AC Milan sporting director gives his full support to Vincenzo Montella

AC Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli has dismissed suggestions that the Rossoneri are considering the position of Vincenzo Montella. Recent speculation suggested that the Italian could be dismissed from his head coach role with Gennaro Gattuso likely to take charge under the end of the season.

However, following Milan’s 2-0 triumph over Sassuolo, Mirabelli insisted that Montella is secure in his position, although the Rossoneri would have preferred a much stronger start to the season, he told Mediaset, “Believe it or not, these are things which are only part of your world; they are journalistic creations. We are involved in a league season and we’re not looking at what’s going on elsewhere.”

We have faith in Montella and we are working every day on continuing this project. Maybe we expected less difficulty compared to what we have had, but we are still united in this project.”

The Rossoneri had the initial expectation of qualifying for next season’s Champions League and Mirabelli insists their ambition has not changed despite the slow beginning to the campaign, he added: “I am convinced that we will do and that we will pursue our objective right to the very end.”

Milan are currently nine points behind Lazio, who hold the final Champions League spot but the Capital outfit still have a game in hand over Udinese which was postponed to a heavy downpour. Montella’s men face a stiff challenge at Napoli following the international break, and the emphasis must be on their defence with the table-toppers netting an average of more than two goals per game.

Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte also dismissed the speculation of a move to Milan following the 1-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday. The Italian coach has been linked with a potential return home, but he is, for now, focused on helping the Blues retain the Premier League crown.