In the summer of 2018, AC Milan decided to part ways with Manuel Locatelli, who came through the youth ranks of the club. The midfielder is now at Juventus and is deemed to be one of the best in the league.
Understandably so, many have questioned the Rossoneri’s decision to sell the player to Sassuolo. On the other hand, it’s clear Locatelli wouldn’t have got enough playing time to develop his qualities at Milan.
In an interview with Sportweek, which is the weekly edition of Gazzetta Dello Sport, former Milan coach Vincenzo Montella spoke about Milan’s decision to sell Locatelli. The quotes below were transcribed by MilanNews.
“I don’t know how to explain it. I was gone and in that period, Milan changed managers several times in search of corporate stability. The club was in a hurry to return to certain levels, and Locatelli was probably not considered ready for those levels,” he stated.
Locatelli himself has recently revealed that he always wanted to join Juventus as he supported them as a child. This, of course, has resulted in a different mood among the Milan fans with regards to his departure, deemed not as negative anymore.