AC Milan confirmed on Tuesday that Massimo Ambrosini will be leaving the club as he was not offered a contract extension. “It’s a real shame to say goodbye to Ambro, a decision that see’s me very emotionally involved,” Galliani told the Milan Channel.
Ambrosini will depart after a glittering 18 year career with the Rossoneri that included over 340 appearances. The 36-year-old now former Milan captain began his long standing romance with the club when he joined from Cesena in 1995. Ambrosini was made the official club captain in 2009 on the departure of Paulo Maldini. His time at Milan included four league titles under four different managers as well as two Champions League medals in 2003 and 2007.
The career of this veteran Milanista did not get off to the brightest of starts. After being brought to Milan by Fabio Capello the teenager struggled to establish himself in a strong team. He was sent on loan to Vicenza from 1997 to 1998 and on his return struggled with a serious knee injury.
The dogged midfielder had immense potential as a youngster and perhaps a series of injuries through his career prevented him from ever fully reaching that potential. But despite ups and downs, Ambrosini’s career turned out to be a long and successful one. Perhaps the highlight of his career was the 2006/2007 season. Ambro had forced his way back into Carlo Ancelotti’s team and was a crucial member of the Champions League campaign. On the 23rd May 2007, in Athens, Ambrosini started alongside Andrea Pirlo, Gennaro Gatusso and Clarence Seerdof in midfield and put in a heroic performance ho help the Rossoneri to a 2-1 victory over Liverpool. It was the second time Ambrosini had lifted the Champions League trophy with Milan after the victory in 2003.
Mainly due to injuries Ambro was also unable to secure a regular place in the Italian National team. With only 35 International caps to his name he missed the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Euro 2004, and the Italian World Cup championship team in 2006.
Ambrosini may not have lit up the world but his determination and love for the Milan badge could never be faltered. He was ultimately a player that gave 150% of himself to the Milan cause. No amounts of millions can buy that sort of patriotism. It’s with this in mind that Milan say a sombre farewell but not a final goodbye to a great servant.
The former Italy international’s agent has confirmed that there is genuine interest from West Ham.
“There is interest from West Ham and it’s a real interest,” Moreno Roggi told Sky Sports. Ambrosini is also rumoured to have offers from the MLS. Despite his age Ambrosini will surely still have something to offer wherever he lands up. His knowledge and know-how of winning can be crucial to mid table team like West Ham.