One of Riccardo Montolivo’s agents has revealed why the Milan man refused to sign a new contract at Fiorentina.
“In the summer of 2010, Montolivo left for the World Cup after a kind of agreement was reached over an extension,” Carlo Pallavicino told the Corriere dello Sport. “It was a five-year deal worth €2m a season.
“The first alarm bell sounded when [fellow agent] Giovanni Branchini was at the Viola HQ and he was told that Montolivo would play in front of the defence.
“On his way back to Milan from that meeting, he turned on the radio and heard that Fiorentina had announced the signing of Gaetano D’Agostino – something that wasn’t mentioned to him.
“The relationship cracked from that moment, but certainly not because of D’Agostino himself. The fact is that we lacked a direct contact with the Della Valle brothers.”
Montolivo left the club on a Bosman after making it clear that he wouldn’t sign a new deal in Tuscany.
“Branchini tried to open negotiations with Milan and Atletico Madrid over a transfer, but Fiorentina didn’t want to hear about it…”
Montolivo will take on his former club this weekend.