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May 2011

Allegri describes AC Milan target
31.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan Coach Max Allegri has given a cryptic description of their top transfer target. “Full head of hair, EU passport, 1.83m tall...”

The Scudetto winners have made it clear they want a left-sided midfielder with names like Marek Hamsik and Gareth Bale suggested.

“Who is our top target? Full head of hair, EU passport, 1.83m tall, a robust physique and excellent feet,” Allegri told Milan Channel.

The description seems to rule out players like Udinese’s Kwadwo Asamoah, while it could point towards Tottenham star Bale.

“Hamsik can become an exceptional player, but he is not top of our list. As for other strikers, we have six now and do not need an understudy to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

“Paulo Ganso is a trequartista and I’d have to train him in order to know what he can do.

“I have learned a great deal from being near Adriano Galliani during negotiations. He confirmed what a great director he is and it was wonderful that he asked me to participate in this.”

There have also been reports that Antonio Cassano will leave after just six months at San Siro for more playing time at Fiorentina or Napoli.

“Milan are not Sampdoria,” warned Allegri. “He was the star there along with Giampaolo Pazzini. There are many stars at Milan and a lot of competition, so there’s the risk you’ll be left out.

“Cassano scored four goals and made eight assists after two months off the field, so I am happy with his contribution.”

Inzaghi hails golden Silva
31.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Pippo Inzaghi has crowned Milan teammate Thiago Silva as the greatest defender on the planet.

“I think that Thiago Silva is the best defender in the world,” he told Milan Channel. “It is incredible how good he really is.

“I hope for the good of this team and also for him that he can achieve what Franco Baresi and Paolo Maldini did here.

“I think he’s on the right path even if every player’s career is different,” added the veteran striker.

“Nevertheless, Thiago Silva is part of a new generation of phenomenal players who are perhaps born once every 100 years.”

The Brazilian is still only 26 and joined Milan in January 2009, although he couldn’t make his official debut until the 2009-10 campaign.

The South American was a key element in the Rossoneri’s Scudetto success this term and he was rewarded for his efforts with a new deal until June 2016 earlier this month.

Cassano could still leave AC Milan
31.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Antonio Cassano is again being linked with a move away from Milan after Italy boss Cesare Prandelli issued him with a warning.

Prandelli made it clear yesterday that from now on he would only be able to call-up players who were featuring regularly with their club sides.

“From August those individuals who don’t play that often will find it tough to be selected for Italy,” noted the tactician.

“Cassano may have to start using his elbows to find his space in the Milan team. In general, players lose their self belief when they don’t play that often.”

The Italian is not assured of a regular starting shirt at San Siro given the presence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robinho, Alexandre Pato and Pippo Inzaghi.

As a result, it is being suggested that he may move on this summer despite Milan and the player’s agent insisting only last week that they would continue their relationship.

There seem to be two possible destinations for Cassano should he decide to leave the Stadio Meazza.

Fiorentina boss Sinisa Mihajlovic is understood to have asked his club about the possibility of netting him.

Napoli could be an option too, especially if Milan really do make a bid for the Azzurri’s Marek Hamsik.

Hamsik committed to Napoli
31.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Marek Hamsik has dismissed the speculation linking him with Milan by insisting he is happy at Napoli.

Reports in Italy on Tuesday have again linked the player with the Rossoneri, with stories continuing to suggest that he is at the top of boss Massimiliano Allegri’s wish-list.

“The Milan rumours are all just talk,” the attacking midfielder stated while on international duty with Slovakia.

“At the moment all that I am thinking about is my national side and then my deserved holidays,” he continued.

“I am a Napoli player and I’m happy that I signed a new five-year contract with the club last September.”

Napoli have enjoyed a wonderful campaign after challenging for the Scudetto and eventually finishing third in Serie A.

The Azzurri have thus qualified for the Champions League and boss Walter Mazzarri has been confirmed in his role after coming close to an exit.

“I’m very happy that Mazzarri has remained,” Hamsik added.

Napoli chief Aurelio De Laurentiis has underlined in recent weeks that he has never received an offer from Milan for Hamsik.

The Rossoneri too have denied an interest in the former Brescia youngster.

Baresi: 'Barcelona like my AC Milan'
29.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan legend Franco Baresi can see similarities with the current Barcelona side. “We both changed the routine of football.”

The Blaugrana smashed Manchester United 3-1 in last night’s Champions League Final and many are suggesting they are the greatest club side ever.

“We’ve got to wait for this team to grow old, otherwise nobody will push past this Barcelona,” smiled Baresi.

He was the captain of Il Grande Milan, the side managed by Arrigo Sacchi that dominated European and World football in the 1980s and early 90s.

“There have been many great sides, like Johan Cruyff’s Ajax and Franz Beckenbauer’s Bayern Munich, who launched a new generation of champions.

“But this Barcelona, just like my Milan, has that belief in its DNA. Regardless of the opponent, you are always the one to take the initiative and dictate the play.

“In terms of technique, organisation, passing and individuality, the two sides are parallel. We both changed the routine of football.

“Perhaps Barcelona are even more spectacular to watch than Milan, but I’m sure we would’ve given them trouble. Ah, how I’d have loved to play against them.”

Sacchi’s Milan won two European Cups, two Intercontinetal Cups, two European Super Cups, an Italian Super Cup and Scudetto from 1988 to 1990.

Among the stars in that side were Marco Van Basten, Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard, Roberto Donadoni and Paolo Maldini.

VIDEO: Messi with AC Milan's scarf
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AC Milan target Bayern Munich pair
29.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan are targeting a double Bayern Munich swoop for Bastian Schweinsteiger and Miroslav Klose.

The Rossoneri are seeking two main figures on the transfer market this summer – a left-sided midfielder and an understudy to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

According to Tuttosport, both of them could arrive in one deal organised with the Bayern directors.

Schweinsteiger is the impressive German international who would give vitality to the left side of their midfield and lower the average age of the squad.

He renewed his contract with Bayern until 2016, but could walk away after the dismissal of manager Louis Van Gaal.

Schweinsteiger would reunite with his former Bayern Munich teammate Mark Van Bommel, who arrived at San Siro in January.

A third element is also on their wish-list, as hitman Klose is considered a good alternative to Ibrahimovic.

Milan lack a tall centre-forward in the Swede’s style, so Klose would be available relatively cheap and has international experience.

There is a very strong rapport between the two clubs, so negotiations could progress fairly quickly.

Invader puts AC Milan scarf on Messi
29.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Falco has struck again. The Italian pitch invader managed to wrap a Milan scarf around the neck of Leo Messi during the Champions League Final.

The figure, real name Mario Ferri, became notorious for repeated pitch invasions in Italy wearing a t-shirt urging Marcello Lippi to call Antonio Cassano for the 2010 World Cup.

He expanded his horizons, always wearing a Superman t-shirt, during the Club World Cup Final between Inter and Mazembe in Abu Dhabi in December.

Last night Falco got on to the pitch at Wembley Stadium during Barcelona’s 3-1 victory over Manchester United.

Before security managed to drag him away, he wrapped a Milan scarf around Messi’s neck.

AC Milan track Fabregas and Aquilani
28.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan are still seeking a midfielder and it’s reported the main target is Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas, followed by Alberto Aquilani.

Vice-President Adriano Galliani confirmed they are looking for a world-class reinforcement on the left side of midfield.

According to Tuttosport, Arsenal star Fabregas has leapt to the top of the wish-list over the past few days.

It is going to be tough, as the likes of Barcelona, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Inter are all tracking the €35m-rated Spaniard.

Galliani will be in London tonight for the Champions League Final between Barcelona and United at Wembley.

However, the Corriere dello Sport newspaper suggests that another Premier League figure is on Milan’s agenda.

It is increasingly unlikely that Juventus will take up their option to buy Aquilani following his loan spell, as they continue to haggle with Liverpool over the price.

Having signed Andrea Pirlo and moving towards Udinese’s Gokhan Inler, Juve seem to have their midfield worked out.

Milan aim to take advantage of Aquilani’s desire to stay in Italy and bring the price-tag down to around €16m.

Berlusconi's Hamsik pledge
28.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan President Silvio Berlusconi has promised to a crowd of Napoli fans that he “will not sign Marek Hamsik.”

Reports have been circulating over the past week that the Rossoneri are targeting Hamsik for their summer transfer campaign.

Patron Berlusconi, who is also Prime Minister of Italy, chose an unusual setting to comment on Milan’s football policy.

He spoke to a crowd of people at a benefit concert for his political party in Naples’ main square, Piazza del Plebiscito.

“I promise that I will not sign Hamsik. Milan don’t go to steal the symbols of other clubs.”

Naturally, the statement sparked celebration in the Naples crowd.

Onyewu returns to AC Milan
27.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan have officially welcomed back USA international Oguchi Onyewu from his loan spell at Twente.

The unlucky defender suffered a serious injury as soon as he joined the Rossoneri in the summer of 2009 and never really made it on to the field.

The 29-year-old was loaned to Dutch side FC Twente for six months in January, but the club has opted not to take up their option of a permanent move.

“His contract included an option to buy, but after joint consultations, FC Twente and Onyewu decided not to exercise it,” read a statement.

“Onyewu played 14 games for FC Twente.”

Amelia: I'd walk to Roma
27.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Marco Amelia has failed to rule out a return to Roma just days after Milan signed him outright from Genoa.

The Italian giants have decided to keep the goalkeeper after he initially joined the outfit last summer.

However, the 28-year-old, who will again probably be a reserve to Christian Abbiati next term, has opened the door for an immediate switch.

“I am now totally a Rossoneri player, but I would sacrifice the Champions League for the Europa League if the call that I am waiting for arrives,” he told Radio Erre2.

“Everyone knows that I am a Roma supporter and I would go to that club on foot if necessary.

“Even the Milan directors are aware of this. Let’s wait and see who the new Roma boss is and then who knows…”

The 2006 World Cup winner started his career in the Giallorossi youth sector, but he never made a Serie A appearance for the club.

He left Roma in 2001 to join Livorno and has since also played for Lecce, Parma, Palermo and Genoa.

Galliani reveals Spalletti secret
27.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani says he has no regrets about hiring Massimiliano Allegri after revealing talks with Luciano Spalletti.

“There was a very secret meeting between myself and Spalletti at my house,” Galliani said to Sky Sport 24 of the present Zenit boss.

“In order to not get recognised he wore a hat! Then destiny wanted things to go differently. When was this? I can’t say…”

While the timing of that meeting remains a mystery, Milan opted to hire Leonardo in 2009 and Allegri in 2010.

“The idea is always the same,” continued Galliani. “The most important thing is that our Coaches get the team playing well.

“It happened with Arrigo Sacchi, Fabio Capello and Carlo Ancelotti.

“Allegri did this with Sassuolo and Cagliari, that was the biggest factor. We at Milan don’t just think about winning, but convincing too with a tradition of good football.”

Turning to transfer matters, the Rossoneri chief was inevitably asked to comment on the Marek Hamsik rumour.

“Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis is right, we have never asked for Hamsik,” Galliani noted. “We have a good relationship with him and don’t want to be rude.”

The Azzurri chief yesterday reacted angrily to the claims, suggesting that his club is not a shop but an expensive jewelry store.

“Yes,” smiled Galliani. “That’s why we are shopping at the supermarket…”

The official continued by dismissing links with Javier Pastore, Kaka, Ganso, Miroslav Klose and Rafael Van Der Vaart.

He also went into detail as to why his club wouldn’t be making an offer for Fiorentina’s Riccardo Montolivo.

“He would be a perfect replacement for Andrea Pirlo, but a Pirlo who plays in front of the defence,” he continued.

“We want a left-midfielder and Montolivo is not one. We are looking for a player with legs, a player who is good at coming from deep.”

Antonini commits to AC Milan
26.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Luca Antonini has no intention of following Andrea Pirlo to Juventus. “I want to stay at Milan.”

The Azzurri international is not guaranteed a first team shirt with the Italian champions after they signed Taye Taiwo from Marseille.

As a result, he has been linked with a summer move, with Juventus a possibility after they showed an interest a year ago.

“I want to stay at Milan,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “I’m really happy here and I don’t want to leave. I still have three years on my contract.”

A Juventus offer for Antonini would appear to have been an odd move for the Turin giants given their recent market activity.

Earlier today they confirmed the free capture of left-back Reto Ziegler from Sampdoria on a four-year deal.

Allegri on Hamsik, Asamoah & Montolivo
26.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri has discussed the club’s possible transfer targets – Marek Hamsik, Kwadwo Asamoah and Riccardo Montolivo.

“I’m in daily contact with Vice-President Adriano Galliani, but I’ll leave the transfer market up to him as he has shown over time that he is a master,” Allegri told Sky Sport Italia.

“I’ve spoken about many players with the club. Galliani will sign the one player who will be of most use.

“We want a left-sided midfielder with an eye for goal, someone who can replace Andrea Pirlo in the squad.”

Stories today suggest that Napoli’s Hamsik is Allegri’s preferred choice and the Coach says he would fit the bill.

“The objective is a left midfielder. Hamsik is somebody who can play in that role, but there are many more. The most difficult thing is finding a player worthy of Milan.”

Udinese’s Asamoah has been paired with the Rossoneri too, while Montolivo is available after he stated that he would not be renewing his contract at Fiorentina.

“Asamoah has only been playing at these high levels for two years, but he is very good. Montolivo is a great player.”

Milan won the League this season in Allegri’s first San Siro campaign, but he’s already looking ahead to next term.

“The objective is to do well in the League, the Champions League and the Coppa Italia,” he continued.

“We’ve improved an already strong defence with Mexes and Taiwo.

“We hope the new midfielder will allow us to close the gap on the big European clubs.

“We are fine in attack. Antonio Cassano will make a difference.”

Napoli dismiss Hamsik rumours
26.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Napoli chief Aurelio De Laurentiis has shot down reports that Milan are preparing to launch an audacious bid to sign Marek Hamsik. “We’re not a supermarket.”

La Gazzetta dello Sport today claimed that Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi had given the go-ahead to make a €30m offer.

However, contacted by Marte Sport Live, Azzurri chief De Laurentiis dismissed the speculation.

“I tell the fans to stay calm,” he noted. “When a market opens everyone wants to buy, but 95 per cent of it is just talk. Napoli fans are intelligent and shouldn’t be taken for a ride by the media.

“If someone wants one of our players then they have to come and ask me. There is no need for chatter and no need to shout.

“If someone wants to buy one of my players, who no longer shows a desire to wear these magnificent Azzurri colours, then someone is going to have to put their hand in their pocket.”

De Laurentiis also confirmed that he’s only been asked for Hamsik by Inter in the past and he quickly ended their interest.

“When Moratti called me I told him that I would never sell Hamsik. Galliani has asked me nothing.

"Napoli are not a supermarket. Perhaps you can describe us as a jewellery store, but people are scared by our prices..."

After rejecting the Milan-Hamsik links, the fiery owner did the same after reports suggested that Spurs were keen on Ezequiel Lavezzi.

“I’ve never heard from Tottenham,” he added.

When questioned on possible Napoli buys this summer, De Laurentiis said: "The water in the pot is boiling and we're preparing to cook the best spaghetti.

“As soon as something is ready then I’ll let everyone know.”

Ganso and Pastore no, Hamsik maybe
26.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan will not sign Ganso or Javier Pastore this summer, but they have left the door slightly open for Marek Hamsik.

That’s according to Vice-President Adriano Galliani who discussed transfer matters with journalists this afternoon.

Santos starlet Ganso has been linked in previous months, as has Palermo’s creative Pastore, but Galliani noted they were not the type of player he is looking for.

“It seems to be that Ganso is not a left-sided midfielder and the same goes for Pastore,” he said. “We already have two attacking midfielders in Kevin Prince Boateng and Clarence Seedorf.

“There is no Mr X or Mr Y, there is a need for a left-sided midfielder,” he continued. “Asamoah of Udinese is one, Napoli’s Hamsik is one, so is Gareth Bale and Rafael Van Der Vaart [Spurs].”

After distancing the Rossoneri from those two players, he also rejected claims that Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas was the real transfer target this summer.

“Fabregas is too expensive,” he added. “It’ll be difficult to sign a player from one of the big European teams.

“A visionary club has to find players before anyone else, as we did with Kaka by paying just €7m for him.”

A report in the Gazzetta dello Sport today suggested that Milan were keen on Hamsik and Galliani couldn’t rule out a swoop.

“He can be discounted totally, but we have never asked Napoli for him. Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis is right about that.”

Galliani also confirmed that Antonio Cassano is going nowhere after holding talks with his agent yesterday. “Cassano will stay with us, he has a contract until 2014.”

AC Milan allowed to bid for Hamsik
26.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Silvio Berlusconi has given the green light for Milan to make a bid for Napoli sensation Marek Hamsik.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Rossoneri owner has told Vice-President Adriano Galliani that he can make Napoli an offer.

Owner Berlusconi has apparently provided Galliani with a budget of €30m to land the Slovakian international.

The former Brescia player, 23, has been specifically requested by Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri.

The claims come despite the fact that Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis insisted that he had never received an offer from Milan for the ace.

“Galliani hasn’t asked me for Hamsik and he could have because we have met recently,” he stated earlier this week.

“The only person to request Hamsik was Inter’s Massimo Moratti, but I told him that we were at the start of an era and asked him to not make any more offers for the player.”

Milan will apparently ask football agent Mino Raiola, who used to represent the player, to make the move happen.

Raiola helped Milan sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho last summer.

Nesta: Leonardo is no traitor
26.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Former Milan player and boss Leonardo is not a traitor for joining Inter, says Alessandro Nesta.

The Brazilian coached Nesta at Milan last season, before he left and was later appointed as Nerazzurri tactician on Christmas Eve.

“You leave Milan and then Inter call, are you going to turn them down? It’s normal for somebody who wants to be a Coach to boss Inter if they are asked,” Nesta told Sky Italia.

“These opportunities don’t come around every day. As far as I am concerned, Leonardo is not a traitor.

“Actually, he had the courage to say yes and he will always have my respect,” continued the veteran.

Nesta played a key part in the Rossoneri’s recent Scudetto success and he’ll figure in the side next season too after agreeing a new one-year contract.

“There are some important objectives ahead and I hope I am fit enough to play regularly,” the 2006 World Cup winner added.

“Obviously I want to win. When you are in the habit of winning then you never want to stop.”

Tassotti: 'Mexes is no Saint...'
25.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan assistant manager Mauro Tassotti is not concerned by Philippe Mexes’ reputation. “Nobody’s a Saint in football...”

The defender has made a free transfer from Roma to San Siro, but is known for his poor disciplinary record on the field.

“Do we need to file down some of his irritability and ‘slip-ups’? I believe these things have always been in football and we had to deal with some of them this season too.

“Clearly, it’s better if they don’t happen, but nobody’s a Saint in football,” noted Tassotti on Sky Sport Italia.

“It’s a shame Mexes picked up a serious injury just before joining us, but we will wait for him.”

Tassotti was one of the defensive rocks of Il Grande Milan and now acts as assistant manager to Massimiliano Allegri.

“The defence did a great job this season and we conceded far fewer goals than the next side in the list. The whole team contributed and their work ethic lent a hand to the defence.”

Cassano stays, Legrottaglie goes
25.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Antonio Cassano’s contract until 2014 “will be respected,” said his agent, but Milan look set to release Nicola Legrottaglie.

Vice-President Adriano Galliani continues his marathon talks over contract renegotiations with much of the squad after the season came to a close.

Today Cassano’s representative was at the club headquarters and as he left spoke to Sky Sport Italia.

“There are no problems,” said Giuseppe Bozzo. “Cassano’s contract will be respected until 2014 with the reciprocal and extreme satisfaction of both parties.”

The current deal does not expire until June 2014, so there is no need for an extension right now, but the comment rules out reports of a summer move to Fiorentina.

However, it is reported that Legrottaglie will not be offered a new contract, having played just 33 minutes since his January loan move from Juventus.

A switch to newly-promoted Siena has been suggested.

AC Milan lead Man Utd for Volkan
25.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

According to reports in Turkey, Milan are currently beating Manchester United in the race for Volkan Demirel.

The 30-year-old Fenerbahce goalkeeper is available for around €15m and is wanted by both clubs.

“Volkan has already spoken to Milan Vice-President Gianni Nardi and will receive €3m per season,” wrote Turkish newspaper Hurriyet.

“His family and friends confirmed these latest developments.”

It does seem unusual, considering Milan have only just extended Flavio Roma’s contract and bought out Marco Amelia from Genoa.

Gattuso: 'I have to consider Russia'
25.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Gennaro Gattuso admits he “has to consider” the big money offers from Russia. “I will retire in two years, after all.”

The Milan midfielder has been of interest to several clubs in the new realms of European football, including Anzhi Makhachkala, based in Dagestan.

“There is no problem of motivation for me. There is a proposal from Russia and it’s up to me to decide,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“These are very high figures and, seeing as I will retire in two years after all, I have to consider it. Then we’ll see.”

It’s reported Gattuso is offered a contract worth €10m per season to play in the Russian Premier League.

Seedorf wanted to 'feel important'
25.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Clarence Seedorf says money was never a factor in his decision to extend his Milan contract.

The Dutchman had spent the last week pondering his options before renewing his Rossoneri deal until 2012 today.

“I have never moved for financial reward in my career,” the 35-year-old midfielder told MilanNews. “Money was never an issue.

“There were never any problems of an economical nature. I just needed to reach an agreement with the club, an outfit who I have a great relationship with.

“I wanted to still feel important. Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani gave me the answers I was looking for and that is why I remained.”

Seedorf has enjoyed much success with the Rossoneri since his 2002 switch from Inter and he is targeting more glory.

“After the Scudetto, I want us to confirm ourselves in Europe. I want my fifth Champions League. I’m hungry to reach more targets. There is no better place to win than at Milan.”

The Italian champions will be without Andrea Pirlo next season though after he joined Juventus yesterday.

“I’m sad that Pirlo has left,” he added. “I’ve lost one of my best friends and the side a great player. He’s made history here and I wish him well.”

OFFICIAL: Seedorf renews
25.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Italian champions Milan have confirmed that Clarence Seedorf has extended his contract for a further season.

The Dutchman met club officials this morning where he put pen to paper, committing himself to the outfit until June 2012.

Seedorf’s previous deal was set to expire next month and he began extension talks last week.

However, amid interest from numerous Brazilian sides, he decided to take some time to review his options.

After speaking with boss Massimiliano Allegri about his tactical plans for next term, Seedorf has now agreed to stay.

The midfielder, 35, joined Milan in the summer of 2002 from city rivals Inter.

Galliani on Boateng, Cassano, Ibrahimovic, Seedorf
25.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Adriano Galliani confirmed Kevin-Prince Boateng, Antonio Cassano and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. “I hope to convince Clarence Seedorf to stay with Milan.”

The transfer chief was in a summit with Genoa President Enrico Preziosi today and secured a deal to buy out the remaining 50 per cent of Boateng’s contract.

“At the start we had some difficulties, but at the end found an agreement that I think is fair and right for both parties,” said the Milan Vice-President.

“Both Marco Amelia and Alberto Paloschi are also entirely owned by Milan. The latter will certainly remain, as he’ll be important over the summer when Alexandre Pato and Robinho are in the Copa America.

“I don’t think Cassano has any particular problems and his agent hasn’t said anything. Ibrahimovic will certainly stay at Milan. Every now and then Mino Raiola likes to joke around, but Ibra is going nowhere.”

Of the veterans with contracts set to expire next month, Seedorf is the least likely to put pen to paper, as he has several offers from Brazil.

“I hope to convince Seedorf to stay at Milan.”

Galliani was also asked about reports the Rossoneri are preparing a swoop for want-away Fiorentina captain Riccardo Montolivo.

“He plays in front of the defence, so in that position we already have Massimo Ambrosini and Mark Van Bommel.”

Genoa: 'AC Milan have bought Boateng'
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Source: Football Italia

“We have a deal and Kevin-Prince Boateng will be a Milan player in entirety,” declared Genoa President Enrico Preziosi after today’s meeting.

The Ghana international was signed by Genoa in the summer from Portsmouth and immediately handed over to the Rossoneri on loan, then in a co-ownership agreement.

Today Genoa chief Preziosi and Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani held a long meeting to discuss the various players they share ownership of.

“Two clubs like Genoa and Milan cannot argue,” Preziosi told Datasport.it as he left the summit.

“We have a deal and Boateng will be a Milan player in entirety. Boateng was important for Milan, but we did not take advantage by raising the price-tag. The player cost the right amount.

“Not much money was transferred in this agreement and what there was went to Genoa. It is an agreement that overall made Milan happy and Genoa reassured.”

It’s believed that Milan paid €7m for the remaining half of Boateng’s contract, while activating their options on Marco Amelia, Rodney Strasser and Alberto Paloschi.

Former Genoa defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos returns to Marassi, while Giacomo Beretta’s co-ownership status between the two is renewed.

Pato 'out for four to five weeks'
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Source: Football Italia

Alexandre Pato will not undergo surgery for his dislocated shoulder, “but will be out for four to five weeks.”

The Milan striker fell awkwardly during Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Udinese and popped his left shoulder out of joint.

It was already put back in place under general anaesthetic on Sunday evening, but more tests were performed today.

“Complications were excluded,” read a statement on the Milan website. “After a consultation with Professor Taverna, a shoulder specialist, it was decided not to intervene surgically.

“Pato will undergo a rehabilitation programme aimed at a full recovery in four to five weeks.

“The player’s participation in the Copa America will be re-evaluated between the Milan and Brazil medical staff at the end of June.”

Pato had initially been ruled out of the competition, which begins in Argentina on July 1, but could still be included in the squad if his recovery progresses well.

OFFICIAL: Pirlo to Juventus
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Juventus have officially signed Andrea Pirlo on three-year contract after he passed his medical today.

The midfielder was a free agent after his deal with Milan was not renewed, ending a run of 10 years at the club.

Pirlo underwent his medical in Turin this afternoon and the official Juventus website confirmed he has signed a contract that runs from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2014.

The World Cup winner will be presented to the media on Wednesday.

Allegri: 'Mourinho is pathetic!
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Milan manager Max Allegri has blasted some colleagues, including Jose Mourinho. “He’s pathetic and banal. His arrogance hides insecurity.”

The Rossoneri tactician was interviewed on comedy show Le Iene and asked to give a brief description of other bosses, but was particularly riled by the Real Madrid chief.

“Every now and then Mourinho is pathetic. He always repeats the same things and it makes him become banal,” said Allegri.

“I think he’s very talented, but his arrogance hides insecurity.”

Mourinho was back in the spotlight today after releasing a statement on the Real Madrid website taking yet another stab at rivals Barcelona.

“I would like to end with a very simple wish, which is that next season we recover certain values no one should ever forget, but that some professionals and institutions of the world of football have nonetheless forgotten,” wrote The Special One.

“These values should be the basis of our sport. Fair play, respect for your opponent and zero tolerance to racism shouldn't just be words, they should also be facts. I again stress my hope and wish to recover those fundamental principles in our sport next season.”

Meanwhile, Allegri gave his response to quick-fire questions about other colleagues.

“Leonardo’s weakness is he’s too much of a gentleman. Gigi Del Neri is very stuck in his ways. Luciano Spalletti is... bald!

“Cesare Prandelli is diplomatic. Walter Mazzarri gets too angry.”

When asked if he would follow Leonardo’s footsteps and move across the city to Inter, he ruled it out.

“You never know in life, but there is a lot of rivalry between Inter and Milan, so these club colours really get under your skin.”

Didac Vila considers AC Milan exit
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Didac Vila seems to be angling for a move away from Milan after making just one Serie A appearance for the club.

The Spaniard joined the Rossoneri in January, but had to wait until the last day of the season against Udinese to make his League debut.

“I am young and I need to play,” the full-back is quoted as saying on Tuesday.

“It has been hard to sit on the sidelines for all of this time.

“Nevertheless, it has been an experience which has helped me to mature.”

Milan may consider releasing the player on loan for 2011-12, with former club Espanyol a possible destination.

Cassano set for AC Milan talks
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Milan chief Adriano Galliani will reportedly meet with the agent of Antonio Cassano at some stage on Wednesday.

The fantasista’s future has been placed into some doubt ahead of the 2012 European Championship.

Although Milan are happy to keep him and the player is content at San Siro, the January arrival from Sampdoria may consider an exit if he receives offers from elsewhere.

Cassano is not guaranteed first team football at Milan in a squad which includes Robinho, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alexandre Pato and Pippo Inzaghi.

He made 17 appearances for the champions in the past campaign, but only totalled 921 minutes – that’s an average of 54 minutes per match.

Reaching Euro 2012 with Italy is an important target for a player whose past problems have seen him miss out on World Cup tournaments.

He did feature at Euro 2004 and Euro 2008, but both of those competitions ended in disappointment.

Cassano, who is represented by Giuseppe Bozzo, has been strongly linked with Fiorentina in the past few weeks after almost joining the Viola in January 2010.

Napoli and Palermo have also been associated even if Rosanero chief Maurizio Zamparini ruled out his proposed capture earlier this month.

Balotelli '2000%' staying at City
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Mario Balotelli will continue to play his football for Manchester City after suggestions of a return to Serie A were shot down.

The Italian international was back in Italy with his agent on Monday which ignited the transfer rumour mill.

However, Mino Raiola and the player himself dismissed questions linking him with a switch to Italian champions Milan.

“I’m staying at City,” the player stated before Raiola took centre stage.

“Mario Balotelli will remain at Manchester City, that’s 2000 per cent certain,” noted the representative.

“I know that Adriano Galliani likes him, but Milan have never made an official offer for him.”

Balotelli joined City last summer after his relationship with Inter broke down despite being part of the treble winning side.

The striker was yesterday recalled to the Italy squad too after being omitted from the Giro Azzurro in the past due to injury and disciplinary reasons.

Mourinho wants Ibrahimovic for Real
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Jose Mourinho has asked Real Madrid to gift him Milan ace Zlatan Ibrahimovic ahead of the new campaign.

Mourinho wants his attack reinforced over the summer and the Swedish international is understood to be his top target.

The Special One knows all about Ibra, having bossed him for a season at Inter before Ibrahimovic’s 2009 move to Barcelona.

Ibra returned to the Stadio Meazza last summer though, this time with the Nerazzurri’s city rivals Milan.

The Rossoneri netted the former Juventus player on loan, with the option to buy him outright this summer for €24m.

However, his future is now again being brought into question just weeks after he won a domestic League title for the eighth season running.

Ibrahimovic is represented by Mino Raiola, an agent who yesterday was questioned about the 29-year-old.

“If an important offer was to arrive and Milan wanted to sell then it would be considered,” Raiola noted.

“We have already received a number of proposals, but Ibrahimovic has no intention of leaving Milan and he hasn’t given his permission to be sold.”

The Ibra to Real story has already got the transfer rumour mill in motion, with some media already speculating whom Milan could replace Ibra with.

The prime candidate at the moment seems to be Manchester City and Italy striker Mario Balotelli.

Although Raiola, who also represents Balotelli, has stated that the player will remain in Manchester, Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani is a known fan of Super Mario.

Taiwo ready for AC Milan chance
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Marseille defender Taye Taiwo maintains he has no fear about playing for Italian champions Milan next season.

The left-back has agreed to join the Rossoneri on a Bosman transfer after his contract in France expires.

“I’m not afraid of playing for Milan,” he stated. “I was already nobody when I first arrived at Marseille, but I was able to impose myself.

“The Rossoneri are one of the most prestigious clubs in the world, like Manchester United and Chelsea.

“I’m really enthusiastic about playing alongside people like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alexandre Pato and Clarence Seedorf.

“I’ll work hard every day. It’ll then be up to the Coach to decide how and when to use me in the team.”

Taiwo is one of two defenders signed by the club so far. The other is Roma’s Philippe Mexes who will also arrive on a free transfer.

AC Milan expect Gattuso to remain
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Italian champions Milan are confident that Gennaro Gattuso will still be at the club for their 2011-12 campaign.

The veteran midfielder has been linked with a lucrative move to Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, but Adriano Galliani doesn’t predict a summer exit.

“Gattuso has a contract with us and he has not asked for a transfer,” the Rossoneri Vice-President noted on Monday.

Galliani’s words come after the player’s agent also seemed to rule out a Stadio Meazza exit for his client.

“I think he’ll stay at Milan,” Andrea D’Amico noted last week. “However, if he was to leave, he’d never go to an Italian side after the Rossoneri.

“Is he wanted by other clubs? The only serious offer that we have received is from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.”

The 2006 World Cup winner, now 33-years-old, joined Milan in 1999 from Salernitana.

AC Milan implement over-30 rule
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Milan chief Adriano Galliani says the club will only hand one-year contract extensions to players over the age of 30.

The official made the statement when asked about the departure of Andrea Pirlo who leaves the outfit after a decade.

“I think that it is too much for a player who is 30-32 to think about a three-year contract,” he told Sky Italia.

“Had Pirlo accepted shorter terms then he would probably have remained. From now on, Milan will only offer yearly contracts to players over 30.”

Pirlo, who turned 32 last week, is expected to join Juventus on a three-year deal once his present agreement with the Rossoneri expires next month.

Pirlo is one of numerous players whose contracts were or are set to expire in June, another being veteran Clarence Seedorf.

“We want him to renew with us and I’ll try everything to make sure that he stays,” Galliani added.

Galliani will hold fresh talks with the Dutchman, who is wanted by numerous Brazilian clubs, at some stage this week.

Injured Pato out of Copa America
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Alexandre Pato is out of the Copa America after dislocating his left shoulder during Milan’s game this evening.

The Brazil international was hoping to be one of the stars of the tournament in July, but has been ruled out of the entire competition.

Pato was stretchered off during the 0-0 draw with Udinese after falling awkwardly on to his left shoulder.

He was taken to a local hospital and given x-rays, which proved there are no fractures, but the shoulder was dislocated.

The player was put under general anaesthetic so that doctors could put the shoulder back in place and he will need to wear a support brace for four weeks before beginning rehabilitation.

Serie A: Udinese 0:0 AC Milan - match report
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Udinese saw a penalty saved, so it was a real game, but got the point they needed for Champions League football!

The Friulani need only a point to be sure of Champions League preliminary round qualification, an amazing achievement considering their season started with four straight defeats. Antonio Di Natale was already sure of his second consecutive Capocannoniere title. Dusan Basta and Andrea Coda were the only absentees, as Alexis Sanchez recovered from a recurring ankle injury. Milan were still celebrating their Scudetto, but also waving goodbye to Andrea Pirlo and probably Clarence Seedorf, while Didac Vila received his Serie A debut.

Udinese's record in this fixture is terrible, notching up only six victories, 17 draws and 12 defeats. Curiously, the Friulani haven’t shared the spoils at all in Serie A since a 0-0 with Brescia on February 20, winning seven of the next 11 rounds.

Seedorf was angry at himself after firing an early effort over the bar, then Mathieu Flamini was deservedly booked for a two-footed tackle on Gokhan Inler after 12 minutes.

Di Natale went extremely close too, as his splendid free kick curled over the defensive wall and thumped the upright with Marco Amelia beaten.

Milan put together a lovely team move with one-touch football between Antonio Cassano, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Seedorf, but Samir Handanovic closed it down with a flying intervention.

Alexandre Pato also tested Handanovic, then a Sanchez diving header went over the bar. Danger for Udinese when Cassano's pull-back for Pato was crucially intercepted.

An audacious Boateng volley flashed inches over the bar from a tight angle. Cassano then blasted a dangerous angled drive just past the far post.

Urby Emanuelson replaced Mark Van Bommel for the second half. It was a sluggish start and Milan continued to have more chances, as Boateng came sliding in and just failed to get on the end of Cassano's through ball.

Di Natale wanted to add to his Capocannoniere tally and burst past defenders down the right to fire hard at Amelia's palms at the near post.

Udinese were growing and tested Amelia at the same stick moments later, this time with Sanchez.

Bad news for Milan, as Pato fell awkwardly on to his left shoulder and was stretchered off in clear pain.

Sanchez was constantly causing problems for the Milan defence and eventually earned a penalty when Seedorf mistimed his tackle at the by-line. Di Natale stepped up, but Amelia picked the right spot and fingertipped the penalty on to the base of the near post!

Moments later from a corner Amelia palmed away the glancing Inler header, while Ignazio Abate had to stop Mauricio Isla nodding in at the back post.

Udinese couldn't believe their luck on 76 minutes! Inler's screamer from distance had Amelia rooted to the spot, but it hit the underside of the crossbar and ricocheted on to the upright to go back out! He effectively hit bar and post with a single shot.

The Friulani also threatened when Pablo Armero's shot from close range was practically cleared off the line by teammate Di Natale, who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Boateng flicked on a pass for Robinho, forcing Handanovic to smother at his feet. There was the very real risk of losing fourth place if Milan got a goal here, as Lazio were winning comfortably in Lecce. The Rossoneri gave Flavio Roma a quick run-out in his season debut after signing a contract extension this week.

Udinese: Handanovic; Benatia, Zapata, Domizzi; Isla, Pinzi, Inler, Asamoah, Armero; Sanchez, Di Natale

Milan: Amelia (Roma 87); Abate, Thiago Silva, Yepes, Didac Vilà; Flamini, Van Bommel (Emanuelson 46), Seedorf; Boateng; Pato (Robinho 72), Cassano

Ref: Tagliavento

Missed penalty: Di Natale 74 (U)

Corinthians 'waiting for Seedorf'
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Clarence Seedorf will either extend his Milan contract or move to Brazil. “We’ve been in talks for a while and are waiting for news,” revealed Corinthians.

The Dutch midfielder will be out of contract on June 30 and is in negotiations with the Rossoneri over a possible extension.

He wants the certainty of fairly regular playing time, something that so far Massimiliano Allegri has not been able to provide.

Instead, Seedorf has been linked with several Brazilian clubs, including Botafogo and Flamengo.

“We’ve been in talks for a while and are waiting for news from Seedorf,” said Corinthians manager Tite.

“We hope everything can be resolved over the next few days.”

Nesta: 'Pirlo is a football genius'
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Alessandro Nesta waves goodbye to Milan teammate Andrea Pirlo. “He’s one of the last who can be called a football genius.”

The club decided not to renew his contract, so Pirlo will play his final game for the Rossoneri this evening before heading to Juventus.

“Pirlo is one of the last who can be called a football genius,” Nesta told La Stampa newspaper.

“He sometimes looks like he might be asleep, but he is really a rock in the locker room and is worth 10 men.

“Friendship does exist in football and we are very close, so it’s a shame to see him leave, but it is only right that he chooses his path.”

Nesta’s contract was also set to expire on June 30, but he has extended until 2012.

“I have no intention of hanging up my boots. I lost a year due to my back injury and I intend to get it back. If it won’t be here at Milan, then it will be abroad.

“Nobody knows what will happen in the future. I would like to be a Coach, but I realise it’s not something I am cut out for.

“I am too close to my wife and two children, so I couldn’t stand continually packing their bags to drag them around the country following work.”

Hamsik: 'AC Milan interest wonderful'
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Marek Hamsik admits “it’s wonderful that Milan are interested in me, but if an offer arrived then I’d have to talk to Napoli first.”

The Slovak has been named by newspapers as the primary reinforcement for the Rossoneri and explained as much to Sme in his home country.

“It’s wonderful that Milan are interested in me, of course, but I am accustomed to the newspapers writing things that don’t come true,” said the midfielder.

“If an offer arrived then I’d have to talk to Napoli first. I would like to try playing for a club that regularly challenges for the Scudetto and Champions League.”

The Partenopei could well fit that bill, as this season they finished third and were Milan’s main challengers for a while.

“At the start of the season nobody expected us to qualify for the Champions League. This is an incredible result for the club and I can’t wait to hear the competition theme tune. Only then will I realise what we’ve managed to do, so I’m impatient for the next campaign to start.

“We were in the top Serie A positions for practically the whole season. There was consistency in our performances, so we deserved our place.”

Walter Mazzarri has threatened to walk away, but over the weekend was more conciliatory with the club.

“Mazzarri is a great Coach and we’ll see how it goes. We would all be happy if he stayed,” added Hamsik.

Inzaghi: 'Leonardo got it wrong'
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Pippo Inzaghi looks back over his Milan career and reveals “Leonardo got it wrong on an interpersonal level, unlike Massimiliano Allegri.”

Tactician Allegri won the Scudetto on his first attempt, whereas many have a poor memory of Leonardo after he moved to rivals Inter.

“Leonardo got it wrong on an interpersonal level. He did the exact opposite of Allegri, who connected with the players and was very smart to earn the faith of the squad without storming in to mark his authority.

“The most important thing for a manager to do is get the players on his side, as that brings you to success.

“The tactician I am closest to remains Carlo Ancelotti. We won so much together, although all my Coaches gave me something special.”

Inzaghi was one of the many players out of contract, but has signed a one-year extension and will likely hang up his boots next summer.

“My motivation to keep on playing comes from the fans, as to hear an entire stadium chanting your name after six months out is worth everything to me. I don’t know if I’ll fully recover from this injury, but their affection gives me strength.

“I am looking ahead to my career and if I can stay at Milan in some capacity, it would be better. I know that if I wanted to become a Coach next season, I could begin training,” he told Radio Uno.

The veteran hitman will also be a spectator for the Champions League Final between Barcelona and Manchester United.

“I love beautiful football, so obviously I will be cheering on Barcelona.”

'Fabregas to AC Milan is fantasy - for now'
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Milan director Ariedo Braida claims reports of a move for Cesc Fabregas “is just fantasy football for the moment.”

The Rossoneri have confirmed they want a reinforcement for the left side of midfield and the Arsenal star would be the prime candidate.

“Fabregas to Milan? That is just fantasy football for the moment,” said director of sport Braida, who did not entirely rule out the possibility in future.

A more likely option is Udinese’s Ghana international Kwadwo Asamoah, who will face Milan on Sunday.

“He proved that he is an excellent player in Udine. For the moment let us say that is all,” continued Braida.

“I would be happy if Udinese got to the Champions League preliminary round, but Milan are in their way and we intend to win every game.

“The Friulani have had an extraordinary season and this would be the crowning moment. It’s well deserved, as Francesco Guidolin is one of the best Coaches around.”

Hulk 'dreams of San Siro', says agent
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Porto striker Hulk’s agent confirms “he dreams of playing at San Siro and Milan were already interested last year.”

The Brazilian hitman achieved great success with Porto this season, including the title and Europa League.

He recently signed a contract extension with a reported €100m buy-out clause, but is still linked with Inter and Milan.

“Hulk dreams of playing at San Siro,” agent Teodoro Fonseca told Sky Sport Italia.

“We have not had contact with Milan, but they were already interested last year.”

Allegri pledges AC Milan performance
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Max Allegri promised Milan will give their all against Udinese, but also looked to the future. “Andrea Pirlo’s replacement will be world class.”

The Scudetto winners have nothing more to play for, while Sunday night’s opponents need a point to secure Champions League football.

“We’ve got nothing to lose, so we have to play a great game. Udinese will be very motivated, but we are Milan and cannot afford to embarrass ourselves.

“They have great players like Antonio Di Natale, Alexis Sanchez, Gokhan Inler and Cristian Zapata, so the Champions League is a huge achievement for them, but we aren’t going there to facilitate their party.”

Allegri notably did not name Kwadwo Asamoah, the Udinese player who has been repeatedly linked with a summer move to San Siro.

“He is a good player, but I prefer not to talk about this.”

It is going to be Pirlo’s last game after 10 years in a Milan jersey, but he is not in the starting XI.

“Juventus have made a great signing by bringing in Pirlo. It was a mutual decision from all parties, so our paths have separated, but I’m sure he’ll do wonderful things at Juve,” continued Allegri.

“I still need to talk to Clarence Seedorf and will wait until the end of the season. Considering the rapport I have with everyone, I will honestly answer every question he has for me. Once we have spoken, I’ll tell you our decision.

“Our objective is to win the Champions League, the Scudetto and the Italian Super Cup next season. Pirlo’s replacement will be world class. We already have several, including Thiago Silva, Alessandro Nesta, Robinho, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Antonio Cassano.”

There are reports Cassano could be on his way out after only six months in order to join Fiorentina.

“When there is competition in a top side like Milan, everyone has to know the number of games they’ll play with vary. No club in the world can guarantee 50 matches per season.”

Gennaro Gattuso and Massimo Ambrosini are out injured, so Allegri named the starting XI against Udinese.

Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Thiago Silva, Nesta, Didac; Van Bommel, Flamini, Seedorf; Boateng; Cassano, Pato

Flamini brings Sandro to AC Milan?
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It’s rumoured that Milan will use Mathieu Flamini in order to lure Tottenham into releasing Sandro.

The Rossoneri have long been linked with the Spurs midfielder and they have a similar price-tag on the transfer market.

Flamini would be an ideal solution as far as Milan are concerned, because his contract expires in June 2012 and he is mainly used as a stop-gap.

The 27-year-old Frenchman would also appreciate a return to the Premier League, where he had great success with Arsenal.

Sandro is also a hot transfer target for Serie A sides Roma, Juventus and Inter, especially after the 22-year-old Brazilian’s agent confessed he’d love to play in Italy.

AC Milan look to Napoli's Hamsik
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Milan are reportedly pushing to bring in Napoli star Marek Hamsik to reconstruct their post-Andrea Pirlo midfield.

According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, repeated requests for negotiations have been turned down by Partenopei President Aurelio De Laurentiis.

Rossoneri transfer guru Adriano Galliani is waiting for Hamsik to send a sign that he would like to move on, thus opening the door for serious talks.

It’s believed Hamsik is top of the wish-list for Massimiliano Allegri’s midfield reinforcements.

As this could well be very difficult, Milan have another option in the works with Udinese’s Ghana international Kwadwo Asamoah.

He wouldn’t be a simple transfer either, as the Friulani have slapped a €20m price-tag on the player – double Milan’s current offer.

Pirlo farewell at AC Milan barbecue
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Milan’s end-of-season barbecue also gave Andrea Pirlo the opportunity to say goodbye after 10 years at the club.

The whole team came together after today’s training session for a barbecue in the Milanello training ground, complete with champagne to celebrate the Scudetto.

The team travels to Udine tomorrow to prepare for Sunday night’s final Serie A game.

It was therefore the perfect opportunity for Pirlo to say goodbye to his teammates, as he has confirmed he won’t renew his contract when it expires on June 30.

It’s widely reported the midfielder gave a brief speech and hugged each of his colleagues individually.

A few tears were shed and there were other reasons to celebrate too, as Pirlo turned 32 yesterday. When he first arrived at Milanello from rivals Inter, he was only 21.

His agent confirmed a free transfer to Turin is very likely.

“A final decision will be made in the next few days, but I think Juventus are the prime candidates,” Tulio Tinti noted.

“There are still a few details to iron out, but I believe that Andrea Pirlo is heading towards Juve.”

Boateng '90 per cent' staying at AC Milan
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Genoa President Enrico Preziosi is “90 per cent” sure Kevin-Prince Boateng will stay at Milan and admits Diego Milito won’t be returning either.

The Grifone signed Boateng from Portsmouth in the summer to then immediately loan him to the Rossoneri, but details of a permanent transfer are still up in the air.

“We’ll meet with Adriano Galliani on Tuesday. If we don’t resolve it then, it means we have serious problems,” explained Preziosi.

“If I have to give a percentage, then I’d say I’m 90 per cent sure the matter will be closed on Tuesday. I’ll be glad for this soap opera to end, as I frankly don’t think it’s a major problem.”

There are several loan and co-ownership deals in these negotiations, including goalkeeper Marco Amelia and striker Alberto Paloschi.

“The situation is a little complicated, as it involves eight players and not just Boateng. I hope we don’t get into an argument, but the friendship between the clubs should ensure a conciliatory position all round.

“Genoa will make their requests for Amelia, who is not a part of our plans. There is an agreement with Milan, we have already looked elsewhere, so we hope the promises are kept.”

Preziosi also commented on reported talks with Inter forward Milito, who has been linked with a return to Genoa after a disappointing campaign.

“He will be a protagonist at Inter again, because he wants to make up for this season.”

AC Milan counting on Seedorf bond
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Milan director general Ariedo Braida believes it will be difficult for Clarence Seedorf to leave the club.

The Dutchman is out of contract next month and he’s currently pondering his options for the future.

He held talks with Vice-President Adriano Galliani this week where a one-year deal was offered to him.

Seedorf refused to sign though, instead he asked for a little time and requested talks with boss Massimiliano Allegri.

“Seedorf is a champion who is very attached to Milan,” Braida noted. “All of us here love him and he loves Milan. That is important.”

Seedorf will meet with Galliani again at some point next week where he will deliver his final decision.

A number of Brazilian clubs are interested in his services should he be available on a Bosman transfer.

Pirlo pushed towards Juventus
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Andrea Pirlo is likely to be playing for Juventus next season after leaving Milan, his agent has commented.

The midfielder this week confirmed that he wouldn’t be remaining with the Italian champions once his contract expires in June.

A switch to Juventus has been rumoured for months and it indeed now looks like such a transfer will occur.

“A final decision will be made in the next few days, but I think Juventus are the prime candidates,” Tulio Tinti noted.

“There are still a few details to iron out, but I believe that Andrea Pirlo is heading towards Juve.”

It’s understood that Pirlo will sign a three-year contract with the Old Lady of Italian football.

The 32-year-old joined Milan in 2001 from city rivals Inter after a loan spell at hometown club Brescia.

“We never discussed finances with Milan regarding a new contract,” the representative continued. “Pirlo’s stimulus and the desire for a new adventure was what made the difference.

“Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri made his evaluations and we made ours, but we all did so with calmness.”

It’s widely understood that Allegri wouldn’t have used Pirlo as a starter with regularity next season.

Galliani talks stars, transfers and Mr X
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Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has discussed transfers and spoken of his desire to beat Inter to a second Scudetto star, in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Rossoneri official was questioned on numerous topics following the club’s Scudetto success this term.

“We have to get the second star before Inter,” he remarked. “This Scudetto was important because it put a stop to Inter after their five in a row.”

A gold star placed on the jersey of Italian clubs represents 10 Serie A titles. Juve have two stars already, but Inter and Milan have just one thanks to their 18 Scudetti.

The Rossoneri comfortably took the championship after hiring Massimiliano Allegri as their Coach following the departure of Leonardo.

“The Coach has been very good,” Galliani added. “However, the credit goes to owner Silvio Berlusconi.

“He allowed us to spend when we signed Robinho without the certainty that we would then sell Marco Borriello to Roma.

“I did well to get Kevin Prince Boateng from Genoa and one night I thought about Mark Van Bommel. Bayern Munich did us a favour by releasing him for nothing in January.”

When asked about future buys, Galliani ruled out swoops for Real Madrid’s Kaka and Rafael Van Der Vaart of Spurs.

“Kaka won’t return because Milan can’t sign him and Real can’t loan him to us as he’d pay more tax when he returned to Spain. I love him madly, but it is impossible to get him.

“Van Der Vaart? Allegri wants a more combative player – we don’t know why, but we always agree.

“For example, we agree on Ganso. We need a dynamic player as the classical No 10 doesn’t work hard enough.

“We won’t sign anyone in Italy. Our Mister X, a left-sided midfielder like Udinese’s Kwadwo Asamoah, will be signed from abroad. We can’t get Asamoah as there is no dialogues between the two clubs.”

“We’ll buy just one player, two if Clarence Seedorf leaves.”

Milan have also been linked with the Cagliari trio of goalkeeper Federico Marchetti, Andrea Lazzari and Davide Astori.

“Marchetti depends on the future of Marco Amelia. We won’t sign Lazzari, but Astori could come back.”

Amelia is currently on loan from Genoa.

AC Milan last Italian club for Gattuso
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Gennaro Gattuso will not join another Italian club if he decides to leave Milan at the end of this season.

The 2006 World Cup winner has been linked with a summer transfer given that he is now 33-years-old.

However, unlike Andrea Pirlo who looks set to join Juventus, Gattuso’s representative insists that the player would be unable to wear the colours of another Serie A club.

“I think he’ll stay at Milan,” Andrea D’Amico noted. “However, if he was to leave, he’d never go to an Italian side after the Rossoneri.

“Is he wanted by other clubs? The only serious offer that we have received is from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.”

Gattuso has been at Milan since his 1999 switch from Salernitana.

Parolo good enough for AC Milan
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Marco Parolo has got what is needed to play for Italian champions Milan, says Cesena boss Massimo Ficcadenti.

Parolo has had a wonderful debut campaign in Serie A and is expected to move on to a bigger club.

Sides such as Palermo, Fiorentina and Genoa have been paired, but so too have the Rossoneri.

“Parolo is a great player,” Ficcadenti noted. “I know that he is being looked at by important clubs, but nothing has been decided yet.

“Milan? That is a possibility.”

The new Italian international, who is co-owned by Cesena and Chievo, is understood to be a Milan fan.

Milan claimed yesterday that they were looking for a left-sided midfielder which doesn’t really suggest Parolo.

However, they could make a swoop if Clarence Seedorf opts against renewing his contract with the Giuseppe Meazza outfit.

Ambrosini happy with AC Milan deal
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Massimo Ambrosini is delighted with his new contract at Milan. “It’s what we both wanted,” said the Rossoneri captain.

The midfielder committed his future to the club until June 2012 last night after holding talks with Vice-President Adriano Galliani.

“It was what we all wanted,” said the player whose previous agreement was set to expire next month. “I’m really happy, it all went well.

“I didn’t really want to talk about my other options. There was interest in me, but nothing concrete. I only had one desire...”

Ambrosini is just the latest in a long line of Milan players to have their deals extended this week, but not Andrea Pirlo who walked away.

“I want to thank Pirlo,” Ambrosini continued. “He’s a unique player and an extraordinary guy.

“We shared so many moments together and reached important objectives with Milan – also thanks to him.”

The former Vicenza player was also asked for his opinion on Clarence Seedorf who is still pondering his future.

“I think that Clarence will stay,” he stated. “It’s clear what both parties want and I think the last few details will be sorted out soon.”

Fiorentina to make Cassano bid?
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Fiorentina boss Sinisa Mihajlovic has asked the club to sign Milan’s Antonio Cassano, reports the Corriere dello Sport.

Mihajlovic wants to rebuild the Viola after a disappointing campaign and believes Cassano could be the catalyst to success.

It is being claimed that the tactician has asked the Della Valle family, who own the Viola, to gift him the services of the forward.

Fiorentina will try to tempt the Rossoneri into a sale by offering Adrian Mutu in return, as well as possibly allowing Milan to do a deal for Viola ace Riccardo Montolivo.

However, the report does come just a day after the Italian champions seemed to rule out a Cassano exit.

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani said he expected the player to remain, while Cassano’s agent also dismissed stories of a switch.

Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri has now also added his opinion on the matter. “He’ll stay, there are no doubts,” he noted. “Cassano will certainly be here next season.”

The Viola almost signed Cassano in January 2010, but the individual decided to stay at Sampdoria before his move to Milan a year later.

Legrottaglie has AC Milan wish
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Despite playing just 33 minutes for Milan, Nicola Legrottaglie wants a new contract with the Italian champions.

The veteran defender joined the Rossoneri in January, after his surprise move from Juventus, but he picked up an injury on his debut and never got another chance.

Legrottaglie’s agreement expires next month, but he’d like to remain with the freshly-crowned Scudetto winners.

“With desire and faith, I say that I want to stay at Milan,” he told Sky Sport 24. “I’ve been happy here, even if I have played just 33 minutes.

“I wasn’t able to give my contribution as I would have liked. I still need to speak with the club and I will accept whatever decision is taken.

“I want to stay though, that is my wish, but I do not know what will happen with regards to my future.”

It’s unclear if Legrottaglie will sign a new deal as Milan have netted Philippe Mexes from Roma on a free transfer.

Palermo: Pastore transfer is possible
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Javier Pastore’s agent has refused to rule out a summer move away from Palermo. “Every player has his price.”

The Sicilian club intend to keep the Argentine and today ruled out any concrete interest in the midfielder.

However, the South American’s representative has told TMW that a transfer is within the realms of reality.

When asked: “Can you say that you are 100 per cent sure that Pastore will stay at Palermo?” Marcelo Simonian said: “No.”

The representative added: “Every player in the world has his price.”

Pastore has been tentatively linked with Milan, Inter, Juventus and Roma, as well as foreign clubs such as Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The youngster has played in 34 Serie A games this season, scoring an impressive 11 goals in the process.

“He was struggling for two months as he was playing with fitness issues, but he’s in good shape now and is back at his levels,” Simonian added.

Palermo believe Pastore is worth in excess of €40m on the transfer market.

Cassano staying at AC Milan, says agent
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Antonio Cassano has no intention of leaving Italian champions Milan this summer, his representative has underlined.

The Italian’s future has been the subject of speculation ever since the Rossoneri wrapped up the Scudetto.

However, contacted by Sky Sport 24, Cassano’s representative Beppe Bozzo ruled out a Stadio Meazza exit.

“Antonio will stay with Milan,” Bozzo stated. “He is very happy and there are no reasons why he would want to leave.”

Bozzo’s words come just hours after Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani seemed to also rule out a move.

“He’s not expressed an unhappiness at being here,” Galliani continued. “He has a contract until 2014. If he isn’t content then we can talk about it.”

Cassano only joined Milan in January after he fell out with Sampdoria owner Riccardo Garrone.

Palermo also distanced themselves from stories that they were preparing a bid for the Azzurri international.

“Cassano will never come to Palermo,” President Maurizio Zamparini stated. “His salary is too big for us, we just can’t afford it.”

Palermo on Pastore and Cassano
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Palermo say they won’t make a bid for Antonio Cassano and they haven’t received an offer for Javier Pastore.

The Milan man has been linked with a move this summer over concerns that he won’t be guaranteed a starting shirt at San Siro next term.

Palermo were suggested as a possible destination for the Italian international, but Rosanero chief Maurizio Zamparini has shot down that theory.

“Cassano will never come to Palermo,” he told Radio Goal. “His salary is too big for us, we just can’t afford it.”

Milan also stated today that, as far as they know, Cassano is happy to continue with the Rossoneri following his January arrival from Sampdoria.

Meanwhile, Zamparini rejected speculation that both Milan clubs were lining up offers for Argentine ace Pastore.

“He earns €600,000 and has a contract with us for five years,” the Stadio Barbera chief added. “I hope he one day earns double, even triple, that amount.

“Nevertheless, nobody has requested him from us. Not Milan and not Inter…”

AC Milan reveal transfer target
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Milan chief Adriano Galliani has revealed that the club want to sign a left-sided midfielder this summer.

“If none of our top players leave, which I don’t think they will, then Milan will make just one signing – a left-sided midfielder,” he noted on the day that the club were linked with Rafael Van Der Vaart.

“We are sorted in defence with Philippe Mexes and Taye Taiwo. And fine in attack if nobody departs.”

When asked about possible swoops for Javier Pastore of Palermo, Napoli’s Marek Hamsik or Santos star Ganso, Galliani cooled the speculation.

“They are players who are a little expensive and nobody will offer us a discount,” he continued. "Van Der Vaart? I think not."

The Milan official has had a busy week after extending the contracts of Alessandro Nesta, Pippo Inzaghi, Thiago Silva, Mark Van Bommel and Flavio Roma.

“Now I need to think about the contracts of Massimo Ambrosini and Clarence Seedorf,” he continued.

“Only after discussing things with Ambrosini and Seedorf will we then concentrate on bringing in the one player we want.”

Galliani, who added that he will meet with Genoa on Tuesday to discuss the future of Kevin Prince Boateng, also bid farewell to Andrea Pirlo.

“He’ll never be an opponent,” he noted after the midfielder confirmed his Milan departure. “Our Coach will now field a different type of player in front of the defence.

“Ambrosini, who I hope signs today, will alternate with Van Bommel.”

Milan also diffused stories that Antonio Cassano may want a move away from San Siro.

“He’s not expressed an unhappiness to be here,” Galliani continued. “He has a contract until 2014. If he isn’t content then we can talk about it.”

Van Der Vaart in AC Milan link
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After links with Napoli’s Marek Hamsik and Javier Pastore of Palermo this week, Milan are now being paired with a move for Rafael Van Der Vaart.

The Corriere dello Sport claims that the Tottenham player is one of the club’s top priorities on the transfer market.

Milan are looking to build a side that is competitive enough to fight for the Champions League and see Van Der Vaart as a useful addition.

The Rossoneri are short of attacking midfielders in their squad and the 28-year-old could offer boss Massimiliano Allegri some tactical flexibility.

The report goes on to claim that Milan have asked football agent Mino Raiola to help the switch take place.

The Dutch international signed a four-year deal with Spurs in 2010 after two difficult seasons in Spain with Real Madrid.

The player, valued at €15m-€20m, started his carer with Ajax and spent three years in Germany at Hamburg.

Oddo wants AC Milan future
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Massimo Oddo maintains that he still has a part to play in the future of Milan. “I hope to stay.”

The veteran defender has only made seven Serie A appearances this term, a figure which has raised doubts over his future.

However, the 2006 World Cup winner is confident that he is still worthy of the Rossoneri jersey.

“I’m happy at Milan,” he noted. “Physically speaking, I think that I can continue to give quite a lot at high levels.

“I still have a year left on my contract and I hope to stay, but I also hope to play in a few more games.”

Oddo has struggled for fitness at times, but he’s also failed to get the better of first-choice right-back Ignazio Abate.

“If it comes to my attention that the club no longer think that I am of any use to them and that they want to sell then I will consider a transfer,” he added.

Pato targets AC Milan symbol status
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Alexandre Pato has committed his entire career to Milan. “I want to be like Paolo Maldini,” he said.

Interviewed by the Gazzetta dello Sport following the club’s Scudetto success, Pato insisted that he’d be happy to stay at the club for some time to come.

“I don’t look at it like Zlatan Ibrahimovic,” he said. “I want to stay here and become a flag bearer for this club, like Paolo Maldini. However, to become a symbol of a team you have to win a lot.”

Pato has got his hands on silverware this term after scoring the goals that helped Milan wrap up the Scudetto two weeks ago.

“It was an indescribable joy,” he added. “I didn’t really notice in Rome, but the following day, after reading all of the newspapers, I realised what we had achieved.

“Ronaldinho called me up before the Roma game to wish me luck. This Scudetto also belongs to him.”

The campaign hasn’t been without its problems for the Brazilian though, who faced time on the treatment table.

“I’m a little annoyed that I didn’t play more often. I was injured for the first six months and I only played half the games that I would have wanted to.

“I have to admit that I was starting to get worried, but there are periods when you get injured.

“Yet it helped me to understand that I have to work harder on my muscles to find a balance physically. Now I work hard not to get injured and I’m sure next season will be better.”

Having tasted success, the attacker is hungry for even more glory in 2011 and beyond.

“I’ve won the Scudetto, but I don’t want to stop there. There is still the Copa America and the Italian Super Cup.

“Then, next year, I want to concentrate on the Champions League. With the squad that we have we should fear nobody.

“We were unlucky against Tottenham this season, but we have learned our lesson and we won’t make the same mistakes again.”

Inzaghi: 'My AC Milan dream realised'
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Pippo Inzaghi is overjoyed at extending his contract. “It’s a dream to end my career at Milan and I’ll catch Raul’s record.”

The 37-year-old is the latest veteran to sign a new agreement holding him to the club until June 30, 2012, as his current deal was set to expire next month.

“I am happy, as it’s a dream to end my career at Milan. I don’t think there were any alternatives, as what happened the other day at San Siro was worth so much,” he said of their Scudetto party.

“The negotiations have never been about the economic issues, as there has always been a great rapport between us and we shared great victories.

“Everyone came together to make this dream come true of staying for another year. It’s wonderful that there wasn’t the slightest doubt, because we are united as men first and foremost.”

Inzaghi barely featured this season due to a devastating knee injury, but even then was considered very low on the pecking order.

“I know what my role will be and will do everything possible to help Milan win, both on and off the field,” he told Milan Channel.

“I have two months to improve over the summer, so I hope to be ready for pre-season training and to catch Raul’s record.”

It has long been a battle between SuperPippo and Raul for the title of top goalscorer in European club football, but the injury and Schalke’s passage to the Champions League semi-finals sent the Spaniard out in front.

While Inzaghi and Alessandro Nesta have signed new contracts, Andrea Pirlo looks certain to walk away.

“Everyone knows what Andrea has given to this club and we will all miss him, but this is life and we must accept these things. I wish him the best and appreciate Andrea as a player and a man. He will never feel like an opponent.”

OFFICIAL: Inzaghi extends AC Milan deal
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Milan have announced that Filippo Inzaghi has extended his contract until June 30, 2012.

The veteran hitman was one of several players whose deals were set to expire next month.

He went in for a meeting at the Via Turati club headquarters this afternoon and it was very quickly confirmed that a new agreement had been reached.

“Milan announce that Filippo Inzaghi has extended his contract until June 30, 2012,” read a statement.

He follows Alessandro Nesta, Mark Van Bommel, Flavio Roma and Thiago Silva in penning new deals this week.

Others still waiting for news include Massimo Ambrosini, Clarence Seedorf and Andrea Pirlo.

Pirlo: 'Goodbye, AC Milan'
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Andrea Pirlo has put an end to his time with Milan. “I am here to say goodbye. These were 10 unforgettable years and it’s a consensual separation.”

The midfielder is one of several players out of contract on June 30, but while Alessandro Nesta, Mark Van Bommel, Flavio Roma and Thiago Silva all signed extensions this week, it looks as if Pirlo’s time is up.

“I am here to say goodbye,” he told Sky Sport Italia outside the Milan headquarters in Via Turati this afternoon.

“These were 10 unforgettable years and it’s a consensual separation. Do I hope Milan will regret losing me? Yes.”

It is widely believed Pirlo will sign for Juventus on a free transfer over the summer.

Nesta renews until 2012
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Milan will still be able to count on Alessandro Nesta next season after he extended his contract with the Rossoneri.

The defender’s previous deal was set to expire in June, but he’s agreed fresh terms for another 12 months after talks today.

Nesta, born in 1976, has been with the San Siro giants since his August 2002 move from hometown club Lazio.

The former Italian international, despite his age, has played in 26 League games for the Diavolo so far this term. Only Ignazio Abate and Thiago Silva, out of the defensive unit, have played in more.

Nesta’s deal comes just a day after the new Italian champions extended the contracts of three other players.

Thiago Silva committed himself to the club until 2016 on Tuesday, while Flavio Roma and Mark Van Bommel penned until 2012.

Allegri will decide Seedorf fate
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Clarence Seedorf will make a decision on his Milan future after talking tactics with boss Massimiliano Allegri.

Seedorf is out of contract next month and met with Vice-President Adriano Galliani yesterday to discuss his options.

Galliani has since revealed that the talks went well, but the player wants to understand the thoughts of Allegri.

“He needs to talk to the Coach,” the Vice-President noted. “This is a footballing issue, not a financial one as we are at a good point with regard to finances.

“We are also agreed on the length of the contract which is a one-year deal. We’ll meet again next week and see.”

Seedorf is wanted by a number of Brazilian clubs, with Botafogo the latest to show an interest in the Dutchman.

Kaka commits to Real
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Kaka has admitted that Milan are in his heart, but he has no plans to leave Real Madrid at this stage of his career.

There is growing speculation that the Italian champions could make a bid to re-sign the attacking midfielder, after recent comments from club officials Adriano Galliani and Silvio Berlusconi.

However, the South American seems to have ruled out the possibility of quitting his Spanish club over the summer.

“I feel like a Milanista, but before I leave Real Madrid I want to be a protagonist here,” he commented.

“The two years that I have spent in Spain have not been easy for me.

“But we won the Spanish Cup and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League this term. That bodes well for the future.”

Kaka won the Golden Ball during his successful stint with Milan, but he’s struggled for form and fitness since leaving the Stadio Meazza in 2009.

Taiwo set for AC Milan medical
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Marseille defender Taye Taiwo is expected to have his Milan medical today ahead of his move to Serie A.

The Rossoneri have picked up the defender on a Bosman free and the switch could be finalised on Wednesday.

The Nigerian arrived in the Italian city last night where he dined with Rossoneri Vice-President Adriano Galliani.

He is set to undergo tests this morning before meeting with Rossoneri officials to conclude talks over his transfer.

Taiwo is just 26 and is Milan’s second signing of the summer after the new champions also swooped for Philippe Mexes of Roma.

The left-back moved to Europe in 2005 after catching the attention of the French giants.

Seedorf: 'I don't know if I'll stay'
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Clarence Seedorf had a meeting with Milan today, but admits “I don’t know if I will stay next season.”

The Dutchman’s contract expires on June 30 and he has several offers from overseas, including Brazilian sides Botafogo and Corinthians.

“Today’s meeting went well,” he said after talks with Vice-President Adriano Galliani.

“I don’t know if I will stay at Milan next season, but it was a very friendly meeting and we’ll talk again next week. We want to end the season with a victory against Udinese first, then we’ll discuss it.”

Some have already put pen to paper, as this evening it was announced that Thiago Silva, Mark Van Bommel and third choice goalkeeper Flavio Roma all signed new contracts.

“My rapport with Milan will be good, even if we no longer work together. After all, we have always got along well, as President Silvio Berlusconi and Galliani expressed words of affection towards me.”

This week Botafogo publicly declared their interest in signing Seedorf, whose wife is Brazilian.

“I have not met with any Botafogo directors personally. Maybe someone else did on my behalf.”

OFFICIAL: Thiago Silva and Van Bommel renew
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Milan have officially extended the contracts of Thiago Silva, Mark Van Bommel and Flavio Roma.

The club website released a statement this evening confirming that defender Thiago Silva had put pen to paper on a new deal tying him to San Siro until June 30, 2016.

This extension puts an end to reports of the Brazilian leaving the Rossoneri for Real Madrid, Barcelona or one of the Premier League sides.

Milan also confirmed that Van Bommel and Roma have signed until June 30, 2012.

Both veterans were out of contract next month and their futures uncertain.

Van Bommel arrived from Bayern Munich in January for the final six months of his contract with the Germans.

Other players whose deals are set to expire in June include Andrea Pirlo, Alessandro Nesta, Massimo Ambrosini, Pippo Inzaghi and Clarence Seedorf.

Asamoah agent on AC Milan links
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Udinese talent Kwadwo Asamoah’s agent has denied negotiations with Milan, but reports continue to suggest he is Andrea Pirlo’s heir.

It is highly unlikely that Pirlo will extend his contract with the Rossoneri, which expires next month.

“Massimiliano Allegri wants a player with different characteristics in that midfield role,” explained assistant manager Mauro Tassotti.

The man who fits the bill would appear to be Udinese’s Ghana international Asamoah, who scored a fine goal against Chievo at the weekend.

He is set to face Milan on Sunday in the final round of the Serie A season and there were rumoured talks between Rossoneri director Ariedo Braida and agent Claudio Vagheggi.

“I did meet with Braida, but can quite happily deny we talked about Kwadwo,” the representative told Calciomercato.it.

“At this moment the transfer market is the last thing on the mind of Udinese players. We certainly can’t be discussing negotiations just five days before such an important and decisive game.

“There is absolutely nothing in it and everyone is concentrated only on Sunday’s match. The lad is relaxed, he knows these rumours are normal, and is thinking only about the pitch. The same goes for his Udinese teammate, Pablo Armero.”

AC Milan dismiss Pastore project
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Milan have moved quickly to deny reports that they are planning a summer swoop for Javier Pastore of Palermo.

Stories in the peninsula this morning suggested that the Argentine was the club’s top priority as they plan to build a side ready to compete for the Champions League.

However, Vice-President Adriano Galliani has reacted with surprise to the latest transfer speculation.

“Nobody has ever thought about Pastore,” claimed the official. “I don’t know why this story has emerged.

“Before we start thinking about buying players, we firstly have to deal with the players whose contracts are expiring.”

Galliani will hold talks with a variety of individuals in the next few weeks, starting with Clarence Seedorf later today.

Seedorf is not the only Milan veteran whose contract expires next month seeing as Massimo Ambrosini, Alessandro Nesta, Andrea Pirlo and Mark Van Bommel are also coming towards the end of their deals.

Mexes offered Roma sales advice
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Philippe Mexes says he advised Roma to sell him to Milan last summer – at a stage when they would have received a transfer fee for him.

“I suggested to Roma last year to sell me to Milan,” the player told France Football. “But they didn’t do anything.”

The defender will leave the capital outfit at the end of the season to join the Rossoneri on a Bosman free, seeing as his contract in the Eternal City expires next month.

“I spent some stupendous years in the capital. Rome, for me, is my second home. But I am now arriving at one of the greatest and most successful clubs in the world.

“I’m joining Milan and I’m happy that I am going to be a part of this team for the next four years. I’m proud, especially when I look at the new jersey with the Scudetto shield on it.”

Mexes has been linked with Milan for the past few years, but he insists he only decided to quit Roma over the course of the present campaign.

“I took the decision to leave the Giallorossi during the winter, but Milan were the only Italian club I could join – I couldn’t have moved to another,” he added.

“Had I not come to Milan then I would have moved abroad.

“I’m here to win, the Rossoneri are an elite club in the world game and my objective is the Champions League.”

Mexes is currently recovering from knee ligament surgery and hopes to be ready by the time the 2011-12 campaign kicks off.

Thiago Silva: I'm not the best
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Milan stopper Thiago Silva has played down the importance of his contribution to the club’s Scudetto success.

The Brazilian has been one of the outfit’s top performers this term, winning the praise of boss Massimiliano Allegri.

“I don’t like to talk about my merits, but those of others,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “The Scudetto that we have won this year is thanks to everyone, especially the attackers.

“I have really improved this season with Alessandro Nesta alongside me and I want to personally continue playing until I am 40.

“I thank everyone who says that I am the best. But, for me, Manchester United’s Nemanja Vidic is the best.”

Turning to the future of the side, Silva said he wanted the old guard whose contracts are expiring to remain and hoped Brazilian colleague Ganso would join from Santos.

“I spoke to Ganso two days ago,” Silva added. “He’s convinced that he wants to play in Europe and I hope Milan do sign him.

“I also hope none of the players already here leave. We are a formidable squad and I am honoured to be able to wear this shirt.

“The objective for next season will be the Champions League.”

Milan will meet with Clarence Seedorf today to discuss his future as his deal will run out next month.

Mark Van Bommel, Massimo Ambrosini, Andrea Pirlo and Nesta are just a number of other Rossoneri in the same position.

Inter still admire Ibrahimovic
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Inter President Massimo Moratti has admitted that he would re-sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic if he had the chance.

Ibra left the Nerazzurri in 2009 after making a move to Barcelona, but less than a year later he returned to Italy – this time with city rivals Milan.

“I would take him back today, that’s for certain,” the Inter chief noted. “Despite everything, he is the one player who helps you win the championship.”

The Swedish international has amazingly won the League title with every club he has been at for the last eight years – Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona and now Milan.

Moratti went on to also praise another former Nerazzurri striker who also had a stint with the club’s city rivals.

“Milan’s Silvio Berlusconi says he would do anything to bring back Kaka? If he was younger then I would take back Ronaldo…”

Inter haven’t enjoyed the success of last season’s treble, but they could still end the campaign with the Coppa Italia. And then the transfer window will open.

“I think we need players with a long future ahead of them, therefore we need some youngsters,” Moratti concluded.

Seedorf wanted by Botafogo
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Brazilian club Botafogo have made public their interest in Milan veteran Clarence Seedorf.

The Dutchman is out of contract with the Italian champions next month and there is some doubt over his future.

Although he will hold talks about a renewal with Milan this week, the former Dutch international is wanted by the South American outfit.

“Botafogo are counting on the player’s desire to play and live in Rio,” Botafogo President Mauricio Assumpao told TV Globo.

“Seedorf is married to a Brazilian and has a house in Rio.

“We have a marketing strategy already worked out to satisfy our financial needs and the player’s too.”

Seedorf, born in April 1976, has been with the Rossoneri since his surprise 2002 switch from city rivals Inter.

AC Milan will dance for Boateng
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Milan are confident that they will reach an agreement with Genoa for Kevin Prince Boateng – even if the port club have jokingly increased his price tag following his dancing exploits.

The attacking midfielder is currently co-owned by both clubs, but the Rossoneri want to buy him outright this summer.

“We’ll find an agreement,” Milan chief Adriano Galliani said on Monday. “Boateng will be our first choice attacking midfielder next season.

“I spoke with Genoa’s Enrico Preziosi yesterday about him. He joked that he’d increased the price for Boateng on account of his dancing ability…”

While it seems likely that Boateng will stay, there is still some doubt over the futures of those players whose contracts expire next month.

“Talks with start tomorrow,” Galliani added. “The first to meet with us will be Clarence Seedorf, then Mark Van Bommel. In two days it will be Massimo Ambrosini and then the rest.

“The order of which we are meeting the players is of no significance – it just depends on our schedule and theirs seeing as the squad returns to training on Wednesday.”

Andrea Pirlo and Alessandro Nesta are two more players who will be free agents in the summer unless they renew.

Hamsik tops AC Milan wish-list
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Napoli’s Marek Hamsik and Sandro of Tottenham could be targeted by Italian champions Milan over the summer.

The Rossoneri, fresh from their Scudetto triumph, want to build a side which is competitive enough to fight for the Champions League.

According to various Italian media on Monday, Napoli star Hamsik is at the top of boss Massimiliano Allegri’s wish-list.

Nevertheless, the San Siro giants know that signing such a player would be a problematic swoop.

The Slovakian is one of the Azzurri’s most prized assets and Napoli chief Aurelio De Laurentiis would be reluctant to sell – especially after Napoli qualified for the European Cup last night for the first time in 21 years.

Add to that hurdle the fact that Hamsik would be valued at something like €30m by the San Paolo outfit and Milan may have to look elsewhere.

Meanwhile, the club are also being associated with Spurs midfielder Sandro after he impressed them in their Champions League meetings.

The South American is valued at around €15m and is wanted to strengthen a central midfield which may be without the likes of Clarence Seedorf, Massimo Ambrosini, Gennaro Gattuso and Andrea Pirlo next term.

Sandro holds a Portuguese passport and thus can be registered as an EU player.

Boss Allegri is set to meet with Vice-President Adriano Galliani this week to discuss the club’s market strategy.

Galliani: 'Kaka will not return'
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Milan chief Adriano Galliani insists “Kaka will not return and from Tuesday we’ll think about contract renewals.”

There have been numerous reports that the Rossoneri want to bring Kaka back from Real Madrid, including statements from Galliani and President Silvio Berlusconi.

“Unfortunately Kaka will not return and the reasons are economic ones,” Vice-President Galliani told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Roma will probably buy out Marco Borriello, while there’s absolutely no truth in talks for Cristiano Ronaldo or Michael Essien.

“Mario Balotelli to Milan? I doubt it.”

The Rossoneri have more pressing problems to deal with, as several stars – including Clarence Seedorf, Andrea Pirlo, Alessandro Nesta, Pippo Inzaghi and captain Massimo Ambrosini – have contracts that expire next month.

“On Monday I am in a Lega Calcio meeting, so from Tuesday I’ll start speaking to the players about contract renewals.

“When a deal expires, everyone has to agree on the next course of action. We will look at the problem and see what happens.”

Kevin-Prince Boateng is still technically only on loan from Genoa and Galliani referred to his Michael Jackson-style Moonwalk performance during the Scudetto celebrations.

“I hope Genoa President Enrico Preziosi doesn’t raise the price-tag after seeing how he can dance!

“As well as a football player, he’s a born showman.”

Ambrosini and Robinho hail Boateng
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Massimo Ambrosini and Robinho hailed Kevin-Prince Boateng’s Moonwalk routine, while Clarence Seedorf analysed Milan’s Scudetto triumph.

The Ghanaian had pledged to dance like Michael Jackson on the San Siro pitch if they won the title and was true to his word during a night of celebrations.

“I only dance when I score, but I bet Boateng’s better!” grinned Robinho after scoring a brace in the 4-1 win over Cagliari.

“It is a great honour to win the Scudetto and a wonderful way to crown a fantastic season.”

Captain Ambrosini was also enjoying his teammate’s Moonwalk exhibition before a fireworks display in the stadium.

“Boateng is doing something much better than the game! We are the team who deserved to win the title.”

Seedorf was more reserved and focused on analysing Milan’s first Serie A trophy in seven years.

“To win the Scudetto you need consistency, a good defence, a forward line that works and above all a team that stays united during difficult moments,” said the Dutch veteran who scored against Cagliari.

“Every side goes through tough times during a season, but we did well to stay together and keep everything running smoothly.

“My future? As Milan announced, there will be a meeting next week.”

VIDEO: Kevin-Prince Boateng's Moonwalk!
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Boateng does the Moonwalk!
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Kevin-Prince Boateng kept his promise and performed a Michael Jackson dance routine on the San Siro pitch during spectacular Scudetto celebrations!

The players all came out individually to accept the cheers of the crowd amid deafening music, followed by the management staff and Coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Having been given their gold medals, captain Massimo Ambrosini was last out to lift the Serie A trophy on the San Siro pitch amid fireworks, red and black confetti and champagne.

The squad then held up a giant club flag with the 18th title and paraded it all the way around the stadium.

There was also a large screen set up in Piazza Duomo for those supporters who couldn’t get tickets to the 4-1 win over Cagliari, including one with a goat dressed in the Rossoneri strip!

The players brought their children out on to the field to join the celebrations.

The lights were dimmed and a giant white sheet placed on the field as a projector screen for the images of their Scudetto celebrations last week against Roma and a speech from President Silvio Berlusconi.

Each player was then celebrated with an individual image, his autograph and his shirt number projected on to the stadium.

Everyone was waiting for the moment that Boateng had pledged a few weeks ago – that he would do Jackson’s Moonwalk dance on the San Siro pitch.

The lights went out and a spotlight picked out the Ghana international on a special podium, dressed in full Jackson outfit of sparkly black jacket, black trousers, white t-shirt and fedora hat placed over his face.

Boateng did a full dance routine as 'Billy Jean' played in the stadium, including Moonwalk and final twirl to throw his hat into the crowd.

The night concluded at around midnight local time with a spectacular fireworks display and light show inside the stadium.

Zambrotta: 'You never get used to this!'
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Gianluca Zambrotta is a veteran World Cup victor, but insists “you never get used to winning.”

The Milan 18th Scudetto party went long into the night after the 4-1 win over Cagliari at San Siro.

“You never get used to winning and it always feels wonderful to achieve new objectives. Now we hope to enjoy many more celebrations,” said Zambrotta.

“The whole team and the Coach worked together, from Alexandre Pato to Clarence Seedorf and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Thiago Silva.”

Andrea Pirlo is one of several players out of contract in the summer and the least likely to remain.

“Pirlo? We hope that he stays, as he is a crucial player for us, but you never can tell on the transfer market.”

Allegri 'amazed and fascinated' by fans
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Massimiliano Allegri admits he was “amazed and fascinated” by the Scudetto celebrations at San Siro.

Milan made their way to the stadium in an open-top bus, greeted by 50,000 supporters in Piazza Duomo before beating Cagliari 4-1.

“It was wonderful for me and the first time I’ve experienced anything like that, so I was amazed and fascinated,” said the Coach in his first Scudetto party.

“I wanted the lads to end the campaign in the best way with the fans and President here for us.”

Former Cagliari boss Allegri had never trained a top side before, but right from the summer was seen making his stars sweat.

“I immediately asked the side to train with intensity, as that is what prepares you for the pitch, but that is also a work ethic at Milan decades ago with Arrigo Sacchi.

“I merely asked them to work for the team and that is what they did for me and each other.”

President Silvio Berlusconi has pledged to make another big money signing for next season, so who would Allegri pick?

“As the President was so good at choosing the big buy last summer, I’ll leave it up to him again!”

Inzaghi: 'I hope to stay at AC Milan'
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Pippo Inzaghi played his first game since November and insisted: “I want to end my career at Milan.”

He had been on the sidelines since snapping knee ligaments against Palermo on November 10, but came off the bench to a standing ovation for the final minutes of tonight’s 4-1 win over Cagliari.

“I have to thank the Coach, the club, my teammates and the fans for making me feel like I’m almost a football player again this evening,” said the striker.

“I already learned earlier today with those thousands at Piazza Duomo that the Milan fans are unique and amazing.”

He is one of the veterans whose contract expires at the end of the season, so it could well be his final game for the club.

“I hope to remain for another year, as it would be a shame to split up now after forming such a wonderful emotional bond.

“I have a very good chance of staying, as it is not an economic problem, because Milan have given me so much.

“If we have the usual connection and mutual respect, then I will continue playing with this jersey.”

Serie A: AC Milan 4:1 Cagliari - match report
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Scorers: Robinho 22, 35 (M), Gattuso 23 (M), Cossu 38 (C), Seedorf 76 (M)

Milan celebrated the Scudetto by beating Cagliari 4-1 with Robinho, Gennaro Gattuso Clarence Seedorf and Pippo Inzaghi's comeback. The team was handed the Serie A trophy after the final whistle.

There was certainly a party atmosphere at San Siro, as the team travelled here on an open-top bus greeted by 50,000 fans in Piazza Duomo before the game. It was their first home match since securing their 18th Scudetto and had a DJ to fire up the atmosphere. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alessandro Nesta were rested due to fitness worries, as the Swede was in a car crash on Thursday, while Kevin-Prince Boateng was suspended. Cagliari missed Nene and Francesco Pisano, but were comfortably safe mid-table. Curiously, both Max Allegri and Roberto Donadoni were facing their former clubs.

The Sardinians had lost the last six editions of this fixture, but Nainggolan had the first chance with a blockbuster from 25 metres that ruffled the roof of the net. Simone Missiroli and Robert Acquafresca both reached a wayward cross only for the latter to deflect it over from seven yards.

Urby Emanuelson's header was charged down, so Robinho followed up on the half-volley to force a great save out of Agazzi at the near post.

Robinho broke the deadlock with a sensational strike after 22 minutes. The Brazilian ran down the left flank and cut inside between three defenders to unleash a curler that swept round Agazzi's hand into the far bottom corner.

Moments later Milan got a second in frankly bizarre circumstances! Pato did all the work by running on to a through ball, but Agazzi came tearing out to smother at his feet and the ricochet off Clarence Seedorf landed on Gennaro Gattuso's head. The midfielder had an empty net to aim at for a very rare goal, his second of the season.

Seedorf's through ball sent Pato clear on goal, but he tried to chip Agazzi and the goalkeeper didn't fall for it.

Pato opted to set up his teammate instead moments later, rolling across for Robinho to surge unmarked into the box and sweep a cool right-foot finish past the on-rushing Agazzi.

Andrea Cossu got Cagliari on the scoresheet with a wonderfully classy strike, as he pulled back on to his left foot to send Mario Yepes to ground and placed an angled drive across Christian Abbiati.

Andrea Pirlo replaced Massimo Ambrosini at half-time for what is probably his final game at San Siro. His contract is up next month and a renewal seems unlikely.

Cagliari took a free kick from near the corner flag and as it reached Perico he thumped a fierce right-foot strike from distance that Abbiati flew to palm away.

Gattuso had a slight muscular problem and made way for Mathieu Flamini. The substitute tested Agazzi with a hopeful daisy-cutter, as did Robinho when attempting to complete his hat-trick.

Seedorf got his name on the scoresheet with his fourth goal of the season and Milan's fourth of the night. It was a wonderful team move with Pato touching on Robinho's pass for the Dutchman to spring the offside trap and place an angled drive past Agazzi. Seedorf is another of those likely to leave in the summer and after the goal he went to the bench for a long hug with Antonio Cassano.

A very special moment of the season when Pippo Inzaghi made his comeback to a standing ovation from San Siro. It was his first appearance since snapping knee ligaments against Palermo on November 10, ending 185 days on the sidelines.

Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Thiago Silva, Yepes, Zambrotta; Gattuso (Flamini 60), Ambrosini (Pirlo 46), Emanuelson; Seedorf; Pato (Inzaghi 82), Robinho

Cagliari: Agazzi; Perico (Ariaudo 78), Canini, Astori, Agostini; Biondini, Nainggolan, Missiroli (Ragatzu 59); Lazzari, Cossu (Ceppellini 91); Acquafresca

Ref: Ciampi

AC Milan mock Inter on Scudetto parade
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Milan have paraded on an open-top bus through the streets of the city and the players held up a banner mocking rivals Inter.

Last week they secured their 18th Serie A title, matching the record set by the Nerazzurri.

As the team bus paraded into Piazza Duomo this evening, a banner was held up by players that read: ‘18 Scudetti, all of them won on the field.’

This is a reference to the 2006 title that was handed to Inter by the courts after the Calciopoli scandal.

The Nerazzurri had ended that season in third place, but the Scudetto was stripped from Juventus and points taken off runners-up Milan.

Tonight the Rossoneri play their final home game of the season against Cagliari, where they will be presented with the Scudetto trophy after the final whistle.

Kevin-Prince Boateng is also expected to keep his promise and do Michael Jackson’s ‘moonwalk’ on the pitch.

AC Milan and Inter give up on Hulk
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Milan and Inter will probably have to give up on their dreams of signing Hulk after he extended his Porto contract with €100m clause.

Both San Siro sides had declared their interest in the Brazilian striker who has impressed in reaching the Europa League Final.

This morning Porto announced Hulk was effectively off the market by extending his contract until June 2016.

It’s reported that includes a mammoth €100m buy-out clause in case another club wants to come in for the player.

Porto have also officially bought out another 40 per cent of the player, so they now own in total 85 per cent of his rights.

The deal has cost the Portuguese side €13.5m.

AC Milan parade for Scudetto tonight
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It’s a Scudetto party in Milan today as the team rides an open-top bus towards the stadium and is presented the Serie A trophy after the Cagliari game.

The Rossoneri clinched their first title in seven years when holding Roma to a draw at the Stadio Olimpico last week.

However, this will be their first home game – not to mention the last at San Siro for this season – so the club will use the event as their Scudetto celebration.

The whole squad will travel from the club headquarters in Via Turati at 16.15 UK time, going through Via Manzoni, Piazza della Scala, Via Santa Margherita and Via Mengoni.

They’ll arrive at the famous Piazza Duomo at around 16.45 for a huge celebration surrounded by supporters in the town square.

Milan will travel to San Siro for tonight’s game with Cagliari, kick-off 19.45 UK time, and after the final whistle are set to be presented the Scudetto trophy.

Donadoni celebrated AC Milan title
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Roberto Donadoni faces his former club and admits “it was pleasing to see Milan win the Scudetto, but Cagliari won’t be submissive tonight.”

The Coach spent most of his playing career at San Siro and returns during a party atmosphere.

“I must admit it was pleasing to see Milan win the Scudetto, as they represent an important element of my past, but it is going to be a real game,” declared Donadoni.

“It is also a cute coincidence that Massimiliano Allegri gets to celebrate the Scudetto by facing his former club.

“I don’t believe we’ll see the Rossoneri sit back in a satisfied fashion. On the contrary, they will want to make up for the midweek Coppa Italia defeat to Palermo. In turn, we won’t be submissive and fully intend to get a result.”

Cagliari secured their safety several weeks ago and it has showed in their performances, picking up just two points from their last five games.

“The team put in so much effort that when the certainty of safety arrived, perhaps we started to lose than little bit of concentration and determination that makes the difference.

“Recently the big problem has been losing momentum after the break. Just look at the statistics from Sunday’s defeat to Cesena, when we had 13 shots on target in the first half and just two in the second.”

AC Milan to begin contract talks
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Milan have a Scudetto party this evening and Adriano Galliani confirms “over the next few days we’ll meet all the players for contract negotiations.”

The Rossoneri’s season is effectively over, as they clinched the title last week and crashed out of the Coppa Italia semi-final against Palermo.

This evening they welcome Cagliari to San Siro in their first home game since being crowned Serie A champions, so the time has come to put an end to uncertainty in the squad.

“We have an appointment with Clarence Seedorf over the next few days and we’ll meet all the players for contract negotiations,” Vice-President Galliani told Sky Sport Italia.

“From Monday we will begin to meet with everyone to define the various situations. I think I made the right decision, choosing not to talk about this before the Scudetto victory.”

Among the players who could leave on free transfers in the summer are Alessandro Nesta, Andrea Pirlo, Flavio Roma, Pippo Inzaghi, Seedorf, Mark Van Bommel and Massimo Ambrosini.

Van Bommel 'couldn't say no to AC Milan'
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Mark Van Bommel has told Milan that if they asked him to stay for another season, “I could not say no.”

The 34-year-old joined from Bayern Munich in January for the final six months of his contract and is one of several players yet to negotiate a new deal.

“I am very happy here, but it’s not up to me. The decision is the club’s to make,” Van Bommel told Calcio 2000.

“If they asked me to stay, then I could not say no to Milan. The atmosphere is exceptional here, as we all fight for the same objectives and put the team first ahead of personal interest.

“There are so many great champions and even those who are left on the bench cheer on their teammates. I think a united locker room is crucial for success and Milan definitely have that.”

There had been reports linking Van Bommel with a move to the Premier League.

“I find Serie A to be very entertaining and I am endlessly impressed by the tactical organisation.

“It’s true that the referees view things a little differently to what I was used to at the start, so I struggled a little.”

Ibrahimovic - Kaka exchange?
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Spanish newspapers are reporting that Real Madrid and Milan are planning a sensational Kaka-Zlatan Ibrahimovic exchange deal.

The Rossoneri have declared several times through President Silvio Berlusconi and Vice-President Adriano Galliani this week that they’d welcome back Kaka “with open arms.”

The Brazilian and former Ballon d’Or winner has struggled for form since joining Real in a then world record £56m deal in 2009.

He has also been linked with Chelsea, but a return to Milan seems more likely after his knee operation.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Ibrahimovic could be used in an exchange deal with Kaka worth around €25m.

It would allow the Swede to reunite with his former Inter boss Jose Mourinho, although Real fans could resist due to his past with Barcelona.

In turn, bringing in Ibra would release Karim Benzema towards Juventus.

In other news, Ibrahimovic was unhurt after a car crash near Milan today. He was a passenger in the vehicle during a three-car incident.

Allegri wants display of champions
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The title may already have been won, but Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri is still demanding a performance against Cagliari.

There will be a party atmosphere at the Stadio Meazza following the club’s Scudetto success last week, yet the tactician doesn’t want to disappoint the fans against his former club.

“There won’t be that concentration that there is before big games, but we don’t want to embarrass ourselves,” he said on Friday.

“It will be an abnormal day, but we want to do well in front of our own fans. I think it is important to impress in this game too.”

The tactician is also looking for a win to help with the midweek disappointment of losing the Coppa Italia semi-final to Palermo.

“I’m still annoyed by it as I really wanted to reach the Final,” he added. “Nevertheless, it is important to celebrate a Scudetto which we deservedly won.

“I think it has been a few years since the title was settled two or three games before the end of the season and that is something to be proud of.”

Milan will be without defender Alessandro Nesta, but Pippo Inzaghi could feature after recovering from his knee injury earlier in the campaign.

“Inzaghi completed the whole training session today for the first time and I hope he continues to improve next week. The important thing is that he has returned.

“It’d be nice if I could allow everyone to play against Cagliari, but I’ll pick the strongest side. Nesta is out, but I’ll have to evaluate my other decisions.”

Turning to the transfer market, Allegri was quizzed on the Spanish rumours suggesting that Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Kaka could swap clubs this summer.

“I know nothing about these things,” he maintained. “They are just the classic end of season rumours.

“As for the contract extensions for those players whose deals are coming to an end, we haven’t discussed it yet.

“I’ll have a meeting with the club next week where I will offer my opinion and the club will tell me what they think – we’ll then reach an agreement.

“I’m certain that the club will offer me a competitive squad as they have done this term.”

Motta agent on AC Milan rumours
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Thiago Motta’s agent has reacted quickly to whispers that city rivals Milan are keen on the Inter player.

Today’s Tuttosport front page suggests that the new Italian champions are interested in the Brazilian-born Italian international.

However, contacted by TMW, the midfielder’s representative says he’s surprised by the association.

“I know absolutely nothing about Milan,” Dario Canovi noted. “Inter haven’t told us anything and I don’t like to talk about speculation.

“All I can say is that Motta still has a year left on his Inter contract and it will therefore be for the club to tell us their intentions.

“Once they inform us of whether they intend to renew his contract or not, then we will consider our options.”

The former Barcelona player joined Inter in the summer of 2009 from Genoa, along with Diego Milito, after just a year at Marassi.

AC Milan sorry for Gattuso chant
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Milan have apologised to Inter for Gennaro Gattuso’s decision to sing along with fans in an anti-Leonardo chant.

The midfielder took part in the derogatory chant about the former Rossoneri boss during the Scudetto celebrations at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday night.

“As a club, I say sorry to Inter, President Massimo Moratti and Leonardo, a man I love as a friend,” Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani said.

The apology came after Galliani met with the Italian midfielder at the club’s headquarters on Thursday afternoon.

“I gave Rino a shampoo,” the official added. “He knows what I said to him, but I don’t like to reveal private matters with others.

“Nevertheless, I told Gattuso that he made a mistake so let us now forget about this whole incident.”

Leonardo was so offended by the abusive chant that he released a statement on the Nerazzurri’s official website.

Moratti too also criticised the 2006 World Cup winner.

Gattuso and Leonardo had a difficult relationship last term while the Brazilian was in charge of the Milan side. He left at the end of the season and joined Inter in December.

No Juventus deal, insists Pirlo
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Andrea Pirlo has rejected talk that he has already agreed to join Juventus. “I’d spend another 10 years here at Milan.”

The midfielder’s contract expires next month and there have been suggestions that he is all set for a switch to Turin.

However, speaking with the Corriere della Sera, he insisted that nothing had been decided about his future.

“It’s not true about Juventus,” he stated. “If I had already signed with Juve then why would I need to talk to Milan?

“I’ll be speaking with Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani in the coming days and then we’ll make a decision.

“However, both parties have to agree. If there are the right conditions in place and if they are happy then I would be happy to stay. I’d spend another 10 years here.”

Pirlo is just one of numerous high profile players at the club who have been told to wait until the end of the season before discussing new terms. Teammate Clarence Seedorf criticised that decision yesterday.

“It’s now the time for the club to let us know of their intentions,” Pirlo, the 2006 World Cup winner, added.

“Everyone is free to make their own decision. If there is no more room for the old guard then there will be no problem. It makes no sense to remain here at all costs.

“But I still feel young, I feel as if I can play at the highest level for another three or four years. I’m sure of what I am saying. That’s why a one-year contract makes no sense.

“I still want to win important trophies and for that reason it is right that I’ll continue to play in Europe.”

Pirlo will be 32 later this month.

AC Milan invite Kaka to return
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Milan chief Silvio Berlusconi has sensationally opened the door for the Rossoneri to re-sign Kaka.

Speaking with Radio Kiss Kiss on Thursday afternoon, Berlusconi stated that he would be willing to sign the Real Madrid player.

“Kaka is an extraordinary man,” he commented. “If he wants to come back to Milan we will welcome him with open arms."

The Brazilian’s future at the Bernabeu is in some doubt after struggling for form and fitness since his move from Milan in 2009.

Kaka, who is also apparently interesting Chelsea, originally signed for the Italian giants in 2003 from Sao Paulo.

Milan are expected to strengthen the side over the summer as they look to mount a serious Champions League assault after winning the title.

“The Scudetto is deserved and we at Milan are happy as it confirmed us as the side which has won the most trophies in the world game,” continued Berlusconi.

“We had to endure some dramatic moments during the season, with many injuries to deal with, especially in attack. But, at the end of the day, we were able to win.”

As Radio Kiss Kiss is a Neapolitan station, the Italian Prime Minister was also asked for his opinion on Marek Hamsik, Napoli and the future of Azzurri boss Walter Mazzarri.

“Hamsik? I don’t think that Napoli have the intention of selling one of their star players, especially if you take into account their ambitions for the future,” he stated.

“The Champions League for Napoli is a deserved achievement and will offer the city an opportunity to re-launch itself.

“As for Mazzarri, I don’t get involved in the decisions of others.”

AC Milan in Lamela talks
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Milan officials met with the agent of River Plate ace Erik Lamela, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

After chasing Santos player Ganso for months, it is being suggested that the new Italian champions may be switching their attention to the Argentine instead.

The pink paper claims that Rossoneri director Ariedo Braida met with Lamela’s representative Marcelo Simonian on Wednesday.

It’s understood that Milan, who had a €12m bid rejected for him six months ago, will make a fresh offer for the 19-year-old talent.

The attacking midfielder is also liked by both Rome-based clubs, with Lazio in particular very keen.

Lamela holds a Spanish passport which does make him an attractive target as he would not need to be registered as a non-EU player.

Seedorf demands AC Milan respect
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Clarence Seedorf has hit out at Milan’s decision to leave it so late into the season to discuss contract renewals.

Seedorf is one of numerous high profile players at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza outfit whose contract expires next month.

“The club asked us to wait until we had won the Scudetto and that’s what we did,” he told the Corriere dello Sport.

“Now we want clarity and respect. You don’t treat flag bearers of this club like this,” he continued.

“I’m not feeling good, that is for certain. My relationship with President Silvio Berlusconi is clear, but it’s Vice-President Adriano Galliani who looks after these things.”

The Dutchman has been with the Rossoneri since his 2002 switch from city rivals Inter and he wants to remain.

“I‘ve spent half of my career here,” continued the 35-year-old.

“My rapport with Milan has not changed, my love is as it was. Perhaps we need to understand whether the opposite is occurring.”

Alessandro Nesta, Massimo Ambrosini and Andrea Pirlo are three other Milanisti who are waiting to see whether they will be offered a new deal.

Big clubs rage at TV rights deal
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Milan and Juventus are among those pledging retaliation after the Lega Calcio voted in favour of the 15 smaller Serie A sides in the battle over TV rights.

The money from pay-per-view television rights is the main source of income for Italian clubs and every summer there tends to be controversy over how the funds are divided up.

The five big sides – Milan, Inter, Juventus, Roma and Napoli – had protested vehemently against the other clubs following a meeting on April 15.

This is because the smaller sides picked three agencies to calculate how the television rights should be divided up and the top clubs disagreed with the choice.

Today the matter came to a head when the smaller sides won 6-5 with Lega Calcio President Maurizio Beretta’s decisive vote.

“Beretta will take responsibility for his actions, including what effect it will have on the Lega,” blasted Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani.

“He abstained from the first vote and promised to do the same today, but then changed his mind.”

Juventus President Andrea Agnelli was even more severe with the Lega decision.

“There are five clubs who between them represent 75 per cent of the fans, but are forced to accept the decisions of the other teams. We have 3m people in our potential audience compared to the 300,000 of the other 15.

“We will appeal to the CONI (Italian Olympic Committee) to ensure the development of this sport. We are united with the other four big clubs and could leave the Lega.

“Does this mean possibly playing in the Premier League or French Ligue 1? We are evaluating all options.”

Beretta responded with a statement insisting “in the absence of other options supported by everyone, it was difficult to avoid getting the process underway.

“In any case, I maintain there are the time and the conditions to find an agreement between all parties on how this mechanism will work.”

Ibrahimovic 'thanks City, but wants AC Milan'
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic “would bring his winning mentality to Manchester City, but he wants to win in Europe with Milan.”

Both clubs will be in the Champions League next season and Roberto Mancini said this week he’d love to work with Ibra at Eastlands.

“Zlatan doesn’t just bring his technical quality, but would also bring his winning mentality to Manchester City,” agent Mino Raiola told Radio Radio.

“The Citizens manager knows that well, as he had him at Inter. When the Swede joined the Nerazzurri, they hadn’t won anything, then you saw how things went.”

It is also true that Inter conquered the Champions League after Ibrahimovic was sold to Barcelona, so he is still looking for his first edition of that trophy.

“Ibra could bring Manchester City to the next step up in quality, but Roberto has to talk to Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani, not to me.

“I don’t think it’d be easy to take him away from Milan, especially as he doesn’t want to leave. He wants to win in Europe with the Rossoneri.

“As for Mancini, he has another two years on his contract with Manchester City and I don’t think he’ll leave for Juventus.”

Raiola is also the agent of City striker Mario Balotelli and insisted bad publicity was hampering his Premier League career.

“He is not as ‘bad’ as people like to make out. He is a normal lad who makes the mistakes a 21-year-old does and still has to grow, both on and off the field.

“The British media are tough on him, but what they write goes in one ear and out the other.”

Italian clubs snub Rossi
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Giuseppe Rossi’s representative says that there are no Italian clubs who have made an offer for the Villarreal player.

Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, Federico Pastorello admitted previous contact with Milan but added that it has gone all quiet for the time being.

“At the moment no Italian club has come forward,” the representative noted. “Last year I spoke with Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani, but nothing ever came of it.”

Rossi, formerly of Parma and Manchester United, has enjoyed a fine campaign in Spain which has increased his market price.

“Whoever wants him will have to hand over at least €30m,” Pastorello continued.

“He’s just renewed his contract with Villarreal, he’s happy there and he’ll only ask to leave if he gets a great offer from a top club.”

Barcelona are also said to be interested in the Azzurri international.

In January, when Tottenham failed in a bid to sign him, Rossi committed his future to his Spanish club until June 2016.

No move for Balzaretti
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The agent of Palermo’s Federico Balzaretti has dismissed transfer links with both Roma and Milan.

“His performances this season have resulted in transfer whispers about him,” Marcello Bonetto told calciomercato.it.

“However, as far as I know, these are just journalistic inventions. I have had no contact with any other clubs for Balzaretti and I think the same applies to Palermo.”

Balzaretti, a left-back, has broken into the international set-up this season following his performances at the Stadio Barbera.

Gattuso on Leonardo chant row
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Gennaro Gattuso has defended himself for singing along with Milan fans in a chant abusing Inter boss Leonardo.

The incident took place on Saturday at the Stadio Olimpico after the Rossoneri’s 0-0 draw at Roma ensured the title.

“I always take responsibility for myself,” the 2006 World Cup winner told La Repubblica.

“All this fuss for a prank seems exaggerated. If I could go back in time, given all the mess it has caused, I wouldn’t do it again.”

Leonardo himself went as far as issuing a statement on the Inter website yesterday, while Nerazzurri chief Massimo Moratti also criticised the player.

“I exaggerated and I realise it was not a good example to set for the kids,” Gattuso continued. “But it's not right to forget the context.

“The fans in the Curva sang many other songs, at least nine, and you don’t hear educational chants at the stadium. But let me be clear, I would jump on the railings to sing with them again.

“Those fans have followed us around Italy, facing so many expenses and journeys. The least we could do was thank them.

“There are all sorts of people among the Ultras. To demonize them would be hypocrisy.”

This latest controversy comes in a campaign where Gattuso was criticised for clashing with Tottenham assistant Joe Jordan in the Champions League.

“I’ve made more mistakes this season than in 16 years as a professional.”

Mancini on Ibrahimovic, Tevez and Balotelli
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Is Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini hoping to replace the Italy-bound Carlos Tevez with Zlatan Ibrahimovic?

City are looking to strengthen over the summer after last night ensuring a top four finish and thus qualifying for next year’s Champions League.

And they are being linked with a bid for Milan man Ibrahimovic this morning after Mancini seemingly made room for him in the side.

"If Zlatan wants to come to City, I would immediately find him a place,” the tactician, who worked with Ibrahimovic at Inter, told the Sun.

The Swede, who has just won his eighth League title in a row, joined the Rossoneri on loan from Barcelona in the summer.

Milan will now have the option to sign him outright for €24m which may scupper any eventual bid from City.

Meanwhile, Mancini has also suggested that Tevez could be about to leave the Premiership for Serie A.

“Carlos told us back in December that he wants to go to Italy,” Mancini noted in the Daily Star. “But if he changes his mind, I would be happy.”

Inter are thought to be very keen on the Argentine international.

Meanwhile, the former Sampdoria player has rejected the possibility of selling Mario Balotelli just a year after his £24m arrival from Inter.

"He will definitely stay. Mario is an ongoing bet,” the Coach continued.

"He has shown he has all the right qualities, but needs to do more, much more, to give a sense to his talent."

Pirlo: No AC Milan decision yet
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Andrea Pirlo says he has yet to talk to Milan about a new deal as rumours of a Juventus switch intensify.

Pirlo is out of contract next month and it is unclear whether the Rossoneri will offer him an extension or not.

“The Milan fans still want to see me in Rossonero? Let’s hope so,” he stated. “I’ll talk to the club and then we’ll make a decision.”

However, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus are preparing to tempt the veteran away from San Siro.

Juve are apparently ready to offer the 2006 World Cup winner a three-year contract worth €4m a campaign.

The Old Lady do have some decisions to make in central midfield given the uncertainty over Alberto Aquilani.

Juve have until May 15 to take up their option of signing the Italian, currently on loan from Liverpool, for €16m.

The Turin giants have also been associated with Riccardo Montolivo given that his contract talks with Fiorentina have stalled.

Allegri bows to the Rosanero
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Max Allegri has given credit to Palermo for reaching the Coppa Italia Final. “I can’t criticise my players for anything.”

Milan were hoping to do The Double just days after securing the Scudetto, but were beaten 2-1 on the night, 4-3 on aggregate.

“We had several chances, including one with Robinho in the opening seconds,” said the Coach.

“When we did get to the box, we couldn’t finish off our opportunities. Palermo played a great game and I can’t criticise my players for anything.”

The Rossoneri needed a victory to overturn the 2-2 first leg draw at San Siro, but only snatched a late goal with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

“It was important to keep the game in the balance, knowing that with a few changes we could bring the result home,” continued Allegri.

“We went behind, but were also a little unlucky against an excellent Palermo. We did all we could in the circumstances.

“There was a penalty on Ibrahimovic in the final minute, but if the referee didn’t give it then there’s no point discussing the matter.”

Moratti: 'Inter still better than AC Milan'
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“Inter are still better than Milan, even if they won the Scudetto,” insisted the wife of Nerazzurri President Massimo Moratti.

The Rossoneri celebrated on Saturday night by clinching the title for the first time since 2004, ending a run of five consecutive wins for their ‘cousins.’

“Inter are still better than Milan, even if they won the Scudetto,” Milly Moratti told newspaper ‘Il Giorno.’

“Maybe things went a certain way because we were playing so many different tournaments and in the end that takes its toll on fitness levels.

“We are the world champions and have every right to enjoy that to the full. We also won five Serie A titles in a row and nobody can take that away from us.

“Besides, if we dominated so completely that we’d sit at home with our trophies, what fun would that be?”

Coppa Italia: Palermo 2:1 AC Milan - match report
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Scorers: Migliaccio 63 (P), Bovo pen 73 (P), Ibrahimovic 94 (M)

Palermo are in their first Coppa Italia Final for 32 years after beating Milan 2-1 in a game with two red cards. The Sicilians face either Inter or Roma in the one-off Stadio Olimpico match on May 29.

The Rossoneri relied on Robinho, Alexandre Pato and Clarence Seedorf, as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Kevin-Prince Boateng were only fit for the bench. Andrea Pirlo tried the new wide left midfield position. Palermo had a 2-2 first leg result at San Siro to sit on and opted for a double-trequartista system.

Milan had lost their last four visits to the Barbera, not winning since 2006, but confidence was high after securing the Scudetto three days ago.

Robinho had the chance to take the lead after 150 seconds when springing the offside trap from a Pirlo ball over the top, but he fired over the bar. Mathieu Flamini's fierce cross-shot was punched off the line by Salvatore Sirigu, then a corner fell to Clarence Seedorf to again blast too high.

Palermo also threatened, as Abel Hernandez laid off Giulio Migliaccio's pass for Javier Pastore's snapshot on the bounce that whistled just wide.

A Pirlo free kick was smothered with some difficulty, then Alessandro Nesta closed down Federico Balzaretti's dangerous counter. Palermo made a tactical switch, introducing Armin Bacinovic for 19-year-old midfielder Afriyie Acquah.

Luca Antonini dragged a shot well wide from the edge of the box rather than set up Robinho. Bad luck on the stroke of half-time, as Thiago Silva accidentally clattered into teammate Antonini and the young Italian was stretchered off with an apparent knee injury. Gianluca Zambrotta and Marek Jankulovski are also sidelined, so Daniele Bonera had to come on at left-back.

After the restart Abel Hernandez drilled over and Alexandre Pato flashed across the face of goal from a tight angle. Palermo were far more aggressive than in the first half and it paid off.

An Ilicic corner was whipped in for Giulio Migliaccio's diving header in off the inside of the near post, as the midfielder got in front of Thiago Silva in the six-yard box.

It meant Milan now had to score twice to qualify, so Ibrahimovic was thrown on for Seedorf. Pato mistimed his header from Flamini's cross and as the move continued Ibra tried to backheel flick it in from six yards, but it whistled wide.

At the other end Pastore's flick set up Hernandez for a shot with the outside of his left foot that came off Thiago Silva to hit the side-netting. From the corner, Migliaccio's glancing header was again just wide.

Ibrahimovic was on the pitch for four minutes when booked for clattering into Dorin Goian.

The situation deteriorated for Milan when Pastore's through ball allowed Ilicic to go clear on goal, pulled back by Mark Van Bommel for an inevitable penalty and red card. Cesare Bovo stepped up to convert successfully and send Christian Abbiati the wrong way, even if Coach Delio Rossi was too nervous to watch.

Evidently the enthusiasm got to Bovo, as the goalscorer was shown a straight red card mere seconds later for an insanely high tackle. He completely mistimed his intervention to kick Pato on the side of the head. It was unintentional, but incredibly dangerous.

Milan still needed two goals, this time to force extra time. Massimiliano Allegri threw on Antonio Cassano for Alessandro Nesta, so four strikers were on the field.

Ibrahimovic thought he had got the Rossoneri back into it, but Palermo were saved by an incredible stroke of luck! A long Pirlo pass found Ibra at the back post, where his tap-in hit the upright, rolled all the way along the goalline and off the other stick!

Sirigu smothered a Flamini effort from close range and Ibrahimovic did score at the 94th minute. He sprung the offside trap and flicked a finish with the outside of his right boot to beat the on-rushing Sirigu.

Ibra also had penalty appeals, but seemed to go to ground very easily and the referee quite rightly waved play on.

However, it was too late and Palermo went through to their third Coppa Italia Final after 1974 and 1979.

Palermo: Sirigu; Cassani, Goian, Bovo, Balzaretti; Migliaccio, Acquah (Bacinovic 34), Nocerino; Ilicic, Pastore (Munoz 76); Hernandez (Pinilla 83)

Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Nesta (Cassano 80), Thiago Silva, Antonini (Bonera 46); Flamini, Van Bommel, Pirlo; Seedorf (Ibrahimovic 65); Robino, Pato

Ref: Rocchi

Sent off: Van Bommel 72 (M), Bovo 75 (P)

Leonardo hits back at Gattuso
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Inter boss Leonardo has asked Gennaro Gattuso for an explanation after the Milan man sang a derogatory chant about him during the Scudetto celebrations.

Following the 0-0 draw with Roma which clinched the Scudetto, Gattuso joined in with a section of the Milan fans as they chanted against the former Rossoneri boss.

The incident hasn’t been lost on Leonardo, a man who joined Inter in December, and he’s gone as far as making a statement on the Inter website.

"The day I decided to leave Milan, Gattuso said to me that I had at least been coherent in my choice,” the note from the Nerazzurri boss states.

“But today I read in lots of papers that he still wants to give his own version of events.

“I would very much like to know what he has to say, since neither on the phone nor in person has that ever been possible.

"Furthermore, I would like to know what Milan's official position is on this matter.”

Leonardo and Gattuso had a difficult relationship while the Brazilian was in charge of the Diavolo last season.

“Leonardo is upset about this,” Inter President Massimo Moratti stated when questioned on the subject.

“The incident speaks for itself. It’s something that is not representative of Milan, but of the man even if I think something needs to be done.

“There’s no polemic, these things happen in moments of excessive celebrations. It’s normal, because it has been a long time since they’ve had such a party.”

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani is eager to play down the situation. “Let’s not make a drama out of this,” he said. “I haven’t seen the footage but I think it is just a venial sin.”

OFFICIAL: Taiwo and Mexes are Milan's
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Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has confirmed that the club have signed Philippe Mexes and Taye Taiwo in the hope of winning the Champions League.

Boss Massimiliano Allegri revealed that the Roma and Marseille defenders were on their way yesterday.

“Seeing as we are a club who like to keep people informed, I’ll give you some news today,” Galliani stated this afternoon.

“We have signed Mexes and Taiwo, two players who we will be counting on. Now we’ll try to strengthen the side further, with the Champions League being our objective for 2012.

“Our target for this term was to break Inter’s hold in Italy and, as you can see, we did that.

“However, although the Scudetto is of absolute importance, I can confirm that next season Milan will try to regain the Champions League.”

Both Mexes and Taiwo will arrive on free transfers.

Baresi: 'Allegri like Capello and Ancelotti'
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Franco Baresi has compared Massimiliano Allegri to two former Milan Scudetto-winning bosses of the past.

Allegri led the Rossoneri to the Scudetto in his first season at the club on Saturday after the 0-0 draw at Roma.

“Max is a mix between Carlo Ancelotti and Fabio Capello,” the legendary sweeper told Sky Sport 24.

“He’s made a great start to his adventure at Milan, creating a base to become competitive in European competition too.

“At the start we were all curious to see his value. He was good enough to take charge of an important group of players.

“He managed to get the best out of everybody, including those who didn’t play that much the season before.

“The important thing was the objective of winning the title and the players, thanks to Allegri, understood that.”

Allegri: We have Mexes and Taiwo
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Milan have signed Philippe Mexes and Taye Taiwo for next season, boss Massimiliano Allegri has revealed ahead of their Coppa Italia semi-final.

Speaking before Tuesday’s Italian Cup encounter against Palermo, Allegri made the revelation when asked about the club’s summer plans.

“We’ll be fine in defence as we’ve signed Mexes and Taiwo,” he noted on Monday afternoon.

Both defenders will arrive on Bosman free deals and will join from Roma and Marseille respectively.

Mexes may not be fit enough to start the campaign though as he is currently recovering from knee ligament surgery.

Turning to Tuesday’s game in Sicily, after the first leg ended 2-2, Allegri insisted his side are hungry and ready to win following Saturday’s clinching of the Scudetto.

“Does a possible Final with Inter fascinate me? I’m just fascinated by the Final,” continued the former Cagliari Coach.

“The side is mentally prepared for the game against Palermo and I’m sure we’ll play a great match.

“There was euphoria at training today after winning the title, but the squad then trained as normal.

“Mentally they are ready. We know that we are Milan and we can’t go to Palermo and play poorly.

“When you are at Milan you can’t stop when you win something because after the Scudetto there is the Coppa Italia, after the Coppa there is the Super Cup…

“You have to always look ahead, that’s a rule of life for me.”

The tactician does have his selection problems though for the Cup clash, with star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic just one man who is struggling with fitness.

“We have to evaluate the condition of Ibrahimovic who we hope to recover and Kevin Prince Boateng too, as well as Gianluca Zambrotta and Alessandro Nesta.”

Ibrahimovic a doubt for AC Milan
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a fitness doubt ahead of the Italian Cup semi-final between Milan and Palermo.

The two teams meet on Tuesday night after the 2-2 draw at San Siro, but the Swede may not be there.

The international picked up an ankle problem in the 0-0 at Roma on Saturday and trained away from the squad today.

Kevin Prince Boateng is also a slight worry because of a problem with his knee.

Allegri slows Kaka rumour
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Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri has cooled speculation that the club will attempt to re-sign Kaka this summer.

The two parties have been linked together on Monday following the words of Vice-President Adriano Galliani.

“Kaka is a great and I’d do anything for him,” Galliani noted. “I cried when he left because I loved him intensely.

“I have suffered for just two players in my life – the first was when Leonardo left and then for Kaka.”

The Brazilian ended his six-year San Siro stint in 2009 after accepting a switch to Spanish giants Real Madrid.

However, he has since suffered with form and fitness which has seen him associated with a possible Milan return.

Milan official Ariedo Braida also fuelled talk of an imminent reunion. “There is a true friendship between us and he is always in our hearts,” he stated.

Nevertheless, speaking after Milan wrapped up the title at the weekend, Allegri quietened the reports.

“The return of Kaka is just a rumour,” he stated on Monday. “For now we are just thinking about the present campaign.

“At the end of the season we will sit around a table and see what we can do to strengthen the team. It’s too soon for that now.”

Allegri's past vital in AC Milan triumph
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Massimiliano Allegri insists his lower League coaching experiences played a part in Milan winning the Scudetto.

The Rossoneri clinched the title on Saturday night during Allegri’s first season with the San Siro giants.

While the likes of Leonardo, Vincenzo Montella and Roberto Mancini were instantly handed control of major clubs in their careers, Allegri had to learn his trade lower down the footballing ladder.

“I think it was fundamental because nobody is born with knowledge,” he told Radio Anch’io Lo Sport on Monday. “Learning the ropes is important for all Coaches.

“My first years in the Lega Pro and then my two at Cagliari were very important, an excellent school for me.

“Then I arrived at Milan, a splendid club. Vice-President Adriano Galliani and President Silvio Berlusconi were close to me and that made things easier.”

Allegri started his managerial path with Aglianese in Serie C2 before spells at Spal, Grosseto and Sassuolo. He moved to Serie A side Cagliari in 2008.

The former midfielder also paid tribute to legendary Coach Giovanni Galeone, a man who has influenced his career.

“I owe him a lot because I grew up in footballing terms with him,” Allegri added. “He taught me much, firstly as a player and then as a Coach.”

The tactician has won the plaudits for masterminding the club’s success this term, but he insists other factors were more important.

“The club and the players deserve the most credit because they put themselves at my disposal. That was the key thing this season.

“Transfers? We’re just thinking about finishing this campaign. When it is over then we will talk about what is needed to improve the side. But let’s just wait for now.”

Although he admitted that he didn’t get much sleep on Saturday night following the 0-0 draw at Roma, Allegri and his side are now totally focused on the Coppa Italia.

“It’s fundamental and a trophy that we want,” he said. “It won’t be an easy game as we have to try to win at Palermo. But the side is mentally prepared to play an important game.”

The two teams face each other on Tuesday night after the 2-2 draw at San Siro in the first leg of the semi-final.

AC Milan dismiss Ganso move
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Both Milan and Santos have dismissed increasing speculation that Paulo Henrique Ganso will be moving to the new Italian champions.

The Rossoneri were thought to be leading the chase for the attacking midfielder after holding talks with his entourage recently.

However, Milan transfer guru Ariedo Braida has suggested that Ganso will not be arriving despite their interest.

“At this moment in time it is all fantasy,” the official stated. “He may arrive one day in the future, but he won’t be with us next season.”

The player’s Brazilian club have today also insisted that Ganso will not be heading for the exit during the summer.

“I will repeat what we have said in recent months,” noted sporting director Conceicao. “We have received no official offer from an Italian club for Ganso.

“And even if one is made in the future then we are not even going to take it into consideration. The boy is our leading player and he is not available for transfer.”

Ganso has a release clause in his contract understood to be around €50m.

Galliani: 'AC Milan want Taiwo'
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Adriano Galliani has confirmed Milan “want to sign Taye Taiwo, even without an EU passport.”

The Marseille full-back will be out of contract at the end of the season and has long been associated with a free transfer to San Siro.

“We do want to sign Taiwo, even without an EU passport,” Vice-President Galliani told Sky Sport Italia.

The Nigerian defender has had a splendid campaign for Marseille in Ligue 1 and scored the winner in the French Cup Final.

Galliani also commented on the links to Santos starlet Paulo Henrique Ganso.

“We still have to make a formal offer. Clubs are quite rich in Brazil now and they tend to resist releasing their players.”

Berlusconi to build 'a young AC Milan'
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Barbara Berlusconi has set the scene for “another 25 years of success” at Milan and drops the old guard. “We’re focusing on youth.”

The daughter of President Silvio Berlusconi was appointed to the Board of Directors a few weeks ago and was in the stands for last night’s 0-0 draw with Roma.

“I am very happy that we have achieved this objective, but it must be a starting point to build a new Milan,” she told the Corriere dello Sport.

“The squad must be capable of competing in Europe and also fitting in with the new economic requirements of football clubs.

“Our dream is to see Milan have another 25 years of success. After all, it is the club with more trophies than any other in the world and we don’t want to lose that record.”

Several veterans will be out of contract in the summer, so the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Clarence Seedorf, Massimo Ambrosini and Pippo Inzaghi could move on.

“I would above all like to develop a team that focuses on youth.”

One of the Rossoneri’s youngest stars is Alexandre Pato, who is dating Berlusconi.

Tassotti: 'Allegri doesn't want Pirlo'
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Assistant manager Mauro Tassotti confirms Andrea Pirlo is no longer required at Milan. “Max Allegri wants different characteristics.”

Veteran Pirlo’s contract expires on June 30 and it does not look as if he will be offered an extension.

“Allegri wants a player with more defensive characteristics compared to Andrea when sitting in front of the defence,” said Tassotti during the Scudetto celebrations.

“We wanted to see how he could do in a wider role, but then Andrea started to have injury problems that kept him off the field for many months.

“I don’t know if we’ll take different paths now, as that is a problem we’ll have to wait and see about.

“In any case, Pirlo remains an important player not just for Milan, but for Italian football.”

It is widely expected that Pirlo will join Juventus on a free transfer, ending his 10-year stay at San Siro.

Ibrahimovic: 'I'll be at AC Milan for a long time'
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has assured fans that “I want to stay at Milan for a long time” and Antonio Cassano calls him “a beast!”

The Rossoneri celebrated long into the night after a 0-0 draw at Roma clinched the Scudetto last night.

“When I first arrived, I promised the Scudetto and once again I kept my word,” smiled the Swede.

“Perhaps some will leave next season, but certainly not me. I have no intention of leaving, as I want to stay at Milan for a long time.”

Ibra is a huge figure and teammate Cassano learned that to his cost when during celebrations he got a knock to the head!

FantAntonio spent much of the post-game party with an ice pack on his head, though that didn’t stop him celebrating.

“Ibrahimovic is a beast, both on the field and off it!” grinned Cassano.

“If he helps us to win games and titles, then he can get away with cracking my head open.”

Inzaghi: 'Another year at AC Milan'
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Pippo Inzaghi hopes to play on for another year after his devastating injury. “I intend to renew my contract with Milan.”

The striker scored some crucial goals in the early part of the campaign, but has been out of action since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament and external meniscus ligament in his left knee on November 10.

“I would like to take part in next season’s celebrations too,” said SuperPippo after the 18th Scudetto party.

“Unfortunately this year I had to spend a lot of time on the sidelines, which is particularly difficult for someone like me, but I’m happy to celebrate another trophy with Milan.

“I have to praise the club, the directors and the squad, as we have a great group of players here. Everyone fits in perfectly.

“On Thursday I will resume full training with the team and hope to play the next game at San Siro.”

Inzaghi is one of several veterans whose contract expires on June 30 and negotiations have been postponed until the title was secure.

“I intend to renew my contract with Milan. I hope to end my career in this side and everything points towards that being the case.”

Pirlo: 'We'll see if I'm still at AC Milan'
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Andrea Pirlo struck a melancholy note in the Scudetto celebrations. “We’ll see if I’m at Milan next season.”

The midfielder has barely featured this term due to injuries, but his contract expires in June and it does not look as if a renewal will be offered.

“The whole season has been unlucky for me, but this title party makes up for that,” said the World Cup winner.

“Massimiliano Allegri did a great job of finding the right mix to win a difficult tournament.

“We always saw Inter as our main rivals for the Scudetto, as they are the team to beat.”

When asked whether this would be his final celebration with the Rossoneri, Pirlo could not give a clear answer.

“I don’t know what will happen. I tell the fans that they have been wonderful throughout.

“We’ll see if I’m at Milan next season.”

Thiago Silva and Abate celebrate
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Thiago Silva and Ignazio Abate were rocks of the Milan defence this season and are already looking ahead to the Champions League.

“This is a highly-competitive side and I always believed, but only on this evening did I realise we could do it,” said Thiago Silva of their 0-0 draw with Roma that clinched the Scudetto.

“It’s truly difficult to win in Serie A, so all of us deserve praise. There is no stand-out player, as we all did well and can all celebrate.

“Now we can look ahead and my next dream is to win the Champions League with Milan.”

Teammate Abate was a revelation, as he had been a winger who was transformed into an effective right-back.

“We are all happy, as it has been an extraordinary year,” said the Italian.

“I must thank all my teammates and especially Alessandro Nesta, who gave me advice throughout the campaign.

“I did believe that I could play this role and the Coach put me straight in there during a delicate encounter with Real Madrid. Massimiliano Allegri always pushed me to improve myself, even in a new position.

“I’ve played in many different Leagues, but this is the football that counts. A big club means always confirming your success, so I look ahead to improving myself next season.”

Berlusconi: 'More summer gifts'
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President Silvio Berlusconi celebrated Milan’s 18th Scudetto and promised “some more gifts for the fans over the summer.”

The Rossoneri clinched the Serie A title with a goalless draw at Roma’s Stadio Olimpico this evening, ending a five-year Inter reign.

“The Scudetto has finally returned to the red and black side of San Siro,” Berlusconi told Mediaset.

“At the end of the day, I think the title is deserved. All our choices were decisive. Massimiliano Allegri understood our style and the fact we never focus on the result more than giving entertainment on the pitch.

“We made important signings and have a competitive squad, but all this doesn’t come cheap. You cannot win in football without spending a lot of money.

“Do I have some more gifts for the fans over the summer? Yes, hopefully the transfer market will allow me to do that for the supporters.”

Galliani: 'Derby was the crossroads'
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Vice-President Adriano Galliani looked to the Milan derby as the “crossroads” in the Scudetto race.

“Titles are always wonderful, but the latest is the best because it’s in my eyes and my heart at this moment,” he said after the 0-0 draw at Roma sparked celebrations.

“Massimiliano Allegri was excellent this season and we are very, very, very happy. The Scudetto remains in Milan, but changes over to the other side.”

Inter had won the title for five years on the bounce, but the Rossoneri won both derbies, including a crunch clash when they were only two points apart.

“The crossroads of the campaign was that second derby,” argued Galliani.

“We’re all so happy, it’s just amazing and we must thank President Silvio Berlusconi. And what about Zlatan Ibrahimovic? This is his eighth consecutive title, that’s the sign of a great player.”

Gattuso: 'They gave us up for dead'
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Gennaro Gattuso had a point to prove. “They gave us up for dead, but it’s even better that we beat a rival like Inter.”

Milan celebrated their first Scudetto in seven years thanks to tonight’s 0-0 draw away to Roma.

“This title is very special for us, as they gave us up for dead. Instead...” smiled the veteran midfielder.

“It’s a great victory for me personally, as they thought I was finished too. This is a wonderful feeling.

“It’s even better that we beat a rival like Inter to the title. When there’s this type of passion, you can’t help but do well.”

Several of the old guard look to be moving on this summer, although Gattuso does not appear to be one of them.

“I hope this win can open up a whole new era for Milan. My own journey is almost at an end, but when a club invests in top players, it will win.

“How do I rate Massimiliano Allegri? Well, 10 out of 10, obviously!”

Allegri: 'I still can't believe it!'
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Massimiliano Allegri has won the Scudetto at his first attempt with Milan. “I still can’t believe it! I made a pledge with Adriano Galliani.”

The former Cagliari Coach had never won silverware before, but is Champion of Italy after a 0-0 draw at Roma this evening.

“It was important to finish this off against Roma, who still have ambitions of fourth place. We played with great concentration to bring the Scudetto to Milan without waiting for next Sunday,” said Allegri.

“I have to thank the lads, the President who gave me this chance and this squad with newcomers who behaved impeccably in the locker room.

“These men have won so many trophies, but they were professionals working for the group. This is why we won the Scudetto.

“To be honest, I still can’t believe it! I’m incredibly happy and lucky. I had a great squad at my disposal and there was always respect between players.

“The best moment was the derby, as that was the right time to break away from Inter. It’s just a shame we’re not in Milan right now.”

When asked if he had planned anything special, Allegri revealed a promise with Milan’s Vice-President.

“Galliani and I made a pledge that if we won the Scudetto, we’d walk up to the church in Versilia on foot. It’ll be quite a hike!”

Pato's first, Seedorf and Ambro's last?
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Alexandre Pato declared “it’s my first time!” while Milan veterans Clarence Seedorf and Massimo Ambrosini are old hands at the Scudetto.

The Stadio Olimpico is the scene of title celebrations as tonight’s 0-0 draw with Roma secured the Serie A crown.

“It’s my first time winning a Scudetto, so this is a very special day for me,” grinned Pato.

On the other hand, Seedorf was in the squad the last time they won the Serie A title in 2004.

“This is football and these moments are what it’s all about,” said the Dutchman whose contract expires in the summer.

“I just want to think about what this means for Milan, as it’s a wonderful moment after seven years.

“The squad will grow so much more and it has been a stupendous year for us.”

Ambrosini is also out of contract next month and could walk away from the Rossoneri.

“The Scudetto is absolutely deserved,” was all the midfielder said to Sky Sport Italia reporters.

Nesta: AC Milan deserved the title'
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Alessandro Nesta believes Milan’s Scudetto was “thoroughly deserved, as we were top of the table for the whole campaign.”

The Rossoneri’s 0-0 draw with Roma this evening mathematically clinched their 18th Serie A title and sparked celebrations.

“We were top of the table for the whole campaign, so it was only normal that we’d be there at the end too,” the defender told Sky Sport Italia.

“We have an eight-point advantage and the Scudetto is thoroughly deserved. I dedicate this title to my family.”

When asked who he thought were the key players in the victory, Nesta looked to both attack and his centre-back teammate.

“Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva were decisive.”

CHAMPIONS!!! AS Roma 0:0 AC Milan - match report
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Milan are the Champions of Italy after a goalless draw at Roma clinched the Scudetto!

A point would be enough for the Rossoneri to mathematically secure the title, but the Giallorossi needed a result too in order to stay in the hunt for a Champions League spot.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned from his three-match ban, though Alexandre Pato was only fit for the bench. Roma had Simone Perrotta and Daniele De Rossi suspended, replaced by Fabio Simplicio and Matteo Brighi. Milan's last win at the Olimpico was in March 2005.

Kevin-Prince Boateng and Rodrigo Taddei had early efforts whistle wide.

Roma somehow failed to take the lead after 14 minutes. Marco Cassetti skipped past Gianluca Zambrotta and floated in a cross for Mirko Vucinic, but Christian Abbiati sprinted off his line to charge it down at the back post. It was a combination of the goalkeeper and Alessandro Nesta who managed to smother from point-blank range.

Brighi picked up a knock early on during a collision with Gennaro Gattuso. He tried to carry on, but eventually had to limp off to make way for Aleandro Rosi.

Francesco Totti's back-heel flick combined with Vucinic, but the captain was closed down by Clarence Seedorf as he pulled the trigger. A dangerous through ball threatened to find Vucinic from eight yards, but Nesta was at full stretch to get a slight interception. From the corner, Rosi's header caused trouble with Abbiati stranded.

Abbiati did better when smothering another Rosi angled drive towards the near post in a chance created by Fabio Simplicio.

At the other end, Ibrahimovic gathered a Robinho through ball, but Juan stuck out a foot to force a corner as he prepared the shot. A crucial Nicolas Burdisso sliding tackle also prevented Ibra's through ball reaching Boateng.

In first half stoppages Totti pulled back from the corner flag for Simplicio, but again Abbiati was quick off his line to smother at the Brazilian's feet.

Max Allegri made a half-time change with Massimo Ambrosini replacing Gattuso.

Within 32 seconds of the restart, Milan had their best chance of the game so far. Ignazio Abate set up Robinho for a curler from the edge of the box that cracked against the base of the far post with Alexander Doni beaten.

A free kick was whipped in by Seedorf for Ambrosini's half-volley deflected wide. Simplicio drilled wide from the D on a corner and ex-Milan striker Marco Borriello replaced Vucinic.

Ibrahimovic sprung the offside trap to get on the end of a long ball and at full stretch made contact with the ball, but so did Doni and the referee waved play on.

Boateng and much of the Stadio Olimpico thought Milan had taken the lead on the hour mark when he sprung the offside trap from a chipped Ambrosini pass and drew out the goalkeeper, but his angled drive shaved a coat of paint off the far post of an open goal.

Moments later Doni parried a blisteringly powerful Ibrahimovic free kick into the path of Seedorf, then defenders threw themselves at the follow-up.

Pato made his comeback from a thigh strain to replace Robinho. There was an odd moment when Borriello thought he'd been dragged back by Nesta, but the referee gave a free kick against him.

Abbiati smothered a David Pizarro free kick, but both teams appeared to be relatively content with the draw. This made more sense for Milan than it did for Vincenzo Montella's men.

Roma: Doni; Cassetti, Burdisso, Juan, Riise; Pizarro, Brighi (Rosi 17) (Caprari 82); Taddei, Simplicio, Vucinic (Borriello 54); Totti

Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Nesta, Thiago Silva, Zambrotta; Gattuso (Ambrosini 46), Van Bommel, Seedorf; Boateng; Robinho (Pato 73), Ibrahimovic

Ref: Morganti

Juan ready to ruin AC Milan's party
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Juan has warned Milan that Roma aim to ruin their Scudetto party tonight. “We’ll fight to the end for the Champions League.”

The Rossoneri will secure the Serie A title this evening with a point at the Olimpico, but both sides are fired up.

“Every game from now to the end of the season is important,” Juan told Globoesporte.

“It won’t be easy to earn a place in the Champions League. We need to win all three remaining matches and hope that other results go our way.

“While there is still the mathematical possibility of a top four finish, then we will believe and fight to the end.

“Do not forget, we kept our chances alive thanks to the win at Bari.”

That 3-2 result in stoppages took Roma within a point of fourth-placed Lazio with Francesco Totti bagging a brace.

“Totti has always made the difference,” continued Juan. “I try to do my part in defence so that he and the others can be decisive in attack. We hope that Totti can keep up this form during the final rush, because everything is possible with him playing like that.”

Inter fight AC Milan for Hulk
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Inter are set to spark another transfer market derby with Milan after reportedly entering negotiations for Porto star Hulk.

Rossoneri Vice-President Adriano Galliani declared this week that his club was “interested” in the Brazilian centre-forward.

However, Porto slammed the door on this option, as they are still smarting from the shock collapse of Aly Cissokho’s move to Milan a few summers ago.

They would be willing to talk to Inter, though, and director Piero Ausilio was spotted in the stands during the Europa League semi-final between Porto and Villarreal.

Hulk is one of the main reasons why his team have reached the Final and is wanted by numerous top clubs in Europe, earning him a €40m price-tag.

Another hitman at Porto is Colombian striker Falcao, who is also of interest to the Nerazzurri.

Midfielder Fernando is valued at €18m and could also be a useful addition to the Inter squad.

Zambrotta reveals Leonardo 'problems'
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Gianluca Zambrotta looks forward to Milan’s Scudetto party, potentially tonight, and reveals “Leonardo is the Coach I had most problems with in my career.”

The veteran full-back looked back in a long interview with Sky Sport Italia and was asked to compare the last three Rossoneri tacticians.

“I already knew Carlo Ancelotti from our time at Juventus, so I got on well with him straight away,” explained Zambro.

“I had a few issues with Leonardo in the year of the World Cup in South Africa. It was nothing to cause controversy about, but he is the Coach I had the most problems with in my career.

“Massimiliano Allegri is a young Coach who wants to make an impact, never gives in and gave these qualities to the squad. He’s doing a great job.”

If Milan avoid defeat against Roma this evening, then they will mathematically secure the Scudetto.

“Today Thiago Silva is the best defender around and he will be in future too, hoping he’ll stay at Milan for as long as possible.

“Zlatan Ibrahimovic has grown a great deal from his time at Juventus. He always scored goals, but is now more incisive and has matured in every respect. He brought his winning mentality to the group, always wants 110 per cent from himself and his teammates.”

Zanetti: 'AC Milan deserve Scudetto'
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Inter captain Javier Zanetti admits “Milan deserve the Scudetto, as our season has been somewhat troubled.”

The Rossoneri will secure the title on Saturday night as long as they avoid defeat to Roma.

“It’s only right, as Milan deserve the Scudetto,” said Zanetti during a charity event in Palermo.

“Inter’s season has been somewhat troubled, as at the start we had numerous difficulties and injuries.”

Rafa Benitez parted company with the club on Christmas Eve to make way for Leonardo, but a comeback in the second half of the campaign was not enough.

“We have rediscovered the unity of the squad. Now the important thing is to end the season as best we can, hopefully achieving second place in Serie A and winning the Coppa Italia.”

Inter beat Roma 1-0 in the first leg of the semi-final and play the decider at San Siro on Wednesday evening.

Zanetti also commented on his fellow countrymen, including a face familiar to Serie A.

“Javier Pastore will certainly be one of the top stars in world football over the next few years. Pastore and Erik Lamela are the most important future prospects in Argentine football.”

Ibrahimovic threat worries Montella
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Roma boss Vincenzo Montella fears Zlatan Ibrahimovic in tomorrow’s must-win game against Milan.

The Swede returns from suspension for the Stadio Olimpico tie in a match that could see the Rossoneri clinch the title.

“You don’t win the Scudetto by chance and he’s about to win his eighth title in a row because he is someone who makes the difference,” Montella said.

“We won’t place a cage around him though because we’ll look to find the right balance to win the game.”

While Milan need just a point from the tie, the home side need all three in order to keep their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League alive.

“I have always believed that we could qualify for the Champions League and I’m even more certain of the fact now in all honesty,” he added.

“We have to give our best on a physical, technical and psychological level because we want to win and we must win against Milan.

“There is no one side who is favoured in the race for fourth. Those in front are advantaged at the moment, but those who are behind have a chance too.”

Roma are currently joint fifth with Udinese, a point behind Lazio and three clear of Juventus.

Turning to his chances of staying in the job over the summer, the man who replaced Claudio Ranieri mid-season says he doesn’t know what his future holds.

“I have no particular sensation – neither positive or negative,” he added. “I’m calm and if there are roses then they will flower.”

Allegri won't sacrifice Coppa Italia
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The Scudetto is not the only thing Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri is concentrating on this weekend. “The Coppa Italia is important too.”

The Rossoneri need just a draw at Roma on Saturday to clinch the title, but the Coach also has next week’s Italian Cup commitments to consider.

“Tuesday’s game in Palermo will be very important seeing as it will allow us to reach the Final,” he stated on Friday afternoon.

“My decisions tomorrow will be made with the Cup game in mind – especially my choices in midfield.”

Milan are expected to clinch the title at the Olimpico, but Allegri maintains that Roma should not be underestimated.

“We’ll be up against a side who will be very motivated to play an important game. They were a Scudetto contender themselves.

“They have an important chance to reach the Champions League, especially after Lazio lost last weekend.

“Roma are a strong team and Francesco Totti is in great form. To win we’ll need to play the perfect game.

“We need just a point and we may not even need that in the end. It will be an incredible feeling, an important satisfaction for this group.”

Allegri’s task has been made easier though with the return from suspension of star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

“Ibrahimovic has a great desire to play and he needs to put in a great game. Ibra is back, but so too is Alexandre Pato from injury – I have all four strikers available to me.

“Will Ibrahimovic remain for next season? I think so, yes.”

Allegri has called up all of his players in anticipation of a Scudetto party in the Eternal City.

Boateng rejected Lazio offer
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Kevin-Prince Boateng has revealed that he rejected a summer move to Lazio – a decision he doesn’t regret.

The midfielder was signed from Portsmouth by Genoa, before being instantly sent to Milan, but only after contemplating a move to the capital.

“I was a step away from joining Lazio,” he told the Messaggero newspaper. “I met with President Claudio Lotito, but I turned him down.

“Seeing how my season has gone, I have no regrets.”

Boateng is on the verge of winning the Scudetto seeing as the Rossoneri need just a point from their three remaining games. Milan are also still in the Coppa Italia hunt.

Robinho desires win in Rome
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Despite needing just a point to win the Scudetto, Robinho insists his Milan side are aiming for a victory at Roma.

The two teams meet at the Olimpico on Saturday night and the Brazilian is keen for his outfit to wrap up the title in style.

“Roma are a strong side and have great players, but we are going there to win,” Robinho told Milan Channel.

“This is an important moment for us and we are in good shape physically to give our best on Saturday.

“We need just a point and we have to try to finish the job of collecting the title as soon as possible.”

The attacker joined the San Siro giants just before the transfer window closed from Manchester City last summer.

“I came here with the mentality of winning something and to leave my mark for the most important club in the world,” he added.

“I’ve done well this season and I hope to repeat myself next term.

“The Italian championship is hard and different to those I have played in during the past, but I have settled and am happy.”

Boateng eyes title, Coppa and contract
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Kevin-Prince Boateng wants something even more than the Scudetto and Coppa Italia this year – he desires a Milan contract.

The midfielder is on course to win the double in his first season in Italy, but his future is up for discussion.

Co-owned by both Milan and Genoa, he has no doubts about where he wants to be playing his football next season.

“I could get a new tattoo to celebrate the Scudetto, but also the Coppa Italia. However, the victory I want more is a contract with Milan,” he told the Corriere dello Sport.

“How will it end? I’ll be heading on holiday as I have a desire for the beach and the sea. I’ll leave my future in the hands of the people who do this for a living.”

The Ghanaian international is so desperate to remain that he has no fears about the club’s possible signing of Ganso.

“I don’t know who will arrive, but I’m not moving from the attacking midfield. If someone new arrives then we’ll be in competition for a place.”

Boateng was also asked for his views on the rumours linking international teammate Michael Essien of Chelsea with a Milan move.

“We are great friends,” he added. “Essien is one of the best defensive midfielders in the world. I’d love to play alongside him, but I’ll leave it up to Milan to decide.”

Borriello back at AC Milan?
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Marco Borriello could return to Milan at the end of the season after a disappointing second half of the campaign at Roma.

The Italian international joined the Giallorossi on loan in August with the understanding that the capital giants would then sign him outright for €10m.

Although Roma are still willing to do that, Milan may not enforce the agreement in order to get Borriello back at San Siro.

The Rossoneri are looking for a new centre-forward and have been associated with Porto sensation Hulk.

However, he would be a much more expensive option than simply recalling Borriello back to the Meazza.

Borriello this week said he’d be happy to stay in Rome even if Vincenzo Montella, who has relegated the striker to the bench, remains as Coach.

AC Milan stance stuns Ambrosini
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Milan’s decision to wait until the end of the season to discuss contract renewals has surprised Massimo Ambrosini.

The captain is one of numerous high-profile players whose present agreements will expire next month.

“I didn’t expect the club to wait for so long to clear up our situations,” he told the Gazzetta dello Sport on Friday.

“Perhaps they have behaved in this way because there are so many players with their contracts expiring.

“Sooner or later things come to an end, but I do think that all of us deserve some clarification.

“If it was up to me then I would stay,” he added. “For now though I just have to wait with everyone else.”

If the San Siro giants do offer Ambrosini an extension then he accepts the fact that he won’t be earning the same salary as he does now.

“I think we are all mature enough to understand what we deserve,” he continued.

“We’re not 20 any more and we are not presumptuous. Then as talks take place everyone will make a case for themselves and that is only right.”

Alessandro Nesta, Clarence Seedorf, Andrea Pirlo and Mark Van Bommel are other Milan players in the same situation as Max.

No AC Milan regrets for Van Bommel
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Mark Van Bommel says he didn’t hesitate in joining Milan – even though they only offered him a six-month deal.

The Dutchman signed for the club in January from Bayern Munich and he’s on the verge of winning the Scudetto.

“When Milan came after me I had no doubts,” the midfielder is quoted as saying. “I did take a risk in signing for just six months, but it has all gone well.

“I have already won seven titles in my career, but the last one you win is always the best,” he continued.

Van Bommel has made such an impact that there is a chance that he could extend his stay with the San Siro giants.

“Vice-President Adriano Galliani has told me that we will discuss that option once the season is over,” he concluded.

Van Bommel is one of four central midfielders whose contracts expire in June, with the others being Andrea Pirlo, Clarence Seedorf and Massimo Ambrosini.

AC Milan transfers impress Capello
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England boss Fabio Capello has praised Milan’s moves on the transfer market as they edge towards the Scudetto.

The Rossoneri are just a point away from clinching the Serie A title and the former Rossoneri tactician thinks their player buys, both last summer and in January, have been key.

“Their market strategy was great,” Capello told the Corriere della Sera. “With Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho, the club got their campaign off on the right foot.

“They then got Alessandro Nesta back from injury and the club subsequently moved really well to add Mark Van Bommel and Antonio Cassano.”

Ibrahimovic and Cassano joined from Barcelona and Sampdoria respectively after their relationships with their former clubs broke down.

Capello knows both forwards well given that he has bossed them in his career.

“There aren’t really any problems to face with Ibra,” the former Juve boss added. “The worst is that he gets annoyed when he loses games in training.

“Cassano, on the other hand, is someone who always wants to play.”

Capello also praised Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri who looks set to win the Scudetto during his first season at San Siro.

“Allegri has demonstrated intelligence,” he added. “He has understood that in order to win you always need to know how to defend.

“He has also managed the squad well and has been able to create a good atmosphere within the camp.”

Nesta applauds Abate and Silva
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Milan stopper Alessandro Nesta has praised defensive teammates Thiago Silva and Ignazio Abate.

In an interview with Milan Channel, the veteran became the second Milanista in a week, after Gianluca Zambrotta, to applaud rising star Abate.

“He’s a good lad who always applies himself,” he said of the former midfielder who is now playing regularly at right-back.

“He was used to another role, but by working seriously he has demonstrated himself to be an excellent full-back who could go on and play for Italy.

“He’s always smiling too and feels at home in the dressing room.”

While Abate has developed, Thiago Silva has confirmed himself to be one of the best centre-backs in Europe.

“Milan have some solid foundations for the future,” added Nesta. “Thiago Silva, for example, can be a guarantee for the defence for the next 10 years.”

The Brazilian stopper, who plays alongside Nesta, has also been hailed by boss Massimiliano Allegri over the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Nesta’s future at San Siro is still in doubt given that his contract expires next month. Milan will make a decision on whether to offer him a new deal at the end of term.

Allegri hails Thiago Silva
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Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri has pinpointed Thiago Silva as key to his club’s success this term.

The Rossoneri are just one point away from the Scudetto and the Brazilian defender has been a key influence.

“He is a player with no equals in the world,” Allegri told TG5. “He plays at three levels higher than everyone else.”

Milan could have wrapped the title up last weekend, but were denied when Giampaolo Pazzini scored two late goals at Cesena to keep Inter in the race.

“I say thank you to him,” Allegri added. “That is because he has allowed us to keep our concentration high this week as we also have the Coppa Italia to think about.

“Had we been crowned champions last weekend there was a risk that we could have let ourselves go this week.”

The Rossoneri play Roma next in Serie A, before travelling to Palermo in the Cup after drawing 2-2 at San Siro in the first leg of the semi-final.

Allegri also seemed pleased with owner Silvio Berlusconi’s commitment to keep spending his money on the outfit.

“When the President speaks of reinforcing the squad by gifting the fans new players then I have to be happy,” he concluded.

Hulk will cost EUR 100 mil.
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Porto have told Milan that if they want to sign Hulk then he’ll cost them an incredible €100m.

Rossoneri Vice-President Adriano Galliani admitted his interest in the striker recently which fuelled suggestions of a bid.

But speaking to the Portuguese media, Porto chief Pinto Da Costa has rubbished the speculation.

“Hulk to Milan must be a joke,” he stated. “They previously wanted Aly Cissokho [in 2009] and they could not do it.

“They got that story about his teeth as an excuse, when in fact Cissokho has better teeth than I do. It is ridiculous.

“We’ve not had any offers for any players at the moment, but whoever wants to sign them will have to meet their release clauses.

“Hulk’s is set at €100m and I won’t let him go even if someone offered me €99m. You either pay that figure or nothing.”

The Brazilian striker, 24, is expected to move on at the end of the season with a number of Premiership clubs keen.

Although Porto are unlikely to sell him for the €100m suggested, a more realistic transfer fee may still be too steep for Serie A sides.

Berlusconi: 'Dedicate stadium to me!'
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Milan President Silvio Berlusconi maintains “I deserve to have a stadium named after me considering everything I’ve won with this club.”

The patron, who is also Italy’s Prime Minister and a media magnate, saved the Rossoneri from bankruptcy in 1986 and recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of that takeover.

“We’ll only talk about the Scudetto when it is already sewn on to the shirt,” he said on television show Porta a Porta.

“If it does happen, then it will be the 27th big trophy Milan have won under my tenure. We are already the most successful club in the world and made me the President who has won more than any other in history.

“After me, the President who won the most was the great Santiago Bernabeu of Real Madrid.

“The Spanish named a stadium after him. I think I deserve having the stadium in Milan named after me.”

That would not sit well with Inter supporters, who share the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, also known as San Siro.

Under Berlusconi, Milan have won seven Scudetti, five European Cups/Champions League trophies, three Intercontinental Cups/Club World Cups five European Super Cups, one Coppa Italia and five Italian Super Cups.

AC Milan spotted in Marko Marin talks?
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Werder Bremen directors were spotted in Milan today, fuelling reports of a move for German talent Marko Marin.

Sky Sport Italia claim Werder director of sport Klaus Allofs was spotted at a lunch meeting with Milan figures at the Giannino restaurant.

“The former German international striker met at lunch with his Rossoneri counterpart, Ariedo Braida, at Giannino. Along with them was intermediary Giacomo Petralito,” read the report.

“They talked about Didac Vila, the Spanish full-back that Milan want to send elsewhere to gain experience, while Sokratis Papastathopoulos was already a target for Werder in January.

“Among the Germans, the prize target is certainly Marin. In the past he was of interest to Inter and now tempted by Milan.”

The two clubs are also set to play a friendly in July on German soil.

Marin would be quite a coup for the Serie A leaders, as the 22-year-old attacking midfielder of Bosnian origin is hot property on the transfer market.

He has been linked with the likes of Manchester United, Roma, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Sevilla, Tottenham and especially Chelsea.

It is believed that around €15m should be enough to take Marin, although obviously that price-tag would be cut if other players were involved in an exchange deal.

Pirlo agent in Juventus talks
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Juventus have this afternoon met with the agent of Milan playmaker Andrea Pirlo, a report in the peninsula suggests.

According to calciomercato.com, Tulio Tinti has been in talks with Juve director general Beppe Marotta at Juve’s Vinovo HQ today.

Pirlo could be available on a free transfer this summer given that his contract with the Rossoneri expires at the end of June.

Milan have stated that they won’t decide on whether to offer him, and other players who are at the end of their contracts, an extension until the season is over.

Marotta has admitted that he would be interested in signing the 2006 World Cup winner on a Bosman.

Juve are, reportedly, ready to offer the former Brescia and Inter player a salary worth €3m a campaign.

However, leaving Vinovo, Tinti suggested that Pirlo was not the subject of their 30-minute discussion.

“Before Juventus, I have to speak with Milan,” he is quoted as saying.

Ambrosini wants AC Milan renewal
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Massimo Ambrosini has invited Milan to offer him a new contract at San Siro. “I’d stay,” said the midfielder.

Club captain Ambrosini is one of a number of high profile players whose contracts will expire next month.

“I’d stay, but this is something that needs to be discussed between both parties,” said the midfielder.

“When the right moment arrives then Milan will be obliged to make their intentions to me clear,” he added.

“We’ll have to just wait and see what happens, but I’m hopeful that a solution will be found.”

Other players who are in the same position as Ambrosini include Alessandro Nesta, Andrea Pirlo and Clarence Seedorf.

More on the new AC Milan home kit
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This is Adidas' press release regarding the new AC Milan kit (photos at the bottom):

Somewhere between innovation and tradition, true to the style of adidas and AC Milan - for the 2011/12 jersey, the three-stripe label has decided to combine its most innovative technology with a design reminiscent of the Rossoneri strips of the early twentieth century.

The launch, too, was structured along the same lines - journalists from the traditional media and bloggers gathered at adidas Italy’s Brand Center in Monza but Milan fans from across Italy and the world were also able to attend the unveiling of the new strip and to ask the guests in attendance questions by means of live streaming at adidas.com.

Guests at the event included CEO and Vice President of AC Milan, Adriano Galliani, Senior Vice President Commercial Operations (Europe and Russian Federation) of Emirates, Salem Obaidalla, and the CEO of adidas Italy, Jean Michel Granier.

The star models of the new kit were Rossoneri players Clarence Seedorf, Mark Van Bommel and Luca Antonini.

The event was hosted by familiar television personality, and avid AC Milan fan, Daniele Bossari.

The strip will be worn for the first time on May 15th for the penultimate game of the league against Cagliari.

Design of the strip

ReReverting once again to the thinner 2cm-wide stripes compared to the 9cm-wide ones of last year,there there are 21 stripes in total, 11 of which are black and 10 red.

The white crew neck stands out with three stripes on the sleeves, which are white for the first time, on a red inset. TThe back of the collar bears the words “Associazione Calcio Milan” underneath the Italian flag to highlight the fact that Milan is one of the best-known symbols of Italy around the world.

Reference to the colours of the Italian flag can be found on the insets at the sides on the front of the shirt as well as on the shorts and socks.

Technology

Next season, AC Milan players will be able to choose whether to wear the TECHFIT™ PowerWEB uniform as a single layer or whether to wear the base layers under the FORMOTION™ uniform, which has a traditional fit.

TECHFIT™ PowerWEB is the most innovative technology used for sportswear. Thanks to the use of special compression fabrics and the application of TPU strips at specific areas of the body, the TECHFIT™ layers are able to concentrate muscular energy to the maximum to give the athlete explosive power, acceleration and resistance, whilst reducing muscle vibration, improving the athlete's posture, the feel of their body and level of core stability in order to guarantee not just any performance but record-breaking performance.

Worn all together (shirt, shorts and socks), the TECHFIT™ PowerWEB kit is able to increase players’ power by 5.3%*, their jump height by 4%*, their sprinting speed by 1.1%* and their efficiency by 0.8%*. adidas TECHFIT™ PowerWEB kits, worn as a single layer, are 45% lighter than the classic two-piece kit worn together.

The ForMotion™ strip sees the use of three-dimensional and elastic fabrics which adapt perfectly to the body of the player and subsequently improve the fit of the strip in order to optimise movement, comfort and increase freedom of action.

The addition of adidas ClimaCool™ and adidas FlowMapping™ ensures optimum breathability and helps the Rossoneri players to maintain an ideal body temperature, even under pressure.

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Presentazione maglia A.C. Milan - adidas stagione 2011-2012

Presentazione maglia A.C. Milan - adidas stagione 2011-2012

Presentazione maglia A.C. Milan - adidas stagione 2011-2012

Presentazione maglia A.C. Milan - adidas stagione 2011-2012

Presentazione maglia A.C. Milan - adidas stagione 2011-2012



Credit: Adidas Italy

AC Milan receive Pato boost
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Source: Football Italia

Alexandre Pato could return from injury in time for Milan’s possible title win against Roma this weekend.

The Brazilian has been absent since he strained a thigh muscle in the April 16 win against Sampdoria.

The youngster trained with the squad this morning, although he didn’t take part in the end of session practice match.

Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri will monitor the Brazilian in training for the rest of the week before making a decision on whether to include him in the squad.

The League leaders, who need just a point to win the Scudetto, will already be boosted by the return from suspension of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Pippo Inzaghi, Marek Jankulovksi and Gennaro Gattuso will be missing though from Saturday night’s big clash.

Champions League next for AC Milan
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Source: Football Italia

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has already outlined the club’s objective for next season – to win the Champions League.

The Rossoneri have yet to complete this term’s target of netting the Serie A title – they need one more point – but Galliani has big plans for the future.

“We want to get back to winning ways in Europe,” he stated on Tuesday. “After winning the championship we will then try to do the same in the Champions League.

“It went badly for us against Tottenham this season. Let’s hope we have fewer injury problems next term.”

The official was keen to point out how difficult it is for Italian sides to compete with their Spanish and English counterparts.

“In the Champions League we are penalised primarily by the gap between ourselves and the Spanish clubs who have tax advantages over us and in terms of TV money,” he added.

“With regard to English clubs, they don’t have tax advantages but the big sides can count on revenue from the stadiums that they own.”

Turning to the transfer market, Galliani got the fans excited.

“It will be a campaign worthy of the Champions League,” he added. “Ganso? Let’s leave him where he is, we don’t want to disturb Santos.”

Despite that statement, the Brazilian playmaker is expected to join the Rossoneri at some stage over the summer.

AC Milan like Porto ace Hulk
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Source: Football Italia

Milan are again being linked with Porto striker Hulk after Vice-President Adriano Galliani admitted his interest.

“Our transfer campaign will run from May 30, but I do like Hulk a lot,” he stated. “However, that doesn’t mean too much because I like a Barcelona player too - Lionel Messi…”

The 24-year-old Brazil international has played a key role in Porto's remarkable season under Andre Villas Boas.

Hulk has scored over 20 goals in the League, ensuring that Porto emphatically wrapped up the title last month.

Milan are keen to find an alternative to Zlatan Ibrahimovic ahead of their assault on next year's Champions League.

It’s understood that the club's director of sport Ariedo Braida has recommended Hulk on account of his size and sheer physicality.

Hulk is understood to be valued at around €16m and is also thought to be of interest to Napoli and Premiership outfit Tottenham.

Zambrotta calls up Abate
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Source: Football Italia

Gianluca Zambrotta has tipped Milan teammate Ignazio Abate to break into the Italian national squad.

“Abate has had a great season,” said the 2006 World Cup winner. “He has a great future ahead of him with Milan and also with the national side.”

Abate, born in November 1986, has yet to win a full international cap or even be called up to the Azzurri squad.

Although he started his career at Milan, he subsequently spent time at six different clubs before leaving Torino for the Rossoneri again in 2009.

Initially given his chance as a full-back by former boss Leonardo, Abate has continued to grow in the role under Massimiliano Allegri.

Zambrotta’s praise comes just a day after Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani also spoke highly of the former midfielder.

“Abate will still be our right-back next season,” Galliani stated. “I can say that we won’t buy anyone in that position because we are well covered there.”

Flamini names best and maddest
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Source: Football Italia

Mathieu Flamini has revealed who is the greatest and the maddest of his Milan teammates during his San Siro stint to date.

The Frenchman, who has been with the Rossoneri since his 2008 move from Arsenal, was asked for his thoughts during an interview with GQ.it.

“The best I’ve played with here is Ronaldinho,” the French international stated. “He was really impressive, a great player.”

When asked to name the maddest, Flamini, with a smile on his face, went for someone still at the club. “Zlatan Ibrahimovic…”

Flamini is on the verge of winning his first Serie A title and he’s content with his own form this term.

“I’ve had a lot of opportunities to demonstrate what I can give to the team,” continued the midfielder.

“When you have the trust of the Coach then things are a lot simpler.

“I’m very happy to be here. Life in Milan is good and I also feel Italian. Milan, one of the best sides in the world, was the right choice for me.”

AC Milan won't stop spending
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Source: Football Italia

Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has promised the fans that he will continue to invest in the Rossoneri.

Milan have become the most successful club in the world – in terms of trophies won – thanks to the Italian Prime Minister’s money and he’s ready to get his chequebook out yet again.

“My family has invested an average of €50m a season in Milan,” he said. “That figure was €70m last year and I promise to continue with my costly habit of giving gifts to the Milan fans.”

Berlusconi caused a stir last month when he claimed that he’d like to sign Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, but he now admits that may not be possible.

“Everyone likes Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, but the Spanish game is rich and has different tax laws,” he added.

“As a result, it is hard to get into a bidding war with Spanish clubs for the greatest players.”

Turning to this season, Berlusconi did compliment boss Massimiliano Allegri before offering him a bit of tactical advice.

“He can continue our tradition of great Coaches,” added the politician. “He has great technical and human qualities to achieve great results.

“I’ve seen some good play this season, but not ball possession. There needs to be specific training on this.

“When I coached the kids we won all the tournaments and on occasions we passed the ball 20 times in a row.

“It’s not true that the fans don’t like it.”

Seedorf: 'No AC Milan offer, so...'
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Source: Football Italia

Clarence Seedorf can taste Milan’s Scudetto, but admits he has “not received any contract renewal offer and am considering other proposals.”

The Dutch veteran’s current deal expires on June 30 and he could walk away on a Bosman transfer with offers from several Brazilian clubs.

Seedorf was chosen as one of the models for the new 2011-12 Rossoneri jersey today, but could well not be at the club next season.

“I am an Adidas player, so I’m here for them as much as Milan,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“There is no clarity on my future. I have not received any contract renewal offer from the club and for that reason I am considering other proposals.

“For now I will only focus on doing my duty from here to the end of the season. Hopefully we can clinch the Scudetto next week to then concentrate on the Coppa Italia semi-final with Palermo.”

The first leg ended 2-2 at San Siro, so if Milan don’t win or even draw with at least three goals in Sicily, Palermo will qualify.

Meanwhile, Seedorf looked back with some regrets at this campaign with the Rossoneri.

“I would like to replay the home game with Tottenham and the match away to Real Madrid,” he said.

“In Serie A our primary rivals were Inter and Napoli, particularly the latter, who had a great season considering the squad at their disposal.”

Galliani: 'Ganso too expensive'
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Source: Football Italia

Adriano Galliani confirms Milan are in talks for Paulo Henrique Ganso, “but he’s a bit expensive.”

There has been so much speculation over a deal already done for the Santos star, even though his club claim no official proposal has been made.

Today Rossoneri Vice-President Galliani told Mediaset Premium about their attempts to sign him.

“Ganso is an excellent player and we are interested in him. The only problem is he’s a bit expensive.

“Santos also have another player I like very much, Danilo. I don’t know if Udinese already have a deal for him, but I do like the player.”

The Brazilians are thought to have placed a €25m price-tag on young trequartista Ganso, who has also been linked with Inter.

AC Milan unveil new stripes
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Source: Football Italia

Serie A leaders Milan have this afternoon unveiled their new home shirt for the 2011-12 campaign.

Adidas have taken inspiration from history after the jerseys were modelled by Mark Van Bommel, Clarence Seedorf and Luca Antonini.

“We decided to recall tradition,” Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani said. “This is a shirt which recalls those historical Milan ones of the past.”

The black and red stripes are thinner than they have been in recent times, while the Adidas stripes are boldly represented on the shoulders in white.

Although for use next season, Milan will actually wear it for their last home game of this season when they face Cagliari in Week 37.

The jerseys are already available to buy on Milan’s official website.

AC Milan to face Bayern Munich and Barcelona in friendlies
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Source: Football Italia

Serie A giants Milan will play in a four-team summer tournament that will include Bayern Munich and Barcelona.

The Rossoneri will feature in the Audi Cup, a competition that will take place in Munich on July 26 and 27.

The tournament will also include Brazilian outfit Internacional.

The Audi Cup has been played once before in 2009 when Bayern beat Manchester United on penalties.

Release Of 11-12 AC Milan Shirt
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The new AC Milan shirt is about to be released on Adidas Italy in a conference starting today at 16:00 Italian time. Tune in to see it on that site. We've got someone participating from our part as well and will file a report on The AC Milan Blog after all is said and done.

UPDATE: Given how short this all affair was and the fact that our correspondent didn't get the chance to ask questions, we're not going to file a report on the blog. If you want to get the gist of it you should check this thread out.

'Pirlo could join Juventus'
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Source: Football Italia

Former Napoli director general and transfer expert Pierpaolo Marino believes Juventus could land Andrea Pirlo.

The midfielder’s future at Milan is in doubt given that his contract is set to expire in June, which would make him available on a Bosman.

Boss Massimiliano Allegri has admitted that Milan won’t consider offering the player a new deal until the season ends, a stance which could favour Juventus.

“Of all the Milan players whose contracts are coming to an end, Pirlo is the least likely to renew,” Marino told Controcampo.

“I believe he already has a half-promise with Juventus.”

Juventus director general Beppe Marotta has recently admitted that he would be interested in signing Pirlo, who will be 32 later this month, on a free transfer.

Pirlo is one of four high profile Rossoneri players who have just months left on their contracts.

Clarence Seedorf, Alessandro Nesta and Massimo Ambrosini are also in the same position as the playmaker.

AC Milan put Pirlo future on hold
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Source: Football Italia

Milan won’t make a decision on the future of Andrea Pirlo until the campaign has come to an end, says Massimiliano Allegri.

The Rossoneri playmaker has just a matter of months left on his agreement and is reportedly being chased by clubs such as Juventus, Chelsea and Roma.

“This is not the time to be talking about such things,” Milan boss Allegri said when quizzed on the contract situation of the 2006 World Cup winner.

“The club will sit down with the player at the end of the season and decide what to do.”

It’s understood that Milan would consider offering Pirlo a new deal, but not at the figures his agent has allegedly requested.

Pirlo, who will be 32 later this month, has been with the Diavolo since his surprise 2001 move from city rivals Inter.

Milan, who beat Bologna at the weekend, are just one point away from winning the Italian championship.

Rossoneri owner Silvio Berlusconi was at San Siro this weekend and spent 45 minutes with the squad after the game to show his appreciation for their efforts.

Allegri: 'We're closer to the Scudetto'
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Source: Football Italia

Massimiliano Allegri concedes “today’s victory takes us closer to the Scudetto,” as Milan now need only a point.

Mathieu Flamini’s early goal proved enough to defeat Bologna at San Siro despite a sluggish second half performance.

“Today’s victory takes us closer to the Scudetto,” confirmed the Coach. “We’re lacking just one more point and will try to get it as soon as possible.

“It was not an easy game, as Bologna put pressure on us, especially as this sort of game involves a lot more tension than others.

“Now we will try to get the mathematics under lock and key so that we can focus on the Coppa Italia semi-final with Palermo.”

Milan would’ve won the title today if Inter had failed to beat Cesena on Saturday, but Giampaolo Pazzini came off the bench to score a stoppage-time brace.

“Yesterday we went from a moment of joy for Inter’s imminent defeat or draw to a moment of bitterness, but we knew that we had to win today anyway. We did it and that’s all we need to focus on.”

Galliani: 'At worst we're second...'
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Source: Football Italia

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani is clinging to superstition. “At least we have second place under lock and key.”

The Rossoneri need only one point to be sure of the Scudetto after today’s 1-0 win over Bologna.

“I don’t like making predictions,” said Galliani. “There are some good opportunities in the next three games, but seeing as I don’t know the future, I’ll say that at least we have second place under lock and key.

“If Inter get nine points and we need one, then we’ll see what happens over the next few weeks.”

The Vice-President thanked President Silvio Berlusconi for an intensive transfer campaign that brought in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robinho, Antonio Cassano, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Mark Van Bommel.

“Berlusconi decided to invest a lot of money. Milan could’ve started the season with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Marco Borriello, but the President was fantastic and his financial efforts have brought us to this stage.

“He also reiterated that commitment in January. We knew that we were targeting the Scudetto this season, which is why we bought Cassano, Van Bommel and Urby Emanuelson in January despite the fact they couldn’t play in the Champions League.”

It will also be the first major silverware in the career of Coach Massimiliano Allegri in his debut San Siro campaign.

“I used to watch his Sassuolo side play good football, just like his Cagliari. Don’t forget Arrigo Sacchi had never managed in Serie A, while Fabio Capello was a newcomer to the bench and Leonardo was a technical director.

“It takes a little imagination and that’s what we do here at Milan. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.”

Ambrosini: 'We'd be idiots...'
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Massimo Ambrosini has told Milan “we’d be idiots to let this Scudetto get away from us now.”

The Rossoneri need only one point from their remaining three games to be sure of the title after beating Bologna 1-0 this afternoon.

“We’d be idiots to let this Scudetto get away from us now,” said the midfielder on his return from a three-month injury lay-off.

“We took a crucial step today and must now remain concentrated. We’ve just got to wait and take our chances.”

Ambrosini is one of the players whose contract is up at the end of the season and he was asked about his future.

“Evidently this club wants to stay at the top for a long time, so victories create a mix of youth and experience in which everyone can grow.”

Santos: 'No AC Milan offer for Ganso'
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Source: Football Italia

Santos have reiterated they have “received no offer from Milan and do not intend to sell Paulo Henrique Ganso.”

The Brazilian has been heavily linked with a move to San Siro and this week there were reportedly negotiations with his agent and the company that owns part of his contract.

“Santos have nothing to say with regards to the transfer speculation,” declared director of sport Pedro Luis Nunes Conceicao to newspaper O Globo.

“That is because we have no intention of selling Ganso and have received no offer from Milan or any other clubs recently linked with our player.”

Serie A: AC Milan 1:0 Bologna - match report
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Source: Football Italia

Scorer: Flamini 8 (M)

Milan are edging closer to the Scudetto, although Mathieu Flamini's early goal saw them scrape past 10-man Bologna.

The Rossoneri would not be crowned champions today, as Inter and Napoli won their games on Saturday, but still required just four points from the rest of the season to seal the Scudetto. Bologna thought they were safe, but after four straight defeats risked being sucked back into the drop zone.

Mark Van Bommel joined Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the naughty step with Alexandre Pato, Gennaro Gattuso, Pippo Inzaghi and Marek Jankulovski injured. The visitors were without Diego Perez, Antonio Busce', Gyorgy Garics and Andrea Esposito.

Mathieu Flamini broke the deadlock when he ran on to a Robinho through ball and let it go on to confuse the defenders. His first shot was parried by Emiliano Viviano, but the goalkeeper could do nothing on the follow-up.

Antonio Cassano wasted a golden opportunity to make it 2-0 on 17 minutes, as he sprung the offside trap from Ambrosini's assist and spun round from eight yards, but fired straight at Viviano.

Kevin-Prince Boateng got under Robinho's cross to head it over from close range, then Milan went on a classic counter-attack but Flamini failed his brace by essentially passing it to Viviano's outstretched feet.

Robinho went absolutely clear on goal with the counter-attack only to blast wide with only the goalkeeper to beat.

It was still 1-0 and Bologna threatened an equaliser when Marco Di Vaio just failed to get on the end of an Albin Ekdal cross-shot.

Abbiati was rooted to the spot when substitute Henry Gimenez jumped above the crowd to nod inches past the far post.

Milan were tired towards the end and clinging on for dear life, as Bologna were repeatedly dangerous from dead ball situations. This time Della Rocca's header whistled wide with Abbiati well beaten.

Bologna went down to 10 men for Della Rocca's tackle on Alessandro Nesta. It was an extremely harsh straight red card moments after Ambrosini's tackle on Gimenez should've stopped play for a free kick.

Nonetheless, the Rossoblu would not give in and continued to put on the pressure. Teenage Milan striker Giacomo Beretta had a good chance to put it beyond doubt, but fired straight at the goalkeeper.

Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Nesta, Thiago Silva, Zambrotta; Flamini, Ambrosini, Seedorf; Boateng (Pirlo 81); Robinho, Cassano (Beretta 86)

Bologna: Viviano; Moras, Portanova, Britos, Cherubin; Mutarelli, Mudingayi; Meggiorini (Della Rocca 54), Ekdal (Gimenez 72), Rubin (Ramirez 54); Di Vaio

Ref: De Marco

Sent off: Della Rocca 82 (B)

Malesani: 'AC Milan win not a given'
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Source: Football Italia

Alberto Malesani has no intention of making Milan’s Scudetto celebrations easy. “Bologna’s defeat is not a given.”

The Rossoneri cannot clinch the title today even with a victory, as Inter and Napoli both won their Saturday games.

However, a win would mean they’d need only one point from their remaining three matches to secure the Serie A crown.

“Milan are a fantastic squad and I adore them, but my lads are concentrated and Bologna’s defeat is not a given,” warned Coach Malesani.

“We are capable of achieving big results in critical arenas. I am most concerned by the team work of Milan and that is thanks to their manager, Massimiliano Allegri.

“We are fully aware that our opponents are superior, but we hope to bridge that gap with a great performance.”

His side had somewhat taken their foot off the gas after reaching the 40-point mark, but after four consecutive defeats they are no longer looking entirely safe from the threat of relegation.

“My players want to emerge from this difficult period and return to being the team they were before.

“We must not make a drama out of this. The crisis we’re going through was also experienced by Palermo and Udinese this season. Naturally it looked worse because it happened just as we were ready for the step up in quality.

“When everything goes wrong, you need to be humble and I hope to bring this calm state of mind to the squad.”

Robinho sends Ganso message
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Source: Football Italia

Robinho hopes Paulo Henrique Ganso can come to Milan in the summer. “With him, we’d win the Champions League.”

The Santos trequartista has been in negotiations with the Rossoneri, although all parties have been eager to point out a deal isn’t in place yet.

“Ganso is a great talent, just like Neymar, and I hope to play with him again in Europe,” Binho told Tuttosport.

“I don’t know if Ganso is physically ready for European football yet, but he has amazing technique. After all, Alexandre Pato took a while to develop his strength when he first came here.

“With his quality feet, Ganso could help us win the Champions League. He has to come as soon as possible, because playing in Serie A is very different to Brazil.”

Robinho has been a success story since his arrival, scoring 12 goals, even if he has also missed quite a few.

“I am the first who gets angry when I miss, because a striker has to score goals,” confessed the former Manchester City striker.

“I haven’t thought about how I’ll celebrate if I score the decisive Scudetto goal. There’s not long to go now, so we have to remain concentrated and not make any mistakes.”

Milan cannot clinch the title today, as even a victory over Bologna at San Siro would not be enough thanks to Inter’s win at Cesena on Saturday.

However, the Rossoneri need only four points from the last four games to celebrate.





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