Montella will stay because Catania are a bigger club than Roma, claims president Pulvirenti

The Sicilian outfit's owner is refusing to believe reports that the ex-Giallorossi striker has already spoken with his old side about replacing Luis Enrique at the helm
Catania president Antonino Pulvirenti is paying little heed to rumours linking coach Vincenzo Montella with a return to the Stadio Olimpico, not least because he feels that the Sicilian team are a bigger club than Roma.

The former Giallorossi striker was installed as caretaker boss at Trigoria during the second half of last season but he was not given the job on a full-time basis and instead took up residence at the Angelo Massimino last summer.

With Luis Enrique possibly standing down as Roma boss at the end of the season, speculation is rife that Montella is being lined up as the Spaniard's successor, but Pulvirenti feels that there is little substance to the reports.

"I've heard so much talk but I have doubts [about these reports] because Montella has another year of contract with us," the Catania owner told Sky Sport24.

"Knowing him, he would not have spoken with anyone, just like the Roma directors, who are also reliable people, would not have talked to a coach still under contract.

"In short, this story is far-fetched and, for me, Catania are already a big club. In my opinion, we are even superior to Roma.

"So, Montella will be the coach again next year. At the end of the season we will plan for the future; the rest is mere posturing."

Montella was on Roma's books for 10 years as a player before calling time on his professional career in 2009.