Teenager expected to remain until Champions League qualifiers.
Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has hinted that M’Baye Niang will remain with the Rossoneri until the Champions League qualifiers, but his long-term future at the club is still uncertain.
The 18-year-old broke into the first-team at San Siro last season and impressed with his initial performances, with many crowning him as part of Milan’s talented attacking trio along with Stephan El Shaarawy and Mario Balotelli.
However, his form and presence in the starting line-up dipped as the season went on, and coupled with the expected formation change next season, Niang’s future at the club is currently in doubt.
Speculation has suggested that a move to Sampdoria could be in the offing, as Milan look to secure the other half of Andrea Poli’s registration.
However, speaking at the Lega Calcio headquarters in Milan ahead of the fixtures draw on Monday night, Galliani revealed that Niang would not be leaving, but hinted that circumstances may well change after the Champions League qualifiers.
“He can’t leave,” Galliani told reporters as quoted by ESPN.
“We’ve got Robinho and [Giampaolo] Pazzini both out and, until the Champions League play-offs are over, he can’t leave.”
Newcastle United have also been credited with an interest, and they will undoubtedly be monitoring the situation throughout the summer, with Milan’s position potentially set to change when their injured players return.
Nevertheless, Sampdoria also remain an option and perhaps a priority considering the link with Poli, and it remains to be seen whether Niang will be plying his trade in Milan when the new season gets underway.