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Montolivo stripped of captaincy

July 18, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Riccardo Montolivo's future at Fiorentina is further in doubt after the midfielder was stripped of the captain's armband.

Riccardo Montolivo: Viola contract expires in 2012
GettyImagesRiccardo Montolivo: Contract expires in 2012

• Montolivo pondering next move

Montolivo has entered the final year of his contract and an extension looks unlikely after talks over a new deal broke down.

It has been speculated that the 26-year-old could be sold this summer, and the club's latest decision to remove him as skipper has intensified these rumours.

Inter Milan, Juventus and AC Milan have all been mentioned as interested sides, but no concrete offer has yet been forthcoming from the trio.

Italy international Montolivo joined Fiorentina from Atalanta in 2005 and was handed the captain's armband three years later. He will now be replaced as captain by defender Alessandro Gamberini.