Mirabelli backs Montella in response to Conte to Milan rumours


Antonio Conte is not a target for AC Milan as they continue to back head coach Vincenzo Montella, according to sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli.

There has been talk that Chelsea manager Conte could look for a move back to his native Italy, with Milan - who spent big in the transfer window and have lost three of seven Serie A matches - a potential suitor.

But Mirabelli refused to comment on the possibility of bringing in the former Juventus coach, insisting Montella will continue in the role.

"We have a coach we are happy with, we do not think about anyone else," the Milan chief told Radio Rossonera of Montella, in response to the speculation.

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Mirabelli added that he is optimistic that Milan could swoop for Torino forward Andrea Belotti in future, even if a deal was not possible this year.

"It is well known that we tried to bring [Belotti] to Milan," he added. "It was difficult for several reasons.

"But he is a strong player and a Milan fan. Who knows? Maybe one day he can wear the shirt he dreamt of as a child."

And Mirabelli also took aim at agent Mino Raiola for his role in rumours that Gianluigi Donnarumma wanted to leave Milan ahead of signing a new contract.

"Mino Raiola is one of the most important agents in the world - he has great players - we are not talking about a shameless one," he said.

"When he said 'Donnarumma will not renew', we were uncomfortable but we fought and we managed to find the deal.

"[Raiola] is a bit of an actor; he likes to say these things because talking about Milan means staying in the newspapers - even though he does not need it."

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