Atalanta star Ilicic remains coy on future amid Milan links: “We’ll see what happens”

By Oliver Fisher -

There continues to be strong speculation linking Josip Ilicic with a move to AC Milan, and the player has now spoken out about his future.

There has been a lot of intense speculation over the past couple of weeks suggesting that Ilicic is indeed a concrete target for Milan, as the forward is having a difficult moment with Atalanta due to reportedly tense relations with his head coach Gian Piero Gasperini.

The Slovenia international would be an versatile profile for Stefano Pioli’s 4-2-3-1 formation as he can play both out wide and as an attacking midfielder too and there is no doubting his quality, given he has 56 goals and 37 assists in 143 appearances for Atalanta as per Transfermarkt.

He scored the winner for La Dea last night as they beat Fiorentina 3-2 at the Stadio Artemio Franchi to keep up their top four charge, and the forward – who spoke to Sky Italia at the end of the match – did not want to talk about what might happen this summer.

“I don’t want to talk about the future. I want to finish the season well, then we’ll see what happens,” he said (via MilanLive).

Head coach Gian Piero Gasperini also spoke about Ilicic’s future: “Ilicic is great for me, what will happen next year I don’t know. Now he plays for us and he does it with enthusiasm and desire. Sometimes he has good matches, sometimes he has not very positive periods.

“At the beginning of the season we didn’t think we had him, all it gives us is pure gold. We are attached and fond of him, where would he go to feel better? I don’t know… He is one of ours , this is a very strong group in all its components. There is a solidity of the team. If he plays a little less he is motivated and plays a great game.”

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