Riccardo Montolivo named AC Milan captain after just 1 season

Riccardo Montolivo was with Fiorentina from 2005-2012 before coming to AC Milan.
Antonio Calanni/AP

MILAN (AP) -- AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani has announced that Italy midfielder Riccardo Montolivo will become the squad's new captain after just one season with the club.

The move comes after Milan decided earlier this month in a surprise move not to renew the contract of previous captain Massimo Ambrosini, who took over the armband when Paolo Maldini retired in 2009.

The 28-year-old Montolivo joined Milan from Fiorentina a year ago and was a fixture in the Rossoneri lineup this past season.

Montolivo is also a regular starter for Italy, and is part of the squad now playing in the Confederations Cup in Brazil.

Galliani says he made the move after first getting permission from veteran Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati, who has been with the club for the last five seasons.

Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.