Montolivo: “The growth of this Milan is undeniable”, De Jong: “I am always available whether I play or not”


Riccardo Montolivo wants to have a good run from now until 2016 while Nigel De Jong claims he doesn’t want to talk about his future at the moment.

The switch to 4-4-2 could once again see Montolivo and De Jong teaming up together in the middle – a thing that has rarely happened under the guidance of Sinisa Mihajlovic, who most of the time chose one over the other for the holding midfielder position in” his 3-man midfield.

Tomorrow Montolivo and Juraj Kucka will play from the start with Alessio Cerci and Giacomo Bonaventura on the flanks. De Jong, who’s just returned from injury, will look from the bench, ready to enter the field if he’s needed.

“I have recovered from my injury and I am now available for selection. The team played well versus Sampdoria and we must keep this going,” De Jong said in today’s pre-match press conference. “4-4-2? I like it and for me it’s better to have 2 central midfielders. I played that way before coming to Milan.

“The future? I don’t want to talk about my future. It’s not easy when you don’t play on a regular basis, but it’s down to the coach. I am a professional and am always available whether I play or not.”

Montolivo, who has been in decent form lately, added: “From now until the half-way stage of the season, we need to put our foot down on the accelerator and make up ground on the sides above us. It’s important that we see steady improvements in the team. We have started from scratch this season and it’s normal to encounter a few setbacks, but the fact that we’re growing as a team is undeniable.”

Milan play Carpi tomorrow at 20:45 CET at Stadio Alberto Braglia and they will have to get all three points against the 19th placed team in order to keep their Champions League hopes alive.

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I hope today match bring us a good result