AC Milan have turned down offers from an unnamed Premier League club and Serie A rivals Atalanta for defender Mattia Caldara.
The Italian’s time with the Rossoneri has been blighted with both short-term and long-term injuries, with the 25-year-old yet to make a Serie A appearance this season as he recovers from a tendon issue.
Caldara had only just returned from more than five months out with a ruptured cruciate ligament before sustaining his latest setback, as his rehabilitation continues to see him sidelined from action. He has, however, began to earn a spot on the Milan bench, watching on as his side were trounced 5-0 by Atalanta in the club’s last match before the winter break.
And according to Calciomercato, it is Atalanta who have shown interest in securing the centre-back’s services this coming transfer window.
Caldara was born in the city of Bergamo and spent seven years with his boyhood club prior to signing permanently with Juventus in 2017. He was immediately loaned back to Atalanta though, scoring seven goals in 43 appearances in a fine individual campaign.
Milan took note of his performances, using Leonardo Bonucci as part of the deal with I Bianconeri to see Caldara move to the club, but the aforementioned injuries have ravaged his progress. Nevertheless, the report claims Milan are fully behind the defender, and have rebuffed Atalanta’s approaches, making it clear they have no intention of letting him go.
That also included an unnamed Premier League side, who are claimed to have made an offer to sign the player on loan with a possible clause included. They too have been turned down.
“We have Caldara and he’s important for us, we are waiting for him in shape”, the club’s technical director Paolo Maldini said, signalling their faith in him.
Milan have been in dire form this season, languishing in 11th place in Serie A with just 21 points from their 17 matches. Calciomercato add that defensive reinforcements are likely to be made this January window, but will have no bearing on Caldara’s future.