M’Baye Niang not interested in Spartak Moscow move – Raiola

Super-agent Mino Raiola has admitted that he does not know how to solve M’Baye Niang’s situation after the Frenchman snubbed the chance to join Spartak Moscow.

The former France youth international has been heavily tipped to leave AC Milan during this summer’s transfer window, although the forward would prefer staying put at San Siro.

Speaking to Sky Italia, Raiola, who has previously represented Niang, admitted that the attacker is not the right frame of mind to pursue a new challenge, he said: “Montella said he didn’t train because his head wasn’t right. There’s a medical certificate which says his head isn’t right. So Montella is correct. How do we resolve the situation? I don’t know, we need to work to find a solution which benefits everyone. Russia? For now the lad doesn’t want to go and I think you have to respect his choice, just as you have to respect a choice to stay.”

Niang has suffered a series of injuries during his time with the Rossoneri, but he enjoyed an impressive spell on loan with Watford last season where he netted two goals in 16 appearances. The Hornets had the opportunity of buying out his contract for a reasonable fee but they opted against the deal due to Niang’s apparent desire to return to San Siro.

Milan have had a stormer of a transfer window this summer after having spent more than €200m on 11 players including the likes of Leonardo Bonucci, Nikola Kalinic and Andre Silva. As a result, the pressure is on Vincenzo Montella to provide the results with the club looking to at least compete with Juventus for the Serie A crown. The Rossoneri are also through to the Europa League group stage, and they will fancy their chances of lifting the silverware as they are joint favourites alongside Arsenal at 8/1 with BetVictor.