The 29 year old has been a rare shining light in what’s been a disappointing season for Milan with the club currently languishing in 10th place in the Serie A table.
His agent Giovanni Branchini has confirmed that the north Londoners are one of the clubs keeping tabs on his client, who has made 20 Serie A appearances this season, scoring two goals and making four assists.
According to the Evening Standard, he said:
Milan have had a difficult season so far and I think I can say that Riccardo Montolivo has been one of the brightest notes.
He became a fixture of the Rossoneri and was even given the captain’s armband as proof. He is very happy with the club to which he belongs, and the club and fans are very satisfied with him.
An extension? He has a contract until June 2016, so it is not a priority to talk about an extension at this time. That’s a discussion we’ll have, I think, next year.
Has there been interest from other clubs? There have been tentative enquiries from Atletico Madrid, [Dortmund boss Jurgen] Klopp and Arsenal, to name a few.
All were trying to ascertain whether the ‘path’ to Montolivo was feasible. At the moment, however, I feel it would be very difficult for the player to leave Milan, precisely because of what I said before.
Montolivo is a central midfielder by profession, but also possess the ability of playing as an attacking or defensive midfielder. He has the ability shoot from long range and also has a key eye for both long and short passing.
He is adept at dropping deep to fulfil more defensive duties, likes to push forward to try his luck from outside the area and always appears to be well positioned, no matter his location on the park. He moved to the San Siro from Fiorentina in the summer of 2012 but given that AC Milan are likely to fail to secure a Champions League berth for next term there is every chance that he would be open to a fresh challenge.
I think the Gunners will be in the market for another central midfielder this summer, as Arteta is now starting to show signs of his age so we’re going to need to find a replacement for him, while Abou Diaby is almost certain to leave the club on a free when his contract expires this summer. However, I would prefer a younger replacement as Montolivo is approaching his thirties.
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