Marco Storari has returned to Milan this summer after spending last season on loan with Fiorentina, and he hopes to impress new boss Leonardo, who handed him the gloves last night as Milan lost to Argentine side Boca Juniors on penalties in the Audi Cup.
With first-choice Christian Abbiati still recovering from knee ligament surgery and Nelson Dida also sidelined, Storari has been left to fight it out with Australian stopper Zeljko Kalac for a place in the starting XI.
“I am happy with the way things are going,” the net-minder told the club’s official website.
“I am also partially surprised because this is a great opportunity that Milan are giving me. I am here because of Abbiati’s setback and now, due to Nelson [Dida]’s problem, I am among the top two [goalkeepers].
“The club knows my objective - there are four of us and it’s fair to have a pecking order. I don’t know where I stand right now, but I hope not to be the fourth choice.”
Storari could now be in line for a starting role against Inter in an unusual Derby della Madonnina at the end of August.
“It’s too early to talk about that,” he said. “But seeing as it will only be the second match day, anything can happen.”
Vince Masiello, Goal.com