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December 2011

Pato out, Tevez and Balotelli in?
31.12 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

It is reported Milan will sacrifice Alexandre Pato to PSG so they can sign Carlos Tevez, then Mario Balotelli in July.

The Rossoneri are in negotiations with Paris Saint-Germain, who have director Leonardo and new Coach Carlo Ancelotti, to reunite them with Pato.

According to the Corriere dello Sport, the €46m raised from selling The Duck will be funnelled straight to Manchester City.

Milan have already confirmed they agreed personal terms with Tevez for a January move and have seen their loan bid rejected, so must pay €20m to sign him outright.

However, the new development is a summer swoop for Balotelli, who is a lifelong Milan supporter.

Meanwhile, Pato has spoken out about his supposed row with Coach Massimiliano Allegri and these transfer rumours.

“My rapport with Allegri is professional. I don’t think a Coach and player need to share friendship. We have the same objective: to continue winning with Milan,” he said from their training camp in Dubai.

“I sent a message wishing Ancelotti well, but I am not talking about the transfer market. That is up to my agent. I have a contract with Milan until 2014.

“I always want to win and will wait to play so I can give my best. I think the Champions League is our primary objective this season. I spoke to Andre Santos, whose Arsenal we will be facing in the next round.

As for the Scudetto, we have to watch out for many teams, not just Juventus.”

Aquilani: 'Normal between Allegri and Pato'
30.12 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Alberto Aquilani has given his verdict on the reported animosity between Alexandre Pato and Massimiliano Allegri.

Earlier this week, Pato was quoted in an interview with Il Corriere dello Sport and Il Corriere della Sera of suggesting there was not enough talking between himself and the Milan Coach.

In turn, there has been strong speculation linking the Brazilian striker with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

However, Aquilani, speaking today at the end of the team’s training session in Dubai where Milan are spending their winter preparations, commented that the incident was not out of the ordinary.

“Everything is normal between Allegri and Pato. These things happen everywhere.

“Because Pato is an important player, everything gets over-exaggerated and amplified.”

Cassano: 'Important to live'
30.12 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Antonio Cassano has revealed that in the moment he discovered that he needed heart surgery, playing football was farthest from his mind.

In an interview with Striscia la Notizia after receiving the year’s Tapiro d’Oro award - a mock award given out by the television programme - Cassano reflected on having to undergo surgery for a congenital heart problem in late October and his subsequent, ongoing recovery.

“It was unexpected, but the important thing was to live. I have to wait six months to play again. Meanwhile, I walk, walk, walk. With all the kilometres that I’m doing I’ll be arriving in Bari.”

Since joining the Rossoneri in January 2011, Cassano has struck up a friendship with fellow striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

“He is one of my best friends, even though he puts pressure on me to return. I have a great relationship with him and with everyone at Milan.

“It is strange that I have a beautiful relationship with everyone, but it’s true.”

AC Milan update on Tevez and Pato
29.12 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan have confirmed that they still hope to sign Carlos Tevez in January, while they have ruled out selling Alexandre Pato to Paris Saint-Germain.

The Rossoneri have agreed personal details with the Argentine attacker, but Manchester City have so far refused to sell on the Italian club’s terms.

Milan want the forward player on loan with an option to buy him outright at the end of the campaign. City would like something more permanent.

“We’re just waiting for the negotiations for Tevez to unblock,” Vice-President Adriano Galliani told Milan Channel.

“We’ve decided to forget about other options, including Maxi Lopez of Catania, because we only want Tevez.

“He has said that he wants to leave City and he’ll only do so to come here to Milan,” the former Lega Calcio chief continued.

“If a player arrives then it will be a top world class one, otherwise we won’t be making any signings.”

Galliani was then inevitably asked to comment on the speculation that Pato could be on his way to Paris SG for €50m.

“There is no negotiation going on with Paris Saint-Germain for Pato,” he underlined.

“There has been no contact with the player and none between us and PSG. There is no truth in it. I’ve been trying to tell the newspapers as much, but they don’t believe me.”

The Brazilian striker is being paired with PSG given his admission earlier this week that he does have some problems with Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri.

His agent has also left the door open for a switch by insisting that they would consider a move if Milan opted to sell.

AC Milan have Maxi Lopez deadline
29.12 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Catania have revealed that Milan have two more days to sign Maxi Lopez – otherwise they’ll sell him to another club.

The Rossoneri have agreed a deal with the Sicilian outfit for the striker, but they’ll only take him if they fail to net Carlos Tevez from Manchester City.

The Tevez deal has hit complications though as talks with the Premiership club over the terms of the move continue.

While Milan are prepared to wait for Tevez, Catania don’t seem ready to wait for the Italian champions.

“There is an agreement that depends on certain factors,” Catania director Pietro Lo Monaco told Sky Sport Italia.

“We’ll wait until December 31, but then other clubs will be given space to negotiate. Milan have another two days, then I think he’ll go elsewhere.

“Lopez is a strong player and even he doesn’t know his potential as a true centre-forward,” the official continued.

“The fact that we made him available to Milan saw other clubs come forward. There is one other Italian outfit and two foreign sides after him.

“We’ll wait a few days and then we’ll see what happens.”

It’s understood that Fiorentina are considering making a move for the former Barcelona player as a replacement for the Genoa-bound Alberto Gilardino.

PSG could seduce Pato
29.12 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Alexandre Pato’s representative has failed to rule out the possibility of a Milan exit. “Paris Saint-Germain are seductive.”

The French giants, who could soon be bossed by former Rossoneri tactician Carlo Ancelotti, are understood to be pondering a bid for the Brazilian international.

Speaking to the L’Equipe newspaper, Gilmar Veloz admitted that PSG are becoming an attractive outfit under their wealthy Qatari owners.

“Ancelotti is a great Coach, Leonardo is a very competent director, David Beckham would be more than just a team-mate and PSG are a club who will become even bigger,” Veloz noted.

“It’s all very fascinating and the offer is seductive, but we are not the ones who have to decide. Milan and Vice-President Adriano Galliani are the ones who will have to make the decision.

“We are professionals,” he added. “We’ll sit down around a table and, if it is good for Milan and for us, then who knows…”

Speculation in France suggests that PSG are ready to offer around €50m for the South American striker.

Nocerino: I'm no goal hero
29.12 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Antonio Nocerino has played down the fact that only Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored more goals than him for Milan this season.

The summer signing from Palermo has been a revelation in front of goal after netting six in 14 League games. Ibrahimovic has 11 in 13.

“I’ve scored six goals, but I don’t consider myself as a prolific goalscorer,” the Italian international told Sky Sport Italia.

“I’m just a normal guy who happens to be playing in the middle of a host of great footballers,” he continued.

The midfielder is currently in a Scudetto duel with his new club and Juventus – the outfit who signed him as a youngster.

“I owe the Bianconeri a lot,” he added. “That’s because they allowed me to grow up. However, I’m now at Milan and I hope we are the ones celebrating at the end of the season.”

Milan and Juventus are currently joint top on 34 points, two ahead of revelation side Udinese and four clear of Lazio.

Torino door opens for El Shaarawy
29.12 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Italian champions Milan have suggested that they would be willing to loan Stephen El Shaarawy to Serie B leaders Torino.

The attacker, co-owned with Genoa, moved to Milanello during the summer but has struggled to feature regularly.

A temporary move away from San Siro has been mentioned as a possibility for January in order to give the 19-year-old more playing time.

“If we decide to move the kid then there would be nothing to stop him from joining Torino – even if they are in Serie B,” Milan director Ariedo Braida told Tuttosport.

“After all, President Urbano Cairo is also a friend.”

El Shaarawy, born to an Italian mother and Egyptian father, has scored one goal in seven Serie A appearances so far this season.

He caught the eye last term in the Italian Second Division after netting nine times in 29 games for Padova.

Pato agent was in Paris but...
29.12 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Alexandre Pato’s agent has admitted contact with Paris Saint-Germain, but underlined that Milan will decide the player’s future.

The French giants have been linked with a €50m bid for the striker after he admitted to problems with Rossoneri boss Massimiliano Allegri earlier this week.

The links only intensified after reports emerged that the player’s representative, Gilmar Veloz, met with PSG director Leonardo this week.

“Yes, we met in Paris,” Veloz told Le 10 Sport in an interview. “But Leonardo is my friend and he received me as such.

“It's one thingto come and see a friend who works at Paris SG and another to see a sporting director…

“Did we talk about Pato? You know, we work in football so we talked about football. We are not in the film industry and I do not work with actors.

“We talked about current events, players, Pato and Paris too. However, Pato has a contract with Milan and, for better clarification on his future, you would have to ask his employer.

“I'd be the wrong party. Alexandre Pato has a contract and it is Milan who decide.”

Pato, 22, is liked by officials in France given that Leonardo helped the Rossoneri sign him. He also bossed him with the Rossoneri.

PSG are expected to announce Carlo Ancelotti, another tactician who worked with Pato at San Siro, as their new Coach at some stage over the next few days.

Ancelotti will reportedly sign a contract until 2014, worth somewhere in the region of €6m per campaign.

Molinaro on AC Milan radar
29.12 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan could make a move for Cristian Molinaro of Stuttgart if Taye Taiwo leaves the club in January, the Corriere dello Sport reports.

The Nigerian international only transferred to Italy in the summer after his contract at Marseille had expired.

However, he’s had his difficulties in adapting to the Italian game and he’s not assured of first team football with the Diavolo.

His agent has admitted that the player will make a decision on his future next month given that there is interest in his services.

Should the left-back head out of Milanello, the Rossoneri may consider replacing him with Molinaro.

The 28-year-old, who has appeared for Italy, is currently playing his football in Germany after leaving Juventus in January 2010.

Pato off to PSG for EUR 50 mil?
28.12 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Some sections of the French media are claiming that Alexandre Pato will leave Milan for Paris Saint-Germain in January.

The Brazilian’s future at San Siro is in some doubt after his interview with the Corriere dello Sport on Tuesday.

During the conversation, the international striker admitted that his relationship with boss Massimiliano Allegri is not ideal.

Following those revelations, some reports across the Alps are suggesting that a transfer will take place next month.

Pato, according to the stories, will be offered a four-year contract by the Ligue 1 giants worth €7m per campaign.

Milan will allegedly be tempted into a sale thanks to a €50m offer from PSG.

Paris SG director Leonardo helped the Rossoneri sign Pato in August 2007. PSG could also soon be bossed by former Milan tactician Carlo Ancelotti.

However, the reigning Italian champions have quickly rubbished the suggestions on Wednesday morning.

“I have received no signal from Pato that he wants to leave, nor from Leonardo that he wants to sign him,” stated Vice-President Adriano Galliani.

“Pato will stay with us – without a doubt. Saying that, if the player wants to be sold…”

Inzaghi named in AC Milan squad
28.12 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Pippo Inzaghi has been included in the Milan squad for their imminent winter training camp in Dubai.

Inzaghi is being linked with a January exit after failing to break into the plans of boss Massimiliano Allegri.

The former Italian international and ex-Juventus man will, however, fly out with the rest of the squad for their retreat in the sun.

Allegri has named a 29-man party and the only absentees are the unavailable Antonio Cassano, Mario Yepes and Mathieu Flamini.

Daniele Bonera and Antonio Nocerino are already in Dubai, while the Brazilian contingent will fly directly from Sao Paulo.

As part of the tour, Milan will face Paris Saint-Germain in a friendly on January 4, 2012.

Squad – Goalkeepers: Abbiati, Amelia, Roma, Piscitelli.

Defenders: De Sciglio, Nesta, Thiago Silva, Abate, Bonera, Zambrotta, Antonini, Mexes, Taiwo, Rodrigo Ely.

Midfielders: Valoti, Nocerino, Aquilani, Ambrosini, Carmona, Gattuso, Van Bommel, Emanuelson, Seedorf, Boateng.

Attackers: Pato, Ibrahimovic, Inzaghi, Robinho, El Shaarawy.

Van Bommel delays move home
28.12 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan enforcer Mark Van Bommel has dismissed suggestions that he is looking for a return to Holland next month.

The Dutch international has been paired with a switch back to his homeland in January for personal reasons.

However, talking to Tuttosport on Wednesday, the 34-year-old insists that he is not days away from leaving Milanello.

“I’ve never asked to be sold,” he stated. “When I left Holland in 2005 I promised that I would go back to end my career there.

“Nevertheless, that moment hasn’t arrived just yet. I have six months left on my Milan contract and then we’ll see what happens.”

The midfielder joined the Diavolo last January from Bayern Munich.

In 2005, he joined Barcelona for one season after impressing with PSV Eindhoven.

Espanyol eye Inzaghi
27.12 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Filippo Inzaghi may be presented with a way out of his Milan contract, through a move abroad to La Liga side Espanyol.

According to Catalan-based publication Sport, Los Periquitos are said to be considering a move for the 38-year-old forward this January as they look to reinforce an otherwise inconsistent front-line.

The report also goes on to indicate that Inzaghi is attracting interest from Lazio and two unnamed Premier League clubs.

The forward missed six months of last season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury to his knee and has struggled for full fitness this term, with Milan Coach Massimiliano Allegri suggesting that he rarely trains enough to be considered for first-team involvement at San Siro.

Thiago Silva wants captaincy
27.12 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Thiago Silva has admitted he would now like to be Milan’s next captain, having previously never even considered the notion before late November.

The change of heart was a key point to a lengthy interview the Rossoneri stopper held with news agency ANSA this week. The conversation began with a reflection on the calendar year’s performance.

“We won the Scudetto and Supercoppa, we are now first in the League as we wanted - I am very happy with 2011,” reflected the 27-year-old centre-back. “Playing every three days is hard, sometimes I am so tired I do not want to train. But it is the life I wanted, I cannot complain and I have now rested a few days in the sun in Brazil.”

Silva took the captain’s armband for the Rossoneri’s League match with Chievo in November, despite not being the player with the most appearances available for selection.

“Until recently I had no desire to be captain, then it happened for Brazil and I changed my mind. When Allegri informed me, I thought he was kidding, Pato and Antonini had the most appearances for Milan.

“Now I always want that armband, I am a leader.

“Before me there is Ambrosini, Seedorf, Gattuso and Abbiati, so let’s see what happens next year, but I’d be the first permanent foreign captain of Milan for 50 years.

“When I put the armband on I can change completely. Antonini knows how much I scream on the field, but I am more comfortable as a captain, I know that I should be a point of reference.”

The centre-back has scored twice already this season, prompting club President Silvio Berlusconi’s claims that the Brazilian would be comfortable as a striker.

“When I score my game changes for the better. In three years with Fluminense I scored 14 goals, this is my third season with Milan and five goals are, for me, an understatement.

“Now, I trust my teammates so that when I go forward they prevent fast counter-attacks, now I try to exploit every corner.”

Silva is then asked why the team have already conceded 16 goals in Serie A this season when through the entirety of 2010-11 they only shipped 24.

“I’m going to talk only about myself. We would not have conceded two goals in Bologna had I been more focused. In that game I got it all wrong. Allegri wants more concentration from us - currently smaller teams are given less attention than when we face big sides like Barcelona.

“But in this League the defence is key - if we do not concede then we are sure we can score goals.”

It is noted in the interview that Silva lives on Lake Como, in ex-Inter forward Adriano’s old house. Where police were once called to the house to ask that Adriano turn down the volume during a party, Silva admits to preferring the quiet life.

“I do not like to go out at night or go to the disco. For my birthday my wife held a party, but I didn’t want to do that. Then, that was at six in the afternoon, not the morning.”

Galliani: 'AC Milan not far from Barcelona'
27.12 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

As Adriano Galliani declares Milan as the team in European football closest to Barcelona, Marcello Lippi praises Massimiliano Allegri’s psychology.

The Rossoneri’s Vice-President Galliani made the comparison between the current Scudetto holders and the Spanish side, who have won 13 of the 16 competitions played during Pep Guardiola’s tenure, in light of the two teams’ meetings in this year’s Champions League group stages.

Milan netted twice in both matches, drawing at the Camp Nou 2-2 before falling to a 3-2 defeat at San Siro and finishing the group as runners-up behind the Catalans.

“We are not far from Barcelona,” commented Galliani this week. “It seems to me that the team to have caused Guardiola’s side the most difficulty this season so far has not been Real Madrid but really my Milan.”

Meanwhile, former World Cup winner Lippi has praised Allegri for his impact in creating the right conditions for the team’s players to shine under this season.

“Allegri has been good, he has been able to find just the right feeling. I know many at Milan who were with me in the national team and speak to me often and they all say positive things about Allegri.

“I do not think managing big personalities at Milan is a problem for him, he has created a great feeling between himself and the dressing room.

“It is true that on the field the players are winning games with their class, but to enter the field with a taken-for-granted correct psychological mindset is down to the Coach.”

Pato: No dialogue with Allegri
27.12 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Alexandre Pato has made some strange comments on life at Milan under Massimiliano Allegri amid reports linking the striker with a move away.

Speaking to Il Corriere dello Sport and Il Corriere della Sera, the Brazilian striker discussed a number of topics, from captaining Milan to his relationship with Coach Allegri. However, he began by focusing on how the calendar year has progressed from a personal point of view.

“My 2011 was a very good year - I won my first trophy in Europe, I scored some important goals. It would be a year to remember if I had not had so many injuries.”

The 22-year-old has suffered eight injuries over the course of the past 12 months.

“Every time I have tried a different method to try to find a solution. I’ve never been afraid, even after the injury in September. I thought, ‘I will return slowly, only when I am 100 per cent’.

“I’ve always done double training sessions, arriving at Milanello early each morning. I have worked more and more to return better than before each time.”

Pato was pricklier with the follow-up question that suggested his form since returning from his latest injury has not been better.

“I have scored two goals in three games. At Bologna I did not play well but then neither did the rest of the team. It is said that you win and lose together, no?

“We always talk about me because I am an important player for Milan.”

The No 7, who joined Il Diavolo in January 2008 for a reported €24m, was then asked about his relationship with his Coaches. Where he described Carlo Ancelotti and Leonardo as his ‘godfathers’, he was less-than-forthcoming with compliments for Allegri.

“Carlo always spoke to me, told me what to do on the field. If I have to improve now then Allegri has to recommend how. Champions must always move forward, they are expected to be the best.

“Every now and then Allegri will explain something to me, but a Coach should always suggest to his players how to correct defects.

“I would like to have a more direct relationship with Allegri, I won’t say much more. If he thinks it is right to criticise me then I have to keep my head down and work. I have to respect what the Coach says.

“The fact remains, however, that if he has noticed something wrong with my game that he would be better to come directly to me so we can discuss it together.”

Pato was then asked of Allegri’s comments that he had to get used to the position of striker again after previous Coach Leonardo had used him out wide on occasion.

“Even in the national team I played as a striker and I don’t think I did badly.”

In late November, Milan’s League win over Chievo was notable for Thiago Silva’s selection as captain, even though Pato was thought to be in line for the armband, according to Italian football tradition.

“The truth was, until I arrived in the changing room, I was convinced that the rule of seniority would see Milan assign the band to me.

“It did not turn out so, but I was not disappointed because in the end it ended up on the arm of a friend and a teammate.

“I did not ask for an explanation, these are the decisions of Galliani and Allegri.”

The comments come on the same day that Pato is being linked with moves to Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain. The London side, who the Rossoneri face in the Champions League in a couple of months, are reportedly monitoring Pato’s situation in Milan and even prepared to make a €28m bid for the youngster.

Competition, according to Mediaset, comes from PSG and Pato’s ‘godfathers’ Ancelotti and Leonardo, who have been given a €20m budget to try to tempt Galliani with.

Allegri: AC Milan deserve a 7
27.12 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Massimiliano Allegri has reflected on his team’s performance in the lead-up to the winter break and on his relationship with Silvio Berlusconi.

Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, the Coach was asked to rate his side’s performance over the season with a mark out of 10, the Coach spoke of the change he has witnessed in his players.

“We began with a ‘4’ in the first five games, but then were up to an ‘8’ or ‘9’ in the next 11 and the squad is currently navigating at a ‘7’.

“The players’ best characteristic is that they always put themselves under discussion, we need to improve the construction of the game and to give away less both offensively and defensively.”

Allegri has been without Antonio Cassano since the end of October after the player required minor heart surgery to correct a congenital heart defect. The Coach reflected on the No 99 and other striking options in the team.

“We miss him so much, I think that with Milan he has been at the best of his career both technically and physically.

“I’m sorry for [Filippo] Inzaghi, who has made history with Milan, he has great enthusiasm but I have to make decisions. For some time he has not trained with the first team and I cannot take him into consideration, he has not been available.

“[Zlatan] Ibrahimovic is doing great things, like last year. He was also determined at Juventus and Inter and despite the criticism he was great at Barcelona.

“[Alexandre] Pato? I would like him to return as soon as possible to the player that he is.”

Silvio Berlusconi has recently returned to the club as active President after ending his career in politics and has already provided some public feedback for Allegri. The Coach insists that there is no friction in the relationship.

“It is great, we talk face to face often, I listen to his opinions, I give him explanations. The Coach has the daily pulse of the situation and must make choices on the team depending on this.

“When you are working at Milan it is normal that you try to win, I have been lucky to work here in two years when the club has been great in the transfer market.

“My contract? I think it is in place.”

Galliani: 'We'll wait for Tevez'
24.12 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Adriano Galliani reveals Milan won’t sign Maxi Lopez. “I made a promise to Carlitos Tevez that we’ll wait for him until January 31.”

The Rossoneri have been in negotiations with both players, but Manchester City have refused to release Tevez on loan without a mandatory buy-out clause.

“Will Tevez be a Christmas present for the fans? It’s tough in a period of economic difficulty, but we will try to keep the supporters happy,” Vice-President Galliani told Sky Sport Italia.

“Maxi Lopez? Catania have been very kind and open, but I made a promise to Carlitos that we’ll wait for him until January 31.

“If Tevez does not arrive, then we will stay as we are.”

However, Pippo Inzaghi is likely to move on in the January transfer window.

“Pippo’s dream is to set the record for European goals. He’ll try to achieve that either with Milan or another club in the Europa League.”

Van Bommel 'never asked to leave'
24.12 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Mark Van Bommel insists he “never asked to be sold” from Milan, but could return to Holland in June 2012.

The veteran has never disguised his desire to end his playing career where it began at PSV Eindhoven.

“I never asked to be sold,” he told Tuttosport. “When I left Holland in 2005, I promised that I would return before hanging up my boots.

“However, I don’t know if that moment has arrived yet. There are six months to go, we’ll see what happens.”

The 34-year-old also played for Barcelona and Bayern Munich before moving to Milan in January 2011.

Allegri sets sights on Europe
24.12 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Massimiliano Allegri believes Milan will target the Champions League victory in 2013, “but we can do great things this season too.”

The Rossoneri are through to the final 16 of the competition and will face Arsenal in the knockouts.

“Barcelona continue to be the best team in the world, but when we played against them – especially in Spain – they created few dangers,” he told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“We emerged from that game aware of what we could achieve against them. I believe next term can be the right one for the Champions League, but we can do great things this season too.”

Allegri won the Scudetto in his first campaign on the Milan bench and they are now joint top of Serie A with Juventus, but he is yet to extend his contract that expires in June 2012.

“We haven’t yet agreed the figures for my contract with Adriano Galliani and President Silvio Berlusconi. If they confirm me in the job then I’m happy, as it’ll mean they have faith in me. I know full well where I have to improve as a Coach.”

Recently Berlusconi has publicly criticised his tactician for leaving Pippo Inzaghi in the stands.

“In the last few games we have played badly and had some problems, perhaps due to tiredness, that were already visible in training,” continued Allegri.

“I often speak with Berlusconi and he asked about Inzaghi. I said that as he hadn’t trained in a while, I couldn’t take him into consideration. Obviously some of the fans might not agree with my decisions, but Milan are not just a team looking for entertainment, but also the result.

“Inzaghi has made football history like many other champions, but I have to evaluate what he can give me on the field today.

“Milan have to be more clinical and control possession better. Juventus have something special, as if they are unbeaten this season then there has to be a reason for that.

“The Bianconeri are the joint Scudetto favourites along with us, even if the others are doing well and Inter remain a great squad.

“Among my players Ignazio Abate has made the most significant improvement. Who is the symbol of Milan? It’s too easy to say Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Thiago Silva, so I’ll vote for Antonio Nocerino.”

'New AC Milan' excites Boban
23.12 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Zvonimir Boban is looking forward to the prospect of seeing a Milan side containing Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Carlos Tevez.

The Swede has been in great form for the Rossoneri this season, while the Manchester City man is being targeted ahead of the January transfer window.

“Ibra is a total footballer,” Boban, a former playmaker for the Diavolo, told Sky Sport Italia on Friday morning.

“He is the kind of player who can win games on his own and he has the ability to take Milan to the next level in terms of quality.

“As for Tevez’ possible arrival, he would give Milan another champion in their squad.”

Scudetto holders Milan have ended 2011 joint top of Serie A with Juventus, a feat achieved with the aid of two former Bianconeri players.

“Alberto Aquilani and Antonio Nocerino have settled in perfectly,” Boban said of the summer arrivals from Liverpool and Palermo.

“They have given the team a massive helping hand and they’ve worked hard in the midfield area.”

Tevez closer to AC Milan?
23.12 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan have taken a step closer to signing Carlos Tevez from Manchester City, reports in Italy are suggesting.

Officials from both clubs met on Thursday to try and strike a deal for the New Year switch of the Argentine.

The Italian club have already agreed personal terms with the forward, but satisfying the English outfit is proving problematic.

Although there is still no agreement, progress may have been made as confirmed by Milan official Ariedo Braida. “The meeting went well,” he is quoted as saying.

“We’ll remain in contact. I’m not a wizard though so I don’t know how things will end up. Nevertheless, everything is good, everything is normal…”

Milan’s initial bid was to ask for Tevez’s free loan with an option to buy for €23m at the end of the campaign.

Their stance is said to have altered slightly by offering €3m for the player’s services over the next six months, with a buy out set at €20m.

The Manchester outfit, however, are keener on having an obligatory buy-out clause inserted into any agreement.

A new meeting between the two sides is expected to now take place after Christmas but before January 1, 2012.

From Spain: AC Milan have Keita deal
22.12 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Spanish media claim that Milan have struck a deal to sign Barcelona’s Seydou Keita next season.

He is tied to the Blaugrana until June 2014, but it’s reported he has a clause in his contract allowing him to walk away two years early.

The clause is activated if the 31-year-old is not given a minimum number of appearances during the campaign.

According to Sport.es this evening, Vice-President Adriano Galliani has already reached a verbal agreement with the player’s entourage for next season.

This would mean bringing Keita to Milan on a free transfer in June.

AC Milan fly out for Tevez talks
22.12 || webmaster

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Milan directors flew to England today for a three-hour meeting with Manchester City over Carlos Tevez, but the Rossoneri won’t budge from their free loan request.

City have already rejected the proposed free loan spell with a buy-out clause worth around €25m at the end of the season, insisting they will only release the Argentine for an outright sale.

It is widely reported in the Italian media that directors Ariedo Braida and Lorenzo Cantamessa were in Britain this afternoon for a meeting with City director Brian Marwood, Tevez’s agent Kia Joorabchian and intermediary Giuseppe Riso.

Vice-President Adriano Galliani was also taking part in the negotiations via telephone.

It’s believed they discussed the move, but Braida and Cantamessa will return to Italy this evening, pending a new meeting after Christmas.

“Nobody is denying he is a great player, but I don’t know why Manchester City are so eager to be rid of him,” ex-Milan legend Cesare Maldini told TMW.

“He had some problems at City and Chelsea. I doubt any one player can win a title for his team, but Tevez is certainly a champion and it is necessary to replace Antonio Cassano.”

Meanwhile, there are reports in France Football that Paris Saint-Germain are dropping their own bid to sign Tevez, as they are targeting Porto striker Hulk instead.

Nesta wants AC Milan retirement
22.12 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Alessandro Nesta has confirmed that he wants to see out his professional playing career with Milan and in a ‘dignified manner’.

Speaking to Forza Milan magazine, the 35-year-old Rome-born stopper made the declaration when reflecting on how he sees himself winding down after 19 years at the top.

“I want to end my career in a dignified way, preferably with Milan. Here the level is high and you play every three days. Maybe I will cut back on the commitments, once a week may prove enough.

“Staying in Milan for 10 years was my goal - my family is settled, we’re fine here.”

Nesta joined the Rossoneri in 2002 from Lazio. Between these two clubs and combined with 10 years spent with the Italian national team, the defender has won 19 trophies.

“Football is my life - when I eat I even watch it on television. Aside from the injury problems, I am happy with my career, football has given me everything. I have taken a lot of satisfaction.”

The No 13, whose contract expires next summer, is currently recovering from a thigh injury and will return to action in the new year.

AC Milan confirm PSG friendly
21.12 || webmaster

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Milan have confirmed they’ll face Paris Saint-Germain over the winter break in the Dubai Emirates Challenge.

The Rossoneri are travelling to Dubai for their now traditional training camp during the Serie A pause on December 29.

The squad will remain there until January 5, when they’ll return to Italy and prepare for the game with Atalanta on January 8.

Meanwhile, they will play some friendlies in Dubai, including a clash with Leonardo’s Paris Saint-Germain at the Al Ahli Stadium for the Emirates Challenge on January 4.

According to recent reports, former Milan star David Beckham could be joining Javier Pastore, Salvatore Sirigu and director of sport Leonardo at PSG.

Allegri ready for AC Milan rest
20.12 || webmaster

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Massimiliano Allegri said his players were tired and accepts President Silvio Berlusconi’s advice, but “I make choices for the good of Milan.”

The Rossoneri eased their way to a 2-0 victory away to Cagliari thanks to an own goal and a moment of magic from Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

“Tonight it was a difficult game, which is what I expected,” said the Coach. “We have climbed back up the table and I already saw on Saturday that the team was tired. There were difficulties and we played better in the second half, but the important thing was to get the three points.

“Ibra is generous and never pulls back. He is an extremely important player for us. Now we’ll see what the others do tomorrow.”

Milan end 2011 on a Serie A run of nine wins and two draws, which means they could be top of the table depending on the Udinese-Juventus result.

Allegri was also asked about President Berlusconi, who this week suggested he change his tactics to field a trident attack plus Kevin-Prince Boateng in midfield.

“There is always an exchange of ideas with the President. He has his ideas and would like to see Milan always play the way they sometimes do. But I have to make choices for the good of Milan.

“I like it when we talk, as I can get important ideas from him. There is absolutely no problem. Comparisons with Barcelona are impossible, as they have players with completely different characteristics to ours.”

Serie A: Cagliari 0:2 AC Milan - match report
20.12 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Scorers: Pisano og 4 (M), Ibrahimovic 60 (M)

Milan did the bare minimum to earn a 2-0 victory away to Cagliari thanks to an own goal and Zlatan Ibrahimovic strike.

The Rossoneri aimed to end the year on a high with this Week 1 game, rescheduled from August due to the players’ strike. Christian Abbiati returned from a shoulder injury, though Mario Yepes, Alessandro Nesta, Ignazio Abate, Gennaro Gattuso, Mathieu Flamini and Antonio Cassano were sidelined. Cagliari opted for a very attacking line-up with Andrea Cossu back from a ban joining a trio of hitmen, while Davide Biondini was suspended.

After 100 seconds of play in the driving rain, Thiago Ribeiro’s angled strike cracked against the outside of the near post from a tight angle.

However, it was Milan who took the lead moments later. Robinho got to the by-line down the right and drew out the goalkeeper, rolling across for Antonio Nocerino to tap into an empty net from five yards. Replays suggest Francesco Pisano got the final touch when sliding in to intercept.

Philippe Mexes returned to the starting XI, but risked an own goal with his horribly scuffed clearance. Albin Ekdal hit a screamer from distance that stung Abbiati’s palms. The goalkeeper performed a spectacular save with his knee from point-blank range, though Joaquin Larrivey was offside anyway.

Larrivey was on the right side of the trap later on, but his header was wide, while Lorenzo Ariaudo’s looping effort was too weak to trouble Abbiati.

At the dawn of the second half a Kevin-Prince Boateng flick sent Aquilani through for a snapshot that struck Michael Agazzi’s legs. At the other end, Thiago Ribeiro chipped up a cross for Victor Ibarbo, but the header was straight at Abbiati.

Robinho managed to dribble round the on-rushing Agazzi after running on to an Ibrahimovic disguised pass, but had narrowed the angle too much and drilled over. Abbiati smothered a powerful Radja Nainggolan screamer, but Milan doubled their lead.

Ibrahimovic did it all himself this time round, as his flick was nodded back down by Robinho and the Swede turned on the turbo to burst past Michele Canini, at full stretch clipping the finish over Agazzi into an empty net. It was a fine way to mark his 200th Serie A appearance.

Thiago Ribeiro’s attempt was deflected wide, while Agostini’s cross was desperately cleared by a sliding Thiago Silva tackle. Substitute Alexandre Pato and Ibra went on the counter from a Cagliari free kick, but The Duck fired straight at Agazzi.

Cagliari: Agazzi; Pisano (Gozzi 79), Canini, Ariaudo (Perico 62), Agostini; Ekdal (Rui Sampaio 79), Nainggolan, Cossu; Thiago Ribeiro, Ibarbo, Larrivey

Milan: Abbiati; Bonera, Mexes, Thiago Silva, Taiwo; Aquilani, Ambrosini (Van Bommel 85), Nocerino; Boateng; Ibrahimovic, Robinho (Pato 73)

Ref: Orsato

Berlusconi: 'Tevez too expensive'
20.12 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

While Adriano Galliani says Milan have a meeting with Manchester City on Thursday, Silvio Berlusconi insists Carlos Tevez “is not my type.”

Confusion reigns at San Siro after City confirmed they would not release Tevez on loan, therefore rejecting the Rossoneri’s first offer.

Vice-President Galliani said “we have an appointment with Manchester City on Thursday. However, it probably won’t be the decisive one to conclude a deal.”

This evening ahead of the rescheduled Week 1 game with Cagliari, President Berlusconi painted a very different picture of the situation.

“I am not courting Tevez, as he is not my type. Besides, he’s too expensive,” Berlusconi told news agency adnkronos.

“We already have a squad that can win the Scudetto as it is. As for Alexandre Pato, he needs to play more.”

Cassano camera crew altercation
20.12 || webmaster

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Antonio Cassano has been criticised for his “incivility” by the union of journalists after an altercation with a camera crew.

Journalists working for local station TeleNord allege they were insulted and attacked by the Milan player outside a bar in Genoa.

They claim that they were putting their equipment away, having recorded some vox pops outside the bar with passers-by.

Cassano then arrived in his car and apparently thought they had been filming him, so became infuriated and hurled insults at the TV crew.

“It’s a shame, because our colleagues were attacked without any reason,” Liguria Union of Journalists President Michele Corti told Calciomercato.it.

“The player sends out a message of great incivility. I would like for him to show humility and apologise.”

Cassano hopes to resume light training in January, as he continues to recover from heart surgery.

AC Milan - City to talk Tevez on Thursday
20.12 || webmaster

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Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has revealed that his club will meet with Manchester City officials this week to discuss Carlos Tevez.

The Italian giants have agreed personal terms with the want-away striker, but their request to take him on a six-month loan – with an option to buy – has been rejected by the English club.

However, Galliani has now admitted that an imminent meeting with the Premiership giants has been pencilled in.

“We have an appointment with Manchester City on Thursday,” Galliani commented. “However, it probably won’t be the decisive one to conclude a deal.

“Right now I think it is almost impossible for us to take Tevez to our winter retreat in Dubai. Catania’s Maxi Lopez remains on stand-by.”

Whereas Milan initially only want the forward on loan, City want to sell outright which may favour Paris Saint-Germain.

However, there are reports that PSG sporting director Leonardo, an ex-Milan player and Coach, doesn’t want to interfere with the Rossoneri’s plans.

“I often hear from Leonardo,” Galliani continued. “I hope that he doesn’t want to act against us…”

Allegri has doubts for Cagliari
19.12 || webmaster

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Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri admits that he still doesn’t know his starting XI for Tuesday’s trip to Cagliari.

The Rossoneri travel to Allegri’s former club for their re-arranged Week 1 tie which could see them go back to the top of the table.

“I have doubts in midfield and in attack,” the tactician stated on Monday afternoon. “I’ll evaluate things tomorrow.

“Goalkeeper Christian Abbiati? Yes, he could return to the line-up.”

Milan have won eight of their last 10 League games – drawing the other two – but they are still a couple of points away from League leaders Juventus.

“We can’t get this game wrong,” Allegri continued. “These are important points for the championship.

“We know that the Cagliari game won’t be easy as they are a team who don’t leave you much space in which to play.

“We’ve made an excellent recovery in the League and we could be mentally tired, but I want one more push.

“You also win the League when you collect wins in games in which you actually don’t play well.”

Despite their charge up the standings, the Rossoneri do have their problems – especially in attack where only Zlatan Ibrahimovic is scoring with consistency.

“I’m sure that all the strikers will start scoring – Alexandre Pato and Robinho will get goals,” added Allegri.

“However, it’s a good sign that the midfielders are scoring. The midfield has produced 13 goals already and we’re not even at the half-way stage yet.”

Ibra has 10 Serie A goals, Robinho and the sidelined Antonio Cassano have two, while Pato and Stephan El Shaarawy have one goal so far.

Allegri was also asked for his thoughts on his contract situation seeing as his deal is set to expire in June 2012.

“I don’t think there will be any problems,” he added. “I am talking to Vice-President Adriano Galliani about it.

“It’s only normal that discussions are about money, but once we’ve agreed on that then there will be no other issues.”

AC Milan squad to face Cagliari
19.12 || webmaster

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Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri has named a 22-man squad for Tuesday’s Serie A game at Cagliari.

Allegri, who bossed the Sardinian outfit before his switch to San Siro in 2010, is looking to take his side back to the top of the table.

Milan are currently two points behind leaders Juventus who will play at Udinese on Wednesday evening.

The Rossoneri are still without first choice right-back Ignazio Abate, but goalkeeper Christian Abbiati could return to the starting XI.

Goalkeepers: Abbiati, Amelia, Piscitelli.

Defenders: Antonini, Bonera, De Sciglio, Ely, Mexes, Taiwo, Thiago Silva, Zambrotta.

Midfielders: Ambrosini, Aquilani, Boateng, Emanuelson, Nocerino, Seedorf, Van Bommel.

Attackers: El Shaarawy, Ibrahimovic, Pato, Robinho.

Allegri will sign AC Milan extension
19.12 || webmaster

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Milan have insisted that there is no danger that boss Massimiliano Allegri will leave the club over the summer.

The tactician’s contract is set to expire in June 2012 and he’s yet to put pen to paper on a new agreement.

“Allegri will certainly be here with us next season,” noted Vice-President Adriano Galliani. “During these times we have to spend carefully, but we’ll reach an economical deal with him.

“Nevertheless, we’ve always chosen our Coaches based on the type of football that they play because we want a Milan who play well.

“After all, there is a way to win and also a way to lose. Milan have always been a side who want to impose their own brand.

“Allegri is a Coach whose Sassuolo and Cagliari sides played good football.”

The former Pescara player moved to Milan in the summer of 2010 and instantly delivered the Scudetto at his first attempt at San Siro.

According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, Milan have offered the tactician a deal worth €2m a season plus bonuses.

Allegri, meanwhile, is asking for a €2.5m deal with fewer bonus payments.

Spaletti: 'AC Milan can rival Barcelona'
19.12 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Zenit St Petersburg boss Luciano Spalletti believes Milan can challenge Barcelona in this season’s Champions League.

The two teams have already faced each other in the group stages after a 2-2 draw at Camp Nou and a 3-2 win in Italy for the Spaniards.

Barcelona were crowned world champions on Sunday to underline their strength, but Spalletti has faith in the Rossoneri.

“I like Barcelona, but Milan are good,” the former Udinese and Roma tactician told Minuti di Recupero.

“Milan are the strongest side in the Italian championship and they are the prime candidates to win the Scudetto again.

“In my opinion, Milan are one of the few sides around who can challenge Barcelona right now.”

Milan, two points behind Serie A leaders Juventus, will face Arsenal in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Holders Barcelona will be up against German opposition Bayer Leverkusen when the European Cup resumes in February.

Maxi Lopez sale almost certain
19.12 || webmaster

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Catania have stated that there is a “90 per cent chance” that they will sell Maxi Lopez in January – but not necessarily to Milan.

The Argentine was in tears on Sunday after scoring in the Sicilian derby against Palermo which intimated that a move was on the cards.

Italian champions Milan are very keen on the former Barcelona player, but they are not the only interested party.

“There is a 90 per cent chance that Maxi Lopez will leave,” Catania director Pietro Lo Monaco noted on Monday to Radio Anch’io Lo Sport.

“There is already an agreement in place with Milan, but we are also in possession of other offers for him.”

Milan have made it clear that they’ll only make a move for Lopez should they fail to sign Carlos Tevez from Manchester City.

“To give Milan one of our players is something to be proud of,” Lo Monaco continued. “The Rossoneri have asked us for time and 15 days have passed since then.

“We, as a small club, will just have to deal with anything that happens.”

Lopez, 27, moved to Catania in January 2010 after a spell on loan at Gremio. He’s also played for River Plate, Barcelona, Mallorca and FC Moscow.

Tevez just wants us, say AC Milan
19.12 || webmaster

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Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has talked January transfers. “Carlos Tevez only wants to join us!”

The Rossoneri have made Manchester City an offer for the Argentine after agreeing personal terms with the striker.

City, though, have rejected the Italian outfit’s loan request as they would rather sell outright to a club like Paris Saint-Germain.

“It all depends on Manchester City and the player,” Galliani told Radio Anch’io Lo Sport on Monday. “Manchester want to sell, whereas we want him on loan with an option to buy.

“The player, though, wants to join us and not Paris Saint-Germain. He wants Milan and that is it. We hope he arrives as he’s a player who we really like and we think he could give us a helping hand.”

Should the champions miss out on the South American, then they already have a back-up plan in the shape of Maxi Lopez.

“Yes, he’s the alternative,” Galliani continued. “We’ve already spoken to Catania.

“It seems that there are important and under-rated players in mid-table sides. That was the case with Antonio Nocerino at Palermo and I think that Maxi is a valid alternative to Carlos.

“We’ll see what happens and we are used to last-minute swoops…”

Milan have also been paired with a new stopper after Mario Yepes was sidelined until the middle of March with injury.

“In defence we have got Philippe Mexes back so, despite the injury to Yepes, we think we can manage without bringing in a new defender.

“The good news for the midfield is that Gennaro Gattuso should be back in January and then Mathieu Flamini will also return.

“We are just missing an element numerically in attack. We wouldn’t have done anything had Antonio Cassano not had his problem.”

The Italian international may miss the rest of the season after he underwent minor heart surgery.

Maxi Lopez: 'I'm ready for AC Milan'
18.12 || webmaster

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Maxi Lopez reveals why he wept as he saluted the Stadio Massimino in the Sicilian derby. “I am ready for Milan.”

The Catania striker converted a penalty in the 2-0 victory over Palermo and was in tears as he left the field, hugged by every member of the bench.

“I was emotional because this was a very important day. It is also my son’s birthday,” explained the Argentine, who is expected to join Milan in January.

“It was a tough week and I want to thank my teammates and the whole staff, especially the medics for getting me ready. This goal was also important for the fans, as they really care about the derby.

“Will I join Milan? I feel mature right now, so if an offer arrives, then the club will deal with it. We’ll see what happens in January. I am ready.”

Siena slam AC Milan penalty
18.12 || webmaster

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Siena President Massimo Mezzaroma said Milan only won last night “with an own goal and a penalty they wouldn’t even give on Mars.”

The hard-fought 2-0 result at San Siro came from Antonio Nocerino’s deflected shot and a debatable spot-kick awarded for Kevin-Prince Boateng’s clash with goalkeeper Zeljko Brkic.

“I was in the stands and asked myself how certain penalties can be awarded,” protested the President.

“Boateng clearly dived on to Brkic. It’s crazy. Up until that moment the referee had done well, but he and the linesman really got it wrong.

“Considering the referee’s position, I can give him the benefit of the doubt, but the assistant was right there with a clear line of vision.

“I have to compliment my players, because they did very well. At the end of the day, Milan won with an own goal and a penalty they wouldn’t even give on Mars.

“We were also a little unlucky, as Francesco Bolzoni’s shot in the first half went wide by a matter of centimeters.”

AC Milan: 'Manchester City rejected Tevez bid'
18.12 || webmaster

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“At the moment Manchester City have rejected our offer for Carlos Tevez,” confirmed Milan chief Adriano Galliani.

The Vice-President has agreed personal terms with the player, but City do not want to release him on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season.

“Milan are only looking for a striker on the transfer market after Antonio Cassano’s health problem,” Galliani told Sky Sport Italia.

“At the moment Manchester City have rejected our offer for Tevez. If it is accepted, then good, otherwise he won’t come to us.

“We will meet with City again and try to convince them from here to January 31. If we do not succeed, then either another striker will arrive or nobody at all.”

The Rossoneri have made a name for themselves as bargain hunters in recent years. They snapped up Antonio Nocerino from Palermo for just €500,000 in the final minutes of the transfer session and he has already scored six Serie A goals.

“I really liked Nocerino and always thought he was an undervalued player who belonged at a top club,” explained Galliani.

Allegri hails AC Milan patience
17.12 || webmaster

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Massimiliano Allegri admits Siena gave Milan problems, but hailed their patience and Antonio Nocerino.

“In the first half we had patience and risked going a goal behind,” said the Coach of their 2-0 victory.

“After the break and our opening goal, it was much easier. I asked Clarence Seedorf to play on the right because with his technical quality I thought he’d make trouble for Siena. Once I saw they were attacking us down that flank, I moved Nocerino there.

“Tonight was not an easy game and it was important to get the three points. When you play badly and still win, it’s a good sign.”

Nocerino broke the deadlock with his sixth goal of the season, already a new personal best.

“I hope he gets to 15 goals. He has already got six and is proving he is a player who belongs at Milan,” continued Allegri.

“The thing about matches like this is if you don’t break through straight away, then you must find the strength to keep playing until you find the right opportunity to score.”

There were also doubts about Kevin-Prince Boateng’s clash with the goalkeeper for a penalty.

“I think it was a spot-kick.”

Serie A: AC Milan 2:0 Siena - match report
17.12 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Scorers: Nocerino 54 (M), Ibrahimovic pen 63 (M)

Milan had a tougher job than expected, but eventually pushed Siena aside 2-0 with Antonio Nocerino and a dubious penalty.

The Rossoneri had to completely reshuffle their defence, losing Ignazio Abate and Luca Antonini the day before the game. They joined Alessandro Nesta, Mario Yepes, Gianluca Zambrotta, Christian Abbiati, Antonio Cassano, Gennaro Gattuso and Mathieu Flamini on the treatment table, so Philippe Mexes got his first Serie A start for the club with Daniele Bonera re-routed to right-back. Siena hoped to end a run of three consecutive defeats, but missed Simone Vergassola and Nicola Belmonte.

As expected, Milan dominated possession from the start and pegged Siena back into their own half with Antonio Nocerino’s volley off target, though Reginaldo also drilled wide at the other end. Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s deflected half-volley skimmed the bar after a lucky ricochet, but on 20 minutes Robinho’s disguised pass released Kevin-Prince Boateng, forcing Brkic into a desperate one-handed save from point-blank range.

However, Siena went even closer, as Francesco Bolzoni sprung the offside trap on Taye Taiwo’s error and drew out Marco Amelia, but the angled drive dribbled inches wide of an open goal.

Clarence Seedorf tried to squirm his way through a crowd of Siena defenders, eventually seeing his finish deflected wide by Cristiano Del Grosso.

An Ibrahimovic backheel flick set up Seedorf for the low drive that Brkic needed a couple of touches to control.

After the restart, Siena went on the counter from a Milan corner kick, but Angelo’s cross-shot was too close to Amelia with Emanuele Calaio waiting in the middle.

Milan eventually took the lead on 54 minutes thanks to Nocerino’s sixth goal of the season. He had already set a new personal best with five, so this was an extra bonus. A corner was passed out to the edge of the box for Nocerino’s daisy-cutter with slight deflection to beat Brkic at the near post.

The Rossoneri went on a rapid counter-attack with Robinho who spread the play for an unmarked Boateng. He already appeared to be falling as Brkic came tearing out at his feet, but it was also a very clumsy attempt at a challenge. The referee awarded the dubious penalty, which Ibrahimovic converted with a powerful finish into the near top corner.

Brkic made an unorthodox save on the long-range Alexandre Pato snapshot, the ball flying straight up into the air, then crossed back in for Ibra’s header. Pato had another great chance when he exchanged passes with Nocerino to carve the Siena defence apart, but some desperate defending charged down his tap-in for a corner.

Amelia had his palms stung by a Bolzoni diving header at the near post, then from that corner Claudio Terzi nodded over.

Milan: Amelia; Bonera, Mexes, Thiago Silva, Taiwo; Seedorf (Aquilani 55), Van Bommel, Nocerino; Boateng (Emanuelson 73); Ibrahimovic, Robinho (Pato 65)

Siena: Brkic; Vitiello, Rossettini, Terzi, Del Grosso; Angelo, Bolzoni, Gazzi (Grossi 60), Reginaldo (D’Agostino 57); Brienza (Destro 82), Calaiò

Ref: Bergonzi

Serie A: AC Milan vs. Siena - lineups
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Source: Football Italia

AC Milan: Amelia; Bonera, Mexes, Thiago Silva, Taiwo; Seedorf, Van Bommel, Nocerino; Boateng; Ibrahimovic, Robinho

Siena: Brkic; Vitiello, Rossettini, Terzi, Del Grosso; Angelo, Bolzoni, Gazzi, Reginaldo; Brienza, Calaiò

Ancelotti: 'Italians better than British'
17.12 || webmaster

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Carlo Ancelotti believes Milan are “superior to Arsenal,” while Napoli can eliminate Chelsea.

Both Italians have been paired with English clubs in the Champions League final 16, while Inter take on Olympique Marseille.

“I am a Milanista through and through, so when I am cheering on my team, I find it difficult to be rational,” confessed the former Coach in the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“In any case, I think Milan are superior to Arsenal. Massimiliano Allegri has great champions, as Arsenal don’t have anyone like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, nor Pato or Robinho.

“They do have Robin Van Persie, that is true, but we also have Alessandro Nesta and Thiago Silva. Milan are the favourites, but I won’t forget Arsenal knocked us out of the Champions League in 2008.

“Arsenal are a side who always try to play their football and move it around, as that is the philosophy of the club. In order to reach the quarter-finals, Milan have to ensure their greater individual technique makes the difference.

“Arsenal had a bad start and were hammered at Old Trafford by Manchester United, but they are back on track now. I follow Arsenal regularly and can confirm they play pretty well now.”

Ancelotti is also a former Chelsea manager, but is cheering on Napoli in their showdown.

“Italian football has made steps forward and the English game is not in great shape, what with Manchester City and Manchester United’s elimination.

“Napoli already achieved something remarkable by beating a City side that is dominating the Premier League, so I don’t see why they can’t repeat it.

“Of course, it requires a great performance, but Walter Mazzarri’s team can improve a lot from now to February. Chelsea try to make possession their main strength, while Napoli are very dangerous when they win the ball back and go on the counter.

“If that’s the situation, then Chelsea have to be very wary of the pace shown by Marek Hamsik, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Edinson Cavani, Christian Maggio and the rest. They are absolutely deadly on the counter-attack.

“After a difficult period, Chelsea seem to be back in shape. It all depends on what physical condition the teams are in when the games come round. The only advantage Chelsea might have is their international experience, but I believe Napoli’s enthusiasm and grit can bridge that gap.”

Inter have a trip to France against Didier Deschamps’ side Olympique Marseille.

“With a great deal of patience, Claudio Ranieri is trying to put the season back on its feet. In my view, in the long run, he will do it. The Nerazzurri have world class players and in the Champions League quality does make the difference.”

Prandelli: 'Italians can progress'
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Source: Football Italia

Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli is confident Milan, Napoli and Inter can progress in the Champions League. “They have the right mentality.”

Serie A is the only League with three remaining representatives in the final 16. Milan take on Arsenal, Napoli face Chelsea and Inter have Olympique Marseille.

“I am certain the Italian teams have a great chance of going through, quite aside from the prestige of their opponents,” said Prandelli.

“So far they have shown good capabilities, as our sides are growing in terms of mentality and attacking approach, especially away from home.

“You can also tell a consolidated identity in the way they control the field.”

In the Europa League, Lazio take on Atletico Madrid, while Udinese face PAOK.

Wenger on 'difficult' Champions League draw
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“It is a difficult draw, but an exciting one, and they could say exactly the same thing I suppose. It is a 50-50. Ideally, it is a draw for one round later, but you take them when they happen.

“Everybody knows Milan, everybody knows Arsenal. We have been in the Champions League for many years and both sides play positive football.”

Arsenal overcame Udinese in the third round of qualifying to make this year’s group stages.

“We have been up to the task every time in this competition so let's make sure we are again.”

Antonini and Abate miss Siena
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Milan are facing a shortage of defenders this weekend as both Luca Antonini and Ignazio Abate are ruled out of the Siena match.

Already without Alessandro Nesta and Mario Yepes until the new year thanks to respective thigh strain and ankle injuries, the club have confirmed that they will welcome Siena to San Siro on Saturday night without first-choice full-backs Antonini and Abate. Christian Abbiati is also still unavailable in goal.

In announcing the squad of 19 that will prepare for tomorrow’s match, the Rossoneri declared that Antonini is out through back pain and that Abate suffered a sprained ankle in training.

It could see unsettled Nigerian Taye Taiwo and League novice Mattia De Sciglio deputise on the flanks, with Daniele Bonera alongside Thiago Silva in the centre of defence. Alternatively, Bonera could play at right-back with centre-back Philippe Mexes pushed back into the first team, but perhaps ahead of the club’s intended schedule.

Squad to face Siena: Amelia, Roma, Bonera, De Sciglio, Ely, Mexes, Taiwo, Thiago Silva, Ambrosini, Aquilani, Kevin Prince Boateng, Emanuelson, Nocerino, Seedorf, Van Bommel, El Shaarawy, Ibrahimovic, Pato, Robinho

Sannino: Siena to create identity
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Siena Coach Giuseppe Sannino has revealed how he is preparing his players for Saturday night’s tough challenge away to Milan.

The Tuscans arrive at San Siro in Week 16 having never won away to the Rossoneri in the League and with Sannino himself on his first visit to the stadium as a Coach.

With League form, history and experience pointing towards a one-sided affair, Sannino has revealed how he intends to focus his players away from the inevitable.

“Let’s go with the knowledge that we have seen what we possess within,” began Sannino, perhaps in reference to the midweek Coppa Italia win at Palermo. “The boys have the opportunity to play with carefree, mentality free.

“I have told my players to enter the field as the unknown, without a face, without a name on the back. Then leave the field having well-defined our identity.”

Sannino then reflected on what will be his coaching debut at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium.

“When I was a player, for two days before a friendly with Torino I was overwhelmed by tension in Asti. Today, more or less, I feel the same, but tomorrow none of this will count.”

Manchester City: AC Milan not alone in Tevez race
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Manchester City have warned Milan that they are not the only club interested in signing Carlos Tevez.

The Rossoneri have finalised personal terms with the striker, but they have yet to reach an agreement with the English club.

The Italians admitted this week that they are prepared to wait until the last hour of the transfer window to get their man, but the English outfit have questioned such tactics.

“You know there are more clubs than just Milan interested in Tevez,” stated City official Brian Marwood to Sky Sports News.

“If they choose to wait until the end of the window then they may pay that price if other clubs come in before them.”

Milan want to take the striker on a temporary basis in January before possibly signing him outright at the end of the season.

“The position hasn’t changed,” added Marwood. “Milan came to us with a loan option, which was something we rejected and that still stays the same.

“Clearly Milan have decided to conduct their business through the media. That's something we choose not to do and will continue not to do and things haven't changed – Carlos Tevez is still a Manchester City football player.

“I don’t know what will happen,” he added.

“He's made his desire to leave the football club known. The club have gone on record to say they will consider that and it just really depends on us receiving something that is acceptable to Manchester City.

“That's no different to where we were before and that will not change. We'll have to see what the next three to four weeks bring.”

The Gazzetta dello Sport suggested today that Milan would hold talks with City at some stage next week in an effort to reach a compromise for the 27-year-old striker.

Allegri: English sides not in crisis
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Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri insists English football is still to be respected after they were drawn to play Arsenal in the Champions League.

The Premiership have only two teams in the last 16 after Manchester United and Manchester City failed to get out of the groups.

“I don’t think English football is in crisis,” the former Cagliari tactician told Sky Sport Italia on Friday afternoon.

“Manchester City, who don’t have European experience, were in a tough group along with Bayern Munich and Napoli. Manchester United’s exit was a surprise though.”

As well as the Rossoneri facing Arsenal, Napoli will take on Chelsea and Inter have been paired with France’s Marseille.

“Inter have got the easiest game out of the Italian sides, while it will be difficult for us and Napoli too,” he added. “Chelsea are very strong on the European stage.

“We know Arsenal, they are a team who play good football and who are doing well again. We need to get to February in the best physical shape and, hopefully, without any injuries.”

Asked whether winning the European Cup was a bigger target than retaining their Italian title, Allegri answered cautiously.

“Our objective right now is to collect as many points as possible in our next two League games. We had a slow start to the season, so we’ve had to catch up. Our next matches are very important.

“Only in February will we concentrate on the Champions League. If we repeat the same mistakes we made in Prague and Minsk during qualifying then it will be hard to get through.”

Milan, who went out of the competition to Tottenham last season, will host Arsenal on 15 February and the return will take place on March 6.

Buffon doubts Tevez worth
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Gianluigi Buffon believes Juventus would not benefit from Carlos Tevez and has questioned Milan’s necessity to sign him either.

The wantaway Manchester City forward had been linked in recent weeks with both the Turin and Milan sides. The Rossoneri have put in an offer to take the Argentine in January and are now waiting on his club’s decision amid reported competition from Paris Saint-Germain.

Despite the player’s goal-scoring record in recent seasons and the reportedly low price the player is available at - almost half his summer valuation - Buffon believes he is not a player that would add value to the Bianconeri.

“In the event that he is at Juve, I have no idea if he will improve us. In attack we are covered, in numbers and quality, and I do not know if someone like Tevez has other problems.

“To get great results, everyone needs to pull in the same direction and you have to set aside the ego and the self. Speak in the plural.”

The Italian goalkeeper, who recently equalled Dino Zoff’s caps record between the Azzurri sticks, also went on to question whether Milan need Tevez either.

“In attack Milan are so strong, they have no big problems - with Ibrahimovic, Robinho, Pato and then the returning Cassano and Inzaghi.

“In short, they are well covered. It is clear, though, that the assessment is their business.”

Champions League Draw: AC Milan to meet Arsenal
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AC Milan vs Arsenal
Napoli vs Chelsea
Basel vs Bayern Munchen
Lyon vs Apoel
Bayer Leverkusen vs Barcelona
CSKA Moskow vs Real Madrid
Zenit vs Benfica
Inter vs Marseille

AC Milan to meet Manchester City for Tevez
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Milan will hold talks with Manchester City at some stage next week to discuss the possible transfer of Carlos Tevez.

The Gazzetta dello Sport today claims that the two outfits will meet in an effort to do a deal for the Argentine.

The Rossoneri have agreed personal terms with the want-away striker, but their offer to take him on loan is understood to have been rejected by the English side.

With Paris Saint-Germain now entering the race for the former West Ham and Manchester United man, the Italian club have decided to set up a get-together with City.

Milan are hoping to get the South American on a six-month loan deal with an option to buy him outright in the summer for around €25m.

City, who haven’t used the player since September after his relationship with boss Roberto Mancini broke down, would rather sell outright immediately.

Some stories yesterday also suggested that Juventus had actually contacted the English outfit about a possible bid.

Juve director Pavel Nedved is reported to have spoken to Mancini, with speculation suggesting that the Turin giants could make a €21m offer.

Ambrosini's advice to Tevez
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Massimo Ambrosini is eager to give Carlos Tevez some advice. “Coming to Milan would be a very positive situation for him.”

The Manchester City striker is considering his future amid reports of interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Boca Juniors.

“If it’s true that PSG have made a more economically advantageous offer than Milan, then Tevez has to make a certain choice,” said Ambrosini.

“Without showing a lack of respect for the French side, coming to Milan would be a very positive situation for him.”

The captain was asked whether the arrival of Tevez would cause problems within the locker room.

“We do have a lot of players and Antonio Cassano might return earlier than expected, but if Tevez were to arrive, then we’d all be very happy.”

Boateng: 'I quit Ghana for AC Milan'
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Kevin-Prince Boateng reveals why he retired from international duty with Ghana. “I did it to win with Milan. Carlos Tevez is perfect for us.”

The midfielder surprised many when he announced he would no longer be playing for Ghana at the age of 24.

“It isn’t an easy situation and my family didn’t really understand my decision, but I’d like it to be respected,” he told Milan Channel.

“In my life I have already had six knee operations and many injuries. I am challenging for top honours at Milan like the Scudetto and Champions League, so did it to be at my best for the club. I did it to win with Milan.”

Boateng could have a new teammate in January, as the Rossoneri are in negotiations with Manchester City for Tevez.

“I really like him as a player, he is so gritty and determined. He attacks the defender and scores plenty of goals. Plus he defends too, so Tevez is perfect for us.”

Tevez agent rubbishes Boca link
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One of Carlos Tevez’ agents has played down comments published this week that suggested he was keen only to play for Boca Juniors.

Argentine newspapers ran quotes on Wednesday from the player that had him complaining of travelling to Europe and intimating that he would like to train with old club Boca and play for them in the Copa Libertadores.

However, one of his representatives, Adrian Rouco, looked to clarify the situation with La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Those are old statements, said before Milan came on the scene. Carlitos has not spoken with anyone since and expects Manchester City to reach a decision on his future soon.”

Tevez is understood to have offers from both Milan and Paris Saint-Germain to move this January, even as PSG deny they are in the running.

Taiwo's Newcastle option
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Milan defender Taye Taiwo could join former Inter full-back Davide Santon at Newcastle United this January, according to reports.

The Nigerian left-back only joined the Rossoneri on a free transfer in the summer from Marseille, but recently spoke of the frustration at failing to hold down a regular place at San Siro.

Having managed just two League starts under Massimiliano Allegri, the 26-year-old hinted via French publication L’Equipe this week that he may consider a January switch. His agent also suggested the same possibility exists, even if the player’s primary intention is to remain with the Italian champions.

Reports in England are linking Taiwo with Newcastle United. In the market for a left-back to replace Jose Enrique, the Tyneside club are understood to have turned their attentions to a loan deal for the Milan man after being warned off first-choice PSV Eindhoven’s Erik Pieters.

Further reports are linking Arsenal with a move for the international who has been capped 48 times by his country, after they recently lost regular full-back Andre Santos to a long-term injury.

No Tevez or Balzaretti PSG bids
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Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has rejected claims that the club have made moves for Carlos Tevez and Federico Balzaretti.

Manchester City striker Tevez has agreed personal terms with Milan, but the Italian side are rumoured to be facing competition from PSG for his January services.

“We have never made a formal offer to Tevez or to the club for that matter,” Leonardo told L’Equipe on Thursday.

The Argentine striker is looking for a new club after falling out with City boss Roberto Mancini in September.

Meanwhile, the former Milan and Inter tactician has dismissed speculation that Balzaretti will arrive from Palermo in the New Year,

“It’s clear that he won’t come to PSG,” the Brazilian is quoted as saying. “Everyone knows that, including the player and Palermo.”

Reports in France yesterday suggested that the Italian international was in the country talking to PSG. Palermo later denied that story.

Balzaretti would like a move to Paris as his wife performs as a ballerina in the French capital.

AC Milan to get Natali for Christmas?
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Milan will consider bringing in a new centre-back during the winter transfer window as cover for Mario Yepes.

The Colombian was yesterday ruled out for the next 10 weeks given the need for surgery on his right ankle.

According to the Corriere dello Sport, the Rossoneri will subsequently make a move for Cesare Natali of Fiorentina.

The Italian champions were expected to make a bid to net the player in the summer once his Viola contract had expired.

However, Milan could now offer the Tuscan club a nominal fee for a stopper who they will lose on a Bosman in June 2012 anyway.

Milan are also worried about the fitness issues hampering the campaigns of centre-backs Philippe Mexes and Alessandro Nesta.

Thiago Silva commits to AC Milan until 2020
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A possible move to Barcelona is the last thing on the mind of Milan centre-back Thiago Silva. “I want to stay here.”

The Brazilian international is consistently being paired with the Nou Camp outfit given his status as one of the world’s best defenders.

However, speaking to Milan Channel, the 27-year-old has committed his future to the reigning Italian champions.

“My plans are to remain here until June 2016 and then I’d like to renew my contract for another four years,” he stated.

“I actually hope that Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani is watching this interview so he knows what steps to take.”

Silva, formerly of Juventude, Porto and Dynamo Moscow, joined Milan for the 2009-10 campaign from Fluminense.

He’s scored twice in 19 games for the Diavolo across all competitions so far this season.

El Shaarawy part of Maxi Lopez deal?
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Catania are ready to loan Maxi Lopez to Milan in return for the services of Stephan El Shaarawy, it is being suggested.

The Rossoneri have targeted the Argentine as a back-up should they fail to sign primary objective Carlos Tevez from Manchester City in January.

The Sicilian club are ready to deprive themselves of the former Barcelona man, but only if they get the youngster in return.

El Shaarawy, part-owned by Genoa, moved to San Siro in the summer but the 19-year-old has been limited to just 198 minutes of action so far.

Genoa recently admitted that they and Milan may decide to loan him to a smaller club, who could offer him more playing time, after Christmas.

El Shaarawy, an attacking midfielder who can also be used in a wide role, is, on paper at least, a good fit for the tactics of Catania boss Vincenzo Montella.

Tevez: 'I want Boca!'
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Carlos Tevez has reportedly told the media in Argentina he “only wants Boca Juniors” rather than Milan or PSG.

The Manchester City striker agreed personal terms with the Rossoneri last week, but it seems as if he has already changed his mind.

“Milan? I only want Boca Juniors,” he was quoted as telling newspapers in Argentina.

“I am tired of travelling to and from Europe. You can be certain I’m never going back to England.

“I want to play the Copa Libertadores with Boca and am prepared to give up large sums of money to make this happen.”

Only this evening Milan President Silvio Berlusconi reiterated the offer to take Tevez on loan would not be increased, even though Paris Saint-Germain have proposed a more financially advantageous package.

Berlusconi: 'Does Tevez want money or prestige?'
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Silvio Berlusconi warned Carlos Tevez he must choose between PSG’s money or “a prestigious club like Milan where he can win everything.”

The striker is set to leave Manchester City in January, but the Rossoneri want him on loan whereas Paris Saint-Germain can offer €30m and much bigger wages straight away.

“Tevez has two choices,” the patron told Sky Sport Italia. “Milan represent prestige and the ability to win everything, including the Ballon d’Or. Paris Saint-Germain represent a large intake of money.”

There were reports Alexandre Pato would be offered to Manchester City as part of the deal to bring in Tevez.

“Pato is a great player who recently hasn’t expressed himself to his full potential. In football you need goals to win and in order to score, he has to be closer to the penalty area.”

Berlusconi also confirmed Coach Massimiliano Allegri is all set to renew his contract.

“He is doing very well and the contract renewal is not up for debate. We have already made the decision and it will be done.

“Milan want to be protagonists and can win the Scudetto again, while we can also do it in Europe. We’re in the final 16 of the Champions League, just like Barcelona, a side who play the kind of football I’d like to see more of at Milan.

“We already have a large squad and there are players like Thiago Silva who can take on numerous positions. He can be a midfielder and, with his class, also a striker.

“I make exceptional efforts, as Milan cost me €50m per year for the last two seasons. I think last term it was actually €90m. I always acted with great generosity for this club, sometimes excessively.”

AC Milan suffer Yepes loss
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Italian champions Milan could be without Mario Yepes until March after he picked up an injury.

The Colombian veteran, 35, damaged his right ankle in the 2-2 Serie A draw at Bologna last weekend.

Tests on Wednesday morning have confirmed some ligament damage and the need for surgery.

The former Chievo man, one goal in six League games this term, will reportedly be sidelined for 10 weeks.

AC Milan receive Abbiati boost
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Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati could return to the starting XI for Saturday’s Serie A game against Siena.

The former Italian international has missed his club’s last three League games after picking up a shoulder injury.

The former Juventus man successfully came through a training session on Wednesday which suggests a return is very close.

Abbiati has been replaced in goal by 2006 Italian World Cup winner Marco Amelia.

The latter admitted responsibility for the 2-2 draw at Bologna over the weekend after allowing Alessandro Diamanti’s strike to get past him.

Sampdoria told not to sign Inzaghi
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Sampdoria legend Gianluca Pagliuca has warned his former club to not make a January bid for Milan’s Pippo Inzaghi.

The veteran striker is expected to leave San Siro after Christmas in search of more playing time towards the end of his career.

Serie B outfit Samp have been paired with a possible bid, a move which the ex-goalkeeper thinks would be a mistake.

“It would be an error,” the ex-Italian international told Radio 103. “Inzaghi is 38 and I don’t think he is the right man for Sampdoria.

“They need a player who is hungry, who has a desire to make a name for himself. It doesn’t matter if they are unknown, they key thing is that they are ambitious.

“Inzaghi has had his career. It has been long and beautiful, but I don’t think he would go to Samp with great determination.

“You also have to consider Inzaghi’s current wage. I don’t think that Samp want to spend that kind of money.”

The former Juventus player has made three Serie A appearances so far this season, totalling only 34 minutes of action.

Calciopoli talks end with no peace
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Those present at Wednesday’s Calciopoli peace talks have admitted that nothing has changed after a four-hour meeting.

A summit was held today at the headquarters of CONI – the Italian Olympic Committee – in an effort to bring an end to the controversy which has shadowed the Italian game since the sentences of 2006.

CONI chief Gianni Petrucci called for the get-together after Juventus started legal proceedings for damages after their demotion to Serie B five years ago. They were also stripped of two Scudetti.

Amongst those at today’s ‘peace table’ were Juventus President Andrea Agnelli and Inter counterpart Massimo Moratti.

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani, Fiorentina patron Diego Della Valle, Napoli chief Aurelio De Laurentiis and Italian Football Federation President Giancarlo Abete were also present.

“It was a long, friendly and correct meeting,” Petrucci noted. “But I must be honest and sincere, the subject of Calciopoli is still very hot so nobody changed their stance on the matter.

“There was a lot of good intentions, but no results have been obtained. I’ll certainly think very carefuly before planning another meeting.”

He added: “I’m disappointed, but we gave it everything and we’ll sleep without problems tonight. There was no result, but no defeat either.”

FIGC President Abete and Viola chief Della Valle also confirmed that nobody took a backwards step.

“There was no change in position,” Abete stated. “Despite all of the effort, it’s hard to heal a deep wound.”

Della Valle commented: “It was a civil meeting, but nobody altered their view.”

Inter’s Moratti, whose side were handed Juve’s 2006 title, refused to go into detail about what was discussed.

“All meetings can be constructive and everything can be useful,” he stated.

Agnelli, meanwhile, didn’t leave a comment after admitting that he would talk to the media at a later stage about today’s events.

AC Milan face competition for Maxi Lopez
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Catania have claimed that Milan are not the only team interested in signing Maxi Lopez during the January transfer window.

The Argentine striker has been targeted by the Rossoneri as a possible option should they fail to net Carlos Tevez from Manchester City.

However, the Sicilian club have today revealed that the South American could actually end up elsewhere.

“We know that the player has expressed an interest in Milan and we have told him our opinion,” director Pietro Lo Monaco told Sky Sport Italia.

“We know the position of Milan and they know our position on the matter.

“We’ll see what happens over the next few days, but I can confirm that there are other clubs who have asked us for him too.

“It must mean that the player is greatly admired.”

The former Barcelona player, 27, joined Catania in January 2010.

Calciopoli peace talks begin
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A meeting with the intention of archiving Calciopoli for good has begun in Rome on Wednesday morning.

The summit was organised by Gianni Petrucci, the head of the Italian Olympic Committee, after Juventus recently filed compensation claims for damages against their punishment back in 2006.

The Old Lady were stripped of two Scudetti and demoted to Serie B with a point deduction after a rapid sporting inquiry.

Milan, Fiorentina, Lazio and Reggina were also hit by point penalties, but they were allowed to remain in Serie A.

The second of the two titles taken away from the Bianconeri was handed to Inter. Juventus, following revelations at the Napoli criminal trial, now claim that Inter’s title should be handed back.

Amongst those at today’s ‘peace table’ are Juventus President Andrea Agnelli and Inter counterpart Massimo Moratti.

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani, Fiorentina patron Diego Della Valle, Napoli chief Aurelio De Laurentiis and Italian Football Federation President Giancarlo Abete are also present.

“I’ve come to listen and contribute,” stated Moratti on his arrival. “We’ll look to take things one step at a time.

“A handshake with Agnelli? I don’t know. We’ll see…”

De Laurentiis noted: “I hope Juve and Inter make peace. You are calling this the table of peace, I prefer to call it a table for a restart.

“We’ve had enough of the talk, Italian football needs credibility.”

Della Valle stated: “I don’t know if the table is round or square... I’ve come to hear what Petrucci has to say. I don’t know what will be discussed.”

AC Milan won't give up on Tevez
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Milan are prepared to wait until January 31 if it means signing Carlos Tevez, the Italian club have confirmed.

The Rossoneri are attempting to net the Manchester City player in January to cover for Antonio Cassano following his heart surgery.

While the Rossoneri have agreed financial details with the Argentine, their request to take him on loan has yet to be ratified by City.

To complicate matters, French giants Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly entered the race to sign him too.

“I know that there was a meeting between the player’s agent and Manchester City this morning, but I don’t know the outcome,” Vice-President Adriano Galliani told Sky Sport Italia.

“We’ll wait for Tevez until the last hour of the transfer window unless he signs for another club before then.

“Tevez is our first choice and you know what Milan’s position is, that of the player and Manchester City. We know that the player wants to come – we just hope he doesn’t agree terms with anyone else.

“We have up until 18:59 on January 31 to close the deal.”

The former Lega Calcio chief then rejected speculation that Tevez could actually arrive at the club as a replacement for the mis-firing Alexandre Pato.

“There is no chance that Pato can leave. If Tevez signs then it will be because Cassano has had the problem that we all know about. Pato, Robinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are untouchable.

“This isn’t a brilliant moment for him, but Pato is Pato. He scores almost a goal every two games. There is no Pato problem.”

The Brazilian won’t be sold by the reigning Italian champions, but unhappy summer signing Taye Taiwo could be released after his complaints over a lack of action.

“I’ve not read Taiwo’s interview, but I will. If the player wants to be sold then we’ll look to find a solution that suits everybody.”

It's my fault, says Amelia
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Goalkeeper Marco Amelia has accepted responsibility for the 2-2 draw at Bologna. “Don’t blame my Milan teammates.”

The two teams met at the Stadio Dall’Ara last weekend in a controversial game that the Rossoneri were expected to win.

However, Amelia, who has recently replaced the injured Christian Abbiati, has admitted he was at fault for the dropped points.

“I’m hearing a lot of criticism aimed at my teammates for the draw at Bologna,” he told Milan News.

“However, I was to blame for the draw because I didn’t stop that shot from Alessandro Diamanti. It’s as simple as that.

“We were unlucky. We could have been top of the table and that just makes the result even more disappointing.

“Now we just have to focus on the games against Siena and Cagliari. A little false step at Bologna certainly shouldn’t stop us from our objective.”

The Rossoneri are two points behind joint-leaders Udinese and Juventus following the latest round of games.

AC Milan struggle when Pato plays
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Alexandre Pato is statistically proving to be something of an unlucky charm for Milan so far this season.

The Rossoneri have amazingly won just twice in the 10 games which the Brazilian striker has made an appearance in.

A Milan side which included Pato beat Inter in the Italian Super Cup Final in August and then Chievo in Serie A. The other eight games have ended in draws or defeats.

The international has had his problems with form and fitness so far this season which has seen him score just one in six Serie A games and two in three Champions League ties.

In 552 minutes of action, the previously prolific forward has also grabbed only two assists for the Rossoneri.

Baresi lauds AC Milan's Tevez chase
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Milan legend Franco Baresi has applauded the club’s proposed move for Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez.

The Rossoneri are attempting to sign the Argentine during the January transfer window and Baresi thinks it would be a fine swoop.

“If there is the possibility to enrich the squad then Tevez would be welcome,” the former centre-back told Sky Sport Italia.

“He is a great player and the numbers speak for themselves.

“He would certainly be able to make a major contribution here. Who wouldn’t want him at their football club?”

The Italian giants have agreed personal terms with the former West Ham and Manchester United attacker.

However, they have so far failed to convince City to hand him over on an initial six-month loan with an option to buy at the end of the campaign.

City, who haven’t used Tevez since September following a disagreement with boss Roberto Mancini, would rather sell him outright.

Paris Saint-Germain have also entered the race to sign the former Boca Juniors man.

Taiwo frustrated by AC Milan 'snub'
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Taye Taiwo has admitted that he won’t stay at Milan if he fails to break into the plans of boss Massimiliano Allegri.

The Nigerian international joined the Rossoneri from Marseille in the summer, but he’s struggled to get a regular game.

Speaking to L’Equipe, the Bosman free signing has suggested that he’ll consider a move away from San Siro if he continues to be a spectator.

“I suffer every single day because I’m not playing football,” the left-back noted. “I came here to play and instead I’ve only featured in six games.

“I don’t understand how things work over here in Italy. Sometimes I’m left in the stands whereas I really need to play.

“Evidently Allegri doesn’t have faith in my abilities. It’s not really in my nature to stay in a situation like this.”

The 26-year-old has been paired with January moves to Newcastle, Werder Bremen and Galatasaray, amongst others.

Pioli: 'What the referee told me'
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Stefano Pioli revealed what under-fire referee Gianluca Rocchi told him after the controversial Bologna-Milan game.

The official made numerous dubious decisions during the 2-2 draw, including penalty appeals from both sides.

“I’d rather not talk about the referee, as it’s fairer to discuss a very entertaining game,” said Coach Pioli.

“We said goodbye at the end of the game in a very cordial fashion. He told me that, even if he might’ve made some mistakes, he took the decisions that he considered to be right.

“It’s not easy being a referee, as they have negative and positive days too.”

It was a spectacular performance by the Rossoblu, who put Milan under constant pressure just days after they pushed Juventus to extra time in the Coppa Italia.

“It was a wonderful game. Milan are superior in technique and strength, but we held the field well without being passive. We went on the counter with a certain consistency and timing.

“We made life difficult for the Rossoneri and I have to praise my players for that. As for Marco Di Vaio, he just needed to break his drought, as not scoring for 10 or 11 games is tough for a striker who has netted 200 in his career.

“There was a little pressure on him, especially as he is the captain, but he always trained very hard and kept in shape.”

Seedorf: 'Tevez follows the money'
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Clarence Seedorf says Carlos Tevez “will go where they can promise him the most money,” so probably not Milan.

The striker agreed personal terms with the Rossoneri, but Paris Saint-Germain have moved ahead in the race by offering €30m to Manchester City.

“Looking back at his career, his agents and every move he has ever made, I think Tevez will go where they can promise him the most money,” Seedorf told Sky Sport Italia.

“Milan would be the first time in his life that he has chosen a club for his career rather than the money. We’ll see what happens.”

Meanwhile, Seedorf also commented on the handling offence that was not spotted by the referee in today’s 2-2 draw with Bologna.

“The referee was just 10 metres away. From the television footage, it looks like a penalty, but I know the ball struck me on the shoulder.”

Allegri: 'Referee got it wrong'
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Milan Coach Massimiliano Allegri admits the referee “got it wrong” with regards to several penalty incidents against Bologna.

The spectacular 2-2 draw at the Stadio Dall’Ara was marred by a controversial performance from referee Gianluca Rocchi.

“Looking back at the footage, Clarence Seedorf did seem to handle in the box, but towards the end there was an identical handball not awarded for us,” said the tactician.

“As for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, I think he dived to earn the penalty. In any case, the referee got it wrong for both teams, so it wasn’t one-way the same we suffered against Fiorentina.”

This was the Rossoneri’s second consecutive 2-2 draw after a midweek stalemate with Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League.

“After taking the lead we defended badly and couldn’t even hold on to it for a minute. Our second half was not up to the task, even if we had a few good chances towards the end.

“We didn’t throw any points away here, though, as Bologna played very well to earn the result with real determination. Marco Di Vaio was excellent at moving between the centre-backs and Bologna were very rapid on the counter-attack.

“Milan made mistakes and we paid for them.”

Serie A: Bologna 2:2 AC Milan - match report
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Scorers: Di Vaio 11 (B), Seedorf 16 (M), Ibrahimovic pen 72 (M), Diamanti 73 (B)

There was a sensational and highly controversial four-goal thriller, as Milan and Bologna were furious at the referee.

The Rossoneri aimed to continue their fine Serie A form, though Antonio Nocerino joined the injury list with Alessandro Nesta, Christian Abbiati, Gianluca Zambrotta, Mathieu Flamini, Gennaro Gattuso and Antonio Cassano. Nico Pulzetti was suspended for Bologna, who gave Jorge Crespo a rare start in defence.

Within three minutes Zlatan Ibrahimovic had unleashed a ground to air missile of a free kick from the left flank that rattled the crossbar. It was absolutely ferocious and kept the woodwork wobbling for some time.

However, it was Bologna who took the lead with a moment of magic from Marco Di Vaio. He broke on his own from the centre-circle on a long ball and as Marco Amelia came sprinting out of the box, Di Vaio brilliantly and bravely lobbed into an empty net.

The situation did not last long, as Clarence Seedorf gathered from Kevin-Prince Boateng just outside the D and smacked a stunning right-foot curler into the near top corner, where Jean-Francois Gillet had absolutely no chance.

Moments later Ibra burst on the counter down the left, but nobody was ready to tap into an empty net. Di Vaio drilled just wide of the near stick and Gillet had his palms stung by Ignazio Abate’s volley.

Milan had penalty appeals for a Gaby Mudingayi shove on Alberto Aquilani just 30 seconds after the Bologna midfielder had been booked. Aquilani had another great chance on 35 minutes, but Andrea Raggi got a toe to the cross to put him off from six yards and force a corner.

Ramirez went from end to end on the counter, but was too tired by the end to really trouble Amelia with his shot.

There was huge controversy in first half stoppages, as Seedorf blocked a Diamanti free kick with his outstretched arm. It was a blatant penalty, but the referee waved away protests and even booked the protesting Bologna players.

Within 90 seconds of the restart, Di Vaio had curled a splendid right-foot effort round Amelia and on to the base of the far post!

Diamanti also swung a simiar attempt just wide, then Ramirez slipped as he was pulling the trigger under pressure from Mario Yepes. Aquilani’s diving header from a corner whistled wide.

There was further controversy when the referee did point to the penalty spot. Ibra tried to pass to Alexandre Pato, who was offside, but it didn’t reach him and the ball returned to the Swede’s feet as he was kicked by Raggi. Ibrahimovic buried the spot-kick by sending Gillet the wrong way.

However, moments later it was 2-2, as Diamanti hit a daisy-cutter from distance that slipped off Amelia’s hand into the bottom near corner of the net. The goalkeeper committed a howler there, as it was within his grasp.

There were yet more penalty appeals as Ibra’s cross for Aquilani clearly struck Archimede Morleo’s arm, but the referee again waved play on.

An Urby Emanuelson snapshot flashed across the face of goal, then Di Vaio’s counter-attack was charged down in the box by Daniele Bonera, as the game remained end-to-end stuff.

Bologna: Gillet; Crespo, Raggi, Portanova, Morleo; Casarini (Perez 46), Mudingayi, Kone; Ramirez (Taider 76); Diamanti (Cherubin 84), Di Vaio

Milan: Amelia; Abate, Thiago Silva, Yepes (Bonera 62), Antonini; Aquilani, Van Bommel, Seedorf (Emanuelson 68); Boateng; Pato (Robinho 77), Ibrahimovic

Ref: Rocchi

AC Milan hope Tevez rejects PSG
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There are reports Manchester City have accepted PSG’s offer for Carlos Tevez, but he still wants to join Milan.

The Rossoneri confirmed this week they have already agreed personal terms with the Argentine striker.

However, Adriano Galliani also stated that City had rejected their proposal to take him on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season for €23m.

Instead, the Daily Mail now suggests Manchester City have accepted the Paris Saint-Germain bid of €30m outright.

It would seem to be over for Milan, but there is still the issue of Tevez and his intentions.

If the striker holds out and turns down the PSG move, Milan could be back in the running.

Serie A: Bologna vs. AC Milan - lineups
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Bologna: Gillet; Crespo, Raggi, Portanova, Morleo; Casarini, Mudingayi, Kone; Ramirez; Diamanti, Di Vaio

AC Milan: Amelia, Abate, Thiago Silva, Yepes, Antonini, Aquilani, Van Bommel, Seedorf, Boateng, Pato, Ibrahimovic

Pioli: 'Bologna can beat AC Milan'
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Stefano Pioli says Bologna “need the perfect game” to get something against Milan, but are buoyed by forcing Juventus into extra time this week.

The Rossoblu were in action on Thursday and only went out of the Coppa Italia to a 2-1 defeat in Turin after 120 minutes.

“There is not much difference between Milan and Juventus,” said the Coach. “However, the Rossoneri have something more, as Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are players who make the difference.

“Their approach to football also gives fewer reference points than Juve. We’ll have to be very sharp to understand the tactical situations that will develop, as Milan are unpredictable and very dynamic.”

That certainly does not mean Pioli is expecting a defeat at the Stadio Dall’Ara on Sunday.

“We’ve got to give it our all. We’re playing on home turf, are in good shape and coming off an important Serie A win against Siena.

“Obviously, we need the perfect game, ready to work hard and chase them down, using up all our physical and mental energy. But I know my team and they are ready to give 100 per cent to get a positive result.

“This is an important game for our growth, as we must step on to the field without the mentality of just accepting whatever comes, but rather to try and win the match.”

Manchester City reject AC Milan's Tevez bid
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Adriano Galliani confirms Manchester City have rejected their proposal to sign Carlos Tevez on loan. “It’ll be a long negotiation process.”

The striker has already agreed personal terms with the Rossoneri this week, but their plan to take him on loan for a non-binding €23m option to buy at the end of the season did not go down well.

“We received an answer. You all know the situation,” Vice-President Galliani told Sky Sport Italia.

“Manchester City want to sell the player outright, while we want him on loan with the right to buy. We are a big club and if players do well then we take up their options.

“It’s true that Paris Saint-Germain are looking at the Argentine now as well, so I think it will be a bit of a long negotiation process. I spoke to Leonardo and he told me the President of PSG is interested in Tevez.

“In any case, I don’t want to make any predictions on the outcome of the negotiations, as there were many clubs on Tevez, including some Italians, an English side and PSG.

“We have already received City’s response to our offer and they are asking for the player to be signed outright, so I hope to convince them to accept our proposal.”

Galliani also commented on the other players who could leave in January to make way for Tevez.

“Pippo Inzaghi will decide his own destiny, while we’ll decide along with Stephen El Shaarawy what to do.

“If Tevez does not arrive, then we have a basic agreement with Catania for Maxi Lopez. He too is a great player, but in any case I’ll do everything possible to bring Tevez to Milan.

“As for Massimiliano Allegri, his contract until 2014 is already written. It’s a pure formality.”

AC Milan with Tevez: 'Best in the world!'
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Massimiliano Allegri wants to keep Milan focused on Bologna, but also admits “with Carlos Tevez we’d have the best strike force in the world!”

The Rossoneri did the bare minimum to get through their Champions League group and are on a Serie A roll which they intend to maintain on Sunday.

“We know that we cannot make mistakes like the ones we made against Viktoria Plzen, especially at the end,” he said of their 2-0 lead fumbled for a 2-2 draw.

“I hope it can be a useful lesson ahead of tomorrow’s game with Bologna. We know the Rossoblu are a strong side and saw it midweek against Juventus in the Coppa Italia.

“From now until the Christmas break, we have three matches to play, therefore nine points, and must try to get the maximum result.

“I am certain that the Scudetto will be a race between us, Juventus, who will fight to the end, Napoli and Udinese. Last season we won the title three rounds from the end, but this term I’d be happy with the penultimate match.”

Allegri surprised many by naming his starting XI for tomorrow’s encounter at the Stadio Dall’Ara, including Alexandre Pato and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Naturally, talk around the Rossoneri has been focused around the personal terms agreed with Manchester City striker Tevez.

“During the break we will evaluate everything along with the club. We’ve got clear ideas, so if Tevez doesn’t arrive then I am happy with my squad.

“It’s always better to have champions alongside you than against you. If Tevez does arrive, then we’d have the best strike force in the world!”

AC Milan line-up: Amelia; Abate, Thiago, Yepes, Antonini;Van Bommel, Aquilani, Seedorf; Boateng;Pato, Ibrahimovic

Leonardo warns AC Milan about Tevez
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Paris Saint-Germain chief Leonardo insists “the market is open” as they intercept Milan’s negotiations for Carlos Tevez.

This week the Rossoneri confirmed they had agreed personal terms with the player, but Manchester City have not yet replied to their proposal of a free loan with non-binding option to buy for €23m at the end of the season.

However, PSG have dived in with a bid of €30m up front, aided also by the fact the two Saudi owners of the clubs are related.

“Paris Saint-Germain have made no offer for Tevez, a player we had already made enquiries about in the summer,” director Leonardo told the Corriere della Sera.

“I spoke to Carlitos’ agent and know that he would prefer to join Milan, but I also know that Manchester City want to sell him outright and not send him out on loan.

“If City accept the idea of giving Tevez to Milan on loan, then the issue is closed. Otherwise the market is open.

“After all, with the Argentine’s wages how many clubs are ready to invest such figures? It’s obviously that the owners of PSG and City speak to each other, as they are related.

“However, let it also be clear that we are not trying to undercut or insult Milan. We were already interested in Tevez some time ago and if City don’t want to release him on loan to Milan, it certainly won’t be our fault. There is no subterfuge.”

Thiago Silva calls Tevez
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Thiago Silva has called Carlos Tevez to join Milan. “This is the right place and we await him with open arms.”

This week the Rossoneri confirmed they had agreed personal terms with the striker, to arrive on loan with an option to buy in June, and are waiting for Manchester City’s response.

“Tevez is a player who makes the difference,” Thiago Silva told Sky Sport Italia.

“If he wants a team who can win everything, then this is the right place and we await him with open arms.”

There is competition, though, as Paris Saint-Germain have dived into the race and could offer more favourable terms to City.

Thiago Silva is no stranger to transfer rumours either, as he has repeatedly been linked with Barcelona.

“I am calm and think only of winning the Scudetto. There are many important players in this team who want the role of captain, but it would make me very happy.

“Wearing the captain’s armband is, for me, the most important objective at the moment. I want to play my entire career with this Milan jersey.”

His contract ties him to the San Siro giants until June 2016.

AC Milan consider Soldado bid
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Now that Paris Saint-Germain have joined the race for Carlos Tevez, Milan are considering Roberto Soldado as an alternative.

The Rossoneri confirmed they agreed terms with the player, but are still waiting for a response from Manchester City over their free loan with non-binding option to buy proposal.

PSG have intercepted the talks in order to make a cash offer to City, so Milan may well have to look elsewhere.

It’s reported the alternative is Valencia striker Soldado, who like Tevez would be ineligible for the Champions League.

The 26-year-old has played for Spain at every level since the Under-15 team and joined his hometown club Valencia from Getafe in 2010 for €10m.

Nocerino out injured, Taiwo still with Milan
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Antonio Nocerino will be out for at least a week after tests, but Taye Taiwo’s agent insists he’s staying with Milan.

Midfielder Nocerino limped off during the Champions League 2-2 draw with Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday and tests have now confirmed the left thigh twinge will keep him on the sidelines for at least seven days, when he will undergo further medical examinations.

On the other hand, Kevin-Prince Boateng has recovered from a back problem to face Bologna on Sunday.

It was reported Taiwo would leave Milan in January after failing to settle in his first six months of Serie A football, as the likes of Newcastle United are interested.

“We are not 100 per cent satisfied, but that doesn’t mean the player is not ready to fight for his place,” agent Fabio Parisi told MilanNews.

“I think he has had some difficulties settling in, especially when it comes to understanding the movement the Coach is asking for.

“However, Taiwo never gives in and therefore does not want to leave Milan. We’ve got to evaluate the situation and he has many admirers, but the idea is to stay with the Rossoneri.”

Taiwo off to Newcastle?
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English club Newcastle are the latest outfit to be linked with a January move for Milan defender Taye Taiwo.

The Nigerian, 26, only joined the Rossoneri over the summer, but he’s finding it tough to feature regularly in the team.

Taiwo, a left-back, has played in just two Serie A games and four Champions League ties so far this season.

Galatasaray and Werder Bremen have also been associated with the player who left Marseille on a free transfer in June 2011.

Newcastle are said to be prepared to offer Milan €1m in exchange for the player’s loan. They would also get an option to buy him outright at the end of the season.

PSG want Tevez, admit AC Milan
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Milan have confirmed that Paris Saint-Germain have entered the race to sign Carlos Tevez from Manchester City.

The Rossoneri were thought to be in pole position for the Argentine forward after agreeing personal terms with the South American.

However, the Italian club’s request to take the player on loan with a summer buy-out option has yet to be accepted by the Premiership side.

In the meantime, the French giants have made a move for the former West Ham and Manchester United man.

“I can confirm that Paris SG have inserted themselves into this,” Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani commented.

“Nevertheless, our offer won’t change for him as a result and we’ll try until the very end to get Tevez here.

“Our objective is to sign him and have him train with us in Dubai during the winter break,” continued the former Lega Calcio chief.

“We’re waiting for a response to our offer, but there is time until the January transfer window closes.”

The Italian champions are looking for a new attacking threat given that Antonio Cassano may miss the rest of the season following heart surgery.

“Catania’s Maxi Lopez? He is of interest to us, but I can confirm that Tevez is our first choice and we’ll keep trying for him,” Galliani concluded.

Some other reports in Italy today also claim that Juventus are showing an interest in the available international.

PSG hijack AC Milan's Tevez deal?
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Reports are indicating that Paris Saint-Germain are planning to hijack Milan’s move for Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez.

The player has reportedly already agreed personal terms with the Rossoneri after Vice-President Adriano Galliani met with his representative Kia Joorabchian on Monday evening, whilst it is also understood that the current Serie A champions have also sent off a formal proposal to the English side.

However, it is thought that the Qatari-owned French club, who are coached by former Rossonero Leonardo, are ready to come in with a stronger offer. Where Milan are after a six-month, low-cost loan followed by a rumoured €20m fee to secure the player on a full-time basis next summer, PSG are apparently ready with an immediate €25-30m offer to take Tevez permanently in January.

Tamin Al-Thani, who heads the Qatar Investment Authority that own PSG, is a cousin of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed.

Marseille join queue for Inzaghi
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Marseille have become the latest club to be associated with unhappy Milan striker Pippo Inzaghi.

The veteran, now 38, is thought to be pondering a January exit after failing to feature in the regular plans of boss Massimiliano Allegri.

Inzaghi has made just two Serie A appearances in Serie A this season, while he wasn’t even included in the side’s Champions League squad.

Competition for places is also set to increase in the New Year with the Italian champions being paired with Carlos Tevez of Manchester City and Catania’s Maxi Lopez.

According to the Corriere dello Sport, French giants Marseille are very keen on the 2006 World Cup winner.

Marseille boss Didier Deschamps is an admirer and knows the player well after appearing alongside him during their Juventus days.

AC Milan midfield injury update
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There is some good and bad news on the injury front for Milan ahead of Sunday’s game against Bologna at the Dall’Ara.

Summer signing Antonio Nocerino is a doubt after he picked up a problem in the Champions League game against Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday.

Although the Italian international is improving following the 2-2 draw, it is being suggested that boss Massimiliano Allegri will not risk him against the Rossoblu.

Fellow midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng will also have to prove his fitness as he continues to battle a back problem.

There is more positive news about Mark Van Bommel though. The Dutchman should again be available for selection this weekend.

First choice goalkeeper Christian Abbiati is still out with a shoulder issue and will again be replaced by Marco Amelia.

Tevez too expensive for Inter
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Inter chief Massimo Moratti has no regrets about missing out on Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez. “He was too expensive.”

The Argentine is close to a switch to city rivals Milan after agreeing personal terms, although City haven’t yet approved the proposed move.

The Nerazzurri were also interested in taking the South American in January, but talks didn’t get very far.

“I’m not disappointed about Tevez,” President Moratti told the Gazzetta dello Sport on Thursday.

“I’m presuming that Milan’s negotiations for Tevez are along the same lines as the terms which were discussed with us.

“We considered those as unacceptable.

“Nevertheless, we will do something during the January transfer window.”

Tevez is looking for a new club after falling out with Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini in September.

The 27-year-old is currently back in Argentina without the club’s permission.

Milan want to take the former West Ham striker on a six-month loan, with the option to sign him outright in the summer.

It is being suggested that Milan have agreed to pay Tevez €3m net for the rest of the season, before a more permanent contract of around €5m is signed.

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Tevez - AC Milan deal 'not done yet'
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There were reports Carlos Tevez could seal his move to Milan tonight, but his agents warn “it remains difficult to strike a deal with Manchester City.”

Rossoneri Vice-President Adriano Galliani confirmed on Tuesday evening that they had agreed personal terms with Tevez and agent Kia Joorabchian, then sent an official proposal to the Eastlands club.

“At the moment there are no developments,” FIFA agent and Joorabchian’s collaborator Giuseppe Riso told direttanews.it.

“It remains difficult to strike a deal with Manchester City, so this is a complicated transfer.

“Will it be sealed within hours? No, we are only at the beginning. There are many things still to be done.

“There is no agreement with City and the issues regarding the player also have to be deepened. We’ll resume talks in the next few days.”

Novara look to AC Milan duo
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Novara are set to borrow two Milan starlets in January to boost their survival prospects, bringing in Stephan El Shaarawy and Mattia De Sciglio.

According to the latest reports, Novara are in advanced negotiations with the Rossoneri for a mid-season loan swoop.

El Shaarawy has found very little space at San Siro since joining and has also been linked with a return to Genoa, but Novara are the latest option for the Italian Under-21 international.

Defender De Sciglio had his first start in the Champions League during last night’s 2-2 draw with Viktoria Plzen.

He too could join Novara on loan for six months to develop his skills.

Taiwo will consider AC Milan exit
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Taye Taiwo’s Milan career could come to an end in January, the defender’s representative has admitted.

The Nigerian joined the Rossoneri in the summer from Marseille once his contract expired.

However, he’s played in just two Serie A games and four Champions League ties for his new cub since.

“There are a few games left this year and then we’ll make some evaluations,” Fabio Parisi told calciomercatoweb.it.

“We’ll have to decide whether he should go and play for another club or stay at Milan to fight for his place in the first team.”

The 26-year-old, who spent seven years in France, has been paired with Galatasaray and Werder Bremen recently.

Tevez great for AC Milan, says Baggio
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Italian legend Roberto Baggio has applauded Milan’s proposed swoop for Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez.

The Italian club have agreed terms with the player, but are still negotiating with City over a January move.

Tevez is being targeted as a replacement for Antonio Cassano – following his heart surgery – and Baggio is rather impressed with the possible transfer.

“I got to know about him and appreciate his skills while he was still playing for Boca Juniors,” Baggio, who played for Milan between 1995 and 1997, told Sky Sport Italia.

“He would be a great signing for Milan,” Baggio added. “He is a player who creates goals and also scores a lot himself.”

Tevez, 27, started his career at Boca and was a member of their first team squad for three years before his 2006 move to Corinthians.

The Argentine joined West Ham in 2006, then Manchester United a year later. In 2009, he signed for rivals City.

Mexes happy to be back
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Philippe Mexes has asked Milan for patience in order to rediscover his top form after starting a game for the first time since April 3.

The defender, signed from Roma over the summer on a Bosman, was named in the XI for the 2-2 draw with Plzen last night.

Back in April, the Frenchman ruptured knee ligaments in a Serie A home defeat to Juventus. He also recently fractured his hand.

“Training can never replace games,” the centre-back admitted. “I’ve been waiting eight months for this moment.

“I was delighted to start the match. I have to thank the doctors and the medics who have helped me over these months.

“It wasn’t easy, it was a long journey and I’m happy that I have finally come out of the tunnel. Let’s hope the future is kind.”

Having returned to action, the former Auxerre man is now wanting to make a contribution to the Rossonero cause.

“I now need to familiarise myself with the team,” he added. “I’m working hard to give my contribution.

“I just need time now to have the confidence to help this team out.”

Tevez deal to be done today?
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Milan could wrap up a deal with Manchester City for Carlos Tevez by the end of today, reports in Italy are suggesting.

The Rossoneri have agreed personal terms with the Argentine after holding talks with the striker’s agent over the last 48 hours.

“I’ve been in my office with Tevez’s agent and the situation is clear,” club Vice-President Adriano Galliani noted on Tuesday evening.

“Milan have an agreement with the player and just now we sent a proposal to Manchester City – a free loan with the right to buy at certain conditions.

“Why should City accept that? He is not playing, he’s a great player and if he does well with us then we’ll buy him.”

According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, Milan have asked for a free loan but they are prepared to hand over €23m in the summer to buy the player outright.

Tevez is looking for a new club after falling out with City boss Roberto Mancini earlier this season.

The two clashed after the former Manchester United player allegedly refused to play in September’s Champions League game at Bayern Munich.

Whispers in the peninsula on Wednesday claim that City could give the deal the green light at some stage today.

Should an agreement be reached then Tevez will join up with his new teammates during their winter training camp in Dubai after Christmas.

Allegri furious in Prague
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Massimiliano Allegri couldn’t hide his irritation after Milan dropped a 2-0 lead in Prague.

“A game like this should’ve been won, as we were leading by two goals,” he snapped after a 2-2 Champions League draw with Viktoria Plzen.

“We need to be gritty and determined to the 95th minute. It’s really disappointing that we come away with this result.

“The goal came from us losing the ball in midfield for a potential move of our own, but instead we conceded.”

Alexandre Pato and Robinho had struck in quick succession at the dawn of the second half, but were denied by Viktoria’s stoppage-time comeback.

“I can be satisfied with some things, as we played alright despite the new line-up, but it’s a shame to concede those goals.

“I’ll look on the positive side and say at least we won’t be making this mistake again anytime soon.”

The result was irrelevant, as Milan had already qualified in second place behind Barcelona, while Viktoria Plzen go into the Europa League.

This evening Chelsea, Bayer Leverkusen, Arsenal, Olympique Marseille, Apoel Nicosia and Zenit St Petersburg all confirmed their place in the knockout rounds.

Champions League: Viktoria Plzen 2:2 AC Milan - match report
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Scorers: Pato 47 (M), Robinho 48 (M), Bystron 89 (V), Duris 93 (V)

Alexandre Pato and Robinho had given Milan a 2-0 lead, but Viktoria Plzen snatched a point with the last kick of the game.

The Rossoneri rotated the squad, aware second place behind Barcelona was confirmed regardless of the results in this last round of games. Czech side Viktoria needed a point to be sure of third place and a spot in the Europa League, though simply BATE Borisov’s defeat at Barcelona would be enough.

Philippe Mexes and Mattia De Sciglio received their first starts in a Milan jersey. As expected, the home side had a very aggressive start, as Mexes and De Sciglio both got crucial touches to take a cross away from the two strikers in the middle of the box.

Mexes forced another corner at full stretch to anticipate Bakos, while from that set piece a spectacular Pilar volley sailed inches over the bar with Marco Amelia well beaten.

Petrzela was flagged offside in a very tight decision and Viktoria lost Jiracek to an injury after 28 minutes.

De Sciglio was not lacking in confidence, unleashing a fierce strike that was over from distance.

Neither was full-back Rajtoral, who went on a spectacular run from his one end of the pitch to the other, eventually forcing a save out of Amelia with his low angled drive.

Clarence Seedorf also drilled off target from the D, but Pilar broke away from De Sciglio to fire just wide of the near post with only Amelia to beat, then Cisovsky’s header was past the upright. Antonio Nocerino also went off, making way for Thiago Silva in a more advanced midfield role.

Milan took the lead with their first genuine scoring opportunity straight after the restart. Robinho chested down a cross from the right for Alexandre Pato, who took it past his marker and dribbled round the goalkeeper to deposit into an empty net.

Less than a minute later, it was 2-0. A long Taye Taiwo clearance was flicked on by Robinho, who had time and space to exchange passes with Pato to tear apart the remaining shreds of the Viktoria defence and pass it under the bar.

Massimiliano Allegri’s half-time talk must’ve had a great effect, as Milan were a totally different team to the sluggish, apathetic side of the first 45 minutes. Pato threatened a third when he went on the counter and cracked a shot against the base of the upright.

Viktoria had the ball in the net, but it didn’t get them back into the game. Petrzela skipped past Taiwo and beat Amelia at the near post with a daisy-cutter that thumped the woodwork, but when Kolar tapped into an empty net, he was offside.

Seedorf tested Cech from distance, but the Viktoria fans were celebrating, as BATE Borisov conceded a spate of goals in Barcelona, meaning third place was secure anyway. Amelia fingertipped a Rajtoral effort on to the side-netting and 16-year-old Bryan Christante received his Champions League debut.

There was action at both ends in quick succession, as first Pato tried to lob the goalkeeper and only hit his chest, then on the counter Bakos hit the post.

Viktoria did get their deserved goal in the final minute, as Bakos rolled across the six-yard box for Bystron’s tap-in, as the Milan defence was caught out.

The home side desperately wanted an equaliser, if only for pride, and goalkeeper Cech went up for the final free kick, but Amelia just about scrambled it away.

The Czechs kept pushing and drew level deep into stoppages to send the fans wild in Prague. Daniele Bonera’s poor clearance allowed Cisovsky to prod it into Duris’ path and the substitute took his chance quickly from eight yards.

Viktoria 2-2 Milan

Scorers: Pato 47 (M), Robinho 48 (M), Bystron 89 (V), Duris 93 (V)

Viktoria Plzen: Cech; Rajtoral, Bystron, Cisovsky, Limbersky; Jiracek (Darida 28), Horvath; Petrzela, Kolar (Duris 67), Pilar (Hora 84); Bakos

Milan: Amelia; De Sciglio, Mexes, Bonera, Taiwo (Zambrotta 90); Emanuelson, Ambrosini, Nocerino (Thiago Silva 40); Seedorf; Robinho (Christante 81), Pato

Ref: Vad (Hun)

AC Milan reportedly agree terms with Tevez
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There are reports in Italy that Milan have agreed terms with Carlos Tevez for €3m until June, then €5m per season plus bonuses.

It is well known that the Rossoneri have been in intensive negotiations with agent Kia Joorabchian for the last couple of days.

According to the Corriere dello Sport and Calciomercato.it, a basic agreement has been reached for the Manchester City star.

Tevez is set to receive €3m in wages from now until June, then a three-year contract worth €5m per season plus performance-related bonuses.

It’s also reported Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani called Tevez to speak to him directly after the deal was struck.

Milan will now send a fax to Manchester City asking for Tevez on a free loan until June and the non-binding option to buy for somewhere between €15m and €20m.

Mancini: 'Italy good for Tevez'
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Roberto Mancini has declared that he would be happy to see Carlos Tevez leave Manchester City for an Italian club.

Premier League side City are looking to offload the 27-year-old Argentine international after he fell out with Coach Mancini for allegedly refusing to come off the bench during a Champions League match against Bayern Munich.

The club fined and suspended the player, whilst he has since failed to return from exile in Argentina.

His agent Kia Joorabchian was photographed having dinner with Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani on Monday evening and reports indicate that further talks between the Rossoneri and Tevez’ representative will happen on Tuesday.

It is understood that the Italian champions are keen on negotiating an initial six-month loan deal for the striker who was City’s top scorer in 2009-10 and 2010-11.

Speaking ahead of his side’s return leg with German side Bayern in the Champions League, Mancini was asked once again of the latest developments surrounding the former Corinthians forward.

Whilst denying knowledge of any potential deal, Mancini did admit that Italy would represent a good move for him.

“I do not know what the situation is with Carlos at the moment. I think it is important for us to sell him. We can do it for him and for the club. If he has the chance to go to Italy, I’d be happy for him.”

Van Basten denies AC Milan link
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The agent of Marco Van Basten has dismissed theories that the Dutch legend could replace Massimiliano Allegri at Milan in the summer.

Allegri’s contract expires in June and although both parties insist that he will extend until 2014, Van Basten has been paired with his former club.

“There is absolutely nothing,” representative Perry Overeem told calciomercato.it. “Allegri is doing really well and I think he will extend his agreement at Milan.

“There was contact between us and Milan in the past – but that was before Allegri arrived at the club.

“Allegri is Milan’s boss and he’s doing a great job.”

The former Cagliari tactician joined the Diavolo in the summer of 2010 and won the Scudetto at his first attempt.

Van Basten, who spent eight years at Milan as a player, has had coaching spells with the Dutch national squad and Ajax.

Catania: Maxi Lopez - AC Milan deal exists
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Catania have confirmed that they have a verbal agreement with Milan over the January transfer of Maxi Lopez.

The Argentine has been linked with a switch to the Rossoneri and the Sicilian club have admitted that a deal in on the horizon.

“There is a full agreement with Milan,” Catania director general Pietro Lo Monaco stated. “We just have to agree which week to finalise everything.”

Milan are looking for a new striker as cover for Antonio Cassano, who is recovering from heart surgery.

According to reports, Lopez will arrive even if the Italian champions manage to sign Carlos Tevez from Manchester City.

While Tevez could replace Cassano in the squad, Lopez may step in for Pippo Inzaghi who looks set to leave the club in January.

Nocerino: Look at me now
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Midfielder Antonio Nocerino is happy to have silenced his critics so soon after his initial struggles at new club Milan.

The Italian international joined the Rossoneri on transfer deadline day for just €500,000 – seeing as he had less than a year left on his Palermo deal.

The former Juventus player, though, took his time to settle at San Siro – but he’s now responded with five goals in 12 Serie A games.

“At the start there were people who were rather sceptical about me being here,” Nocerino told Milan Time.

“I’m happy that things have changed so quickly…”

Milan, like Nocerino, had a slow start to the campaign, but a string of positive results have seen them move to within two points of leaders Juventus.

“We believed we could climb back up the table,” added the 26-year-old. “Our physical condition is better than it was. We are more aggressive and we’re winning games.”

Milan, who are away to Bologna on Sunday, have won seven of their last eight matches in the Italian top flight.

Tevez to AC Milan talks continue
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Milan met with Carlos Tevez’s agent on Monday night and will do so again on Tuesday as talks regarding a possible January move continue.

The Rossoneri are interested in signing the Argentine international after his relationship with Manchester City broke down.

Milan may be without Antonio Cassano for the rest of the season, following his heart surgery, and Tevez is wanted as cover.

Rossoneri Vice-President Adriano Galliani dined with the player’s agent Kia Joorabchian in the city’s Giannino restaurant last night.

“Tevez is training and wants to return to being a protagonist with a great club in January,” stated Joorabchian.

“Milan are a great club, even if there are other Italian sides who have asked me for information about him as well.”

Netting Tevez is not problem free though for the reigning Italian champions – both in terms of doing a deal with City and the player himself.

Speculation suggests that Milan are willing to hand the Manchester club €2m for his six-month loan, then pay a further €15m in the summer to sign him outright.

In terms of salary, there are claims that Milan could offer the forward €3m net from January until May, before proposing a €5m a season agreement.

Allegri promises impetus and Mexes
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Philippe Mexes is set for his first start in a Milan shirt in midweek as Massimiliano Allegri rings the changes but warns ‘Milan want a good result’.

The Rossoneri are away to Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday night in their final Champions League group stage match already aware that they will finish second in the group. However, Plzen need just a point to secure third spot in the group.

With this in mind, Allegri promised the Press upon arrival in Prague on Monday that Milan will remain motivated for the tie.

“The stimulus for the team will be strong, because we are playing in the Champions League. We all want a good game and a good result. We are also keen to do well in the last three League games before Christmas.

“Tomorrow will be difficult because they want to qualify for the Europa League and need just a point. To clarify, we ought to give our best because they also played well at San Siro.”

Allegri has also confirmed the starting line-up that he intends to deploy in the game. While Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva drop to the bench, Allegri hopes to bring in Philippe Mexes for his first start for Il Diavolo and also keep faith with Robinho in attack.

“Ibra will start from the bench and I will then decide whether to use him or rest him completely. Tomorrow Thiago Silva will also only start from the bench.

“It is true that there are some young players with us, but above all I want to evaluate the return of Mexes after so long.

“Robinho has different characteristics than Ibra and Pato, he is a player of great movement and despite what everyone says, he is good enough in front of goal. Last year he scored 15 goals.”

Whilst Plzen are without a home win in the competition proper yet, Milan have not won away to Czech opposition in European competition since 1972-73.

“The Champions League and Serie A are two different competitions, especially when the Champions League reaches the knockout stages, because from that moment you face the best in Europe. Undoubtedly it has a different charm to the League.”

Allegri then finished the Press conference on a light-hearted note.

“Viktoria are an organised team, I barely remember the names, but they are good and fast and in the reverse fixture caused us some problems.”

Intended Milan starting line-up to face Viktoria Plzen: Amelia; De Sciglio, Bonera, Mexes, Taiwo; Nocerino, Ambrosini, Emanuelson; Seedorf; Pato, Robinho

Galliani: 'Tevez? Don't make me lie'
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Adriano Galliani has given his strongest hint yet that Milan are focusing their January transfer activity on securing Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez.

In Florence on Monday to be inaugurated into the Italian Football Hall of Fame for his leadership work in the game, Milan's Vice-President Galliani was asked by reporters of the Rossoneri’s reported interest in the wantaway Argentinean forward.

This followed an earlier report on Monday from La Gazzetta dello Sport. They ran quotes from Galliani that suggested that Manchester City had given him permission to speak with the player's representatives, but that official negotiations with the club had not yet begun.

Whilst still refusing to confirm in Florence if talks with the English club have begun, Galliani also cryptically refused to this time deny so too.

“Tevez? Do not make me tell lies on the day I am being awarded. We will talk about it in the next few days.”

Galliani was more forthcoming, though, in reflecting on Milan’s recent good form that saw them briefly top the table over the weekend.

“We have made a great recovery, we picked up 22 points in eight games, it could have been 24 points but we couldn’t do it. After the defeat to Juventus we were at least six points behind, now we are just two.

“The championship is very long, we’ll see what happens. However, Juve are earning first place, they are playing very well.”

Allegri has faith in misfiring Robinho
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Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri has defended Robinho from criticism after his recent errors in front of goal.

The Brazilian incredibly failed to score from a favourable position against Genoa on Friday night, but the tactician is standing by the attacker.

“Robinho has played well over the last few games,” the former Cagliari boss said ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League game against Plzen.

“He just needs to stay serene and, like last year, have a great season by scoring 15 goals. He’s not the only player in the world to have missed a chance.

“You can’t doubt Robinho because he’s missed two scoring opportunities. A Serie B player missed even more of a sitter recently…

“By the time the championship comes to an end, we won’t be missing the goals of Robinho or Alexandre Pato either.

“Pato is well, he just needs to play and he will do at Prague tomorrow.”

Robinho, 27, has scored two goals in eight League games this term.

As well as Pato, the Milan boss has confirmed that summer signing Philippe Mexes will play in the Champions League this week after recently fracturing his hand. He has selection worries though.

“Mark Van Bommel is not available. Gianluca Zambrotta has just returned after two days of having a fever. Kevin Prince Boateng has picked up a back problem too.”

Milan have already qualified behind group winners Barcelona, but the Coach still wants a performance from his players.

“The game doesn’t count for anything, but we are Milan and we’ll have to play to win. Coming off the pitch with a negative result wouldn’t be good for our mental state – it would anger us and we don’t want that.

“It should be a good training session as we’ll play on Tuesday and then again on Sunday. We’ll have a good deal of time to recover.”

Allegri then switched his attention to Serie A and Juventus – the League leaders who are currently two points above the Rossoneri and Udinese.

“When a side [Juventus] is unbeaten after 13 games then it means that they are good technically, they have character and everything needed to fight until the very end,” he added.

“We have to do the best we can during our next three League games before Christmas. We’ll look to end the solar year in the best shape possible.

“Inter? They are 13 points from us and 15 from Juve. There are a lot of sides in between us too, but they have what is needed to climb back up the table – especially when Wesley Sneijder and Douglas Maicon return.

“They can start a winning streak of games.”

There was also the inevitable question about the January transfer market, a subject which doesn’t interest the tactician right now.

“We are close to the window and it is normal that there is talk of Carlos Tevez and others. But what counts is that our squad will be like this until at least January 1 and I’m happy with it.”

Milan squad: Amelia, Roma, Piscitelli (No 51); Abate, Antonini, Bonera, De Sciglio, Mexes, Taiwo, Thiago Silva, Zambrotta, Yepes; Ambrosini, Boateng, Cristante (No 34), Emanuleson, Innocenti (No 35), Nocerino, Seedorf; Ibrahimovic, Pato, Robinho.

Ibrahimovic is Number 1 in his head
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Milan superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists he doesn’t need a Golden Ball to prove how good a player he is.

The 2011 Ballon d’Or award is expected to go to Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, a former teammate of the centre-forward at the Nou Camp.

However, the ex-Ajax, Juventus and Inter striker has told Telefoot that he doesn’t have any doubts over his own ability.

“Messi is a really strong player and I hope he continues to be one,” the Rossoneri ace is quoted as saying.

“He’s still very young, but he’s won almost everything that there is to win in this game,” he continued.

“In my head, though, I am the strongest of them all.

“I certainly don’t need a Golden Ball to demonstrate that I am No 1.”

The three nominees for this year’s FIFA Golden Ball are set to be revealed later on Monday.

UEFA suspend Aquilani
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UEFA have suspended Alberto Aquilani after confirming a case of mistaken identity during Milan-Barcelona.

Alessandro Nesta was booked for the nudge on Xavi that gave Barca a hotly contested penalty in the first half of that 3-2 Champions League result.

The push was actually done by Aquilani, who had already been carded during the match, so would have been sent off.

As Barcelona won 3-2 anyway, UEFA have simply moved the yellow card to Aquilani’s record and therefore he is suspended against Viktoria Plzen.

Allegri 'will stay at AC Milan unless...'
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Massimiliano Allegri reveals he “will stay at Milan save for surprises” and what everyone expected of Antonio Cassano.

“I don’t think there will be any problems over my contract renewal, as everything is fine with President Silvio Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani. I will stay at Milan save for surprises, and thank the club for this opportunity,” he told Verissimo.

“The Champions League is one of our objectives, but we’ll only get serious with that in February. Before then we’ll give our maximum efforts to Serie A, as we cannot afford to take our foot off the accelerator.”

Allegri won the Scudetto at his first attempt in a big club and has generally handled the many egos in the Rossoneri locker room.

“The players have really helped me in that, as they always give the right response whether facing a problem or accepting the bench. Of course, it’s understandable to be a bit angry, but it always passes quickly.

“Do some of them party too much? Well, they are still young men and we can’t expect them to spend all day at home. They can have fun, of course, but the important thing is to do it judiciously. They are professionals and must behave like them.”

One of the fieriest characters in Italian football is Cassano, who arrived a year ago after he was frozen out from Sampdoria.

“Antonio is above all a great champion. When he first came here, everyone was afraid of some crazy behaviour, but I was very happy to have him. Now he has settled in brilliantly. Mario Balotelli? Maybe he’d have the same reaction.

“Cassano is on the road to recovery after the heart surgery, though I don’t know if he’ll manage to be fit in time for Euro 2012. Now he needs to focus only on recovering.”

Nocerino answers sceptics
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Milan revelation Antonio Nocerino has set a new personal best for the season already. “It’s easy for people to say nice things about me now.”

The midfielder was signed from Palermo in the final minutes ahead of the transfer deadline and is proving to be a great bargain.

He was on target in Friday’s 2-0 win over Genoa, setting a new personal best with his fifth of the campaign.

“There were quite a few sceptical voices about me. It’s nice because things change,” smiled the Italian international.

“I always knew the most important thing was to do my talking on the pitch. The rest disappears so quickly.

“Of course, it’s easy for people to say nice things about me now.”

Ibrahimovic enjoys AC Milan freedom
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic reveals his tactical freedom is behind his form for Milan and reassures Robinho after missing an open goal.

The Swede earned and converted a penalty in Friday’s 2-0 victory away to Genoa.

“We scored in the second half, but created plenty of chances throughout the game and if we continue like this then it’ll be hard to stop us,” said Ibra.

“We’re giving great responses away from home, where we impose our football on the game and score regularly.

“My position? I like to be free on the pitch. The Coach gives me this possibility and for the moment it works.”

Less effective is Robinho, who blazed over an open goal against both Barcelona and Genoa in recent weeks.

“He’s a good guy and has great heart. These things happen and I’ve experienced it too. Once he scores one, another 20 will follow.”

Serie A: Genoa 0:2 AC Milan - highlights
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Allegri enjoys leadership
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Massimiliano Allegri reassures Robinho after another incredible miss and enjoys Milan’s Serie A leadership status.

“We are top for a couple of days, then if Juventus overtake us, we’ll just have to accept it. The important thing was to win in a difficult arena,” said the Coach.

Their 2-0 victory away to Genoa came thanks to a Zlatan Ibrahimovic penalty and Antonio Nocerino tap-in, but Robinho wasted the chance to finish the game when ballooning over from a yard.

“After going 1-0 up we played well for a few minutes. The second goal was what we needed to definitively secure the result.

“Robinho contributed to the goal with a great move. I compliment him for his assist in the penalty incident. As for the miss, football is like that, at times you miss incredible chances and at others you score out of nowhere. It happens.”

The Rossoneri have charged back into the Scudetto race following a poor start and kept a fourth consecutive clean sheet.

“We are playing decidedly well, but still need to improve in the way we control games,” added Allegri.

Serie A: Genoa 0:2 AC Milan - match report
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Scorers: Ibrahimovic pen 56 (M), Nocerino 79 (M)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Antonio Nocerino secured Milan’s 2-0 victory in Genoa after former teammate Kakha Kaladze was sent off, temporarily putting them top.

The Rossoneri were hoping to continue their climb up the table and were in splendid form, but Alexandre Pato pulled out an hour before kick-off when he came down with a flu virus. Instead, Robinho stepped into the starting XI, while Alessandro Nesta, Christian Abbiati, Gennaro Gattuso, Mathieu Flamini and Antonio Cassano were injured. Genoa top scorer Rodrigo Palacio sat out a ban, so Lucas Pratto and Bosko Jankovic led the way.

Within 90 seconds Marco Rossi just about managed to get his toe to the ball just as Antonio Nocerino had chested down and was ready to pull the trigger. Nocerino threatened again as he burst forward through the middle, but this time Sebastien Frey sprinted off his line to smother.

Play had to be halted after 15 minutes, as there were scuffles outside the stadium and tear gas floated into the arena, affecting fans, players and the referee. It has long been a tense fixture, especially after Genoa fan Vincenzo Spagnolo was stabbed to death outside San Siro on January 29 1995, which is why Milan fans weren’t allowed to travel for this game until last year. Once the gas had dissipated, the teams came back on to the pitch.

When play resumed, Kevin-Prince Boateng’s daisy-cutter struck the side-netting, while Ignazio Abate’s low cross went past two dummies for Nocerino to skim the back post. Moments later, Frey beat away a Zlatan Ibrahimovic left-foot snapshot. Milan were piling on the pressure, as Ibra threaded through for Massimo Ambrosini, who tripped just as he was pulling the trigger.

Genoa finally emerged as Miguel Veloso tried to score directly from a free kick down the right side of the pitch, forcing Marco Amelia to fingertip over the bar. Giandomenico Mesto intercepted a Thiago Silva clearance and was tackled in the box by Mario Yepes, then flashed a shot across the face of goal. Veloso pounced on another poor clearance for Amelia to block on the ground.

However, after the restart ex-Milan defender Kakha Kaladze went very late on Ibrahimovic for a penalty and second yellow card. It was Genoa’s fifth sending off of the campaign. The Swede got back on his feet to smash the penalty under the crossbar.

Robinho fired over from a yard against Barcelona last week, but someone managed to repeat the trick! On the hour mark Alberto Aquilani steered a ball back from the by-line and the Brazilian horribly ballooned over an open goal.

However, Genoa threatened an equaliser when Rossi’s backheel flick from a low Alexander Merkel cross skimmed the base of the near post.

Milan did double their lead when Boateng skipped past his marker down the left and flashed a ball across the six-yard box for Nocerino to tap in. It was his fifth goal of the season, already a personal best for the ex-Palermo midfielder.

It could’ve been 3-0, but Nocerino’s screamer was palmed away with one strong hand by Frey, but it still represents Genoa's first home defeat since April.

Genoa: Frey; Granqvist, Dainelli, Kaladze; Mesto, Veloso, Constant (Merkel 69), Rossi, Moretti; Pratto (Jorquera 88), Jankovic (Ze Eduardo 77)

Milan: Amelia; Abate, Yepes, Thiago Silva, Antonini; Aquilani, Ambrosini (Seedorf 69), Nocerino; Boateng; Ibrahimovic, Robinho (El Shaarawy 88)

Ref: Celi

Sent off: Kaladze 55 (G)

Catania OK with Maxi Lopez deal
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Catania’s Pietro Lo Monaco has hinted that talks with Milan over the January transfer of Maxi Lopez are not yet completed.

Reports earlier this week had suggested that that two teams were close to an agreement that would see the Argentine striker move to San Siro in the winter transfer window, if the Rossoneri fail to capture primary target Carlos Tevez.

However, even as the finer details of the proposed deal were being reported on Friday - TuttoMercatoWeb speculating it is a free loan with an agree future fee of between €6-7m - Catania sporting director Lo Monaco suggested to milannews.it that the two clubs are not yet on the same page.

“We know nothing, there are always the same talks. Catania’s position is clear and everyone knows what it is.

“We are together at the Lega and we speak about a lot of things, also about Maxi Lopez, yes. Meetings with Milan? I do not know, nothing is planned.

“Would I recommend Galliani to buy Maxi? Giving advice to Galliani is the last thing I can do, as he is the most successful CEO in Italy. I can only say that Maxi is an important player, young and is a good prospect.

“Tevez? I honestly do not know what the Milan’s strategies are. Tevez is a great player, but is of a significant cost and he cannot play in the Champions League this season. Milan already have important players up-front.”

Tevez targeted by Corinthians
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Brazilian club Corinthians will rival Italian giants Milan in a bid to sign Carlos Tevez from Manchester City in January.

The Argentine international is looking for a new team after he fell out with City boss Roberto Mancini for allegedly refusing to play against Bayern Munich in September.

The Rossoneri have held talks with the player’s agent, but they are not the only club keen on the striker.

“I want to sign Tevez,” said Corinthians’ chief Andreas Sanchez. “We are going to hire a top-class player for 2012 and I hope it will be Tevez.

“I don't know how much we would cost us, but if Tevez decides to move then I'm sure he will play for us.

“If Tevez leaves Europe then he will come to play for Corinthians.”

Milan want to sign the 27-year-old on a loan deal initially, but with an option to buy him outright in the summer of 2012.

Inzaghi to Parma unlikely, says Ghirardi
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Parma have admitted that they would probably not be able to tempt Milan’s Pippo Inzaghi to join them in January.

Inzaghi is reportedly considering his options after barely featuring for the Rossoneri so far this season. He was also omitted from their Champions League squad.

The 38-year-old has been paired with Parma, a club he played for in 1995-96, but the Gialloblu have played down the rumours.

“I would be a hypocrite if I said it wasn’t my dream to have such an important player here,” stated President Tommaso Ghirardi to Radio Monte Carlo.

“We are friends, he’s an excellent guy, but we haven’t spoken about these sorts of things,” added the Tardini chief.

“I think it would be hard for him to leave a club like Milan and play for a provincial side who can’t offer him the stage he is used to.

“Fortunately I have Hernan Crespo here. He’s a flag bearer for us and an idol for the fans. He scored 10 goals in the League last term when he was 35.”

Allegri - AC Milan: A deal will be done
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Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri and Vice-President Adriano Galliani are confident that they’ll agree terms over a new contract.

The tactician is only tied to the Rossoneri until June 2012 and he has yet to put pen to paper on a fresh deal.

“Galliani has said that I will stay until 2014 and I have explained to both him and President Silvio Berlusconi that it is my ambition to remain here,” the Coach noted.

“On my part, there is no problem and it has never seemed to me that the situation could be any different. We just have to wait a while so that we can talk and define everything.

“It’s true that anything can happen as the contract hasn’t been signed, but there are no problems at all.”

The 44-year-old joined the San Siro outfit last year and he instantly won the Serie A title for the Diavolo.

“The signature will arrive,” Galliani told Sky Sport Italia on Friday. “We don’t need to put pen to paper today.

“It could arrive tomorrow, but it might not. There is no need for it to happen on a particular day as Allegri will stay with us next season and the season after.”

Allegri on Juventus, Genoa and Inzaghi
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Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri is confident that his side can end Juventus’ title dreams. “The season is still long.”

The Rossoneri boss, whose side are two points behind the Bianconeri leaders, was speaking today ahead of Friday evening’s Serie A game at Genoa.

“The last few matches have confirmed what Juventus have already shown this season,” the former Cagliari tactician noted.

“It wasn’t easy to come from two goals behind against Napoli on Tuesday and they also won at Lazio last weekend.

“Juve were one of the favourites before the start of the season and they have strengthened their position, but we have reduced the gap between us over recent weeks and we won’t give up.

“Over the last seven games we have won six and drawn one, making up four points. We must always give our best.”

Turning to Friday’s Marassi encounter, Allegri showed Alberto Malesani and his inconsistent Rossoblu respect.

“Malesani’s sides are always well organised,” Allegri noted. “Playing at Genoa is difficult too because they are pushed by their fans’ support and they’ll play with intensity.

“We have to do well and make sure that we have the footballing nastiness that you need to win games like this.”

The Rossoneri have impressed of late, but Allegri is hoping to stop Genoa scoring after conceding 10 goals away from San Siro in five games.

“We have to improve defensively on the road. We managed to keep a clean sheet at Fiorentina, let’s hope we do the same tomorrow.”

Allegri was then inevitably questioned about the possibility that 38-year-old Pippo Inzaghi could leave the club in January.

“He should stay at Milan because I think he’ll find space in the team over the course of the season,” the Coach continued.

“I’m not thinking about selling him in January, but if the player is unhappy... It’ll be something that would have to be evaluated between himself, the club and I.”

Merkel puts Genoa above AC Milan
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Source: Football Italia

Alexander Merkel is happy with reports that Milan want him back – but he says he’s happy at Genoa.

The German moved to Marassi from the Rossoneri in the summer in a co-ownership deal that saw Stephan El Shaarawy go in the other direction.

Genoa President Enrico Preziosi this week claimed that Milan had asked for Merkel to return to San Siro, but the patron insisted he is going nowhere.

“I’m happy that the two clubs are talking about me,” said the 19-year-old to Sky Sport Italia on Thursday.

“Saying that, I am also very happy to be here at Genoa and they are the only thing on my mind right now.”

The teenager, who was signed by Milan’s youth sector scouts, has started six games in Serie A for Genoa this term – totalling 517 minutes of action.

Boateng opts for Tevez
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Source: Football Italia

Kevin Prince Boateng has clear ideas about whom Milan should sign during the January transfer window. “We need Carlos Tevez.”

The Rossoneri are set to bring in a new forward to cover for the absence of Antonio Cassano after his recent heart surgery.

The Manchester City forward is liked, but Catania attacker Maxi Lopez has also been linked with the Diavolo.

“Maxi is playing well, but we need someone like Carlitos,” the midfielder told the Corriere dello Sport. “It would be excessive to sign both of them…

“Cassano is a champion and we miss him. You just have to look at what he achieved in the first four months of the season.

“Robinho and Alexandre Pato are as good as him, but Antonio has different characteristics so he can offer something different to the side.”

While a striker is set to arrive, another may depart with rumours suggesting that Pippo Inzaghi will move on in January.

“He knows where the goal is, but he is also 38,” Boateng continued. “It’s normal to lose a bit of pace, but I don’t decide whether he plays or not.”

Boateng joined the Rossoneri in 2010 from Genoa and he’s been a massive hit at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

“I’m happy here and I want to stay,” he commented. “I have a four-year contract and it is my desire to respect it.

“I play for a great club in a great city, but you never know what will happen in life.”





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