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May 2013

Minister: 'Best Italy applauds Balotelli'
31.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Minister for Integration Cecile Kyenge said those who applaud Mario Balotelli and Angelo Ogbonna are “the better side of Italy.”

The first black minister in Italy was present at the Stadio Dall’Ara for tonight’s friendly against San Marino. Before the game, both captains read out an anti-racism message.

“The Italy that applauds players like Balotelli and Ogbonna is the better side of Italy,” said Minister Kyenge.

“This Italy does exist and the Government will always be alongside clean sport.”

Balotelli stated this week that the referee might not necessarily be able to stop play if there are racist chants, as only he can truly define what an unbearable insult is.

“Balotelli’s words are a sign of reason for the institutions, the sport, the citizens and civilised society. His words give responsibility to all of us.

“I saluted all the players before the match and encouraged them. I also brought the message on behalf of Minister for Sport Josefa Idem, as we all stand by clean sport, respect for people and fighting racism.

“We must intervene with every instrument at our disposal. Racism grows from the lack of knowledge about diversity. We must work on the culture of non-violence right from the school rooms to the stadiums.

“We need to educate against violence as well as racism, focusing on non-violent language. There is a fine line between provocation and racism, but we have to work on the conscience.”

Santos confirm Robinho talks
31.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Santos President Odilio Rodrigues has confirmed “we’re talking to Milan about Robinho and evaluating the requests.”

The club had hinted last week it would be lining up a new bid for the striker after a January move fell through.

“We are talking to Milan about Robinho,” Rodrigues told Radio Bandeirantes.

“We are evaluating the requests from both Milan and the player. He is always welcome here, but we have to understand whether the operation is possible.

“Aside from the dream and the desire, there is the reality. We cannot go crazy, so have to keep our feet on the ground.

“We are talking to Milan, but we’re still at the beginning and want to continue.”

Galliani: 'Allegri meeting soon'
31.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Adriano Galliani confirmed the meeting between Massimiliano Allegri and President Silvio Berlusconi “could be on Sunday.”

Last night’s dinner between the Coach and Vice-President in Milan appeared to smooth things over, as Allegri is prepared to wait for a face-to-face with Berlusconi.

“I don’t want to answer any more questions regarding the future of the Coach,” Galliani said in Tbilisi ahead of Kakha Kaladze’s testimonial match.

“I will just say that very soon there will be a meeting between Allegri and Berlusconi. It’s possible this meeting could be held on Sunday evening.”

It is looking increasingly likely that Allegri will remain at San Siro, turning down the three-year contract proposed by Roma.

“It is a vexed question,” said Berlusconi on Mattino Cinque this morning.

“I think we will meet with Galliani and the Coach probably by Sunday night and from there a solution will emerge that is not difficult to find if everyone puts themselves in the right direction, looks to their conscience and tries to choose what is best for our Milan.”

Criscito: 'I was close to AC Milan'
31.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Domenico Criscito admits he was “very close to joining Milan,” but is now expected to stay with Zenit.

The Italian international defender had also been linked with Juventus, Inter, Genoa, Napoli and Roma in recent months.

“I had been very close to joining Milan, but not Inter,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “When I was at Genoa I had already received a proposal from Milan, but President Enrico Preziosi decided to postpone any talks for six months.

“After that, no more offers came in and so I accepted Zenit. I will return to Italy sooner or later, but right now my present is at St Petersburg, where the club believes in me and almost certainly I’ll be there next season. Of course, anything can happen on the transfer market.”

Criscito underwent surgery for a recurring knee injury that has ruled him out of the Confederations Cup.

“I am feeling much better and hope to be back for the Champions League preliminary round. I’d love to win something else with Zenit after the title in my first year and I’m happy there.

“As for Italy, I hope to return to the squad so I can play in the World Cup. I am training 100 per cent, twice a day, to get back as soon as possible.”

Ulivieri: Seedorf can't coach in Serie A
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Source: Football Italia

AIAC President Renzo Ulivieri has claimed that Clarence Seedorf does not have the necessary documentation to coach Milan.

The former Netherlands has been heavily reported as Massimiliano Allegri's potential successor at San Siro.

But the Italian Football Managers' Association chief has insisted that the 37-year-old won't be allowed to take charge of the Rossoneri.

“Seedorf can't coach in Serie A,” he told Rai Sport. “The license that he's taking with the Dutch FA doesn't have any value in Italy.

“Seedorf can only be an assistant coach in Italy with the current license that he's taking with the Dutch FA.”

Roma have Allegri plan B
31.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Roma have drawn up a list of names they will approach if Massimiliano Allegri stays at Milan.

The Rossoneri Coach has been linked with a move to the capital club in recent weeks, but his future has remained uncertain following reports that a meeting between the tactician and Silvio Berlusconi has been pushed back until next week.

And according to Corriere dello Sport, if the 45-year-old does end up staying at San Siro, they will try and approach a host of other Coaches for the top job at Stadio Olimpico.

The paper believes that Athletic Bilbao's Marcelo Bielsa, Laurent Blanc, Roberto Mancini and Christian Panucci could all be interviewed for the post.

Agent denies Seedorf contact
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Source: Football Italia

Clarence Seedorf’s agent has denied that the Botafogo midfielder has had any approach from former side Milan about becoming their Coach.

Massimiliano Allegri’s future at San Siro is set to be resolved in a weekend meeting with President Silvio Berlusconi and Vice-President Adriano Galliani, with it believed that should the tactician leave, former Rossonero Seedorf would be asked back to replace him.

However, his representative has asserted that they have had no indication from the club that the Dutchman is in their plans.

“They are rumours, just rumours. And honestly I do not think there is much to discuss about it,” Deborah Martin told Milannews.it this week.

“Certainly, I have heard the rumours, even I have seen the newspapers reporting on this, but the truth is that no-one has presented us with a contract.

“There has been no contract as a Coach for Clarence Seedorf. What I can say is that Seedorf is a player at Botafogo and there have been no other contract proposals.”

De Laurentiis tried for Allegri
31.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan Channel director Mauro Suma has claimed that Napoli tried this summer to sign Max Allegri as their replacement for Walter Mazzarri.

Reports earlier this week suggested that the Vesuviani approached Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli with a contract offer in the wake of Mazzarri’s resignation on the last day of the 2012-13 season.

However, it has been claimed that Allegri, whose position at Milan remains uncertain, was top of the runners-up’s list.

“Allegri was first on De Laurentiis’ list,” Milan Channel director Suma told Sport Italia on Friday.

“He had contacted many, as he said so himself, but with Allegri he was insistent.

“For two months the President tried with Allegri before finally considering other Coaches.”

Roma have been speculated as having presented Allegri with a contract offer, should he be sacked by the Rossoneri.

Chievo - AC Milan renew Paloschi
31.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Alberto Paloschi will spend another season at Chievo after Milan agreed to renew the striker’s co-ownership agreement.

Paloschi originally joined the Flying Donkeys towards the end of the 2011 summer transfer market on a loan deal, extended the following year and then turned into a co-ownership agreement at the end of the 2013 January transfer window.

Paloschi, who scored seven times in Serie A last term, will now spend a third year at the Marc’Antonio Bentegodi, after Chievo and Milan agreed to extend their half-share agreement for another year.

Adriano Galliani and Chievo President Luca Campedelli reportedly met on Thursday to finalise the terms.

'A solution won't be hard to find'
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Source: Football Italia

Silvio Berlusconi says Sunday will see a decision over Massimiliano Allegri’s future reached and that it “will not be hard to find.”

Allegri held talks with Vice-President Adriano Galliani on Thursday evening, with it reported that a conclusive decision on the Coach’s future had once more been put back.

Considering the situation and confirming it, Berlusconi commented to reporters today.

“It is a vexed question,” reflected the former Prime Minister on Mattino Cinque today.

“I think we will meet with Galliani and the Coach probably by Sunday night and from there a solution will emerge that is not difficult to find if everyone puts themselves in the right direction, looks to their conscience and tries to choose what is best for our Milan.”

Berlusconi and Galliani fly out to Georgia today for Kakha Kaladze’s testimonial. Clarence Seedorf will also be in attendance.

Allegri meeting on Sunday
31.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Massimiliano Allegri will meet with Adriano Galliani and Silvio Berlusconi on Sunday, to determine his future at the club.

The Coach dined with Vice-President Galliani on Thursday evening, with that meeting seen as set to resolve speculation over his future.

However, on from reports that a decision had been put back to Monday, when the two will reconvene with President Berlusconi, the former Prime Minister has told reporters that it will take place on Sunday.

It is believed that Allegri’s chances of staying at San Siro for a fourth season have improved after Thursday evening and that the situation and the wait may force Roma to look towards a plan B.

The Giallorossi were assumed as waiting in the wings to sign Allegri, should he leave Milan, with sporting director Walter Sabatini in Milan yesterday evening, though ready to begin work in earnest.

Galliani was cornered by reporters on Friday morning as asked about yesterday’s meeting, which was caught by a photo published on Twitter.

“Boca Juniors lost, and we remain the most successful club in the world for at least another year,” began Galliani, in reference to the Argentine side’s defeat in the Copa Libertadores yesterday.

“The photos on Twitter of dinner with Allegri, this is technology…The author assured us that it would not be published and a minute later it was on Twitter.

“However, dinner went well, the sea bass was good.

“Was it the last supper? We are not blasphemous, the Last Supper is something else.”

Berlusconi and Galliani fly out to Georgia today for Kakha Kaladze’s testimonial. Clarence Seedorf will also be in attendance.

Still no Allegri decision
31.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

The Milan situation will drag on until Monday or Tuesday, as tonight’s meeting with Massimiliano Allegri failed to reach a conclusion.

The Coach is only prepared to stay at the club if they offer an extension on his contract, which expires in June 2014.

President Silvio Berlusconi repeatedly postponed a crunch meeting, so Allegri had dinner with Vice-President Adriano Galliani at Il Consolare restaurant instead.

Reports emerging from that discussion suggest any decision will be delayed until Monday or Tuesday, when Allegri will finally get his face-to-face encounter with Berlusconi.

The patron is eager to bring in fresh blood and Clarence Seedorf has been tipped for the role next season.

Meanwhile, Allegri is keeping Roma waiting, as they want a response to their three-year contract proposal.

Roma director Walter Sabatini is also in Milan this evening and with the latest news on Allegri is starting to look elsewhere for a new manager.

Prandelli backs Balotelli over drug claim
30.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli has reacted with annoyance but backed Mario Balotelli over a claim that he dealt drugs a few years back in Naples ‘as a joke’.

A witness in the stand at a Camorra trial has claimed today that the current Milan striker, upon visiting the Scampia district in Naples back in June 2010, witnessed some drug deals occurring and wanted to be involved in selling to a customer ‘as a joke’.

Balotelli reportedly responded via his verified Twitter account in a posting that has since been deleted: “Ha, now I sell drugs! Shame, do not use my name for an audience.”

The issue emerged just before a scheduled Press conference for his Italian head Coach Prandelli, so inevitably it was brought up.

“It seems to me that Mario has responded, there’s nothing else to say,” commented Prandelli today.

“It is a topic that does not interest me at all. When he wants to talk to you, he will tell you what he thinks.

“Considering this topic is sensitive, there are serious matters and here we are talking about a joke.

“We would always want to talk about football in a critical manner, but when dealing with other topics there is always trouble, these are serious issues and it is unclear if these are allegations or otherwise, for us what applies is what Mario has said.”

The Azzurri are currently in training ahead of Friday’s international friendly against San Marino.

“We have a few problems of muscular nature, four or five players who should recover, but if we want to understand who is available we will have to wait until the final training session.

“Mario has trained well today, some time with the ball, and I think that he may be available. El Shaarawy, Montolivo and Barzagli, however, will not be in the game.”

Bojan's future in doubt, admits father
30.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

The father of Milan forward Bojan has admitted that the striker's future is in doubt after the Rossoneri turned down the opportunity to sign the youngster.

The Spain international has been on loan at San Siro for the season, but the club have rejected the chance to sign him on a permanent basis.

And his father has conceded that where the 22-year-old will be playing next term is undecided.

“We have not spoken with Barcelona,” he told Ser Esports. “We hoped to speak with Milan first and then Barcelona, but they took Neymar.

“I am convinced that Bojan has the quality to play for Barcelona, but our priority is to find a team that will allow him to play.

“Milan are pleased with his performances, but we do not want another loan because it does not guarantee anything for his future.”

Raiola: 'Balotelli has faith in Allegri'
30.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Super agent Mino Raiola believes that Massimilano Allegri has the support of the Milan players ahead of his summit this evening.

The Coach is set to meet with Silvio Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani later today to discuss his future, or otherwise, at the Rossoneri.

But the representative has claimed that one of his clients, Mario Balotelli, is fully behind the tactician.

“Mario feels good with Allegri,” he told reporters. “Mario has faith in him. But whoever controls the club can make their own choices.”

Raiola then commented on rumours that Robinho will leave the San Siro this summer.

“Robinho is staying at Milan,” he briefly added.

AC Milan complete Jorginho move - report
30.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

AC Milan have completed the signing of Verona midfielder Jorginho, Tuttosport have revealed.

The Turin-based newspaper claim that the Rossoneri have signed the 21-year-old Brazilian for an undisclosed fee.

It is believed that the Rossoneri will allow the youngster to stay on loan at Verona for next season to aid his development.

Jorginho has been a mainstay in the Gialloblu’s starting XI this term, playing in 41 games, guiding them to second place in Serie B.

AC Milan keen on Thiago Alcantara
30.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

AC Milan are said to be the latest side with an interest in taking advantage of Thiago Alcantara’s low buyout clause.

Manchester United, Manchester City and Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich are all said to be considering making a move for Barcelona’s young midfielder, in light of his unusual contract situation.

A clause in his terms has been activated this summer, seeing that because he did not play in at least 60 per cent of the games he was eligible for, his buyout fee has dropped temporarily for the summer from €90m to €18m.

Barca are reportedly not going to look to override the situation with a new contract offer, apparently prepared to lose the 22-year-old if his wish is to leave.

Premier League champions United have been listed recently as most interested in a move, but reports now suggest that Milan are a fourth club also monitoring the situation and considering a bid.

Any move for Thiago at his reduced price must be completed by August 1, at which time the clause jumps back up to €90m.

AS report that City have made the player aware of their interest and willingness to buy him out of his Camp Nou contract.

Allegri agrees Roma deal, waits for AC Milan
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Source: Football Italia

Massimiliano Allegri has all but agreed a deal with Roma to become their new Coach, but will wait to find out his future with Milan.

Corriere dello Sport have claimed that the Rossoneri boss will meet with vice-President Adriano Galliani this afternoon at Via Turati, before heading off for a meal in the city, which could prove decisive for his immediate future.

The 45-year-old will hear of the San Siro side's decision at that meeting, and will then decide on what to do next.

He could either stay put at Milan, if that's what the board have decided, or he is likely to replace Aurelio Andreazzoli at Roma.

The Rome-based newspaper believe that Allegri has already agreed a three-year contract with the capital worth around €3.5m per season.

Zapata: 'You have to work to earn your place'
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Source: Football Italia

AC Milan defender Cristian Zapata has admitted that he has to work harder if he's to make the Rossoneri starting XI next season.

The Colombia international joined the San Siro side last week on a permanent basis from Villarreal.

And the 26-year-old has conceded that despite playing 23 times for Massimiliano Allegri's team in 2012/13, he has to up his game for next term.

“I had a great season at Milan,” he told reporters in his home country. “I've done well and I'm pleased with how I've performed.

“But this is a very competitive team and anyone can get a starting place.

“You have to work every single day to earn your place.

“And that's what I plan to do.”

Berlusconi 'wants Allegri out'
29.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Former Milan defender Billy Costacurta believes President Silvio Berlusconi “wants to get rid of Max Allegri.”

The meeting with Coach Allegri and Vice-President Adriano Galliani to discuss the future has been postponed repeatedly due to the patron’s unavailability.

Berlusconi is currently in Sardinia and will be flying to Georgia on Friday for Kakha Kaladze’s testimonial match, where he’ll meet up with potential new Coach Clarence Seedorf.

“The news that the meeting has been cancelled is very enigmatic,” insisted Costacurta on Sky Sport Italia.

“I didn’t think up until today that Allegri’s departure was so certain, but now we’ve got to understand why President Berlusconi didn’t want to leave Sardinia.

“Knowing Berlusconi, I think he’s not coming back because he wants to get rid of Allegri and no longer wants to even speak to him.

“I get the impression Allegri is done with Milan. He was Galliani’s choice and a visceral character, so I think only a clash of personalities could have taken them to this point.”

Berlusconi has consistently criticised Allegri’s decisions, both in private and public.

Some media sources suggested this latest tactic of cancelling meetings is to push the Coach into resigning rather than waiting to be fired.

Details of the Guinness International Champions Cup
29.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

The fixture list for the US tournament involving Juventus, Inter, Milan, Real Madrid, Chelsea and more has been released.

The Guinness International Champions Cup runs from July 27 to August 7 in a series of American cities, culminating in a Final in Miami.

Today the promoters finally unveiled the fixture list, as the clubs will be split into an Eastern and Western Conference.

Juventus open against Everton in San Francisco on July 31, then if they win that match go forward to face the winners of Real Madrid-LA Galaxy in Los Angeles on August 3 as part of the Western Conference.

Milan begin with Valencia on July 27 in the only non-American fixture, as this is at Valencia’s Estadio Mestalla,

Inter take on Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea on August 1 in Indianapolis.

The winners of those games in the Eastern Conference go on to meet each other in New York on August 4.

All the teams come back together to play rounds in Miami on August 6 and 7, including the Final.

Meanwhile, Inter have also announced a friendly against Hamburg on July 27 at the Imtech Arena in Germany.

Aquilani on past, present and future
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Source: Football Italia

Alberto Aquilani touched on Italy’s Confederations Cup squad, Fiorentina feeling “penalised” for fourth and the problems at Milan and Roma.

The midfielder spoke at a Press conference from the Azzurri training ground in Coverciano ahead of Friday’s friendly against San Marino.

“I really wanted to return to the Italy squad and my decision to join Fiorentina was so I could impress enough to earn an international place,” said the former Liverpool man.

“Does Cesare Prandelli want quantity from me in midfield? I think that word should be deciphered differently. After all, Fiorentina had little ‘quantity’ in midfield, but we ran harder than any other despite having more quality.

“Both Prandelli and Vincenzo Montella want to earn results through playing good football. What would I give to be at the World Cup? It’s hard to say, but obviously the ultimate objective of any player is to represent his country.”

Fiorentina narrowly missed out on the Champions League spot and there was controversy over refereeing decisions.

“It’s only normal that there is anger. Fiorentina were certainly penalised, but now the moment has come to look forward. We had an incredible season and we lacked something, but we’ll try to bridge that gap next year.

“Stevan Jovetic? I think at this point he’s going to leave. Last year they promised if he stayed another season then he could choose his future. Aside from being a teammate, he is also a great person who would do well at any club.”

Aquilani had been expected to achieve great things, but never quite lived up to his potential.

“It’s easy to say that, but there were injuries, strange contracts and Coaches who came and went. I think it’s a little superficial to say I never lived up to my potential, but I accept it. I am still young and have much to give.

“Of course when I was an adolescent the plan was to see out my career at Roma, being a Romanista at heart. Things went differently, but I am happy with the choices I made, especially as at the time they were forced upon me.

“If Roma had won the Coppa Italia Final, then we’d be here talking about players making history for the club. In my view the mentality has to change, though it’s not easy and I don’t know what’s happening in there. Roma is a complex place to work.

“As for Milan, everyone was convinced I’d stay there. With seven games left in the season, Adriano Galliani made it very simple for me: he wanted to save money and therefore would not sign me outright. I’m happy to be at Fiorentina, so that’s all in the past.”

Massimiliano Allegri could go from Milan to Roma, two clubs Aquilani has experience of.

“He’s a great Coach and a great person. If he were to leave Milan, I think he’d be the right man for Roma.”

Astori: 'I am likely to leave Cagliari'
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Source: Football Italia

Italy defender Davide Astori has confirmed “it is more likely I will leave Cagliari this summer.”

The player had been a transfer target in January for Southampton, Milan, Juventus, CSKA Moscow and Zenit St Petersburg.

“Last year I turned down a proposal from Russia because I considered Serie A to be more important, but I haven’t spoken to the club yet,” said Astori in a Press conference.

“I’ll confirm it is more likely I will leave Cagliari this summer. Regardless of whether I am still here or not, I would like Diego Lopez to be confirmed on the coaching staff.”

Among the candidates for Astori this summer are Napoli, Milan and Roma, particularly if he could reunite with his former Cagliari boss Massimiliano Allegri.

“Before knowing if I could have a future working relationship with Allegri, I’d need to know where he’ll be...

“Napoli are a great team and I think anyone would take into consideration a team that fought for the Scudetto.”

Berlusconi snubs Allegri again
29.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

The summit between Massimiliano Allegri and Silvio Berlusconi has been postponed again, which many see as a snub against the Coach.

Allegri has one more year left on his contract and wanted to have face-to-face talks with President Berlusconi and Vice-President Adriano Galliani before deciding whether to accept the Roma job.

However, the meeting has been postponed repeatedly from Monday to Thursday and now put back again to Sunday with Allegri having to come to Sardinia.

Meanwhile, Roma have reportedly set an ultimatum for Allegri to accept their offer by Saturday or they will look elsewhere.

Some see this as another snub by Berlusconi to keep his Coach dangling and perhaps force him to resign rather than be fired.

On the other hand, Berlusconi and potential replacement Coach Clarence Seedorf will both be in Tbilisi on Friday for Kakha Kaladze's testimonial match.

Monaco make Boateng bid
29.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Monaco’s spending spree could include Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng for €15m.

The newly-promoted French side have already snapped up Radamel Falcao, Ricardo Carvalho, Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez, while they’re reportedly also in talks with Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes.

According to Calciomercato.com, Monaco’s next target is Ghanaian international Boateng.

The club coached by Claudio Ranieri are willing to offer €12m to tempt Prince to Ligue 1 after his experiences in Serie A, the Premier League and Bundesliga.

This is just short of Milan’s €15m valuation for the versatile midfielder.

However, Monaco are not the only ones interested in the 26-year-old, as Tottenham and Manchester City are also eager to begin talks.

AC Milan won't sign Bojan
29.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

AC Milan have reportedly communicated to Barcelona that they will not be taking up their option to sign Bojan Krkic outright this summer.

The Rossoneri last year took on the second year of Roma’s original two-season loan deal for the young striker from the Camp Nou outfit.

Reports as the season drew to a close were that, despite a minimal impact at San Siro, Milan were keen to make his move permanent, but only if the €15m purchase amount agreed last summer with Barca was dropped to €5m.

However, following on from rumours yesterday, Sky Sport 24 are running the line that Milan have made clear that their intention is to not sign 22-year-old.

Vice-President Adriano Galliani reportedly informed Barcelona President Sandro Rosell of the Italians’ decision yesterday.

Botafogo: No Seedorf approach
29.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Botafogo’s technical director Sidnei Loureiro has played down speculation linking Milan with Clarence Seedorf.

It is speculated that the Rossoneri will turn to their former midfielder this summer to replace Massimiliano Allegri as Coach.

But, his current club say that his playing contract runs for another year and that no approach has so far been made.

“Have Milan asked for Seedorf from us? I think it is more necessary to speak with Clarence,” Loureiro told reporters this week.

“It is not a matter for Botafogo and the Rossoneri.

“He has a contract with us until June 30, 2014 and, to date, this hypothesis has not been spoken of.

“He trains with us and is very calm.”

Seedorf was cornered by reporters in Brazil too, but gave little away.

“Here in Rio or in Milan I will find my future with the Rossoneri. I feel good at Botafogo.

“I follow Italy on the TV. The Scudetto for Juventus? They deserved it because they were the stronger and it is not a surprise. They are doing well now.”

Rijkaard an AC Milan candidate?
29.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Reports today have it that Milan do have an alternative to Clarence Seedorf and Massimiliano Allegri in their sights - Frank Rijkaard.

The former Rossonero midfielder, who spent five years as a player at San Siro, has previously been linked with the Coach’s job.

President Silvio Berlusconi will meet with Adriano Galliani and Allegri this Thursday evening where it is expected that the club’s current Coach will reach an agreement to leave, with Roma waiting in the wings.

Former player Seedorf is seen as the club’s first alternative, but the Corriere dello Sport suggest that Rijkaard has entered into contention.

The 50-year-old former Netherlands, Barcelona and Galatasaray Coach is currently out of work having left his role with the Saudi Arabia national team earlier this year.

Gattuso linked with Palermo
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Source: Football Italia

Gennaro Gattuso is reportedly in contention to make a return to Italian football this summer as Palermo’s new Coach.

The Rosanero are after their latest tactician to prepare them for life back in Serie B after relegation from the top flight this term.

Gattuso, who left Milan last year, stepped up as player-Coach of FC Sion in February, but after a run of just 10 points from 11 games, was replaced.

However, speculation today is that the 35-year-old is under serious consideration by President Maurizio Zamparini to take over at the Renzo Barbera for next season.

Gattuso, who is seen as favouring a 4-2-3-1 model, could reportedly be in the job by the start of June.

'Allegri - AC Milan decision on Thursday'
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Source: Football Italia

Adriano Galliani has confirmed on Thursday they’ll “find the best possible solution for Milan” and Max Allegri.

The summit between Vice-President Galliani, Coach Allegri and President Silvio Berlusconi had been scheduled for Monday, then put back to Thursday evening.

“I spoke to the President,” Galliani told Milan Channel tonight.

“He is currently in Sardinia, but he should arrive on Thursday evening and we’ll get together to find the best possible solution for Milan.”

Allegri still has a year left to run on his contract and is favoured by Galliani, but President Berlusconi is determined to fire him and bring in Clarence Seedorf.

There are problems developing with Seedorf, as he is still playing for Botafogo and the Brazilian club does not want to release him from his contract.

The Dutch midfielder is due in Milan this week on a business trip, as he owns two restaurants in Italy.

While Allegri is waiting for the Thursday verdict, Roma are also growing impatient as they await a response to the €3.5m per season contract offer.

AC Milan could keep Allegri
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Massimiliano Allegri’s future hangs in the balance, as he awaits a crunch meeting with Milan before replying to Roma.

The Coach has one more year to run on his contract with the Rossoneri, but President Silvio Berlusconi continues to want Clarence Seedorf on the bench next season.

A decisive encounter between Berlusconi, Allegri and Vice-President Adriano Galliani is due on Thursday.

Meanwhile, details are emerging on the proposal presented by Roma to the tactician last week.

The Giallorossi are offering wages worth €3.5m per season, plus rich performance-related bonuses.

Qualification for the Champions League would bring an extra €30,000 with a bonus worth €1m for winning the Scudetto.

This evening Barbara Berlusconi was in Venice at the opening of an art gallery and joked about the Seedorf-Allegri issue.

“Do I prefer the Dutch or Italian paintings? I like both...”

UEFA Champions League awards for AC Milan
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Philippe Mexes scored the goal of the season in the Champions League and Christian Abbiati won the award for best save.

UEFA unveiled their Champions League end of season awards today and Milan feature heavily.

Defender Mexes picked up the prestigious award for best goal of the tournament thanks to his extraordinary chest and overhead kick from 20 metres out against Anderlecht in the group phase.

It was particularly impressive considering the centre-back hadn’t found the net since March 2011.

Teammate Abbiati was also in the awards for save of the season – although UEFA handed it to him for two incidents.

They were both within the same match against Hulk and Aleksandr Anyukov when beating Zenit St Petersburg 3-2 in Russia.

Among the other awards were Bayern Munich as team of the season, Borussia Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp as best Coach and best moment the one when Ivan Krstanovic finally scored Dinamo Zagreb’s first goal in the competition in their third year.

Santos: 'We want Robinho'
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“As soon as the transfer market opens, we will step forward for Robinho,” declared Santos after selling Neymar to Barcelona.

The Brazilian club had already been in advanced negotiations with the Milan striker in January, but nothing came of it.

Having sold star player Neymar to Barcelona this week, Santos are eager to appease the fans with another big name.

“As soon as the transfer market opens, we will step forward for Robinho,” said Vice-President Odilio Rodrigues.

“Of course Neymar is irreplaceable for everything he represents, but with the departure of our star, the efforts to create a winning side become even more pressing.

“Therefore, we are interested in Robinho.”

A move is more than plausible, as the 29-year-old has repeatedly said he misses Brazil and wants a return to his former club.

Milan are also prepared to release Robinho, as his contract expires in 2014, so this would be the last chance to bring in around €8m for him.

El Shaarawy 'fit for Prague'
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Tests proved reassuring on Stephan El Shaarawy’s ankle injury, as medics are confident “he should recover to play in Prague.”

The Milan striker was suffering from an ankle problem following a clash with teammate Angelo Ogbonna in training yesterday.

Italy are preparing for a friendly against San Marino on Friday and a World Cup qualifier in the Czech Republic on June 7.

“As we expected, the tests showed no big problems other than heavy bruising, so we hope he can recover quickly,” explained Professor Enrico Castellacci.

“We will evaluate along with the player when to put him back in full training, because there are some very important interests at stake.

“The objective is to have him fully recovered to play in Prague and we don’t think he is at risk for that game.”

The Azzurri will then fly out to Brazil for the Confederations Cup.

El Shaarawy suffers ankle injury
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Cesare Prandelli has forward worries ahead of Italy’s friendly against San Marino on Friday.

The Azzurri host their neighbours in Bologna at the weekend and are already without Pablo Osvaldo after he was dropped from the squad following his outburst towards Aurelio Andreazzoli.

But they could also have Stephan El Shaarawy missing for the match after the Milan forward sat out training on Tuesday.

The young striker was being treated by doctors after an injury to his right ankle.

It is, as yet, unclear how long the 20-year-old will be out for.

Maldini: No AC Milan contact
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Milan legend Paolo Maldini has claimed that his experience could help the club, but has revealed that Adriano Galliani has never been in touch with him.

The former defender retired from the game in 2009, but has since not returned in any capacity.

The 44-year-old though, has insisted that could be persuaded to come back to the Rossoneri.

“Galliani? We have been together for 25 years,” he told Corriere dello Sport. “I was at Milan before he was.

“I think the experience of an ex-player can be important within a club, especially if that person has first-hand experience of the team.

“I am well aware though, that everyone has their own way of working and they want to surround themselves with people they trust.

“No one has ever tried to contact me.

“Of course I've met and spoke with Galliani over the years. But no, no one has asked me to return.”

Oddo understands Seedorf sceptics
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Former Milan full-back Massimo Oddo understands the hesitation from the club’s fans over the prospect of Clarence Seedorf returning as Coach.

Speculation is that Massimiliano Allegri will depart for Roma this summer and former midfielder at the club Seedorf will come in as his replacement for a first managerial position in his career.

In considering the reaction to the rumours, which has included the Curva Sud releasing a statement against the proposal, Seedorf’s former Rossonero teammate has assessed the situation.

“Maybe there are doubts because he has never trained…” Oddo told Calciomercato.com this week.

“The first to have coached Milan without any experience on the bench was Leonardo, because with Capello, he came to the team after practical experience with the youth team.

“And the results under Leonardo were not exciting. Then I think that the fans are entitled to say no to Seedorf.

“He has personality and charisma and has been great as a player, but he has no experience on the bench.”

The 36-year-old also considered Allegri’s possible departure.

“It is difficult to comment on the situation. Inside a club there are dynamics that no-one knows of except those who live and work there.

“From the outside you can tell that Allegri has done well in spite of the difficulties arising from a great change adopted last summer by Milan.

“A year ago the club changed its policy, but even so Allegri took the team to third place, and with a better start to the season, they could have been fighting for the title again.”

Oddo was asked if Seedorf had a difficult relationship in the Milan dressing room with teammates during his time as a player at San Siro.

“No, at Milan in recent years there has never been a problem in the dressing room. We won everything and you cannot win everything if the dressing room is not in harmony.

“And Seedorf, in addition to being a great players, is also a great man. So I do not believe there have been issues of this kind.

“Will he be Milan’s Coach? I don’t know, but I believe that Galliani has the charisma and right experience to deal with the situation. He will talk some sense into the President.”

Roma in a rush for Allegri
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After Sunday night's Coppa Italia final loss to Lazio, Roma are keen to step up the chase for a new Coach, reports have suggested.

Tuttosport believe that the hierarchy at the Giallorossi want to appoint a new man at the helm this week, with Massimiliano Allegri their number one candidate.

However, the capital club's rush to appoint a new boss could be scuppered by Milan, who have drafted talks with their Coach for Thursday.

The Turin-based newspaper believe that Allegri will meet with Silvio Berlsuconi and Adriano Galliani later this week, during which they will discuss his future at the Rossoneri.

Rumours have circulated that Clarence Seedorf could take over at San Siro, but the Italian tactician could stay on at the club, meaning a straight choice between Milan and Roma for next season.

Emanuelson hails Fulham experience
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AC Milan midfielder Urby Emanuelson has admitted that he thoroughly enjoyed his loan spell at Fulham.

The Netherlands international spent the second half of last season at the Premier League club, has conceded that it was a positive experience.

“I think I adapted to the needs of English football well,” he told the club's official website.

“I have played in Italy and the Netherlands, both of which are excellent Leagues.

“But the football in England is totally different.

“I arrived in January, and grasped the opportunity with both hands. I've always wanted to play in the Premier League.”

Paloschi admits to Inzaghi dream
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Chievo striker Alberto Palsochi has admitted that he would love to be coached by his idol Pippo Inzaghi.

The Milan great is currently in charge of the Rossoneri's Primavera side, but has been linked with succeeding Massimiliano Allegri in the first team.

And the forward, who is co-owned by the Gialloblu and the San Siro, has conceded that it would be an honour to work under the 39-year-old.

“Pippo was my idol growing up,” he told reporters. “As a striker I could learn a lot from him.

“But right now all my focus is on the Under-21 European Championships, which we all want to win.

“We have to start well in the group stages and then see what happens.”

De Sciglio: Seedorf could be great
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Milan full-back Mattia De Sciglio believes that Clarence Seedorf could become 'a great Coach'.

The former Rossoneri midfielder is the hot favourite to succeed Massimiliano Allegri in the dugout at San Siro next season.

And the defender has claimed that the ex-Netherlands international could be brilliant as a tactician, whilst also commenting on the upcoming Confederations Cup.

“As a player Seedorf was a great champions,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “He won everything on the pitch.

“As a Coach? I cannot comment because he has never tried – but I think he could also be a great Coach.

“To be amongst the initial squad for the Confederations Cup is of great satisfaction to me.

“Now I want to be in the final 23-man squad.”

Capello sceptical on Seedorf
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While Clarence Seedorf is expected in Italy for talks, Fabio Capello warns “being Milan Coach is not a joke.”

Rossoneri fans have made it clear they do not want Seedorf to replace Massimiliano Allegri, above all as he has no management experience and is still playing in Brazil with Botafogo.

This is the idea of President Silvio Berlusconi, whose summit with Allegri has been postponed until Thursday.

According to Il Giornale, ex-Milan midfielder Seedorf will be in the city next week on a business trip, as he owns two restaurants, but it could well also be the chance to discuss terms with Berlusconi.

Supporters aren’t the only ones sceptical about the Seedorf plan, as Russia manager Capello is also unimpressed.

“In my view Allegri has worked very well and ought to stay, though we know Presidents have a different way of evaluating situations,” the ex-Milan Coach told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I trained Seedorf many years ago and always respected him, but being Coach of Milan is not a joke. As a first experience, it could be a big risk.”

AC Milan to recall Pato?
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There are reports Alexandre Pato will return to Milan this summer due to Giampaolo Pazzini’s injury, just five months after joining Corinthians.

Pazzini will be out of action for four to six months after undergoing knee surgery this week.

It leaves the Rossoneri with a striker shortage and rather than bring in another new player, the Corriere dello Sport claims they will recall Pato.

Milan President Silvio Berlusconi was always adamant the move to Corinthians was temporary and that he’d return to San Siro in two years.

The calendar could be moved forward by the Pazzini situation, at least for six months until the Italian international can return to fitness in January.

Pato requested a move to Brazil so he could regain his fitness ahead of the World Cup and because he missed his homeland.

The 23-year-old is still dating Barbara Berlusconi, the daughter of Milan President Silvio.

Other options include former Milan forwards Alessandro Matri and Marco Borriello, now at Juventus and Genoa respectively.

Juventus, AC Milan, Inter in US tournament
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Juventus, Inter and Milan take part in the Guinness International Champions Cup with Chelsea, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, Valencia and Everton.

The two-week tournament will be held around the United States from July 27 to August 7.

Cities hosting the games include San Francisco, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Phoenix and New York.

The semi-finals are in New York and Los Angeles on August 3 and 4, while the Final is in Miami on August 7.

Miami’s Sun Life Stadium will also host a series of ‘consolation rounds’ involving all eight teams on August 6 and 7.

Balotelli awaits Allegri decision
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Mario Balotelli’s agent insists he won’t be too upset if Massimiliano Allegri leaves Milan. “He just expressed an opinion.”

Crisis talks between the Coach and President Silvio Berlusconi are planned for Thursday, but an exit is likely with interest from Roma and Paris Saint-Germain.

Balotelli said this month he absolutely believed Allegri should stay at San Siro.

“I think Mario knows how to do his job, regardless of who is in charge,” agent Mino Raiola told Sky Sport Italia.

“He just expressed an opinion and it all ends there. Nothing more to it.

“Mario has done very well with the Rossoneri, but I believe it’s too early to talk about a contract renewal.”

Capello backs Allegri
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While Fabio Capello says Milan should keep Massimiliano Allegri, the Coach considers rejecting Roma and PSG to take a year off.

The crunch meeting between President Silvio Berlusconi, Vice-President Adriano Galliani and Allegri was meant to be on Monday, but has now been postponed until Thursday.

The situation is going on for longer than expected, so offers from Roma and Paris Saint-Germain are also beginning to cool.

According to Sky Sport Italia, the latest rumours are that Allegri would prefer to take a year off if he is fired by the Rossoneri.

He has another year left to run on his contract, but is only prepared to stay on at San Siro if he receives the full backing of President Berlusconi.

“I already said that Allegri is an excellent Coach,” commented Russia manager Capello.

“He has done very well and without doubt deserves to be confirmed on the Milan bench. However, Presidents evaluate things differently and so it is normal Berlusconi will want to make his decision.”

PSG join Allegri race
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The Milan summit has been put back to Thursday, while PSG join Roma in the race to secure Massimiliano Allegri.

A crunch meeting at President Silvio Berlusconi’s villa in Arcore had been set for Monday with Allegri and Vice-President Adriano Galliani.

According to the latest reports, this has been postponed until Thursday, dragging on the issue of the Rossoneri bench even more.

Meanwhile, Roma are no longer the only club eager for Allegri to find clarity so he can decide on his future.

French media today suggest that Paris Saint-Germain director Leonardo has contacted Allegri so he can replace Real Madrid-bound Carlo Ancelotti.

It would see Allegri reunite with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva at Parc des Princes.

AC Milan fired up for Honda
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AC Milan could make a bid for CSKA Moscow man Keisuke Honda if Kevin-Prince Boateng moves to Monaco.

According to Tuttosport, Monaco are prepared to invest €15m in Boateng after their promotion to Ligue 1.

In response, the Rossoneri would reinvest that money into an offer for Japanese international Honda.

It is not the first time that Honda has been linked with Milan, as these rumours have been circulating for several years.

He had also been very close to joining Lazio in January.

Allegri - Seedorf decision Monday?
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While Max Allegri will meet President Silvio Berlusconi on Monday, Botafogo insist candidate Clarence Seedorf “is not going to Milan.”

The issue of the Rossoneri job continues to drag on, as Vice-President Adriano Galliani is still desperately trying to convince Berlusconi that Allegri should be given another year.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, a meeting has been set up between the three men at Berlusconi’s villa in Arcore on Monday.

At the same time, Roma are also waiting for news, as they are eager to lock down Allegri to a three-year contract.

The Milan fans have weighed in to support Allegri, placing a banner outside the training ground that read: ‘Seedorf - no thanks.’

The midfielder, who has not yet retired from his playing career in Brazil and has no management experience, has emerged as the hot favourite to take over at San Siro.

“I don’t think he’s going to Milan,” noted Botafogo Coach Oswaldo de Oliveira.

“I often speak to Seedorf and he is a good guy who I respect. I think he has settled in well in Rio de Janeiro, especially as his wife Luviana is from here. I don’t see why he should leave.”

Robinho aims for World Cup place
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AC Milan forward Robinho has admitted that he has to play more football is he's to be picked for the Brazilian national team.

The Rossoneri striker started just nine League games last term, and the 29-year-old has conceded that to play at next year's World Cup, he'll have to spend more time on the pitch.

“The national team is always my goal,” he told Globo Esporte. “Last season I didn't play too much.

“I spent a lot of time on the bench and I did not deserve my call-up in my opinion.

“I hope that 2014 is my year. My goal is to play at the World Cup.”

Agent cools Napoli - Nocerino link
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Napoli may no longer be interested in Antonio Nocerino following the departure of boss Walter Mazzarri, says the Milan man’s agent.

The Italian international has been paired with his hometown club following a problematic campaign at San Siro.

However, Marco Sommella has told Radio CRC that Mazzarri’s decision to leave the Stadio San Paolo may change things.

“I don’t know if Nocerino could join Napoli,” the representative stated. “Mazzarri was a fan of his and that would have helped a possible move, but now such talk is premature.

“It is not possible to predict certain things until Napoli confirm who will be their new Coach for next season.”

Chelsea tactician Rafael Benitez is the favourite to be given the job. It is understood that he has agreed a two-year deal worth €3.5m a season.

AC Milan fans: 'Seedorf – no thanks'
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AC Milan fans have again questioned the possible appointment of Clarence Seedorf as a replacement for boss Massimiliano Allegri.

The latter is expected to be sacked by the Rossoneri this summer and Seedorf, currently playing for Brazilian outfit Botafogo, is in the thoughts of President Silvio Berlusconi.

The club’s Curva Sud supporters this week released a statement where they doubted the hiring of a man with no coaching experience.

Then, at 1.30am this morning, around 10 fans were caught by police after they hung a banner outside the club’s Via Turati HQ saying: “Seedorf – no thanks.”

The banner was subsequently taken down by the authorities.

The 37-year-old Seedorf left the Diavolo last summer after spending a decade with the outfit following a switch from city rivals Inter.

Allegri 'lacks Ancelotti's diplomacy'
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Billy Costacurta believes Max Allegri will leave Milan because he didn’t have Carlo Ancelotti’s diplomacy.

“The Scudetto they lost to Juventus last season and the negative start to this campaign probably caused the split,” former defender Costacurta told Radio Mana Mana Sport.

“I imagine that Allegri did not reply to Berlusconi’s criticism over the phone the same way that Ancelotti did.

“The President would ask Carlo to field Kaka in a more attacking position, so Ancelotti told Kaka to do it for the first five minutes of the match!”

There are continuing reports that Roma have lined up a three-year contract for Allegri.

Ilicic: 'Priority to Italian offers'
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Josip Ilicic’s agent confirms he’ll leave Palermo, but warns Arsenal “Italian offers have the priority and Milan would be the top destination.”

The 25-year-old Slovenian international was never likely to remain in Sicily after their relegation and has attracted interest from numerous clubs.

“He will certainly leave Palermo,” agent Amir Ruznic told SpazioMilan.it. “He has absolutely nothing to do with Serie B.

“He is wanted by several different sides, Italian and overseas, but we are still at the beginning of the process. In any case, Italian offers have the priority.”

This is a blow to Arsenal, but in Serie A there is interest from Roma, Fiorentina, Napoli and Milan.

“I have not been contacted directly by Milan, but that doesn’t mean the two clubs haven’t been in talks. I think it is only normal that Milan would want someone like Ilicic. The Rossoneri would certainly be the top destination.”

OFFICIAL: AC Milan sign Zapata
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AC Milan have confirmed that signing of Villarreal defender Cristian Zapata on a three-year deal.

The Colombia international had been on loan at the Rossoneri last term from the Spanish club, playing in 23 League games.

But the San Siro side have today revealed that they have agreed a deal with the 26-year-old, who has put pen-to-paper on a contract that ends in June 2016.

UEFA introduce tougher racism sanctions
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UEFA's Executive Committee has approved stricter sanctions against racial abuse at their latest meeting.

The governing body have confirmed today that as of June 1, spectators found guilty of racist chanting will see their home stadium partially closed for a first time offence, and a full stadium closure for a second offence – coupled with a €50,000 fine.

Players or officials found guilty of racism will be given a minimum 10-match ban.

The news comes in the wake of a spate of incidents in Italy this season. Kevin-Prince Boateng walked off the pitch during Milan's friendly with Pro Patria after being abused by fans.

Lazio meanwhile, have had two of their Europa League games shut to supporters after fan chants, whilst the Rossoneri's game with Roma this month was suspended temporarily after the capital club's tifosi were heard abusing Mario Balotelli and others.

Galliani denies rift with Berlusconi
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AC Milan vice-President Adriano Galliani has claimed that his relationship with Silvio Berlusconi is as good as ever.

Rumours have circulated over the past few days that the two have fallen out over the future of Coach Massimiliano Allegri.

But the board member has insisted that there have been no ill-feelings.

“My personal and working relationship with Silvio Berlusconi dates back 33 years,” a statement read on the club's official website.

“There has never been a crack in the respect and affection I have for Silvio.

“There has never been a falling out, and there isn't one now – contrary to what has been reported.”

Pazzini has knee surgery
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Giampaolo Pazzini will be sidelined for at least four months after the Milan man underwent knee surgery.

The summer signing from Inter has been struggling with right knee issues this season and a decision to operate was taken.

The Italian international, 15 goals in 30 League games for the Diavolo, had the procedure carried out in Belgium by Professor Martens.

Milan have confirmed that the 28-year-old will be out of action for between four and six months if there are no complications.

Galliani: Coffee with Allegri went well
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AC Milan vice-President Adriano Galliani has revealed that today's meeting with Massimiliano Allegri went well.

The Coach has been heavily linked with a move away from San Siro in the summer, with Clarence Seedorf the early favourite to succeed him.

But the board member has insisted that his conversation with the 45-year-old was okay.

“Coffee with Allegri went well,” he told reporters earlier this evening.

“Allegri is now busy with his staff.”

Ambrosini: 'No West Ham contact'
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Massimo Ambrosini's agent has revealed that he has not spoken with West Ham regarding the Milan midfielder.

The 35-year-old captain has been linked with a move away from San Siro this summer, with the Premier League club being heavily rumoured as a potential destination.

But the veteran’s representative has admitted that a transfer to America is more likely.

“Yesterday I was in London, but I have not spoken with West Ham,” Moreno Roggi told TuttoMercatoWeb.

“The situation of my client has not changed – everything remains open.

“Even a renewal with Milan is possible.

“The player appeals to many clubs abroad though, especially North America.”

Paloschi wants Chievo stay
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Alberto Paloschi has insisted that he wants to stay with Chievo, despite being co-owned by Milan.

The young striker was instrumental in the Gialloblu's 12th place finish this term, scoring seven goals in 20 appearances.

And the 23-year-old has admitted that he is enjoying his football in Verona.

“At Chievo there are solid foundations,” he told Sportal.it. “From the President down to the players – everything works.

“Everybody knows what they're doing here. The club has helped me a lot.

“I had some physical problems this season, but next year I want to get to double figures.

“I do not know what the future holds for me.

“I am co-owned, but I'm sure the right thing will happen in the end. Chievo have given me the chance to play and I want to continue to improve with them.”

Curva Sud question AC Milan moves
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AC Milan’s Curva Sud fanbase have come out in support of the soon to be axed Coach Massimiliano Allegri.

The tactician is understood to have been told on Wednesday that he will be replaced this summer, with former player Clarence Seedorf set to take his place.

That expected switch has infuriated the club’s most passionate section of supporters who have today released a statement questioning the outfit’s proposed plans.

“We have to have our say on the latest situation that could be detrimental to the future of our beloved and glorious Milan and which, because we love these colours, we can not accept,” it read.

“Let's start from last year. In July we find ourselves supporting the club’s new project of focusing on youngsters to balance the books, seeing us say goodbye to some of the biggest champions of the last few years and the two best players from recent seasons,” referring to Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

“We found all of the Rossoneri support against us, but we decided to embrace the forward-thinking line realising that there is a serious project behind it, made up of strong youngsters and a club with solid accounts.

“The championship starts with great difficulty and Allegri’s Milan seems to be in a hole. We, aware that contesting would be detrimental to the environment, take a stand and decide to support Milan in the most difficult moment.

“The choice works – a sort of tacit agreement between the Curva, Coach and the team to row in the same direction is made and, despite a team that in comparison to the Ferrari of the big European clubs is comparable to a 500, we begin to reap the benefits with the explosion of Stephan El Shaarawy and careful management of the players from Coach Allegri, who we recognize as having been the driving force of this project, and that with only one valued addition, Mario Balotelli in January, gave us the satisfaction of going from penultimate to third place.

“Today we find ourselves with a project which has just started (one year in certain sectors is only a small step) which will soon be dismantled because of the choice of the President.

“We understand, but do not share the idea, that who invests may decide to change Coach for personal reasons, but if we are talking about a project then you have to at least start with an affirmed Coach and not with people like Seedorf or others who have no experience and will take over a young side which is a month away from its first official engagement such as the difficult Champions League preliminary round.

“We, at the very least, ask that Milan and its fans are respected, with decisions which are not made in the moment but with the continuation (if not with Allegri who we strongly support, then at least with a real Coach) of a project which a year ago we supported against everything and everyone.”

Bonera delighted with AC Milan deal
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Daniele Bonera says he signed a new contract with Milan because he believes he can still make a contribution on the field of play.

The 31-year-old, who would have been a free agent next month, this morning put pen to paper on a new agreement until June 2015.

“We never talked money as my intention was to stay,” the defender told Milan Channel after meeting with Vice-President Adriano Galliani. “I’m happy to still be a part of this club.

“The team is developing but ended this season well, there is a good mix of young and experienced players and it will endeavour to return to the top in Italy and Europe.”

The former Brescia and Parma man, capped by Italy, only made 17 appearances for the Diavolo in 2012-13.

“If I had the feeling that I would only be here as a reference figure in the dressing room then I would not have stayed,” he added.

“I really want to play, certainly my experience will be put to the service of these young players, but I am not satisfied and want to win so much with this shirt.”

Bonera signs new AC Milan deal
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AC Milan have extended the contract of Daniele Bonera until June 2015, the club have confirmed on Wednesday.

The defender, whose previous agreement was set to expire next month, was expected to put pen to paper on a new deal after meeting with Vice-President Adriano Galliani today.

However, Milan have made an exception to their rule of handing over 30-year-olds 12 month extensions, by giving the Italian a two-year renewal.

Bonera, formerly of Brescia and Parma, joined the Diavolo in the summer of 2006.

The 31-year-old made just 17 appearances for Massimiliano Allegri’s side this season.

Juventus and Roma were being linked with possible Bosman moves for the stopper capped 16 times by his country.

Allegri coy after AC Milan meeting
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AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri gave few details away after holding a meeting with Vice-President Adriano Galliani this morning.

Allegri arrived at Via Turati at 9.30am and left at 11.15am. It is believed that he was told that he had been sacked.

“I’ve got nothing to say,” he told journalists as he left the HQ. “I just enjoyed a long good coffee with Galliani…”

When asked whether he was still the Diavolo Coach, Allegri simply carried on walking without giving an answer.

Milan President Silvio Berlusconi is understood to have told Galliani to replace the former Cagliari man who is still tied to the club until June 2014.

As he is on a €2.8m annual salary, reports suggest that Allegri is now negotiating a severance package.

Allegri and Galliani also spoke at length last night at the Giannino restaurant in the city.

Clarence Seedorf is currently the favourite to replace Allegri at San Siro, while the latter is expected to be named as the new Roma boss next week.

Seedorf and Maldini for AC Milan
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The Corriere dello Sport claims that Milan will hire Clarence Seedorf as their new boss, as well as bringing Paolo Maldini back to the club.

The Dutchman, currently playing for Brazilian side Botafogo, is being tipped to be handed a three-year contract at Milanello to replace Massimiliano Allegri.

Seedorf only left the Diavolo last summer after spending a decade with the Italian and European giants.

He, however, will not be the only legend to return. Maldini is also set to be part of the new set-up at the club.

The 44-year-old spent over 20 seasons with the outfit before bringing his glittering career to an end in 2009.

He’s been out of the game since hanging up his boots, but the man who won 126 caps for his country is set to be handed an opportunity to return to San Siro.

Maldini, according to the Corriere, will apparently take an interest in club transfers, as well interacting closely with the complex character of Seedorf.

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani will meet present boss Allegri this morning to discuss his future.

Allegri is expected to be shown the door, thus making him available to join Roma. He will apparently take assistant Mauro Tassotti with him to the capital.

Bonera stays, Ambrosini goes
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Daniele Bonera is expected to sign a new Milan contract tomorrow, but Massimo Ambrosini is heading for the MLS or West Ham.

There had been reports that Bonera was a transfer target for Juventus over the past few weeks.

However, according to the latest rumours, a meeting has been set up with Milan tomorrow to work out the final details of a one-year contract extension.

Captain Ambrosini is out of contract next month and increasingly unlikely to remain at San Siro.

The midfielder turns 36 next week and has been at the club for 17 years, but wants an experience abroad before he retires.

Talks with West Ham United had been on the table, though a move to America now seems the favoured option.

Galliani: 'Allegri? Our business'
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AC Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani refused to confirm whether Massimiliano Allegri will be fired tomorrow. “That’s our business.”

The director had previously stated a meeting with Allegri was planned for Wednesday and at that point everything would become clear.

“Is tomorrow’s meeting confirmed? That’s our business,” snapped Galliani at an event marking the 50th anniversary of the Champions League victory.

“We are here to give due respect and celebrate the participants of that night in 1963. The Coach for tonight is the great Nereo Rocco.

“Let’s not continue with these little games, as they are starting to become irritating.”

Allegri is also at the event along with Cesare Maldini, Franco Baresi, Demetrio Albertini and other Milan legends.

Naturally, Galliani was also asked about the letter supposedly from President Silvio Berlusconi read out live on television last night that essentially sacked Allegri.

“The President denied it was him, so there is nothing else to say...”

The television presenter who read out the letter continues to insist he spoke to Berlusconi directly on the phone and recorded the message, even though Milan released a statement denying its authenticity.

Abbiati: 'AC Milan were penalised'
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Christian Abbiati hit back at Fiorentina’s complaints over the race for third by insisting “Milan were penalised.”

Several members of the Viola have insinuated they deserved to seal the Champions League play-off place, with general manager Sandro Mencucci claiming “we were third on the field.”

Today Manuel Pasqual also joked that “with a few more penalties, Milan could’ve won the Scudetto.”

However, goalkeeper Abbiati has hit back on Milan Channel and insists there was no favouritism.

“Milan were penalised in Florence,” he said of the 2-2 draw. Milan had been 2-0 up against 10 men when the Viola fought back for a point.

“There was a penalty given against us that did not exist. If that had not been awarded, then we would’ve won that game and not had to sit through all the controversy of the last few days.

“Oh well, that’s what football is like.”

AC Milan, Juventus and Napoli received 11 penalties this season, while Fiorentina and Cagliari followed on 10.

Seedorf to be AC Milan boss?
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Sport Mediaset claim Milan will replace Roma-bound Massimiliano Allegri with former midfielder Clarence Seedorf.

Allegri is set to be axed by President Silvio Berlusconi this week which will free the former Cagliari man to join Roma.

In his place at Milanello, Berlusconi has supposedly chosen to give Seedorf his first taste of football management.

The 37-year-old left the Diavolo last summer after 10 years with the club to join Brazilian outfit Botafogo.

Former Milan strikers Pippo Inzaghi and Marco Van Basten were also being paired with the Rossoneri by some publications earlier today.

Seedorf has recently admitted his desire to become a tactician once he brings his playing career to a conclusion.

Allegri joined Milan three years ago, instantly leading the club to the title, then second and third place finishes in Serie A.

Pasqual: Fiorentina paid penalty
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“With a few more penalties Milan could have almost won the Scudetto this season,” joked Fiorentina’s Manuel Pasqual on Tuesday.

The defender made that remark in an interview with Radio Toscana just days after the Rossoneri pipped the Viola to the last remaining Champions League spot.

With six minutes of the season left, the Viola were in third until Milan – losing 1-0 at Siena – were handed a controversial penalty. They went on to win 2-1.

“Fiorentina believe in the good faith of referees,” the full-back noted. “And it is not even an Italian problem given how we were eliminated by Bayern Munich in the Champions League a few years ago.

“There are good referees who you can discuss things with, but there are also those who are not good enough.

“With a few more penalties Milan could have almost won the Scudetto this season,” he smiled. “Joking aside, it is obvious that penalties did give Milan a helping hand.

“Balotelli scored more goals from the penalty spot than he did in open play.”

The Italian international bagged 12 Serie A goals for the Diavolo – which included six penalties and one free-kick.

Biscardi: 'Berlusconi message real'
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The Silvio Berlusconi letter scandal took another twist, as Il Processo di Biscardi claimed they were dictated the message in a recorded phone call.

This evening a letter supposedly from Milan President Berlusconi was read out live on television by Aldo Biscardi in a show that the patron has often appeared on.

Berlusconi was due to give a phone interview tonight, but instead sent a letter that was read out, effectively firing Coach Massimiliano Allegri and announcing “a complete re-organisation of the club structure.”

The official Milan website released a statement denying the letter was real, but Biscardi is sticking by his story.

“This evening President Berlusconi called me up personally and apologised for not being able to make the phone interview, but instead gave me this message that he said he trusted me to read without changing a single comma.

“I recorded his message on my phone and I stand by it, absolutely. If the Milan website released this statement denying it, then that is down to internal politics.”

This fuels speculation that the letter was genuine, but that Berlusconi jumped the gun, as Vice-President Adriano Galliani insisted the decision on Allegri’s future would only be made on Wednesday.

AC Milan deny Berlusconi statement
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There is huge confusion after Milan denied a message from President Silvio Berlusconi sacking Coach Max Allegri was real.

The club is in chaos this evening after a letter stated as officially from Berlusconi was read out live on television programme Il Processo di Biscardi, where he had been due to give a telephone interview.

Berlusconi has appeared on this show several times, so the letter was considered to be absolutely credible.

However, Milan’s official website has now released a statement assuring “Honorary President Silvio Berlusconi announces he has not made any statements today, nor wrote a letter about Milan.”

The letter had been particularly scathing, suggesting Allegri and the entire coaching staff would be removed.

“There will be a complete change in the coaching staff. We will also, if necessary, re-organise the club structure,” read the letter that has now been denied by Milan.

“After the disastrous start to the season, I met with the Coach and directors to tell everyone this situation had to be overturned.

“I also specified that the team had to step on to the field with a different tactical set-up, as I have a lot of experience in this area.

“The results were seen straight away, modesty aside, starting from the comeback to draw 2-2 with Napoli. From the relegation zone we climbed to third place, earned yesterday by the skin of our teeth.

“I have already called for tomorrow a complete revamp of the coaching staff and, if it were needed, a more efficient and complete re-organisation of the club structure.”

Lotito balks at Hernanes to AC Milan rumour
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Lazio President Claudio Lotito has rubbished rumours that Hernanes could join Milan at the end of the season.

Reports in the Italian Press last week suggested that the Brazilian playmaker could be on his way to San Siro this summer.

But the Biancocelesti chief has insisted he wants to add to the squad, not deplete it, whilst also commenting on Vladimir Petkovic's future.

“Hernanes to Milan? There has been no contact,” he told reporters. “Anyway, he is not on the market.

“We want to strengthen the squad, that's for sure. But that will depend on whether we can achieve our objective of winning the Coppa Italia and qualifying for the Europa League.

“Petkovic's future has never been in doubt.”

Berlusconi: 'Complete AC Milan changes!'
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AC Milan President Silvio Berlusconi announced in a letter that “there will a complete change in the coaching staff and the club structure.”

This effectively has fired Coach Massimiliano Allegri and could have profound repercussions for Vice-President Adriano Galliani, who always defended this tactician.

The patron was originally meant to have a phone interview with Il Processo di Biscardi on live television, but instead sent a message that was read out.

“There will be a complete change in the coaching staff. We will also, if necessary, re-organise the club structure,” wrote Berlusconi.

The President also implied he ordered Allegri to switch to a 4-3-3 system and credits himself with turning the season around.

“After the disastrous start to the season, I met with the Coach and directors to tell everyone this situation had to be overturned.

“I also specified that the team had to step on to the field with a different tactical set-up, as I have a lot of experience in this area.

“The results were seen straight away, modesty aside, starting from the comeback to draw 2-2 with Napoli. From the relegation zone we climbed to third place, earned yesterday by the skin of our teeth.

“I have already called for tomorrow a complete revamp of the coaching staff and, if it were needed, a more efficient and complete re-organisation of the club structure.”

Fiorentina 'third on the field'
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Fiorentina general manager Sandro Mencucci goaded Milan by insisting “we finished third on the field.”

The phrase refers to the one Juventus use to describe the Scudetto titles stripped in Calciopoli, as they wrote ‘30 sul campo’ – 30 on the field – on the inside collar of their jerseys.

“It was an exceptional season, regardless of yesterday’s results,” declared Mencucci on the official club website.

“We finished fourth in the Serie A table, but third on the field. We picked up 70 points, so it’s unthinkable to miss out on the Champions League with these results.

“We brought great enthusiasm back to Florence and must begin again from this. At a certain stage, we all thought we could reach third place, as Milan seemed to be struggling in Siena.”

The Rossoneri were losing 1-0 until the 84th minute, when a soft Mario Balotelli penalty and Philippe Mexes goal turned it around for the 2-1 victory.

“Controversy over referees? We never want to raise the temperature, but this is the situation now and we have to accept it.

“When such an important target is reached with such a small gap from the others, it is difficult not to think how it might’ve gone without certain errors.

“These errors were in good faith, but they can still have a big effect on the campaign. If there were some mistakes, then we all regret it.

“There is a lot of bitterness, but also great enthusiasm, as this Fiorentina finished third on the field: it means we worked well and can do well next season too.”

Ambrosini in West Ham talks
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There are reports Milan captain Massimo Ambrosini is in London with his agents to negotiate with West Ham United.

Over the last few days there had already been confirmation the Hammers were interested in the veteran midfielder.

This evening multiple reports suggest Ambrosini is already in London with his entourage and has begun intensive talks.

His contract is up at the end of next month and the midfielder turns 36 next week.

Ambro has been at Milan for 17 years, but is intrigued by the idea of ending his career in the Premier League.

Dunga admits to Robinho interest
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Internacional Coach Dunga has admitted that he will try and lure Milan forward Robinho back to Brazil.

The Rossoneri attacker has been linked with a number of clubs in his home country in recent months, and the 49-year-old has revealed that his team will try to sign the former Manchester City man.

“Many clubs have tried to bring him back to Brazil,” Dunga told reporters. “Milan want to keep him, but we have made contact to assess the situation.

“This may be the right time for him to come home.

“A lot of players want to return to Brazil for economic reasons and for the World Cup.

“Everything is here for him to do well.”

Collina: Racism rules need to change
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UEFA Head of Referees Pierluigi Collina believes that players who walk off the pitch following racial abuse should not be punished.

Under current rules, those who exit the field of play of their own accord are not allowed to re-enter.

But the former official has claimed that that should change, whilst also commenting on the news that Nicola Rizzoli will be the referee for the Champions League final.

“It is not right that a player, in order to assert a right to defend themselves, must leave the field for good,” he told reporters.

“If he was forced to leave the pitch [because of racial abuse] he should not be sent off.

“Racism is a problem that needs to be solved.

“Rizzoli did well at Euro 2012. It is not a surprise choice for me.”

AC Milan confirm Abbiati extension
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AC Milan have confirmed that goalkeeper Christian Abbiati has signed a contract extension with the club.

The veteran shot-stopper claimed last night that he had put pen-to-paper, and the Rossoneri have released a statement today that the 35-year-old will play for one more season.

Abbiati’s existing deal was set to run out in June, but this new contract will see him play for the San Siro side until June 2014.

Prandelli: Racism is a problem
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National team boss Cesare Prandelli has claimed that Italian football has a 'problem' with racism.

Milan players were subjected to racial abuse during their game with Roma two weeks' ago, and the Azzurri Coach has insisted that the authorities need stamp down on the issue.

“It is a general problem in Italian football,” he told a Press conference. “To be a credible footballing nation, we must not tolerate it any more.

“It starts with a 'boo' but then you do not know where it will go.

“It is a long path, but you have to make it clear to everyone in the crowd that they have to behave.”

The former Fiorentina tactician then commented on the Viola's near-miss for Champions League qualification.

“It is normal that they would be bitter about what happened last night.

“The Champions League was there for them, and then went in 10 minutes.”

AC Milan - Allegri talks on Wednesday
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AC Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has revealed that he will meet with boss Massimiliano Allegri this week to discuss his future.

Although the tactician still has a year left on his contract, it is unclear whether the Coach will remain at San Siro.

“I’ll see Allegri on Wednesday,” Galliani noted. “I’ll understand what he wants to do. We’ll then speak with the President and make a decision.”

In his three years at Milan, Allegri has led the club to a first, second and third-place finish. The win at Siena last night ensured qualification to the Champions League preliminaries.

“In order to balance the books we need sporting results,” the official continued. “There is a massive difference between Champions League and the Europa League.

“It is like a side being relegated from Serie A to B. That is why there is so much tension when you are fighting between third and fourth place.”

Allegri, meanwhile, is being linked with a possible future at Roma.

Barbara Berlusconi remains cautious
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AC Milan director Barbara Berlusconi has cooled the enthusiasm after the club wrapped up third place in Serie A last night.

“I’m satisfied with moderation and prudence,” the daughter of Milan President Silvio Berlusconi told ANSA.

“We have to remember that we still have to gain access to the group stages of the next Champions League through the preliminaries.”

The Rossoneri left it late to secure the win they needed at Siena last night at the end of a season which began with five losses from their first eight games.

“I lost ten years of life...,” she added. “I would not speak of a miracle though.

“We have always had, since last summer, clear ideas – an innovative development model, bold and forward-looking. The results came in the first year of this revolution.

“We had to wait a few rounds to find the tactical set up. During the first phase of the championship we were 13 points behind Inter and now 18 points ahead, 10 away from Fiorentina and now two points clear. They are not opinions, they are numbers.

“The credit for third goes to everyone, also the club who spent some important numbers during the January transfer session [for the signature of Mario Balotelli from Manchester City].

“The club therefore has chosen to invest and at the same time we wanted to radically change strategy and philosophy.

“Focusing on youngsters, some already top players while others with that potential who can guarantee returns and results not only today, but also in the future.”

Barbara was inevitably asked about the future of tactician Massimiliano Allegri given the uncertainty over whether he’ll stay or go.

“I have no comment to make. Silvio Berlusconi, Adriano Galliani and Massimiliano Allegri will talk about that.”

Abbiati extends AC Milan deal
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Veteran Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati has confirmed that he has agreed a new contract with the club.

The 35-year-old was only tied to the outfit until June, but he has now put pen to paper on a new agreement until 2014.

“I’ve renewed for one more season,” the former Italian international told Mediaset Premium. “I’m very happy that I will be able to continue my adventure here.

“Milanello is my home.”

Abbiati featured in 28 of the club’s 38 League games this season. He also appeared in seven Champions League ties and one Coppa Italia game.

Abbiati joined Milan in 1998 from Monza. He spent loan spells at Juventus, Torino and Atletico Madrid in the mid 2000s, before returning to the Rossoneri in 2008.

Mexes wants Allegri to stay
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Philippe Mexes has backed boss Massimiliano Allegri to stay in charge of Milan after they ensured Champions League football.

Allegri’s future at the club is in doubt – even after the Diavolo beat Siena 2-1 last night to finish third in Serie A.

“I think it was a complicated season for all of us here from the very start, but we had an incredible mental strength and I think Allegri should stay,” the defender noted.

“To finish third was something very satisfying for us. We proved that Milan deserved more than fourth place.”

Mexes actually scored the winning goal in Tuscany last night as the San Siro giants pipped Fiorentina to third.

Milan, who made some massive squad changes last summer, started the 2012-13 campaign with five losses from their first eight games.

Galliani went to hell and back
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AC Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani admits that he watched with horror as his club almost threw away third place in Serie A.

The Diavolo looked like they would be overtaken by Fiorentina last night as they trailed Siena, only to score twice in the last 10 minutes to ensure Champions League football next term.

“I’ve been to hell and back,” the official stated after the 2-1 win. “Six minutes from time we were out of the Champions League.

“It looked all over when Massimo Ambrosini was sent off, but no one takes a penalty like Mario Balotelli…

“We played poorly against Siena, but finishing third was fundamental for us.”

Galliani was also inevitably asked about the future of boss Massimiliano Allegri, a man linked with a move to Roma.

“He still has a year left on his contract so we have time to sit down and talk,” Galliani commented. “Over the last three years here, Milan have collected more points than Juventus.”

Fiorentina: 'AC Milan gifted penalty'
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Fiorentina director Daniele Pradè, Gonzalo Rodriguez and Manuel Pasqual blamed the referees for Milan’s last-gasp win. “They were gifted a penalty.”

The Tuscans had been in third place for most of the evening thanks to their 5-1 win at Pescara, but saw it disappear when Milan scored twice in the last six minutes to beat Siena 2-1.

“We achieved an important objective by finishing fourth, but the truth is we believed in a Champions League spot,” confessed Pasqual on Mediaset Premium.

“It was disappointing to see the dream vanish like that. There are some regrets, especially when you see Milan were gifted a penalty.”

The spot-kick for a Dias Felipe shirt tug on Mario Balotelli was certainly soft, especially as Massimo Ambrosini had escaped punishment for a similar earlier challenge.

“There are no words,” added director Pradè. “On the one hand there is great joy, but on the other we deserved more than this. We believed and compliments to Siena for pushing it all the way.

“It is an unfair result, but we ought to be happy. It won’t be easy to repeat a season like this.”

Commenting on the Milan penalty incident, Pradè was scathing.

“We are impotent when faced with these situations, as there is nothing we can do. We went from euphoria to depression tonight, but I can also say that I expected this to happen. The epilogue had already been written.”

Gonzalo Rodriguez took to Twitter and wrote: “If I say what I really think, then I won’t be allowed to play in Italy anymore.”

Allegri: 'It is AC Milan's decision'
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Massimiliano Allegri is still refusing to confirm his future, pointing out “it’s Milan’s decision. I have a contract.”

The Coach has been heavily linked with the Roma job amid talk of a three-year deal lined up.

This evening the Rossoneri snatched a Champions League play-off spot by scoring two goals in the last six minutes to beat Siena 2-1.

“I have a contract, so when a season ends you talk to the club in order to find out what we are supposed to do. The club might want to replace me, I don’t know!” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“I certainly can’t walk away, as I have a contract, so it is their decision. When a Coach talks to his club, of course he wants to improve the squad, but right now talking about the future is too early. The season has just ended, let me enjoy this victory!

“Right now I want to talk about the game and what happened this evening, plus what the team achieved with 42 points in the second half of the season.

“It was normal to be a little tired, above all psychologically, after this incredible fightback from a poor start to the campaign.

“Tonight we ran into a great goalkeeper and hit the woodwork, while we were a little too hasty and felt the tension of the occasion.

“I want to thank the players and the fans, who deserved a night like this. Stephan El Shaarawy was on the bench because he did not seem to be in good shape, while we needed someone with Robinho’s characteristics.”

Milan were losing 1-0 to Siena until Mario Balotelli converted a soft penalty for a Dias Felipe shirt tug.

“During a year you get some penalties that are dubious and are turned down others that are stonewall. We were two points ahead going into the weekend, our destiny was in our hands, so we got the victory.”

President Silvio Berlusconi told people Allegri already signed for Roma and then pulled out of a planned meeting at the training ground on Saturday.

“He called me yesterday morning. He was supposed to come see us, but due to personal reasons was unable to come,” continued the Coach.

“In three years the President has given me faith and could so easily have fired me this season after the first eight games. We have introduced many new young faces to the mix and improved the older figures too, so Milan have solid foundations.

“In my three years at Milan we have picked up many points, so at the end of the day what counts are results. I think we have achieved our objectives in the circumstances.”

Serie A: Siena 1:2 AC Milan - match report
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Scorers: Terzi 26 (S), Balotelli pen 84 (M), Mexes 87 (M)

AC Milan really cut it fine, scoring twice in the last six minutes to win 2-1 in Siena and secure a Champions League place.

It was all in the Rossoneri’s hands, as a win here would secure third place regardless of what Fiorentina did in Pescara. Sulley Ali Muntari was suspended with Kevin-Prince Boateng, Bojan Krkic and Nigel De Jong injured, but Riccardo Montolivo returned and Stephan El Shaarawy was benched. Siena were already relegated, but caused big problems for Napoli last week, so had no intention of being sacrificial lambs. At the same time, Siena have only beaten Milan once, home and away, with two draws and 14 defeats.

The visitors came out fighting, as in the opening minutes Gianluca Pegolo already had to beat away a Robinho snapshot and Mario Balotelli screamer. However, as news filtered through from Pescara that Fiorentina were in front, Siena started notching up a series of corners and Massimo Ambrosini risked giving away a penalty for a shirt-tug on Roberto Vitiello. M’Baye Niang had to anticipate Mattia Rubin, who was free at the back post.

Pegolo flew to palm a Robinho curler round the upright, but Siena took the lead after the Milan defence fell asleep.

Alessandro Rosina chipped up a pass and Claudio Terzi was allowed a free header to beat Christian Abbiati. The defender was completely ignored, so it was not surprising this was the 15th header Milan have conceded this season.

Antonio Nocerino volleyed an Ignazio Abate cross over from six yards, then Balotelli’s header smacked against the crossbar from point-blank range.

However, Siena were threatening a second too and Innocent Emeghara’s cheeky backheel flick was deflected out for a corner off Cristian Zapata, Rosina’s cross flashed past everyone in the six-yard box.

In first half stoppages Balotelli’s fierce free kick was palmed away by Pegolo, as Milan went into the break trailing.

Giampaolo Pazzini replaced the deeply disappointing Niang for the second half, but Milan were still moving the ball around far too slowly and not creating any chances.

Philippe Mexes wanted a penalty for a handling offence, but he appeared to kick it on to Rubin’s leg from point-blank range and it ricocheted back up on to his hand.

El Shaarawy was finally introduced and his powerful drive was plucked out of the air by the goalkeeper, then his header was over the bar from close range.

It got even worse for the Rossoneri, as captain Ambrosini was sent off for a sliding tackle on to Calello, his second booking. At least it evened up, as moments later Christian Terlizzi was sent off for a very high tackle on Pazzini.

Balotelli was booked when he wanted a penalty, as both had their feet high in the box, then Abbiati got down to smother an Emeghara snapshot.

Pegolo bravely blocked at Balotelli’s feet, then beat away one of Super Mario’s powerful free kicks. Siena threatened on the counter-attack, but El Shaarawy got back to stop Agra from shooting.

The referee pointed to the spot when Dias Felipe hauled down Balotelli in the box. Balotelli kept his cool, as always, to convert the penalty, but Milan needed a victory.

They poured forward in desperate waves and it paid off! Mexes chested down a cross and his first shot seemed to be blocked by Pegolo, but he lost control of it and the French defender managed to toe-poke it in from a couple of yards.

Referee Bergonzi accidentally showed a red card to Felipe instead of the yellow and apologised, but Milan played out the final minutes to secure a Champions League spot.

Siena: Pegolo; Terzi, Terlizzi, Felipe; Vitiello, Calello, Bolzoni, Della Rocca; Rubin (Bogdani 91), Rosina (Agra 61); Emeghara (Paci 75).

AC Milan: Abbiati; Abate (Constant 78), Zapata, Mexes, De Sciglio; Montolivo, Ambrosini, Nocerino (El Shaarawy 60); Niang (Pazzini 46), Balotelli, Robinho.

Ref: Bergonzi.

Sent off: Ambrosini 68 (M), Terlizzi 69 (S).

Allegri: 'AC Milan's future is Siena'
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Massimiliano Allegri claims “there’s no sense talking about the future” before Milan’s trip to Siena.

Again this morning the newspapers are reporting Allegri has agreed a three-year contract with Roma, backing up what President Silvio Berlusconi said at an event late Thursday night.

The patron was meant to fly in to the training ground for a meeting today, but pulled out at the last minute.

“Is this my last Press conference at Milanello? Yes… of the season,” smiled Allegri. “Nobody is thinking about the future right now.

“I spoke to Berlusconi yesterday, but unfortunately due to personal commitments he was unable to come today.

“We have reached the end of the season, which has been rich with satisfying moments. We need to win in order to maintain third place, fundamental for the Champions League, but our season has not been a failure.

“Siena will not be depressed or upset, as they will be eager to get a great result and leave Serie A with their heads held high. The lads had a great week to prepare in the best way possible for this match.”

Milan will be sure of third place if they beat Siena, but failing that they must hope Fiorentina do not beat Pescara.

“We are two points ahead of Fiorentina and certainly have done more than them. It’s a shame that one of the two teams has to miss out on the Champions League,” continued Allegri.

“The Viola play good football, but this sport is about results. You can only win one or two games without deserving to, but then you build something great the way we did. In Italy there is this obsession with tactics, so you can even win when playing badly.

“The tension is high right now, but that is only right considering the match we are facing. Siena want to end the season well, they caused problems for Napoli last week and we must do well to keep the concentration on full for 90 minutes.

“I haven’t decided anything about the future yet, as tomorrow night is a very important game. After that, I will talk to the club, but at this moment the issue of the Coach is at the bottom of our priorities. Right now we just need to win against Siena. After the season is over, we will talk about what’s going to happen.”

This week Mario Balotelli threatened to abandon a game if he heard more racist chanting, but the referees warned anyone who leaves the pitch without permission from the referee will be sent off.

“It would be best if Balotelli stayed on the field all the time, obviously. The decision is down to the authorities.”

Riccardo Montolivo is back in the squad after a thigh strain, but Kevin-Prince Boateng doesn’t make the trip due to a knee problem and Sulley Ali Muntari is suspended.

“In midfield I must choose between Massimo Ambrosini, Mathieu Flamini and Antonio Nocerino. In attack we have to evaluate Robinho or Giampaolo Pazzini.”

There was a row in training this week between Allegri and Robinho, but the Coach assured it was all over.

“It isn’t the first time I have sent someone off early during training, it’s just that this time there were 500 people watching…

“The fans have been laudable all season and created the right enthusiasm around us despite the initial diffidence and fear.

“On a personal note, before the game I have to thank the lads and the club, because they kept me even after difficult opening rounds, just like Cagliari had done.”

Boateng out of Siena - AC Milan
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Riccardo Montolivo returns, but Kevin-Prince Boateng is out of Milan’s crunch match with Siena.

The Rossoneri will be in the Champions League preliminary round if they beat Siena on Sunday evening.

Montolivo is back in the squad after recovering from a thigh strain, but Boateng misses out due to a minor knee problem.

Sulley Ali Muntari is suspended following his red card against Roma.

President Silvio Berlusconi was meant to fly in to the Milanello training ground for talks with the squad and Coach Massimiliano Allegri today.

He called it off with just 10 minutes to spare and this has fuelled speculation he is ready to fire Allegri.

AC Milan squad for Siena: Abbiati, Amelia, Gabriel; Abate, Antonini, Bonera, Constant, De Sciglio, Mexes, Salamon, Yepes, Zaccardo, Zapata; Ambrosini, Flamini, Montolivo, Nocerino, Traoré; Balotelli, El Shaarawy, Niang, Pazzini, Robinho.

Roma to clinch Allegri
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Newspapers claim Massimiliano Allegri has agreed a three-year contract with Roma, but today he speaks to Milan President Silvio Berlusconi.

The rumours around Allegri and Roma have been circulating for some time, but hit overdrive late Thursday night when Berlusconi told people at an event that the move would be announced after the Siena game.

The President is set to arrive at the Milanello training ground today in his helicopter for talks with the team and his Coach.

According to the Corriere dello Sport, Allegri met with director Walter Sabatini on Monday to thrash out the details of a three-year contract worth €3m per season.

They also calculated the shopping list for the summer, including his old Cagliari protégées Davide Astori and Radja Nainggolan.

Other targets are Corinthians midfielder Paulinho and winger Wallace.

However, should there be problems with Allegri, then Roma are also keeping alive their links with Napoli boss Walter Mazzarri.

Borja Valero: 'Fiorentina deserve third'
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Borja Valero concedes Fiorentina have little chance of securing third place, but “we deserve it more than Milan.”

The Viola are two points behind with one game to go, but have a superior head-to-head record so finishing level would send the Tuscans through to the Champions League.

“There is a minimal chance of reaching the Champions League zone, but we have to go to Pescara in order to win and then we’ll see what happens,” the Spaniard told Sport Mediaset.

“Fiorentina have had an extraordinary season. Milan have done well too, but I think we deserve third place more.”

Borja Valero has already become a fan favourite in his debut Serie A season, though Spanish players rarely deliver in Italy.

“When I first arrived in Italy, I thought it would be difficult to play here, but right from the start I felt great. I had a lot of fun and with Vincenzo Montella we play in a similar style to Barcelona. I hope we can win something together soon.”

His success has seen the former Villarreal midfielder linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer.

“I don’t want to talk about it. The only truth is that I still have many years on my contract with Fiorentina and I’m happy in Florence.”

Balotelli: 'Happy I'm out of England'
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“I’m happy that I’m out of England,” Mario Balotelli told CNN. “I like women and fast cars, but I’m a normal guy.”

The Milan striker has seemed a different person since returning to Serie A from Manchester City in January, scoring 11 goals in 12 games.

“Yes, I was unfairly treated in England, but I’m not here to talk about it. I don’t care. I’m out from England, I’m happy that I’m out from England. That’s it,” he said in an interview with CNN International.

“I'm really happy now. I have my family near me and my friends. I can relax and find my privacy, more than in England, where I was alone.

“The stuff that they said in the newspapers that I did in England in the past, few of those are real. The others are really just the imagination of the journalists.

“But when you create an icon of a person in that kind of way, after everyone thinks you are like this and if you lie about it, everyone just thinks that it is all true. So maybe that's why they think I'm crazy and do crazy things? Sometimes I dream to be alone and that nobody would talk to me.”

SuperMario does drive a camouflage Bentley and is known for his often chaotic love life, but insists that’s only to be expected of a 22-year-old.

“A love of women I think is normal. Cars? I like fast cars and I don't see the problem if I like fast cars.

“Some things have happened in my life, some stuff unfortunately happened and they went on the newspapers straight away. But I don't see anything that would make people think that I'm bad or I'm crazy. I'm a normal guy.

“But I understand that football is really important and that everybody watches it. When you're famous you have to do photos or autographs, especially for the kids.

“Of course, even if you're the best in the world then some people don't like you and some people like you. What is important for me is that the people who know me for real, know Mario how he really is.

“People who don't know me, they read newspapers and they watch TV. Television is made to give a lot of opinions, so I can't show the real Mario to everybody.”

Tassotti: 'Future in four days'
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AC Milan assistant manager Mauro Tassotti focused only on Siena and warns you’ll know Massimiliano Allegri’s future “in three or four days.”

The speculation hit overdrive late last night when President Silvio Berlusconi was heard telling people at an event that Allegri was going to Roma next season.

“The President has always been close to the team and have us a big hand in difficult moments to help our season change,” Tassotti told Milan Channel.

“His visits to Milanello did us a lot of good. As for what will happen at the end of the season, we’ll see in three or four days.”

Before that, the Rossoneri must win away to relegated Siena on Sunday night to secure third place despite Fiorentina’s pressure.

“The team is in good shape, though we’ll be without Sulley Muntari and the usual injured players. There is a little tension, as it’s a decisive game in Siena, but we need to remain calm – if possible – and win to make this an important season.

“The lads are accustomed to living with speculation, so they are concentrated only on the match. It was a difficult campaign, but we have the opportunity to close on a high.

“We certainly cannot affect other results, so we can only pour all our energy into making sure we get the result that we need in Siena.”

Riccardo Montolivo returned to full training today and there is the possibility he could feature on Sunday evening.

“Third place would mean so much after selling important players such as Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic,” added Tassotti.

“This season we launched so many young talents on to the scene. I think a third-place finish will change people’s judgement of our season compared to fourth.”

Referees: 'Walk off, you're sent off'
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Mario Balotelli threatened to walk off the field if he hears racist abuse, but the Referees’ Association warned he “will be sent off.”

Milan striker Balotelli made the threat during an interview with CNN this week after the Milan-Roma game had to be halted by the official due to persistent racist chanting from the Giallorossi supporters.

However, there is a protocol in place that rules referees must stop play, wait for a message to be read out on the tannoy system and then if it persists the official can abandon the game.

“Everyone is free to express their opinions as they wish,” Referees Association (AIA) President Marcello Nicchi said today. “But there are rules.

“Those who leave the field of play to protest without telling the referee will be sent off by the referee.

“But I hope it does not come to that. It would be a defeat for the system and to everyone involved.

“You have to give less importance to the phenomenon of racism from the media’s point of view and start to be hard against the shameful act itself.”

This is the same official approach taken by UEFA and FIFA, as players cannot simply walk off the field during a competitive match without permission from the referee.

While Kevin-Prince Boateng faced no disciplinary action when he abandoned the Pro Patria-Milan match due to racist abuse, that was a midweek friendly.

Berlusconi: Allegri will go to Roma
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Silvio Berlusconi has made his biggest hint yet that Massimiliano Allegri will leave Milan at the end of the season.

The Rossoneri Coach has been rumoured to be on his way out of San Siro for some time, and several Italian media outlets have reported this monring on quotes attributed to the former Prime Minister made on Thursday evening.

“Allegri will go to Roma,” the politician told reporters. “The announcement will come after the game against Siena.”

It is unclear however, whether Berlusconi was being entirely serious in his admission. Both Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere dello Sport have insisted that it was 'a joke'.

Zeman: 'Balotelli booed because of his attitude'
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Former Roma boss Zdenek Zeman has claimed that Mario Balotelli is 'booed because of his attitude, not the colour of his skin'.

The Milan forward was the victim of racial abuse by Giallorossi fans during their 0-0 draw at San Siro last Sunday.

But the Coach, who was fired from his position at Stadio Olimpico in January, believes that the young forward's controversial nature is why supporters are targeting him.

“I am a man of Rome,” he told RTL 102.5. “I have been here for 20 years and the people have always shown me love.

“I can only thank them - not only the fans of Roma, but also Lazio.

“The problem is not the colour of the skin, but the behaviour. If a player performs well, nothing happens.

“They did not whistle Balotelli because of his skin colour, but his attitude. He can be controversial at times.”

AC Milan: Thank you Beckham
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AC Milan have paid tribute to David Beckham, after their former midfielder announced his retirement from the game this afternoon.

The England international played nearly 30 times for the Rossoneri between 2009 and 2010, but today confirmed he would end his career this summer.

And the San Siro side have congratulated the 38-year-old, thanking him for his years of service.

A statement on the club's official website read: “One of Milan’s most famous fans is hanging up his boots. David Beckham, who spent 2 half seasons with the red and black of Milan, will play no more.

“An impeccable professional, he made his debut for the Rossoneri in January 2009 against Roma is a match that ended 2-2. He left the club in March 2010 with an Achilles tendon problem after the “match against Chievo.

“Always ready to sacrifice himself for the cause, Beckham on that evening got off the pitch as quick as he could to allow Milan to push forward and for Clarence Seedorf to score the game’s only goal.

“His arrival at the club may have been greeted with some scepticism but his performances as a player quickly won over the non-believers.

“Two goals against Genoa and Bologna as well as 29 appearances with AC Milan helped the team towards two Champions League qualifications.

“Thank you and good luck from all the fans and everyone at the club to David Beckham.”

Beckham set to retire
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Former Milan midfielder David Beckham has announced his retirement from football at the age of 38.

The ex-England captain will hang up his boots at the end of the season, five months after signing for Paris Saint-Germain.

“I'm thankful to PSG for giving me the opportunity to continue, but I feel now is the right time to finish my career by playing at the highest level,” he stated.

“If you had told me as a young boy I would have played for and won trophies with my boyhood club Manchester United, proudly captained and played for my country over 100 times and lined up for some of the biggest clubs in the world, I would have told you it was a fantasy. I'm fortunate to have realised those dreams.”

Beckham became a household name while at Manchester United, a club whom he joined as a 14-year-old.

In the summer of 2003, Becks left Old Trafford in favour of a move to Spain after Real Madrid paid around €35m for his signature.

The London-born player opted for a switch to the MLS in 2007 with LA Galaxy, but subsequently spent two spells on loan at Milan in 2008-09 and 2009-10.

In total, he scored two goals in 33 appearances for the Diavolo. His last game for Milan was in March 2010 in a tie against Chievo which saw him tear his Achilles tendon.

Beckham was capped on 115 occasions by his country, scoring 17 goals in the process.

Poli unaware of AC Milan deal
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Andrea Poli says he knows nothing of the rumours that Sampdoria have sold him to Milan in a €6m deal.

The Italian international was thought to be a target for Juventus, but reports suggest that the Diavolo have beaten the champions to the 23-year-old.

“I’m asked about my future a lot,” he told Samp News 24. “But I don’t know what will happen. I’m happy here at Samp so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.”

Poli, who is contracted until 2014, is set to leave the port outfit after Inter opted against signing him outright last summer.

“That was a delicate period of my career,” the midfielder continued. “Inter didn’t take up their option to keep me, but that is water under the bridge now.”

Agent confirms Ambrosini interest
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The agent of Massimo Ambrosini has confirmed that his client is a wanted man, but Milan are his priority.

The midfielder has been linked with West Ham today seeing as the 35-year-old’s contract will expire next month.

“The situation is the same as in the past few years,” Moreno Roggi told Fanta Gazzetta. “There are interested clubs in him, but he’ll firstly sit down with Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani.

“Milan is like a family for him and, after 20 years together, it is right that a decision on his future is made jointly.

“West Ham? The interest is real, as is that of other English, German and American clubs,” Roggi continued.

“Everything however has been put on hold until after the final game of the season. Let us not forget that Milan are still fighting to finish third.”

Ambrosini on West Ham radar
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Massimo Ambrosini has an offer from West Ham should he terminate his Milan love affair at the end of the season.

According to Sport Mediaset, the 35-year-old could be set for a move to England if he isn’t offered a new 12-month deal at Milanello.

West Ham, the report claims, are ready to hand the former Italian international a two-year contract.

Ambrosini, who is also of interest to MLS outfit Chicago Fire, is set for talks with Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani next week.

The No 23 has played in 19 Serie A matches this term, as well as four in the Champions League.

The club captain was signed by the Diavolo back in 1995 from Cesena and has been at the club ever since apart from his 1997-98 loan stint at Vicenza.

It is understood that Ambrosini currently earns €1.5m a season in Milan.

Montella: 'I'll learn Siena anthem!'
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Vincenzo Montella promised to “learn the Siena club anthem off by heart if they stop Milan” on Sunday in the race for third place.

“I believed when we were six points behind, so now we believe more than ever. We are very relaxed going into the last round,” declared Coach Montella as he was given the Briglia d’Oro award.

The Viola are two points behind the Rossoneri in the fight for a Champions League spot and it will be decided on Sunday night.

Fiorentina visit Siena, while Milan play in Pescara. A victory will secure Milan’s qualification, but if the two teams finish level on points then the Tuscans will go through thanks to a superior head-to-head record.

“Third place is not my last thought at night, nor is the transfer market. From Monday I will start thinking about a summer vacation.

“What would I do to get third? I’d learn the Siena club anthem off by heart if they managed to stop Milan! We have to focus on winning at Pescara, then we’ll see what the Rossoneri do in Siena.

“As for my future, there will be no surprises. I will certainly be the Viola Coach next season.”

Robinho calms Allegri row
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Robinho has smoothed over the training ground row with Massimiliano Allegri. “It happens sometimes. We are men, but it’s all ok now.”

The striker reacted angrily to criticism from his Coach during today’s session and was sent for an early shower.

This prompted speculation in the Italian media over the future of both Robinho and Allegri at Milan, as both are considering their situations.

This afternoon Robinho took to Twitter in order to clarify the situation, a message that was re-posted on the official Milan website.

“It happens sometimes in training that you have a problem. We are men, but it’s all ok now. Forza Milan.”

Balotelli: 'Next time I walk off'
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Mario Balotelli told CNN if he is racially abused again, “I’m going to leave the pitch” and was “not surprised” Manchester City sacked Roberto Mancini.

The Milan striker was insulted by a small section of Roma fans at San Siro during Sunday’s 0-0 draw. Referee Gianluca Rocchi followed protocol by stopping the game for two minutes while a statement was read out over the tannoy system warning it could be suspended if the chanting continued.

The Giallorossi were fined €50,000 for the incident, but FIFA President Sepp Blatter and Milan teammate Kevin-Prince Boateng said it was not enough.

“I always said that if it happened in the stadium and nobody say nothing, I don’t care,” Balotelli told CNN.

“But I changed my mind a little bit. If it happens one more time, I’m going to leave the pitch, because it’s so stupid.

“I spoke with Prince and I was about to leave the pitch on Sunday, but they’re gonna think we want to leave because we’re having some difficulty with the game, then we’re gonna win 3-0, but I said no, no, it’s better we play.

“If it wasn’t for this reason, I was gonna leave the pitch on Sunday.”

Balotelli was also asked about his reaction when his mentor Mancini was sacked by Manchester City.

“I’m not really surprised, but I know when I was with him he was a great manager and we had one of the best teams I’ve ever played with.

“I don’t know why they didn’t win, but obviously there were some problems inside. I am here, so I don’t know.”

Zamparini: 'Blatter hates Italians!'
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Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini said Napoli have first say on Josip Ilicic, but extraordinarily suggested “Sepp Blatter is racist against Italians!”

The patron is absolutely no stranger to controversy and made the comments on Radio Kiss Kiss. This week FIFA President Blatter stated a €50,000 fine to Roma for racist chanting against Mario Balotelli was insufficient.

“Did you see the big deal Blatter made about the racist chanting at Balotelli? As if we were racists. But the real racist is him,” said Zamparini, whose Palermo have been relegated.

“Do you know how much of a racist Blatter is? Can’t you see how he looks us up and down? Don’t you remember that when we won the World Cup he didn’t want to hand us the trophy?

“What do you call someone who detests Italians? He didn’t go to the World Cup ceremony. You are afraid of telling the truth. The new world must begin with people always telling the truth. He should be kicked up the backside, just like Michel Platini. Red tape is taking football over.”

Blatter did not hand over the World Cup trophy in Berlin in 2006, as he remained in the stands and sent then-UEFA President Lennart Johansson to perform this duty.

At the time, it was said this was because “it was an all-European Final,” but the situation was never entirely clarified.

Meanwhile, Zamparini also revealed the bidding war over midfielder Ilicic does have a favourite.

“Napoli have the priority over the others. We’ve had a discussion on various Palermo players, so if the conditions are equal, then Napoli have the priority over everyone else.”

Slovenian international Ilicic is wanted by the likes of Juventus, Roma, Milan, Fiorentina, Arsenal, Tottenham and Zenit.

Allegri and Robinho clash at AC Milan
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Boss Massimiliano Allegri and forward Robinho clashed in Milan training on Wednesday, reports the Gazzetta dello Sport.

It is being claimed that the two exchanged words at Milanello earlier today in front of about 100 guests who were watching the session.

Allegri is understood to have pulled the Brazilian up in training and the striker didn’t take well to the criticism.

Allegri asked the South American to then finish the session early and the former Manchester City man subsequently headed into the changing rooms.

Milan are preparing for their crucial last day of the season game at Siena where they need a win to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

The futures of both Allegri and Robinho with the Diavolo are in doubt.

The player was close to moving back to Brazil in January, while owner Silvio Berlusconi is said to be thinking of a coaching change despite Allegri’s contract running up to 2014.

AC Milan take on Juve for Poli
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AC Milan are ready to do battle with Juventus on the transfer market for Sampdoria midfielder Andrea Poli.

That is according to Sky Sport Italia calciomercato expert Gianluca Di Marzio, who today claims that the Rossoneri have him on their radar.

Juventus are understood to have re-opened talks for the Italian international after they failed with a January bid.

The 23-year-old is set to be sold by the Marassi outfit this summer as his contract expires in June 2014 and they don’t want to run the risk of losing him on a Bosman.

An offer of around €6m may be enough to sign the former Under-21 international.

Poli, who spent last season on loan at Inter, has scored three goals in 30 Serie A games this term.

Zapata wants AC Milan future
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Cristian Zapata is hoping that he has done enough at Milan this season to earn a permanent move to the Italian giants.

The Colombian joined the Diavolo in the summer on a €400,000 loan deal from Villarreal. Milan have the option to sign him outright for €6m at the end of the campaign.

“I’m happy that Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has appreciated my work this season,” the stopper told Milan Channel.

“I hope to be playing Champions League football here for this club next season too…”

Zapata was hailed by Rossoneri boss Massimiliano Allegri this morning and the stopper is a fan of the tactician too.

“The Coach is a great,” the former Udinese man continued. “He’s done a great job and I hope that he’ll be here next season too.”

Zapata - Mexes pairing hailed
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AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri believes the Rossoneri have one of the most competitive centre-back pairings in Serie A.

Cristian Zapata and Philippe Mexes have taken some time to become the first choice combination at San Siro, but Allegri has hailed the international duo.

“I think that Zapata-Mexes is one of the best defensive pairings in Italy,” the former Cagliari boss commented.

“I am very happy with their progress as I am happy with all my defenders even if they have been criticised.”

Zapata is on a loan deal from Villarreal, but reports this week suggested that the Diavolo were looking to sign him outright.

Mexes has played in 24 League games this term, while the Colombian has been fielded in 26 top-flight matches.

AC Milan, statistically, have the third best defence in the land behind Juventus and Napoli. They’ve conceded 38 goals in 37 games.

'AC Milan and Inter offers for Lodi'
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Catania directors confirmed Milan and Inter made offers for Francesco Lodi, but so far there is “nothing official” from Juventus.

The creative midfielder and free kick specialist is hot property on the transfer market and had already been heavily linked with a switch to the Nerazzurri in January.

“As of today, we can say there was interest from Inter in January and there is currently a request on the table from Milan,” technical director Giuseppe Bonanno told Tuttojuve.com.

“However, there is nothing official from Juventus, at least with us. We have not received any proposal from the Bianconeri, but I won’t rule out their interest in the player.”

Catania are hoping they can spark a bidding war for Lodi over the summer.

“What is his price-tag? That will be decided by the market and by competition. We cannot sit down and talk about precise figures right now.”

Boateng: 'No AC Milan without Allegri'
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Kevin-Prince Boateng agreed a €50,000 fine for Roma was not enough against racism, but insisted “there cannot be a Milan without Massimiliano Allegri.”

The Rossoneri star sat down for a Google+ Hangout this evening, fielding questions from fans and teammates all over the world.

He was asked about the fact Milan-Roma was suspended for two minutes due to racist chanting and FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s complaint a €50,000 fine was ‘unacceptable.’

“What happened on Sunday was really sad. A fine isn’t enough, I’m sorry for Roma the club and their fans, but in my view it is too small a figure.

“I spoke to the referee and asked if he could hear the monkey noises. He said yes and the next time he heard them, he’d suspend the match. He made a courageous choice. It is important to fight these things.”

Boateng has by his own admission not had a great campaign.

“The fans applauded me against Barcelona, now they are jeering. I do understand them, as they see a player with the Number 10 jersey at Milan who only scored three goals. It has been a difficult season for me.

“There is also criticism of Stephan El Shaarawy, but that’s just crazy. He scored so many goals and really helps the team. In football you must look beyond goals and assists, as Stephan gives a big helping hand in defence. In my view, he is Milan’s player of the season.

“Many told me Mario Balotelli was mad, but instead he’s a great professional as well as a great player.”

The newspapers are full of speculation that President Silvio Berlusconi wants to sack Allegri, but Boateng firmly put himself on the tactician’s side.

“He did great work in these three years and needs to stay. In my view, there cannot be a Milan without Allegri.

“Next year we have to do better, as there were so many new players this time. We need to work together so we can win the Scudetto.”

The Ghanaian also chatted to his Milan teammates during the Google Hangout.

“Before a game I listen to hip hop music, as that fires me up. When getting changed I always put the right boot on first. My best goal was against Barcelona.

“My agent is the person who most influenced me in my career. He taught me the psychological aggression that I put on to the field.”

Antonio Nocerino, Luca Antonini and M’Baye Niang asked “why did you put a banana split on your head?” referring to the new blond look.

Boateng laughed and replied: “I like to change hairstyle. Next time I’ll dye my hair red.”

Teammate El Shaarawy also took part, asking Boa to do an impersonation of Coach Allegri.

“I collect many jerseys, but I have only four on my wall – Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Didier Drogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.”

El Shaarawy: 'AC Milan must win'
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Stephan El Shaarawy is fired up for Milan’s do-or-die trip to Siena and admits “it would be wonderful to end the season with a goal.”

The Rossoneri need a win on Sunday evening to be sure of a Champions League play-off spot, otherwise they must hope Fiorentina don’t get a result against Pescara.

“Last Sunday we had the first match ball for third place, but we knew the challenge with Roma was going to be difficult,” he told Milan Channel of the 0-0 draw.

“Now we must focus only on doing well against Siena so we can achieve our objective, which would be a great result considering how the season started.

“We will need great concentration and I can assure fans we’ll reach the game having looked at every tiny detail.

“Siena may already be relegated, but it is still a difficult match, because anyone who plays against us wants to make a good impression.”

El Shaarawy has been criticised recently for poor form and Massimiliano Allegri even dropped him in favour of Robinho.

“I scored a lot in the first half of the season. I’ve not found the net quite so much recently, but I still played well and even Allegri said he was happy with me.

“We are a good group of players, led by a great Coach, and I hope we can all be here together next season.”

Italy reach historic U-17 Final
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Italy are in the European Under-17 Championship Final for the first time in history, beating hosts Slovakia 2-0.

It took just three minutes for Atalanta midfielder Mario Pugliese to break the deadlock from 16-year-old Milan talent Luca Vido’s assist.

A goalline clearance denied Alberto Cerri a second, but Roma defender Elio Capradossi finished off the semi-final at the 64th minute.

Italy go into the Final of this tournament for the first time ever and will face either Russia or Sweden in Friday’s showdown.

Blatter: Roma fine unacceptable
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FIFA President Sepp Blatter has hit out at the Italian Football Federation, insisting that fining Roma for racial abuse is not enough.

The Giallorossi were handed a fine of €50,000 after a section of their supporters were heard chanting racial epitaphs at Milan players.

But the governing body's chief has claimed that a more severe punishment should have been handed out.

“It's not surprising that the Italian disciplinary committee has decided to only fine 24 hours after what happened, and without even investigating,” he told reporters.

“To hand out just a fine is unacceptable.

“I will be calling that Italian Football Federation.”

AC Milan want cut-price Bojan
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AC Milan have made Barcelona a €5m offer to sign Bojan Krkic on a permanent basis, reports Mundo Deportivo.

The forward’s two-year loan to Roma was switched to the Diavolo last August, with the Rossoneri having a €15m option to net him outright this summer.

While the San Siro giants are happy to keep the 22-year-old, they want a discount on the previously agreed fee.

Barcelona have yet to respond to the offer tabled.

Bundesliga outfit Hamburg have also been linked with a player who has scored just three goals in 19 Serie A games.

Juventus will keep winning, says Capello
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Fabio Capello has tipped Juventus to win their third straight Scudetto next season, while he’s urged Milan to keep Massimiliano Allegri.

The Old Lady strolled to the League title this term and Capello, a former Coach and player for the club, expects more success next May.

“Juventus, who are already working on strengthening the side, will win again next term without any problems,” the Russian national boss told Rai Sport.

“I don’t see any other sides who can get to the top. There is not the money to buy important players and, if that wasn’t enough, the best Italians are now wanted abroad.

“Everyone is getting weaker, while Juventus are the only ones looking to improve.

“The only side who I think could give more are Roma as they have an excellent squad with a lot of youngsters.

“After a bit of coaching confusion over the last few years, they need to take an important decision over a boss who can guide them from the start to the finish.”

Milan boss Allegri and Napoli’s Walter Mazzarri are being tipped to replace Aurelio Andreazzoli in the capital.

“It is not easy for Allegri to work at Milan in these conditions, but the team is with him and that is important,” added the ex-England manager.

“If I was the Milan President then I’d confirm him – 100 per cent. He has renewed the team and, even with just a few signings, I think they could have a great campaign next term.”

AC Milan deny Allegri - Roma meeting
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AC Milan have rejected speculation that boss Massimiliano Allegri has held talks about becoming the next Coach of Roma.

The tactician’s future is in doubt and, although his Diavolo contract expires in June 2014, he’s apparently on Roma’s wish-list along with Napoli’s Walter Mazzarri.

There were reports that the former Cagliari Coach had discussed the possibility of a summer move to the capital, a theory which has been rubbished.

“With regard to stories published today in a few newspapers, Massimiliano Allegri denies that he has met with any representative of Roma,” a brief statement read.

Allegri, 45, is in his third season at Milan. He won the Scudetto in his first season, came second last term and is currently third with 90 minutes of the campaign left.

Roma, who sacked Zdenek Zeman in February, are looking for a new tactician as they are not expected to confirm Aurelio Andreazzoli in the job.

AC Milan want Zapata reduction
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AC Milan want to keep Cristian Zapata, but will reportedly ask Villarreal for a discount on the previously agreed €6m fee.

The Colombian international joined the Diavolo in the summer on loan, for €400,000, with an option to buy at the end of the campaign.

The former Udinese man has done enough in 2012-13 to win the faith of Vice-President Adriano Galliani, but the official wants to get the South American in a cut-price switch.

The centre-back, still only 26, has featured in 22 Serie A games and five Champions League ties this season.

Amelia: AC Milan focused on Siena win
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Marco Amelia has claimed that Milan will be fully focused on qualifying for next season's Champions League, despite last weekend's controversies.

Mario Balotelli and Kevin-Prince Boateng were both victims of racial abuse by Roma fans during their 0-0 draw with the capital club at San Siro on Sunday.

But the shot-stopper has insisted that the squad are only thinking about beating Siena.

“I do not want to talk about the controversies that do not happen on the field,” he told Radio Sportiva.

“Now we are only thinking about beating Siena.

“It would complete a comeback that a few months ago seemed impossible.

“It will not be easy against the Bianconeri. They will want to do well, but I think we can win.”

Siena trio in doubt for AC Milan
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Siena have a number of major injury concerns ahead of their final game of the season against Milan next Sunday.

The Robur have already been relegated to Serie B next term following last weekend's loss to Napoli, but the Rossoneri go into the game looking for the three points that would confirm a place in the Champions League for 2013/14.

But Giuseppe Iachini may be without defender Carlos Matheu, midfielder Simone Vergassola and striker Nicola Pozzi, who are all struggling with their fitness following injuries.

No AC Milan contact, says Ljajic agent
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The agent of Fiorentina attacker Adem Ljajic has revealed that he has had no contact with Milan regarding a move.

The Rossoneri have been heavily linked with the 21-year-old, but his representative has claimed that the youngster's future will only be discussed at the end of the season – whether that be with the Viola or not.

“Soon there will be a meeting with Fiorentina,” he told calciomercato.com.

“We cannot talk about renewing his contract until that meeting has been concluded.

“I have not had contact with Milan for my client.

Muntari given two-game ban
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Sulley Muntari has been given a two-game suspension after being sent off in Milan's draw with Roma on Sunday.

The Rossoneri midfielder was given two yellow cards at San Siro – one for 'protests against the referee' and the other for 'repeatedly pulling the referee' and Lega Calcio officials have seen fit to ban the 28-year-old for two matches.

Francesco Totti meanwhile, who was also sent off in the game for two bookable offences, has been handed a one-game ban.

Other players who are banned following the action from Week 37 are: Garcia (Palermo), Insigne (Napoli), Kurtic (Palermo), Marchionni (Parma), Balzano (Pescara).

Italian trio watch Bonera
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Juventus, Roma and Napoli are monitoring Daniele Bonera’s contract situation at Milan, claims the Gazzetta dello Sport.

Bonera, born in 1981, is out of contract in June and could be available on a Bosman if he doesn’t sign a Rossoneri renewal.

Milan have apparently offered him a one-year extension seeing as he is now over the age of 30, but the former Parma man would like a longer agreement.

Bonera can play as a central defender or as a full-back.

The Italian international joined the Diavolo in 2006.

Gattuso axed as Sion boss
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Italian 2006 World Cup winner Gennaro Gattuso is no longer the Player Coach of Swiss side FC Sion, the club confirmed on Monday.

Gattuso, who left Milan last summer, was hired in February but he and assistant Arno Rossini have been replaced by Under-21 boss Michael Decastel.

FC Sion lost 5-0 to St Gallen at the weekend, meaning that Gattuso had only picked up 10 points from 11 games in charge.

Gattuso will continue at the club as a player.

Zenit wanted me, admits Abate
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Milan full-back Ignazio Abate has confirmed that he was a January transfer target for Zenit St Petersburg.

“When Vice-President Adriano Galliani informed me of Zenit’s offer he didn’t even consider it,” the defender told Forza Milan! “He simply asked me to stay.

“He’s the person that wanted me at Milan and he’s never thought of selling me. In the year of the Scudetto, he even turned down an offer from Fiorentina for me.”

The Italian international, 26, moved to the Diavolo in the summer of 2009 after impressing with Torino.

Abate has featured in 26 Serie A games this term, as well as four in the Champions League.

Mexes: Like winning the title...
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Philippe Mexes has underlined that finishing third would be a major success for Italian giants Milan.

The Diavolo lost five of their opening eight League games this term, but a win at Siena next weekend will ensure Champions League qualification.

“We knew we’d have to fight until the end for third place and that’s what we’ll do in the match against Siena,” the centre-back stated following the 0-0 draw with Roma.

“Given how we started this campaign, getting into the Champions League would be like winning the title for us.

“We can’t slip up.”

Mexes also played down his clash with Francesco Totti after the latter was dismissed for elbowing the Frenchman.

“Totti? It’s all sorted, he didn’t mean it,” the former Giallorosso stopper insisted.

Galliani: 'AC Milan will do it against Siena'
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AC Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani is happy to wait until the last 90 minutes of the season to qualify for the Champions League.

The Diavolo would have secured third spot with a victory over Roma on Sunday, but the 0-0 draw means Fiorentina still have a chance of overtaking them next weekend.

“There shouldn’t be any bitterness,” Galliani stated following the San Siro stalemate on Sunday evening.

“If we were told after the first eight games that we’d be fighting for third place at the end of the season we would have signed on for that…

“We didn’t manage to take advantage of the match point we had, but we’ll get it against Siena. Getting into the Champions League preliminary stages would be something great.”

The Diavolo have had a splendid second half of the campaign, losing just once to champions Juventus in 18 Serie A games.

“The team have picked up 39 points in the second half of the campaign and that gives me faith,” Galliani continued.

“Siena are already in Serie B? They won’t do us any favours.”

Allegri: 'Calm battle for third'
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Massimiliano Allegri insists he is “calm” about Milan’s Champions League chances and told off Sulley Muntari for his red card against Roma.

The race for third is particularly tricky, as Fiorentina have a superior head-to-head record, so if they finish level on points with Milan then the Viola will get third place.

The gap is now only two points and next Sunday Fiorentina take on Pescara while Milan visit Siena, two teams who are already relegated.

“We have a game left and we have to win,” shrugged the Coach after the 0-0 draw.

“At the end of the first half we had some difficulties, then went down to 10 men and strangely played a little better after that.

“It’s a shame that we only got a point, as we have to stretch this season out to the very end, but we are aware that we can go to win at Siena. Don’t forget Fiorentina have to win too, so we’ve both got a battle on our hands.”

Muntari saw red for wrestling with the referee, physically preventing him from taking the card out of his pocket.

“Muntari really shouldn’t be doing things like this, as it is important for a team to have all 11 men on the field. We need to stay calm.

“We’re still in a positive position in the table, so can prepare with calm for the next match. I could’ve made some other changes without that red card, but that’s the way it went.”

Stephan El Shaarawy again seemed ineffective and Allegri revealed the problem.

“We are working on him and not only him. Stephan is well-known now, so he has to vary his style of play, but you can’t fault his intensity. He shouldn’t be obsessed with scoring a goal, but it’s only normal he can improve and has the quality.”

The match was halted for two minutes by the referee due to racist chanting from the Roma fans.

“Unfortunately the mentality is still retrograde. We must all try to improve, because people go to the stadium to see a spectacle and not for this sort of thing.”

Serie A: AC Milan 0:0 AS Roma - match report
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AC Milan held Roma despite having 10 men for half the game, as Sulley Muntari saw red for wrestling the referee and Francesco Totti was also sent off.

The Rossoneri needed a win to secure a Champions League spot, while the Giallorossi were pushing for the Europa League and required a boost after Tuesday’s surprise home defeat to Chievo. A point each leaves everything in the balance for Europe until the final round.

Daniele De Rossi, Federico Balzaretti and Maarten Stekelenburg didn’t make the trip, while Miralem Pjanic was not 100 per cent fit. Max Allegri was without Riccardo Montolivo, Daniele Bonera, Luca Antonini, Bojan Krkic and Nigel De Jong.

The Rossoneri were wearing their new gold strip, which will be for the 2013-14 campaign. Christian Abbiati flew to palm away a fierce Marquinho snapshot that was heading into the near top corner.

Marquinho threatened again when skipping past Kevin Constant for Abbiati to smother low, while Francesco Totti fired over after a Constant howler.

Stephan El Shaarawy set up Mario Balotelli on the edge of the box, who managed to find space among four Roma players, but Simone Perrotta dived in with a crucial block on the edge of the box.

Marquinho again found space down the right, but Abbiati parried from close range and Philippe Mexes sold a dummy to waltz it out of his own box. At the other end, Sulley Muntari’s screamer flashed just over the bar.

Mattia De Sciglio burst down the right and his ball across found Kevin-Prince Boateng, but the finish was straight at Bogdan Lobont from point-blank range. Less than a minute later Totti tested Abbiati from distance with a powerful rising drive, as this game was end-to-end.

Balotelli’s free kick dipped over the wall and Lobont punched away at the base of the near post.

Milan went down to 10 men after a foolish moment from Muntari, who tried to physically restrain the referee from taking out the card from his pocket. It was not clear what had sparked the incident, but Muntari attempted to stop the official booking Balotelli and instead got himself sent off for manhandling the referee.

El Shaarawy’s diving header was deflected out for a corner before the break. Play was halted just three minutes into the restart and a message read out over the tannoy system urging Roma fans to stop making racist chants. The procedure in Italy is for this step to be taken and, if it continues, the referee can call off the game.

Pablo Daniel Osvaldo drilled just wide of the near stick and Lobont needed two touches to get a Balotelli free kick under control.

Marquinho chipped Abbiati from a tight angle and some desperate Mexes defending cleared before anyone could take advantage.

Mathieu Flamini tested Lobont at the near post, as the Romanian goalkeeper scrambled it under control at the second attempt. Miralem Pjanic blasted over from distance, but despite being down to 10 men, Milan introduced Giampaolo Pazzini for Flamini and went for broke.

Abbiati smothered a Pjanic daisy-cutter, but it was difficult to tell the Rossoneri were a man down. There was controversy on 87 minutes when Constant gave the ball away and appeared to trip Erik Lamela in the area, but timid penalty appeals were waved away.

Dodo stung Abbiati’s palms at the near post with a powerful effort and Lobont punched a corner off Balotelli’s head.

Roma also went down to 10 men in stoppages, as Totti saw Mexes coming up behind him and lashed out an elbow, earning a straight red card.

Burdisso’s header was off target after anticipating De Sciglio, then Mexes ran into Lobont after the whistle had been blown, prompting a scuffle.

With the last kick of the game, Lamela’s long-range attempt was caught by Abbiati.

AC Milan: Abbiati; De Sciglio, Zapata, Mexes, Constant; Flamini (Pazzini 80), Ambrosini, Muntari; Boateng (Nocerino 78), Balotelli, El Shaarawy (Robinho 71)

Roma: Lobont; Marquinhos, Burdisso, Castan; Marquinho (Florenzi 73), Perrotta (Pjanic 70), Bradley, Dodò; Lamela, Totti; Osvaldo (Destro 81)

Ref: Rocchi

Sent off: Muntari 41 (M), Totti 91 (R)

Serie A: AC Milan vs. AS Roma - lineups
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AC Milan: Abbiati; De Sciglio, Zapata, Mexes, Constant; Flamini, Ambrosini, Muntari; Boateng, Balotelli, El Shaarawy.

AC Milan bench: Amelia, Gabriel, Abate, Zaccardo, Yepes, Salamon, Cristante, Nocerino, Traoré, Pazzini, Niang, Robinho.

Roma: Lobont; Marquinhos, Burdisso, Castan; Marquinho, Perrotta, Bradley, Dodò; Lamela, Totti; Osvaldo.

Roma bench: Svedkauskas, Goicoechea, Piris, Pjanic, Lucca, Florenzi, Torosidis, Romagnoli, Taddei, Tachtsidis, Destro, Lopez.

Medic explains AC Milan celebration
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AC Milan team medic Rodolfo Tavana has revealed the team’s new celebration is making fun of the way he walks. “It’s Boateng’s fault!”

The players have recently marked goals by putting their hands behind their backs, leaning forward and walking a bit like Groucho Marx.

“In truth, it’s Kevin-Prince Boateng’s fault,” Tavana told Milan Channel.

“He is very good at doing impressions. You should see him when he imitates Giampaolo Pazzini’s goal after he got injured against Genoa. He is great fun.

“During the training session, Boa imitated my way of walking when I go closer to one of the players who feels pain. Let’s just say I stalk towards them a little bit leaning forward and this amused the players, because I really must seem worried when I close in on them during sessions.

“Then against Torino Robinho was the strong-arm to Boateng’s brains behind the operation, getting all the players involved in this new celebration.

“I don’t think they’re making fun of me, as I saw this as an affectionate imitation. I’m happy, as it shows how positive and joyful the atmosphere is within the squad.

“I hope Milan can continue celebrating, with or without this particular impression.”

AC Milan squad for Roma
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Massimo Ambrosini and Mario Balotelli are in the Milan squad to face Roma despite skipping training yesterday.

Balotelli was suffering from flu symptoms, while Ambrosini had a muscular problem, but both are included in the side.

Riccardo Montolivo, Daniele Bonera, Bojan Krkic and Nigel De Jong are the absentees.

Milan squad for Roma: Abbiati, Amelia, Gabriel, Abate, De Sciglio, Mexes, Salamon, Yepes, Zaccardo, Zapata, Ambrosini, Boateng, Constant, Cristante, Flamini, Muntari, Nocerino, Traorè, Balotelli, El Shaarawy, Niang, Pazzini, Robinho.

Allegri: 'Roma are unpredictable'
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Max Allegri insists there’s nothing wrong with “a difference of opinion” with President Silvio Berlusconi as Milan host Roma.

The Coach has been under fire from Berlusconi and it was reported the latest criticism had infuriated him.

“Perhaps I explained myself badly,” shrugged Allegri in his Press conference. “I said that as other clubs and Coaches had been dragged into the reports, it did not seem right to talk about the future, especially as right now I am married to Milan.

“I am very pleased to hear the fans and players say they appreciate my work. It’s not necessarily true that if I at times have a difference of opinion with the President, it means we don’t get along. There is a strong rapport and after three years we are also linked by affection.

“There is dialogue and respect. Of course, then a President evaluates what happens on the field and makes his decision, but he has always called me on the phone and we have a good rapport.

“It is absolutely not true that I am ‘furious.’ We get along well despite everything that is written. At times we can have opposing views, but that is part of the sport.”

Milan take on Roma on Sunday evening and Mario Balotelli is fit to play despite missing training on Friday due to a slight bout of flu.

“Balotelli is important for Milan and for Italian football. He is doing very well and still very young, so while he has fun playing football, he also now feels that he is a protagonist for the team.

“It’s not true that Stephan El Shaarawy is going through a difficult time. He isn’t finding the net recently, but he works hard for the team. Everyone can be substituted, but the lad needs to be left in peace because his performances have all been up to standard. Tomorrow it’ll either be him or Robinho starting.

“Roma are always difficult to face and unpredictable. We are prepared for them and must be more motivated on the night. We need three points to ensure we don’t leave third place to the last round.”

Daniele Bonera, Riccardo Montolivo, Bojan Krkic and Nigel De Jong are unavailable, while Massimo Ambrosini needs a fitness test.

De Rossi misses AC Milan - Roma
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Roma have numerous problems ahead of tomorrow night’s clash with Milan, missing Daniele De Rossi, Federico Balzaretti and more.

Maarten Stekelenburg is still unavailable, so Bogdan Lobont is expected to start in goal despite fracturing his nose last week.

De Rossi did not take part in any of the training sessions since Tuesday’s 1-0 home defeat to Chievo and isn’t even in the squad travelling to San Siro.

Miralem Pjanic is also carrying a knock in midfield.

The game kicks off at 19.45 UK time on Sunday.

Roma squad for Milan: Bradley, Burdisso, Castan, Destro, Dodo, Florenzi, Goicoechea, Lamela, Lobont, Lopez, Lucca, Marquinho, Marquinhos, Osvaldo, Perrotta, Piris, Pjanic, Romagnoli, Svedkauskas, Tachtsidis, Taddei, Torosidis, Totti.

Ambrosini: 'A mistake to sack Allegri'
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Massimo Ambrosini warns it’d be a mistake to sack Massimiliano Allegri, but concedes Milan President Silvio Berlusconi “rarely changes his mind.”

The Rossoneri look set to secure third place and access to the Champions League preliminary round despite a dire start to the campaign in which they lost most of their star players.

That is probably not enough to keep Allegri in his job, as captain Ambrosini essentially confirmed the rumours surrounding the Coach.

“We were able to maintain our calm during the chaos of the start of this season and people must recognise the credit belongs to Allegri,” Ambrosini told Sky Sport Italia.

“He did so well to stay relaxed during even the most difficult moments and transmit those feelings of calm to the squad.

“It’d take some real courage to change the Coach, considering the great results he has achieved over the last three years. I think Milan ought to confirm him.”

Nonetheless, President Berlusconi has been critical of Allegri and seems adamant he wants a change of direction.

“A lot will depend on what is going through the President’s mind. I don’t know what he’s thinking, but I do know that when the President gets something into his head, he rarely changes his mind.”

It has been reported that one of Berlusconi’s candidates for the job is Clarence Seedorf, who has not yet finished his playing career with Brazilian club Botafogo.

“It would be curious to see Seedorf on the bench, though maybe not next year,” concluded his former teammate.

Hamsik reveals AC Milan rejection
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Napoli forward Marek Hamsik has revealed that he turned down a move to Milan in the past.

The Slovakian attacker has admitted that the Rossoneri have made advances for his services, but has conceded that Coach Walter Mazzarri and President Aurelio De Laurentiis persuaded him not to join the San Siro side.

“I spoke with President De Laurentiis and then with Mazzarri,” he told Guerin Sportivo. “Both of them explained to me why the club did not want to sell me.

“According to them, it would have been a mistake to join Milan. That has been invaluable advice.

“I am happy in Naples.

“The people love me and the fans appreciate me for what I am.

“The Coach is our secret weapon here. If, in these last few years, we have obtained some extraordinary results, it is thanks to Mazzarri.

“He makes everyone feel important.”

El Shaarawy denies Balotelli rift rumours
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Stephan El Shaarawy has claimed that he is best of friends with Mario Balotelli, and that rumours of a rift are false.

Reports earlier this season suggested that El Shaarawy had fallen out with the former Manchester City man after his January move to San Siro coincided with the 20-year-old's relative drop in form.

But the Italy international has insisted that that is not the case.

“My friendship with Mario was instinctive,” he told reporters. “It happened immediately as soon as we met.

“The story that Mario and I have fallen out is false. It is an invention made up by journalists.

“Mario is a simple guy, like myself. We are two nice guys!”

Mexes back in training
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Philippe Mexes is expected to be back for Milan's match with Roma at San Siro on Sunday evening.

The Rossoneri host the capital club looking for the three points that could take them seven points clear in third place.

And they will do so with the French defender, who was sidelined for the club's win over Pescara on Wednesday.

The 31-year-old was back in training this afternoon, and is expected to be fully fit for the clash with Aurelio Andreazzoli's side.

AC Milan on the defensive
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AC Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has confirmed that he’ll spend the summer trying to improve the defence.

“We’ll make some changes at the back,” the Diavolo official commented. “It’s always a case that the team with the best defence wins the League…”

Juventus have certainly proved that theory this term given that the Old Lady have conceded just 20 goals on their way to the Scudetto.

The next best defensive record in the League belongs to Napoli 33 and then Milan 38. Those two clubs are respectively second and third in the table too.

Milan will have the option to sign Cristian Zapata outright at the end of the season as he is currently on loan from Villarreal.

The club will also have to make a decision on whether to offer Daniele Bonera and Mario Yepes new contracts.

Galliani defends El Shaarawy
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Adriano Galliani stood up for Coach Massimiliano Allegri and Stephan El Shaarawy. “The Pharaoh kept us afloat for a long time.”

There were more reports today that Milan President Silvio Berlusconi has been critical of Allegri and is eager to replace the tactician at the end of the season, while there were also regular phone calls between the patron and his Coach.

“It’s good to talk...” smiled Galliani when asked about these conversations.

“Joking aside, it’s not possible that we are always being asked about Allegri. For him and all the players there is an appointment after the end of the season to discuss contracts and the future, once we secure a Champions League spot.”

Allegri has recently been dropping El Shaarawy, who is struggling for form and has scored only once since Mario Balotelli arrived.

“Stephan kept us afloat for a long time and without him we wouldn’t even be third right now. Balotelli has a remarkable goals to games ratio, as do El Shaarawy and Giampaolo Pazzini.

“At the age of 20, a player can have some dips in form, especially as even without the goal he continues to work for the team. He is a great champion and must continue like this.”

In the race for third, Milan welcome Roma on Sunday evening while Fiorentina host Palermo in the lunchtime kick-off.

“I think this is the first match ball and we hope to get it in first time.”

'Berlusconi criticises Allegri'
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Sassuolo President Giorgio Squinzi reveals Milan patron Silvio Berlusconi “told me Massimiliano Allegri doesn’t understand anything.”

The Serie B leaders look set for promotion to the top flight this summer, though Squinzi is an avowed Rossoneri supporter.

He confirmed to Radio24 that Milan patron Berlusconi often discusses football matters with him in phone calls.

“The President told me Allegri doesn’t understand anything because he leaves Stephan El Shaarawy out of the starting XI,” said Squinzi.

“He thinks Milan are doing well lately because Mario Balotelli is carrying the team on his shoulders. In my view, Allegri is doing very well with the squad at his disposal.”

As a Milan fan, Squinzi has a very specific appointment planned for next season.

“I’d love it if Sassuolo beat Inter at San Siro. I can see it now, Inter 0 – Sassuolo 1!”

Robinho expecting AC Milan stay
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Robinho is talking like a man who isn’t thinking about a move away from Milan after discussing his hopes for next season.

The Brazilian is rumoured to be on his way out of San Siro after he came very close to leaving the club in January.

However, speaking to Milan Channel on Thursday, the 29-year-old has explained how keen he is to return to Champions League action.

“Yesterday we got three important points at Pescara and now we have to continue on this path,” the forward commented.

“Our objective is third place and we hope to wrap that up as soon as Sunday against Roma. I’m in good shape and let’s hope that we’ll be playing in the Champions League next season.”

The Diavolo have had a very strong second half of the season and their progress has been aided by the January arrival of Mario Balotelli.

“To have Balotelli from the start of the campaign next season will be a very important factor for us,” Robinho continued.

The Italian international has scored 11 goals in 11 Serie A games for the Rossoneri.

Serie A: Pescara 0:4 AC Milan - match report
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AC Milan go for gold
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AC Milan will wear gold in Sunday’s game against Roma – as they will give their fans a preview of next season’s third jersey.

The Adidas shirt has three black stripes running down its shoulders, while there is also a chest pocket above which sits an Italian flag.

Antonini eyes AC Milan extension
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Luca Antonini says he still wants to stay at Milan despite his lack of regular use this season.

“I have a year left on my contract,” the 30-year-old told Sky Sport Italia. “But I don’t think there will be any problems.

“I’ve always said that I want to end my career here so I hope that this incredible fairy tale in Rossonero continues.”

The full-back has only been fielded in six Serie A games by boss Massimiliano Allegri in 2012-13.

“The Coach has made his decisions and it is only right that those choices are accepted,” the Italian continued.

“However, the injury which I sustained in October did keep me out of action for two months. But to be a part of this squad is an honour.”

Serie A: Pescara 0:4 AC Milan - match report
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Scorers: Balotelli pen 9, 57 (M), Muntari 33 (M), Flamini 51 (M)

Mario Balotelli bagged a brace along with Sulley Muntari and Mathieu Flamini to thrash bottom of the table Pescara 4-0.

The Delfini were already relegated at the weekend, so had only pride to play for, while the Rossoneri sought points to secure third place. Kevin-Prince Boateng was suspended, joining the injured Riccardo Montolivo, Luca Antonini, Bojan Krkic and Daniele Bonera. Among the home side’s absentees were Juan Fernando Quintero, Vladimir Weiss, Gianluca Caprari and Ivan Pelizzoli.

Mario Balotelli almost had the perfect start, as he smacked a shot against the bar after 116 seconds when a corner came to him in the six-yard box.

Uros Cosic clumsily tripped Antonio Nocerino on the edge of the area for a clear penalty. Balotelli stepped up and coolly sent Mattia Perin the wrong way to slot into the near bottom corner, maintaining his 100 per cent record from the spot. This was SuperMario’s 10th goal in 11 appearances for Milan, already a new personal best in Serie A.

M’Baye Niang had a rare start and flashed an angled drive across the face of goal to skim the back stick.

Sulley Ali Muntari doubled the advantage when a free kick was curled to the Ghanaian unmarked, his volley into the ground went in off the underside of the bar.

The second half started in similarly comfortable fashion. Balotelli sent Robinho down the left after Luciano Zauri’s slip, so the Brazilian whipped in the cross for Mathieu Flamini to tap in from six yards.

SuperMario added a fourth. Flamini controlled a Muntari cross-field pass down the right and pulled back for Balotelli, who turned on the edge of the six-yard box to fire under the bar.

Giampaolo Pazzini came off the bench and failed to make it 5-0, as he passed it straight to Perin when sent clear on goal by Balotelli. Perin then rushed off his line to push the ball off Stephan El Shaarawy’s feet before he could pull the trigger, while both strikers combined to force a corner in another opportunity created for them by Balotelli.

Giuseppe Rizzo was fortunate to avoid a second yellow card for going through the back of El Shaarawy in the final stages.

Pescara: Perin; Zauri, Cosic, Capuano, Balzano; Rizzo, Togni; Di Francesco (Catalano 87), Cascione (Mancini 75), Sculli (Celik 46); Sforzini

Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Zapata, Yepes, Constant; Flamini (Traore 59), Muntari, Nocerino; Niang (Pazzini 64), Balotelli, Robinho (El Shaarawy 73)

Ref: Russo

Seedorf: No call from AC Milan
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Clarence Seedorf has confirmed he intends to become a Coach, but he’s not been offered the hotseat at Milan for 2013-14.

Reports in Italy are gathering pace that owner Silvio Berlusconi wants Seedorf to replace Massimiliano Allegri at the end of the season.

“I do see myself on a bench one day,” the Dutch midfielder, currently playing for Botafogo, told Globoesporte. “I’m preparing to become a Coach.

“Milan? I’m reading the stories too, but there is nothing concrete there. If they call then we could talk about it, but they haven’t.”

The 37-year-old Seedorf left Milan for Brazil once his contract expired at the end of the last campaign.

He spent a decade with the Diavolo after joining the Rossoneri from city rivals Inter.

Allegri is contracted to Milan until June 2014, but there are suggestions that Berlusconi is considering his options.

Allegri yesterday said that he would only discuss his future at the end of the present campaign.

Galliani: Puyol too old for AC Milan
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AC Milan have underlined that Barcelona stopper Carles Puyol doesn’t fit the criteria of a Rossonero transfer target.

Puyol was linked with the San Siro giants this morning, but, after the player himself ruled out such a move, the Diavolo have now done the same.

“There is nothing with regards to Puyol, I can assure you of that,” Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani told Mundo Deportivo.

“Carles is a good friend of Milan, he likes our colours, but right now veteran players are not part of our plans.

“Although we recognise the great value of Puyol, we are thinking of youngsters. That is our philosophy for next season and our future in general.

“Anyway, as far as I know, Puyol has no intention of leaving Barcelona. The rest is just fantasy football…”

The Spanish international celebrated his 35th birthday last month.

Puyol silences AC Milan rumour
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Barcelona’s Carles Puyol has moved quickly to dismiss talk that he is set to join Milan at the end of the season.

“All reports that are being published are false,” he said on his Twitter feed. “I'm only focusing on recovering and being fully fit for next season.”

BTV had suggested that the 35-year-old was already in negotiations with the Rossoneri with regard to a summer move.

Puyol has had a frustrating campaign at the Camp Nou and hasn’t featured since undergoing knee surgery in March.

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani recently confirmed the club could make a move to sign a centre-back this summer.

However, Puyol, who has spoken of his admiration for Milan in the past, is a player who doesn’t fit in with Milan’s new transfer policy of targeting youngsters.

AC Milan to face Bayern and Man City
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AC Milan will join Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Sao Paulo in a friendly tournament in Germany in July.

It gives Mario Balotelli the opportunity to face his former teammates and Coach Roberto Mancini.

The Rossoneri announced they have been invited to take part in the Audi Cup in Munich, which will be played on July 31 and August 1.

This bi-annual tournament also gives fans the chance to see new Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola at work.

Allegri: Focus on third
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AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri has refused to comment on his future, insisting that all his focus is on claiming third place for the Rossoneri.

The San Siro side currently sit in the last remaining Champions League spot, and go to Pescara on Wednesday looking for the three points that could take them seven points clear of Fiorentina.

And the Coach has insisted that the match at Stadio Adriatico is all that's on his mind.

“At this time the games are easy to prepare for,” he told a Press conference. “We have a motivation that goes beyond the opponent.

“Tomorrow's game will be difficult though. Pescara went to Rome recently and did well.

“We have to pay attention to their qualities. But we are a team that needs to win.

“It is important that we get three points tomorrow because it would allow us to go into upcoming games with a greater peace of mind.

“I am at peace because I do not want to speak any more about my future.

“It has become an issue and that just doesn't make sense.

“We are all focused on third place. It is not respectful to talk about my future at this time of the season.

“We'll talk about it over the summer – first with the board...and then maybe with the journalists!”

AC Milan name Pescara squad
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AC Milan squad to face Pescara: Abbiati, Amelia, Gabriel, Abate, De Sciglio, Mexes, Salamon, Yepes, Zaccardo, Zapata, Ambrosini, Constant, Cristante, Flamini, Muntari, Nocerino, Traoré, Balotelli, El Shaarawy, Niang, Pazzini, Robinho.

Muntari believes in Scudetto challenge
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AC Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari believes his side have what it takes to challenge for the Scudetto next season.

The Rossoneri are currently third in Serie A, four points ahead of Fiorentina in fourth.

But the Ghana international has insisted that his team can claim some silverware next time around.

“At the moment, it is important to concentrate on getting third place,” he told Milan Channel.

“But I'm sure that next season we will have everything in order to challenge for the Scudetto.

“Now we are focusing on Pescara. We believe in our own ability and we want to win at all cost.

“Earlier this year we struggled with all the changes that were made over the summer, but slowly we have become a team.”

'Muriel can leave, at a price'
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Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo has conceded that Luis Muriel can leave the club if he is unhappy.

The Colombia international has been linked with moves to both Milan clubs and Juventus in recent months.

And the Zebrette President has admitted that the young forward could leave, but at a price.

“Muriel is young and I think he needs to get some more experience here in Udine,” he told La Politica nel Pallone.

“I do not want to talk about money, but €20m for a great striker is nothing.

“You have to remember that Edinson Cavani is priced at €60m.

“I do not put clauses in contracts but I do not want to hold anyone against their will.

“If anyone is unhappy they have the right to go.”

Seedorf: No AC Milan contact
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Former Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf has insisted that he will not be the Rossoneri's Coach next season.

Rumours had surfaced last week that the San Siro side were looking to replace Massimiliano Allegri with the Botafogo man.

But the 37-year-old has revealed that there has been no contact between himself and his former employer.

“Will I will become Milan's next coach? Nobody from Milan has contacted me,” he told Lancenet.

“It's just rumours and gossip.”

Flamini set for new AC Milan deal
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Mathieu Flamini is on the verge of signing a new contract at Milan, according to reports in both Italy and France.

The Rossoneri midfielder has enjoyed a mini renaissance during the second half of the season, regaining his place in the starting XI and scoring three goals for the club.

And Calcio News, as well as several media outlets in France, have claimed that the 29-year-old is to be offered a new deal soon.

Flamini's current contract ends in June, but the San Siro side are expected to offer him a two-year extension.

Ambrosini back in training
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Massimo Ambrosini resumed full training with Milan on Monday ahead of the midweek trip to Pescara.

The veteran midfielder took part in the entire session apart from the practice match at the end, where he instead concentrated on sprints and changes of direction.

The 35-year-old, whose contract expires in June, has appeared in 18 League games for the Diavolo this term.

Serie A: AC Milan 1:0 Torino - goals/highlights
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Flamini hails extraordinary Abbiati
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Mathieu Flamini has thanked goalkeeper Christian Abbiati for keeping Milan’s Champions League dream alive.

The Rossoneri moved four points clear of Fiorentina on Sunday thanks to a late 1-0 win over Torino at San Siro.

However, before Mario Balotelli’s winning strike, Abbiati made a number of fine interventions at the other end of the pitch.

“Abbiati made the difference with his saves,” the Frenchman commented. “It was extraordinary stuff, he’s a great ‘keeper…

“It was important to win to get some distance on Fiorentina. Torino closed up very well and defended well. It was tough to get the goal.”

Abbiati set for AC Milan extension
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AC Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has confirmed that Christian Abbiati will be handed a new contract at San Siro.

The veteran goalkeeper is only tied to the club until June, but an extension seems to be on the horizon after his display in the 1-0 win over Torino.

“It was a tough game and one that we could have lost,” Galliani commented. “All credit to Abbiati who in my opinion saved our skins.

“He was the best player on the pitch. He’ll be here next year for sure. He has a lifetime policy here. He’s the kind of ‘keeper who saves results as well as shots.”

Milan now have a four-point lead over Fiorentina in the race to qualify for the Champions League, but Galliani admits his side struggled at San Siro yesterday.

“We didn’t play well, especially in the first half. Now we have a four point lead on Fiorentina and we have to win two of the remaining three games to be sure of third place.

“I think third place is absolutely the best result possible given our start to the season.”

Juventus won the Scudetto on Sunday and Galliani expects the Diavolo to put up more of a title fight next term.

“Credit to Juventus for their title win. They won by some distance. But we’re already competitive. There may be some changes here and there, but the team will be more or less as it is.”

Allegri: 'It's up to Berlusconi'
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Massimiliano Allegri insists he’d love to stay at Milan and hasn’t signed for anyone else, but “it depends on President Silvio Berlusconi.”

The Coach has been at the centre of constant speculation, both on who is meant to replace him at San Siro and where he will go next season, including Napoli and Roma.

“I have a clear idea on what I want to do next season, but what really irritated me was this collection of reports on things that do not exist,” he told Mediaset Premium.

“First of all, it shows a lack of respect for the other Coaches. I haven’t signed a three-year contract with Roma. I am an honest person and if I’d been in talks with other clubs, I certainly would’ve alerted by employers.

“I hope to remain at Milan, but it depends on President Berlusconi. He has the final word. I have always had a good rapport with the President, regardless of what the newspapers said. He always put his faith in me independently from some viewpoints we do not share. If they send me away, then that’s another matter,” he smiled.

“There’s no point talking about the future now, as things change so quickly in football. I can only say I’m happy at Milan and have another year on my contract.”

Milan consolidated third place and potential Champions League qualification with today’s 1-0 win over Torino, snatched by Mario Balotelli in the final minutes.

“It was a complicated match, as Torino caused us a lot of problems and we did well to win this game ‘rough.’ A victory that isn’t that convincing still helps you reach your objectives.”

Allegri also complimented Juventus on their second consecutive Scudetto.

“They deserved it and this was a triumphant march.”

Balotelli: 'AC Milan, keep Allegri'
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Mario Balotelli scored another crucial goal and urged Milan to hold on to Massimiliano Allegri. “I’m really happy with him.”

The striker got a last-gasp winner over Torino to send them four points clear in third place.

“It is an important goal, but it will only be truly important if we manage to keep this gap over the next few rounds,” Balotelli told Mediaset Premium.

“When I got here Allegri was in charge and we get on really well. I hope he stays, as I’m really happy with him. If I were the club, I’d do everything to keep hold of him.

“I am just one of the players here and we all contribute. I was unable to get into gear today and it was a bad performance, but eventually we managed to get the points.”

Today Juventus are celebrating their second consecutive Scudetto.

“I send them my compliments, as it is a deserved title.”

Balotelli also had a message for the media. “I heard that a book has been released on me, but I don’t understand how it’s possible to write an entire book without ever asking me about it. A lot of complete rubbish has been written about me.”

Serie A: AC Milan 1:0 Torino - match report
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Scorer: Balotelli 84 (M)

Mario Balotelli snatched a last-gasp victory that sends Milan four points clear in third place, but Toro should’ve scored at San Siro.

The Rossoneri had great news last night when Fiorentina lost to Roma, so had the opportunity to break away in third place. Riccardo Montolivo, Bojan Krkic and Massimo Ambrosini missed out, while Stephan El Shaarawy started despite carrying an ankle problem. Christian Abbiati returned in goal. Kamil Glik was suspended for Toro, so Valerio Di Cesare started in defence, while Mattia Darmian and Giuseppe Vives were back from bans. The Granata adjusted their usual 4-2-4 into a 5-3-2 system.

Alessio Cerci sprung the offside trap in the opening moments of the game, forcing Abbiati to save his angled drive. At the other end, Jean-Francois Gillet needed a double intervention to deny Sulley Muntari from distance, then stuck out a foot to parry Kevin-Prince Boateng’s follow-up at the near post.

Torino really should’ve scored on the counter-attack when Cerci’s inspired flick sent Paulo Vitor Barreto clear, but the Brazilian incredibly fired straight at Abbiati.

The Milan defence was under real pressure, as Migjen Basha’s cross flashed all the way across the six-yard box with nobody able to tap in. At the other end, Boateng couldn’t make firm contact on a header from point-blank range and El Shaarawy’s effort was deflected. From that corner, Philippe Mexes nodded on to Gillet’s back.

Max Allegri tried to throw on Giampaolo Pazzini for the not 100 per cent fit El Shaarawy. The Milan defence was regularly torn apart and Cerci flew down the right to sweep in a cross, which Barreto somehow fired on to Abbiati from a yard away and then deflect the follow-up on to the roof of the net.

Milan kept up constant pressure, but struggled to create without Montolivo in midfield and were always vulnerable on the counter-attack.

Robinho dribbled through a crowd of Granata jerseys to test Gillet at the base of the near stick.

It eventually paid off, as with six minutes left on the clock Mexes nodded an Antonio Nocerino cross back across the face of goal for Balotelli to turn in from point-blank range.

AC Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Zapata, Mexes, Constant; Flamini (Robinho 81), Muntari, Nocerino; Boateng (Niang 76), Balotelli, El Shaarawy (Pazzini 55)

Torino: Gillet; Darmian, Rodriguez, Di Cesare (D’Ambrosio 84), Ogbonna, Masiello; Basha, Vives, Brighi (Santana 75); Cerci, Barreto (Meggiorini 84)

Ref: Damato

Baldini: 'No Allegri deal'
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Roma director Franco Baldini insists Aurelio Andreazzoli won’t necessarily leave the bench this summer and shoots down links with Massimiliano Allegri.

This morning the Corriere della Sera reported that there was already a three-year deal in place with the Milan Coach, but both clubs released statements categorically denying the story.

“There is no deal with Allegri,” added director general Baldini on Sky Sport Italia ahead of tonight’s match with Fiorentina.

“Everyone seems to assume Roma will change Coach, but Andreazzoli is doing very well. This is our last call for a Champions League spot. We’ll keep trying until it becomes mathematically impossible, but are facing a very strong side who have had an excellent season.

“I expect it to be a very entertaining game tonight with two teams who make possession their primary strength.”

Vergara: 'Why I chose AC Milan'
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“I chose Milan because they are the most successful club in the world,” said 18-year-old defender Jherson Vergara Amu as he flew in for a medical.

The teenage Colombian sensation will complete the transfer from Universitario Popayan on Monday and begin training with the first team.

“Being here is very important for me and for my career,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“It is a great opportunity and I hope to make the most of it. I chose Milan because they are the most successful club in the world, so I too want to be a part of the Rossoneri legends.

“My idol is Mario Alberto Yepes, while I already spoke to Cristian Zapata and he’s a good friend. My dream is to win the Scudetto and the Champions League.”

Vergara caught Milan’s attention during the Under-20 South American Cup.

El Shaarawy ready for Torino
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Stephan El Shaarawy and Christian Abbiati are in the squad for Milan-Torino, adding youth team talent Bryan Cristante to the mix.

There are still fitness doubts over El Shaarawy’s inflamed ankle, so it remains to be seen whether he will start or make way for Robinho.

Riccardo Montolivo is out with a thigh strain, so teenager Cristante is drafted in from the youth team as a potential replacement in front of the defence.

Italian-Canadian Cristante will wear the Number 36 jersey.

Goalkeeper Abbiati returns to the side after an injury lay-off, but Massimo Ambrosini and Bojan Krkic are still unavailable.

AC Milan squad for Torino: Abbiati, Amelia, Gabriel, Abate, Antonini, Bonera, De Sciglio, Mexes, Yepes, Zaccardo, Zapata, Boateng, Constant, Cristante, Flamini, Muntari, Nocerino, Traorè, Balotelli, El Shaarawy, Niang, Pazzini, Robinho.

Allegri: 'Third place like a Scudetto'
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Massimiliano Allegri joined the chorus of denials about Roma and Inter, insisting third place “would be like the Scudetto” for Milan.

The Corriere della Sera reported today that Allegri had already agreed a three-year contract with Roma despite being approached by Inter, but all three clubs have released official statements categorically denying the story.

“These are pure allegations and very disappointing, as I am an honest person and have always said if anything happened then my employers would be the first to know. I won’t talk about my future again until the end of the season, if not to my President and Adriano Galliani.

“I have a contract with Milan and I’m concentrated with the lads and the club to achieving an objective that was thought almost impossible a few months ago. My intention is to stay with Milan, the most successful club in the world. Any Coach would want to sit on this bench and I am already here, so why would I want to leave?” said Allegri in his Press conference.

“Third place would be like the Scudetto considering the way our season started. Fourth place wouldn’t be a failure, but it would be a bitter result and I don’t even want to think about it. These lads deserve third after those difficult moments and the end of an era.”

Milan host Torino on Sunday afternoon, while Fiorentina welcome Roma this evening and only one point separates them.

“Every game is decisive until there is mathematical certainty. Between tonight and tomorrow we should start to understand a little more on third place. Finishing the weekend in front of Fiorentina would be crucial.”

Riccardo Montolivo is out with a thigh injury, while Stephan El Shaarawy is in doubt with an inflamed ankle.

“We will have to evaluate El Shaarawy’s situation today. I am optimistic, but in case of problems Robinho is ready, while Mario Balotelli and Kevin-Prince Boateng will start.

“It’s a shame about Montolivo, but hopefully we can get him back for the last few games. The ideal substitute in front of the defence is Sulley Muntari, but if needs be we also have Bryan Cristante. Christian Abbiati should return too.”

The game against Torino arrives 64 years after the Superga tragedy, a plane crash on May 4 1949 that wiped out the Grande Torino squad.

“It is important to pay homage and remember that tragedy for this great club,” added Allegri. “It is part of football history and we should all remember that great team.”

Ventura: 'Torino can upset AC Milan'
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Giampiero Ventura is confident Torino can cause an upset against Milan tomorrow amid reports he stormed out of training.

The tactician has a fiery temper and Tuttosport claims he was infuriated by mistakes made in the Friday evening training session, storming out after shouting at players Giuseppe Vives, Matteo Brighi and Rolando Bianchi.

The Granata visit Milan on Sunday afternoon. The Press conference was held early so Toro can visit Superga on the 64th anniversary of the plane crash that killed Il Grande Torino team on May 4 1949.

“We need to be wary,” said Ventura. “The game that decides our safety could be the one against Genoa, but all four remaining fixtures are important for us. It doesn’t matter who we are playing against.

“We must do well to deal with three games in a week, as we are unaccustomed to midweek rounds. I think we can do something good in Milan tomorrow.

“Obviously it’s positive for us that Milan are without Riccardo Montolivo, although they have several great players who can make the difference.

“Valerio Di Cesare will start. He has unfinished business with Robinho from the first match...”

Milan won 4-2 in Turin back in December and Robinho was on target after dribbling straight past Di Cesare.

“I’ll decide tomorrow whether to use Brighi from the start or not. He was out for six weeks, but now has enough training under his belt to be match fit.”

AC Milan deny Allegri - Roma deal
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AC Milan and Inter have taken the unusual step of releasing a statement that “categorically” denies Massimiliano Allegri agreed a deal with Roma.

The Rossoneri tend to brush aside newspaper reports over the future of Coach Allegri or the other alternatives considered for his job, including Clarence Seedorf, Marco Van Basten and Mark Van Bommel.

However, they wasted no time in responding to this morning’s newspaper suggestion that the tactician had already agreed a three-year contract with Roma.

“AC Milan categorically deny what was published today in the Corriere della Sera regarding its Coach Massimiliano Allegri,” read the statement.

It was released just hours after the story hit the newsstands and the rapidity of the response itself is raising questions. Roma also released a similar statement this afternoon.

Inter also sent out a press release “categorically” denying “there was any contact or requests to contact AC Milan Coach Massimiliano Allegri.”

That had been part of the same Corriere della Sera story, suggesting Inter wanted Allegri to cross the divide.

Report: Allegri agrees Roma deal
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While Milan consider his future, it’s claimed Massimiliano Allegri has already agreed a three-year contract with Roma.

The Rossoneri have made it clear Allegri will be fired if he doesn’t secure third place and qualification for the Champions League, as President Silvio Berlusconi is unconvinced by his suitability for the role.

According to the Corriere della Sera, the Coach is not prepared to wait for his dismissal and has been busy working on an alternative – a three-year deal with Roma.

The Giallorossi need a long-term replacement for Aurelio Andreazzoli, who took over in February after Zdenek Zeman was sacked.

They were also linked with Napoli boss Walter Mazzarri, but it seems as if Allegri has clinched an agreement with the Olimpico side.

Roma have many young players and are said to be impressed with the way Allegri introduced fresh faces like Stephan El Shaarawy and Mattia De Sciglio into the side.

Allegri spent three years at Milan, winning the Scudetto and Italian Super Cup.

Montolivo: I'll be back soon
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Riccardo Montolivo has revealed that he hopes to return to action soon after suffering a muscle strain.

The Rossoneri midfielder picked up a thigh injury on Friday, and is set to miss the next three games for Massimiliano Allegri's side.

But the 28-year-old has been moved to thank all the Milan fans who have sent him messages of support.

“I want to thank you all for the infinite amount of messages I have received,” he posted on his official Twitter page.

“I really hope to return to the field soon and continue to help the team reach its goal of third place.

“Forza Milan!”

Allegri reminded of AC Milan objective
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AC Milan director Barbara Berlusconi has praised boss Massimiliano Allegri, but underlined the importance of finishing in the top three.

The Rossoneri had a nightmare start to the season after losing five of their opening eight games, yet they are now in the Champions League zone.

However, they are only a point clear of Fiorentina with four ties remaining and there is still uncertainty over the future of the tactician.

“In this season of profound change, Allegri has overcome many difficulties and has worked well with the youngsters, who are our future,” the daughter of President Silvio Berlusconi told Milan Channel.

“It is not up to me to make evaluations of the Coach, but failing to finish third this season would leave a bitter taste in the mouth.

“We are all fighting for a fundamental objective and that is the Champions League. We are all united!”

Milan face Torino this weekend, then games versus Pescara, Roma and Siena.

Spalletti cools AC Milan rumours
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Tactician Luciano Spalletti has again rubbished links with Milan by committing his future to present club Zenit St Petersburg.

Spalletti has been named as a possible contender to replace Massimiliano Allegri should the latter be axed at the end of the season.

“I’m very happy in Russia,” he told Mattina Sport. “I don’t think I’ll be leaving as I’m very attached to the project we have at the club.

“There are already good and young Coaches in Italy, whereas I want to respect the contract I have with Zenit.”

The 54-year-old former Udinese and Roma boss is tied to Zenit until December 2015, where he reportedly earns €6m a season.

AC Milan suffer Montolivo headache
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AC Milan may be without Riccardo Montolivo for their next three games because of injury, Sky Sport Italia are speculating.

The summer signing from Fiorentina, four goals in 31 Serie A appearances this season, is struggling with a right thigh muscle problem.

The club confirmed the injury this morning, but gave no details with regard to how long they expect him to be out for.

The Italian international, according to Sky though, will apparently miss the ties against Torino and Pescara, while he remains a major doubt for the Week 37 encounter against Roma.

He could thus only return on the last day of the campaign when the Diavolo travel to Siena.

Pazzini impressed by Ogbonna
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AC Milan's Giampaolo Pazzini has underlined the quality of Italy and Torino centre-back Angelo Ogbonna.

“I’ve trained alongside Ogbonna with the national side,” the striker told Tuttosport ahead of this weekend’s game against Toro.

“He is the prototype of the modern defender – a great physique, but also good technique. He likes to bring the ball out of defence with his head held high.

“He’s a young guy too and I believe that he could play for any side.”

The central defender may be on the market at the end of the season, but Pazzini insists that he himself won’t be involved in another move after his switch from Inter last summer.

“You can take me off the market,” he underlined. “I’m staying here. I’m really happy at Milan, just being able to help this team is enough for me.

“It is better to play in less games for Milan than in more games for any other club.”

Zapata hopes for Roma assist
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Cristian Zapata is hoping this weekend will be kind to Milan’s ambitions of qualifying for the Champions League.

The Rossoneri are currently in the last remaining European Cup spot, but they are just a point clear of Fiorentina with four games left.

“It won’t be easy for us against Torino as they’re playing good football,” the Colombian international told Milan Channel.

“They’ll come to the San Siro to fight as they need points to stay up as well. But we’ll be focused on the three points to hang on to third place.

“The point lead that we have over Fiorentina is important and it might turn into four points as they’ll be up against a great team in Roma.

“It’s vital we get back into the Champions League.”

The Diavolo began the campaign with five losses from their first eight games, but boss Massimiliano Allegri has managed to revive their fortunes.

“The Coach has built a good team and all the credit goes to him,” the defender continued. “Allegri is very important and he has done well since coming to the club.”

The tactician has collected a first and second place in his two seasons at San Siro.

Amelia to Roma unlikely
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The agent of Marco Amelia doesn’t expect to be negotiating a transfer from Milan to Roma for his client this summer.

The 31-year-old’s future at San Siro is in doubt and the Roman has been paired with a possible switch to his hometown club.

“It all depends on the Giallorossi directors,” Carlo Pallavicino told Roma News. “It takes two to get married and it is up to them whether they want him or not.

“There has been no contact with Roma and, in the past, we gathered that there wasn’t the conditions in place for a move to happen.

“I have to be honest, as it stands right now, I don’t see any chance for the future either.”

Amelia, 31, grew up in Roma’s youth ranks but never made a professional appearance for the Olimpico outfit.

Ljajic: 'Fiorentina can go third'
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Adem Ljajic praised Vincenzo Montella, believes Fiorentina can beat Milan to third place and puts the Delio Rossi saga behind him.

The 21-year-old Serbian striker has had a remarkable campaign with nine goals and six assists between Serie A and Coppa Italia ties.

“Third place is our primary objective,” he told Rai Sport. “From here to the end of the season we must try to win them all and hope Milan slow down up there.”

The Rossoneri are only one point clear of the Viola in the battle for that last remaining Champions League spot.

Fiorentina were expected to go through a transitional year under Coach Montella, but have surpassed even the most optimistic predictions.

“We are all very happy with the way Montella has been able to give this group a strong sense of identity and, as many people say, allowing us to play the best football in Italy.

“We’ve got Roma this weekend and they have already beaten us twice this season between Serie A and the Coppa, so we know they are a strong and organised team. However, as always we will give our all to bring home three crucial points.”

Only a year ago Ljajic was in the headlines after then-Fiorentina Coach Rossi attacked him in the dugout, accusing the striker of reacting sarcastically to a substitution.

The pair crossed paths again last week when the Viola beat Sampdoria 3-0 and Ljajic got one of the goals, but pointedly ignored the tactician.

“I don’t want to talk about this anymore, as it is part of the past. I will only confirm there was no handshake.”

Montolivo injury scare
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Mixed news for Milan, as Christian Abbiati returned to training, but Riccardo Montolivo picked up an injury.

The Rossoneri had two training sessions today and goalkeeper Abbiati took part in the first, suggesting he could be back in goal for this weekend’s game against Torino.

However, the club released a statement after the second session confirming Luca Antonini, Giampaolo Pazzini and Montolivo did not complete the training due to fitness concerns.

“Of the three, only Montolivo suffered from a muscular problem and will be evaluated over the next few days.”

Massimo Ambrosini and Bojan Krkic continue to focus only on gym work.

Van Bommel for AC Milan job?
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After reports Clarence Seedorf would replace Max Allegri on the Milan bench, former player Mark Van Bommel is now the hot favourite.

Allegri is thought to be reaching the end of his Rossoneri career following another fall-out with President Silvio Berlusconi.

The patron has made no secret of the fact he’d like to bring in someone who has played for the club in the past.

While newspapers suggested at the weekend that Seedorf would be the favourite, now SportMediaset claim Van Bommel is the latest candidate.

Like Seedorf, Van Bommel is still playing and wears the captain’s armband at PSV Eindhoven.

It is alleged Milan want a former player with little experience to act as caretaker Coach before Cesare Prandelli can become available.

The Italy boss is locked down until after the 2014 World Cup.

Klopp: Dortmund 10 per cent Sacchi
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Jurgen Klopp says his Borussia Dortmund side is influenced by legendary Italian tactician Arrigo Sacchi.

Speaking to Italian TV after securing a place in the Champions League Final, Klopp told Sacchi – who was in the studio listening – about his admiration for his work.

“I’ve never met Sacchi, but I learned everything I am as a Coach from him and my former Coach who took it off Sacchi,” the German, 45, noted.

“We knew that if Sacchi could do what he did with Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi, Demetrio Albertini and all these guys then we could do the same.

“OK, we’re not as good, but tactical discipline is no problem – if they can do it then we can do it.

“So my team is 10 per cent of the team of Arrigo Sacchi.”

Sacchi introduced a zonal defence and a pressing game to the peninsula. Hired by Milan in 1987, he won the Scudetto and two European Cups.

They also triumphed in the European Super Cup and lifted two Intercontinental Titles.

Borussia will face German rivals Bayern Munich in the Champions League Final at Wembley later this month.

Zapata's kidnapped aunt freed
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The aunt of AC Milan’s Cristian Zapata has been freed less than 24 hours after being kidnapped in Colombia.

Maria Limbania was taken from her farm in Padilla by armed men in an apparent attempt to demand a ransom for her freedom.

“I was in my home,” she explained. “Then, all of a sudden, a hooded man smashed the windows, threatening me and my mother.

“They said they were looking for a ransom from my brother, Cristian’s dad. At first they told me that they were going to kill me, but then they reassured me that I wouldn’t be hurt.”

Colombian police are believed to have freed the woman 18 hours after she was taken.

Roma join Julio Cesar chase
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Roma have joined Milan in chasing goalkeeper Julio Cesar after QPR were relegated from the Premier League.

The Brazilian shot-stopper was a favourite for Inter in Serie A until they opted to part company by mutual consent, terminating his contract early in the summer of 2012.

Julio Cesar is looking for another club now that Queen’s Park Rangers have been relegated, though there are three years left on his £90,000 per week contract.

Milan were originally tipped to make an offer, but Roma have reportedly joined the fray.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Maarten Stekelenburg is still not considered reliable and the Giallorossi are preparing a proposal for Julio Cesar.

Zapata's aunt kidnapped
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AC Milan defender Cristian Zapata’s aunt has been kidnapped by armed men in Colombia, according to reports.

Limbania Zapata was in Padilla, in the rural Cauca region, when she was taken away by a group of armed kidnappers.

Local authorities confirmed the news of her disappearance, but for the moment there are no clues as to where the 36-year-old is.

It’s possible she has been taken in order to demand a ransom from the Milan player.

Thiago Silva: 'AC Milan always in my heart'
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Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva has insisted that 'Milan are always in my heart'.

The Brazilian centre-back left the Rossoneri last summer to join the Ligue 1 club.

But the 28-year-old has admitted that he could be persuaded to one day come back to the San Siro.

“I am very happy in Paris,” he told Simona Ventura TV. “Although I am sorry for the Milan fans.

“They will always be in my heart.

“I miss all good things in life, among them is Fluminense and Milan.

“I still remember the first time I went to San Siro – I was in the stands to watch Milan – Fiorentina.

“I was impressed from that moment on.”

Quintero to join Porto
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Porto are in pole position to sign Pescara youngster Juan Fernando Quintero, according to reports in the Italian Press.

Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has revealed that the Portuguese side are firm favourites to capture the Colombian youngster, beating the likes of Milan and Inter who have also been interested.

The 20-year-old has been attracting attention from teams all over Europe after his impressive performances for the Delfini this term, but it is claimed that the Dragoes will pip their rivals to the attacker.

A fee of around €7m is likely to secure his signature.

Nastasic: Fiorentina can overcome AC Milan
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Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic believes that his former club Fiorentina can make the Champions League next term.

The Tuscan side are currently fourth in the table, just one point behind Milan with only four games of the season remaining.

And the young centre-back, who joined the Premier League club from the Viola last summer, has insisted that his old team can finish in the top three.

“I will always support Fiorentina in their fight for a Champions League place,” he told mozzartsport.com.

“They can overcome Milan in the standings, certainly.

“Manchester cannot even be compared to Florence in terms of beauty.

“I will always be a supporter. I appreciate the football they have been playing this year.

“In terms of the quality of their play, there has been no rival this year.”

Di Livio: 'Roma won't sign Mazzarri or Allegri'
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Roma will not be bossed by Walter Mazzarri or Massimiliano Allegri next season, insists Angelo Di Livio.

The respective Coaches of Napoli and Milan have been paired with the capital club given that they are not set to confirm Aurelio Andreazzoli in the job.

Although Mazzarri is now expected to sign a new deal in Naples, Allegri continues to be associated with the Stadio Olimpico outfit.

“Mazzarri or Allegri? I don’t think any of them will arrive,” the former Juventus and Fiorentina midfielder told Radio Mana Mana.

“It would be impossible for two Coaches who would be playing Champions League football next season to come to Roma.

“As a result, the Giallorossi need to have an adequate alternative already lined up.”

The Corriere dello Sport is today suggesting that Allegri and Bologna boss Stefano Pioli are at the top of their wish-list.

El Shaarawy: 'No to Manchester City'
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Stephan El Shaarawy shrugged off interest from Manchester City today. “I’d like to stay at Milan for life.”

The 20-year-old hitman was presented with the Milan News Award as best player of 2012.

Asked about the reports Manchester City are ready to break the bank in order to tempt him away, the Italy international smiled.

“I’d like to stay at Milan for life.”

El Shaarawy has never hidden the fact he has been a Rossoneri supporter since childhood.

PSG outbid Italians for Zaza
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Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly joined the race to sign Simone Zaza, beating Juventus, Milan and Napoli’s bids.

The 21-year-old striker is owned by Sampdoria, but currently starring in Serie B with Ascoli where he scored 18 goals in 33 games.

Zaza has already attracted interest from the likes of Milan, Napoli and Juve, while Sampdoria are renegotiating the contract that expires in 2014.

According to Sport Mediaset, PSG have dived in with an offer of €7m – considerably more than the €5m so far proposed by the Italian clubs.





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