The Serb offered reporters short shrift when asked about mounting speculation that he wants to be reunited with his former Sampdoria charge at San Siro
AC Milan coach Sinisa Mihajlovic has refused to be drawn on speculation that he wants to sign Roberto Soriano from Sampdoria.
The Rossoneri have already strengthened significantly during the close season, with Andrea Bertolacci, Luiz Adriano, Carlos Bacca, Jose Mauri, Rodrigo Ely and Alessio Romagnoli all arriving at San Siro.
However, according to reports in Italy, former Samp boss Mihajlovic wants to be reunited with Soriano before the close of the transfer window.
The Serb, though, remained tight-lipped on the mounting speculation during his pre-match press conference on the eve of Monday’s Coppa Italia meeting with Perugia.
“Soriano? I don’t want to talk about players that aren’t in my squad,” Mihajlovic told reporters in Milan. “I know him well, but I can only speak about my players.
“In general, I don’t speak about the transfer market with you journalists, but with my directors. They know well if there’s a need to act…”
Turning his attention to the visit of Perugia, Mihajlovic confirmed that Romagnoli will make his first competitive outing since arriving from Roma and that the €25 million man will be partnered at the back by Ely, who rejoined on a free transfer from Avellino this summer.
“The new season begins tomorrow [Monday] and it’s not just important to give a good performance, but also get the result,” the former Inter defender added.
“The only thing that counts is winning and we will try to do this in every match this season.
“But we also want to win by playing good football because this is part of Milan’s DNA.
“I can’t promise tricks and flare, but rather a side that is hungry to win and that makes as few mistakes as possible.
“The Coppa Italia is an important trophy and we want to do well and we want to win it.
“For this reason also I will play the best Milan side possible against Perugia. Ely and Romagnoli will start in the heart of the defence.
“[Jeremy] Menez has also been called up for the match after injury and I hope to give him 20-30 minutes.
“He’s a bit behind in terms of match fitness, but that is normal.”
Milan kick off their Serie A campaign with a trip to the Stadio Artemio Franchi on Sunday, when they will face Fiorentina.