Italy international Alessio Romagnoli has ended the ongoing speculation over his future by signing a fresh four-year contract with AC Milan. The centre-back had attracted strong interest from Juventus in recent weeks but the Rossoneri have managed to convince the defender to prolong his stay until 2022.
Speaking after the extension, Romagnolisaid: “I thank Fassone and Mirabelli. We hope it will be a renewal that brings us great satisfaction, both next season and also in the years to come. I will honour this agreement and this jersey every day.Thank you again everyone. Now we will enjoy the holidays and come back fired up for a new season.”
AC Milan have expected to challenge for the Champions League positions at the least after their €200m plus spending during the previous summer transfer window. However, they could not find the cohesion within the team to enhance their prospects and they eventually ended the campaign in sixth position, eight points behind fourth-placed Inter Milan.
Since then, the hierarchy have had to deal with issues regarding the Financial Fair Play and reports suggest that they could be handed a huge fine from UEFA. Nevertheless, they have the future of one of their brightest talents secured and the San Siro outfit will be hoping for better promise under Gennaro Gattuso next term.
The former Champions League winner was the key to reviving Milan’s campaign, shortly after Vincenzo Montella’s dismissal last year and he has since been rewarded with a fresh contract for his efforts. Despite the financial troubles, Milan continue to be in the market for players ahead of the summer transfer window and they are particularly looking for recruits in the midfield and forward departments.
Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini has been recently touted as a possible candidate to join the club on a free transfer whilst Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata is also on their radar after an average showing during his debut campaign in the Premier League.
Marco Materazzi believes his former Italy teammate Gennaro Gattuso has done an incredible job in transforming AC Milan’s second during the second half of the season. The Rossoneri appeared done and out of the quest for Champions League football, but the appointment of Gattuso as the permanent head coach in November has scrapped a brilliant comeback for the club.
Speaking on Omnisport, Materazzi was full of praise for his compatriot despite Milan’s rivalry with his former side Inter, he said: “I believe that when a coach steps up from being in charge of the B team and asks to keep the same contract, while trying to prove himself with the first team, he has proved he can be treated as a top coach. They’ve produced an incredible come-back. Credit to Rino, who was able to create a good atmosphere and a solid group. We’ll see if he gets the job next year too.”
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AC Milan manager Vincenzo Montella has laughed off suggestions that he could be dismissed from his managerial role in the near future. The Italian said that he has been watching his funeral for a while after his side drew blank in the Europa League game against AEK Athens on Thursday night.
The Rossoneri won just one of their seven games in October including defeats to Roma, Inter Milan and Juventus. Milan also drew their doubleheader against AEK without finding the scoresheet, and this is a cause of concern for a side, who appear to lack cohesion among their players.
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