AC Milan manager Vincenzo Montella has ruled-out a move for Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas, when speaking to Corriere Dello Sport.
The Spaniard, who has been linked with a move to the Serie A since the summer, was reported to be a potential replacement for Riccardo Montolivo, with the Italian international sidelined for six months due to a cruciate ligament injury picked-up in the recent international break.
However, Montella insists that moving for Fabregas would not be a fair swap and stated the Chelsea man doesn’t possess the characteristics he’s looking for.
“We need a player with Montolivo’s characteristics, someone who knows how to play in a midfield of two. Fabregas does not have these characteristics,”
“I think Montolivo is nearly irreplaceable. He is important both on the pitch and in the dressing room. It’s an even bigger loss than people think.”
Instead, Montella will trust in 18-year-old Manuel Locatelli to fill the void but stated he wants to take it slow with the promising teenager.
“I have faith in Locatelli. He has come on on decisive moments in our past few games. But we have to remember that he has only played a few games in Serie A. I would like to bring him slowly.”
Milan currently sit sixth in the Serie A standings, just one point behind second-placed Napoli ahead of clashes against Chievo, Juventus, Genoa and Pescara this month.