Contra urges Milan to buy Chivu
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Contra is having a successful spell with Atletico Madrid, following his summer move from Milan, but he still has a fondness for the San Siro outfit as he has admitted that he would like to return.
The full back is well aware of Chivu`s qualities, as he plays alongside him regularly for Romania, and feels he would be a superb capture for Milan.
Carlo Ancelotti`s side have admitted they would like to bring Chivu to Italy, but are reticent to meet Ajax`s asking price.
Contra, though, believes it would be money well spent.
"Paolo (Maldini) is one of a kind, but Cristian is not far behind him," Contra told Gazzetta dello Sport. "He can play many roles, just like Paolo, and he can adjust with ease.
"I would like to come back to Milan with him but if they have to choose, I would tell them to buy him."
Lauding Chivu`s talents, Contra added: "He started as a left back, but Koeman (Ajax coach Ronald) moved him to centre back and he has done well.
"He is good in the air, takes free-kicks and penalties, and he also works hard at trying to improve his game."