Ever since the appointment of Gennaro Gattuso as the coach of AC Milan, Riccardo Montolivo’s role at the club has been decreasing. So much so that the midfielder hasn’t played a single minute for Milan this season. Although Gattuso denies every report stating he has personal problems with the veteran, it seems clear he has no intention to give Montolivo playing time. The Milan coach has tried everything to avoid playing the former Fiorentina man. Riccardo Montolivo continues to fully commit himself to his club, though he knows his time in Milan is coming to an end.
Only two seasons ago, Montolivo was the captain of AC Milan. Being one of the few players in the squad with Champions League experience, he is one of the most experienced. The defensive midfielder appeared 158 times for AC Milan and 66 times for the Italian national team. A few years ago, he was considered one of the best players in Italy. It is unclear why Gennaro Gattuso isn’t a fan of Montolivo. The player and his agent are fed up and unhappy on the lack of playing time the former Atalanta man is receiving. According to Corriere dello Sport, two unnamed Chinese clubs have Montolivo on their wish list. The player himself is considering the move in order to get his career back on track. Both clubs from the far east are willing to pay the former Milan captain a high wage. His contract finishes in the summer, he could leave for free.
AC Milan are reportedly using Montolivo’s departure in order to purchase Yannick Carrasco. They will save money and will free up space for the Belgian. While at Atlético Madrid, Carrasco seemed to be one of the most promising prospects in European football. Elite clubs all over the world were fighting for his signature. Like many other talented youngsters, he was attracted by a big money offer from Chinese club Dilan Yifang. Soon after his move to Asia, he regretted the decision and is trying to get back into European football. Milan will face competition from many other clubs, including rivals Inter Milan. Carrasco is willing to move back to Europe, though it is unknown where his destination will be.