AC Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli has denied that striker Andre Silva could be sold or loaned out by the Rossoneri in the January transfer window.
Arsenal and Everton have been linked with the Portuguese international in recent weeks, but speaking to O Jogo newspaper (translated by Goal.com), Mirabelli said the Serie A club will keep faith in the 22 year old:
“I know that Andre Silva is going through a difficult time, but he is a very important player for us. We have a special affection for him, he has a lot of talent and we want him to stay with us.”
“Of course he’s going to be [with us] in January and I’m sure he’ll be with us for many, many years.”
Silva was signed for €38m (£34m) from Porto in the summer but has so far failed to score in the league. All eight of his goals have come in the Europa League, leading to criticism about his suitability for Serie A.
Rossoneri boss Gennaro Gattuso has been particularly outspoken in his criticism of the forward, and even suggested that loan move away from the San Siro could happen.
Mirabelli’s comments will however dampen speculation that Silva will be leaving any time soon. Arsenal were rumoured to be interested in a deal for the Portuguese ace before his move to Italy, but they began to resurface once again when he failed to settle quickly at his new club.