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March 2009

Galliani refutes Kaka comments
31.3 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani insists that Kaka hasn't criticised the Rossoneri's medical staff.

Kaka is close to returning for a lingering foot injury that has frustrated him over the last few weeks.

The Brazilian ace said that his recovery in Brazil with the national side had been “five times faster” than it was in Milan.

“I don't care if he said that because that isn't what he told me,” Galliani said to journalists.

“It's just not true. This week is the sixth of the injury and it's just logical that it has taken that long to heal.

“In any case, Kaka's comments certainly weren't an indictment of our medical team.

“It's clear that everyone must manage their health as they see fit but they must also obey our internal regulations. Kaka understands that and the relationship with him is excellent.”

Ancelotti: I choose AC Milan
31.3 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan Coach Carlo Ancelotti has dismissed rumours that he wants to leave San Siro this summer.

It hasn't been a successful season for the Diavolo who are out of the UEFA Cup and out of Scudetto contention.

And there have been regular Press reports linking Ancelotti with a switch to Real Madrid this summer.

“I just work and I don't pay attention to these whispers,” Ancelotti told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I still haven't found a good reason to leave Milan. I am happy here and I will stay for a long time yet.

“However, while I am happy to stay here I have always stressed that it takes two to keep the marriage going.

“As long as we secure third place and Champions League qualification for next season I am ready to stay.

“Then we can build a great future around Kaka and Alexandre Pato. We have solid foundations so we won't need to make sweeping changes. The supporters are behind us but they want us to win,” he concluded.

Borriello eyes May return
31.3 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Last season's striking surprise package Marco Borriello is hoping to overcome his thigh problem to feature for Milan in May.

Borriello fired on all cylinders for Genoa last term, earning a switch to the Rossoneri.

But the promising marksman's campaign has been destroyed by injury problems, the most recent of which is a serious thigh complaint.

“I am near the end of the recovery process.” Borriello said on Sportmediaset.

“I am expecting to return to action in May and to play in the final few rounds of the season.

“At the moment I am not feeling any pain and in a week or so I will be able to run properly again.

“I am beginning to see the light. I train six hours per day to ensure that I recover in the best possible manner and to try and make it back before the end of the season.

“It would be a source of great satisfaction for me after being out of the game for such a long time.

“Watching my teammates from the stands has been very difficult and my biggest regret has been not being able to benefit from David Beckham's crosses.

“However, I am thankful that my injury has been treated and I am very happy that my Coach and teammates haven't forgotten me. I'll be back stronger than ever.”

Kaka blasts AC Milan medics
31.3 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Kaka may return from injury in Brazil's World Cup 2010 qualifier against Peru and claims the Seleção's doctors are much better than Milan's.

The former FIFA World Player of the Year has become increasingly frustrated at missing a significant part of the season with a niggling foot injury.

But it seems that Kaka's spell on the sidelines could be over as he has set his sights on facing Peru on Wednesday evening.

“I am optimistic,” the Milan ace said. “I have received encouraging news from the medical team and I could feature, even if I don't know for how long.

“After the latest training session I felt sure that I would be fit to play, although maybe not for a full 90 minutes.”

Kaka then took aim at Milan's medical team, who seemed to do little to help the playmaker's condition.

“My condition improved much more in a week in Brazil than it did in five at Milan,” Kaka said simply.

“I feel better and I'm not in pain. In the future I will address injuries in a different way.

“Football has changed a lot over the last few years. It has become much more physical and I need to protect my body.

“It's hard to say whether Milan's doctors made mistakes, but I just know that I will handle it differently if I get injured in future.”

Abbiati's successful surgery
30.3 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati has undergone successful surgery on his knee.

The Rossoneri No 1 damaged ligaments in his knee during the 5-1 thrashing of Siena a fortnight ago.

After a brief period of complete rest, Abbiati has gone under the knife and can begin the painstaking process of rehabilitation.

“Milan would like to communicate that Abbiati was operated on today in Antwerp by Professor Marc Martens,” a statement on Milan's official website reads.

“The player's cruciate ligament in his right knee was reconstructed and the operation was a complete success.

“Abbiati's recovery time is estimated to be between five and six months.”

The former Torino shot-stopper will be back in action at the start of next season.

Shevchenko not finished
30.3 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko insists he is not finished and believes he still has a lot to give as a player.

The 32-year-old is currently on international duty with Ukraine despite having only played 901 minutes for the Rossoneri this season.

When asked if his teammates wondered why he had been called up, Shevchenko replied: “They asked me how I am, and I am well.

“I don't regret going back to Milan,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I needed to rejuvenate myself physically and I have done that.

“I have not been used, but I always make myself available. When I came back I said that I would accept whatever I was given.

“I knew that I would not be gifted anything, I knew that I would start off as Milan's last striker,” he explained. “But I will behave like a professional until the very end.”

Returning to more pressing matters, Shevchenko is looking forward to facing England at the new Wembley on Wednesday evening.

“This Ukraine side is young, it can grow,” Shevchenko said. “We know that England are one of the strongest national teams in the world and we hope to do something good at Wembley.

“I have never played in the new stadium, I was injured when Chelsea got the chance to. I played at the old Wembley on two occasions.”

The former Dynamo Kiev youngster would like to score his 40th goal for Ukraine against Fabio Capello's Three Lions.

“I dream of a goal at Wembley because it would be my 40th for the national team,” he concluded. “Above all, I dream of a goal that would help us qualify.”

Beckham has Moore to give
29.3 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

David Beckham has spoken of his pride at beating Bobby Moore’s caps record and is ready to accept a substitute role for England.

The Milan man set a new all-time tally with 109 caps for an outfield player when he came off the bench in Saturday’s 4-0 friendly win over Slovakia.

"Obviously it is a very special occasion for myself, to reach this amount of caps and to be up there just above Bobby Moore," Beckham told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"I am very proud of that, but the most important thing was the way we played and the performance we put in. Overall, it's a good night for myself but a better night for the team."

Becks set up Wayne Rooney’s goal in the friendly triumph and confirmed the fine form that has seen him shine at San Siro.

"It's what I've done throughout my career. If I get a chance, there's players like Rooney, Emile Heskey or Peter Crouch on the end of it. If I can assist in that way, then great."

One of the main reasons behind his insistence on leaving LA Galaxy for Milan until the end of the season was to earn his place in Fabio Capello’s England squad for the 2010 World Cup.

The 34-year-old may well be used in the side, but is also considering a bench role to begin with.

"Substitutes can be very important in the game. Everybody wants to start for England. If I start, then I start, if I don't, then I'm part of a good team going forward.

"The target is just to play, be involved in every game possible. I have already said I'd love to play in another World Cup - or two - but we will have to wait and see. That is a long way away at the moment."

Beckham extended the loan spell in Serie A until June, when he will return to LA Galaxy until a clause in his contract allows him to walk away in November.

Pirlo explains cheeky penalty kick
29.3 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Andrea Pirlo explains why he decided to cheekily chip a decisive penalty away to Montenegro and looks forward to facing Giovanni Trapattoni.

“It was important to win this crucial match to carry on our qualification journey. We knew we had to come here and get the three points, so we are happy,” he said of the 2-0 win.

The midfielder opened the scoring in Podgorica with a 10th-minute penalty that he flicked over the goalkeeper.

“It came to me at that moment. There was a lot of noise behind his goal and I saw him prepare to dive, so I just chipped it.

“The most important thing is the squad and we have always proved that each member is at the centre of the action, whether they play or not.

“We didn't give the attack enough support. We had tried in training to spread the ball out wide, but in the match situation we struggled to do that.”

This result and the Republic of Ireland's 1-1 home draw with Bulgaria means Italy are now two points clear at the top of the group.

It gives them a great opportunity to extend that lead further when the two teams meet on Wednesday evening in Bari.

“They are an excellent squad with many champions and a Coach we know well. He'll know how to put us under pressure, but he is in the same situation with us.”

Cannavaro: Premiership or AC Milan?
29.3 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Fabio Cannavaro’s agent rules out a return to Napoli, but Milan, Tottenham and Manchester City are interested in the free agent.

The veteran defender’s £4m per year contract with Real Madrid expires at the end of the season and it is unlikely that it will be renewed, so he will be available on a Bosman.

He had always said he wanted a return to his hometown club, where he started his career and where his younger brother Paolo also plays, but those plans seem to have been abandoned.

“Fabio and Napoli have undertaken different paths,” explained agent Enrico Fedele.

“He is in love with his home town, but this club has chosen an alternative approach.”

It is reported in the Daily Mirror that Premier League teams Tottenham and Manchester City are interested in swooping for the 2006 Ballon d’Or winner.

Another option may be more suited to the 35-year-old, who has caught the eye of Milan as a replacement for Paolo Maldini.

Carlo Ancelotti confirmed the club is seeking a new central defender following Maldini’s retirement and Canna would certainly bring the experience they are looking for.

He would be given the task of aiding newcomer Thiago Silva in settling in to Serie A football.

This evening Cannavaro is set to earn his 123rd cap for Italy against Montenegro in a World Cup qualifier, only three fewer than Maldini’s all-time record.

Ronaldinho reconsiders Manchester City
29.3 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Ronaldinho has hinted he is reconsidering a new Manchester City bid after struggling to break into the Milan line-up.

"At the end of the season I want a meeting with the directors of Milan,” he was quoted as saying in the Daily Mirror whilst on international duty with Brazil.

"This season has not been positive for me, but I am a professional and I still want to help Milan achieve things and until the end I will not speculate on my future."

The Brazilian turned down a highly lucrative offer during the summer in order to accept lower wages and a smaller transfer fee at San Siro.

He impressed in the first half of the season, but fitness worries have seen the Ballon d’Or winner drop down to the bench with only 16 Serie A starts.

"Some clubs have asked me about him and his situation but any move depends on Milan," added agent Roberto De Assis.

City have already been burned not only by Ronaldinho, but also by Milan, as their £100m bid for Kaka was rejected in January.

Ancelotti rules out Real Madrid
28.3 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Carlo Ancelotti laughed off reports of a Real Madrid meeting and assured with just two summer signings, Milan will be back on top.

This week the tactician was linked with Juande Ramos’ current job, a rumour that has been circulating for years and could culminate in a deal at the end of this season.

“There is nothing true in this story at all,” insisted Ancelotti when asked about an alleged meeting with Florentino Perez in Switzerland. “Besides, on Tuesday I wasn’t even in Geneva.”

His future with the Rossoneri is far from secure, as he has confirmed failure to finish in the top three will see him move on.

“Genoa are at the moment our most fearsome rival for third place, because they are closer, have fewer problems and more enthusiasm,” warned the boss.

The Rossoblu are currently in fourth and sit only four points behind Milan, while Fiorentina are six points back and Roma stranded at the end of a nine-point gap.

Some say the team needs to be rebuilt, but Carletto believes only a few adjustments are necessary.

“Obviously a central defender is required because Paolo Maldini is going to retire. The other signing ought to be a striker, because that is the area that needs reinforcing.

“However, it’s not necessarily true that it will be a centre-forward, as we already have [Marco] Borriello.”

Borriello has barely played since his move from Genoa and is out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury.

Ancelotti’s departure would represent the end of an era, although he puts a different spin on affairs.

“Milan’s era will end when [President Silvio] Berlusconi no longer has the desire and enthusiasm to run the club. With two smart buys, we will be highly competitive again.”

AC Milan want to get McDonald
28.3 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

There are increasingly widespread whispers in the peninsula that Milan are eyeing Parma ace McDonald Mariga.

The 21-year-old is one of few Kenyans to play in Europe's top Leagues and is making an impression in Serie B with Parma.

Mariga's agent Marco De Marchi recently stated in La Gazzetta dello Sport that two big sides “like Milan or Real Madrid” had been tracking his client for two years.

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani is said to be a big admirer of Mariga and Diavolo scouts were seen at the Stadio Tardini recently.

It has been suggested that Milan will need to find around £5m if they are to prise Mariga away from Emilia-Romagna.

Galliani calm about Ancelotti
26.3 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has rubbished speculation that Rossoneri boss Carlo Ancelotti is on his way to Real Madrid.

There are widespread reports that Real presidential candidate Florentino Perez has offered Carletto complete control of football matters at the Bernabeu if he wins the election on July 5.

According to Tuttosport, Ancelotti met Perez yesterday to discuss a future in the Spanish capital.

However, Diavolo director Galliani seems convinced that the second longest serving Coach in Milan history is staying put.

“I am 99.9 per cent sure that Ancelotti will stay at Milan,” he told the Corriere dello Sport.

“I am not worried about this talk linking Ancelotti to Real Madrid. Perez is a good friend of mine and he would never make such an approach without telling me first.

“All this attention just underlines the fact that Carlo is the right Coach for Milan and that we were right to choose him and keep faith in him.”

Real Madrid tempt Ancelotti
26.3 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Real Madrid presidential candidate Florentino Perez will give Carlo Ancelotti total control of football matters if he joins the Spanish giants this summer.

Perez is a keen admirer of Ancelotti and looks set to include him in his manifesto to lure voters to his campaign for the Madrid presidency.

The election is due to take place on July 5 and Perez, who presided over the club in the galacticos era between 2000 and 2006, is expected to win.

Perez believes he can tempt Ancelotti away from Milan with an English style management role at Madrid.

According to the Spanish Press, under Perez, Ancelotti would face no interference from the board or director of football. He alone would make all the football decisions at the club.

Ancelotti remains tied to Milan, though, where he is the second longest serving trainer in the club's history behind the great Nereo Rocco.

However, the former Juventus and Parma Coach is said to be ready for a change of scenery, especially as Milan are about to scale down their budget.

Silvio Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani, who are very hands on at Milan, have also frequently undermined Ancelotti.

Inter Coach Jose Mourinho baited Ancelotti last week, saying that he rarely picks the Milan team, insinuating that he is Berlusconi and Galliani's puppet.

Therefore, the opportunity to have unchecked power at a great club like Madrid would be extremely attractive to Ancelotti.

The 55-year-old tactician is also in the running for the Chelsea job, which should become available again if Guus Hiddink leaves at the end of the season.

Ancelotti is widely regarded as one of the best tactical minds in the business, having won two Champions League titles, a Club World Cup and Scudetto with Milan.

AC Milan to revolutionise defence
26.3 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan are planning to overhaul their defence once the transfer window opens again in the summer, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Rossoneri backline has often been criticised this season for being old and is in need of rejuvenation, especially in the light of Paolo Maldini's retirement.

Another defensive talisman, Alessandro Nesta, has a chronic back problem and could well be forced to retire sooner than expected.

Kakha Kaladze is out until the middle of August and Milan do not plan to exercise their right to buy Philippe Senderos once his loan from Arsenal ends in the summer.

Milan, who have already brought in Thiago Silva and Felipe Mattioni to bolster their backline, have drawn up a shortlist of five names.

The Rossoneri are interested in Arsenal full-back Gael Clichy, Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger, Sao Paulo's Joao Miranda, Palermo's versatile Simon Kjaer and Porto's Bruno Alves.

Agger is the most likely to end up in Rossonero next season, as his contract expires in 2010 and he could be available at a cut price.

Any deal for the Denmark international would therefore fit nicely with Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani's budget cuts.

Transfers for the other four could be a lot trickier, though, as they each cost in excess of £12m and are highly prized by their clubs.

Gourcuff opens AC Milan door
26.3 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

France starlet Yoann Gourcuff insists his time at Milan was positive and could return to the Rossoneri in the summer.

The 22-year-old fantasista is currently on loan at Bordeaux and has produced some truly world-class performances.

French newspaper L'Equipe hailed him as the “New Zidane” after he scored a wonderful goal against Paris Saint Germain earlier this season.

Gourcuff joined Milan from Rennes in 2006 and made just 47 appearances in two seasons with the club.

He enjoyed a difficult relationship with Coach Carlo Ancelotti and grew bitter at the lack of first team football available.

“At Milan we didn't play the football that I was used to,” Gourcuff said in an interview with France Football.

“The play was more fluid, a little slower and more reflective. Everyone occupied a specific area on the pitch and the technical quality was a lot higher than that seen in the French League.”

Gourcuff, who has become the focal point of the France national team, then admitted that Milan and Andrea Pirlo schooled him well.

“Pirlo is fantastic, I learned a lot from him, as I did from Clarence Seedorf and Ricky Kaka,” he enthused.

Bordeaux have a right to buy Gourcuff for £12m written into the loan deal they settled with Milan last summer.

The French outfit are struggling to raise the capital to buy Gourcuff outright, though, and he may well end up back at Milanello.

His feud with Ancelotti may prompt Milan to put him on the market again, however, as he is now believed to be worth at least £25m.

Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are reportedly interested in his signature and Milan, who are in need of capital themselves, could well cash in.

Paloschi pins back Austria
26.3 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

The Azzurrini fought back from 2-0 down to hold Austria 2-2 with Alberto Paloschi’s strike in tonight’s debut friendly.

Only six of the players in Coach Pierluigi Casiraghi’s entire squad had previously represented Italy at Under-21 level and many were teenagers, so a shaky start due to a lack of experience was to be expected.

Austria powered into a 2-0 lead thanks to Sand and Baumgartlinder, while a third was disallowed for a very tight offside decision.

Reggina’s David Di Gennaro had Italy’s best chance of the first period, firing wide from Poli’s assist.

The second half was an entirely different affair, as Casiraghi made four substitutions, bringing in Seculin, Crescenzi, Mendicino and Juventus defender Ariaudo.

Purcher gave the Italians a hand when he accidentally turned a Ranocchia corner into his own net, then four minutes later Parma striker Paloschi completed the comeback.

Milan-owned Paloschi gathered with his back to goal, dummied a defender and blasted a right-foot finish under the bar.

Both sides tried to win it, but Seculin did well to parry Kavlak’s late strike, so the final score was 2-2 in Vienna.

This is the Under-21 side that will aim to qualify for the 2011 and 2013 European Championships.

Austria 2-2 Italy
Scorers: Sand 12 (A), Baumgartlinger 37 (A), Purcher og 58 (I), Paloschi 62 (I)

Austria U-21: Königshofer; Piermayr (Seidl 64), Wallner (Ramsebner 46), Margreitter, Pürcher; Bukva, Ilsanker (Nuhiu 46), Baumgartlinger, Kavlak, Jantscher (Gruberbauer 71); Sand (Fröschl 63)
Italy U-21: Fiorillo (Seculin 46); Darmian (Ariaudo 46), Bellusci (Cia 67), Ranocchia, Bolzoni (Castiglia 46); Di Gennaro, Poli, Barillà, Renzetti; Paloschi (Immobile 74), Pasquato (Mendicino 46)
Ref: Willenborg (Ger)

Kaka's foot problem lingers
25.3 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan ace Kaka may miss Brazil's World Cup 2010 qualifier against Ecuador this Sunday.

The Rossoneri superstar has been struggling for fitness for much of the season and has become increasingly frustrated by his problems.

And despite coming through last weekend's game against Napoli, Kaka is still feeling pain in his right foot.

Brazil Coach Carlos Dunga selected Kaka for his squad despite being aware of the former FIFA World Player of the Year's troubles.

The Seleção's doctors have stated that they are carrying out tests and hoping that pain eases off.

Kaka has 62 caps for Brazil and has scored 23 times for his nation.

Zambrotta forced to sit out
25.3 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Gianluca Zambrotta sat out most of Azzurri training this morning as precaution for a knee problem.

The Milan star participated in the first part of La Nazionale's session at Coverciano.

But Zambrotta was told to sit out the remainder to prevent him exacerbating his injury.

“Zambrotta had muscle fatigue in his left knee and so he was rested,” doctor Enrico Castellacci explained.

“It was a precaution and he will be working with the rest of the squad in the afternoon.”

Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo took a knock to his right leg during the session, but the blow wasn't serious.

It has been suggested that Marcello Lippi has already selected his starting 11 to face Montenegro.

Zambrotta, Fabio Cannavaro, Giorgio Chiellini, Fabio Grosso, Angelo Palombo, Pirlo, Daniele De Rossi, Fabio Quagliarella, Vincenzo Iaquinta and Antonio Di Natale trained separately and may be the starters along with Gigi Buffon.

Italy beat Montenegro 2-1 in the first meeting between the two sides in Lecce thanks to a brace from Alberto Aquilani.

Seedorf focuses on five Champions Leagues
25.3 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf has set his heart on winning the Champions League for a fifth time before he hangs up his boots.

The Dutch international has won Europe's most prestigious competition more times than any other active player.

But Seedorf wasn't given a shot at the Champions League this term and is hungry to lift the trophy one more time.

“After I've won my fifth Champions League I will stop playing,” he explained to La Repubblica.

“Perhaps I'll play one more season after that, but my biggest ambition is to win that competition again.

“I want to reach another Final and win so that I can look back at my career and say it was a great success.”

As his 33rd birthday approaches on April 1, Seedorf is the only player to have enjoyed Champions League success with three different clubs - Ajax, Real Madrid and Milan

Kanouté flirts with AC Milan
24.3 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Sevilla striker Frédéric Kanouté has admitted his delight at recent links with Milan.

The 31-year-old is seen by many as the ideal reinforcement for the Rossoneri's striking line.

With his contract set to expire in 2010, Sevilla may be persuaded to let Kanouté leave if the fee is right.

“My ambition has always been to play for a great high-quality team and it is a fantastic feeling to be tracked by Milan,” Kanouté declared.

“I have always said that Sevilla are a fantastic club, but you never know in life.

“Milan have so many marvellous players and it is a dream move.

"However, we will have to wait and see until the end of the season.”

AC Milan consider Kanouté
24.3 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan are considering a summer swoop for Sevilla hitman Frédéric Kanouté, according to the Spanish Press.

The Rossoneri are expected to make some significant signings at the end of the season after failing to reach their objectives.

Despite Vice-President Adriano Galliani's warning that the economic crisis will slow the market, there have been multiple transfer rumours.

Kanouté was a target for the Diavolo after the sale of Alberto Gilardino, but they opted for Alexandre Pato instead.

According to Spanish newspaper AS, Kanouté remains an objective and could be a summer reinforcement.

However, Sevilla are believed to be keen to keep hold of Kanouté and are lining up a new contract.

Kanouté is tied to Sevilla until 2010, but at the age of 31 he could be traded in if a bid is significant enough.

It is possible that Milan may choose a younger model though and they have been linked with PSG starlet Guillaume Hoarau.

Donadoni admits Borriello interest
24.3 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Napoli boss Roberto Donadoni has confirmed that the Vesuviani are considering a bid for Milan striker Marco Borriello.

Borriello, who was born in Naples, has spent most of the season injured and isn't expected to return to training before next term.

The former Genoa man may have missed his chance to thrive at Milan and it seems Napoli could offer him a fresh start,

“Who wouldn't want a player like Borriello in their squad?” Donadoni told the Corriere dello Sport.

“He is a striker with quality that cannot be questioned. However, I think it is still a little premature to talk about transfers.

“I will talk to sporting director Pierpaolo Marino and President Aurelio De Laurentiis about the possibility of strengthening in the summer.”

Napoli made a lightning start to the season but are 12th after a damaging mid-season lull.

Ancelotti strikes back
24.3 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan tactician Carlo Ancelotti has hit out at Jose Mourinho, suggesting Inter played better football under Roberto Mancini.

Mourinho angered many in the peninsula on Sunday by claiming that some Coaches in Italy aren't allowed to even pick their starting 11.

The head of the Italian Coaches Association Renzo Ulivieri demanded an apology from the Special One.

“I agree with Ulivieri - our Coaches are respected in Italy and abroad,” Ancelotti told the Corriere dello Sport.

“I don't understand why Mourinho always takes aim at Milan, but at this stage I don't even care.

“Is it a planned strategy? I don't know what he hopes to get from this or what he is trying to achieve.

“If Inter win the Scudetto then they will have deserved it. They know how to get the best out of their players and they are very strong physically.

“But I think that Mancini's side was identical, only they tried to play the ball to feet. Now Inter are just very clinical.”

Ancelotti hasn't had a successful season at home or in Europe and Milan are expected to make sweeping changes in the summer.

“It is true that we need to overhaul our side, but I don't think it needs to be a revolution,” Carletto insisted.

“We still have important young players like Alexandre Pato and veterans such as Andrea Pirlo and Gennaro Gattuso who can give a lot to this team.”

No AC Milan move for Kjaer
24.3 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

The agent of Palermo defender Simon Kjaer has ruled out a summer switch to Milan.

Kjaer is hot property at the moment and there have been rumours that he could arrive at San Siro as part of the Rossoneri's defensive restructuring.

However, representative Mikkel Beck, who was a Danish international in the 1990s, has dismissed transfer talk.

“Milan aren't interested in Kjaer and I will repeat that Simon will be staying at Palermo for next season because he is happy,” he told MelitoOnline.it.

“Aried Braida was seen at the Chievo-Palermo game? There were lots of players there. I really think Simon will stay put.”

Kjaer, who is just 19 years of age, joined Palermo from FC Midtjylland last year and has been called into the Danish squad after impressing at the Stadio Renzo Barbera.

Galliani attacked by Ultras
23.3 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Napoli Ultras attacked Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani and trashed his car as he left the San Paolo last night.

Galliani had just watched Milan draw 0-0 with Napoli and was on his way to the airport when his car was stopped by around 50 Ultras.

The Ultras refused to let him pass and began to throw stones at his car, breaking a window and prompting his police escort to call for back up.

Fears for Galliani's safety increased when the car got a puncture, leaving it even more exposed to attacks.

Galliani did reach the airport in time, though. He boarded the plane chartered by Milan and discussed the game with Carlo Ancelotti.

Napoli fans were aggrieved when Marek Hamsik had a valid goal disallowed for offside after 37 minutes.

Tensions rose throughout the game and a Molotov cocktail was thrown at Milan fans. Luckily it failed to explode.

Ancelotti: Kaka is the key
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Carlo Ancelotti trusts Milan will change gear when Kaka recovers and took a sarcastic sideswipe at Jose Mourinho.

“It is a good point, as this was a difficult evening and Napoli were pinning a lot on this game,” he said of the San Paolo 0-0 draw.

“We could've done more with the first half when our opponents were fearful, but they were extremely attentive and so it was tough to get the through balls in.

“In the second half Napoli relaxed and created some problems for us. We spent too much time getting the ball to the strikers today and it allowed Napoli to double up the marking.”

The Rossoneri appeared to be slow in moving the ball around and though Kaka made his comeback for the final half-hour, he was visibly not 100 per cent fit.

“We need to speed up the moves going forward and for this Kaka's movement is crucial. We hope with the break for international duty he can get back into shape.

“He is still struggling, but he is improving and still a little sensitive with that bruised foot, so he can't move as he usually does.

“I think our first half at Siena was worse than the way we played today, but then we got a 2-0 lead and it all became easier on the counter. Unfortunately with the way this match panned out, we didn't get those opportunities.”

Napoli can feel hard done by, as Marek Hamsik's goal on the stroke of half-time was incorrectly flagged offside.

“It was a valid goal, but it is a very difficult decision to make. I'd call it an understandable mistake in the circumstances.”

Milan fall 14 points behind leaders Inter and seven away from Juventus, but behind them the gap from Genoa is only four points.

“We have to focus on maintaining our position, as second or third makes no difference. Genoa are a side who with consistency can become very dangerous.”

The public row between Ancelotti and Mourinho continued this week, as the Inter boss explained what he meant when he had complained the Coach “lost his professional dignity.

“Every day I prepare my line-up and if someone else came and told me what players to pick, I would pack my bags the next day.”

The implication was that President Silvio Berlusconi 'dictates' the squad to his tactician, as the patron has often criticised Ancelotti in public.

“You'd have to ask him who he was referring to,” smiled Ancelotti. “If he meant me, then I can only say with Berlusconi as Coach I won two Champions League trophies as a player and two as his assistant manager…

“I have always been in sync with the club and we work together. I think this team has gone through good and bad times precisely because we work that way.”

Ancelotti seemed irritable during the game and kicked a loose ball away in anger, but laughed the incident off.

“The ball was too lovely not to volley it! I risked a thigh strain, though!”

Beckham in England squad
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As expected, David Beckham has been named in the England squad for next week's internationals.

Fabio Capello had hinted he would call Becks after his fine form for Milan and confirmed playing in Serie A gives him a very different level of regular football than the MLS.

Beckham is in the squad for a friendly against Slovakia on Saturday and the World Cup qualifier with Ukraine on April 1.

England squad:
Goalkeepers: David James (Portsmouth), Robert Green (West Ham United), Ben Foster (Manchester United)
Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Joleon Lescott (Everton), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), John Terry (Chelsea), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Glen Johnson (Portsmouth), Matthew Upson (West Ham United), Ledley King (Tottenham Hotspur).
Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Aston Villa), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough), David Beckham (Milan), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Manchester City), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur), Steven Gerrad (Liverpool).
Forwards: Carlton Cole (West Ham United), Peter Crouch (Portsmouth), Emile Heskey (Aston Villa), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United).

Napoli 0:0 AC Milan - match report
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An entertaining and ill-tempered game ended 0-0, but Milan were fortunate to see Marek Hamsik's goal incorrectly disallowed.

Roberto Donadoni made his San Paolo debut against his past, having spent 13 years with Milan and former teammate Carlo Ancelotti. There was no time for sentiment, as Napoli hadn't won in 10, while the Rossoneri had to consolidate third place after their 5-1 triumph in Siena.

Clarence Seedorf, Kaka and Ronaldinho returned, albeit not 100 per cent fit, but Christian Abbiati, Daniele Bonera, Gennaro Gattuso, Marco Borriello, Kakha Kaladze, Emerson, Alessandro Nesta and the suspended Massimo Ambrosini were out. The home side missed Luigi Vitale, Walter Gargano, Christian Maggio, Leandro Rinaudo, Gennaro Iezzo and banned Salvatore Aronica. Daniele Mannini returned for the first time since his one-year doping ban was frozen pending further investigation on Friday.

Milan's last win here was January 1998 and their 3-1 loss cost them the Champions League qualification last season. After three minutes Matteo Contini cleared an Alexandre Pato chipped pass off Pippo Inzaghi's foot at the back post. Fabiano Santacroce intercepted a pass for Inzaghi with his arm, but it appeared to be involuntary, as it glanced off his head.

Nelson Dida smothered a Daniele Mannini snapshot, but a double defensive error almost let Pato through, as the Napoli centre-backs collided. Mannini dispossessed Gianluca Zambrotta and surged forward to drill wide.

Clarence Seedorf's shot was charged down and the ball ping-ponged around the box, but Inzaghi couldn't get the final touch, as Navarro flew to palm David Beckham's cross away. On the counter of the same move Marcelo Zalayeta's strike was deflected wide.

Navarro tipped a Seedorf screamer out from under the bar, but Marek Hamsik and Ezequiel Lavezzi combined beautifully for the Argentine's shot with the outside of his foot that forced Dida into a tough save. Napoli hit the back of the net from the corner, but it was incorrectly disallowed. Hamsik was not offside when he flicked on Zalayeta's towering header from five yards, as Andrea Pirlo was keeping him in play.

While bickering with Manuele Blasi, Beckham proved he has at least learned Italian swearwords. Paolo Cannavaro tracked back to nod Pirlo's chipped pass off Inzaghi's head. Mannini's diving header turned Lavezzi's cross over.

Kaka made his comeback for Seedorf, still struggling from a bruised right foot, and Ronaldinho followed for Inzaghi in an all-Brazilian trident. Paolo Maldini blocked Zalayeta's sliding finish for a corner and Fabiano Santacroce intercepted a Pato slalom.

Napoli should have scored on 64 minutes when Lavezzi floated the ball to the back post for Zalayeta, who miscalculated and volleyed wide with only Dida to beat!

Lavezzi also made a huge mistake, as Mannini had shrugged off Maldini and Mathieu Flamini on the counter from a Milan corner only for Pocho to send a cross-shot out of play.

Dida fumbled a Zalayeta angled drive from point-blank range, but did well to parry the follow-up too. There was almost a disaster in the Napoli box moments later, as confusion saw a back-pass leave Navarro stranded until Santacroce got back to clear off the line!

Lavezzi surged past four defenders in the box only to narrow the angle too much and hit the side-netting, as Napoli were pouring forward in waves. Carlo Ancelotti was tense and kicked the ball away when a handling offence from Mannini was not penalised and a scuffle broke out between Beckham and Blasi, who had been at each other all night.

A well-timed sliding tackle from Maldini cut short Lavezzi's counter, but some fabulous footwork left Pirlo for dead and Mannini was offside as he got on the end of the cross.

Navarro just about got Beckham's stoppage-time free kick under control at the near post, as it squirmed out of his grasp.
Napoli: Navarro; Santacroce, Cannavaro, Contini; Grava, Pazienza, Blasi, Hamsik, Mannini; Lavezzi, Zalayeta (Bogliacino 91)

Milan: Dida; Zambrotta, Maldini, Favalli (Senderos 71), Jankulovski; Beckham, Pirlo, Flamini; Seedorf (Kaka 57), Inzaghi (Ronaldinho 63), Pato

Ref: De Marco

Capello to call Beckham
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Fabio Capello has confirmed David Beckham will be in the England squad against Slovakia and Ukraine.

One of the main reasons given by Becks for deciding to stay at Milan beyond the March 9 loan deal was to improve his 2010 World Cup chances.

"The standard is different and it's important for him at this moment to play in Europe,” explained the England manager.

“Not only in Milan but in Europe because it's different. MLS is not the same level as the Europeans - Italy, Spain, Germany or England, for sure."

Beckham will return to LA Galaxy in July to play the remainder of the MLS season and become a free agent in November.

At that stage he is expected to sign a permanent contract with the Rossoneri, effective from January 2010.

Donadoni ignores AC Milan
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Roberto Donadoni urges Napoli to cast aside any fear or inferiority complex when they meet his old club Milan this evening.

“We must not allow the Rossoneri to impose their tempo on the match. They are accustomed to big games and packed venues, not to mention their extraordinary quality and experience.

“We must face them down and not limit ourselves to just getting by. That would be the worst mistake we could make.”

His debut was a 1-1 draw at Reggina last week and Donadoni spoke of ‘fear’ paralysing the side in that first half.

“My lads must shake off this fear and step on to the pitch without worries. They must dare to become protagonists again by running risks and going for it. I don’t like it when people play with the fear of making a mistake.”

Donadoni was drafted in to replace Edy Reja and will make his home debut at the sold out San Paolo.

It is an intriguing fixture, as the Coach faces at once his present and his past, having spent almost 13 years with the Rossoneri as a player and Carlo Ancelotti’s teammate.

“Let’s not waste energy thinking about how the game will be for me, all that counts is Napoli,” he cut short the media questions.

“I do not like looking back to the past and I am not used to doing so.”

Salvatore Aronica is suspended with Leandro Rinaudo, Gennaro Iezzo and Luigi Vitale sidelined.

German Denis again looks set to go on the bench in favour of Marcelo Zalayeta, while Jesus Datolo and Francesco Montervino are battling for a place on the flank.

Napoli squad: Gianello, Navarro, Bucci, Cannavaro, Contini, Grava, Santacroce, Amodio, Blasi, Bogliacino, Datolo, Hamsik, Mannini, Montervino, Pazienza, Denis, Lavezzi, Pià, Russotto, Zalayeta.

Ancelotti's friendly fire at Donadoni
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Carlo Ancelotti prepares to spoil old friend Roberto Donadoni’s San Paolo debut by welcoming back Kaka.

This is not the first time the two former Milan teammates have crossed paths, as on January 23 2005 Donadoni’s Livorno won 1-0.

“I know the atmosphere, the crowds and the stadium. Roberto is motivated but, in all honesty, I wouldn’t mind upsetting him tomorrow,” grinned the Rossoneri Coach.

“I expect a reaction from Napoli, as that often happens when a new tactician takes over. The Azzurri want to climb back up the standings and Roberto has experience, which is why he was hired.”

This isn’t the only memory associated with Sunday night’s match, as last season a 3-1 defeat at the San Paolo effectively ended his Champions League ambitions.

“I have not forgotten that game, as that day we destroyed all the hard work we had done to get back into fourth place.

“Tomorrow will be different. The situation has changed and we have a solid advantage behind us, but we must still be very focused with the right physical and psychological approach for this type of game.”

Ronaldinho, Clarence Seedorf and Kaka are back from injury, but the latter in particular is not 100 per cent fit.

“Ricardo is doing fairly well and is available. I don’t think he will start, but he will go to Brazil for the Selecao [to face Ecuador and Peru],” explained Ancelotti.

Absentees include Christian Abbiati, Davide Bonera, Alessandro Nesta, Kakha Kaladze, Gennaro Gattuso, Emerson and Marco Borriello.

“Ronaldinho has worked hard and is in good shape, but so is [Pippo] Inzaghi. As for [Nelson] Dida, I have the utmost faith in him. He is an excellent goalkeeper and very reliable, all he’s missing is a little more consistency. I’m not losing sleep over the change.”

Milan are already looking to the future amid rumours Ancelotti threatened to quit if at least two top signings weren’t completed over the summer.

“[Vice-President Adriano] Galliani spoke of a defender and in that we are in agreement. It won’t be difficult to find a talented and young one like Thiago Silva or Simon Kjaer, who I like very much. We’ll have to discuss what we’re after in terms of a striker, though.”

Palermo sensation Kjaer has already been linked with a move to San Siro, while Thiago Silva is on their books and unable to play until next season due to his non-EU status.

Galliani hails Ronaldinho and Beckham
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Adriano Galliani encourages Ronaldinho on his 29th birthday and reveals the extent of David Beckham’s sacrifice for Milan. “Divide wages by 40…”

Today Dinho celebrates his birthday by returning to the squad and is likely to start against Napoli on Sunday evening.

“He’s still a child, a babe in arms! Ronaldinho has good feet, let’s hope he can run…” mused the Vice-President.

Kaka is also back in the side after a recurring ankle injury, albeit on a part-time basis at the San Paolo.

“He will be on the bench tomorrow, but he can play. We can field a competitive squad in Naples, even if there are so many injuries.”

Christian Abbiati, Daniele Bonera, Marco Borriello, Emerson, Gennaro Gattuso, Kakha Kaladze and Alessandro Nesta are out, but Clarence Seedorf also returns.

This suggests Beckham will move back into his midfield role after a couple of games as a makeshift trequartista.

The England star accepted a huge pay cut to extend his loan spell at Milan until the end of the season, but the exact figures have never been released.

“Nobody can imagine what Beckham’s wages are,” grinned Galliani. “I don’t know if sooner or later Beckham will authorise me to reveal the sum, but to get an idea take a players’ normal wages and divide by 20, 30, 40…

“It is incredible what he did to stay at Milan. I had never seen anything like it in my 23 years as a club director, so he really amazed me.”

Milan squad: Dida, Kalac, Perucchini; Antonini, Darmian, Favalli, Jankulovski, Maldini, Mattioni, Senderos, Zambrotta; Beckham, Cardacio, Flamini, Pirlo; Inzaghi; Kakà, Pato, Seedorf, Shevchenko, Ronaldinho.

Beckham: AC Milan are truly special
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David Beckham dreams of scoring the winner against Manchester United, as Milan are “a special club with unique dedication to football.”

The England star fought tooth and nail to extend his loan spell past March 9 and will return to LA Galaxy only in a time-share system from July to November.

“Milan are special for everyone who loves football,” he told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“You hear their history, but don’t realise what it really means until you are involved. I’m not just talking about the players.

“Everything here is special, from the infrastructure to the people who work here, from the chef to the cleaners. It is a unique place, I’ve never seen such dedication to football.”

The Rossoneri are out of the UEFA Cup and Adriano Galliani has warned there may not be too many signings in the summer. Is Beckham worried?

“If I were the President, I’d be happy with what I have. When these players are fit and healthy, Milan are fantastic.

“I dream of playing the Champions League with Milan next season. I miss it very much and would love to score the winning goal in the Final.

“If it were against Manchester United? Well, that would be a problem, but if that happened next season I’d still want to win it, even if I support United.

“For this season I would like to see Manchester United-Barcelona. My former teammates would win, because at this moment United are too strong for anyone, even if when Steven Gerrard plays then Liverpool are remarkable.”

The three Serie A sides were squeezed out of the Champions League by Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal, so does this make the Premier League better than Italian?

“I don’t think there’s a big difference, to be honest,” assured Beckham.

One of the reasons behind his demands to stay in Serie A is targeting a spot in the 2010 World Cup.

“I can bring my experience, because this is a young England squad,” he concluded. “I’m just happy to be useful to the side and work with Fabio Capello again, as he changed our mentality and we really needed that.”

Giovinco reveals AC Milan past
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Juventus starlet Sebastian Giovinco has confessed that he was a Milan fan as a child.

The diminutive playmaker is one of the Old Lady's foundation blocks for the future of the club.

Giovinco was sensational against Bologna last weekend and masterminded the Bianconeri's 4-1 triumph.

“I was not born a Juventus fan - my favourite team were Milan,” the 22-year-old revealed.

“In the years between 1987 and 1992 the Rossoneri were winning everything and I liked them.

“However, after 14 years in the Juventus set-up I have become a Bianconeri supporter.”

Despite his slight frame, Giovinco is widely tipped to be an Azzurri star.

“Ever since I was a kid people have always said that I have good ball skills but am physically too weak for the highest level,” Seba explained.

“I have had to work doubly as hard. It's true that I am short, but I am not thin and I weigh 65kg.

“I would advise young players that you have to make lots of sacrifices, but you have to believe in your abilities and go out there on the pitch without thinking anything at all.

“There are some difficult moments, but we are smart and we can handle this kind of pressure.”

Ferrari has AC Milan in his sights
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Genoa defender Matteo Ferrari believes the Grifone can catch Milan and finish in third place this season.

The Rossoblu have exceeded all expectations and are in fourth place, edging towards Champions League qualification.

While Fiorentina and Roma are ready to fight Genoa all the way, Ferrari is looking in front of his side to Milan in third.

“We are one of the best teams in this League and we are not a flash in the pan,” Ferrari told Datasport.

“We aren't afraid of anyone. We are playing one game at a time without pressure and we are ever more confident of achieving our objective.

“Without wanting to sound arrogant, we must look forward and try to catch Milan, rather than worrying about the results of Roma and Fiorentina behind us.”

Gattuso: We'd have beaten United
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Milan midfielder Gennaro Gatttuso has claimed that the Rossoneri would have beaten Manchester United in the Champions League.

The Diavolo had to settle for UEFA Cup involvement this term after finishing fifth last season.

City rivals Inter were beaten by Manchester United in the last 16 of the Champions League.

“If we had faced United we would have won,” Gattuso told the Corriere dello Sport.

“The Champions League is always unpredictable and it is crucial that we regain our place in the competition. One year in the UEFA Cup is enough for us.

“If we can beat Napoli then we should finish third.

"However, we will need to galvanise the squad in the summer because if Paolo Maldini retires and we don't keep Giuseppe Favalli then we need another defender to help Thiago Silva out.”

Ancelotti makes ultimatum
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Milan Coach Carlo Ancelotti will only stay with the Rossoneri if they make two big signings this summer, according to the Italian Press.

The revelation comes just hours after Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani announced the club would be making severe cutbacks.

Ancelotti is believed to want Chelsea's Brazilian defender Alex and Arsenal's 25-year-old striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

Rumours have also linked Milan with a move for Barcelona forward Samuel Eto'o, who is enjoying a great season with the Blaugrana.

The significant difference of opinion between Ancelotti and Galliani could force a change on the bench at Milan.

Ancelotti is being courted by Real Madrid and could take his services there if he doesn't get what he wants from Galliani.

Florentino Perez, the businessman running for the Real Madrid presidency, has intimated he would give Ancelotti between £60m and £70m to spend if he were to move to the Bernabéu.

Meanwhile Galliani has laid down the law at Milanello, stressing that Ancelotti must lead the Rossoneri to a third place finish in Serie A if he is to keep his job.

Ancelotti is on course to realise that objective with 10 games remaining until the end of the season.

Milan currently lie third in the League and are back in action this weekend when they welcome relegation threatened Lecce to San Siro.

Ronaldinho in first team plea
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Milan star Ronaldinho has pleaded with Coach Carlo Ancelotti to give him a chance in the first team.

The former World Player of the Year has hardly featured for the Rossoneri since the turn of the year.

Ever since Kaka announced his intention to stay in January, Ronaldinho has been forced to sit on the sidelines.

“I have been training all week with the intensity, desire and intention of playing in this game against Napoli.”

Ronaldinho believes Milan's trip to Napoli is the perfect opportunity to re-establish himself as a key player in the starting XI.

The 28-year-old Brazilian is excited about playing at the San Paolo, the stadium where Diego Maradona cemented his reputation.

“It's the stadium of my great idol, Maradona,” Ronaldinho enthused. “He was the idol of all my family when I was a child.

“Our house was draped in posters and photos of him. My brother Roberto was his biggest fan,” he concluded.

'Don't bet on Beckham to Real'
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Milan chief Adriano Galliani “wouldn’t bet” on David Beckham moving back to Real Madrid in a £10m deal.

Newspapers report today that the England international will return to the Bernabeu if a large cash sum is offered to LA Galaxy.

“That seems really unlikely to me,” smiled the Rossoneri general manager. “Beckham will play the second semester of this year in Los Angeles,

“An offer for January 2010 just isn’t going to happen, I really wouldn’t bet on it!”

It was claimed the Spanish club regrets releasing Beckham on a free transfer and would be interested in giving him another spell in La Liga.

This could well be another high-profile signing pledged by Presidential candidate Florentino Perez to tilt the vote in his favour.

“I don’t know everything Perez does, but first of all he has to become the President,” added Galliani.

“It all seems very strange to me. No, if I were a betting man, I wouldn’t pick this scenario.”

Beckham fought hard to extend his loan spell at Milan beyond March 9 to the end of the season, when he’ll return to LA Galaxy for the MLS campaign.

When that ends in November, he has a clause in his contract allowing him to walk away and join the Rossoneri on a permanent basis.

Kaladze blames injuries
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Milan stopper Kakha Kaladze claims that injuries have robbed the Diavolo of trophies this season.

The Rossoneri are 12 points shy of city rivals Inter in Serie A and have been dumped out of the UEFA Cup and Coppa Italia.

Carlo Ancelotti certainly hasn't been helped by a steady stream of injuries, including Kaladze, who is out for the rest of the season.

“We have had so many problems and we have never seen the first team in action,” Kaladze told Sky Sport Italia.

“The fact that a player as good as Alessandro Nesta hasn't even played a game tells the story.

“I am sure we would have won something if we had been able to call on a full squad.

“It's difficult to say whether it would have been the Scudetto that we won, but we wouldn't have ended the season empty-handed. Hopefully things will go better for us next year.”

Kaladze's recovery from a knee injury seems to be on track, but he isn't expected back before next season.

“I feel well, but it's still very early to talk about returning to the pitch,” the Georgian explained.

“I am undergoing rehabilitation and I will be out for several months. I had been through a lot of pain at the start of the season and the operation seemed to be necessary.”

Marchetti for AC Milan meeting
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The agent of Cagliari goalkeeper Federico Marchetti has revealed that he has a meeting with Milan tomorrow.

Marchetti, who arrived from Serie B side Albinoleffe last year, has impressed this season and Juventus No 1 Gigi Buffon tips him to be his successor in the Italy side.

Milan are lacking a reliable 'keeper since Christian Abbiati ruptured knee ligaments and was ruled out for six months.

“Tomorrow we will be in Milan to talk to the Rossoneri,” Marchetti's representative Guglielmo Gabetto said to Calciomercato.com.

“We want to find out whether their interest is just unsubstantiated newspaper talk or something real.

“It's so satisfying that Marchetti is finally showing his talent at the highest level and now he just wants to grow on the biggest stage.

“At the moment the player has another three years on his contract with Cagliari and it will be up to his club to decide his future.

Galliani predicts slow market
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Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has warned Rossoneri fans not to expect miracles in the summer transfer market.

The Diavolo will look to remodel their squad at the end of the season and are expected to add some youth to an ageing unit.

But the current economic downturn has taken its toll on Italian football and Milan transfer guru Galliani is making no promises.

“We should expect a cautious, bloodless summer market with part-exchange deals but very little money moving around,” he explained.

“We absolutely won't be signing a new goalkeeper for next year. Nelson Dida and Zeljko Kalac won us the Champions League and the World Club Cup so we will wait for Christian Abbiati to recover with those two between the posts.”

There have been rumours in the Italian Press that Galliani has been in talks with other leading clubs and UEFA President Michel Platini over a European Super League.

“That's not true,” Galliani said. “I have never spoken about it with Platini.

“It is just an early April Fools' Day joke. The rights for the Champions League have already been sold for the next three years in this format and so nothing can change for three years at least.”

AC Milan could move for Adriano
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Milan are lurking ready to snap up Inter hitman Adriano after L'Imperatore reportedly indulged in another big night out.

Adriano has been better behaved over the last few months after Coach Jose Mourinho disciplined him for his partying.

However, according to the Corriere dello Sport, Adri is in trouble again after a drunken night with teammate Douglas Maicon.

Mourinho snubbed Adriano for last weekend's game against Fiorentina and it is being suggested that the Special One was angry that the former Parma man was out late just days after losing to Manchester United.

There are also rumours that the Brazilian had a party with Amantino Mancini on his yacht last week.

Adriano is expected to leave Inter in 2010 when his contract expires, but he could leave even sooner as there are whispers that Milan are ready to pounce.

Milan patron Silvio Berlusconi has always admitted his admiration for Adriano and he could persuade Massimo Moratti to part with the enigmatic marksman.

Borriello chooses his side
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Injured Milan striker Marco Borriello claims he will be supporting the Rossoneri against hometown team Napoli on Sunday evening.

The Diavolo are gearing up for their trip to the Stadio San Paolo where there will be a phenomenal atmosphere.

Borriello won't get a chance to make his mark on the fixture, but he knows where his allegiances lie.

“I used to be a Napoli fan and I know how passionate the people can be there,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“I have a lot of affection for Napoli and respect for the supporters, but at the moment the Milan shirt means a lot to me and I'm sure they will forgive me for supporting the Rossoneri.

“I'm really disappointed not to be playing, especially because last season with Genoa we played in an empty stadium in Naples due to a fan ban.

“I had a trial with Napoli when I was growing up, but they weren't interested. Later I went to Roma and Milan and Franco Baresi brought me into the Diavolo ranks.”

Former Italy Coach Roberto Donadoni had a goalkeeping mistake to thank for securing a point at Reggina on his Napoli debut.

'I'm sure he will do well,” Borriello insisted. “He is a professional and he pays attention to the smallest details.

“Naples is a tough place to work and he will have to adapt to it, but he has the ability. I wish him good luck.”

Abbiati: I'll be back
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Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati has vowed to overcome a serious knee injury and return better than before.

The Rossoneri custodian ruptured ligaments in his right knee during last weekend's 5-1 win over Siena.

Abbiati now faces a six-month lay-off and an agonising road to rehabilitation.

“It is the worst injury setback of my career,” he told Telelombardia.

“But I am keeping calm and I accept the situation. I am already looking ahead and hoping to recover as quickly as possible.

“When I return to action I will have to win back my place in the starting 11 so I need to get back stronger than ever.

“For now Milan fans shouldn't worry because Nelson Dida is playing like the great 'keeper he was before.”

AC Milan to make Amauri offer?
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Milan are planning a sensational approach for Juventus striking star Amauri, according to Tuttosport.

The Brazilian marksman joined Juve from Palermo last summer and has settled in quickly, netting 12 goals so far this term.

But reports in Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport claim that Milan are determined to lure Amauri to form a dream Seleção trident with Alexandre Pato and Kaka.

It is also suggested that Milan director Leonardo has met with Amauri on several occasions over the last few months to try and tempt him to San Siro.

Amauri's wife Cynthia is said to be close friends with Kaka's wife Caroline Celico and the two men also have a warm relationship.

However, Juventus general manager Jean-Claude Blanc has warned the Rossoneri that Amauri is not for sale.

It is also extremely unlikely that Amauri would be willing to desert Juve after one season after his public declarations of love for the Old Lady.

The former Chievo man is also under contract until 2012 and would command a fee of at least £20m - a sum Milan are unlikely to muster.

Pippo wants to beat Baggio
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Milan goal machine Pippo Inzaghi has set his next target after his 300th professional strike against Siena.

Inzaghi netted a brace in Milan's 5-1 demolition job against Siena and at the age of 35 he remains lethal in front of goal.

Now the Piacenza native has turned his attentions to another prestigious milestone.

“The first objective is to get into the Champions League,” Inzaghi told journalists.

“After that has been achieved, I am targeting Roberto Baggio's total of 318 goals - I just need 19 to beat him!

“I just have to keep grounded and calm and ensure that I keep doing my job correctly.

“Which was my best goal? I think the Champions League Final goal in Athens. The ball from Kaka was beautiful and my job wasn't very difficult but I managed an angled drive.

“I didn't sleep for 10 nights after that game - it was the most incredible of emotions.

“I love it when I hear that I am an example for kids growing up and I have heard that David Beckham compares me to Gary Lineker.

“I liked him a lot when I was a child and I wore his No 10 when I was growing up.”

Perez 'weak' for Ancelotti
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Milan Coach Carlo Ancelotti has admitted Real Madrid presidential candidate Florentino Perez has “a weakness” for him.

Perez, who is currently drawing up his campaign for the Real Madrid presidential elections, is a keen admirer of Ancelotti.

He is expected to name Ancelotti in his manifesto as the man he wants on the Real Madrid bench next season.

“Perez has a weakness for me,” Ancelotti told Rome based daily newspaper La Repubblica. “It makes me happy.”

Ancelotti's future has been subject to much speculation in recent weeks after Milan's title challenge subsided.

Werder Bremen knocked Milan out of the UEFA Cup as well, ending the Rossoneri's hopes of winning any silverware this season.

The Real Madrid presidential elections are due to take place on July 5, but Ancelotti's future will be finalised at the end of the current campaign in Serie A, which ends in May.

Milan have told Ancelotti that he has to finish third in the League if he wants to continue his career with the club.

The Rossoneri are rumoured to be interested in offering Leonardo the job should Ancelotti leave for Real Madrid.

Ancelotti has been at Milan since November 6 2001. He has won eight major trophies with the Rossoneri as a Coach.

Paloschi praises Inzaghi
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Milan-owned youngster Alberto Paloschi has congratulated idol Pippo Inzaghi on scoring 300 professional goals.

Inzaghi netted twice against Siena yesterday to take his career total to 300 goals and join an illustrious band of legends.

Paloschi, who is currently on loan to Serie B side Parma, can only hope to follow in Super Pippo's footsteps.

“I remember buying an Inzaghi No 9 shirt when I was a kid,” Paloschi told the Corriere dello Sport.

“He is my idol because of the way he moves and is so aware of what is going on around him.

“Sometimes it seems like Inzaghi isn't even on the pitch and then he pops up when it counts.

“I sent him a text message yesterday to congratulate him but he didn't reply because he must have had thousands.

“I can only hope to do as well as him and to get to 35 and still be getting better and better.”

Agent: Maxwell could join AC Milan
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The agent of Inter left-back Maxwell has refused to rule out a switch to city rivals Milan.

Maxwell has played a slightly peripheral role for the Nerazzurri since arriving from Ajax, via a loan spell at Empoli, in 2006.

There have been rumours suggesting that the Brazilian could be tempted to desert Jose Mourinho's men for their neighbours.

“I think that Maxwell's Inter adventure is over,” agent Mino Raiola told Sky Sport Italia.

“He is the best left-back in Europe and there are always offers - we haven't been short of those even this year.

“The relationship with the club is honest and for now I don't see Maxwell being there next year.

“I wouldn't discount Milan as a possible destination. He still has another year on his contract, but if both clubs agreed then why not?

“However, I do think it would be easier for Maxwell to go abroad to find another employer.”

Galliani tired of Inter
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Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani is sick and tired of talking about rivals Inter and will refrain from doing so until the end of the season.

The Rossoneri have been embroiled in a very public feud with the Nerazzurri ever since Jose Mourinho made some disparaging remarks about Carlo Ancelotti late last week.

“From now on we will never speak of Inter or Mourinho and I invite them in Nerazzurro to do the same,” Galliani explained.

The 64-year-old kept his word and promptly changed the subject from Inter to Milan's excellent performance against Siena on Sunday.

The Rossoneri won 5-1 in Tuscany thanks to goals from Andrea Pirlo, Alexandre Pato and the evergreen Pippo Inzaghi.

The day was particularly special for Inzaghi, who scored his 300th career goal, and Galliani was keen to lavish praise on the 35-year-old.

“Inzaghi is phenomenal,” he said. “Every year when the spring arrives he comes out of his shell. He has an incredible sense for goal.

“We haven't even had time to prepare a party,” Galliani joked. “He has scored five goals in two games.”

Milan also had cause to be upset on Sunday, though, after goalkeeper Christian Abbiati suffered a serious knee injury that will keep him out of action for the rest of the season.

“It's not any old injury,” Galliani revealed. “The knee twisted strangely. Fortunately in Dida we have a substitute of the highest level.”

Milan currently lie third in Serie A, 12 points behind League leaders Inter, who beat Fiorentina 2-0 on Sunday evening.

Ancelotti: Spring time for Pippo
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Carlo Ancelotti believes Pippo Inzaghi “flowers in springtime” after hitting five goals in two games.

The striker turns 36 in August and his brace against Siena today took his tally to 300 goals as a professional.

“Inzaghi is emblematic of the team's season,” mused Ancelotti. “He scored five goals in a week and we did not expect that.

“Pippo flowers in springtime, exactly as he did last year. This makes our attacking potential much stronger.

“Pippo and [Alexandre] Pato are atypical forwards, because they do tend to disappear from the game for long periods, but are always ready at the decisive moment. Pato slept for an hour and then scored two stratospheric goals.”

It is their second consecutive victory after thumping Atalanta 3-0, even though the injury crisis continues with news Christian Abbiati could be out for six months with ruptured knee ligaments.

“We did better than last week in the build-up. Unfortunately we don't have a big centre-forward who can hold the ball up during difficult moments, as instead we have strikers who can escape marking to latch on to through balls.”

Marco Borriello would take that role, but has been injured for most of the season. Ancelotti confirms there will be changes in the summer.

“Of course we will need some new additions. We have players who are ending their careers, like [Paolo] Maldini, but already have replacements in the squad like Tiago Silva.

“We will wait and see what is on the market so that we can make the team even more competitive.”

Abbiati 'out for six months'
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Christian Abbiati could be out for six months after sustaining a probably rupture of the ligaments in his right knee.

The Milan goalkeeper was stretchered off in visibly agony just 13 minutes into today's 5-1 win away to Siena.

He picked up the injury during an accidental collision with teammate Giuseppe Favalli and it was immediately obvious it was serious.

More tests are needed to confirm the initial diagnosis, but Rossoneri medical staff suspect Abbiati has ruptured the ligaments in his right knee.

This would mean surgery and a spell on the sidelines for around six months.

Abbiati had been the number one choice goalkeeper at Milan this season, so Nelson Dida's substitute's role today was his first appearance of the Serie A campaign.

Inzaghi celebrates 300th goal
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Upon scoring his 300th career goal, Filippo Inzaghi reveals he's “as happy as a kid at Christmas.”

The Milan man netted twice in today's 5-1 win at Siena for his fifth goal in a week, taking him to the magic third century.

“I feel as happy as a kid at Christmas, as I'm celebrating an achievement that fills me with pride,” he told Sky Italia.

“I thank all my teammates in every squad I've played for. Titles with your club are important, but these individual records also make you feel very special.

“Destiny is extraordinary, as I hadn't remembered until I read it in the papers this morning, but my first goal was also at Siena.”

Inzaghi has scored 300 goals in all competition during his long career, 110 of them in the Milan jersey.

“The most important goals were the ones in Athens for the Champions League Final against Liverpool. They are special along with the Club World Cup goals and the 2007 European Super Cup.”

Inzaghi also wished to thank Carlo Ancelotti and hopes he will remain with the Rossoneri for another season.

“I don't want to keep repeating myself on Ancelotti, otherwise it'll get pathetic, but the directors are wonderful and will make the right choice.

“We know that with him we have reached three Champions League Finals and have seen how difficult it is for teams to get there.

“As for today, we proved that when Milan get their players back from injury, this is a very competitive side.”

Siena 1:5 AC Milan - match report
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Scorers: Pirlo pen 7 (M), Inzaghi 45, 71 (M), Pato 55, 77 (M), Maccarone 62 (S)

Milan demolished Siena 5-1 with Pippo Inzaghi celebrating his 300th professional goal, but there's bad injury news for Christian Abbiati and Kaka.

The Rossoneri got back on track with last week's 3-0 victory over Atalanta, but were still under pressure for third place. The injury crisis was starting to calm, as Kaka and Ronaldinho were back on the bench, but Clarence Seedorf, Daniele Bonera, Gennaro Gattuso, Kakha Kaladze, Marco Borriello and Alessandro Nesta were out. David Beckham therefore started in a trequartista role for the second game running.

Last weekend Siena also ended a six-match winless streak by conquering Catania, but had only ever beaten Milan once here in 2005 and lost three. Robur missed the suspended Daniele Galloppa.

After six minutes the referee ointed to the spot as Houssine Kharja clumsily clattered into Mathieu Flamini for a penalty. Andrea Pirlo converted coolly right into the corner despite Gianluca Curci guessing the right angle.

Moments later Milan were forced into a substitution, as Giuseppe Favalli accidentally clashed with Christian Abbiati and the goalkeeper came out with the worst of it with a suspected fracture. Nelson Dida came off the bench for his Serie A debut this season.

Favalli charged down Kharja's header and Flamini nodded a Beckham free kick off target. Dida captured Maccarone's effort and Simone Vergassola volleyed over from six yards.

In stoppages Vergassola wanted a penalty for a Marek Jankulovski handling offence, but the defender's arm was across his chest and so it could not have been a penalty.

Milan went into the break 2-0 up, as a Beckham corner found Pippo Inzaghi's left-foot volley from five yards. The Siena defence left him too much space and that was his 299th goal as a professional.

Kaka replaced Massimo Ambrosini for the second half in his first appearance since February 7, moving Beckham back to his usual position. Emanuele Calaio' put the ball in the back of the net, but was flagged offside.

Pato put a third cherry on the Milan cake with a fantastic strike. The youngster gathered from almost 30 metres and unleashed an unstoppable rocket into the top corner. It was similar to a goal the teenager scored in the UEFA Cup earlier this season.

Kaka should've had a fourth, but ballooned over from close range! He was totally unmarked from seven yards in front of an open goal and fired over.

Siena pulled one back with former Milan youth product Maccarone, whose angled drive from the edge of the box flashed across Dida towards the far bottom corner.

Inzaghi hit his third century, his 300th goal as a professional football player, and celebrated with a specially-prepared shirt. He ran on to Pirlo's through ball and did not hesitate to slot it past Curci at the near post.

There was bad news too, as Kaka got a knock to the ankle and limped off just 25 minutes into his comeback, making way for Ronaldinho.

Pato scored Milan's fifth in curious circumstances, as the goalkeeper came rushing out and was caught out by the young Brazilian, who went round him to slot into an empty net.

Inzaghi wet close to a hat-trick, but Siena really should've scored when Kharja's cross flashed across the face of goal with both Maccarone and Amoruso unable to get the final touch. Paul Codrea thumped the crossbar from outside the box, as Siena refused to give in.

Beckham almost got on the scoresheet with the final kick of the game, but drilled inches over from Pato's assist.
Siena: Curci; Zuniga, Portanova, Brandao (Ficagna 48), Del Grosso; Vergassola, Codrea, Barusso, Kharja; Maccarone, Calaiò (Amoruso 70)

Milan: Abbiati (Dida 12); Zambrotta, Maldini, Favalli, Jankulovski; Flamini, Pirlo, Ambrosini (Kaka 46) (Ronaldinho 72); Beckham; Inzaghi, Pato

Ref: Ayroldi

Giampaolo doesnt trust AC Milan
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Marco Giampaolo warns “Milan are a great squad” and won't feel the pressure at the Stadio Franchi this afternoon.

“I do not believe these tales of a reshuffled team, as Milan are a great squad who in any situation can find the right solution,” said the Siena boss.

“I doubt they are under pressure, as they are accustomed to dealing with difficulties. They are so big that they always have the resources to make do.”

The injury crisis is easing slightly at Milan, as Kaka and Ronaldinho are back in the squad, though Clarence Seedorf, Daniele Bonera, Kakha Kaladze, Gennaro Gattuso, Marco Borriello and Alessandro Nesta remain sidelined.

Siena are considering a tactical adjustment to face the Rossoneri, as they could go with the Christmas Tree formation used against Genoa or their usual 4-3-1-2 system.

“Let's not give Milan any advantages by telling them our tactics,” smiled Giampaolo.

Luca Rossettini is still injured, while Daniele Galloppa is suspended.

Siena squad: Amoruso Barusso, Belmonte, Brandao, Calaiò, Codrea, Coppola, Curci, Del Grosso, Del Prete, Eleftheropoulos, Ficagna, Frick, Ghezzal, Jarolim, Kharja, Maccarone, Portanova, Rossi, Vergassola, Zuniga.

Pato has Champions League certainty
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Alexandre Pato is certain Milan will get back to winning ways in the Champions League next season with Carlo Ancelotti at the helm.

“I can only thank the fans for their support and promise to repay them with qualification for the Champions League,” he told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“And next season we will roll our sleeves up and do everything to win it again. Obviously, we'll do it with Ancelotti, as nobody is better than him.”

The Rossoneri have struggled this season and are under pressure for third place, out of the UEFA Cup and Coppa Italia.

“Our problem is we often don't finish off games. We were leading and let ourselves get caught by Lecce, Torino and Genoa. We should have been more determined and clinical in front of goal, starting from myself.”

Pato is still only 19 years old, but has scored 12 goals this term and claims he is learning from his illustrious teammates every day.

“I run fast, but I need to learn from Kaka how to do it with the ball at my feet,” explained 'The Duck.'

“I always study Pippo Inzaghi's movements in the penalty area, as he is the absolute best in the box.

“Ronaldinho is fantastic when it comes to providing assists and it is up to me to make sure I am in the right place at the right time.

“As for David Beckham, I'd love to have his ability to cross the ball from any position on the field.”

Ancelotti: Jose bores me
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Carlo Ancelotti launched a scathing attack on Jose Mourinho. “He says pointless things and bores me.”

The Inter boss has received a great deal of attention for his way with the media, but his Milan counterpart is not impressed.

“When people describe Mourinho they always refer to him as a ‘communicator,’ but that part of his personality frankly bores me, because he often says pointless things,” Ancelotti told L’Avvenire newspaper.

“Regardless of what happened in Manchester, in any case, he remains a great Coach and I am more intrigued by his working practices.”

Mourinho responded today by declaring "we are not like Milan. Our season isn't already over by March," but that drew further criticism from Ancelotti.

"I would advise Mourinho not to talk about Milan anymore."

The Rossoneri tactician has experience of being under fire, as the club has confirmed he will be fired if he does not take them to at least third place in Serie A this season.

“Milan are a family and if they want me to then I will stay. It is a difficult time, as I receive insults through the post or via text message. In the past some lunatics tried to send death threats to my children, at which point I called in the police.”

Ancelotti sees this heightened tension in the Italian sport as the main reason behind their Champions League exit to the Premier League sides.

“They have a different concept of sport. We still arrive for the match with our team bus surrounded by a police escort.”

Some of the tension was cranked up by the Calciopoli scandal of 2006, although many of the same errors are still being committed by referees.

“Something was there and it’s true the referees were under pressure and made mistakes. They still do it now, but only because they are young and inexperienced.

“Our referees and Coaches are always the most criticised, but looking at the statistics you discover they are the best in the world.”

There is good news for Ancelotti, as Kaka and Ronaldinho are back in the squad for tomorrow afternoon’s game with Siena.

Clarence Seedorf is still sidelined along with Daniele Bonera, Marco Borriello, Kakha Kaladze, Alessandro Nesta and Gennaro Gattuso.

Milan squad: Abbiati, Dida, Kalac; Antonini, Darmian, Favalli, Jankulovski, Maldini, Senderos, Zambrotta; Ambrosini, Beckham, Emerson, Flamini, Pirlo; Inzaghi, Kakà, Pato, Shevchenko, Ronaldinho.

Maxwell move to AC Milan?
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Maxwell has been dropped by Jose Mourinho, but could cross San Siro to play for Milan next season instead.

The Brazilian left-back has been increasingly pushed out of the Inter line-up by the emergence of teenage sensation Davide Santon.

He is set to leave the Nerazzurri at the end of this term, but according to reports in this morning’s edition of the Corriere dello Sport, he won’t be going far.

It’s claimed Milan talent scout Leonardo has pin-pointed Maxwell as their new left-back, therefore allowing Marek Jankulovski to push up into a more advanced wide midfield role.

The Rossoneri would be able to bag a bargain, as Maxwell’s contract expires in July 2010, so rather than risk losing him on a free transfer, they would accept a bid of £3m or less.

The 27-year-old spent most of his career at Ajax, joining Inter in 2006-07. He made 32 Serie A appearances last season, but so far this term has managed only 16 starts.

Beckham: Why I wanted AC Milan
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David Beckham has explained on his personal website why he remained at Milan and how his ankle injury is shaping up.

“I'm really grateful to the LA Galaxy and AC Milan for making this happen,” he wrote on davidbeckham.com.

“I want to help Milan to reach the Champions League as a club with its history should be there every season.

“One of the reasons for staying at Milan is to give me the chance to play in the 2010 World Cup. I have to do everything I can do to be involved in that.

“Everyone knows how passionate I am about playing for my country and, if it gives me a better chance, I'll do anything possible to make that happen.

“Right now, I’m delighted at how things have turned out and I’ll be giving my all to both Milan and the Galaxy over the coming year.”

Beckham has been struggling with an ankle injury, but is confident he can take to the field against Siena on Sunday afternoon.

“Unfortunately, I picked up an ankle injury in training on Tuesday, it's responding well to treatment though and I'm hopeful I can play a part on Sunday.”

Reports: AC Milan ponder Roman raid
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Milan are reportedly preparing to snare Roma pair Philippe Mexes and Christian Panucci during the summer.

The Rossoneri need to remodel their ageing defence at the end of the current campaign.

Paolo Maldini is set to retire, while Alessandro Nesta and Kakha Kaladze have recurring injury problems.

A story in Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport claims that the Diavolo see Mexes and Panucci as the ideal replacements.

Veteran stopper Panucci played for Milan between 1993 and 1997 and will be a free agent once his contract expires in the summer.

Mexes may be more problematic as the French international is highly rated at the Stadio Olimpico and Roma are unlikely to let him leave for less than £15m.

Furthermore, Mexes has stressed his determination to stay with Roma and become a club hero.

Reports suggest that Milan are weighing up the merits of a £13m part-exchange deal including the services of Ignazio Abate and Yoann Gourcuff.

Jarolim has no fear of AC Milan
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Siena midfielder Lukas Jarolim insists that the Robur shouldn't be scared of Milan.

The Tuscan side are playing host to the Rossoneri at the Stadio Artemio Franchi this Sunday afternoon.

Although Milan are favourites to claim maximum points, Siena were minutes away from claiming their scalp last term before Alessandro Nesta's late equaliser.

“I remember that we played really well at home to Milan last year,” Jarolim told Siena's website.

“I think our fans would be happy if we managed to get a point this time around. There's no reason why we can't do that.

“We were unlucky in the away game. We were always in that match.

"But we can't change the past we must just concentrate on getting at least a point on Sunday,” he concluded.

Money talks, says Galliani
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Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani claims financial factors were responsible for the Serie A representatives' Champions League failures.

After Fiorentina fell at the first hurdle, all three remaining teams were eliminated at the last 16 stage.

“The Italian teams are all out of the competition due to the economic crisis,” Galliani boomed on Radio Kiss Kiss.

“English clubs own their own stadiums, which are nearly always full, and they make a lot more money than us.

“Around 10 years ago we were making more money than the Spanish or English teams and we were dominant in Europe.

“If we don't buck the current trend then we risk losing our ranking as the third biggest European League, which would be a disaster.”

Galliani then commented on Inter's Champions League elimination at the hands of Manchester United.

“I'd like to remind everyone that the last time the Red Devils lost in the Champions League it was the semi-finals of the 2007 competition against us.

“They have gone 21 games unbeaten since then and the last game they lost at home was also against Milan in 2005.”

Ancelotti linked with Real Madrid
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Former Real Madrid President Florentino Perez is expected to make Carlo Ancelotti his No 1 target if re-elected this summer.

Perez, who famously ushered in the Galacticos era while Madrid President between 2000 and 2006, is a keen admirer of the Milan Coach.

The 62-year-old is currently drawing up a manifesto full of star names capable of wooing voters, as he prepares for the club's presidential election on July 5.

One of those star names is reported to be Zinedine Zidane, who is being lined up as a technical director in Perez's new administration.

The former Juventus midfielder recently told French newspaper L'Equipe that he would be interested in such a role.

“I would like to be an adviser. There is a possibility that it might happen if Perez returns,” he said. “I want to return to football.”

Zidane could be the bait that lures Ancelotti away from the Milan bench, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Ancelotti coached the French master for two seasons while at Juventus and is believed to enjoy a good relationship with him.

Doubt continues to shroud Ancelotti's future at Milan, as his side have largely disappointed this season.

The Rossoneri are 12 points adrift of leaders Inter in Serie A and were knocked out of the UEFA Cup by Werder Bremen.

Beckham: I can handle boo boys
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David Beckham knows he will get jeered when he returns to LA Galaxy for a brief stint, but says it’s worth it to play for Milan.

The England international extended his loan spell in Serie A from March 9 to July 10, when he’ll go back to Galaxy for the MLS campaign until November.

"The booing, the criticism, I've had it all before. That side of it doesn't bother me,” he told BBC Sport.

"Real football people will turn around and say 'he's passionate about playing for his country and knows what he needs to do to make that happen'."

England manager Fabio Capello suggested the move to Milan and Beckham knows it gives him his best chance of making it into the 2010 World Cup squad.

Former Galaxy general manager Alexi Lalas – who also has Serie A experience from his time at Padova in the 1990s – said Becks deserved to get booed by the LA crowd.

"If I do get that, I'm sure my team-mates will rally round me."

Victoria Beckham and the family have remained in Los Angeles during the Milan loan spell, but are said to be looking for a house by Lake Como for the permanent move in November.

"It's tough not spending time with [my sons]. I've missed two of their birthdays in the last few weeks. It is really hard because I'm so passionate as a dad as well and I miss them so much.

“They'll understand when they are big boys and they can say to their friends their daddy played for AC Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United. They'll understand."

Beckham is currently awaiting test results on a sprained ankle.

AC Milan for Marchetti move?
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Milan are being linked with a summer bid for Cagliari goalkeeping star Federico Marchetti.

Although Christian Abbiati has been on solid form this term, it is widely accepted that Milan still haven't solved their goalkeeping conundrum.

The Rossoneri are keen to find a No 1 to take the gloves for the foreseeable future and have been watching a number of shot-stoppers across Europe.

But the answer could lie relatively close to home at Cagliari's Stadio Sant'Elia.

Marchetti, who hails from just outside Vicenza but grew up in the Torino youth system, is making a name for himself in Sardinia and could thrive on the San Siro stage.

The 26-year-old is currently on loan with the Rossoblu from Serie B side Albinoleffe but Cagliari will almost certainly exercise a clause in his contract to buy Marchetti permanently in the summer for around £1.5m

Milan have sent scouts to watch the No 22, who has been tipped for the top by Azzurri custodian Gigi Buffon, but as yet there has been no concrete approach.

Beckham suffers ankle injury
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David Beckham injured his ankle in training today and is waiting to ascertain the extent of the damage.

The England international has just agreed a deal that will allow him to remain at Milan for the rest of the season on loan from Los Angeles Galaxy.

But Beckham's mood may have changed after he fell awkwardly in training this morning and limped off the pitch.

The injury isn't thought to be serious and reports suggest that it is a first-degree sprain, which should take no more than a week to heal.

However, the club have indicated that they won't know how serious the problem is for another day or so.

Beckham may miss out on Milan's trip to Tuscany to face Siena this weekend.

Kaka discusses injury anguish
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Milan superstar Kaka has explained his frustration as a foot injury continues to keep him out of action.

The Brazilian international damaged his left foot during Milan's 1-1 draw with Reggina on February 7.

Initially the damage wasn't thought to be severe, but the road to recovery has been much longer than expected.

“As soon as I manage to deal with the pain, I will get back to playing,” Kaka revealed.

“In the past I played for a year with pain in my knee, but last week's pain was different.

“Anyone who thinks that I don't want to get back to playing is out of their mind.

“Sadly it seems that this an injury that doesn't happen often and it keeps getting inflamed.”

Beckham happy with move
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David Beckham is happy his future has been resolved and now wants to help Milan qualify for the Champions League.

Milan and LA Galaxy agreed a unique 'timeshare' agreement for the 33-year-old former England captain at the weekend.

Beckham will stay with Milan until the end of the season before returning to America to play for LA Galaxy between July and October.

He will then return to Italy in November to finish the 2009-10 campaign with Milan, as he looks to earn a call up to the England World Cup squad.

“I would like to end this season helping the team qualify for the Champions League, a competition that is in this club's DNA,” Beckham said.

“Milan belong in the Champions League and I hope to be able to take part in the competition with them.”

Beckham then explained the reasoning behind his decision to play for Milan and LA Galaxy without a healthy break.

“People ask how I will play this year both for Milan and for Galaxy. But work has never frightened me and anyway I will have a long four-week holiday in the summer and another stop in December.

“I am playing for one of the greatest clubs in the world with a lot of the best players in the world and obviously have the possibility of playing in the 2010 World Cup,” he continued.

“I think about having the job of giving my all to be called up by Fabio Capello. Everyone knows how much I value playing for my country.”

Beckham then reflected on the state of football in America, which many felt led to his exclusion from the England team under Capello's predecessor Steve McClaren.

“I believe that football in America can become a very important thing,” he concluded. “One day, when I stop playing, I want to buy a Major League Soccer team.

“I want to contribute to the development of football in America. It's one thing that moves me a lot. Also my family are happy in Los Angeles.”

Beckham has made 12 appearances for Milan in all competitions this season, earning rave reviews for his performances.

Adebayor reveals AC Milan interest
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Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor insists he is happy with the Gunners, but remains flattered by interest from Milan.

The 25-year-old Togo international was linked with a move to the Rossoneri in January when Kaka almost left for Manchester City.

“I knew that Milan and Barcelona were interested in me, but in the end I chose Arsenal,” Adebayor told Sportweek.

“Arsenal are a club that I want to repay with important victories for having allowed me to become one of the great players in world football.

“I find myself well here, even if, as I say in life, you can never know what will happen in the future,” Adebayor concluded.

The former Monaco starlet has scored 12 goals in 27 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions this season.

Adebayor reveals AC Milan interest
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Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor insists he is happy with the Gunners, but remains flattered by interest from Milan.

The 25-year-old Togo international was linked with a move to the Rossoneri in January when Kaka almost left for Manchester City.

“I knew that Milan and Barcelona were interested in me, but in the end I chose Arsenal,” Adebayor told Sportweek.

“Arsenal are a club that I want to repay with important victories for having allowed me to become one of the great players in world football.

“I find myself well here, even if, as I say in life, you can never know what will happen in the future,” Adebayor concluded.

The former Monaco starlet has scored 12 goals in 27 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions this season.

Inzaghi's women inspire him
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Milan striker Pippo Inzaghi has dedicated the hat-trick he scored on Sunday to his mum and girlfriend, Alessia Ventura.

The 35-year-old, who made only his fifth start for Milan in Serie A this season, scored all of the Rossoneri's goals as they beat Atalanta 3-0 at San Siro.

“When I play a game every week it's another story altogether,” Inzaghi enthused. “The legs turn and the fans lift me.

“I dedicate my goals to the two women in my life, my mum and Alessia,” he added, before outlining his ambitions for the rest of the campaign.

“The number of goals I have scored this season counts little, I know I am only two goals short of reaching a career total of 300.

“In the end, though, it's the victories that count. Sure, when I tell my children about playing in such games, I will be proud of my time as a player.

“I want them to understand that with a little bit of hard work you can arrive anywhere,” Inzaghi explained.

When asked about the protests made by the fans during the game, Inzaghi replied: “They love us, those banners don't mean anything.”

Milan currently lie third in Serie A with 11 games remaining from now until the end of the season. They travel to Siena next weekend.

Beckham 'paid for AC Milan move'
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David Beckham “paid out of his own pocket” to stay at Milan, revealed Vice-President Adriano Galliani.

The England midfielder’s loan deal from LA Galaxy was set to expire tonight, but he accepted a huge wage cut – said to be £2m – in order to extend that until June 30.

“So many players display their affection for a club only with words. Beckham is one of the few who proved it with action,” said Galliani.

“I will not name specific figures, but I can say the player will stay with us until June.

“He made a great economic sacrifice to be with us, paying a lot of money out of his own pocket.”

Not all the Rossoneri supporters are entirely happy with the decision, though. Ahead of this afternoon’s 3-0 win over Atalanta, some fans unveiled a banner that read: ‘Once upon a time there was a dream team, now it’s a media circus.’

“I always liked the circus and went often when I was a kid,” replied Galliani.

Beckham will return to the Galaxy in July and stay for the rest of the MLS season, but from the end of November a clause in his contract allows him to walk away.

Ancelotti grateful to Inzaghi
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Carlo Ancelotti hailed Pippo Inzaghi for getting Milan out of a tricky situation, but assures the team will improve.

The 36-year-old striker bagged a hat-trick to secure a 3-0 victory over Atalanta, although the result does not reflect the way the game went.

“He gave us a really big hand today,” confessed the Coach. “It was a difficult game and for long periods of the first half Atalanta had us under pressure, but Pippo’s ability to pounce at the right time allowed us to end on a high.

“We were in an emergency situation today and hope with this result our bleak period can be considered over.”

They were without Kaka, Ronaldinho, Clarence Seedorf, Massimo Ambrosini, Kakha Kaladze, Alessandro Nesta, Marco Borriello, Gennaro Gattuso or suspended Giuseppe Favalli.

“The team did everything it could in the circumstances,” continued Ancelotti. “At the moment we can’t seem to play in a relaxed fashion or gain confidence.

“Admittedly we are not playing well at the moment and must improve, but we will do it by working on fitness and getting people back on the field. I am aware we aren’t entertaining the fans right now.

“I don’t believe it was a transfer policy problem. Ronaldinho is a great champion and an atypical creative forward, but in the first half of the season he gave an important contribution to Milan.

“Today [David] Beckham acted as a trequartista. So many absences cause problems in the team’s system and at the moment our football doesn’t move naturally.”

OFFICIAL: AC Milan keep Beckham
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It is now official – David Beckham will stay at Milan until June 30. “I’m really grateful for making this dream happen.”

The Rossoneri had hinted over the last few days that a deal had been struck and it was confirmed when LA Galaxy released a statement.

He will remain at San Siro on loan until June 30, then return to Galaxy and stay until the end of the MLS season on November 22.

As Beckham cannot sign until the international transfer window opens on July 15, his first game back for Galaxy will be against the New York Red Bulls on July 16.

A clause in his contract allows him to buy out the remaining two years on his five-year contract in November and join Milan as a free agent.

"I'm really grateful to the L.A. Galaxy and AC Milan for making this dream deal happen," Beckham said in the statement.

"It allows me to play for AC Milan and the LA Galaxy in the same year, and also to continue my commitment to develop soccer in the United States, which is something I am passionate about."

His original loan was set to expire following this afternoon’s game against Atalanta, but the MLS was open to negotiations even after the deadline of February 13 passed without an agreement.

Part of the deal has given Galaxy a friendly game against Milan at the Home Depot Center in Carson on July 19 and the club’s ticket prices will be cut by an average of 10 per cent due to Beckham’s absence.

We did what we said we were going to do," said AEG chief executive and Galaxy owner Tim Leiweke.

"We brought Landon [Donovan] back and we brought David back. He's a little delayed, but they're both coming back. [David] is excited and happy and relieved.”

"I'm sorry that it had to go on so long, for him and for us and particularly for our fans. Milan thought, 'Hey, David wants to do this, so we don't need to do anything.’

"We had to get to a point where they understood that David doesn't own this contract, the Galaxy does, and this isn't going to be just about 'Let's make David happy.'

"That was where the complication was. Milan needed to understand we weren't just going to turn around and say, 'Oh, yeah, no problem, keep him for a couple more months.' "

AC Milan 3:0 Atalanta - match report
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Scorers: Inzaghi 7, 71, 74 (M)

Super Pippo Inzaghi's hat-trick put Milan back on track, even though they struggled for long periods against Atalanta.

David Beckham celebrated the news he'd stay at San Siro until the end of the season, but there was precious little else to raise the Rossoneri's mood. A UEFA Cup exit and 2-1 defeat at Sampdoria last week saw the club confirm Carlo Ancelotti would leave if he didn't at least finish in third place. An injury crisis of epic proportions didn't help, as Kaka, Ronaldinho, Clarence Seedorf, Massimo Ambrosini, Gennaro Gattuso, Kakha Kaladze, Alessandro Nesta, Marco Borriello and the suspended Giuseppe Favalli missed out. With this situation, Beckham was reinvented as a trequartista.

This was a local derby for Atalanta and they were smarting after a 2-0 home defeat to Chievo, but had Cristiano Doni and Sergio Floccari sidelined with Tomas Manfredini banned. Last season the Orobici won here 2-1. Curiously, since 1968-69, this tie had ended goalless only once.

Filippo Inzaghi got a rare start and scored with their first real chance after seven minutes, his 41st Serie A goal. Gianluca Zambrotta's shot was charged down, but Marek Jankulovski put it back into the middle for an Inzaghi half-volley.

Beckham impressed with a cross-field pass to find Alexandre Pato, but the finish was over from the young Brazilian. Pato snatched at another good chance in the D, while Beckham had penalty appeals for a Jose Leonardo Talamonti handling offence.

Christian Abbiati needed a fine save to get down and fingertip Tiberio Guarente's angled drive round the far post. Atalanta were pouring forward with Gianvito Plasmati's header palmed away at the near post following Philippe Senderos' error, but on the counter Jankulovski's shot set up by Pato was well saved.

Abbiati needed another great save to deny Plasmati's towering header and the young striker's shot was charged down by Senderos, as the Rossoneri were under pressure.

Beckham was doing very well in his new role, though, and sent Pato clear only for Consigli to rush out and block his path. Pato was not having a good afternoon and was again wasteful when one-on-one with Consigli.

Atalanta continued to push in the second half and Ferreira Pinto shrugged off Zambrotta to flash a daisy-cutter across the face of goal.

However, for all the pressure it was Milan who doubled their lead with a classic counter-attack. Inzaghi sprung the offside trap from Pato's chipped pass and waltzed round the goalkeeper to deposit into an empty net.

Atalanta fell apart and Super Pippo completed his hat-trick. Zambrotta sprinted down the left and combined with Jankulovski to roll across for Inzaghi, who was behind the line of the ball.

Inzaghi was substituted and given a standing ovation, but Andriy Shevchenko did not seem particularly happy that he was being introduced just for that purpose 10 minutes from time.
Milan: Abbiati; Bonera (Antonini 84), Senderos, Maldini, Zambrotta; Flamini, Pirlo, Jankulovski; Beckham (Viudez 90); Inzaghi (Shevchenko 80), Pato

Atalanta: Consigli; Garics, Peluso, Talamonti, Bellini; Ferreira Pinto (Defendi 68), Guarente (De Ascentis 60), Cigarini (Parravicini 76), Valdes; Padoin; Plasmati

Ref: Orsato

AC Milan and Galaxy to share Beckham
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David Beckham is set to stay at Milan until the end of the season after the Rossoneri agreed a 'timeshare' deal with Los Angeles Galaxy.

The England international has become a firm favourite at San Siro but had ben due to return to LA this weekend.

However, after weeks of negotiation it seems the 33-year-old will stay at Milan until the end of the season.

This means he will miss at least 17 games of the 30-game MLS campaign, returning to action in the USA on July 18 against the New York Red Bulls.

The scheme will see Beckham return to Milan at the end of the year once the season ends.

It remains to be seen how Beckham will be received by Galaxy fans with many seemingly livid at his move to Milan.

Reports suggest that the former Manchester United man has taken a significant pay cut to secure the deal.

Kaladze admits career fears
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Milan defender Kakha Kaladze admits he hesitated before surgery amid fears it would end his career. “I hope to be back in four or five months.”

The Georgian international has been struggling with a recurring knee problem for several years now and finally took the plunge.

“I am very happy to have had the surgery, because lately it had become extremely difficult to play in these conditions,” he told Telelombardia.

“We didn’t know if after the operation I could continue my playing career or not, so it was very difficult to make this decision.

“I hope to be back in four or five months, better than ever.”

Kaladze turned 31 last week and has been playing for the Rossoneri since 2000-01, before then representing Dynamo Kiev and Dynamo Tbilisi.

Galliani expects Beckham stay
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Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has stated that there is a "very good chance" David Beckham will stay with the Rossoneri until the summer.

Beckham is scheduled to return to Los Angeles Galaxy this weekend, but he has stressed his desire to stay at San Siro.

Now it seems that the two clubs have come to an arrangement that will allow Beckham to extend his loan.

"There is a great probability that Beckham will stay at Milan until June," Galliani told Sky Sport Italia.

"I am very optimistic, all that is missing is a signature and we need to iron a couple of things out.

"In any case we are almost there. We are on the right track and the signature could arrive in a few hours or tomorrow at the very latest."

The news will be a boost to embattled Coach Carlo Ancelotti as he looks to steady the Milan ship.

Beckham deal could happen in hours
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There are reports that Los Angeles Galaxy are on the brink of allowing David Beckham to spend the rest of the season at Milan.

The English international joined the Rossoneri on loan at the start of the year and he has made a great impression.

Beckham has taken to life in Italy's fashion capital and has stressed his desire to stay at San Siro.

But there has been a race against time to broker a deal with the Galaxy before he is forced to return on March 9.

According to English Press sources, an agreement has been reached that will allow Beckham to stay with Milan until the end of the current Serie A season.

Reports suggest that details will be officially announced later in the day.

Maldini to Jose: Count the trophies
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Milan veteran Paolo Maldini refuses to enter the Jose Mourinho controversy but comments “for every trophy he has lifted, I have won five.”

Mourinho has caused outrage in the peninsula with disparaging comments at the expense of Milan, Roma and Juventus.

“I don't really want to prolong this exchange of insults,” Maldini said in La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“After all, it seems like Mourinho was harsher towards Juventus. But I just want to say that it doesn't work well for him when we look at trophies won.

“As far as I am concerned, during my years at Milan for every trophy he has lifted I have won five.”

Milan host Atalanta this weekend and know that they must deliver maximum points if they are to prevent city rivals Inter extending their 12-point lead.

Galliani proud of friendly win
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Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani was delighted with the Rossoneri's performance against Al Sadd last night.

The struggling Diavolo ran out 2-1 winners thanks to goals from Alexandre Pato and Luca Antonini.

It will take a lot more to ease the pressure after a UEFA Cup exit and a defeat against Sampdoria, but Galliani saw positive signals in Qatar.

“We had the chance to play in a beautiful stadium in front of a warm crowd,” he told Datasport.

“We were proud to have this opportunity to play the game and it's only right that a team like Milan are able to be watched by people away from Italy.

“I saw some positive indications on the pitch. Now we must return to playing well in the League and trying to get our injured players back as quickly as possible.”

Milan take on Atalanta in Bergamo on Sunday looking to prevent Inter extending their 12-point lead at the top of the table.

Kaka in injury limbo
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Kaka's injury woes continue and Milan's doctors have been unable to pencil in a date for the Brazilian's return to action.

The former FIFA World Player of the Year has been suffering with a foot problem since February 7.

He again had to sit out as Milan beat Al Sadd 2-1 in Qatar in a friendly last night and he looks almost certain to miss out on playing Atalanta this weekend.

Kaka has been diagnosed with damage to the metatarsal in his left foot, but the initial recovery period of 15 days proved hopelessly optimistic.

Much to his frustration, Kaka is still feeling pain when he puts any pressure on his foot and he still has no idea how long the discomfort will take to subside.

Meanwhile, Ronaldinho has overcome his injury problems, but he is likely to sit on the bench this weekend due to a lack of fitness training over the last month.

Friendly: AC Milan win in Qatar 2-1
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Milan have won their friendly against Al Sadd 2-1 thanks to goals from Alexandre Pato and Luca Antonini.

The Rossoneri said their visit to Qatar would be their last lucrative friendly of the season so Carlo Ancelotti can focus on training every day to emerge from their crisis.

Ronaldinho and Kaka were injured, but made the trip to greet the fans, while the Coach fielded a 4-4-2 system with David Beckham and Marek Jankulovski on the wings.

A defensive error almost let Kalifan in early on, but Pato ran on to Andriy Shevchenko’s through ball to to-poke the opener on 27 minutes.

Al Sadd equalised soon after with Golam’s angled drive, but Milan sealed the scoreline before half-time with a left-foot strike from Antonini.

There was bad news for Paolo Maldini, who only played for 16 minutes before making way for Daniele Bonera.

Ancelotti made sweeping changes for the second half and Milan went close to a third goal on several occasions with a better performance.

Pippo Inzaghi was as sprightly as ever and skimmed the woodwork from close range, then had a goal ruled offside.

Milan: Abbiati (Dida 46); Antonini (Darmian 46), Maldini (Bonera 16) (Senderos 46), Thiago Silva, Favalli; Beckham (Pirlo 46), Emerson (Viudez 60), Cardacio (Mattioni 46), Jankulovski (Zambrotta 46); Pato (Inzaghi 46), Shevchenko

Silvio Berlusconi wants wage cuts
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There are reports in the peninsula that Milan patron Silvio Berlusconi has asked transfer guru Adriano Galliani to slash the Rossoneri's wage bill.

Having brought in some of football's biggest names, Milan have a sizeable wage bill.

In fact, the Diavolo are currently paying more in salaries than any other side in Italy, with the exception of city rivals Inter.

Like Inter, Milan's wages total just under £120m per season, narrowly more than Juventus' £115m.

But, according to MilanNews.it, Berlusconi believes the club's spending is unsustainable and has demanded a 30 per cent reduction in outgoings.

The difficulty for Galliani will be reconciling this objective with his aim to bring David Beckham to the club on a semi-permanent basis.

There are suggestions that these cut-backs could result in the departure of Brazilian star Kaka, who is currently earning around £8m per year.

No AC Milan approach for Rijkaard
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The agent of former Barcelona Coach Frank Rijkaard has denied any offer from Milan, but admits it's a job that interests his client.

Carlo Ancelotti's days on the Milan bench could be numbered as the Diavolo's UEFA Cup adventure ended prematurely and their Scudetto bid lies in tatters.

Milan have issued their under-fire tactician an ultimatum, telling him he must finish third to save his job, but Carletto could move on anyway.

Ex-Rossoneri midfielder Rijkaard, who has been unemployed since being sacked by Barcelona last year, is believed to be in the frame to replace Ancelotti.

“This season I have spoken to Milan on various occasions, but we have never discussed taking the Coach's job there,” agent Perry Overeem revealed.

“Of course, Frank's past could influence his decisions in the future. He was a great player for Milan and if they showed an interest and made an offer he would give it a lot of attention.”

Milan director Leonardo is also said to be a candidate for the post-Ancelotti era.

AC Milan set Ancelotti ultimatum
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Milan have made it official – Carlo Ancelotti will only keep his job with a top three finish, but Kaka is going nowhere.

The newspapers have been filled with speculation that the Coach will be fired at the end of the season because he is set to end it without silverware, having been knocked out of the UEFA Cup and Coppa Italia.

However, there is still a ray of hope at the end of the dark tunnel for the tactician.

“I have been very clear on Ancelotti’s future,” explained Vice-President Adriano Galliani ahead of his side’s friendly in Qatar.

“If we finish in third place this season, then Carlo will stay. I keep reading different stories, but I have never wavered from this theory.

“Either people have stopped listening or I have lost the ability to communicate.”

Ancelotti confirmed the situation was set in stone as well when the Rossoneri landed in Doha for Wednesday’s game.

“Clearly if Milan do not get third place then something could change, for myself included,” said the Coach.

“But as I am convinced we will finish third, so there will not be any problem.”

Milan’s lead is hardly unassailable, as Fiorentina are only two points away, Genoa three points and Roma four.

Galliani also warned this week in crisis talks with the team that failure to qualify for the Champions League again would mean massive changes and slashing of wages.

Some newspapers took that to mean Kaka would be sacrificed to bring in cash, as he would turn down Manchester City again in favour of Real Madrid, but the Vice-President assured that was not the case.

“The Spanish papers understood I was only commenting on a friendship with Florentino Perez, but in Italy I read I was going to sell Kaka to Real Madrid. It’s completely untrue.”

Galliani also revealed an agreement with LA Galaxy for David Beckham “has not yet been reached,” but it is a matter of details.

Becks will stay on loan at San Siro until the end of the season, then return to the MLS until the clause in his contract allows him to walk away without compensation in November, so he’ll play in Serie A again from January 2010.

Kaladze goes under knife
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Milan defender Kakha Kaladze will be out for the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery today.

The Georgian international met with respected sports doctor Professor Marc Martens in Antwerp this morning for the procedure.

It was Martens who performed an operation on Gennaro Gattuso after his cruciate ligament injury earlier in the season.

“Milan would like to communicate that Kaladze underwent surgery to his right knee this morning,” a statement on the Rossoneri's website reads.

“The operation was a complete success and the recovery time is estimated at five months.”

AC Milan may move for Vidic
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There are rumours that Milan see Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic as the future star of their back line.

The Rossoneri need to revitalise their defence as Paolo Maldini will retire this summer and Alessandro Nesta and Kakha Kaladze have recurring injury problems.

Transfer guru Adriano Galliani pounced to sign Brazilian starlet Thiago Silva, but the restructuring doesn't seem to be complete.

According to the Corriere dello Sport, Milan are keeping a close eye on Vidic, who will play against Inter in the Champions League last 16 second leg.

The 27-year-old is under contract at Old Trafford until 2012, but there are suggestions that he would relish the chance to play in Italy.

A fee of £20m would be expected if Milan were to have any chance of luring the Serbian star away.

Vidic once stated that he didn't enjoy life in Manchester but insisted he was misquoted and has stressed his commitment to the Red Devils' cause.

Ancelotti wants more from Ronaldinho
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Under-fire Milan Coach Carlo Ancelotti has issued Ronaldinho a warning in an interview on French TV. “Talent is not enough.”

Carletto is under huge pressure after seeing his Rossoneri side eliminated from the UEFA Cup and beaten by Sampdoria in a disastrous week.

The superstars at San Siro haven't been doing the job and Ancelotti has criticised Brazilian ace Ronaldinho.

“Players like him base everything on talent,” the Milan boss said on So Foot.

“I have worked with lots of great players and the majority think they can make the difference with talent alone. That is not true.

“In the modern game if you aren't in good physical shape and if you don't work hard in training then it is difficult to impress in games.

“Paolo Maldini would be the example for players. He has been a professional for 20 years and has never moaned in training.

“Clarence Seedorf is also one of the most important players. He always gives his all without any controversy.”

Ancelotti had kind words for English international David Beckham, whose future is up in the air.

“At the start he had to just train for two months and he didn't expect to play,” Carletto explained.

“But after seeing the way that he trained, I chose him for the starting 11.

“We had been trying to sign him for around four years. I would say that he is a great player, but not a superstar, even if his performances and character have struck me.

“On the pitch David sees everything first. His vision is better than it was when he played at Manchester United and he is equal to Kaka.

“He may be slower, but he is stronger tactically and technically. He's very intelligent and he works harder. Beckham's a real beast.”

The Milan leader also commented on the possibility of bringing French star Yoann Gourcuff back to base after his loan spell at Bordeaux.

“I don't know if he will return to Milan,” Ancelotti admitted. “It will be hard, but not impossible.

“He needs to demonstrate his value quickly here because you can't keep giving youngsters chances in Italy - it's sad but true.

“I know that he was disappointed here but he tended to try and show his talents individually rather than for the team.

“Without a doubt he is a great player, but the mental side is his weakness. I can only hope he does become like Zinedine Zidane.”

Pato angry at 'useless' goals
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Milan striking starlet Alexandre Pato has admitted that he is frustrated his recent goals haven't led to Rossoneri victories.

Pato was on the target against Sampdoria with his 15th goal of the season in all competitions.

But Milan fell to another costly defeat, much to the Brazilian hitman's chagrin.

“My goals aren't much use because we aren't winning and that's what really bothers me,” Pato lamented.

“It's too bad that I've scored 15 goals this season but so many have been useless.

“We need to work hard to get out of this crisis. I'm sure we will find our way forward so that we can qualify for the Champions League at least,” he concluded.

Milan host Atalanta this weekend and need three points to ensure Inter don't move more than 12 points clear of them at the summit of Serie A.

AC Milan closer to Beckham deal
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There are reports that Milan and Los Angeles Galaxy have agreed a deal to allow David Beckham to stay at San Siro until the end of the season.

Beckham has prospered on loan in Serie A and is determined to stay with Milan when his loan expires next week.

The two clubs have been discussing a permanent move, but talks seem to have stalled over the fee.

Los Angeles Galaxy allegedly want £10m for Beckham's permanent signature, but Milan will only offer £5m.

However, the latest reports in Italy suggest that an arrangement will be reached that will allow Beckham to stay with Milan until the end of the current campaign.

“The negotiations are progressing,” Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani confirmed on the Milan Channel.

“I'm hoping we will be able to get Beckham to stay here on loan until June 30.

“Then he would be able to return to Los Angeles and come back here in January. It's a complicated deal, but we believe in it.”

An official statement is expected soon and the final decision will be announced on March 7.

AC Milan bewilder Berlusconi
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Italy Prime Minister and Milan patron Silvio Berlusconi is at a loss to explain his side's recent bad spell of form.

The Rossoneri went out of the UEFA Cup on Thursday and fell further behind in Serie A yesterday, losing 2-1 at Sampdoria.

Milan are still third in the Italian Championship but have little hope of catching leaders Inter who are now 12 points ahead of them.

When asked at a European Union summit in Brussels what he made of the Rossoneri's latest defeat, Berlusconi replied: “Shame, it's a shame, a real shame. We have so many aces.”

The charismatic 72-year-old blamed the crisis on the number of injuries Milan have suffered in recent weeks.

“Unfortunately,” Berlusconi explained. “We have an entire team in the treatment room. And when champions like Kaka cannot play everything becomes more difficult.

“We are not making a tragedy out of it, after all we have won everything there is to win. But it's a shame, a real shame,” he concluded.

There are just 12 games remaining from now until the end of the season and Milan look set to end it without winning any silverware.

The Rossoneri are back in action next weekend when they host Atalanta, who lost to relegation threatened Chievo on Sunday.

Galliani hands-on to cure AC Milan
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Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani reveals his cure for the team’s ills. “I want to keep a close eye and hands-on approach with every player.”

The club is in crisis after exiting the UEFA Cup, Coppa Italia and practically the Scudetto race too, so Galliani is taking control.

“I want to see each individual player’s intensity of their efforts during training,” he told the Corriere dello Sport.

“I intend to follow up on how the injured players are recovering, how the fitness Coaches are working and a few other aspects too.

“From now until May 31 I will run this club not from our offices in via Turati, but from Milanello.

“I will be present at the training ground every moment I can and I guarantee you that will be often.”

Although Silvio Berlusconi is the President, Galliani is the de facto general manager and man in charge of the day to day running of the Rossoneri.

This week he held two different sets of crisis talks with Carlo Ancelotti and the squad, in which he warned that failure to finish at least in the top three would mean massive sales and wages slashed.

“The club simply made its position clear. We told them what everyone already knew, that qualification for the Champions League cannot get away.”

Milan stuck with their stars and reinforced when they failed to reach the top four last season, but that was tempered by winning the Club World Cup and European Super Cup.

There is to be no such silverware this term and the pressure is on, but rather than pinpoint Ancelotti’s tactical short-comings, Galliani looks to the medical staff.

“We have been decimated by injuries and I think it’s obvious that is the problem. The team we drew up in the summer included Alessandro Nesta, Kakha Kaladze, Gennaro Gattuso, Kaka and Marco Borriello.

“With the complete squad we remain one of the top sides in Europe. The truth is when we play with Gattuso and Kaka, naturally, we do not lose.

“Without the Brazilian we have lost five Serie A games and gone out of the UEFA Cup.”

Kaka is still struggling with a sprained foot and is out of this afternoon’s match with Sampdoria, as are Ronaldinho and Massimo Ambrosini.

Some say this will be Ancelotti’s final year in charge of Milan and set the stage for a huge revolution at the club.

“With Ancelotti we have achieved extraordinary things. The current fitness staff are the same ones who took us to the top of the world.

“You cannot judge an entire club, Coach and professionals based only on their most recent result. The club is not for sale and Berlusconi continues to have great passion for this side.”

Ancelotti: We're not finished yet
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Source: Football Italia

Carlo Ancelotti insists he will stay on the Milan bench until at least 2010 and the whole team is still motivated to do well this season.

“I have a contract until 2010 with this club and I intend to respect it,” he said in today’s Press conference.

“For five years I have heard my name linked with other sides, so it is not a surprise to hear those rumours now, but what I want is to stay at Milan.”

The Rossoneri are in crisis after their shock UEFA Cup exit against Werder Bremen, a side they were leading 2-0 at half-time in the second leg, and are 11 points behind Serie A leaders Inter.

“Looking my players in the eye after that game, I saw they were motivated. The Werder match showed up physical problems that we certainly cannot resolve in two days. In the meantime we must focus on courage and playing our brand of football.

“The team is not expressing itself as it should and I must try to fix that. Football is not just a physical sport, as the psychological and emotional elements are very important too.

“I too can tell we are going through a difficult time, but the squad and I feel the chance and the desire to achieve our objective – qualifying for the Champions League.”

Ancelotti’s Milan do seem to have odd peaks and troughs, often during the same game, and he puts it down to the injury situation.

“Our dip in form coincided with the 1-1 draw with Reggina, which lost us points and Kaka. Since his injury we have had problems replacing him, especially as Ronaldinho was also sidelined during the same period.”

The two Brazilians are still out of action and have been joined on the treatment table by Massimo Ambrosini, while Clarence Seedorf is highly unlikely to start against Sampdoria on Sunday.

“We have to prepare for the match so we can give a positive sign, proving we are already reacting to our situation in such a difficult encounter,” continued the Coach.

“Right now we are missing crucial players and have to hold out as best we can in an emergency situation, at least until next week’s game with Atalanta. Once we recover our stars, we will rediscover our tempo and quality.”

Ancelotti confirmed he would adopt a 4-4-2 system, as “we are without trequartisti.”

Sampdoria were also knocked out of the UEFA Cup this week, losing 3-0 on aggregate to Metalist.

“Samp have performed well recently and have talents like Antonio Cassano and Giampaolo Pazzini. It’s true they are out of Europe, but the team is in a good period of form.”

Galliani: Shape up or ship out
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Source: Football Italia

Details are emerging of Adriano Galliani’s crisis talk with Milan – third place or mass sales and wages slashed.

The Vice-President has had several meetings with the squad since their UEFA Cup elimination at the hands of Werder Bremen, a 2-2 result that came despite the fact they were leading 2-0 at half-time.

Galliani visited the side on Friday evening and held them in for a long and frank discussion that laid out the ground rules.

According to the Corriere dello Sport, he told the players that anything less than third place and an automatic Champions League qualification would see massive changes at the club.

Top stars would be sold and the existing wages slashed to match other sides taking part in the UEFA Cup.

Milan had stood by their players after failing to qualify for the top competition this term, but another failure simply would not be tolerated.

Another financial burden has been heaped upon the club, as Ancelotti reportedly told Galliani that in order to get the team back on track, he needed time to train regularly at the Milanello ground.

This means lucrative midweek international friendlies, such as the one set for Wednesday in Qatar, will be abandoned.

It is now very likely that even achieving third place will not be enough to save Ancelotti, who is set to move on after eight years at San Siro.

There is a list of candidates to take over, all of them former Milan stars such as Frank Rijkaard, Marco Van Basten and Roberto Donadoni.

The Corriere dello Sport claims the successor has been chosen in the form of Leonardo, the Brazilian who currently works with the club as technical area activities manager.

Sampdoria 2:1 AC Milan - match report
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Source: Football Italia

Scorers: Cassano 33 (S), Pazzini 51 (S), Pato 80 (M)

Milan's crisis drags on with this defeat at Sampdoria, although the opening goal was controversial and their late fightback was too little, too late.

Carlo Ancelotti's future is under serious threat after an embarrassing UEFA Cup exit to Werder Bremen midweek. Sampdoria also went out to Metalist, but the Rossoneri have lost their only shot at silverware for another season. To make matters worse, they came to Marassi without Kaka, Ronaldinho, Massimo Ambrosini, Gennaro Gattuso, Marco Borriello and Alessandro Nesta. Samp had Claudio Bellucci suspended, but were buoyed by a five-match unbeaten run.

When these sides met at San Siro it was a 3-0 home win and last term Milan conquered Marassi 5-0. The visitors had lost here just once since 1997. Clarence Seedorf passed a late fitness test to start with Marek Jankulovski in left midfield.

The pouring rain in Genoa didn't help tired legs and the tension escalated early on when Antonio Cassano stopped the ball as Alexander Pato was down, but Mathieu Flamini didn't notice and robbed him for Seedorf to have an angled drive saved. The two Milanisti apologised and play was resumed.

Christian Abbiati flew to palm a Cassano free kick round the upright on 18 minutes.

David Beckham's crosses were often too high for the tiny Pato. The young Brazilian failed to make the most of a Marius Stankevicius error, as he couldn't turn and only hit a weak backheel at Luca Castellazzi.

Flamini exchanged passes with Seedorf to drill inches wide of the upright.

Sampdoria took the lead in very controversial circumstances. A corner was knocked down for Cassano's close-range header was flapped away by Abbiati. The referee awarded the goal, but it is not entirely clear if the ball completely crossed the line. The footage suggests it may have only just gone over.

Milan were angry again when they felt Pato should've had a free kick on the edge of the box, while Seedorf and Jankulovski wasted from promising positions.

Pippo Inzaghi replaced Luca Antonini for the second half, pushing Marek Jankulovski to left-back and Gianluca Zambrotta on to the right. It didn't help initially, as Zambrotta had to dive in to deflect Giampaolo Pazzini's snapshot off target.

Just as Milan were pushing, Pazzini netted for the fifth game on the trot. The former Fiorentina man scored a blinder, running to the buline on Cassano's through ball, cutting back to send both Daniele Bonera and Philippe Senderos to the ground and smashing an angled drive into the far top corner from the tightest of angles.

Inzaghi's low angled drive was smothered, then he was too slow to get past Stefano Lucchini on Flamini's through ball. Moments later Cassano blazed past Senderos, but the assist whistled past Pazzini.

Seedorf turned a couple of chances well wide, but Milan seemed sluggish and without ideas or energy in the final stages. That all changed 10 minutes from time when Pato rose among the crowd to nod in Giuseppe Favalli's cross from the left.

Less than a minute later Milan thought they had equalised with Emerson glancing in an Andrea Pirlo free kick, but the Brazilian was in an offside position.

Samp were now pinned back into their own half as Inzaghi shinned a volley set up beautifully by Pato. They had a free kick deep into stoppages that was wasted.
Sampdoria: Castellazzi; Raggi (Gastaldello 71), Lucchini, Accardi, Stankevicius (Padalino 84), Sammarco, Palombo, Franceschini, Pieri, Pazzini, Cassano (Marilungo 87)

Milan: Abbiati; Zambrotta, Bonera, Senderos, Antonini (Inzaghi 46); Beckham (Emerson 68), Pirlo, Flamini, Jankulovski (Favalli 55); Seedorf; Pato

Ref: Rocchi





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