Serie A - Montolivo in, Van Bommel out as Milan rebuild

Sat, 12 May 14:55:00 2012

AC Milan's rebuilding project continued with the signing of Fiorentina midfielder Riccardo Montolivo, while Mark van Bommel returns to PSV Eindhoven.

2011-12 Serie A Fiorentina Riccardo Montolivo Ap/LaPresse - 0

Italy playmaker Montolivo, 27, joins the Rossoneri on a free transfer after seven years at La Viola, while veteran Dutchman Van Bommel returns to his former club on a one-year contract.

"Next season Montolivo will arrive and he is a very talented player with great technique,” Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri told his club's TV channel.

"Milan will remain competitive next year and we must continue the work we started last season. We need to begin again with great enthusiasm."

The 35-year-old Van Bommel joined Milan from Bayern Munich in January 2011 and said he would like to return to the club as a coach.

"I am leaving Milan and going back to Holland," he told Sky Sport Italia. "Maybe one day I’ll return as a coach.

"Life is like that, at a certain point you have to move on. When I arrived here, everyone told me this club was like a family. I have to say, it was all true."

Van Bommel's exit is part of a exodus of veteran Milan midfielders, with Clarence Seedorf also expected to join Gennaro Gattuso in leaving the club this summer.

Striker Filippo Inzaghi and defender Alessandro Nesta have also announced their departures from the San Siro, while full-back Gianluca Zambrotta could also leave.

Last year's Serie A champions, Milan will be runners-up this season after a 4-2 defeat to city rivals Internazionale last weekend handed Juventus the title with one match to play.

They were widely expected to rejuvenate an ageing side, with several more new signings set to be completed in the coming weeks.

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  1. the milan i grew up watching is now almost completely­ gone - bring back shevchenko and kaka!!! legends­ leaving the club though

    From Raphael Spaolonzi, on Sat 12 May 20:08
  2. sad to see some of these legends quitting. nesta in his­ day was a class act.

    From Gregor, on Sat 12 May 18:34
  3. hope milan make a great team and squad as they deserve­ it. Sad t see so many top names finally leaving the­ game thuogh but they were incredible players

    From Champions Of Europe, on Sat 12 May 16:53
  4. Walter Samuel new deal, for me, it is still good. He­ still has good in defend and also in scoring. I would­ like Inter to take back Coutinho from Espanyol, and­ Pandev from Napoli if Lavezzi's deal will not­ happen. However, several signings will still be­ required by Inter. Bring Fernando Lloriente from Bilbao­ as replacement for Forlan. And take Aquillani from­ Liverpool.

    From Yudho, on Sat 12 May 16:05
  5. Really envy AC Milan.Wish Inter would do the same.With­ Samuel getting a new deal it doesnt look good.

    From Mr.EvoLuTioN, on Sat 12 May 15:42
  6. When they start getting rid of the old dogs then they­ have a good chance of winning titles

    From Mr Burns, on Sat 12 May 15:26
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