Monto: “Being captain doesn’t secure a place in the XI”, De Jong: “Milan have many captains, we must win”

MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 17: Nigel De Jong of AC Milan in action during the TIM Cup match between AC Milan and AC Perugia at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 17, 2015 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

Nigel De Jong and Riccardo Montolivo again sat alongside Sinisa Mihajlovic in the press conference to talk ahead of this weekend’s match.

Milan will play their Matchday 2 match against Empoli tomorrow at 20:45 CET at Stadio San Siro and once again, De Jong will player from the start – with the captain armband – while Montolivo will sit on the bench waiting for his chance.

Montolivo and De Jong were with coach Mihajlovic for the press conference today and also spoke about the captaincy issue.

“We have worked hard this week. We must win at home to Empoli and we want these 3 points,” De Jong said.

“During pre-season we worked well but we still have lots to do this season. We gave a good performance versus Perugia (a Coppa Italia match they won 2-0), but we now have to do the same against all of the others.

“The armband? There are lots of players with experience in the changing room, there are many captains like Montolivo and Abbiati. The one with the captain’s armband out on the pitch is the skipper. I take my responsibilities when I go to the field.

“Seasonal objectives? We hope that we can finish amongst the top-three in Serie A, but we always take things one match at a time.” Milan are currently in 19th place but it’s of course after only one match.

“I’ve been penalized slightly by the coach’s choices in the past 2 matches, but individual interests come after the interests of the team,” Montolivo told the reporters at Milanello.

“The rumours? I don’t like to listen to the rumours. I always give my best, the coach rates me and that is what is important for me. I, like the others that aren’t playing, am trying to convince the coach to select me. Being the captain doesn’t mean that you have a place secured on the pitch.

“The national team? It’s is certainly an objective I have in mind, but first I must and have to play well for Milan. Only if I do well at Milan I’ll return to the national team?”

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Pato man

Pls sell him and buy isco and quintero den we will win the scudetto

Pa ibra

why will we sell him. is there better midfielders in the team.


i think he thinks about monty…

Pa Ibra

I also mean monty. he should be tested out when fully ready,seeing most of the other midfielders haven’t been convincing either despite being ahead of monty in terms of fitness


is that our third kit for real?


yes 🙁


i dont understand why cant we have nice 3. kit… like we used to have.. all black, with some white stripes.. it would be amazing…

and also, why we sometimes play with main jesrey + white shorts and sometimes + black shorts?? I mean.. black shorts look much better…


Yea we look like a fruit roll up. And I loved the all black kits, I actually have the all black el sharaaway kit, we see how that went lol


Seems like Milan made a deal with Jamaica to design the 3rd kit LMAO


@luke… i cant stop laughing… there’s something wrong with milan in all aspect…damn!!!


You got that right my friend – Milan has problems any way you look at it LOL.

Duru Uche

Comment:i think the only solution we need is sale galliani


well that’s awkward…


Milan is a house of comedy

yan bah