Riccardo Montolivo will be left in Italy while his teammates tour the United States, and it’s an indication that Rino Gattuso doesn’t want to keep him.
Milan named their 28-man squad for the International Champions Cup yesterday evening, and a notable exclusion was that of former captain Riccardo Montolivo.
At first it was thought that Montolivo has a physical problem, but according to Milannews.it and Sky yesterday, and today’s editions of La Gazzetta dello Sport and il Corriere della Sera, the decision not to take Montolivo was made by the coaching staff – a technical decision.
CorSera claims that Montolivo took the decision badly, as it arrived with no detailed explanation, but instead a simple ‘do not come, stay at Milanello’ from the Team Manager. The plan of Milan, the newspaper claims, is to terminate the contract of Montolivo who earns €2.5m per season.
It is claimed that Bologna and Werder Bremen are two possible destinations for the 33-year-old. Should he indeed leave, it’s possible that his place on the team will be filled by Milan Badelj.