A decisive season is on the horizon for AC Milan defender Andrea Conti but his road appears to be uphill, according to a report.
As Calciomercato.com notes, the full-back underwent surgery in July on the meniscus of his left knee and has only just returned to full fitness. He has re-entered the fold for Stefano Pioli, but instantly finds himself behind Davide Calabria and Diogo Dalot in the pecking order.
Conti is ready to try and convince Pioli that he deserves a starting spot and while nothing is impossible, it will not be an easy task given that Calabria and Dalot have shown just how reliable they can be.
The former Atalanta man has a contract which is set to expire in 2022, and therefore this season is crucial to understand if he could be part of the future of the club. A renewal is not in the plans of directors Maldini and Massara at the moment, who instead have opened talks to sign Dalot permanently.
If he cannot force a role, then in summer 2021 Conti will be put on the market. Selling will not be easy as teams who have previously shown interest like Parma and Fiorentina were only after a loan deal and now have other targets, but also because Conti earns €2m net per season and has a value of €7.5m on the balance sheet.