather short spell at Milan of only 1.5 years but became a lovable character with some great performances that helped il Diavolo win the Scudetto in Massimiliano Allegri’s first year at Milan.
Super-agent Mino Raiola believes Milan are missing Van Bommel this season. Milan replaced Van Bommel with De Jong, who is still not playing to his full potential, but MvB is confident Milan will succeed.
“I saw Milan’s match against Zenit yesterday. Many quality players have left, but many new players with quality have also arrived. It’s not easy to play well after such a big change has occurred, and they also lost two home matches. But I’m optimistic. I believe that Milan will climb up the table,” Van Bommel, 35, said.
“They had a difficult start to the season, but the current Milan squad still has a lot of quality, and Braida and Galliani are good at what they do. I don’t speak with Allegri anymore, but that’s only because I don’t even have his number. However, I do speak with the Milan players and the staff at Milanello and all the other people at Milanello. I always have Milan on my mind. I speak with a few of the Milan players every week.
“I will be rooting for Milan in the derby on Sunday. It’s an important match, and it’s important for Milan to make up for the lost points and climb up the Serie A table. I think that the derby on Sunday will be a great match”, concluded the midfielder who admitted Dutch people usually find Italian calcio uninteresting.
Van Bommel, who retired from international football after the Euro 2012 disappointment of the Netherlands national team suffered, didn’t spend much time at Milan but is very attached to the team and the club.