Montella: 'Bonucci is a dream'
Vincenzo Montella thanked Milan for an “extraordinary job on the transfer market,” admitting it’s “a dream” to work with Leonardo Bonucci.
The Rossoneri squad arrived in Guangzhou for their pre-season tour, with new buys Lucas Biglia and Bonucci expected to join them on Tuesday.
“The club is doing an extraordinary job on the transfer market, bringing in both experienced and young players,” said the Coach in his Press conference.
“Many are arriving from other Leagues, so will need a little time to adapt, but I am confident. In all honesty, I don’t feel the pressure that much. It’s easier for me to train strong players.
“It’s true, we made many changes by following a logical path, but it’ll take calm and patience to create a solid group. There are teams in Serie A who are already formed, like Juventus, Napoli and Roma. I consider them to be the favourites.”
Bonucci was the most surprising transfer, arriving from Juventus for €42m.
“He is a world class player. In terms of technique, I think he and Sergio Ramos are the best centre-backs in the world. It’s a dream for me to work with Bonucci, so I thank directors Massimiliano Mirabelli and Marco Fassone.”
Is it true that Bonucci will be handed the captain’s armband at San Siro straight away?
“In my mind there are several captains, but I will exchange ideas with the club on this issue,” continued Montella.
“Our objective is to get into the Champions League. I repeat, we need to become a team quickly and the lads I’ve got to know so far have already put their qualities at the disposal of the group. Certainly the arrival of Bonucci and Biglia allow us to approach the season with even more belief.
“Hakan Calhanoglu is a creative player who can take on various different roles: out wide to cut in, within a three-man midfield or as a trequartista. We’ll see.”
Milan have to hurry their progress, as they are facing CSU Craiova in the Europa League preliminary round on July 27 and August 3.
“The fact we are playing the first leg away from home is not an optimal situation. We’ll have to work out the form of the team and present the best possible line-up.”http://www.football-italia.net/105807/m ... ucci-dream