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 By Ben Gladwell

Milan coach Vincenzo Montella counting on 'strong' Carlos Bacca

AC Milan coach Vincenzo Montella has said he is looking forward to working with Carlos Bacca once his side return from their preseason tour of the United States.

Colombian forward Bacca -- Milan's top scorer last season with 18 goals -- was left behind amid speculation he was heading to West Ham United.

Montella said that was not the real reason the 29-year-old did not travel, telling Milan's official website: "I decided not to bring him on the tour with us because he had a long journey and it didn't make sense to come here to the USA only to play few minutes.

"I like strong players, and Bacca is a strong player. I'm counting on having him in top condition."

Milan lost 2-0 to Liverpool at the weekend, but Montella said: "We are doing well.

"Liverpool started training before us. It was their sixth match, while we only played two before this one. We must keep that in mind when analysing the result.

"I am very satisfied with what the boys are doing. If we want to reach a high level, we must keep working."

Milan face Chelsea in their final International Champions Cup fixture in Minneapolis on Wednesday.

Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.

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