Christian Abbiati said some players in the red and black squad didn’t have the good of Milan at heart last season.
Abbiati chose to retire at the end of the last season, explaining that he made this decision ‘because this Milan is too different from the past’, referring to the attitude rather than the results.
In an interview with 7Gold (which will be aired in full tonight), Abbiati again spoke about the bad experience that was last season, revealing there were ‘bad apples’.
“It’s not the name on the back of the shirt but the symbol on the chest that counts,” he said. “If last year some players didn’t understand this concept? More than not understanding, they were just unprofessional, so the club did very well to sell certain characters that didn’t want the good of Milan.
“As for me, even though I wasn’t playing, I was always available in training giving 100% when I was called into question. Instead, last year they were those who didn’t play and didn’t train well or argued and that’s not good for the group. I saw very little of such things in all my years at Milan.”
This joins Costacurta’s comment from the start of the month, who said that characters like Philippe Mexes and Jeremy Menez (both left this summer) “didn’t have the spirit I see in the current squad.”