Serbian international linked with move to AC Milan this summer.
Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella has warned striker Adem Ljajic that he can’t play him “if he’s not calm” amid speculation over his future.
The talented youngster is set to see his current contract expire next summer, and Viola owner Andrea Della Valle has previously warned him that if he doesn’t accept the club’s offer of an extension, then they will place him on the market.
Della Valle revealed that there is a willingness from the player to remain in Florence, but that loyalty is set to be tested after AC Milan submitted a formal offer of €8m for the striker.
While Fiorentina immediately rejected that bid citing that it was far off their valuation of the player, it is expected that the Rossoneri will return with an improved offer in the coming days.
However, Montella has given a word of warning to Ljajic over his more immediate future at the club, despite the Serbian international scoring in their latest pre-season friendly in a 4-1 win over Gaziantepspor.
“If I was 22 years old and in Ljajic’s situation, I’d have done worse than him. At his age, you want everything,” Montella told La Gazzetta dello Sport as reported by Football Italia.
“The important thing is that he rediscovers his calm. I can’t play him if he’s not calm. At the age of 22, you don’t accept being on the bench.”
It remains to be seen whether Milan will make a bid that is deemed acceptable by their Serie A rivals, although reports in Italy suggest that personal terms with Ljajic have already been agreed.
Meanwhile, reports claiming that Ljajic had changed his agent were dismissed by Fali Ramadani, who said that it was “absolutely not true” that he had been replaced.