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April 2014

AC Milan target Levante's Navas
30.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan will target Levante goalkeeper Keylor Navas in the summer, according to reports this afternoon.

The Costa Rican shot-stopper has been in sensational form for the Spanish side this term, regularly being praised by Coach Joaquin Caparros.

The 27-year-old has let in 38 goals in 34 matches this season for the Valencia outfit, but with his contract set to expire in 2015, several European sides are thought to be interested in his services.

Barcelona have been tentatively linked, as have a few Premier League sides. According to Sport Mediaset Milan therefore, could be forced into a bidding war for Navas.

There are no indications though, as to what price the Liga side will sell for.

'Derby more important than usual'
30.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Christian Abbiati believes that this season’s Milan derby will be ‘even more important’ than usual.

The Rossoneri face Inter on Sunday looking for the three points that could take them to sixth position.

But with both San Siro sides enduring a tough campaign, the goalkeeper has admitted that this match is crucial for the season.

“This year the derby will be even more important than usual because our season has been insufficient,” he told Milan Channel.

“Every detail could make the difference, but we are ready to go.

“The team is focused on winning the match. We are all working hard, focusing on the physical side.

“But we also know that psychologically we have to be ready for the game.

“The veterans, like myself, have to try and give the young lads a sense of calm. That’s the state of mind we have to go into the match with.”

El Shaarawy: World Cup? Why not?
30.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Stephan El Shaarawy has outlined his determination to play this weekend in the Milan derby and to make Italy’s World Cup squad.

The youngster is ready to make a bid for a return to first-team football, having recently returned to training after several months out with a problematic foot injury first suffered in September.

“I know that it will be hard to get on that plane, I have very little time available,” El Shaarawy has first admitted to the Gazzetta dello Sport today.

“But I have a clear objective in my head, to do well with Milan and to return to the national team.

“I want to prove to everyone, including Prandelli, that I am fine. I want to do everything possible.

“Why should I not believe in the World Cup? Prandelli knows what I can contribute and the call-up for the tests at Coverciano made me enormously pleased.

“I know I do not have 90 minutes in the legs, but I will do everything possible to play in the derby [this weekend against Inter], even 20 or 30 minutes in the second half could be important.

“I want to make a contribution to the run-in for the Europa League.

“I played with the Primavera and in talking with Pippo Inzaghi discovered that even he at my age had the same issue.

“Because of the career he has had, I can say that I can dream big.

“The hardest day was ahead of the Ajax game, with the injury. Then, I have to say that if I had forced the operation then I would not have lost the four months that I did.”

Inzaghi heads AC Milan list
30.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

The latest reports reiterate that Pippo Inzaghi is in pole position to replace Clarence Seedorf at Milan, but suggest Roberto Donadoni remains in contention.

Seedorf is increasingly expected to be removed from his position on the Rossonero bench after the final game of the season after an indifferent start to his tenure from January and a believed poor relationship with club directors.

The Gazzetta dello Sport today are running the line that Primavera boss Inzaghi is the outright favourite within San Siro to replace his former teammate at the helm, with Silvio Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani described as both estimating the 40-year-old very highly.

However, it is believed that the Diavolo are also keeping their options open and are monitoring Roberto Donadoni’s continued work at Parma.

Whilst he is seen as not as popular a choice from within Milan, but the club are understood to face little opposition from Parma, should they decide to make a move.

Meanwhile, the Gazzetta dello Sport also report that recent links to Luciano Spalletti and Roberto Mancini are increasingly unlikely avenues to be explored.

'Juventus, AC Milan and Roma for Kolarov'
30.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

“Roma, Juventus, Milan and Monaco” want Aleksandar Kolarov, revealed the Manchester City man’s representative.

It would be a return to Serie A for the Serbian left-back, who made the move to City from Lazio in July 2010 for almost £20m.

“I can say Roma are tracking him, but there are problems based on the wages because Kolarov earns €3.5m per season and has another year on his contract,” Dejan Joksimovic told AS Roma Radio.

“There are other clubs, including Juventus, Milan, Monaco and some Russian sides who can afford to pay extraordinary sums for Kolarov.

“As of now, there are no concrete negotiations yet.”

Joksimovic also pointed out he works directly with Kolarov’s agent, who is his brother.

De Maio confirms AC Milan approach
29.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

The agent of Genoa defender Sebastien De Maio confirms Milan Coach Clarence Seedorf “requested him personally.”

These two clubs have done business numerous times, so a transfer for the 27-year-old over the summer would not be a surprise.

“I too have heard that Milan are interest, as Seedorf requested him personally,” agent Diego Tavano told Calciomercato.com.

“At an official level, as an agent, I haven’t had contact with Milan yet. Now we need to wait and see what can happen. At the moment, we haven’t gone past this being a possibility.

“De Maio is a player who hadn’t been able to express himself at the top level, partly due to bad luck and other situations, but now in Serie A he is proving what he can really do.

“He’s a centre-back who knows how to start moves from the back and players with these characteristics are of interest to many clubs, naturally.

“Clearly Milan are a top club, so they’d be a dream for De Maio. It would certainly be a very interesting option.”

De Maio scored two goals in 21 Serie A appearances for Genoa this season, having joined in July from Brescia.

He has been in Italy since 2006 when leaving the Nancy youth academy for Brescia, including loan spells at Celano Marsica and Frosinone.

AC Milan face Seedorf battle?
29.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Silvio Berlusconi will reportedly delay sacking Clarence Seedorf until May, whilst Milan apparently face a battle over his contract.

The Dutchman has been increasingly reported as on his way out of Milanello in the summer, but his interview held at home with Sky, apparently without the club’s knowledge reportedly had President Berlusconi ready to remove him sooner.

However, the Gazzetta dello Sport report today that Vice-President Adriano Galliani has convinced Berlusconi to hold off removing the 38-year-old from the bench until at least the season’s conclusion.

Whilst with the aim of keeping the group together in view of the objective of Europa League qualification, this decision is seen as juxtaposed against the club’s apparent continued plans for life after Seedorf come the summer.

However, further reports also indicate that the Rossoneri will face a legal battle with Seedorf over the remaining two years of his contract.

Whilst the retired midfielder is seen as determined to negotiate a severance package, so as to move back into maganement elsewhere as soon as possible, he is also seen as angling for as much of the remaining €10m in pre-tax salaries his contract to June 2016 is for.

The club, meanwhile, are believed eager to negotiate down that amount as much as possible.

Inzaghi: A great AC Milan rapport
29.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Prospective Milan Coach Pippo Inzaghi has reflected on the ‘great rapport’ he has with Silvio Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani.

The retired striker’s early work on the bench with the Rossoneri’s Primavera side has led to an offer turned down from Sassuolo in January and continued speculation that he is now in line to replace Clarence Seedorf in the summer with the senior side.

For the 40-year-old, his relationship with the club’s President, Vice-President and director Barbara Berlusconi has been key to his recent career turns.

“I remember when I was at Juventus, every time we came to play the Trofeo Berlusconi, they told me ‘you have to come to us’,” Inzaghi has commented this week to the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“There is a great rapport. If I had not been offered to train the Primavera by Galliani then I would have continued to play, I have a special relationship with him, with the President and with Barbara.

“I thanked Sassuolo for the offer that they made me in January, but I declined, it was just that Galliani and Berlusconi were telling me no and I adjusted to their will.

“If I had been given freedom of choice, I probably would have decided otherwise.”

'AC Milan sale the fantasies of others'
29.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Silvio Berlusconi has briefly commented on continued rumours of a takeover bid at Milan: “These are the fantasies of others.”

The Rossoneri have confirmed in recent weeks that they are on the lookout for investment, to help fund a planned new stadium in exchange for 20 to 30 per cent shares in the club.

However, rumours have persisted since of Singapore businessman Peter Lim’s apparent interest in buying out a majority shareholding in the San Siro outfit.

On this point today, the club’s current owner and President has made clear a sale is not a possibility.

“These are the fantasies of others,” Berlusconi is quoted as telling Mattino 5 this morning.

Kaka: We're playing for Europa
29.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Ricky Kaka has reflected on Milan’s current and future objectives, working with Clarence Seedorf and on his intentions beyond the summer.

The Rossoneri’s difficult season has them approaching the final three rounds in search of Europa League qualification.

“You have to understand the moment, now we are playing for the Europa League, which is not the most logical objective for Milan and not for me either,” Kaka has commented this week to Tiki Taka.

“I like the club, I am used to other things, but the situation is this and we must live it, plus, we have this special derby to play.

“Do we want Europa League football? I point you to one example - Roma are having a great season and they have not been in the Cups.

“But the only idea at Milan has been to always be a competitive team, where everyone has the desire to compete internationally.

“This year it will not be the Champions League, and it is certain that our goals should be higher, but for this season this is okay.”

Clarence Seedorf has struggled since his return to the club in capacity as Coach and is expected to leave in the summer.

“He is definitely starting on a different career, but I do not see him as a different person, you must understand that many things that a player sees in one way, a Coach will see in another.

“He is very good and very smart, he will learn everything quickly. I am really happy working with him, he can achieve great things.”

Kaka was asked about the atmosphere in the dressing room.

“The dressing room is nice, united, compact, there is no problem. If a player agrees or disagrees with another it does not mean that there are cracks.

“It is normal that there can be little groups, such as the Italians with the other Italians. For example, I find myself on good terms with Robinho, but it does not mean anything.

“Mario Balotelli? For me he is great, he just needs to win a little more and transform into a protagonist.

“He has a great talent and can become a champion. I am delighted to have him as a teammate because he can determine a game at any moment.

“He can lose his temper for a few seconds but if he puts his head in place as he has been doing, he can become great.”

Kaka was asked about the future both for his club and himself.

“Roma and Juventus have been very good [this season], we need to recover a project on track in the League and towards the Champions League for 2016.

“I personally have done well but it hasn’t been enough in the general context. I can improve for next year and my intention is to stay.

“I do not even want to remain anxious and wait too long, the fans can rest easy because there are no games or anything, it will be a personal choice and that of my family, but the biggest desire is to stay.”

Bananas against racism
29.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Figures from football, including Mario Balotelli and Cesare Prandelli, ate bananas to join Dani Alves’ anti-racism message.

The incident occurred during last night’s Liga game when a Villarreal supporter threw a banana at Barcelona player Dani Alves.

He responded by picking it up off the pitch, taking a bite and throwing it to one side, making a mockery of the racist abuse.

Today there have been copycat photographs all over social media, including Milan striker Balotelli, Barcelona’s Neymar and Italy Coach Prandelli.

In Prandelli’s case, he was pictured eating the banana alongside Italy Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

Savicevic: 'Refs helped Juventus'
28.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

President of the Montenegro FA Dejan Savicevic stirred up controversy, claiming Juventus were “pushed forward by referees” this season.

The former Milan star spoke to Radio Sportiva and made some sweeping accusations.

“Juventus have been the stronger team in recent years, but this season they were pushed forward by referees. You could already tell in the opening 10 rounds how it was going to end,” said Savicevic.

“I agree with Rudi Garcia when he says the referees helped Juve. They would’ve won anyway, but the ‘help’ was still there.

“However, I don’t agree with his claims that opposition teams give up against Juventus.”

Savicevic was also asked about the chaotic situation at his former club Milan, with Clarence Seedorf in the balance after replacing Massimiliano Allegri in January.

“Milan are struggling and it’s only natural after a change of management, though in my view Seedorf is doing well. He had many injuries to deal with and doesn’t have the same great players I had in my day.

“I think Milan were wrong not to sack Allegri last June. For next season they have to understand the club’s real objectives and based on those decide what to do.

“I like Adel Taarabt and Adil Rami, so I hope they stay.”

Serie A’s most famous Montenegro international is Mirko Vucinic, who was on the verge of a move from Juventus to Inter in January before it collapsed at the last minute.

“Vucinic made a mistake in not leaving Turin. In his place I would’ve gone.”

Pazzini: 'End derby taboo'
28.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Giampaolo Pazzini can’t wait for the Milan Derby so he can end the “taboo” against his former club.

The Derby della Madonnina is coming up this weekend and sees two teams fighting to qualify for the Europa League rather than the Champions League.

“We want to win the derby for us and for our fans,” Pazzini told Milan Channel.

“It’s an important week, we are coming off a defeat to Roma and so must prepare in the best way possible.

“The derby is always a special game and I want to do well as an ex-Inter player. I’ve never scored in the derby, so it’d be good to end that taboo.

“We also want to give the joy of victory to our fans with a good result in the derby, particularly during this difficult year when we haven’t held the positions Milan are accustomed to.

“This derby can be an opportunity to bring satisfaction to us, the fans and the club.”

Even three wins in their remaining three rounds might not be enough to put Milan in Europe next season, as there are five teams in a one-point radius fighting for sixth place.

Inter appear to have fifth locked down, but Torino, Lazio and Verona are on 52 points with Parma and Milan on 51.

“We know there’s not much time left, but we have to get as many points as possible and then see what we’ve been able to achieve,” added Pazzini.

“In these three rounds the objective is to get nine points.”

'Spalletti or Donadoni for AC Milan'
28.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Giuseppe Sabadini says he would want either Luciano Spalletti or Roberto Donadoni to be Milan Coach should Clarence Seedorf leave.

The Dutchman’s tenure has been placed in further doubt following an interview he conducted without the club’s permission.

Contrary to popular opinion, the former defender would not give the San Siro job to Pippo Inzaghi if it became available, hinting the former striker was too friendly with the players.

“Nowadays at Milan the rules aren’t how they used to be at one time,” Sabadini said to TuttoMercatoWeb.com.

“You can see there is discontent. The interview with Seedorf was done to show this publicly.

“For me it needs a Coach who is not a friend of the players or directors. For example, I don’t think it would be good to give Pippo Inzaghi the job.

“If I had to choose, I would say one of Spalletti and Donadoni. They are two Coaches who do things their own way and know how to deal with both players and the media.”

Sabadini was then asked about Rossoneri striker Mario Balotelli.

“I don’t think he can play as a central striker. He is a good dribbler but he is an average player in terms of the make-up of a team.

“People who say Balotelli doesn’t run much or runs less than others are right. Sometimes it seems like he goes out onto the pitch to do someone else a favour!”

AC Milan target Sevilla's Bacca
28.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan want Carlos Bacca to replace Mario Balotelli, it has been reported in the Spanish Press.

The current Rossoneri striker has been heavily linked with a move away from San Siro this summer, with pundit Giancarlo Marocchi claiming at the weekend that the club had ‘given up’ on the Italy international.

As such, Fichajes.net believe that Clarence Seedorf’s team are already looking for potential signings – and have targeted the Sevilla forward.

Bacca has been in sensational form in his first season in Spanish football, guiding the Rojiblancos to fifth in the table, scoring 14 goals in the process.

But the Diavolo will face stiff competition from the likes of Everton, who are also thought to be keen on his services.

Galliani: The story ends here
28.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Adriano Galliani has insisted that ‘the story ends here’ regarding Clarence Seedorf’s unauthorised Sky interview.

The Milan Coach gave an interview with the network over the weekend without getting the club’s consent first.

But the board member has claimed that there is no bad blood between himself and the tactician.

“He did the interview without the club’s agreement, and this is against our regulations,” the director told reporters.

“But he did not say anything objectionable and the story ends here.”

Galliani then commented on the Rossoneri’s loss to Roma on Friday, and their fight for a place in the Europa League.

“Nothing strange happened – we lost to the team that’s second in the table.

“The Europa League? We are one of five teams within a point of each other. There’s no point making predictions at this point. Let’s just see what happens.”

Seedorf sacked before May?
28.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Speculation continues to mount over Clarence Seedorf’s future with one newspaper suggesting that he could be sacked before the end of the season.

The Dutch tactician had guided the Rossoneri to five straight wins before that run came to an end at the weekend against Roma.

The San Siro outfit lost 2-0 in the capital, to see them slip to 10th in the table, six points off of a European place with three games to go until the end of the campaign.

And Tuttosport reveal that his relationship with the Milan board is such, that, they could be moved to sack the former midfielder even at this late stage.

The paper believes that Mauro Tassotti could take over for the remaining games, before Pippo Inzaghi takes over for next season.

CEO Barbara Berlusconi refused to back Seedorf when asked at the weekend, but the Coach himself has claimed that all he wants his to continue with the Diavolo.

Maldini confirms PSG talks
28.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Paolo Maldini has “often” been in talks with PSG and “we’ll discuss it again in future, but at this moment they don’t need me.”

The Milan and Italy legend spoke to Bein Sport about his reported job offer in the Paris Saint-Germain hierarchy, effectively as a replacement for Leonardo.

“The PSG President has often invited me to the stadium to watch their Champions League and Ligue 1 games.

“We did talk about this thing, but at this moment I say PSG don’t need a profile like mine as director of sport. The club is already well-structured.

“In any case, we have a friendly rapport and will discuss it again in future.”

It’s rumoured Maldini is waiting to accept the PSG role, as he’d prefer if Milan offered him the job as director of sport instead.

VIDEO: Neymar vs. Hachim Mastour
26.4 || webmaster



Barbara Berlusconi: 'Seedorf? Not up to me'
26.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan CEO Barbara Berlusconi refused to back Clarence Seedorf. “No comment. These decisions aren’t up to me.”

The daughter of President Silvio Berlusconi has this season become joint-CEO with Adriano Galliani.

Although she is nominally in charge of marketing, sponsorship deals and the project for a new stadium, she has often spoken to the media about football matters.

News agency ANSA asked Barbara whether Seedorf would still be the Coach next season and her response was telling.

“No comment. These decisions aren’t up to me.”

It was anything but a ringing endorsement and fuelled reports Silvio Berlusconi has lost faith in the idea of Seedorf as tactician, just three months after calling him in to replace Massimiliano Allegri.

“It is never pleasing to lose, but I must sportingly recognise Roma were superior last night. I compliment the Giallorossi club for having built such a strong team.”

Boban: 'Balotelli shameful'
26.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Zvonimir Boban reiterated Mario Balotelli’s performance was “shameful,” he “lacks self-criticism” and Milan need Silvio Berlusconi.

Ex-Rossoneri star Boban was one of the Sky Sport Italia pundits who Balotelli insulted in last night’s live TV interview.

“The fact is 99.9 per cent of people have the same opinion of Balotelli as Giancarlo Marocchi, Christian Panucci and me,” Boban told Radio Deejay.

“It’s a shame, he is a good guy, but he lacks self-criticism. He will go along his path as always. We are paid to talk, but he doesn’t seem to understand these situations.

“His performance against Roma was shameful. He just walked around the pitch annoying all his teammates.”

Milan have been criticised for sending Balotelli to the media zone after his irritable reaction to a substitution, but Boban sees it as a sign of some deeper problem.

“It was a decision by Milan to move the spotlight off Clarence Seedorf and his comments. There is no logic in the way this club is run, there is too much confusion and they need the return of President Berlusconi.”

Last night Boban spoke to Seedorf in another interview and the Coach appeared to agree the club isn’t as solid as in their playing days.

“I can’t speak for the club, so these are questions for Mr Galliani to explain. I know my contractual position,” said Seedorf when asked if he felt abandoned by the club.

“We are accustomed to Milan making the difference as a club in these matters, but we all know at this time Milan are going through a tough time and it’s a transitional period.

“I was called to help Milan and I will continue as long as I am needed.”

'AC Milan given up on Balotelli'
26.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Giancarlo Marocchi, the pundit who Mario Balotelli insulted on live television, said Milan have “given up” on him.

The striker went on Sky Sport Italia after last night’s 2-0 defeat to Roma and hit back at criticism from the studio, claiming pundit Marocchi “understands nothing about football” for saying he doesn’t move off the ball enough.

Today Marocchi spoke to Radio Deejay about the incident and how it could affect SuperMario’s career.

“We often try to talk about football, watch and comment on the games. But when a performance is bad, it’s bad, so the questions have to be asked.

“Balotelli is a big problem for Milan and will be for the Nazionale too. I would’ve liked him to reply by telling me he does move off the ball, but instead he chose an insult. Those close to him ought to show Balotelli how other forwards really move. He should have the humility to do that.

“He thinks that with four goals he has suddenly resolved all his problems. I am above all sorry for his teammates. Balotelli played badly, that’s the issue here. He has to understand he’s got to do more for his teammates.”

Former midfielder Marocchi won the 1996 Champions League with Juventus, a Scudetto, Italian Super Cup, two UEFA Cups and two Coppa Italia trophies.

“I think about the Milan midfield, who worked to recover the ball from Daniele De Rossi and Radja Nainggolan, then passed to Balotelli and he lost it straight away, either with a bad first touch or because he slipped. I’d go to a madhouse!”

It has also been suggested the club are to blame for sending Balotelli to speak with the media when he was clearly irritable, having been substituted and bickered with Coach Clarence Seedorf during the game.

“Milan have given up on trying to deal with Balotelli. Like this the only one benefiting from the situation is Balotelli’s bank account,” concluded Marocchi.

Balotelli: 'I divide Italy in two!'
26.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Mario Balotelli’s Milan future is increasingly in doubt with reports of a Monaco offer after his live TV spat. “I divide Italy in two!”

The striker got into a row with Sky Sport Italia pundits after last night’s 2-0 defeat to Roma, telling them “you know nothing about football.”

He then took to Twitter overnight and wrote: “Mamma mia, I divide Italy in two! Amazing! While almost everyone overseas is united with me! What a strange game.

“I can’t sleep! Thankfully my beautiful and apprehensive girlfriend Fanny is here by my side. I love you like the love of a family, always here!”

Meanwhile, the Italian papers claim Balotelli’s performance against Roma and the subsequent outburst against both Sky Sport Italia and Coach Clarence Seedorf will prove the final straw.

It is suggested Monaco are interested in making an offer for SuperMario and Milan are prepared to accept.

Ajax target AC Milan starlet Mastour
26.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

It’s reported Ajax are trying to poach Milan’s 15-year-old superstar in waiting Hachim Mastour.

The creative midfielder has been on the radar for quite some time and is seen as the bright future of both Milan and Italy.

According to Calciomercato.com, Mastour has caught the eye of Ajax, who are eager to put him into their legendary youth academy.

He has a goal in four games for Italy at Under-16 level and will turn 16 in June, having joined the Rossoneri from Reggiana in 2012.

The San Siro club paid just €0.5m for him two seasons ago and it’s reported Ajax are offering €1m.

Mastour already has a big profile in world football, as the 15-year-old made a series of films for Red Bull showing off his tricks and skills.

His parents hail from Morocco, but he was born in Reggio Emilia and said he wants to play for Italy.

Balotelli: 'You know nothing!'
26.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Mario Balotelli hit back at Sky Sport Italia pundits, claiming they “know nothing about football. Trust me, you really don’t.”

The Milan striker arrived in the Press zone after the 2-0 defeat to Roma and overheard pundits Zvonimir Boban, Giancarlo Marocchi and Christian Panucci saying he was “not a top player.”

He was then asked about his performance, without getting a shot on goal and substituted by Coach Clarence Seedorf.

“It was a normal game. I didn’t understand my substitution at first, but since in the studio they said I’m not a top player then maybe that’s why.

“Everyone is irritable when they lose. Nobody likes being on the end of a defeat.”

Asked about his position on the pitch, Balotelli implied the problem was with his midfield.

“When the ball doesn’t arrive in the box, you have to go back and get it. Roma are very strong and play great football.”

Marocchi asked whether Balotelli didn’t make the step up to becoming a top player because he didn’t move enough off the ball, but the response was extremely harsh.

“You don’t understand anything about football. Trust me, you really don’t,” snapped Balo.

“It isn’t nice? I don’t care. I don’t care.

“I never said I’m a top player. I am a perfectly normal player, it will take time to become world class, but the reasons why I am not a top player are not the same reasons you think.

“Every game is different. If I didn’t get near the goal once tonight, then there has to be a reason.

“You always talk about me. When Milan win Mario’s great, when Milan lose it’s all Mario’s fault. I don’t need your criticism, I make my own criticism.

“You always talk and talk, say I’m precious to Italian football, but there’s no point to saying these things. No point.”

Balotelli was meant to speak to the other media outlets, but stormed off after that interview on live television.

Seedorf stands up for Balotelli
26.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Clarence Seedorf defended Mario Balotelli after defeat to Roma and again refused to confirm his Milan future.

“We certainly have to compliment a great side like Roma for their season and we saw their strength again tonight. In any case, my team was more courageous in the second half and it’s a shame we were unable to equalise,” he told Sky Sport Italia following the 2-0 result.

Miralem Pjanic broke the deadlock with a contender for goal of the season, slaloming past three players and Christian Abbiati.

“When you see a goal like that, especially the nutmeg on Rami, you can only stand and applaud.”

Balotelli’s performance was very poor without a single shot and he seemed irritable, insulting teammate Adel Taarabt and then saying something to Seedorf as he was substituted.

“I made those choices. Ricky Kaka was doing fairly well and could break away down the left. Keisuke Honda was out for two weeks and gave everything he had, so we knew he’d have to be substituted.

“We just said everything was ok. No problem. Mario was one of three substitutions I made, so I don’t see why we should analyse every single one. I wanted to give room to Giampaolo Pazzini and he did very well, almost scoring a goal.

“Balotelli was unable to express himself to the full tonight, but that can happen after several weeks of impressive performances.

“I have been in locker rooms for many years and these things happen. Balotelli and Taarabt talked, there are no problems between them. It’s best to avoid these things, though in the heat of the game they can happen and all players know what it’s like out there.”

The Coach was asked about the tactical battle between his 4-2-3-1 system and Rudi Garcia’s 4-3-3.

“We had Kaka on Daniele De Rossi and our two central midfielders against them, so the midfield evened out.

“The way Roma play, with few reference points and Francesco Totti and Adem Ljajic coming back, creates problems for everyone. I thought we did pretty well to contain them in the second half, as we pushed up more and took the ball off them earlier. We were too deep before the break.”

Sky Sport Italia pundit Zvonimir Boban asked his former teammate Seedorf if he felt abandoned by Milan’s refusal to publicly back him.

“I can’t speak for the club, so these are questions for Mr Galliani to explain. I know my contractual position.

“We are accustomed to Milan making the difference as a club in these matters, but we all know at this time Milan are going through a tough time and it’s a transitional period.

“I was called to help Milan and I will continue as long as I am needed.”

Serie A: Roma 2:0 AC Milan - match report
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Scorers: Pjanic 43 (R), Gervinho 65 (R)

Miralem Pjanic’s contender for goal of the season and a Gervinho tap-in saw Roma crush Milan 2-0 for their ninth straight victory.

The Giallorossi needed a win to keep the Scudetto race alive, but Mehdi Benatia, Kevin Strootman, Federico Balzaretti and the suspended Mattia Destro missed out. The Rossoneri had won five on the bounce and welcomed back Keisuke Honda from injury, but Michael Essien replaced the banned Nigel De Jong.

Milan’s last win in this fixture was a 3-2 thriller in October 2011. Ricky Kaka pounced on a poor Dodo pass to go on the counter, but his shot was charged down in the box by Daniele De Rossi.

Daniele Bonera’s very long-range strike did not surprise Morgan De Sanctis, then Adem Ljajic’s effort was deflected and from the resulting corner there were timid appeals for an Adil Rami handling offence before Dodo blasted a half-volley over the bar.

Ljajic went on a slalom through the Milan defence until his finish was eventually deflected out for a corner by Rami’s decisive sliding tackle.

Balotelli couldn’t get his shot away after running on to a misplaced pass, while De Rossi blasted over from a short corner. The hosts were increasingly in control and dominated possession in the first half.

The breakthrough eventually arrived with a magnificent solo effort from Pjanic. The Bosnian midfielder gathered in the final third to dribble past three players and then stroke the finish past Christian Abbiati with the inside of his right foot into the near bottom corner. It was a fantastic goal from 24-year-old Pjanic, who nutmegged one of the defenders along the way.

After the restart Kaka pulled back for Riccardo Montolivo to drill just wide from the edge of the box, then Adel Taarabt’s attempt was charged down.

Totti rolled a free kick across to Pjanic, whose strike was heading under the bar before a flying Abbiati save. The Bosnian international also saw a powerful effort accidentally hit teammate Ljajic.

Roma appeared to be in total control and made that possession count with a well-worked goal. A series of passes eventually came to Francesco Totti, whose shot was beaten away by Abbiati into the path of Gervinho to bundle over from a couple of yards. Replays suggest the Ivorian was slightly offside.

Balotelli was disappointing, irritable and petulant, so he was substituted by Giampaolo Pazzini and seemed unhappy with Clarence Seedorf’s decision. Radja Nainggolan received a booking and will be suspended against Catania next week.

Kaka’s free kick was straight into the wall and De Sanctis took the sting out of a swerving Montolivo effort. The Roma goalkeeper also got behind two Taarabt snapshots, as Milan tried to make the scoreline less heavy in the final minutes.

There was concern for Roma in stoppages, as Rafael Toloi badly sprained his ankle from an awful Robinho challenge and had to leave the pitch, as the substitutions had been completed. Robinho was fortunate not to get carded for that tackle.

Roma: De Sanctis; Maicon (Torosidis 83), Toloi, Castan, Dodò; Pjanic (Taddei 86), De Rossi, Nainggolan; Gervinho, Totti (Florenzi 76), Ljajic

Milan: Abbiati; Bonera, Rami, Mexes, Constant; Montolivo, Muntari (Essien 58); Honda (Robinho 80), Kaka, Taarabt; Balotelli (Pazzini 69)

Ref: Tagliavento

Serie A: Roma vs. AC Milan - lineups
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Roma: De Sanctis; Maicon, Toloi, Castan, Dodò; Pjanic, De Rossi, Nainggolan; Gervinho, Totti, Ljajic

Milan: Abbiati; Bonera, Rami, Mexes, Constant; Montolivo, Muntari; Honda, Kaka, Taarabt; Balotelli

Balotelli 'mustn't drift off'
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Milan assistant manager Mauro Tassotti praised Roma and asked Mario Balotelli to stop “drifting out of the match.”

The Serie A encounter kicks off tonight at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

Clarence Seedorf continues with the 4-2-3-1 system and Tassotti was asked why Balotelli wasn’t used with a centre-forward.

“We chose this tactic and believe Mario can play the centre-forward role well,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“We ask him to be more present in the box and in the game in general, as at times he drifts out of the match. It’s part of his characteristics and will improve with time.”

The Giallorossi are 31 points ahead of Milan in the Serie A table going into this round.

“Roma are having an extraordinary campaign and playing great football. They would’ve been top of the table in almost any other season and it’s especially impressive considering they were coming off some poor results.

“I don’t think there is such a big gap between the squads, but we had a truly terrible start to the season with very few points. We’re getting back on track now, while Roma have been breaking club records.
“I think the fact Roma have improved so much has helped Francesco Totti and in turn he is helping Roma.”

Tassotti was also asked whether it was ‘certain’ that Seedorf would not be the Milan Coach next season.

“I wouldn’t know, these are not questions I can answer. Football has always been strange and the journalists spread these rumours. We’ll see, there are four rounds left and the team is having good results with what we consider to be good football.

“I wanted to offer my condolences to Tito Vilanova’s family and to Barcelona for losing him so young.”

Dodo: 'AC Milan in great shape'
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Dodò warned Roma must be “very careful tonight, because Milan are a team in great shape.”

It kicks off at the Stadio Olimpico at 19.45 UK time.

“We have to face the Rossoneri with the same approach as the other games,” the Brazilian told Milan Channel.

“We must be very careful tonight, because Milan are a team in great shape. They have rediscovered their identity and style of football, winning many games.

“Milan changed Coach and had good results recently, so we expect a real battle.”

Roma: De Sanctis; Maicon, Toloi, Castan, Dodò; Pjanic, De Rossi, Nainggolan; Gervinho, Totti, Ljajic

Milan: Abbiati; Bonera, Rami, Mexes, Constant; Montolivo, Muntari; Honda, Kaka, Taarabt; Balotelli

Montella confirms Fiorentina stay
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Vincenzo Montella has rubbished suggestions that he could leave Fiorentina for Milan at the end of the season.

Reports in the Italian Press this week had claimed that the Viola boss would be tempted to take over the Rossoneri.

However, the 39-year-old has insisted that there is no question that he will remain at Stadio Artemio Franchi.

“When I was a player with Roma every year a new team would come and approach me,” he told Rai Sport.

“But in the end, I always remained with the Giallorossi.

“I can say right now that I will definitely stay with Fiorentina, without a doubt.

“We’re just figuring out now what are plans for the summer and next season.”

Berlusconi: 'AC Milan not for sale'
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President Silvio Berlusconi insists “Milan is not for sale and is worth a lot more than €500m. Certain things are sacred.”

The reports continue to swirl round that Singapore-based businessman Peter Lim is preparing an offer to buy the Serie A club from the Berlusconi family.

It had been suggested the proposal was worth €500m, which joint-CEO Barbara Berlusconi said would only cover around half the club’s assets.

“Milan is not for sale and is worth a lot more than €500m,” Silvio Berlusconi told Porta a Porta this evening.

“Let us not joke around here, as certain things are sacred.”

However, this does not rule out the possibility of Lim investing in Milan and buying up a large number of shares for €350m.

Roma squad for AC Milan
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Roma are still without Mehdi Benatia and Mattia Destro for tomorrow’s clash with Milan at the Olimpico.

It kicks off on Friday at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

Benatia is still carrying an injury and out of action along with Federico Balzaretti and Kevin Strootman.

Top scorer Destro continues is midway through his four-match Serie A ban.

Therefore Coach Rudi Garcia has added 17-year-old Primavera striker Valmir Berisha to the senior squad for this game.

Roma squad for Milan: De Sanctis, Lobont, Skorupski; Castan, Dodò, Jedvaj, Maicon, Romagnoli, Toloi, Torosidis; Bastos, De Rossi, Florenzi, Mazzitelli, Nainggolan, Pjanic, Ricci, Taddei; Berisha, Gervinho, Ljajic, Totti.

Honda back for Roma - AC Milan
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Keisuke Honda and Michael Essien are back in the Milan squad for Friday’s trip to Roma.

It kicks off tomorrow at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

Honda and Essien return from their injury lay-offs, while Mattia De Sciglio is also in the squad again.

Nigel De Jong sits out a ban, but Bryan Cristante and Valter Birsa are still sidelined.

Milan squad for Roma: Abbiati, Amelia, Gabriel, Abate, Bonera, Constant, De Sciglio, Mexes, Rami, Silvestre, Zaccardo, Zapata, Emanuelson, Essien, Honda, Kaka, Montolivo, Muntari, Poli, Taarabt, Balotelli, Pazzini, Robinho

Seedorf credits team ethic
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Milan Coach Clarence Seedorf credits a team ethic for the Rossoneri’s recent turnaround in form.

The San Siro outfit have won their last five Serie A matches to rise to seventh in the table and now harbour genuine hopes of qualifying for the Europa League.

Ahead of his side’s match with Roma tomorrow, the Dutchman also paid tribute to the job done by Giallorossi counterpart Rudi Garcia.

“The credit goes to the group,” Seedorf said at a Press conference. “From the very first day they showed they wanted to come through the bad situation.

“They have done well in the League. Even when we went out of the Champions League, the team worked with conviction and it was just a question of time.

“We are still not where we want to be, we still want to improve and do the best we can.

“We work as a team. Everyone has given something to allow us to have this good period. For me it’s a question of the team.

“Highest average points since Ancelotti? That seems surreal to me. We are talking about one of the best Coaches in the world. I am just happy for the team, which has now found that enthusiasm.

“I have great respect for Roma and for the work Garcia has done. The focus of all the big teams is to impose their own game and ideas.

“It will be tough to stop them as individuals. We need to put in a great performance as a team.

“Roma-Milan is always a good match to watch, there are targets for both teams to aim for.

“It will be a hard-fought match and we will need to play well, as we have done on many occasions.

“We’ll be playing against a very good team in great shape who have conceded less goals than anyone else.

“I can only compliment them.”

The tactician then discussed several of his players, as well as his excellent relationship with Milan legend Arrigo Sacchi.

“It’s been seven months that El Shaarawy has been out for. He had a few problems when playing for the Eccellenza team, so we need to get him in the right shape to be ready for Serie A.

“He needs to play 70 minutes with the Primavera before we put him back in the squad. We can’t risk someone who is so important.

“Honda is ready to play. I still haven’t decided whether Poli will. De Sciglio came back during the week after three weeks out.

“I have seen very little of him, he has been out for two of the three months I’ve been here. He is still a very important player for me. He needs to get back fit and then there will be no problems.

“Taarabt is doing very well, he is showing great application and availability. He is starting to understand that he can’t do everything by himself.

“In the past he was a player who had to do everything himself. Now he has found other players who can also make the difference.

“Now he is alternating his own individual moves with ones with his teammates.

“I have had a great relationship with Sacchi for years. I respect him so much, he is one of the great masters of football.

“I can say it is always very pleasurable to talk to him about football. Our exchanges always help me develop.”

Seedorf: Roma a step ahead
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Clarence Seedorf has tempered Milan expectation heading into their clash with Roma: “The difference between them and us is great.”

The Rossoneri head into Friday evening’s Week 35 fixture in their best form of the season but with their Coach in full respect of their Giallorosso hosts, on an eight-game winning run.

“The team is doing well, we will be ready for a big team in a big game,” Seedorf has explained in his pre-Press conference talk with Milan Channel.

“We anticipate a game between two teams in a good moment. We know that we have to play at our best in order to compete and bring home the maximum points.

“This is a Roma that has grown a lot in two phases - they are dangerous when they have the ball, but they have also demonstrated great compactness.

“They are a complete team, they have conceded the fewest goals of anyone. They are a team that has a very important defence, this will be a game where we will need great care.

“We need to be like we were against Juventus and Atletico, we will need that kind of attention. Roma have something extra, just look at the standings.

“Garcia has a team that can become even stronger. The difference between them and us is great, we cannot judge Milan at the same level as them.

“We are improving, but we still have everything to prove. I have seen an overall growth in the team, in both phases of play.

“We will try to grow further. This is an opportunioty to show that the team has grown and that can find its balance even against Roma.

Confirming that both Keisuke Honda and Michael Essien will be available, the Dutchman commented on Ricky Kaka, who turned 32 this week.

“After all this time I know him well, I have seen an evolution in his physical state - he had some issues to solve.

“Now he has found great balance, these issues came with him from Madrid, where he suffered a lot.

“I too have suffered with him. He has a great balance between the psychological and the physical.”

Fininvest deny Lim - AC Milan offer
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The Fininvest group have denied that they are considering ‘any possibility of the transfer of control of Milan’, amid continued rumours involving Peter Lim.

Speculation earlier this month was that the Singapore businessman had tabled an offer of €300m for a 51 per cent share in the Rossoneri, only to see it turned out.

However, amid rumours surrounding the club’s search for investors to pay a similar amount for a 20-30 per cent share in the club, reports have been of a return bid from Lim, of €500m for 51 per cent, with the promise of maintaining Silvio Berlusconi as President and Adriano Galliani as Vice-President.

However, Fininvest, the financial holding company controlled by Berlusconi and that holds Milan’s ownership, has issued another denial on the matter.

“With regards to rumours reported by the Press, Fininvest again denies any possibility of transfer of control of Milan,” a statement released today reads.

Alongside the report from the Gazzetta dello Sport on Lim, has been the suggestion that director Barbara Berlusconi has held talks with China’s second richest man, Zong Quinghou, over the billionaire also reportedly launching an investment offensive.

Muntari: Focus is on Roma
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Sulley Muntari has admitted that Milan’s next two games are vital if they are to qualify for the Europa League.

The Rossoneri are currently seventh in the table having won five straight games under new Coach Clarence Seedorf.

But the Ghanaian midfielder has insisted that the team are now focused on doing well against Roma this Friday, and Inter a week Sunday.

“The whole squad is doing well and we hope to continue this run until the end of the season,” he told Milan Channel.

“These next two games are going to be difficult, but we can’t get ahead of ourselves – we must focus first on Roma.

“Only after that game can we think about the derby.

“We’ll go to the Olimpico and do what Mr. Seedorf tells us.

“Thankfully, everything is going well for us at the moment. We’re going match by match.”

Muntari then commented on Stephan El Shaarawy’s return to training after four months out.

“Everyone knows he is a great player. We’re all sorry that he has been out for so long, but that’s part of life.

“Hopefully this will make him grow as a person and a player. He’s always the first to arrive and the last to leave Milanello, so I’m sure he’ll do well.”

Ferhat: No offer from AC Milan
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Algerian youngster Zinedine Ferhat has denied reports that he could move to Milan in the summer.

The 21-year-old has been something of a revelation for his club side USM Alger this season, playing a direct role in nine goals this term.

As such, several clubs across Europe including the Rossoneri and Augsburg, are thought to have registered an interest in the winger.

However, the attacker has claimed that there have been no offers from Clarence Seedorf’s men.

“I haven’t received any offers from Milan,” he told France Football.

“Right now, all I’m focused on is USM Alger and trying to get to the World Cup with the national team.

“Only after that will I think about the transfer market.”

Sao Paulo 'right place for Kaka'
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Sao Paulo’s President says that the club may not be able to compete financially for Ricky Kaka, but that they are ‘the right place’ for the Milan man.

Speculation surrounds the Brazilian forward’s future just a year into his second stint with the Rossoneri, with a move to the MLS particularly suggested.

However, the President of his former club, where Kaka began his career, believes that a homecoming would be the perfect end to his career.

“Everyone likes to dream,” Carlos Miguel Adair has considered to Brazilian reporters this week.

“We would love to see him on the San Paulo field along with Hulk, Dani Alves, Alan Kardec and why not Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar!

“Joking aside, there is only one name that I really want - Ricardo Kaka. It would be a dream to bring him home.

“For us he would be perfect. He has the face of someone from San Paulo, he is beautiful, good, speaks well and has all his teeth.

“We could not compete with the money of the Arabs and the Chinese, but he knows that here he would be the right man in the right place.”

De Jong among Round 35 bans
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Nigel De Jong, Rolando and Walter Samuel are among the players suspended for Serie A Week 35.

The Disciplinary Commission released its findings this afternoon and handed out a series of one-match bans.

Inter will be without defenders Rolando and Samuel, as well as the injured Juan Jesus, for their clash with Napoli this weekend.

De Jong misses Milan’s difficult trip to second-placed Roma, while Sassuolo host leaders Juventus without Domenico Berardi, Davide Biondini and Simone Missiroli.

Roma were fined €15,000 after their fans threw objects including fireworks on to the field, while Fiorentina were fined €5,000 for insults hurled at the officials.

One-Match Ban: Federico Fernandez (Napoli), Diego Novaretti (Lazio), Gabriel Paletta (Parma), Stefan Radu (Lazio), Manuel Pasqual (Fiorentina), Vlada Avramov (Cagliari), Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Davide Biondini (Sassuolo), Carlos Carmona (Atalanta), Nigel De Jong (Milan), Roberto Guana (Chievo), Victor Ibarbo (Cagliari), Alessandro Matri (Fiorentina), Simone Missiroli (Sassuolo), Rolando (Inter), Walter Samuel (Inter), Mario Yepes (Atalanta)

AC Milan 'must make money'
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Milan CEO Barbara Berlusconi says making money is important to the Rossoneri, just as winning trophies is.

The daughter of Rossoneri President Silvio believes the selling of team merchandise and securing sponsorship is key to the club’s long term plans.

“This is a part of the club that is still expanding and there is a lot of work to be done,” Berlusconi told Vanity Fair Spagna.

“The important thing is not just to win trophies, but to make money too.

“Our business is football, but there are also countless other ways which we can use to generate a lot of profit.

“These include the sales of replica shirts and sponsorships.”

De Sciglio 'flattered' by links
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Milan defender Mattia De Sciglio is flattered by transfer speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid.

The 21-year-old however says that his preferred option would be to remain at San Siro in order to help the Rossoneri become competitive again.

“It’s a pleasure for me that teams like Real Madrid have shown an interest,” De Sciglio said to Sky Sport 24.

“But what I am hoping for is to be able to play for a competitive Milan, even though in football you never know what will happen.

“Obviously if the club decide to let me go for financial reasons, I will assess any potential offers.”

Benetti: 'Seedorf should stay'
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Former Milan midfielder Romeo Benetti has backed Rossoneri Coach Clarence Seedorf to lead the side into next season.

The Dutchman had a difficult time after replacing Max Allegri in January but a recent good run of form has eased the pressure at San Siro.

“The team is winning me over, especially in terms of results,” Benetti told Panorama.it. “Seedorf has age on his side and he is improving game by game.

“I don’t know whether Milan will be able to give him too long, but after a tough start he has managed to impose himself on the team.

“Let’s hope that Milan continue to grow and that the two of them become inseparable. That would mean that Milan are winning.

“I don’t expect there to be revolution during the summer, though anything is possible in football.

“Bearing in mind the results, I would obviously move forward with the Dutchman in the dugout.”

Eriksen set for Serie A switch?
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Reports in the British Press this afternoon claim that Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen could be set for a switch to Serie A.

The Denmark international has been one of few bright sparks for Spurs this term, in what has been a disappointing campaign for the north London outfit.

Another season without Champions League football could see them lose their Scandinavian star, and The Sun suggest that Juventus will be the team at the front of the queue.

With rumours surrounding Claudio Marchisio and Paul Pogba’s futures, the Bianconeri could well be in the market for a new midfielder in the summer.

And the paper believes that Eriksen is near the top of Antonio Conte’s wishlist.

Roma, Inter and Milan are all also thought to be keen on his services.

El Shaarawy back in training
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Stephan El Shaarawy has returned to training with the Milan first team after several months out with a foot injury.

The young striker has only played four times in the League this season after suffering a metatarsal fracture back in December.

But the Rossoneri have confirmed that the Italy international is back amongst his teammates again, taking part in today’s session at Milanello.

Friday’s match against Roma could come too soon for El Shaarawy, but May 4’s Milan derby could see his inclusion in the squad.

Michael Essien has also been seen training with the team having been sidelined since the start of the month.

Blatter against TV replays
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Sepp Blatter has made clear his position on the continued debate of further help for referees with television replays.

The debate this term has centred in Italy on whether or not match officials need a greater level of assistance from live TV pictures to determine particular in-game decisions.

Whilst a number of the League’s Coaches are in favour, the FIFA President is not.

“I am fiercely conservative and that is why I do not want it,” Blatter has explained this week to Bein Sport.

“Replays during a game would change the flow of play. The greatness of the game is in playing 90 minutes without stoppages and in play you have to live with human errors. The play is human.”

Blatter was also asked about the seven workers in Brazil to have died so far during construction of the stadiums that this summer will host the World Cup.

“The organisation of the work has been poor, those deaths have not been caused by football. It is because this is new infrastructure and they have been overwhelmed by the number of workers.

“We must also ask for liability from the major European companies working there, because they are responsible for their workers.”

The President also considered once more the debate over moving the 2022 World Cup from the summer to the winter, to avoid high temperatures in Qatar.

“The best date would be at the end of the year, you have to be realistic. For me it would have to change, because you cannot play there in the summer, even as Qatar would like that, but in the winter.”

De Jong: Sacrifices worth it
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Nigel de Jong has considered that the sacrifices he has had to make to become a professional footballer have all been worth it.

The Milan man has considered what he has had to give up in life in order to take the career path that has led him to San Siro.

“I cannot say that football has taken away nothing. The point is to find a balance to achieve the objective,” De Jong has considered in the latest issue of Forza Milan.

“It is normal that some friendships are lost along the way, mostly because many people are struggling do deal with the way of life you have.

“The other thing that perhaps you give up on is the carelessness of the guys, going out with friends and to the clubs, because obviously the training of professionals requires perseverance and commitment.

“But for me it was absolutely worth it - I make my living doing what I love to do the most, I can buy whatever I want and keep my family happy.

“If you put this on a small scale against the sacrifices, I would say that on paper it is absolutely worth it.”

The midfielder also reflected on life after the game.

“It’s hard to imagine that I will totally abandon football - I love playing, I love to train every day, I love the smell of the grass on the field.

“I do not know how many of us realise what good fortune we have in this profession, which is the secret dream of every boy in life.

“So I believe that no matter what I choose to do, it is not going to be something completed unrelated to football.”

Nocerino & Armero stay, Borriello goes
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Antonio Nocerino and Pablo Armero will stay at West Ham once their loans end in the summer, but the news isn’t so good for Marco Borriello.

All three have spent the second half of this season with the Premier League outfit, to varying degrees of fortune.

Nocerino and Armero have played 10 and five times, respectively in the top division this term for Sam Allardyce’s men, whilst Borriello has come off the bench just twice.

As such, The Sun report that the Milan and Napoli loanees will be bought outright by the east London team at the end of the campaign, whilst the Roma striker will be allowed to go back to the Italian capital.

Kjaer 'flattered' by AC Milan links
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Simon Kjaer admits he is flattered by reported interest from Milan, but holds off on his future plans.

The former Roma and current Lille centre-back has recently been once more linked with a return to Serie A, with the Rossoneri said to be heading a queue for his signature.

“I’m more than flattered by the links to such great clubs,” Kjaer told Danish media this week on the Milan story.

“But I do not want to waste time listening to these rumours. Right now I prefer to concentrate all my strength and focus on my team.

“We will talk only once our season objective of Champions League qualification for Lille is achieved.”

Seedorf - AC Milan tension rises
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Milan have won five in a row, but Clarence Seedorf’s situation is increasingly tense. “Ask the club.”

The Coach abandoned his playing career early in January to take over from Massimiliano Allegri and has steered them back into contention for a Europa League spot.

However, he was visibly irritated during interviews after the 3-0 victory over Livorno and shrugged when asked about his future.

“I don’t know, you’d have to talk to the club. I can’t speak for others,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“I am focused on bringing home as many points as possible, that is what was asked of me, and try to prepare for next season.

“Am I perplexed on the club’s failure to make my position clear? You’d have to ask the club that.”

Today’s Corriere della Sera claims President Silvio Berlusconi has lost his initial enthusiasm for the Seedorf project, while CEO Adriano Galliani was thought to be against it from the start.

La Gazzetta dello Sport suggests that players are unhappy with the situation and even requested a transfer, but Seedorf has won over the fans following an initial period of confusion at the change.

Vincenzo Montella was tipped as the first choice, but made his commitment to Fiorentina absolutely clear.

Therefore the favourite becomes current Milan youth team Coach and Seedorf’s former teammate Pippo Inzaghi.

Taarabt: 'I put on a show'
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Adel Taarabt tried to “put on a show” for Milan fans with his first San Siro goal and is grateful to the Rossoneri.

He arrived on loan from QPR in January, but has been a surprisingly impressive presence in Serie A with four goals, though until Saturday’s 3-0 win over Livorno they were all away from home.

“I’m really happy to have scored my first goal at San Siro. I was waiting a long time for it, but the main thing is the three points for the team,” the Morocco international told Milan Channel.

“We had a good time with Robinho and Mario Balotelli. We linked up well and we put on a show. I tried to please the crowd! I have fun on the pitch and I try to put on a show for the fans.

“No one had heard of me in Italy before I came to the club, so I have to thank the CEO Adriano Galliani. When he brought me to the club he said ‘now show them who you are’ and I’m trying to do this.

“My friends have already started to ask me about the Milan Derby, but we’ve got Roma before that. I’m expecting a lot from the Inter match. Many people have spoken to me about it.”

Montella commits to Fiorentina
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Vincenzo Montella felt Fiorentina had the chances to trouble Roma, but assured he will remain next season.

Radja Nainggolan got on the end of an Adem Ljajic through ball for the decisive goal this evening.

“It wasn’t a beautiful move to me!” the Coach joked on Sky Sport Italia.

“Sadly it was also one of only a few Roma chances, so it’s a shame. If they have the best defensive record and are second in Serie A, there must be a reason.

“Despite this, Fiorentina had three or four good chances to score and we played our game, especially in the first half.

“It was open and exciting before the break, then we started the second half well, but both sides got tired and the tempo was slowed down.

“I find myself having to make choices each game based on the players at my disposal and the characteristics of the opposition. Undoubtedly, the squad is not what it could’ve been due to injuries.

“Cesare Prandelli knows Giuseppe Rossi and it all depends on his condition. I think from next week he will begin full training with the team, including challenges which so far we have avoided.

“Mario Gomez is feeling better, but he’s still not training with the team, so I don’t see him as much.”

There is a 24-point gap between Fiorentina in fourth and Roma in second, but is that a misleading statistic?

“I believe the table reflects the real value of the teams. Roma are having a great campaign and, all things considered, so are Fiorentina. We suffered a few too many defeats, but this is football.”

Montella was asked about today’s reports Milan have made an approach to take him to San Siro next term.

“I will talk to the club about strategy for next year after the Coppa Italia Final. As far as I am concerned, there is absolutely no chance I won’t be the Fiorentina Coach next season, unless the club decides to kick me out.”

Balotelli: 'I am happy'
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Mario Balotelli praised Clarence Seedorf after breaking a Milan drought and admits he’s “happy” off the field too.

The striker has set a new personal best with his 14th goal of the season, nodding in for a 3-0 victory over Livorno.

“I had scored with a header in every team I ever played for, including Italy, so I had only been missing Milan. Today I broke that taboo,” SuperMario told Sport Mediaset.

“The locker room is united and the Coach is helping us to be a team unit. Anything that is said outside is of no interest to us.”

Balotelli met his daughter Pia for the first time on Thursday, visiting her in Naples for 50 minutes in an encounter overseen by the authorities.

He also seems to have settled down with girlfriend Fanny Neguesha, despite rumours of a break-up.

“I keep my private life, the joy and the pain, to myself. It is not something I want to discuss publicly. All I’ll say is that I am happy.”

Seedorf: 'Future? Ask the club'
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Clarence Seedorf has his sights on Europe after a fifth straight Milan win, but said anyone interested in his future should “ask the club.”

The Rossoneri swept Livorno aside 3-0 at San Siro to catch Parma in joint sixth place and for the first time since December 2011 have won five Serie A rounds on the trot.

“We are in a position that boosts confidence, as we are closer to the top teams and the final few rounds will be decisive,” Coach Seedorf told Sky Sport Italia.

“The side really put in a great performance and had the right approach to this game. We are targeting the Europa League, so first we have Roma and then Inter.

“We had the utmost respect for Livorno today and will do the same at Roma next week.”

Mario Balotelli was on target, but Livorno felt he had pushed his marker to get the necessary space.

“You can stir up controversy if you want, there’s no point saying if it was a foul or not. I want to talk only about the good performance.

“Balotelli is maturing psychologically and this allows him to do better both on and off the field. I hope he continues along this path.”
The last few days have seen speculation over Seedorf’s future with reports Pippo Inzaghi or Fiorentina’s Vincenzo Montella will take over next season.

“I don’t know, you’d have to talk to the club. I can’t speak for others,” shrugged the Dutchman.

“I am focused on bringing home as many points as possible, that is what was asked of me, and try to prepare for next season. Am I perplexed on the club’s failure to make my position clear? You’d have to ask the club that.”

Serie A: AC Milan 3:0 Livorno - match report
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Scorers: Balotelli 43 (M), Taarabt 51 (M), Pazzini 83 (M)

Milan swept sorry Livorno aside 3-0 for a fifth straight victory and Mario Balotelli set a new personal best.

Clarence Seedorf remains under pressure despite a series of four consecutive wins that put them back in contention for a Europa League spot. The Rossoneri hosted struggling Livorno, who went into the Easter weekend third from bottom. Keisuke Honda, Valter Birsa, Michael Essien, Stephan El Shaarawy and Bryan Cristante missed out, so Robinho and Ignazio Abate got a rare start. The Amaranto were without Ibrahima Mbaye, Andrea Luci, Ceccherini, Giuseppe Gemiti and the suspended Marco Biagianti.

Mario Balotelli had a muscular problem in the warm-up, but still took his place in the starting XI at San Siro.

Adel Taarabt had an audacious long-range strike that whistled over the crossbar after Leandro Rinaudo blocked a Ricky Kaka effort in the box.

Adil Rami thought he had scored his fourth Serie A goal of the season, but the looping header only bounced off the crossbar from Riccardo Montolivo’s free kick and Balotelli blasted the follow-up off target.

Piccini had penalty appeals for a Nigel De Jong sliding tackle, but the referee waved play on. Kaka’s curling finish from the left side of the box flashed across the face of goal and just past Balotelli’s outstretched foot at the back stick. Robinho’s finish was deflected on to the side-netting after a well-worked team move.

Livorno wanted a penalty on 34 minutes when Abate tripped Djamel Mesbah, but replays confirm the referee was right to award a free kick right on the edge of the box. Paulinho horribly wasted the opportunity by blasting over.

De Jong was booked and will be suspended for next week’s clash with Roma.

Balotelli broke the deadlock just before the break with a cushioned header on Kevin Constant’s cross from the left. Livorno complained that SuperMario had shoved Paolo Castellini in the back to get himself into space for that free header.

After the restart, Balotelli volleyed over a set play, but Taarabt scored his first goal at San Siro. He combined with Balotelli to dribble through the defence and swept his finish past Francesco Bardi from seven yards.

Robinho pulled back in the area for Kaka, but his shot was deflected over the bar. Giampaolo Pazzini came off the bench and wasted a golden opportunity, chipping Bardi on a long Abate pass.

Moments later Pazzo did get his name on the scoresheet, as Balotelli sent him clear on a through ball and he slipped the finish beneath the on-rushing goalkeeper.

Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Mexes, Rami, Constant; De Jong (Muntari 66), Montolivo; Taarabt, Kaka (Pazzini 74), Robinho (Saponara 81); Balotelli

Livorno: Bardi; Valentini, Rinaudo, Castellini; Piccini, Benassi (Belfodil 81), Duncan, Mesbah (Siligardi 57); Greco; Paulinho, Emeghara (Mosquera 73)

Ref: Irrati

Tassotti: 'AC Milan can take advantage'
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Mauro Tassotti warned Milan “must take advantage” of this round when Europa League rivals go head-to-head.

The Rossoneri host relegation strugglers Livorno at 14.00 UK time (13.00 GMT).

Also today, Parma-Inter and Lazio-Torino see contenders for the Europa League spots face off against each other.

“It is an important game and we have to stay as close as possible to the sides ahead of us, seeing as they are taking each other on,” Tassotti told Milan Channel.

“This is a round when at least some of those teams will drop points, so we must take advantage of the situation, even if Livorno are gambling for their safety, so cannot be underestimated.”

Ignazio Abate and Robinho return to the starting XI after falling out of Coach Clarence Seedorf’s plans.

“They trained well,” continued assistant manager Tassotti. “We expect dynamism and attacking down the flank from Ignazio, while from Robinho we expect quality. He might not be as organised in that role as others, but he can make the difference.”

Serie A: AC Milan vs. Livorno - lineups
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Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Mexes, Rami, Constant; De Jong, Montolivo; Taarabt, Kaka, Robinho; Balotelli

Milan bench: Amelia, Gabriel, Bonera, De Sciglio, Silvestre, Zaccardo, Zapata, Emanuelson, Muntari, Poli, Saponara, Pazzini

Livorno: Bardi; Valentini, Rinaudo, Castellini; Piccini, Benassi, Duncan, Mesbah; Greco; Paulinho, Emeghara

Livorno bench: Anania, Aldegani, Borja, Mosquera, Coda, Emerson, Siligardi, Belfodil, Bartolini, Tiritiello

Man Utd pounce on Rami
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There are claims Milan’s hesitation over signing Adil Rami from Valencia could allow Manchester United to swoop.

The defender arrived at San Siro in January and has so far scored three goals in 13 Serie A games, becoming an important figure in the back four.

CEO Adriano Galliani confirmed the option to make the move permanent has already been set at €7m (approximately £5.8m), but that Milan were looking for “a discount.”

According to the Daily Mail and Spanish paper AS, Valencia do not appreciate this approach and are instead prepared to sell Rami for a higher price.

Manchester United are reportedly prepared to offer £10m - €12m – for the 28-year-old French defender, as he’d replace Nemanja Vidic, who has already signed for Inter next season.

They aren’t the only ones who want to pay full price for Rami, as Olympique Marseille are also interested according to France Football.

Meanwhile, Milan are eyeing Udinese centre-back Thomas Heurtaux as the heir to Rami’s role.

Allegri brings Matri to Spurs?
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It’s reported that Massimiliano Allegri already has a shopping list for Tottenham, including Alessandro Matri and Davide Astori.

The Corriere dello Sport continues to insist that Allegri has been locked down as the next manager of Spurs, replacing Tim Sherwood.

He has spent the last few weeks in London to learn English and study training methods in the Premier League.

Allegri was sacked by Milan in January after the club’s worst first half of a Serie A season in over 20 years, making way for Clarence Seedorf.

According to the Corriere’s report this morning, Allegri has already drawn up a list of players he wants to import from Serie A.

These include Matri, the striker owned by Milan and currently on loan to Fiorentina, and Cagliari defender Astori.

Matri has long been a favourite of Allegri, though he has struggled badly this season since his move from Juventus to Milan.

He scored just five goals in 28 games between Milan and Fiorentina, who he joined on loan in January.

Matri will turn 30 in August and spent the previous few years as a second choice striker at Juventus.

Astori has long been linked with a Premier League switch, as last year Southampton, Newcastle United and Sunderland were all interested in the centre-back.

The 27-year-old is an Italy international and could well be going to the World Cup this summer.

AC Milan ask after Montella
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La Gazzetta dello Sport claims Milan asked about Vincenzo Montella, but his contract with Fiorentina helps Pippo Inzaghi.

Clarence Seedorf was only hired to replace Massimiliano Allegri in January, but despite a series of recent victories there continue to be reports he won’t stay on next season.

According to today’s edition of La Gazzetta, Milan have already made enquiries after Fiorentina Coach Montella and director of sport Daniele Pradè.

The problem would be that Montella’s contract with the Viola includes a release clause worth €7m.

Because of this, the prime candidate to replace Seedorf remains Inzaghi, who is currently the Coach of the Primavera youth team at Milan.

Inzaghi had been offered the Sassuolo job in January, but the Rossoneri refused to release him, fuelling rumours of a future on the main bench.

Baresi supports El Shaarawy
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Milan legend Franco Baresi has taken to Twitter to show his support for returning Rossoneri star Stephan El Shaarawy.

The 21-year-old has been out of action for most of the season but has been training and playing for the club’s Primavera team recently.

He will take another step towards his comeback tomorrow when he lines up once again for Pippo Inzaghi’s youth team and Baresi has offered some words of encouragement.

“Tomorrow he will play for the Primavera,” he wrote on his official account. “Here’s hoping for a quick return. Forza Stephan El Shaarawy!”

De Sciglio and Muntari back
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Milan Coach Clarence Seedorf has named a 23-man squad for his team’s match with Livorno tomorrow afternoon.

Mattia De Sciglio returns to the fray for the Rossoneri following an ankle injury, while Sulley Muntari is also back after overcoming a calf problem.

Kick off at San Siro is at 1400 BST.

Milan squad to face Livorno: Abbiati, Amelia, Gabriel, Abate, Bonera, Constant, De Sciglio, Mexes, Rami, Silvestre, Zaccardo, Zapata, Emanuelson, De Jong, Kaka, Montolivo, Muntari, Poli, Saponara, Taarabt, Balotelli, Pazzini, Robinho

Seedorf: 'AC Milan pushing for Europa place'
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Clarence Seedorf insists that Milan are ‘pushing for a Europa League place’ this season.

The Rossoneri host Livorno on Saturday afternoon, hoping to claim their fifth straight win that could take them level on points with Parma in sixth.

The Dutch tactician meanwhile, just wants to continue this good run, no matter what the performances are like.

“The results are important and the good work done by the team has brought us out of a negative period,” he told a Press conference.

“Now we want to extend our winning streak. We didn’t play well against Catania and these are things that can happen.

“The team played with the right spirit though and Catania are a better team than their League position suggests.

“And the same is true for Livorno. We’re pushing for a place in the Europa League but as sportsmen we always want to go further.

“In the second half against Catania, we didn’t manage the ball well, but there was no slow down physically.

“Fitness levels have improved but it’s clear that some players will be tired at this time of year. The important thing is to stay compact.

“We need the fans behind us tomorrow. We’re on the back of two home wins and that means we’re doing well.

“Right now we’re all focused on Livorno”.

The ex-Diavolo midfielder then commented on rumours that he will be dismissed at the end of the campaign, no matter where they finish in the table.

“Until I get a call from President Berlusconi, I’ll continue to work with the security of knowing I’m the Milan Coach.

“The team have to be focused on the match, not my situation.”

Seedorf moved on to remark on the fitness of several of his stars.

“I hope that De Sciglio will be back training fully along with Muntari.

“El Shaarawy and Petagna are training with the Primavera side.

“Honda is back running and I hope he’ll be back for next week. The situation on the pitch is a draw and four wins and I don’t think that would be possible without cohesion.”

Seedorf looking for 'fighting spirit'
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Clarence Seedorf is looking for Milan to continue their good form as they prepare to face Livorno tomorrow.

The Rossoneri host the Amaranto on Saturday, looking for another three points that could see them move level on points with Parma in sixth.

And the Dutch tactician has claimed that his men are confident going into the game at San Siro.

“We’re focused exclusively on tomorrow’s game against Livorno,” he told Milan Channel.

“The team is doing well, but I want to see the fighting spirit that we’ve been showing recently.

“Against Catania [last weekend] we never gave up. The team did really well in what was a tough game.

“Livorno will also be tough though. They haven’t collected the points that their fight on the pitch has deserved.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to continue our recent good run.”

'Give Silvio another 100 years!'
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Milan C.E.O. Adriano Galliani wants Silvio Berlusconi to remain as Rossoneri President for another 100 years.

The pair have been criticised for their running of the San Siro giants over recent years but the 69-year-old paid tribute to everything Berlusconi has put into the club during his tenure.

“He saved the club from going bankrupt with huge investment,” Galliani today told reporters.

“We have won everything in Italy, in Europe and in the World.

“We should be thanking anyone who has invested the genius, the capabilities and the resources into the club that he has. And I say that as a fan.

“I hope that Berlusconi is President for another 100 years. We need to thank him for putting his know-how, his passion and his money into the club.

“Financial fair play? We are in line with the UEFA rules. I don’t know how the other Italian clubs will do as they have lost €100-200m over recent years.”

Maldini calls for patience
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Milan legend Paolo Maldini has called for the Rossoneri to invest time and patience into rebuilding the club.

The San Siro outfit have been in good recent form but the one club man thinks his former side must invest in the youth if they want long term success.

“In order to have a philosophy in the youth system there must be time and investment,” Maldini said to Repubblica.it.

“It needs patience and a plan that is at least five years long.

“To get results the secret is to share investment between the first team and the youth sector.

“It should not be the case that if the first team is doing well you should abandon the youth structure.”

'El Shaarawy absence key'
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Milan stalwart Daniele Massaro believes the Rossoneri’s season could have been different had they had Stephan El Shaarawy available.

The 52-year-old, who is now working at the club as a public relations manager, also stressed the importance of the team reaching the Europa League.

“There are important points up for grabs before the derby with Inter,” Massaro said to the Milan Channel.

“Until a short while ago no one thought we would fight for the Europa League. Now though there is the chance for us and we need to try.

“It would be important for us to be in Europe next year.

“Winning is good for morale and in the last few games the performances haven’t been great. But at this stage it’s just important to get the three points.

“Abate and De Sciglio are fresh, I hope they are able to now give an important helping hand to the team.

“El Shaarawy? It’s better to have someone like him in the squad than not, he has been out for too long.

“Maybe with his goals and performances the season could have gone better.

“We hope he can get back on the pitch soon and maybe we’ll even see him at the World Cup.”

Seedorf needs fifth place finish
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Clarence Seedorf may have taken Milan to four consecutive wins, but the club still reportedly hold the expectation of finishing in fifth place.

The Dutchman was only appointed in January and has a contract that runs through to June 2016, but difficulties in his opening couple of months have led to continued speculation over his future beyond the summer.

The Rossoneri are widely seen as having placed the demand of securing Europa League qualification on the 38-year-old and the Gazzetta dello Sport today make clear that this remains the case, in spite of the upturn in form.

Four consecutive wins has improved the mood at Milanello, but the pink paper allege that Seedorf has to guide the team to a fifth place finish in the League, or see his future fall into great doubt.

Whilst sixth place looks certain to be enough for a Europa League spot too, the Diavolo are understood to only harbour ambition of fifth or higher, for the automatic progression into the group stages that brings.

Milan are seen as reluctant to enter into the qualifying phase of the Europa League, which sixth place would force, as it would clash with the preseason tour of the US already set up. Currently Inter occupy fifth and lead the Rossoneri by five points.

AC Milan eye Siqueira-Paloschi swap?
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Milan are reportedly interested in Granada-owned full-back Guilherme Siqueira and are considering including Alberto Paloschi in a proposed bid.

The attack-minded Brazilian is currently on loan at Benfica and the Portuguese giants do hold a purchase option to permanently sign the 27-year-old, for a fee believed to be €7m.

Whilst the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid have continued to be linked with Siqueira also, the Corriere dello Sport believe that Milan may enter into talks with the player’s parent club Granada and more specifically that this would likely be through Adriano Galliani meeting with the Spanish side’s owners, the Pozzo family.

It is understood that the Rossoneri are willing to include their 50 per cent share in in-form Alberto Paloschi in any negotiations, so as to reduce the financial outlay on any possible operation.

Paloschi has netted 13 times this season for Chievo.

'Galliani perfect for Guangzhou'
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Guangzhou Evergrande Coach Marcello Lippi says he would offer Adriano Galliani a role at his club, were he available.

The beleaguered Milan CEO has been the subject of fierce criticism from Rossoneri fans but the Italian tactician is convinced of his credentials.

“He represents Milan’s history and history does not change overnight,” Lippi said to Tuttosport.

“We are in contact regularly, if he were ready and available I would definitely make him an official offer.

“He would be the perfect man to re-organise my club at large.

“Here I aim to win everything. Keeping the hunger to win within my players will be my most difficult challenge in future.”

Cerci won't talk about future
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Alessio Cerci has refused to comment on reports that he will leave Torino at the end of the season.

The Italy international has been a perennial figure in the rumour mill in recent months, with Milan, Roma, Manchester United and Bayern Munich all thought to be interested in his services.

But the wide man has claimed that he is just focusing on doing well for Il Toro, not the thought of leaving for pastures new.

“I don’t want to talk about the market,” he told Tuttosport. “My mind is here in Turin.

“I want to do as well as possible, and thinking about the future could distract me from doing that.

“We will think about the future at the end of the season. But I want to reiterate that I feel great here.

“I have found a family. I feel pampered. I don’t want to leave.

“I have a great relationship with the President, so sooner or later we will see what happens – we will sit around a table and discuss things.”

Serie A: AC Milan 1:0 Catania - match report
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Scorer: Montolivo 23 (M)

Milan did the bare minimum to beat Catania 1-0 with Riccardo Montolivo’s long-range strike for a fourth consecutive win.

The Rossoneri were coming off three straight victories and closing in on the Europa League spots, but missed Keisuke Honda, Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari, Mattia De Sciglio and Stephan El Shaarawy. The Sicilians gave new Coach Maurizio Pellegrino his Serie A debut, having come up from the youth academy to replace Rolando Maran, who was sacked for the second time this season. Relegation seemed unavoidable and they were without Sergio Almiron, Giuseppe Bellusci and the suspended Gino Peruzzi.

Early on Adel Taarabt had an attempt and Pablo Barrientos flashed his shot across the face of goal, but Christian Abbiati was forced to fly in order to palm a Barrientos curler over the far top corner.

Ricky Kaka hit the side-netting, but Milan took the lead with Riccardo Montolivo. A short Balotelli free kick was rolled across to the midfielder, who unleashed a sudden snapshot from 25-30 metres that bounced right in front of Mariano Andujar into the near bottom corner. It was Montolivo’s third goal of the season, two of them past Catania.

Taarabt’s strike swerved off target and a Mario Balotelli free kick skimmed the near top corner. Taarabt flicked the ball around Nicolas Spolli only to see his shot charged down and as the move continued Balotelli’s effort was smothered.

Barrientos again threatened for the Elefantini, as Adil Rami blocked off the finish. After the restart, Daniele Bonera’s cross from the right whipped over the heads of both Poli and Balotelli, then Montolivo’s volley was off target.

Balotelli chipped up a free kick for Philippe Mexes, who had peeled off his marker for an acrobatic scissor-kick that sailed just over the bar.

Abbiati had to sprint off his line to nod the ball away from Lucas Castro, but the goalkeeper had to work much harder when flying to palm a trademark Francesco Lodi free kick out from under the crossbar.

Catania went down to 10 men, as Fabian Rinaudo – who was just returning from a ban – received a second yellow card for a late and high tackle on Mexes.

The Sicilians gave a run-out to Kingsley Boateng, a Milan youth product on loan from the Rossoneri. Taarabt aimed another impressive curler just over the far top corner, but has still not scored a goal at San Siro.

Balotelli also blasted inches off target from the edge of the box, but 10-man Catania also forced a dangerous corner in stoppages with Boateng.

Milan: Abbiati; Bonera, Mexes, Rami, Constant (Emanuelson 77); De Jong, Montolivo; Poli (Abate 74), Kaka (Pazzini 86), Taarabt; Balotelli

Catania: Andujar; Rolin, Gyomber, Spolli, Monzon; Lodi, Rinaudo; Barrientos, Plasil (Izco 77), Leto (Castro 58); Bergessio (Boateng 82)
Ref: De Marco

Sent off: Rinaudo 78 (C)

Montolivo respects Catania
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Riccardo Montolivo assures Milan “will not underestimate Catania” tonight as they seek a fourth straight win.

It kicks off at San Siro at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

“We prepared this game to make life difficult for Catania and we mustn’t think it is going to be easy,” Montolivo told Milan Channel.

“There is no risk that we could underestimate Catania, as we’ve already made enough slip-ups this season and can’t afford any more. We have to win if we want to target European qualification.”

Giampaolo Pazzini is back on the bench, but Montolivo is confident he will contribute.

“His goals were decisive last season and they can be again in these closing stages of the campaign. When he comes off the bench, he’s a guarantee.”

Serie A: AC Milan vs. Catania - lineups
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AC Milan: Abbiati; Bonera, Mexes, Rami, Constant; De Jong, Montolivo; Poli, Kakà, Taarabt; Balotelli

AC Milan bench: Coppola, Gabriel, Abate, Silvestre, Zaccardo, Zapata, Emanuelson, Birsa, Saponara, Pazzini, Robinho

Catania: Andujar; Monzon, Gyomber, Spolli, Rolin; Leto, Lodi, Rinaudo, Plasil; Barrientos, Bergessio

Catania bench: Frison, Legrottaglie, Biraghi, Capuano, Fedato, Castro, Boateng, Keko, Petkovic, Izco

Pellegrino 'ready for AC Milan' debut
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Maurizio Pellegrino will make his Serie A debut on the Catania bench at San Siro against Milan. “We are ready.”

The Elefantini sacked Rolando Maran for the second time this season and promoted Pellegrino from their youth academy, as relegation now seems inevitable.

He’ll have his first top flight game on the bench at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

“We worked well this week and the team was at my disposal in a very professional way,” said Pellegrino in his Press conference.

“There were a few tactical adjustments to be made, but everyone settled into their roles and we are ready to face Milan.

“We’ve got to approach this game differently to the others. If we think only of limiting Milan, then it’ll be the wrong idea entirely. We face Milan aware of our own capabilities and qualities.”

Catania squad for Milan: Andujar, Frison; Biraghi, Capuano, Gyomber, Legrottaglie, Monzon, Rolin, Spolli; Barrientos, Castro, Izco, Lodi, Plasil, Rinaudo; Bergessio, Boateng, Fedato, Keko, Leto, Petkovic

AC Milan squad for Catania
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Clarence Seedorf named his squad for Milan’s game with Catania, missing Keisuke Honda, Sulley Muntari and more.

It kicks off on Sunday at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT),.

Honda is out of action after picking up an injury in training, so he joins Stephan El Shaarawy, Mattia De Sciglio, Marco Amelia, Muntari and Michael Essien on the absentee list.

Ignazio Abate could make his comeback after a long lay-off.

Milan squad for Catania: Abbiati, Coppola, Gabriel, Abate, Bonera, Constant, Mexes, Rami, Silvestre, Zaccardo, Zapata, Birsa, Emanuelson, De Jong, Kaka, Montolivo, Poli, Saponara, Taarabt, Balotelli, Pazzini, Robinho

Seedorf: 'Fans can help AC Milan'
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Clarence Seedorf asked fans to help push Milan forward against Catania, but is without several stars.

The Rossoneri host bottom of the table Catania on Sunday evening at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

They are without Stephan El Shaarawy, Mattia De Sciglio, Marco Amelia, Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari, Andrea Petagna and Keisuke Honda, who has a sprained ankle.

“The fans are intelligent and they must fire push the team even more psychologically. We cannot think of slowing down and instead want to increase our momentum,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

“We have two home games, starting tomorrow with a Catania side that never gives up. It is important that our motivation is always stronger than that of our opponents.

“I am thinking of Andrea Poli and Walter Birsa to replace Honda, but there is also Robinho. Things will become clearer after today’s session,” continued Seedorf.

“I have a long way to go before I can define what my idea of football is, but I’m trying to get the best out of each individual player. From next season it will be different.”

Yet Milan might not even qualify for the Europa League if their current Serie A form doesn’t improve drastically.

“We must focus on giving our all, which means trying to win. We have six rounds left and want to win them all. It doesn’t just depend on us, so that’s all we can do.”

Mario Balotelli should be back in the starting XI after suffering from flu symptoms last week.

“He is showing continual improvement, both on and off the field. His behaviour towards referees is exemplary. That’s his job and we are only there to help.”

El Shaarawy was name in Cesare Prandelli’s list of 42 players going into Coverciano for fitness tests ahead of the World Cup call.

“I haven’t spoken to Prandelli. I don’t think El Shaarawy will play 45 minutes with the youth team today, as he doesn’t have it in his legs yet.”

Robinho wants World Cup spot
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Milan striker Robinho insisted he “wants to be there” with Brazil at the World Cup this summer.

The forward was included in the Panini stickers for the 2014 tournament, seen as an indicator for the final choices.

“I want to be there,” Robinho told Radio ESPN. “Scolari makes his choices and I hope to be there too.

“So far I have only been included in the Panini stickers, but I hope that I don’t just stay there!”

He is now 30 years old and scored just three goals in 21 Serie A games for Milan this season.

Robinho has reason to hope, as he played for Brazil against Chile in a November friendly.

Agazzi set for AC Milan transfer
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Chievo goalkeeper Michael Agazzi has reportedly already agreed a free transfer to Milan.

This link had been in the air for almost a year and was one of the reasons why Cagliari released him in January.

He only had six months left on his contract and was sent to Chievo to see out the rest of the season.

According to Mediaset, the details have already been set in stone and Agazzi will sign for Milan as a free agent in June.

The shot-stopper will turn 30 in July and his former clubs include Triestina, Sassuolo and Foggia.

Milan are looking for fresh blood, as Christian Abbiati could potentially retire this summer.

Serie A: AC Milan vs. Catania - match preview
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Milan welcome Catania in a match where both teams arguably face their last chance to reach their respective objectives before the end of the season.

Clarence Seedorf’s Rossoneri sit in 10th place on 45 points, five points from Inter and Parma and need a victory to maintain their slim hope of qualifying for the Europa League next season. But if Milan win, you can cash out at Betfair.

Adel Taarabt and Keisuke Honda gave Milan a 2-1 win over Genoa which sees the Diavolo meet Catania on a three game winning streak and Seedorf is keen for his side to keep momentum going.



“We are closer to the Europa League positions,” Seedorf said to Gazzetta dello Sport. “That is the objective of the club and we will try to achieve it.

“But we cannot forget there are many teams fighting to finish in the top five and closer than us to that target. We just have to keep going and see what happens.”

Meanwhile, Catania are rooted to the bottom of the Serie A table with 20 points, four adrift of Sassuolo in 19th and seven away from safety.

The Elefanti need a miracle to survive, a feat made even more improbable by Week 32’s 2-1 loss to Torino where an Alexander Farnerud strike followed by Ciro Immobile’s 18th goal of the season to give the Sicilians their fifth straight loss.

The result saw Catania sack Rolando Maran as Coach for the second time this season, replacing him with former boss Maurizio Pellegrino, who previously coached the side between 2001 and 2003.

“It’s too early to give up and we have to give everything until the end of the campaign,” the Coach told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“We must close the season in the best way, and the club has asked me to do just that.

“On Sunday we’re going to San Siro to challenge Milan and as the Coach of Catania that is a source of pride for me.”

Can Catania and Milan achieve their ambitions this season? Week 33’s match-up should provide an answer.

Keep an eye on: Adel Taarabt (Milan) – The Moroccan forward scored a stunning goal for the Rossoneri in their game against Genoa in week 32 and is expected to start against Catania. The forward is still playing for a long-term contract at the club and another winning contribution wouldn’t be surprising.

Form Guide: Milan (L D W W W) Catania (L L L L L)

Last Season: Milan 4-2 Catania

Stat Fact: Catania have lost 14 of their last 16 away games in Serie A.

Milan (probable): Abbiati; Bonera, Rami, Mexes, Emmanuelson; De Jong, Montolivo; Honda, Kaka; Balotelli

Catania (probable): Andujar; Alvarez, Bellusci, Spolli, Monzon; Izco, Lodi, Plasil; Keko, Bergessio, Barrientos

Krul to AC Milan?
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Sport Mediaset are reporting that Milan are lining up an offer to take Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul to San Siro.

The Rossoneri are known to be looking for a long term successor to current number one Christian Abbiati, who is now 36.

Guillermo Ochoa of French side Ajaccio has been another name linked with Clarence Seedorf’s side, but the 26-year-old Dutchman is thought to be the preferred option.

According to the report, the only potential stumbling block for the move could be the English club’s asking price.

Newcastle reportedly want €10m to allow the player to leave, but would apparently consider doing business if an offer of around €8m came through.

Constant: I've shown what I'm worth
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Milan defender Kevin Constant is delighted to be in Clarence Seedorf’s plans and is looking forward to the fight for Europa League football.

The Rossoneri host Catania on Sunday looking for the three points that could take them up to seventh in the table.

And the left-back, who has played 90 minutes in three of the last four Diavolo matches, is relishing the challenge.

“I can’t wait to start the fight for the Europa League,” he told the Corriere dello Sport.

“I think I’ve shown what I’m worth in what has been a delicate moment in this season’s campaign.

“I’ve definitely won the backing of the Coach and have started to win back my place on the team.

“When I was training apart I made sure that I showed Seedorf and my team mates that they could count on me.

“I still haven’t scored and I hope to get one before then end of the League. I scored my only goal for Genoa against Catania!”

'AC Milan don't want El Shaarawy to go'
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Stephan El Shaarawy’s brother has rubbished reports that the Milan striker will leave for Napoli in the summer.

The 21-year-old has been out since the start of the season after suffering a metatarsal fracture, playing just four League games all term.

However, reports continue to link the Italy international with the Partenopei, with some outlets claiming that the Rossoneri could let the forward go out on loan.

The 21-year-old’s sibling though, has insisted that those stories are nonsense.

“I’ve heard rumours that [Napoli President Aurelio] De Laurentiis wants my brother,” Manuel El Shaarawy told Radio Crc.

“And of course, those sort of stories don’t make anyone happy.

“As far as I’m aware, Milan don’t want Stephan to leave, whether it’s on loan or not.

“It’s been a tough season for Stephan, but unfortunately accidents like this happen all the time to professionals.

“I doubt he’ll be fit for the World Cup, so now he’s training and hopes to be able to get in with the first team before the end of the season.”

Honda out for Catania clash
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Milan have confirmed that Keisuke Honda will miss the game against Catania this weekend through injury.

The Rossoneri host the bottom of the table club on Sunday evening, hoping for the three points that could take them up to seventh in the table.

But they will have to do so without the Japan international, who has been diagnosed with an ankle sprain.

The 27-year-old had initially struggled for form at San Siro since arriving from CSKA Moscow in January.

However, after his goal against Genoa this week, hopes had been high that the playmaker would find some consistency.

The club though, have confirmed that Honda will miss the match. It is not clear how long he will be out for in total.

AC Milan to make Ramirez move?
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Reports in the English Press claim that Milan could make a move for Southampton playmaker Gaston Ramirez.

The Saints attacker has struggled for playing time at St Mary’s Stadium this term, falling behind the likes of Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez in the pecking order.

As such, the Daily Express write on Friday that the Rossoneri could be tempted to table an offer for the Uruguayan’s services at the end of the season.

Ramirez’s agent has admitted recently that his client would be open to a return to Serie A, having impressed for Bologna between 2010 and 2012.

One stumbling block however, could be money – Southampton will apparently ask for around €15m for the trequartista.

Rami: Next year AC Milan will return
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Adil Rami has outlined his hope at being able to see out his career at Milan and his belief the club will be back to winning ways by next season.

The centre-back, who joined on an initial loan deal from Valencia in the summer, now hopes that the Rossoneri take up the purchase option they have on him come June.

“I am happy here, whilst now we are winning,” Rami explained to Sky Sport 24.

“Here I am good, and I hope to stay, I am working to be a regular starter and to become the best - I want to end my career at Milan.

“My idol? Alessandro Nesta. I have always had this great love of his football, for me he was the best, a player with a big personality.”

Milan have struggled for consistency this term and currently sit 11th in Serie A.

“When can we return to winning? I have no fear in saying, next year, a year is enough. I have no doubt, Milan will be on the up in the next year.

“Seedorf? He is strict, he loves perfection and punctuality and appreciates those who work hard. In respect of the past, we are already playing better.”

Rami, however, doesn’t see any hope in making France’s squad for the World Cup.

“I play at a great club, I am doing well, but I will not go to the World Cup - the Coach has already chosen his men and I respect his choices.”

Baresi: Now for continuity
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Franco Baresi sees the improvement at Milan and the relaxed atmosphere, but urges that it leads to greater consistency.

The Rossoneri have picked up with recent form and for the first time this season have won three League games on the bounce.

“After the recent victories the enthusiasm has returned, there is a calmness and confidence to strive for certain goals,” began Baresi to Milan Channel this week.

“The victories have come deservedly and are thanks to the fighting spirit, but now we have to believe and we need continuity.

“Adil Rami? He is doing well, he has brought solidity to the defence and is also mentally tough.

“Philippe Mexes? He has the right qualities, even if sometimes he goes wrong, but he has everything to prevail.

“Keisuke Honda? He is the best player in Asia, you have to have patience with him.”

El Shaarawy on target
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Stephan El Shaarawy is closer to his comeback after scoring with the Milan Primavera team today.

The forward has managed only seven appearances in all competition this season and underwent surgery for a fractured metatarsal in his foot in December.

He returned to training with the squad on Wednesday and today played with the Primavera youth team in a game between ranks.

El Shaarawy was on target in the session, bringing him a step closer to his Serie A comeback.

Prandelli: Italian support must improve
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Cesare Prandelli has called on support of the Italian national team and Italian teams abroad to increase and improve.

With the World Cup on the horizon and Juventus set to compete tonight in the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final against Lyon, the CT has urged that fans find their enthusiasm for the game and for those representing the peninsula.

“In the understanding of the fan we need to improve, we must all grow,” explained Prandelli to today’s edition of Tuttosport.

“The way we support needs to improve, we need to become more enlightened. I’d like that the Italians, all Italians, were closer to our national team and not only in the short period during a World Cup or European Championship.

“But, as a country, we need to progress from the point of view of rooting for the individual clubs. We Italians should always be on the side of any team involved in a European competition.

“Just because we are compatriots and are facing foreign teams. And this must come before any smaller focus.

“It would be nice that all Italians would support Juve against Lyon, with the hope that the Bianconeri can then conquer the Europa League.

“We must first be fans of teams abroad together, never separated. And of course I would say the same thing for any other team that was still in European competition, without any distinction.”

AC Milan opt for Galli
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Tuttosport say that Adriano Galliani and Barbara Berlusconi have agreed that Milan’s next sporting director will be Giovanni Galli.

The Rossoneri have been on the lookout for a new ds since Ariedo Braida’s departure at the turn of the year ended his 28-year association with the club.

Linked with a host of names including Fiorentina’s Daniele Prade and Juventus’ Fabio Paratici, the club were seen as settling on Verona’s Sean Sogliano as first choice to come in from the summer.

However, Tuttosport are suggesting that speculation linking former Milan goalkeeper Galli with the position is not wide of the mark and he has now become the club’s first choice option.

It is believed that directors Galliani and Berlusconi both agree on the 55-year-old, who since retirement worked as sporting director at the likes of Foggia and Verona before moving into politics.

El Shaarawy trains with first team
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Milan’s Stephan El Shaarawy today returned to training with the first team squad after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The 21-year-old has been missing for the Rossoneri with a foot injury but has now taken a step closer to making his comeback.

The player’s brother and agent told MilanNews.it that the Azzurri international could not wait to get back out on the pitch.

“Stephan is in good shape,” Manuel El Shaarawy said today. “Today he returned to the group and he will play in the Primavera team next week.

“His recovery is going very well and he is following a day by day programme. There is no rush.

“We want to do everything calmly so that he makes a full recovery.

“He obviously can’t wait to get back playing, that’s normal. He’s very motivated and is pleased with the team’s good recent performances.

“He could return to play some minutes against Padova in Inzaghi’s Primavera team next week.”

Leonardo explains AC Milan departure
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Leonardo says the reason he left his post coaching Milan was because of a breakdown in relations with certain people at the club.

The Brazilian, who also had a season in charge of Inter, has revealed he is looking to return to the dugout in the near future.

“My idea is to make a return as a Coach,” Leonardo told FcInterNews.it. “It could even be in time for next season.

“I will stay in Europe, that’s the plan. I think that with the experience I now have I have discovered my ideal way of wanting to work.

“After being director of football at PSG, I needed a bit of time to organise myself but now I am ready to return.

“I left Milan because there were problems with my relationships with certain people at the club.

“It had nothing to do with my professional life and my results with Milan reflected that.”

Taarabt: AC Milan prepared to fight
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Milan’s Adel Taarabt says the Rossoneri are now prepared to fight for one another following Monday’s win over Genoa.

The Moroccan international also appreciates the faith and trust Coach Clarence Seedorf shows in him.

“On Monday we played a great match,” Taarabt told the Milan Channel. “It wasn’t easy because Genoa are very organised and they pressed a lot.

“It was an important victory on the road to the Europa League.

“I like scoring goals but the most important thing is that the team wins. Now you can see we are fighting for each other on the pitch.

“Seedorf always tells us to fight for each other and he has told me that he believes in me a lot.

“If I am tired I need to tell him because there are a lot of other players on the bench who can come on and do well.”

The on-loan QPR man was also questioned about his future.

“I don’t know what will happen, I still have a month and a half in which to do well with Milan.

“I will give everything for this team and I hope everyone remembers my time at Milan as one in which I gave my all.

“I am very happy to be here and I feel like Milan is my club. I want to prove that I am a Milan player.”

Monpellier: Niang is too expensive
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Montpellier President Louis Nicollin has revealed that M’Baye Niang may be too expensive to sign outright in the summer.

The French striker is on loan at the Ligue 1 side from Milan until the end of the season, and has performed relatively well from the bench, netting four goals in 16 appearances.

And the Paillade’s owner has admitted that the Rossoneri youngster could cost too much to sign permanently.

“We will meet with Milan to talk about Niang because he is too expensive,” he told Midilibre.

“But it the Coach wants to keep him then we’ll see what happens.”

AC Milan meet for Scuffet
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Udinese sporting director Cristiano Giaretta has confirmed that he has held a brief meeting with Milan over goalkeeper Simone Scuffet.

The 17-year-old only debuted with the Zebrette in February but has impressed with his form and seen transfer speculation arrive.

Talking to TuttoMercatoWeb today, the club’s sporting director was asked of specific links with Milan, but made clear Udinese’s position on the youngster.

“There has been a brief meeting, but nothing concrete,” Giaretta has commented.

“And as for the future, I can say that he will not be on the market for next season.”

Serie A sides want Richards
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Milan, Inter, Napoli and Juventus are being heavily linked with Micah Richards after reports he’ll leave Manchester City.

The right-back joined the club in October 2005, but according to The Guardian he has rejected a new contract offer.

Now City are expecting around £7m for the 25-year-old and there are reports of interest from several Serie A sides.

It’s not the first time that Richards has been linked with a move to Italy, but this summer the transfer is most likely to go through.

Milan are the favourites, as this week there were other reports suggesting his former Manchester City teammate Mario Balotelli had been acting as a go-between.

However, much could rely on whether the Rossoneri qualify for the Europa League.

Juventus, Napoli and Inter are also thought to be tracking Richards for next season, as Rafa Benitez in particular is looking for a right-back to replace Christian Maggio.

Tacchinardi on Kaka and Honda
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Former Milan player Alessio Tacchinardi has given his opinion on the futures of Ricky Kaka and Keisuke Honda at the club.

He believes that the Brazilian will need to soon make clear whether or not he wants to stay at San Siro and thinks there is still much more to come from the Japanese.

“Regarding Kaka, we need to know whether he wants to be a part of the project at Milan or go to the United States,” Tacchinardi said to Sky Sport.

“Honda? I was curious by what he said during the week about how he knocks on Seedorf’s door a lot to learn how to improve.

“To me he seems like a player to be patient with. He is not a definite starter or a great player for next season, but he can certainly be in the squad.

“He is still a player who can develop a lot.”

Seedorf cool on Europa League
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Clarence Seedorf practically confessed he’d be happy if Milan didn’t enter the Europa League, but “it’s a business strategy.”

The Coach spoke to Sky Sport Italia after a 2-1 victory at Marassi, their third on the bounce.

“I am certainly happy with the performance of the team, which was able to battle against a Genoa side that proved it had heart. Genoa really pushed hard, so to win here was a great result. Adel Taarabt had a good performance, but so did everyone.

“I am very happy for Keisuke Honda. It was an important moment, as he broke his duck and we scored in a particular moment of the game when Genoa were pushing very hard indeed.

“Choosing the first pass when we get the ball back is an aspect we have discussed regularly, including at half-time this evening. The idea is to move the opponents around by spreading it left to right and not just vertical passes.

“We have to improve on how we read the game, above all the midfielders when they start the moves.”

Milan are out of the running for the Champions League and in joint 10th place with Torino, but could still snatch a top six finish. Click here for the Serie A table.

“The Europa League is closer, but there are many teams fighting for those positions and closer to the target, so we’ll keep going and see what happens.”

However, when Seedorf was asked whether it was really worth the bother to enter the Europa League and start training a month early, he confessed this wasn’t a football issue.

“We must be very practical and pragmatic here. The club has set an objective and we will all try to achieve it. At the end of the season, whether we achieve it or not, we will prepare for the new season.

“There is a commercial aspect that goes beyond what is on the field and Mr Galliani was very clear on that. It is a business strategy, so you’d be better off asking Galliani!”

“We had to change a huge amount since I arrived, for one reason or another. We’ve rediscovered Philippe Mexes, who is growing game by game, and Christian Abbiati was again decisive. We need to bring more consistency to our defence.

“I am interested to reach the end of the season with as many points as possible. This is not a situation worthy of Milan, so we’ll continue working to improve and keep our feet on the ground.”

Serie A: Genoa 1:2 AC Milan - match report
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Scorers: Taarabt 20 (M), Honda 56 (M), Abbiati og 73 (G)

Keisuke Honda’s debut Serie A goal gave Milan a 2-1 win in Genoa, though they were under siege for much of the game.

Alberto Gilardino hosted his former teammate Clarence Seedorf’s Milan, as the giants were looking increasingly unlikely to qualify for Europe. Mario Balotelli was benched after suffering from a cold, so ex-Sampdoria striker Giampaolo Pazzini started, while Riccardo Montolivo returned. Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari, Mattia De Sciglio and Stephan El Shaarawy were injured.

The rare Monday evening kick-off was marked by a fireworks display in the stadium just before kick-off.

Gilardino ran between the centre-backs on to a long ball over the top and forced a corner off Adil Rami, but from that set play the Giuseppe Sculli half-volley was wayward.

Milan took the lead with their first real chance. Adel Taarabt gathered in midfield, surged towards a surprised Genoa defence and cut inside to unleash an angled drive that flew past Mattia Perin into the far bottom corner. It was the QPR-owned forward’s third Serie A goal and Milan’s 16th from outside the penalty area.

Stefano Sturaro pulled a shot off target from the edge of the box and Fetfatzidis saw his strike charged down, as the game continued at a frenetic pace.

Andrea Bertolacci flashed a dangerous finish across Christian Abbiati and just past the far post, then Rami dived in to deflect Marco Motta’s attempt wide, even though the former Juventus wing-back was offside.

The Grifone were pinning Milan back towards half-time and Bertolacci had another shot deflected off target. Philippe Mexes risked a spectacular own goal when heading inches past the near post to intercept a cross.

Abbiati smothered a Giovanni Marchese snapshot from distance and the second half started in a similar vein, as the goalkeeper beat away a powerful Fetfatzidis strike.

Sturaro curled in a free kick for Sebastian De Maio’s header inches over with Abbiati rooted to the spot.

However, Genoa were punished with a classic counter-attack. Keisuke Honda ran on to a through ball in midfield and skipped past a defender to sprint forward, keeping his cool to chip the on-rushing Perin. It was the Japanese international’s debut Serie A goal.

Genoa continued to push and Motta fired straight at Abbiati from a Gilardino assist. They did get back into the game in bizarre circumstances, as a corner found Motta for a fierce half-volley that bounced off the underside of the bar and in off the back of Abbiati’s leg.

Moments later it was almost 2-2, as Abbiati flew for a magnificent save on Sturaro’s powerful strike, then the move continued and Mexes performed a goalline clearance on Motta’s free header.

Taarabt had penalty appeals for a handling offence, but the referee waved play on. Mexes bravely blocked a Gilardino drive in the box, as the siege continued at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, but Milan held on for a third consecutive victory - something they had not yet achieved this season.

Genoa: Perin; Burdisso, De Maio, Marchese; Motta, Bertolacci, Sturaro, Antonelli (Calaiò 83); Fetfatzidis (Konate 83), Gilardino, Sculli (Centurion 69)

Milan: Abbiati; Bonera, Rami, Mexes, Constant; De Jong, Montolivo; Honda, Kaka (Poli 88), Taarabt (Birsa 83); Pazzini (Balotelli 74)

Ref: Banti

Galliani: Europe difficult
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Milan CEO Adriano Galliani admits it will be difficult for his side to reach next season’s Europa League.

The Rossoneri have shown improved form of late but still head into tonight’s match with Genoa eight points off continental qualification.

“It will definitely be difficult to get into Europe, we know that,” Galliani said to reporters today.

“There are seen games left and Parma have 50 points to our 42, though we have played a game less.

“What we are obliged to do is try. It seemed impossible that Italy could beat Great Britain in the Davis Cup but it happened!

“There are always surprises in sport every day.”

Berlusconi: 'AC Milan worth EUR1 bil.'
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Milan CEO Barbara Berlusconi insists Peter Lim hasn’t made an offer and in any case “€300m would be worth 30% of the club.”

There were reports that Singapore magnate Lim had put forward a proposal worth €300m to buy up 51% of the Serie A side, but that current patron Silvio Berlusconi was only willing to sell 30%.

“These claims are without foundation,” assured Barbara Berlusconi, who is joint-CEO with Adriano Galliani and the daughter of President Silvio Berlusconi.

“In general, regardless of the stories that have appeared today, the figures stated are not in line with the real value of the club.

“€300m would be worth around 30% of Milan, certainly not 51%.”

With these calculations, Berlusconi considers the club to be worth €1bn in total – approximately £830m.

Lim offers to buy 51 per cent of AC Milan
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Singaporean businessman Peter Lim is ready to offer €300m for a 51 per cent stake in Milan.

Spanish newspaper AS report that the 60-year-old tycoon met with Adriano Galliani last week to discuss investing in the club.

CEO Barbara Berlusconi admitted that the Rossoneri were open to foreign investment, but didn’t want to sell any more than 30 per cent of shares.

Lim however, would like a majority share in the San Siro outfit, and has tabled €300m for just over half.

The Madrid-based sports daily writes that Galliani will meet with the 60-year-old again in the hope of negotiating a more favourable deal for the Berlusconi family.

Lim has previously tried to buy both Liverpool and Valencia, but failed on each occasion. He is, according to Forbes, worth an estimated $2.35bn.

Seedorf: 'AC Milan's most important tie'
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Clarence Seedorf warned Milan that Monday’s trip to Genoa “is the most important game” of their season.

There are only seven rounds left in Serie A and the Rossoneri step into Marassi tomorrow at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

“The team is improving and trying to push harder,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

“Milan are not accustomed to being in these positions, but seeing the situation there is an improvement.

“This is the most difficult game of the next seven and that’s how we tried to prepare for this match. The pressure is always the same, but with daily work and concentration we have been focused, especially with no midweek commitments.

“Genoa are the same side that made life extremely difficult for Juventus, so we’re expecting that performance and not the one that saw them lose to Verona last week. This is a very important tie.

“There are many teams fighting for places in Europe and we are not racing against anyone in particular. We just have to pick up as many points as possible and take it one game at a time.”

Seedorf replaced Massimiliano Allegri in January, but confessed he hasn’t been able to implement his ideas fully yet.

“The system hasn’t changed much since I arrived. Time has passed and the players got to know each other better. I am happy that now we are creating more chances, scoring more goals and starting to see a solid team.”

Riccardo Montolivo, Bryan Cristante and Ignazio Abate are available again after an injury lay-off.

“Montolivo will start with Nigel De Jong. Andrea Poli is an important player and it is possible Cristante will feature, but not from the start,” continued Seedorf.

Ricky Kaka has a clause in his contract allowing him to walk away if Milan don’t qualify for the Champions League, but will he activate it?

“He knows what the fans, the club and I think. We have great respect for him and await his word at the end of the season. Right now he wants to focus on the remaining seven games and then we’ll see.”

This week Keisuke Honda confessed he preferred to play in the middle, but is learning to adapt on the right.

“He is doing well in that position and it was just a matter of time. He’s bringing balance in the two phases, attack and defence, provided a good assist for Kaka and I think he can do better and better there.

“Honda starts from the right, but then the quality players have a way of finding each other on the field. There has to be a starting position for when the team is defending.”

Montolivo back for AC Milan
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Riccardo Montolivo and Ignazio Abate are back in the Milan squad for their trip to Genoa on Monday.

The Rossoneri are still without Mattia De Sciglio, Stephan El Shaarawy, Alberto Petagna, Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari.

However, Abate and Montolivo have shaken off injuries to be a part of the squad along with Bryan Cristante.

Milan squad for Genoa: Abbiati, Amelia, Gabriel; Abate, Bonera, Constant, Mexes, Rami, Zaccardo, Zapata; Birsa, Cristante, Emanuelson, De Jong, Honda, Kakà, Montolivo, Poli, Saponara; Balotelli, Pazzini, Robinho, Taarabt

Gasperini: 'Different AC Milan now'
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Gian Piero Gasperini warned “these are two different teams now” as Genoa face a revamped Milan on Monday.

“At San Siro earlier this season we earned a valuable point in difficult circumstances, down to 10 men for much of it, but these are two different teams now,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

“Milan have rediscovered their pace and have players in attack who can hurt you. The quality of the squad is not reflected in their position in the table.

“Clarence Seedorf was an idol when he played, as he was a fantastic player and a very likeable man. Even if he jumped a few steps to the big time, as a Coach he is making Milan play attacking football.

“I am not a fan of playing on Mondays, as we have to wait for such a long time and in the meanwhile already know the other results.”

Genoa are without Francelino Matuzalem, Sime Vrsaljko and Juraj Kucka, while Luca Antonini needs a late fitness test.

“I think Genoa ought to be given credit for climbing up the table and getting out of the dangerous areas of the table. Against Milan we need both legs and the right psychological approach.”

This will be Gasperini’s 150th Serie A game on the Genoa bench.

“It represents a great achievement and I thank the President and the club. It would be wonderful to celebrate it with a good result and a passionate atmosphere.”

Taarabt: 'AC Milan really isn't Fulham'
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Adel Taarabt gave a surprisingly honest interview on Milan, Clarence Seedorf, why he didn’t shine in England and going AWOL from Morocco.

The Moroccan international is on loan from QPR, though there are reports a €4m deal has already been struck to make the move permanent.

“I haven’t heard that,” he told Tuttosport. “If we qualify for the Europa League preliminary rounds, then I might only sign on August 31, so at least I can keep my summer vacation!

“Obviously the Champions League is something else, but the Europa League is still a prestigious tournament. Next year Manchester United could be in it.”

Taarabt never quite showed what he could do in the Premier League, but reveals he was every bit as unimpressed with the game in England.

“When you are in London, if you play well and do one stupid thing, only the latter is of any interest. Mario Balotelli knows all too well what happens in England.

“In Italy, instead, if you do a stupid thing and play really well, then you are still an idol. Is that why I made my mark here? Let’s just say that nobody watches Fulham games, whereas Milan’s matches go all over the world.

“It’s also true that here every time I go outside, someone immediately warns Adriano Galliani. I cannot take a step without him knowing what I’ve been up to. I will be a good boy until Milan sign the contracts, then we’ll see! But don’t write that down!”

Taarabt was asked about his most famous incident, when he got on a bus after his substitution for QPR and went to the pub.

“Everyone knows that one, so I’ll tell you a different incident. Once in a training retreat with Morocco I learned from the tactical meeting that I wasn’t going to play. So I waited for the team to start training, called the Fulham secretary and got them to book me a ticket from Marrakech to Marseille.

“I escaped for two days in France and they were looking for me all over Morocco!”

Yet Taarabt has been accepting of the bench under Seedorf at San Siro, despite scoring on his Serie A debut.

“Seedorf took me aside and explained he wanted to keep me out to protect me, to avoid me getting caught up in the protests against the team.

“I get on well with the Coach and not just because he immediately gave me the chance to prove myself. He was a great champion and gives a constant stream of advice. He keeps telling me I have great talent, but not the concentration to match.

“He also tells me to play it simple, not to just try dribbling past players, and to combine more with my teammates.”

Honda: 'Seedorf philosophy different'
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Keisuke Honda assures he is not affected by criticism, but is progressing at Milan despite “different philosophies” with Clarence Seedorf.

The Japan international spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport in a wide-ranging interview on his Serie A experience since arriving from CSKA Moscow on a free transfer in January.

“Criticism doesn’t please me, of course, but you are all free to write what you want. I feel that soon my first Serie A goal will arrive and it is going to be an important moment.

“I am very determined. I came here in order to become a champion with Milan. It’s a long road, but there is a great project here and the Japanese are patient people.”

Honda has been dropped occasionally by Coach Seedorf, who said he still needs to get to grips with his tactics.

“I often speak to Seedorf, as his English is excellent, so it is easy to understand each other. Above all at the beginning I didn’t understand a lot of things, so I went to his room to get into more detail.

“At the start I didn’t feel at ease on the right, but Kaka is already in the centre and he’s playing well, so I need to find my space.

“Things are going a little better compared to the first few games. Of course the centre is my home, as I love to play behind the striker, but Seedorf said I have the qualities to play on the right and players do need to adapt at times.

“We have different philosophies, but the important thing is to have a dialogue. We talk every day.”

Honda brushed off suggestions he felt there wasn’t enough enthusiasm from the fans around his arrival.

“I wasn’t the Number One in Japan or Moscow either. Football is a team sport. I like pressure and big expectations. That is my personality.

“I didn’t expect the fans to have patience: I chose the Number 10 jersey and was given a big presentation. I know people expect a lot from me, but I have faith in myself and criticism never gets me down.

“I cannot judge the atmosphere at San Siro, but I hope that if we play better then more people will come. Playing beautiful football and calling the fans to the stadium are among my ambitions.

“As for the results, none of us are satisfied, but we are working to improve constantly. I knew that I’d run into difficulties at Milan, but I chose this club because I had always dreamed of being here.”

Kaka: AC Milan in my heart
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Ricky Kaka says Milan are and always will remain in his heart as he celebrates making his 300th appearance for the Rossoneri.

The 31-year-old lined-up for Clarence Seedorf’s side against Chievo last weekend to reach the milestone and now wants to make many more appearances for the club.

“I am very happy to have reached 300 matches,” Kaka is quoted as saying by the Milan Channel as he spoke after receiving a medal from Silvio Berlusconi.

“I would like to echo what Mr Galliani just said. The feelings that I have for this club, this shirt, my former teammates and my current teammates are real and from the heart.

“I hope I can make many more appearances. Thank you very much.”

Galliani hopes Kaka stays
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Milan CEO Adriano Galliani says he wants Ricky Kaka to remain at San Siro for many years to come.

The Brazilian made his 300th appearance for the Rossoneri last weekend and was today presented with a medal by club President Silvio Berlusconi in front of the rest of the squad.

The 69-year-old hopes there are many more and expressed this during a speech at the ceremony.

“His still hasn’t played at Milan for seven years yet,” Galliani said to the Milan Channel. “So getting to 300 games already is incredible, he has had a great season average.

“The hope of the club, and of Ricky too I hope, is that he stays and celebrates his 400th, 500th and who knows how many more appearances.

“He is in the hearts of all Milan fans. He is still a kid, he can still play in so many other matches.

“I am happy to have met him and I hope he is happy to have found Milan. I hope he can stay with us for a long time.”

Montella to AC Milan?
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Sensational reports in the Italian Press this afternoon claim that Vincenzo Montella could be targeted by Milan in the summer.

Sport Mediaset suggest that the Rossoneri will relieve Clarence Seedorf of his coaching duties at the end of the season, regardless of where they finish in the table.

And with the Dutchman out of the picture, Barbara Berlsuconi will go to the Fiorentina boss and try to tempt him to San Siro.

The former Roma striker may prove difficult to get however, having signed a contract to keep him in Tuscany until 2017.

It is also unclear whether Montella would want to swap Champions League-chasing Fiorentina for middle of the table Milan.

Mediaset though, insist that the Diavolo are looking at the Viola tactician as a potential successor to Seedorf.

And should they get their man, Luciano Spalletti is expected to come in at Artemio Franchi, having been sacked by Zenit St Petersburg in March.

Roma and AC Milan fight for Santon?
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Roma and Milan will fight for Newcastle full-back Davide Santon in the summer, according to reports.

Il Messaggero believe that the Serie A pair will tussle for the Italy international during the off-season, with the Premier League side willing to sell for the right price.

The former Inter man has spent three seasons at St James’ Park, becoming a key player for Alan Pardew’s men.

And after some impressive performances in England, the paper claims that the capital outfit and the Rossoneri are both keen.

It is unclear however, whether Santon would appreciate a return Italy, and especially a switch to San Siro, following his Inter past.

AC Milan eye EUR 250 mil for 30 per cent
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Barbara Berlusconi’s talks with Fly Emirates next week may reportedly lead to discussions over a €250m investment for a 30 per cent share in Milan.

The director is flying out to the United Arab Emirates next week with other Rossonero officials to lead discussions on renewing the club’s shirt sponsorship deal with Fly Emirates, which currently pays €12m a year and runs out at the end of next season.

On from reports that the trip will also be used by Silvio Berlusconi’s daughter to seek potential investment in the club, the Gazzetta dello Sport today run the line that talks will first begin on this scenario with Fly Emirates.

It is believed that the Diavolo are ready to sell up to 30 per cent shareholding, in exchange for a cash injection of €250m, which would contribute predominantly to the club’s planned construction of a new stadium.

Galliani: 'Taarabt and Rami fees set'
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Adriano Galliani confirmed Milan “fees have already been set” to make Adil Rami and Adel Taarabt’s moves permanent.

Both players arrived on loan in January, the defender from Valencia and the Moroccan creative midfielder from QPR.

“We will talk about it in May, when the terms of the loans expire,” the Rossoneri CEO told Tuttomercatoweb.

“The fees have already been set.”

This week the FIFA agent who helped broker the deal said Milan would pay no more than €4m to buy Taarabt from QPR on a permanent basis.

Galliani also discussed other issues around the Rossoneri camp and warned against excessive criticism.

“A club must be measured over more than just a month. Over the last 15 years Milan always qualified for Europe and 13 times that was the Champions League. Even if we won’t play next season, we went further in this campaign than the other Italians.

“The team appears to be growing in physical and technical terms. I see great improvements and I hope they can be translated into results.”

Ricky Kaka has a clause allowing him to leave Milan in May if they fail to qualify for the Champions League, but hasn’t decided whether to activate it or not.

“There is no news. He has a contract that is well known and there’s nothing new to report.”

Essien suffers thigh injury
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Milan have announced that midfielder Michael Essien has suffered an injury in his right thigh.

The Ghanaian replaced compatriot Sulley Muntari at half time of the Rossoneri’s win over Chievo last Saturday and played the remainder of the match.

Now however he will miss Monday’s trip to Genoa and will probably also be absent for the home match with Catania next weekend.

“A.C. Milan announces that Michael Essien has sustained an injury to the semimembranosus of his right thigh,” a statement on the club’s website reads.

“The player will undergo further examination in around ten days’ time.”

AC Milan 'returning to normal'
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Milan goalkeeper Marco Amelia believes his side have turned the corner and are now playing as a Rossoneri team should do.

Seven points from the last nine available have relieved some of the pressure on Coach Clarence Seedorf, though the team do still lie in the bottom half of Serie A.

“We are working well,” Amelia said to the Milan Channel. “In the last ten days we have been playing as Milan should be.

“We must continue like this. In my career I have had good times and bad times, so I know how to react.

“Had we played like we have been from an earlier stage we would have been able to fight for other things. But we are where we are now.”

AC Milan target Russia, UAE bids
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The Corriere della Sera speculate that parties from Russia and the United Arab Emirates could be interested in investing in Milan.

Director Barbara Berlusconi conceded yesterday that the Rossoneri are looking for investment from such countries, as well as Asia, to help fund the club’s plans for the future, which include development of a new stadium.

On from stating that between 20 and 30 per cent shares would be given up in exchange, the Corriere della Sera suggest bids are most likely to come from Russia and the UAE.

It is alleged that Berlusconi’s trip out to the UAE next week to discuss the renewal of Fly Emirates’ sponsorship could also include initiating talks with potential new investors.

Meanwhile, it is also believed that club President Silvio Berlusconi will use his political connections to look to Russia for possible money, with natural gas giants Gazprom rumoured as likely to be interested in investment, for their other involvements in the game as Zenit St Petersburg’s owners and as sponsors to the Champions League, Chelsea and Schalke.

Thiago expects AC Milan change
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Thiago Silva revealed he ‘often speaks’ to Clarence Seedorf and he expects Milan’s situation to ‘change a lot’ by next season.

The Rossoneri are approaching the end of a difficult campaign on and off the field, but have received backing from their former Brazilian centre-back.

“The situation at Milan is difficult,” conceded Thiago Silva to reporters after Paris Saint-Germain’s win over Chelsea.

“I often talk with Seedorf, they are experiencing a difficult moment, as happens with all great teams, but I believe that next year things will change a lot.”

Crespo haunted by Istanbul
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Former Milan forward Hernan Crespo says he felt like stopping playing after his team’s Champions League final defeat to Liverpool.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side surrendered a 3-0 half time lead to eventually lose to Rafa Benitez’s Reds on penalties.

“When I was little I saw Milan on television so when I had the chance to play for them in a final and I scored two goals, it was too good to be true!” Crespo said at a university lecture on football.

“My legs were shaking during the half time interval. It wasn’t good just to get to the final, but I was proud to have been man of the match.

“I was hoping that the second half would pass by quickly but then everything changed in six minutes. It was destiny.

“Afterwards I wanted to stop playing, it didn’t seem fair to me. I thought what had happened was impossible.

“It was a day when everything came easily to me personally, but when you realise it still wasn’t enough it’s terrible.”

'Casa Milan' plans revealed
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Milan have today revealed ambitious new plans to build a new permanent headquarters.

The new Rossoneri base is set to include a laboratory, ticket office, giant screen, store, museum, restaurant, board room and other offices.

“For me Milan is much more than a simple organisation, but more like a family,” the club’s deputy chief executive Barbara Berlusconi said at a Press-conference to announce the plans.

“We needed a base at which we can watch our matches but which can also act as a meeting place.

“For the city of Milan, Italy and for the whole world. We are sorry to be leaving Via Turati but we can’t grow anymore there.

“We have decided to leave Via Turati and thanks to the sale of it we have been able to realise this project.

“It is not only a headquarters but will also be important from a commercial perspective. It’s a courageous project aimed at developing our brand, which is a vital asset for us.

“We believe in it a lot, despite it coming at a difficult economic period.

“By making this investment, we will be able to increase our income and we will grow.

“On the stadium itself we are still assessing various options which will enable us to take a big leap forward to compete with the other top European clubs.

“Casa Milan will be much more than a simple home. We want to create participation and unity.

“There will be a museum, a megastore and a restaurant inspired by the food that our champions eat.

“It will be a perfect way to represent the change and the dynamics of our future plans.

“Milan have always served an important sporting purpose, but also a social one. We hope to give a great boost to this particular area of Milan.

“The square that we will build will be one of the biggest in the city. Let’s hope that in the future the fans can come here to celebrate the club’s victories.”

Berlusconi then commented on the club’s separate and ongoing plans to build and own a stadium of their own.

“The stadium is vital. To move forward, we need our own stadium.

“The Italian system has not helped us and it has become imperative that we build our own ground.

“It won’t be easy, we are evaluating various options. I’ve heard talk about the Expo Area but we are looking at others too.

“With the stadium we want to take a different path.”

AC Milan to make Coentrao move
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With Ignazio Abate likely to leave Milan, the club have highlighted Fabio Coentrao as a possible replacement.

Stories emerged earlier on Tuesday that the Italy international was being targeted by Lazio, and was keen on a move.

As such, Spanish outlet Fichajes have insisted that the Rossoneri will go in for the Real Madrid man in the summer.

The Portugal international has dropped down the pecking order at Santiago Bernabeu, playing second fiddle to Marcelo.

As such, Clarence Seedorf will hope to bring him in during the off-season, but it could be for an intial one-year loan.

Milan however, will face competition from Manchester United, who are also interested.

Taarabt in, Abate out
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Adel Taarabt is set to stay at Milan, but reports claim that Ignazio Abate could well leave the club over the summer.

Tuttosport follow quotes from the Morocco international’s agent yesterday, insisting that the Rossoneri have completed a deal with Queens Park Ranger to keep the playmaker beyond his initial loan deal.

The paper believes that the deal could rise to €5m, as the Rossoneri look to re-establish themselves as a top Serie A side after this season’s slip down the table.

The trequartista is set to come in for next term, but Abate looks likely to leave the club, it has been reported in La Repubblica.

The defender is being courted by Lazio, who are in need of a right-back, and see the Italy international as an ideal signing.

The 27-year-old has fallen behind Mattia De Sciglio in the pecking order at Milan, and is said to be keen on a move.

Taarabt to AC Milan for 'max EUR 4 mil.'
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Milan and QPR have already agreed a €4m deal to make Adel Taarabt’s move permanent, said the agent who brokered it.

The Morocco international arrived on loan in January and has impressed with two goals in seven Serie A appearances.

“Milan will take up their option and there is already a deal between the two clubs to sign him at the end of the season for a reasonable, symbolic price,” FIFA agent and intermediary Vincenzo Morabito told fantagazzetta.com.

“It won’t be any more than €3m or €4m... It would mean something extraordinary if that didn’t happen.”

That is worth between £2.5m and £3.3m for QPR.

It had been reported the buy-out option for the 24-year-old would be worth closer to €7m, but that does not appear to be the case.

“I am absolutely satisfied with his performances so far, but then I had no doubts. Adel has settled straight in at Milan and is showing what he can do. He is one of the few positives in the Rossoneri’s campaign.”

Kaka won't activate AC Milan clause?
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It is reported that Ricky Kaka will not activate a clause this summer in his Milan contract, which would otherwise allow him to leave.

The Brazilian recently opened speculation on his future by commenting that he would talk to director Adriano Galliani at the end of the season, whilst rumoured offers from the MLS were ‘tempting’.

Galliani then confirmed at the weekend that the 31-year-old does have a clause in his contract that allows him to leave in the summer, if the club do not qualify for the Champions League.

With that mathematically confirmed with Week 31’s results, rumours have been that Orlando City already have a verbal agreement with the Brazilian playmaker.

However, Sky Sport 24 report today their belief that Kaka is not intending to exercise his release clause. They are running the line that the player has the intention to continue on with the Rossoneri for the time being.

Tuttosport, however, report that the matter is not so clear-cut, and that aspects such as the wage drop of 20 per cent due for the playing squad for failure to make the Champions League, has Kaka considering his future and a possible move out to the US for January 2015.

Montolivo: We are targeting Europa League
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Riccardo Montolivo says Milan are ‘on the right track’ to target the Europa League, whilst he reflects on what has changed recently at the club.

The midfielder attended a promotional event on Tuesday morning and fielded a number of questions from reporters, starting with his recovery from a recent knock sustained, which has kept him out of recent fixtures.

“I’m better, it took some time to absorb the blow but I hope to return to the group this week,” began Montolivo, before turning his attention to Milan’s recent improved form.

“We have picked up some points in very complicated games such as those in Rome and Florence. We have to now continue like this, because we are on the right track.

“We are aiming for the Europa League, we need to give continuity to the latest results. The club’s goal is clear and we will try for it in the next seven games. Milan have to play in Europe.

“What has changed after the Parma defeat? Even in games lost the team has shown a great desire to do well.

“We have improved in every respect, now we also have the continuity. But we cannot stop here.”

It was put to the Italy international that no European football next year could see the team lose some of their bigger names in the summer.

“Assessments will be made at the end of the season. We would hate to lose important players, even if I know that everyone wants to stay.

“But now we must think only of our goal. We will try to get into the Europa League to give them one more reason to stay.”

The midfielder was asked where his ideal position in the team is and the relationship with Coach Clarence Seedorf.

“For our part, there has never been anything controversial. When the results have not been there, it was natural for talk to come from the outside. But we have remained together. Without a united ship, we would have risked sinking. We have come out.

“Are we a more balanced team now? On paper, the system hasn’t changed. My ideal position is in a midfield three but with Seedorf I have always played in a midfield two.

“In recent games the attitude of the squad has changed, the attacking players’ attitude has changed and this gives us more balance.”

Mario Balotelli has come in for recent criticism, but responded with goals in consecutive matches.

“Balotelli has great quality, he is an exceptional player. He does not always succeed, but when he does, he brings that leap in quality both for Milan and the national team.”

Montolivo was talking at an event for a food company that he has shot a short television commercial for.

“I enjoyed doing the commercials, it took half a day of practicing. Also the director was good. It was a good experience. The spots were not natural, but not forced.”





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