Milan Made Decision on Romagnoli Future Amid Extension Concerns

Milan have no intention of parting ways with Alessio Romagnoli despite failing to convince the captain to commit his long-term future to the club. According to Gazzetta Dello Sport (via MilanNews), the Rossoneri consider the centre-back one of the essential cogs in the machine heading into the new season.

Milan and Romagnoli’s representative Mino Raiola are locked in extension talks as the super-agent continues to insist on a substantial pay raise. The Italian’s contract at the San Siro is due to expire at the end of next season, with the Lombard outfit hoping to tie the defender down to a new deal. 

The 26-year-old has been an always-present figure for the Rossoneri since arriving from Roma in 2015, making over 220 appearances. However, Romagnoli suffered a dip in form down the final stretch of the 2020/21 season that saw Fikayo Tomori and Simon Kjaer become Stefano Pioli’s first-choice centre-half duo. 

Despite his recent form issues, Romagnoli remains a highly appreciated first-team member, and Milan have no intention of letting him go in the summer. After returning to the Champions League, the Rossoneri need quality and depth in the squad, which only encourages their desire to keep hold of Raiola’s client.

Romagnoli himself is eager to fight his way back into Milan’s starting line-up this upcoming season and earn an improved contract. He is not short of suitors, though, with Barcelona and several English sides registering an interest. 

Some recent speculations even suggested Milan are willing to use their captain in a trade deal to bring in Philippe Coutinho. But as things stand right now, Romagnoli will be wearing the red-black jersey for at least another year.