AC Milan Boss Vincenzo Montella Unsure About Future Under Chinese Bosses
As the AC Milan takeover date comes closer, rumours surrounding the clubs future have also been growing.
The latest report coming from sources close to the Chinese investor Yonghang Li suggest that he wants to replace current boss Vincenzo Montella at the end of the season.
Li is scheduled to complete the take-over on April 14 – and reports suggest that he is looking to replace the Italian.
Montella’s men are gearing up to face Palermo as they look to move into the Europa League qualifying spot with a win on Sunday.
However, the 43-year-old shrugged off reports regarding his future and insisted that he was focused on the match.
“With the club changing ownership, I’ll have to meet the new management to talk about the future projects and discuss everything,” Montella told reporters. “I am not aware of their projects, let’s wait and see. ”
“Rumours are part of our job: I am really happy at AC Milan and I hope to manage this team also in the future, I really like it here.”
“Let’s see what will happen next week, I am serene as always and I’m only focusing on preparing the team for the match against Palermo.”
Montella spoke about his tactics as he hinted he could start Carlos Bacca and Gianluca Lapadula together up-front – along with Suso.
He also stressed that Gianluigi Donnarumma had learnt from his mistake from last weekend against Pescara.
“Gigio immediately reacted to his first real mistake,” Montella said. “He accepted what happened. He’s going to be an even better goalkeeper.
“Bacca and Lapadula together up front? Sometimes they have already played together and did well. Last week I replaced Carlos because he looked very tired.”
“[Gabriel] Paletta is playing one of his best seasons ever: ups and downs can happen, but he has been an essential player for us. [Mario] Pasalic? He’s what you call a modern player, he’s got spirit of self-sacrifice and great desire. [Gerard] Deulofeu is doing really well, you could say he’s doing great if he was more clinical in front of goal.”
“[Suso] is very important for us. He had great chemistry with [Ignazio] Abate. When you are missing players like him it’s not easy and it’s not easy replacing him. Now he’s fully recovered although he won’t be at the peak of his condition. If everything goes smoothly, he’ll play against Palermo.”