Focus on Italy

Montolivo pondering next move

July 17, 2011
By Roberto Gotta
AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri's assertion on Wednesday that Riccardo Montolivo "is one for the big stages, one of the best Italian midfielders blessed with great skills and athleticism" will have done little to soothe the discomfort Fiorentina fans have felt about their captain for a long time now. Call it ambivalence, mixed feelings, contradictory perspectives. Or downright disdain.

At 26, Montolivo has the honour of already being the skipper of a major club, but the fact is, ...

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