AC Milan have ruled out a move for Cesc Fabregas, despite speculation that Chelsea rejected a bid from the Italian giants.
The Spain international has started just once for Chelsea this season, with question marks over whether the Spanish international has a future under Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge.
Milan were linked with the former Arsenal man during the summer, amidst reports that Chelsea turned down a formal offer for the 29-year-old’s services.
However, Milan boss Vincenzo Montella insists he is only in the market for a direct replacement for injured captain Riccardo Montolivo in the January transfer window and that rules out a move for Fabregas.
Montolivo is facing six months out after suffering a cruciate ligament injury while on Italy duty.
“We’re looking for a player who has the characteristics that Montolivo has, who can also operate in a defensive-midfield two,” said Montella.
“Fabregas? He doesn’t have those characteristics.”
Manuel Locatelli, 18, has been touted as the player to fill the gap left behind by Montolivo.
“I have faith in Locatelli. He has come on on decisive moments in our past few games,” said Montella.
“But we have to remember that he has only played a few games in Serie A. I would like to bring him slowly,” he added.