Montella will be aware that his second Serie A campaign holding the Rossonerri reins is one that will define his relatively short managerial career. The Milan board have splashed out in excess of €210m to arm him with a squad that could meet their ambitions of challenging for a Scudetto and bringing European football back to the San Siro.
“Anyone who does this profession cannot duck responsibility,” Montella told Corriere dello Sport. “So yes, I am happy with the team that has been put together, I feel a lot of responsibility, but I am also very, very motivated.
“A squad has been built to reach certain objectives. Naturally, it’ll take some time to adapt with 10 new players, even more so for those who come in from abroad. If we add that they are also young, then that’, even more, time,” the former Roma striker continued.
“Of course, all that is in theory, because I know full well that in Italian football there has never been much time, but I am still ready to accept this very stimulating challenge.
“There is forward planning here and I hope to remain at Milan for many years,” he added. “We must become a team as quickly as possible and try to achieve our objective of Champions League qualification.
“If we were to miss out on that target, it would certainly be a very damaging blow both economically and in terms of image.”