Veteran midfielder looks like he will remain in Italy next season.
Former AC Milan midfielder Massimo Ambrosini is set to snub a move to England with West Ham this summer, instead sealing a switch to Fiorentina.
The 36-year-old is available on a free transfer after the Rossoneri decided not to renew his contract last week, and as a result he will be searching for a new club after 18 years at San Siro.
The former Italy international had been linked with a switch to east London, with the Hammers interested in bringing him to England to impart the experience he has gained both in Serie A and in Europe through the years.
However, unfortunately for boss Sam Allardyce it appears as though the veteran prefers a move to Florence, where he will join Vincenzo Montella’s promising squad as they bid to secure Champions League football next season.
Ambrosini’s agent Moreno Roggi confirmed the speculation, stating that they are moving forward with negotiations with the Viola.
“I spoke by telephone with Daniele Prade and we took a step forward with Fiorentina,” he told Radio Blu Toscana.
“At the moment everything is suspended – there is no agreement yet but there has been an important approach between the two parties.
“We’ll be in touch in a few days, I am optimistic,” he is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
Ambrosini is reportedly on holiday until the end of the week, and on his return he will hope to put pen to paper on a new deal.
Having been the latest victim of Milan’s drive to build a more youthful squad, it appears as though Montella believes he still has a part of play in the Italian top flight and will begin a new chapter at a late stage in his career.