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June 2009

Fabiano will cost AC Milan £25m
24.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Jose Fuentes, the agent of Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano, believes Milan will have to pay £25m to land his client.

The Rossoneri are in the market for a target man this summer.

So far, they have focused their efforts on Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko, but the German champions are playing hardball.

Consequently, Milan are said to be considering alternatives like Fabiano and Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor.

Fabiano made quite an impression on Italian football on Sunday night when he scored two goals for Brazil in a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Italy in the Confederations Cup.

Yesterday he said it would be a dream to play for Milan alongside Ronaldinho.

“Fabiano has another two years of contract and a buyout clause worth £25m. To be realistic only four or five clubs can allow themselves to pay a price of this nature,” Fuentes told Radio Radio TV.

“Whoever is interested can go to Sevilla. Then I can intervene and see if it's feasible.”

Reacting to Fabiano's comments, Fuentes said: “It's one thing to think [playing for Milan] would be a pleasure and another thing to see it effectively as the desire of the club.

“Real Madrid wanted to buy Kaka and they did so. For now, Luis Fabiano only has to think about playing and doing his best.”

Finally Fuentes added that higher taxes would not stop Fabiano leaving Spain for Italy.

“For a player of these dimensions, this type of obstacle can be moved around with a lot of ease,” he concluded.

Dzeko demands AC Milan move
24.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko has gone public with his desire to join Milan this summer, annoying his club who desperately want to keep him.

Milan are in the market for a target man and have identified the 23-year-old Bosnia international as the ideal candidate for the job.

Dzeko was named Bundesliga Player of the Year last season after scoring 36 goals in 42 matches.

His partnership with Brazilian striker Grafite was one of the main reasons Wolfsburg won their first ever League title.

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has let Dzeko know that he is the Rossoneri's No 1 transfer target in the offseason.

However, Wolfsburg have reacted coolly towards Milan's interest, insisting they have absolutely no intention of selling Dzeko.

The player has other ideas, though, and by going public with his 'dream' to move to San Siro he has forced the issue, making it difficult for Wolfsburg to keep him.

“Everybody knows that my big dream is to play for Milan. Everybody knows it, but at the moment it's all in Wolfsburg's hands,” Dzeko told Telelombardia.

“In the next few days I will meet Wolfsburg. I believe a meeting is scheduled for Saturday. I will meet the new Coach Armin Veh and the club's directors.

“I hope everything will be resolved. My dream is to play for Milan because for me they are the best team in the world.

“Milan are something incredible for every player,” Dzeko said.

Should Wolfsburg come to the negotiating table, they are believed to want £25.5m for Dzeko, who is also interesting Arsenal.

On being asked if he would be a Milan player in time for next month's training camp, Dzeko replied: “I don't know about that. I need to speak with Wolfsburg's new Coach and the directors. It wouldn't be correct to talk about it.

“Anyway, I hope to be there,” Dzeko concluded.

Fabregas fancies AC Milan
24.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Arsenal ace Cesc Fabregas has unexpectedly stated that he would like to join Milan if he was to come to Italy one day.

This may seem like fantasy football but the Spaniard seemed pretty convincing when he made his claim to RAI.

“If I was to move to Italy, Milan would be the club I would like to play for,” said the Spanish international. “In life you never know what is going to happen.”

Milan would obviously be attracted by such a deal if the player was available at a reasonable price, but hey would have to beat competition of Barcelona – who have always been linked to the player since his departure from the Catalan club’s youth team.

The Rossoneri are currently looking to offload Andrea Pirlo and Cesc would be the perfect replacement if they decided to spend some of the £56m they received from Real Madrid for Kaka.

With the Milan Board set to launch a mini revolution and looking to sign youngsters, Fabregas would indeed make a difference at San Siro.

Adebayor yet to meet AC Milan
24.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan have yet to make an approach for Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor, according to his agent Stephane Courbis.

The Rossoneri are on the look out for a new target man and have long been admirers of the Togo international.

However, in recent weeks Milan have been focused on signing Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko.

Negotiations appear to have stalled, though, as the German champions do not want to sell him.

Consequently, the Rossoneri are being linked with other big names including Adebayor and Luis Fabiano.

“There has not been any meeting with Milan for Adebayor and lately I have not received a call on their behalf,” Courbis told calciomercato.it.

“This doesn't mean Ade is for sale to resolve Arsenal's economic problems. I spoke with Arsene Wenger this morning and he told me nothing of the kind.”

Courbis also rejected claims suggesting Roma, Chelsea and Manchester United had registered their interest in his client.

“As of today, I have not even evidence to speak of presumed interest from Chelsea and Manchester United,” Courbis revealed.

“It's a given fact that Carlo Ancelotti likes the player seeing that last year he tried to sign him for Milan, although Chelsea have not contacted us.

“We have not received any calls, not from Milan or Ancelotti. Another team has contacted us, but I cannot say anything, it's a very important team,” he concluded.

Fabiano dreams of AC Milan
24.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Two days after scoring twice in Brazil's 3-0 victory over Italy, Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano has revealed he dreams of playing for Milan.

The 28-year-old has really established himself as one of the best centre-forwards in the world over the last three years.

Milan are in the market for a target man, but have focused on Wolfsburg's Edin Dzeko so far this summer.

However, the German champions are unwilling to sell their Bosnian star, forcing Milan to look elsewhere.

On being asked about the prospect of moving to Milan, Fabiano told Sky Italia: “It would be a dream.

“It would be wonderful to play with a team like Milan. Italian football is always attractive, but I don't know anything about a move.

“I have a contract with Sevilla until 2011,” he concluded.

Dzeko wants AC Milan deal done
24.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan will have to hurry if they want to get a deal done for Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko, according to his agent Irfan Relzepagic.

The Rossoneri have made the 23-year-old Bosnia international their No 1 transfer target ahead of next season.

When a recent deal for Aly Cissokho fell through, Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani said he was focusing on Dzeko.

Wolfsburg regard him as unsellable, though, so the Rossoneri have some work to do if they are to sign him this summer.

“Milan have a preference for him but the club has to resolve some situations, and I hope they do it in a hurry because there is a meeting soon,” Relzepagic said.

“There is nothing new to report with respect to last week. In the next few days we will have some meetings and we will know much more,” he concluded.

Dzeko inspired Wolfsburg to their first ever League championship last season, scoring 36 goals in 42 appearances for the club.

The 23-year-old was named Bundesliga Player of the Year.

Gago the new Pirlo
22.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan are looking to Fernando Gago as a potential replacement for Andrea Pirlo, who could be moving to Chelsea this summer.

Despite claiming he is happy at San Siro, Pirlo made no secret that a switch to the Blues would be welcomed.

On the other hand, President Silvio Berlusconi has admitted that the club could be looking to cash in on one of their key players.

“I didn’t want him to leave, but then they showed me the budget,” said the Prime Minister.

At Via Turati they would fancy Real Madrid’s Gago to be the new playmaker in Leonardo’s formation.

‘El Pintita’ is an Argentine international, a similar type of player to Fernando Redondo – who wore the Rossoneri shirt in the past.

Los Merengues would like to keep him in Madrid but if the right offer, in the region of £12m, was to come in they would let him go.

The former Boca Juniors ace is also a communitarian – he holds an Italian passport since his mother is Italian.

Berlusconi: Pirlo is sellable
22.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan patron Silvio Berlusconi has not ruled out selling Andrea Pirlo and insists Ronaldinho will be important next season.

Pirlo, who is currently on international duty with Italy, is being strongly linked with a move to Chelsea.

“We'll see what happens. I was the first to say that Pirlo has to stay, but then they made me look at the accounts,” Berlusconi said.

He then moved to reassure Milan fans, telling them that the club can go forward without Kaka.

The Brazilian was sold to Real Madrid earlier this month for £59m.

“Kaka did not invent the game of football. Alexandre Pato can substitute him even in that role [behind the strikers],” Berlusconi explained.

Later on, he endorsed Ronaldinho, the two-time former World Player of the Year, who joined Milan last summer.

The 29-year-old endured a poor first season in Italy and often appeared as a substitute.

“Ronaldinho will have a great year,” Berlusconi declared.

He then turned his attention to the amount of money Real Madrid are spending in the transfer market.

“There are figures in football that are pure folly, figures that bear no relation to the normal economy.

“They are outside of common sense and decency,” he added.

Finally, Berlusconi expressed his confidence in Milan, who he expects to do well next season.

“This year we have a great team. We could have already won something last year, but it didn't happen because we lost points in the dying minutes and made mistakes because we didn't hold on to the ball,” he concluded.

Leonardo redesigns Ronaldinho
22.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

New Milan Coach Leonardo has made getting Ronaldinho ready for next season his primary objective since taking over at San Siro.

The 29-year-old former two-time World Player of the Year endured a difficult first season in Rossonero.

He scored 10 goals, but rarely featured in the first team after Christmas, making most of his appearances from the bench.

Now Kaka has left for Real Madrid, Ronaldinho looks set to become the focal point of the Milan attack.

The former Barcelona star has apparently been told he has to prove himself next season.

He will not receive any favours and looks set to be treated like everybody else in the group.

The technical staff at Milan would like to improve his quickness.

Ronaldinho was famous at Barcelona for his speedy runs into the opposition penalty area.

The Rossoneri want him to get that back and have drawn up a special training scheme to make sure that happens.

However, a lot will depend on the amount of work Ronaldinho is willing to put into the programme.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Leonardo intends to line up Milan in a 4-3-3 formation.

He would like Ronaldinho to play up front on the left-hand side of the trident where he was once so effective for Barcelona.

The Brazilian will have to improve his fitness levels if he is to make the role his own and will not be allowed to switch off as he has done in the last 18 months.

Having said that, Ronaldinho will not be asked to track back all the time, as Leonardo wants to keep him fresh so he is devastating in the final third.

Finally, Leonardo also wants to work on Ronaldinho psychologically.

He feels Ronaldinho hasn't believed in himself since 2006 and needs to rediscover his passion for football.

Cissokho deal back on
21.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Porto full-back Aly Cissokho could still move to Milan despite failing a medical, according to his agent Roger Boli.

The 21-year-old was unveiled as a new signing last week, but medical checks raised some problems.

Milan's chiropodist found Cissokho had something wrong with his teeth, which indicated he could develop a hernia.

The Rossoneri went back to Porto and asked them to reduce his price or agree to a season long loan deal.

The Portuguese outfit refused and the deal was officially cancelled.

“Only a couple of details are missing, but I am very confident. The biggest obstacle was the deal between the two clubs,” Boli told L'Equipe.

Milan had originally agreed to pay Porto £12.6m for Cissokho.

According to L'Equipe that figure has now been revised and the Rossoneri have had an offer of £8.5m accepted.

If the deal goes through it will be a remarkable turn of events for Cissokho.

He was playing in the French Third Division last season and only joined Porto for £250,000 in January.

Kaka: I owe Italy everything
21.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Kaka has refused to write Italy off ahead of tonight's game against Brazil and insists he owes the country his career.

The 27-year-old left Milan for Real Madrid earlier this month in a transfer worth £59m.

He was reluctant to go, but later admitted it was the best for both parties.

Kaka remains very attached to Milan and Italy.

“Serie A taught me a lot, in fact almost everything from a tactical point of view,” Kaka told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“In Italian football I learnt how to find a position on the pitch and a zone where I can be decisive.”

Kaka then turned his attention to tonight's game and defended his former teammates Andrea Pirlo and Rino Gattuso, who have been severely criticised.

“You're joking, right? Pirlo and Gattuso wrote the history of La Nazionale. Perhaps you have forgotten the World Cup in Germany three years ago?

“We are talking about 2006, not a century ago. Unfortunately in football there is no memory. Champions like them cannot be in discussion for one bad game in the Confederations Cup. It's a lack of respect,” he said.

Asked if he expects Gattuso to go in hard, Kaka replied: “Rino never goes in to do any harm. He is tough, but honest, too.

“For this reason, we see our opponents as rivals, not as enemies.

“Sure, I expect some sliding tackles, some fouls. And above all some jokey insults, But no one will go in nastily.”

Kaka then responded to comments made by Gigi Buffon, which indicated Italy aren't interested in the Confederations Cup.

“He isn't telling the truth. Italy are like Brazil. When they go on the pitch, they want to win. Always,” he explained

“The favourites for the competition are still the same: Spain, Brazil and Italy plus Egypt, the surprise team.

“Inside the Seleçao there is a little tiredness. It's normal, but Dunga has a lot of alternatives.

“Is there anyone, today, in a position to establish himself as the strongest between Maicon and Dani Alves?” Kaka concluded.

Ambrosini close to renewal
21.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan midfielder Massimo Ambrosini is set to be offered a contract extension, according to his agent, Moreno Roggi.

The 32-year-old, who made his debut for the Rossoneri in 1995, is a talismanic figure at San Siro and could be the club's next captain.

“A deal will arrive in the next few days. I am not going to talks about figures because only Milan, my client and I know what is required,” Roggi said.

“What I can tell you is that I continue to be optimistic about the negotiations. I believe a deal will arrive in the next few days,” he concluded.

Ambrosini has made 240 appearances for Milan over the last 14 years and scored seven goals last season.

Pato to follow Ancelotti
20.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan starlet Alexandre Pato has reiterated his desire to follow his former Coach Carlo Ancelotti to Chelsea.

The explosive striker, who is currently in South Africa with the Brazilian national team for the Confederations Cup, had previously expressed his attachment to the Rossoneri shirt.

“Ancelotti is very important to me,” said the youngster.

“He was the one who wanted me in Milan and gave me the chance to grow up as a player.”

Pato is currently tied to Milan by a long term contract and the Rossoneri want to hold on to him for the time being.

“I have a contract with Milan but I would be seriously interested if Chelsea called me,” confessed the striker.

These comments are likely to upset Vice-President Adriano Galliani who has already explained on several occasions that the young Brazilian represents the future of Milan.

Galliani only wants Dzeko
20.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani is only looking for a striker this summer and the man he wants is still Wolfsburg's Edin Dzeko.

The Rossoneri are in the process of rebuilding after the sale of Kaka to Real Madrid for £59m.

Dzeko is their No 1 transfer target after scoring 32 goals in 34 appearances for Wolfsburg last season.

He helped Die Wölfe win their first ever Bundesliga title and was named Footballer of the Year in Germany.

On hearing of interest from Milan, Wolfsburg said Dzeko is unsellable and their position hasn't changed.

However, Dzeko himself has told the Press it would be a dream to move to Milan.

“He is a great player, but Wolfsburg insist that they want to keep him,” Galliani explained.

“From now on, the desire of the player will count because the rules are clear and worth everything.

“However, if the footballer wants to leave…”

Galliani then turned his attention to Aly Cissokho, the Porto full-back, who failed a medical at Milan.

“Porto didn't accept a reduction in price or a loan deal so the deal for Cissokho is off,” Galliani revealed.

“Our transfer strategy will concentrate on the search for a striker,” he concluded.

Gattuso going nowhere
20.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

According to Gennaro Gattuso’s agent the player won’t be leaving Milan in order to follow Carlo Ancelotti to Chelsea.

Andrea D’Amico reassured the Rossoneri fans regarding the future of their beloved Ringhio, who had previously stated an interest in a move to the Premier League.

“Milan is Gennaro’s home,” said the agent.

“The fact that Gattuso and Ancelotti get on really well doesn’t mean he will leave Milan. The career of a player and a Coach are two completely different things.”

The Italian international has never denied his passion for English football following his spell at SPL side Rangers.

“Everybody knows Rino would suit their football. But he was just answering a question;” added D’Amico.

“Furthermore, Chelsea have never made a formal offer for him,” he concluded.

Cissokho move off again
20.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Aly Cissokho will not be playing for Milan next season as the Rossoneri have announced they could not find an agreement with Porto.

The deal, which was unveiled only few days ago, fell through due to a physical problem encountered in the player’s medical but then looked to be on again after a second physical.

However, the dental problem which affects Cissokho could cause him muscular injuries in the future, as well as posture problems, led to Milan wanting to negotiate with Porto the terms of the deal.

“Unfortunately their demands for a loan deal are too high, so the transfer is over,” announced Adriano Galliani, seemingly bringing an end to thje bizarre saga.

Only yesterday the player, who is now in Senegal on holiday, had explained his problems were solved and that he had signed a pre-contract with Milan.

But in Via Turati they were still concerned about it and went for the safest option which meant re-negotiating the transfer details with the Portuguese outfit.

Unfortunately the final outcome was negative so Milan will have to look elsewhere for defensive reinforcements.

Pirlo rejects Chelsea story
20.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Andrea Pirlo has distanced himself from reports which suggested he was looking to join Chelsea this summer.

The Milan midfielder was quoted as saying that he was open to the option of leaving Italy in order to work under Carlo Ancelotti at Stamford Bridge.

However, the Italian international has today officially rejected the notion that he is looking to team up with his former Coach again.

“I have never told anyone anything like the quotes which have been attributed to me,” a note on Milan’s official website states.

Chelsea have been linked with a number of Milan players since Ancelotti left the Italian giants earlier this month.

As well as the playmaker, Gennaro Gattuso and Alexandre Pato have been associated, while Kaka was too until he joined Real Madrid.

Ancelotti has been a massive influence on the career of Pirlo after transforming him from a No 10 into a deep-lying midfielder.

Borriello staying, Pirlo going
17.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan striker Marco Borriello has no desire to leave the San Siro and has claimed he wishes to end his career with the Rossoneri.

Borriello has had a difficult season following his return to Milan from Genoa. The striker struggled with injury problems and was relegated to the bench.

“My will is to stay at Milan not only for the next season but also for my whole career,” he revealed.

“If someone has written the contrary then they are lying. I spoke to no one and won’t say anything else until the season starts,” concluded the forward who was reportedly earmarked for an exchange deal with Wolfsburg’s Edin Dzeko.

Meanwhile, another Rossonero, Andrea Pirlo, unlike his teammate, has expressed his interest to leave Milan for a new challenge.

Pirlo would be eager to follow Carlo Ancelotti to Chelsea and his comments match the ones of Gennaro Gattuso.

“I will think about my future once the season is over. But I don’t know if I will continue with Milan,” said the Italian international who is currently in South Africa at the Confederations Cup.

“It is possible that I will go to work with Ancelotti in London. He is a great manager. I have been in Milan for many years and maybe it is time to change and start a new chapter of my career,” he concluded.

Cissokho deal confirmed
17.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

After repeating his medical, Aly Cissokho has signed a pre-contract with Milan – solving the dental problems which could have jeopardised his transfer.

The Frenchman is now on his way to Senegal to visit his family and will sign a contract with the Rossoneri on his return to Europe.

“I can confirm that I encountered some problems in my first physical,” revealed the Porto full back.

“But then we did another test, a more detailed one, and everything went well.

“I have signed my pre-contract with Milan and now I am going on holiday to Senegal.”

The £12.7m deal can now be confirmed after a few hours of concern amongst the Rossoneri fans.

Gattuso to Chelsea?
17.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

According to the Daily Mirror Gennaro Gattuso has pleaded with his former Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti to bring him to Stamford Bridge.

The former Rangers midfielder has realised his best days at Milan are over and would be enthusiastic about taking on a new challenge.

“Chelsea come and get me, I am perfect for the Premier League,” the Italian international claimed.

“I love the Premier League because it suits my style but I don’t know what will happen yet. I have been at Milan for a long time and it is difficult to leave. We will have to see.”

Gattuso was in the past close to a Manchester United switch but Milan have always opted to keep hold of him. But now that the club is set for a mini-revolution Ringhio could be shown the exit.

“Chelsea are one of the greatest teams in the world. I have worked under Ancelotti for over eight years and to me he is like a father,” concluded Gattuso.

The Rossonero has two years left on his contract but could free himself for a relatively cheap price tag, somewhere in the region of £5m.

Ambrosini awaits new contract
17.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Massimo Ambrosini’s contract negotiations with Milan have been postponed while several other clubs show their interest.

However, according to the player’s agent, Moreno Roggi, it is only a matter of time before the Rossoneri midfielder signs a renewal.

“We just had a chat about it and there is plenty of time to find an agreement,” said the agent.

“I don’t think there are any problems and we haven’t set any deadlines. He still has 12 months left on his current contract and both Milan and Massimo are happy.”

Napoli, Fiorentina and Roma are following it closely but it seems like Ambrosini will not be leaving San Siro anytime soon.

Meanwhile, Marco Borriello could be used in an exchange deal to get Wolfsburg’s Edin Dzeko. But as his agent explains the player has no wish to move to the Bundesliga.

“Marco is enthusiastic about Milan and wants to stay. He would hardly consider a move to Wolfsburg,” said Tiberio Cavalleri.

AC Milan go for Marchetti
17.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan have identified Cagliari and Italy’s Federico Marchetti as their goalkeeper of the future, according to reports.

The talented Marchetti has caught the eye of numerous clubs after his sensational debut campaign for the Sardinians.

After receiving the attention of Napoli and winning his first international cap in the recent friendly over Northern Ireland, Milan are said to have agreed a deal with Cagliari.

According to whispers, the Rossoneri have assured themselves of his services for the 2010-11 campaign onwards.

But why not immediately? Milan want Marchetti, who was born in 1983, to gain more top-flight experience at Cagliari before bringing him in when Nelson Dida’s contract expires next summer.

The San Siro giants are understood to have agreed a fee of around £7m with Rossoblu chief Massimo Cellino for the ‘keeper’s future services.

In other goalkeeping transfer news, Bologna are looking for a new custodian. Lokomotiv Moscow’s Ivan Pelizzoli and Matteo Sereni of Torino are liked.

Parma happy with Paloschi
17.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Parma chief Tommaso Ghirardi has expressed his delight at keeping star striker Alberto Paloschi at the Tardini for one more season.

The Under-21 international was expected to return to parent club Milan this summer after impressing for the Gialloblu last term.

But after a series of negotiations between both clubs, Parma have managed to keep hold of a player whose 11 goals aided their immediate return to the top flight.

“Keeping him was our primary objective,” underlined President Ghirardi. “We wanted to renew his co-ownership and that is what we have achieved.

“I have to thank [Milan Vice-President Adriano] Galliani. He was hesitant over such an outcome at first, but he then gave me the opportunity to complete the deal.

“Milan have great faith in the player and I think they were initially keen to tie up an agreement for his return to their squad.”

Parma’s swoop will now offer Paloschi regular first team football in Serie A, something which may have been hard to find with the Diavolo next term.

The move will also have added benefits to the Gialloblu as Ghirardi was quick to point out.

“We have already surpassed the 4,000 mark in season ticket sales for the new campaign,” he added. “I think the fact that Paloschi is remaining will add more.”

Parma keep Paloschi for another year
16.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Parma starlet Alberto Paloschi will remain at the Tardini next season as the Emiliani have renewed their co-ownership deal with Milan.

The 19-year-old striker joined the Gialloblu last summer and has been impressive for them, scoring 11 goals in 39 games and helping them secure promotion to the top-flight.

However, there have been several rumours regarding his future, considering that the Rossoneri could have cashed in on him straight away.

But the player’s will to stay in Parma, as well as President Tommaso Ghirardi’s desire to keep him in the squad, played a fundamental role in the negotiations.

Paloschi made his Serie A debut with the Rossoneri aged 18 back in 2007-08 and it was a dream start for the youngster as he netted the winner against Siena seconds after he stepped on the pitch.

Cissokho honoured to join AC Milan
16.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan's new signing Aly Cissokho has spoken of the honour he feels at joining one of Europe's most prestigious clubs.

The 21-year-old French left-back joined the Rossoneri from Porto at the weekend for £12.7m.

“I am very honoured to be here in Milan. This is a great chance for me because Milan are a great team,” Cissokho said.

“I will give the best of me to satisfy everyone. I knew Milan were following me and this motivated me in matches in the championship and Champions League.

“It's difficult to say no to the Rossoneri. Milan had faith in me and I hope to repay them. There are many great champions here, obviously the departure of Kaka is heavy, but Milan remain among the great names in football,” he concluded.

Cissokho's rise has been meteoric when you consider Porto only signed him from Vitória de Setúbal for £250,000 in January.

He came to the world's attention in March when he formed part of the Porto side that scared Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Pato pledges future to AC Milan
15.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan striker Alexandre Pato insists he is happy to stay at the club amid interest from English outfit Chelsea.

Last week, the 19-year-old Brazil international said he intended to speak to Carlo Ancelotti, the new Chelsea boss, before committing his future to Milan.

He was said to be very disappointed with the Rossoneri in the aftermath of Ancelotti's departure and Kaka's sale to Real Madrid.

“I am happy to stay with Milan,” Pato said. “I don't worry about what you say. I have a contract with Milan, which I want to respect.

“I want to win everything with Milan.”

Pato is currently on international duty with Brazil at the Confederations Cup and was on the bench today as the Seleção beat Egypt 4-3.

He enjoyed an excellent campaign with Milan this season, scoring 15 goals in 27 starting appearances in Serie A.

Dzeko is in reach, says Galliani
15.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has revealed Wolfsburg are willing to sell star striker Edin Dzeko after all.

The 23-year-old Bosnia international, who scored 32 goals in 34 games last season, is also wanted by Arsenal.

Last week, amid interest from Milan, Wolfsburg issued a statement saying Dzeko is not for sale at any price.

Unperturbed, the Rossoneri continued to negotiate and now appear to have a chance of landing the Bundesliga Player of the Year.

“Our market is actually as follows,” Galliani told Telelombardia. “We followed Cissokho for a year, and we already have Thiago Silva with us.

“The next objective is Dzeko on whom we await the moves of Wolfsburg. The argument that he is not for sale has been overcome.

“However, if he were not to come to Milan we would need a player of similar characteristics,” Galliani concluded.

Milan are currently in a phase of reconstruction after the sale of Kaka and retirement of Paolo Maldini.

Beckham wants AC Milan return
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LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham would like to return to Milan despite the departure of Carlo Ancelotti, who recently left for Chelsea.

Beckham joined the Rossoneri on loan in January and enjoyed a relatively successful period in Italy, making 18 appearances in Serie A.

He is expected to rejoin Milan for another loan spell once the MLS season finishes on November 22.

“I wish Ancelotti good luck with his adventure at Chelsea, but Milan are certainly a club where I would like to return,” Beckham told Foot01.com.

“Nothing is signed yet, but I will think about it soon even if Carlo is no longer on the bench,” he concluded.

Beckham needs competitive football on a regular basis if he is to have any chance of making the England squad for next summer's World Cup.

England manager Fabio Capello has expressed his concerns at the standard of the MLS and would ideally like Beckham to return to Europe at some stage next season.

Cesar taunts AC Milan
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Inter goalkeeper Julio Cesar has thanked Milan for making themselves weaker by selling Kaka to Real Madrid.

The Rossoneri parted with their Brazilian star last week for £59m and are now entering a period of reconstruction.

“Milan have given us a wonderful present,” Cesar told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “The transfer of Kaka to Real Madrid reinforces Inter.

“Milan without Kaka will become weak,” he sneered.

The 29-year-old, who is currently on international duty with Brazil, also had a few words to say on want-away Inter striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

“Zlatan is a champion, one of the five strongest attacking footballers in the world. He is fundamental for Inter.

“Among other things, he has learnt how to score prolifically as he showed recently by winning the Capocannoniere title.

“I hope he stays, but… Ibra has to stay if he is happy to continue to play and win with the Inter jersey,” Cesar explained.

The former Flamengo stopper also gave his backing to news Inter are planning to sign Deco and Ricardo Carvalho from Chelsea.

“I like Deco. He speaks Portuguese and we will get on really well. Deco is an outstanding player and he has great international experience.

“Maybe he can give us a hand in the middle of the pitch.

“We have spoken about Carvalho for a long time. It seems to me there isn't a stronger defender, who exists among those for sale.

“It would be a great buy. I am happy because President Massimo Moratti and Inter have not been paralysed by speculation surrounding Ibra.

“This is a really positive sign,” he added.

On being asked if Inter could compete with Real Madrid in next year's Champions League, Cesar replied: “Slow down.

“Real have acquired two phenomenal players by conducting an overwhelming transfer strategy. But the Champions League is our objective.

“Inter have great technical values and a trainer like Jose Mourinho, who will come up with something to make us become even stronger in Europe.

“At the moment, we don't feel inferior to anyone, not even the Real Madrid of Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo,” he concluded.

Kaka: I will always love AC Milan
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Kaka reiterated he will always hold Milan in his heart and it’s not easy to get accustomed to life as a Real Madrid player.

“I am very grateful to Milan. If today I am a world class player, then I owe it to the Rossoneri and the Selecao,” he said from Brazil’s Confederations Cup camp in South Africa.

He had turned down a £100m offer from Manchester City in January, but conceded he had to accept the £60m switch to Madrid because of Milan’s financial crisis.

“I am truly sorry about what happened with Milan, but now I must get used to the fact my future will be in the Merengues line-up and my professional rapport with the Rossoneri has ended.

“I hope Milan can do many great things with their new Coach Leonardo and I wish him all the best.

“I will always love the Rossoneri colours.”

Galliani: Cissokho is 'the new Milan'
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Milan have officially signed Aly Cissokho and Adriano Galliani maintains this is the start of “a new young, fresh and competitive team.”

The 22-year-old Porto defender can play both right-back and left-back and, although no official figures have been named, it’s believed he was signed for £13m.

“The negotiations during the night were intense,” Vice-President Galliani told the official club website.

“We consider Cissokho to be a wonderful player and the proof of that is in the interest shown in him by some of the most important European clubs.

“At the end of the day the friendship between sides after so many years proved decisive, as in the past we were co-founders of the G-14 with the Porto directors.”

Cissokho has been compared to Marcos Cafu and is considered one of the brightest young prospects on the market.

Milan were criticised for their ageing defence, but with Cissokho and Thiago Silva that is no longer an issue.

“The introduction into our squad of Thiago Silva, who is not yet 24, and Cissokho not yet 23 show a precise way forward for Milan,” continued Galliani.

“It is the start of a new, young, fresh and competitive team that can balance the books. We will continue in the next few days in weeks in following this approach.”

The official Milan website notes that Cissokho will fly in to Italy tonight and undergo his medical on Monday morning.

OFFICIAL: AC Milan sign Cissokho
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Newspapers in Portugal claim Milan secured an overnight deal worth £13m for Porto defender Aly Cissokho.

Vice-President Adriano Galliani flew out to Oporto for the talks on Saturday and it’s believed he managed to defeat competition from Olympique Lyonnais.

According to both ‘A Bola’ and ‘O Jogo’, the Rossoneri have agreed a deal worth £13m plus a five-year contract for the player worth just under £1m per season.

As part of the transfer, Porto will receive £1m for every trophy won by Cissokho with Milan.

The Franco-Senegalese full-back can play on the right or the left and has been compared to Marcos Cafu, but will only turn 22 in September.

His ascent has been remarkable, from Ligue 2 side Gueugnon to Vitoria Setubal and in January the step up to Champions League outfit Porto.

Pato: It's AC Milan's decision
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Alexandre Pato looks set to turn down the offer from Chelsea to remain with Milan, confirmed his agent.

“Pato had a meeting with Milan and it is the club that decides on the future of a player,” Gilmar Veloz told Telelombardia this evening.

Carlo Ancelotti had wanted Pato to come to Chelsea with him and the Brazilian said he would “listen” to what the London club had to say.

“I will speak with Ancelotti before deciding on my future,” said the young striker earlier this week.

It looks as if Milan will refuse to release Pato, but it remains to be seen whether he will earn a pay rise as part of the deal.

“This is not a problem we will talk about in public,” added agent Veloz. “The contract is an issue between us and a private matter for the player.”

Sao Paolo: 'AC Milan are broke!'
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Sao Paolo are sarcastic on Milan's chances of signing Miranda and Hernanes. “Everyone knows they're broke.”

The Rossoneri have been linked with both Brazilian talents, but the rumoured offer of £20m for the pair is seen as insulting.

“Let's wait a minute,” joked technical director Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes on Globoesporte.

“I need to find out how much a crate of bananas is worth, as that is how much they want to give us for both players.

“We know that Milan ended the season in the red and not even the £60m from Kaka's sale to Real Madrid was enough to balance the books.”

The actual price-tags proposed by Sao Paolo are far greater for the Brazilian talents.

“Miranda has a buy-out clause worth £11m, while to buy Hernanes you need at least £35m,” added the director.

“If an offer does come for our two players, it is more likely to arrive from Spain, as their clubs are financially stronger.”

AC Milan close in on Cissokho
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Milan have found the heir to Paolo Maldini and offered to quadruple the wages of Porto's Aly Cissokho.

The full-back was picked by new Coach Leonardo to freshen up the Rossoneri defence, above all in terms of putting more attacking verve down the flanks.

It's reported Leonardo flew to Portugal for a meeting with Cissokho, who has been one of the revelations of Porto this season.

The French youngster will turn 22 later this year and his price-tag has been set at around £11m.

An attacking left-back with real power and pace, he would fill the role once taken by Maldini, while Milan already have Thiago Silva to take over in central defence.

Cissokho also stated earlier this summer that he has received interest from Tottenham.

"I know big clubs are looking at me. I have a contract until 2012 and the club officials want me to add another year to that," said Cissokho.

"That shows they have trust in me and I am proud of that. I also know there are big clubs looking at me, and Tottenham is one of them and that is fine.

"I will talk with my club and we will see what happens from there. We will just wait until the end of the season and then see."

Maldini considers Chelsea job
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Paolo Maldini is reportedly in talks for a reunion with Carlo Ancelotti as team manager at Chelsea.

The Milan legend hung up his boots last month and stated he did not want to become a Coach, having seen the problems his father Cesare encountered.

However, according to the Daily Star, Maldini would be willing to work in Ancelotti's alongside assistant manager Ray Wilkins.

Maldini speaks good English and flew to London yesterday from his holiday home in Miami, reportedly meeting with Ancelotti and a Chelsea director.

This would solve several issues, as Ancelotti's English remains shaky at best and he has requested some members of his old Milan staff.

Maldini would take over from Steve Clarke, who joined Gianfranco Zola at West Ham, in training the defenders.

The door is open to an experience at Stamford Bridge, as Maldini has been critical of Milan and the lack of options they have handed him for the future.

He confirmed on Wednesday that he had turned down the offer of becoming co-ordinator for the youth sector.

Hernanes: I want Serie A!
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Brazilian wunderkind Anderson Hernanes admits he’d be “honoured” to play in Serie A with Inter and Milan the favourites.

The Sao Paolo starlet was recommended to Italian clubs by Selecao boss Carlos Dunga and has been tipped as a replacement for Chelsea-bound Andrea Pirlo.

“I am a player who loves to think on the field. I’ve understood that in every pass there is the time to evaluate the best thing to do,” he told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I am without doubt pleased to be compared to Pirlo. He is the complete player and probably the best midfielder in the world.

“Every time that I have seen him play I’ve been truly impressed with the way he treats the ball and places his assists. He’s a fantastic player.”

Hernanes topped the Times’ list of best world players under the age of 23 back in February and

It’s believed this could be the summer that brings him to Europe, with San Siro his most likely destination.

“I watch a lot of Serie A football, mostly Inter and Milan because there are so many Brazilians. It would be an honour and a pleasure to play in Italy one day.

“That would be a dream, but I have to stay focused and my current ambitions are the Libertadores and a place in the World Cup in South Africa.”

Napoli consider Ambrosini
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Napoli Coach Roberto Donadoni is thinking about making an offer for Milan talisman Massimo Ambrosini, according to Il Corriere dello Sport.

The 32-year-old midfielder has been with the Rossoneri since 1995 and would take some convincing to leave San Siro.

Donadoni believes he is the perfect player to add personality to his midfield, which is relatively young and inexperienced.

Ambrosini would be flanked by the likes of Luca Cigarini, Walter Gargano and Marek Hamsik, who are all under 25.

Donadoni has known the player for a long time and the friendship between the two could bring about an otherwise unlikely transfer.

However, while Ambrosini only has a year left on his contract, he is widely expected to become Milan's captain next season.

The honour of following in the footsteps of the recently retired Paolo Maldini could well prove too much of a reason to stay.

Ambrosini has made 240 appearances for Milan down the years, winning three Scudetti and two Champions League titles.

AC Milan, buy Hernanes!, says Dunga
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Brazil Coach Carlos Dunga has advised Milan to spend part of the money they received for Kaka on Sao Paulo star Hernanes.

In January 2009, The Times voted the 24-year-old box-to-box midfielder the most promising footballer in the world.

“Selling Kaka is a tremendous blow,” Dunga told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Ricky guaranteed the changes of rhythm, which are fundamental in a great team.

“You cannot replace a player like Kaka and often you regret it,” he added before recommending Hernanes.

“First of all, he is a great defender, powerful and quick. Second, he does not suffer in one against ones. It's a quality that makes the difference.

“I have a weakness for the second quality. He has the determination of Rino Gattuso and the feet of Andrea Pirlo. Buy him quick.”

Dunga then turned to Inter, who have a number of Brazilian players on their books and are interested in signing Elano.

“If I were looking for a wide midfielder I would buy Elano without any problems,” Dunga explained. “Try and look at how many kilometres he runs and with great quality.”

On being asked about Julio Cesar, the Inter goalkeeper, who is arguably the best in the world, Dunga replied: “Julio should erect a statue to Claudio Taffarel, who erased that idea that Brazil produced less than great keepers.”

Dunga later reminisced about his time at Fiorentina and said a few words on Felipe Melo, the Brazilian trequartista who currently plays for the Viola.

“I have Fiorentina in my heart. You should never lose a player like Felipe. He is hungry. He loves to eat opponents alive.”

Returning to Milan, Dunga gave some friendly advice to Alexandre Pato, who he has sometimes left on the bench.

“I have compared him with a young Ronaldo. Pato has to have patience and exploit with ruthlessness the right moment. In a Milan side orphaned by Kaka, he will score a lot of goals.”

Later, Dunga responded to criticism he has changed Brazil's style of play, abandoning attack for defence.

“I asked my players to make a jump in quality. To win a World Cup we need Brazilian talent and European tactical awareness.

“They are all watching me. My Brazil will never be just a dancing football team,” Dunga concluded.

Brazil are next in action on June 15 when they take on Egypt in the Confederations Cup.

Galliani rejects Pato exit
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Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has told the club's fans he is '100 per cent' certain Alexandre Pato will be at San Siro next season.

The 19-year-old Brazil international striker is wanted by Chelsea, who are now managed by his mentor Carlo Ancelotti.

Earlier this week, Pato said he would like to talk to Ancelotti before making a commitment to Milan.

“There is a 99.9 per cent chance that our big players will stay. The only exception is Pato. He is 100 per cent staying. Pato is the strongest 19-year-old in the world,” Galliani said.

Moving swiftly on, Galliani rejected the suggestion Milan will not be able to win the Champions League without Kaka.

Paolo Maldini had suggested as such yesterday, exacerbating fears held by many Milan supporters.

“It's not true that we cannot win the Champions League without Kaka. Football is not an exact science. Milan are absolutely competitive,” he concluded.

Cassano invites AC Milan contact
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Antonio Cassano’s agent has sensationally opened the door for a move to Milan. “Maybe we can say something in the next few days.”

Beppe Bozzo was alerted to the fact a survey found most Rossoneri supporters want Cassano to replace Real Madrid’s new buy Kaka.

“I saw those surveys, but it is up to the Milan directors to make the first move,” said the representative.

“Naturally certain displays of affection are pleasing, but this is not the time to make official statements. Maybe we can say something in the next few days.

“For the moment we are awaiting news, satisfied with the knowledge the Rossoneri fans would be happy to see Cassano in a Milan jersey.”

The Sampdoria star has also been linked with Juventus and is “95 per cent” sure of staying, according to Blucerchiati President Riccardo Garrone.

Cassano could be bought with some of the £60m Milan pocketed this week from Real Madrid for the Kaka sale.

However, some supporters might not appreciate his presence, as Cassano has stated he is an Inter fan.

Seedorf: No Chelsea move for me
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Clarence Seedorf admits Carlo Ancelotti wants him at Chelsea, but has turned down the move. “I’m staying with Milan.”

The 33-year-old Dutchman is one of several players the Coach has hinted he would like to follow him to Stamford Bridge.

"It's beautiful news that Ancelotti wants me in London, but next year I will still be playing for Milan,” wrote Seedorf on his official website.

“I have a contract with Milan and I am a player of Milan, here I am well.”

There are still two years left to run on his contract at San Siro and he is the only player in history to have won the Champions League with three different clubs – Ajax, Real Madrid and Milan.

"I hope to still play for at least three or four years more. After that I have a whole lifetime ahead of me to do good [charity work].”

Andrea Pirlo and Alexandre Pato are the two main targets for Ancelotti at Chelsea, both of whom have said publicly they will “listen” to the offers.

Wolfsburg warn AC Milan off Dzeko
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German champions Wolfsburg insist they have no intention of selling highly rated Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko to Milan.

The 23-year-old finished the season with 32 goals in 34 appearances and won the Footballer of the Year award in Germany.

Yesterday, Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani admitted the Rossoneri are very interested in signing him this summer.

Dzeko did more than reciprocate, telling the Press he is ready to move and has always dreamed of playing for Milan.

However, Jurgen Marbach, the Wolfsburg director general, appears unwilling to listen to offers for his prize asset.

“Dzeko is unsellable. We do not want to sell the player,” Marbach said. “Today we will announce that we have not had any interest in him.”

However, despite Marbach's assurances the Italian Press is convinced a deal for Dzeko will eventually go through.

Maldini: We won't win without Kaka
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Legendary Milan defender Paolo Maldini believes winning the Champions League is 'a utopia' now Kaka has left for Real Madrid.

The 40-year-old retired from football last week, having made 902 appearances for the Rossoneri over a quarter of a century.

“For Milan, it's the end of an era,” Maldini said. “To think about winning the Champions League without Kaka is utopian.

“Kaka is one of the top five players in the world. He is the first of this level to have been sold. The other four haven't moved.

“When Franco Baresi retired, I felt lost. I only saw black. But then Milan knew how to start all over again.

“This club has always gone forward. I understand the moment, but if the club manages itself as it has done up until now the story will continue,” he explained.

Maldini then went on to talk about the Ultras, who whistled him during his last game at San Siro against Roma.

“I expected something different. I believe that Adriano Galliani took it personally. He has his directors and his people.

“The words of Berlusconi have put me at ease, with a peaceful heart he said the things I wanted to hear.”

Looking to the future, Maldini believes Milan will come to rely on their remaining Brazilian stars, namely Ronaldinho and Alexandre Pato.

“Ronaldinho could become a leader, but it's up to him. He has to take more responsibility,” Maldini said.

“I don't believe Pato will leave. The hope is that we will be able to see him at Milan for many years to come. He has yet to fully understand his talent. He is only 19.”

On being asked to describe what he will do now he is retired, Maldini replied: “Manage family life. I have had various proposals. Nothing from Milan yet, but there is still time to speak about something.

“They have other priorities at the moment. Let's say that if there is a chance to work in a role of responsibility it will be difficult to say no.

“One thing is certain. I don't just want to be a face. I now await a meeting with the team to see what it is like to be on the other side,” he concluded.

Gilardino explains AC Milan failure
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Fiorentina and Italy striker Alberto Gilardino has explained why his career never really took off at Milan.

The 26-year-old left the Rossoneri under a cloud last summer after three disappointing years at San Siro.

Milan paid Parma £18m for him in 2005, convinced he was the next big thing, however, he only scored 44 goals in 142 appearances.

Fiorentina came in for him last summer and he has managed to resurrect his career, finishing his first season in Tuscany with 25 goals.

“Ancelotti wanted me at Milan and, in the beginning, he made me play a lot,” Gilardino told Italian magazine Chi.

“Then something changed, but not on the Coach's behalf. And that's all I want to say on the matter.

“In football, there is almost never any recognition. You have to begin again from zero every year,” he concluded.

Lippi: 'Kaka sale good for Serie A!'
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Marcello Lippi stick with the younger elements for tomorrow’s friendly with New Zealand, but surprisingly says Kaka’s sale was good for Italian football.

Many have stated that the Milan star’s £60m move to Real Madrid weakens Serie A, but the Italy Coach feels nothing could be farther from the truth.

“As far as I am concerned, the more foreigners leave Serie A, the better! Let’s say that as the manager of the Azzurri it helps me if more of the first team choices are homegrown.”

Lippi is preparing for tomorrow evening’s friendly test with New Zealand in Pretoria, the final outing before the Confederations Cup kicks off on Monday.

“I will mainly play those who have been in the squad since the start of this get-together,” said the tactician, referring to those who were also in the 3-0 win over Northern Ireland.

“We’re going to preserve Daniele De Rossi and Fabio Cannavaro, as we have the time and opportunity to take things easy with them.”

The Coach was asked what he expected from this friendly test with New Zealand ahead of the Confederations Cup.

“It is still an international friendly, but right now in all honesty it doesn’t count for much,” confessed Lippi.

“I already have the starting XI in mind for our first match against the United States and it won’t be the one you’ll see tomorrow, nor will this game change anything.

“We want to perform a few experiments against New Zealand. I can confirm that Giuseppe Rossi and Davide Santon will feature, Rossi from the start.

“Some of those who will take part in the game are Gennaro Gattuso, Angelo Palombo, Andrea Dossena and… that’s enough, I can’t tell you everything!”

Lippi had particular praise for former Manchester United and Parma starlet Rossi, who scored his first Azzurri goal against Northern Ireland.

“Rossi is a little champion. He already has a great deal of international experience having played in Italy, Spain and England, despite his tender age.

“Whether in the centre or out wide, it makes no difference, as Rossi is a modern striker. After all, I have seen Leo Messi playing as a centre-forward, Wayne Rooney as a striker and Cristiano Ronaldo on the wing. A modern player must know how to do it all.”

Leonardo: 'We'll miss Kaka'
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New Coach Leonardo admits Milan “will really miss Kaka” as a person even more than as a football player.

The Ballon d’Or winner completed his £60m switch to Real Madrid last night by penning a six-year contract.

“We will miss Ricardo,” Leonardo told Sky Italia. “Naturally I will miss him a great deal, as will all of us, both as a person and a player.

“He has been an extraordinary player for us. All of us care for him, he is a symbol. This does not mean that contacts will cease, as they will remain very much alive.”

Milan supporters are furious at the departure of their top star, especially after Kaka admitted he wanted to remain at San Siro, but left to help the club during the economic crisis.

“They forced him to leave,” slammed one fan on an internet forum.

“They complain about the financial situation, but they spend 4m Euros per year for Dida’s contract, not to mention to pointless signings of Ronaldinho and Andriy Shevchenko.”

Many have announced plans to cancel their season tickets and subscription to Milan Channel in protest.

There are fears that Alexandre Pato will follow after he said he would speak to Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea before making a decision.

“Pato is not just off the market, he is completely off the market,” assured Vice-President Adriano Galliani.

Galliani admits Dzeko interest
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Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has revealed he is interested in signing Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko this summer.

The Rossoneri just sold Kaka to Real Madrid for £59m and are expected to make some reinforcements in the coming months.

The Italian Press believes Dzeko will be the first signing of what they are calling the post-Kaka Milan.

A report in the German newspaper Bild suggested Galliani actually travelled to Sarajevo to meet Dzeko at the weekend.

This morning, La Gazzetta dello Sport reported Galliani actually failed to meet Dzeko but had agreed terms with him.

All that is necessary now for the deal to go through is a decision from Wolfsburg, who are negotiating a price.

“We like Dzeko, now we await a response from Wolfsburg,” Galliani told Sky Italia.

The 23-year-old Bosnia international is in demand after scoring 32 goals in 34 appearances for Wolfsburg this season.

Without him and his partner Grafite, it is unlikely Wolfsburg would have held off Bayern Munich to win the Bundesliga for the first time in their history.

Laporta blasts Kaka deal
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Barcelona President Joan Laporta believes Kaka's £59m move to Real Madrid sets a dangerous precedent for football.

Laporta insists the transfer distorts the market and doesn't help the football industry in the midst of a global recession.

“It's an opportunity to demonstrate that the market operates at other levels. To pay this sort of figure is outside of the norm.

“It's not adequate in the reality of the market, it actually distorts it,” Laporta explained before saying he would not be involved in a similar transfer.

Barcelona have been strongly linked with a £70m offer for Inter striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in recent weeks, but Laporta's words suggest he has no intention of paying such a ludicrous figure.

“We only have to carry out a few retouches. I am calm,” Laporta concluded.

Costacurta: Kaka did it for AC Milan
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Legendary Milan defender Alessandro Costacurta believes Kaka decided to join Real Madrid for the good of the Rossoneri.

The Spanish giants formally announced the signature of Kaka early this morning for a figure in the region of £60m.

“It's a painful decision but Milan will find a great substitute. Kaka did not want to go away,” Costacurta told Sky Italia.

“He is an intelligent lad and he accepted his fate for the good of Milan, finding motivation in a new adventure.

“The choice to sell Kaka inserts itself into a phase of transition for Milan that will carry the Rossoneri to other great successes,” Costacurta concluded.

Milan are certainly in a state of flux at the moment, having watched Carlo Ancelotti leave for Chelsea, Paolo Maldini retire and Kaka leave.

Boban questions Kaka deal
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Former Milan midfielder Zvonimir Boban doubts Real Madrid will be able to catch Barcelona even with the signing of Kaka.

Los Merengues formally announced a £59m deal for the 27-year-old Brazil international in the early hours of this morning.

“Real have made a great buy but it will not be enough to close the gap that separates them from Barcelona. At the moment, the Blaugrana are too far in front,” Boban told Sky Italia.

The 40-year-old Croat also disagreed with his former teammate Alessandro Costacurta in saying Kaka actually wanted to leave Milan.

“He wanted to go away. He told lies when in January he promised love to the Milan colours,” Boban explained. “I am also surprised by the choice of the club.

“For the first time since Silvio Berlusconi became President, Milan have sold the most important champion of the team. It's a decision that has struck me and left me embittered,” he concluded.

Dzeko accepts AC Milan
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Milan have reportedly agreed terms with Bosnia striker Edin Dzeko and now have to come up with an offer that suits his club, Wolfsburg.

La Gazzetta dello Sport believe Dzeko will be the first acquisition of the post-Kaka Milan, however, he is unlikely to come cheap.

The 23-year-old won the Player of the Year award in Germany after scoring 32 goals in 34 appearances last season.

He is being valued at around £30m and that figure could increase what with Wolfsburg knowing Milan have just cashed a cheque for £56m from Real Madrid.

According to Bild, Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani was in Sarajevo on Saturday to speak with the player, who is currently on international duty with Bosnia.

That trip was apparently a waste of time, but sufficient contact has been made with Dzeko, suggesting he would sign for Milan.

Dzeko is said to earn around £600,000 a year at Wolfsburg and Milan would be able to offer him much better terms.

The Rossoneri have to be careful, though, as, after signing Thiago Silva, they only have one place left in their squad for a non-EU citizen.

Dzeko is also being courted by Arsenal and has been compared with Luca Toni, the Italy striker who plays for Bayern Munich.

Pato flirts with AC Milan exit
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Milan striker Alexandre Pato has revealed he will talk to Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti before committing his future to the Rossoneri.

Reports in the English Press suggest Ancelotti wants the 19-year-old to follow him to Stamford Bridge this summer.

Pato has a great deal of respect for Ancelotti, who trained him at Milan over the last two years, which were his first in Italy.

On being asked if he would stay at San Siro, Pato replied: “Slow down. Nothing has yet been decided.

“At the end of June, after the Confederation Cup in South Africa, I will meet Milan's directors and we will speak about my future.

“But before then, I will speak with Ancelotti. He is an extraordinary man. It's thanks to Ancelotti I have been able to emerge at Milan and in Italian football.

“Before deciding my future, I want to speak with him,” Pato revealed before explaining why he hadn't done so before leaving to go on international duty.

“Because on the Sunday of Fiorentina-Milan I was stopped for an anti-doping test. I wanted to embrace him and to clarify some things with him.

“He is very happy at Chelsea. They are a great of European football. It's an honour to be held in high regard by a club like Chelsea.

“Anyway, I repeat. Before meeting Milan's directors, I will speak with Ancelotti. My future will be clear at the end of the June,” he said.

Pato then gave his opinion on Kaka, who left Milan for Real in the early hours of this morning for a world record transfer fee of £64m.

“I hope he is happy in Madrid, but I cannot wish him well in the Champions League. I want to conquer that myself.

“We lose a lot [with his departure]. But Milan isn't only Kaka. There is a great group and there is a phenomenon like Ronaldinho.

“He is another one of my idols. Ronaldinho can do great for Milan and also for the Seleçao. In Brazil they await him with open arms,” Pato concluded.

Kaka: 'I wanted to stay with Milan'
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Kaka explained he wanted to stay with Milan, but his move to Real Madrid was “in everybody’s interests during the global economic crisis.”

Milan had said they would be willing to sell their Ballon d’Or winner after making losses of £60m this season – roughly the same amount Real are paying to sign Kaka.

“I wanted to stay on at Milan, but the global economic crisis has affected many clubs, especially those like Milan that run as a business,” he told Jornal Nacional.

“I spoke with the directors and we agreed that the transfer would be in everybody’s interests at this moment in time.”

The Rossoneri had also agreed to sell Kaka to Manchester City for a figure rumoured to be around £100m in January, but the player had turned it down.

Real Madrid President Florentino Perez insists Kaka will wear the number 5 jersey once held by Zinedine Zidane, but the Brazilian is not so sure.

“That would be a big responsibility. Zidane was an excellent player, both for Real Madrid and France, so I would not like to wear his same number. We should wait a little longer before picking a number.”

OFFICIAL: KAKA JOINS REAL
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It is now official – Milan star Kaka has agreed a move to Real Madrid, breaking the world transfer record for a reported £60m.

One of the transfer sagas of the summer has come to an end after the player penned a six-year contract. Real also held the previous record, paying £45.6m for Zinedine Zidane in 2001.

“From next season Kaka will play for Real Madrid,” read an official statement that appeared on the Milan website at 23.30 UK time on Monday night.

“AC Milan thank the man and the great champion for his decisive contribution to the many victories earned in six years of Rossoneri effort.

“The technical loss, albeit grave, can be overcome. It will however be very difficult to fill the void left by the man Kaka, a great example of hard work and professionalism.

“AC Milan, interpreting the voices of the directors, players and supporters, send him the most cordial and affectionate best wishes for the future of his sporting career.”

Real Madrid sent their doctor out to perform a medical on the player in the Selecao training camp, where Kaka is staying for World Cup qualifiers.

Real Madrid released a brief statement on their own official website.

"He is a Real Madrid player now after an agreement was reached with AC Milan.

"The Brazilian has passed all the tests of the medical examination satisfactorily. Kaka has signed a contract with Real Madrid for the next six seasons."

The Ballon d’Or winner had turned down a move to Manchester United said to be worth £100m in January, but was convinced by Real Madrid.

Milan confirmed they needed to sell their main star to balance the books after losing £60m this season.

Kaka made his debut for the Rossoneri in a 2-0 win away to Ancona on September 1 2003, after transferring from San Paolo for around £5m.

With Milan he has won a Scudetto, Champions League, European Super Cup, Italian Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup along with the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year award.

Another statement on the official Milan website this evening was more lyrical in nature and paid tribute to his career at San Siro.

“Distance does not matter. Milan, the Milanisti and Ricky will always hold each other by the hand, keeping an eye on the others’ results.

“Today it went well, but what have Milan done? Kaka will ask that question and so will we. Did Ricky score? Is it going alright, Ricky?

“The children, who are Kaka’s biggest fans, should know that it does not end today. The smiles, the achievements and the phrases remain. These will be memories indelible in the Rossoneri minds, chiselled in large letters into the history of this club.

“At the same time, Kaka will always step on to the field with a piece of Milan upon him. The teachings, the style, the shows of affection from Milan and its people will never leave Kaka, regardless of the colour of his jersey.

“The Milan fans had marked April 22 on their calendars as an important date, the day they must remember to wish Kaka a happy birthday (and on April 22 2004, his first birthday celebrated in Milan, the club had sent him a gigantic cake fresh from the top quality patisserie).

“They had adopted the little Luca Leite, dedicated to Ricky the deepest corners of their hearts and throats. All of this will remain, quite aside from the sentimentally treacherous waters that football and the people who perform it with inimitable success for 23 years will traverse.

“In 110 years of history, which Milan will celebrate in December, the six years with Ricky will always be embraced.”

Antonini laments Kaka exit
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Milan full-back Luca Antonini revealed he will be saddened by the departure of Kaka and also claimed that the deal should go through later tonight.

Antonini, who grew up in the Rossoneri ranks, returned to Milan after a loan spell at Empoli and played a part in their last campaign.

“We are all really affectionate towards Ricky and if he leaves we will be incredibly sad,” said the defender.

“He is a fantastic lad and a good friend. But if going to play for another great team will make him happy then it is okay.

“His transfer, if all these rumours are true, should go through today,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, new sources confirm that the deal is practically done. Popular Italian journalist Tiziano Crudeli, who is a friend of the player, confessed he received a text from Kaka earlier on today.

“He texted me from Brazil and said: ‘This time I am really going’.”

Kaka saga nearly over
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It is only a matter of hours before Kaka announces his departure from Milan and joins Real Madrid, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Italian sport newspapers claim the Brazilian will hold a press conference around 11pm today to confirm his move to Madrid.

Meanwhile, the Merengues and the Rossoneri should seal the deal in the next few hours for around £50m.

Kaka has undertaken a physical for Real Madrid in Recife, Brazil, with the permission of the Seleçao.

“I can confirm Kaka was here for tests regarding his physical state. My Spanish colleagues transferred the information to Madrid,” noted the owner of the Romeu Krause private clinic, where the tests took place.

Kaka will join Real on June 30?
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Milan and Brazil fantasista Kaka will be officially unveiled as a Real Madrid player on June 30, according to Marca.

Last week, Real were said to have offered £68.5m for the former World Player of the Year, which Milan admitted would be hard to turn down.

On Sunday evening, reports suggested Real had flown a doctor out to Brazil, where Kaka is on international duty, to conduct a medical.

This morning, Spanish newspaper AS carried a story alleging Kaka had passed all the relevant tests and had been cleared to sign for Real.

Milan patron Silvio Berlusconi was due to call Kaka today and discuss whether he would accept the terms presented by Real.

Marca believe the 27-year-old has already told Berlusconi he wants to end his relationship with the Rossoneri and move to Spain.

They are also certain the transfer will become official on June 30 when the Confederations Cup finishes.

Brazil, who are involved in the competition, are apparently unwilling to let Kaka leave their training camp to sign for Real.

According to Marca, Kaka will fly to Paris from Johannesburg on June 29 and then go to Madrid to put pen to paper on a lucrative five-year contract.

AC Milan linked with Dzeko
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Milan are considering making an offer for Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko, according to Il Corriere dello Sport.

The 23-year-old Bosnia international won the Footballer of the Year award in Germany after scoring 32 goals in 34 appearances for Die Wölfe.

Dzeko formed an incredible strike partnership with Grafite and the two propelled Wolfsburg to their first ever Bundesliga title.

Milan have been linked with Diego Forlan, Emmanuel Adebayor and Didier Drogba, but Dzeko apparently represents better value for money.

Bayern Munich were reportedly interested in his signature, but decided to buy Mario Gomez and Ivica Olic instead.

Kaka will sign today?
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Milan talisman Kaka will sign for Real Madrid today after he passed a medical, according to Spanish daily newspaper AS.

Yesterday reports in the Brazilian Press suggested Real had sent a doctor to Brazil, where Kaka is on international duty, to perform tests.

AS understands Kaka has ticked all the relevant boxes and is now free to move to Spain where he has long been admired.

They believe Florentino Perez, the Real Madrid President, will make an official announcement confirming the deal before midnight tonight.

Last night, Milan patron Silvio Berlusconi said nothing had yet been decided and revealed he would call Kaka to discuss the matter at some point today.

Berlusconi was eager to postpone any deal for Kaka until after yesterday's European elections in case news of the Brazilian's sale affected his results.

Real are thought to have made an offer worth £68.5m, which would smash the transfer record they set in 2001 when they signed Zinedine Zidane in £46m.

Berlusconi focuses on Ronaldinho
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Milan patron Silvio Berlusconi believes Ronaldinho will drag his side toward the Scudetto next season.

The Brazil international signed for the Rossoneri last summer, but made little impact in his first year in Italy.

However, he still managed to score 10 rather important goals in 32 appearances for Milan in all competitions.

Berlusconi has long been an admirer of Ronaldinho, who he has often defended over the last year.

After all, he was the one, who wanted the former World Player of the Year to come to Milan in the first place.

Berlusconi has been particularly critical of the treatment Carlo Ancelotti gave Ronaldinho.

“Ancelotti could no longer manage the games in which the team found itself ahead.” Berlusconi told Il Corriere dello Sport. “We got in front too many times not knowing how to land a knock out blow."

On being asked about the new Milan under Leonardo, Berlusconi said: "It will certainly be an offensive team that will play with width and high balls.

"The team will be managed with technique, speed and one touch passing, all of the actions where Ronaldinho will surely be a protagonist," Berlusconi concluded.

Should Kaka leave for Real Madrid, it appears Ronaldinho will receive more playing time in Milan colours than ever before.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Leonardo, will make Ronaldinho the focal point in a 4-3-3 formation.

Berlusconi postpones Kaka talks
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Milan patron Silvio Berlusconi has postponed the showdown with Kaka to Monday night. “Nothing has been decided.”

The Prime Minister of Italy and owner of the Rossoneri had originally stated this week that a summit would be held on Sunday to decide on Real Madrid’s offer, said to be around £65m.

However, when talking to journalists and fans during a media event for the elections, he changed his story.

“I will call Riccardo tomorrow night and we’ll talk on the phone,” said Berlusconi.

“If it were up to me, then I would keep him. In any case, nothing has been decided yet.”

Real Madrid are wasting no time with reports they have sent chief medic Juan Carlos Hernandez out to Brazil – where Kaka is on international duty – to perform a medical.

When asked about the imminent switch to Spain, Kaka refused to comment.

"I will speak about my future soon," he told the media in Uruguay, where Brazil won a World Cup qualifier 4-0 last night.

"At the right moment I will speak about it."

Real Madrid doc flies out for Kaka medical
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According to reports in Brazil, Real Madrid’s chief doctor has flown to South America to perform Kaka’s medical.

This is D-Day for the Ballon d’Or winner, as Milan will this evening decide whether or not to accept the offer said to be between £65m and £70m.

Brazilian newspaper O’Globo’s online edition claims that Real are already taking steps to complete the move as quickly as possible.

Kaka is currently in South America for World Cup qualifiers and they insist Real doctor Juan Carlos Hernandez has flown out to perform the medical.

It’s claimed he was spotted in Recife, the Brazilian town where the Selecao squad is staying during this get-together.

Hernandez received the all-clear from Brazil manager Carlos Dunga to perform the medical ahead of their next match against Paraguay.

Although Milan are set to make the decision today, it’s believed any official announcement will not come until Monday.

Abate eyes AC Milan comeback
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Ignazio Abate’s spell with Torino “has come to an end,” as the Under-21 international hopes for a return to Milan.

The 22-year-old winger grew up in the Rossoneri youth academy, but has been repeatedly loaned out to Napoli, Piacenza, Modena, Empoli and Torino.

Following the Granata’s relegation, he is looking for a return to base at San Siro, breaking the co-ownership deal.

“The player has a good chance of remaining at Milan, because Leonardo likes him and the team needs more attacking verve down the flanks,” said agent Andrea D’Amico.

“His time with Torino has come to an end.”

Abate played 25 games for Toro this season and scored one goal, but was ruled out for two months by an ankle injury.

He is travelling to Sweden for the Under-21 European Championship next week.

D-Day for Kaka decision
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It’s D-Day as Milan hold a summit to decide whether they’ll sell Kaka to Real Madrid, but the player is keeping quiet.

"I will speak about my future soon," Kaka told the media in Uruguay, where Brazil won a World Cup qualifier 4-0.

"At the right moment I will speak about it."

Patron Silvio Berlusconi announced this week that a meeting would be held on Sunday to reach a conclusion.

He will get together with general manager Adriano Galliani and new Coach Leonardo to decide whether or not to accept a £64m offer from Real Madrid.

“On Sunday we will have a meeting to discuss transfer policy and in that arena we will decide Ricky’s future,” explained Berlusconi on Milan Channel.

“We will see what happens then, but the situation is not to be taken for granted. Kaka might not necessarily leave.”

An announcement is not expected until Monday morning, but details could leak out later this evening.

Real Madrid President Florentino Perez is hopeful of a successful conclusion, but admits to some nerves.

“Kaka is one of those players who was born to play for Real Madrid,” Perez told Spanish television programme Punto Pelota.

“In many things he reminds me of Zinedine Zidane. Has Kaka already signed? I am anxiously awaiting what could happen on Monday.”

Perez 'anxious' about Kaka verdict
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Florentino Perez says Kaka “was born to play for Real Madrid,” but also admits he’s “anxious” about Milan’s decision on Monday.

The offer, said to be around £65m, has been made for the Brazilian and President Perez cannot wait to sign him after several years of trying.

“Kaka is one of those players who was born to play for Real Madrid,” Perez told Spanish television programme Punto Pelota.

“In many things he reminds me of [Zinedine] Zidane.”

Rossoneri patron Silvio Berlusconi has declared a decision will be made on Sunday evening and announced on Monday, so Perez isn’t counting his chickens yet.

“Has Kaka already signed? I am anxiously awaiting what could happen on Monday.”

Meanwhile, Kaka is in Uruguay for Brazil’s World Cup qualifier and caused shockwaves when he agreed to sign a Real Madrid shirt presented to him by a fan.

“He was very nice about it,” supporter Elenice Salustio told globoesporte. “He saw it was a Real shirt and signed his autograph next to the club badge.”

Having said that, Kaka also signed Milan jerseys and other items outside the team hotel.

Fabregas - Adebayor for AC Milan?
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Milan are eyeing a top star to replace Kaka, targeting Cesc Fabregas along with Arsenal teammate Emmanuel Adebayor.

The Rossoneri are prepared to sacrifice their Ballon d’Or winner to Real Madrid for £65m and President Silvio Berlusconi confirmed plans to bring in “a strong centre-forward.”

Although Luca Toni of Bayern Munich and Juventus’ David Trezeguet fit the bill, it’s believed the number one target is Arsenal’s Adebayor.

They had already tried to sign the African hitman in January and could make another bid this summer, but with an additional catch.

According to the Italian newspapers, Milan have proposed a double swoop for Adebayor and Spanish international Fabregas.

It’s believed the midfielder is seeking new experiences and a better shot at the Champions League than he can get at Arsenal.

Players who have already made the switch, Mathieu Flamini and Philippe Senderos, could convince Fabregas that San Siro is the stadium for him.

Meanwhile, there is news from Brazil’s World Cup qualifying camp that Kaka was asked to sign a Real Madrid shirt by a fan.

“He saw the shirt and signed it near the club badge. He took it very well,” said the lucky supporter.

Berlusconi: Kaka decision Sunday
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Milan patron Silvio Berlusconi has announced “Kaka might not necessarily leave” and a decision will be made on Sunday.

Reports suggest the Brazilian has already signed for Real Madrid in a deal worth around £60m, as the Rossoneri confirmed they need to cash in to cover losses this year.

“On Sunday we will have a meeting to discuss transfer policy and in that arena we will decide Ricky’s future,” explained Berlusconi on Milan Channel.

“We will see what happens then, but the situation is not to be taken for granted. Kaka might not necessarily leave.”

It is an advance, as earlier this week Berlusconi had said a decision would be made on Monday, but this has now been brought forward.

The President also commented on the future for Milan if the Ballon d’Or winner does join Real Madrid.

“We need to sign a centre-forward. Robinho? No, Samuel Eto’o is also difficult.”

The reports claim the Rossoneri are set to bring in either Bayern Munich hitman Luca Toni or Juventus outcast David Trezeguet. To fill Kaka's position they are interested in Napoli's Ezequiel Lavezzi.

Meanwhile, Daniele Bonera has officially extended his contract with Milan to June 30 2013.

Zapata in demand
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Udinese defender Cristian Zapata has revealed he is being chased by some of Europe's biggest clubs, including Milan and Juventus.

The 22-year-old Colombia international finished the season strongly after missing the first half of the campaign through injury.

Milan tried to sign him last summer and are still in the market for a centre-back in light of Paolo Maldini's retirement and Alessandro Nesta's fitness problems.

When asked about reports linking him with a move away from Udinese, Zapata replied: “Juventus, Fiorentina, Milan, Arsenal and Villarreal have asked for information about me.

“Lots of teams follow me, but there is need of a concrete offer. I feel good. I played a good championship on a personal level and I am happy.

“Being in Italy also gives me the opportunity to play for my country and attempt to go to the World Cup in South Africa next year.

“I repeat I have a contract until 2013, but if Udinese receive a good offer they will sell me,” Zapata told calciomercato.com.

“Udinese have no need to sell me quickly. I am 22 and I have become a guarantee. We will see what happens in the future,” he concluded.

Kaka has signed for Real Madrid, says Zidane
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Zinedine Zidane believes Milan and Brazil midfielder Kaka has already signed for Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani yesterday told La Gazzetta dello Sport that a deal is on the table for the former World Player of the Year.

Real are thought to be on the brink of smashing the world record transfer fee they set in 2001 when they signed Zidane from Juventus for £46m.

Zidane's No 5 shirt has reportedly been set aside for Kaka, who could cost Real as much as £68.5m.

“Kaka has already signed for Real,” Zidane said at testimonial held in honour of Vincent Candela, the former France international, who is about to retire.

“I would be happy if he were to take my number, the No 5, I would not be jealous,” Zidane concluded.

A formal announcement is expected on Monday when the European elections have finished.

Milan patron and Italy Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is said to be concerned the election results would be affected if the news of Kaka's departure was made official earlier.

AC Milan chase Lavezzi
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Milan face losing Kaka in the next few weeks but they are already looking to strengthen their squad with another South American – Ezequiel Lavezzi.

‘El Pocho’, who is in open conflict with his current sporting director Pierpaolo Marino, is in Argentina at the moment and there are serious doubts regarding his future.

“Everybody knows Milan have always fancied him,” said the player’s agent Alejandro Mazzoni.

“Silvio Berlusconi even said it on TV, but I haven’t been contacted by the Rossoneri yet.”

Lavezzi was also linked to Liverpool in the past few days but these rumours have been denied.

“I read in a paper that someone from the Reds said they weren’t interested in him, but that doesn’t matter.

“Ezequiel wants to stay with Napoli and that’s clear. The problem lies with Marino and the fact that they haven’t been in touch,” concluded Mazzoni.

Ultras threaten Kaka boycott
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While the transfer to Real Madrid looks imminent, the Rossoneri fans are still trying their best to stop Kaka from leaving San Siro.

The Ultras, who have already shown their anger against the Board in recent weeks, are currently protesting in front of Milan’s headquarters.

The fans are also claiming they will vote against Silvio Berlusconi at the next elections if Kaka leaves. “I will vote Podestà (Berlusconi’s candidate) only if we keep Kaka,” claim several placards.

The group of around 300 are being controlled by local police who, despite the tense atmosphere, are reporting no security problems.

The banners send clear messages to the Rossoneri hierarchy. “If you sell Kaka, you sell the club”, “President: before lots of honours, now disappointment only” and “Who sells Kaka will pay for it” are some of the other slogans.

Pirlo commits to AC Milan
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Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo is sorry to see Carlo Ancelotti leave but will not be joining him at Chelsea.

The 30-year-old World Cup winner is said to be one of the players Ancelotti is considering buying ahead of next season.

“I am now going on international duty. The rest we'll just have to see. Anyway, I am well at Milan,” Pirlo told Sky Italia.

A wind of change is blowing through Milan at the minute, but Pirlo isn't overly concerned by recent events.

“Everyone was sorry to see Ancelotti leave, but now's it's time for a new experience,” he said before lending new trainer Leonardo his full support.

“He is a great person. Now he'll have to do the same as a trainer. We hope he turns out to be just as great,” Pirlo concluded.

Berlusconi: AC Milan didn't listen to me
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Milan patron Silvio Berlusconi believes his side underachieved this season because they didn't listen to him.

The Rossoneri finished second in Serie A, 10 points behind Italian champions Inter, who wrapped up the title early.

“We lost the Scudetto this season because in certain games, in the last few minutes, we didn't adopt the tactics that I advised as a former President,” Berlusconi told Mattino 5.

“Instead we applied them in the last game and we won and that was decisive for qualification for the Champions League.”

It isn't the first time Berlusconi has weighed in with his opinions on how Milan should play.

This time, though, he appears to have taken umbrage with Carlo Ancelotti's decision to exclude Ronaldinho.

“Often we didn't have all our champions available. Ronaldinho was used too little and this provoked a fall of morale in the player.

“But think how wonderful it is to have Ronaldinho on the pitch for 90 minutes, you buy tickets for players like him,” Berlusconi concluded.

Milan are in a state of flux, having hired Leonardo in place of Carlo Ancelotti, who terminated his contract with the club and left for Chelsea on Monday.

Paolo Maldini has also retired and Kaka looks set to be sold to Spanish giants Real Madrid.

AC Milan look at Hernanes
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Milan are preparing to boost their Brazilian contingent further with the signing of talented box-to-box midfielder Hernanes from Sao Paulo.

The Times listed the 24-year-old as the most promising football player in the world in January 2009.

Scouts consider him 'the new Kaka' which is just as well seeing Milan look set to sell the former World Player of the Year.

Hernanes has been praised for his sheer versatility. He can play across the midfield and is noted for his ability to press the ball.

The only doubts surrounding Hernanes are his problems in front of goal. He has only scored 10 times in 72 appearances for Sao Paulo.

Edmilson, the former Barcelona midfielder, once compared him with Deco, the Chelsea and Portugal fantasista.

Sao Paulo reportedly value him at £25m and have already rejected an offer made by Barcelona last year.

Milan will be in a position to meet that asking price if Kaka moves to Real Madrid for £68.5m, as he is expected to do on Monday.

Galliani: We have to sell Kaka
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Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani admits he was in Spain earlier this week and did speak with Real Madrid about Kaka.

Speculation went into overdrive yesterday after Galliani was spotted in Madrid along with Kaka's father Bosco Leite.

A world record transfer worth £68.5m is said to be in the offing, but it's up to the player to decide whether he goes or not.

“Florentino Perez invited me to celebrate his nomination,” Galliani told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “We had lunch and spoke about Kaka. I don't deny it. Negotiations exist, but a deal has yet to be done.

“We all have a heart, but the numbers have become such that even those with a big heart have to face up to themselves and do the accounts.

“Kaka has behaved well with us, he has never asked for any adjustments or contract extensions. He has been here six years winning all that there is to win.

“But we cannot allow ourselves to lose £70m,” Galliani explained. “The reasons behind Kaka's departure would be economic.

“Real turnover almost double what we do, they own the Santiago Bernabéu and don't share their TV revenue with other teams.

“They are helped by a fiscal regime that allows them to offer players bigger contracts, spending the same net figure. Two million becomes one million in the pockets of a player in Italy. It's a million and a half in Spain.

“I don't want to be boring, but the root of the problem is economic,” Galliani said. “Italy have lost competitiveness and Serie A has to fight so as to ensure it is not overtaken by other championships, after having lost ground with respect to Spain and England.”

When asked if he had calculated the damage to Milan's image that would come with selling Kaka, Galliani said: “Everything that comes to be done at Milan is pondered over.

“I hope that the fans understand the situation. The Milan of Berlusconi has lived through four great cycles: that of Sacchi, that of Capello, the interregnum of Tabarez-Zaccheroni-Terim and the period of Ancelotti.

“We are starting again with a fifth cycle. There are negotiations for Kaka, but the other big players are unsellable. They are Pato, Pirlo and Seedorf.”

Galliani was then asked to explain why Berlusconi doesn't sell the club if he no longer feels he can help it economically.

“Berlusconi doesn't want to sell, but there has never been interest in a major stake. There has been interest in a minor stake, but a deal was never opened.”

On being asked to describe what Milan fans can expect next season, Galliani said: “A Milan ready to begin again. They have said we were finished many times before and we started to win again.”

Pato 'enthusiastic' about Chelsea
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Alexandre Pato’s agent has said he is “enthusiastic” about Chelsea’s interest and told Milan to make its position clear.

While this evening the Stamford Bridge side released an official statement denying it had made any offer for Kaka, they did not mention his Rossoneri teammate.

“Milan have to decide Pato’s situation,” agent Gilmar Veloz told Antenna 3 television.

“We are enthusiastic about Chelsea’s interest in the player, but the final decision is entirely down to Milan.

“Pato has a contract with Milan, but if the club reached an agreement with Chelsea, then we would be willing to negotiate.”

It is reported Carlo Ancelotti wants to bring The Duck with him to London and the club has offered £45m for the teenage hitman.

“At the moment, I cannot give any guarantees to the fans that Pato will remain at Milan,” warned Veloz.

“I do not own the club and so only a spokesman for Milan can answer that question.”

Rossoneri fans are already stationed out in front of the club headquarters at Via Turati to protest Kaka’s possible move to Real Madrid.

Chelsea officially deny Kaka bid
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Carlo Ancelotti’s Chelsea have issued a statement officially denying any offer to sign Milan star Kaka.

Newspapers in England today suggested the Stamford Bridge side was trying to out-bid Real Madrid with a world transfer record offer of £74m plus £10m per season in wages.

“We have never made an offer to AC Milan for Kaka and therefore not one at this extraordinary level,” said the statement on the official Chelsea website.

“As a consequence we have not discussed a salary with the player either. Any reports to the contrary are totally untrue.”

Real Madrid will breathe a sigh of relief, as they remain the only club in a position to tempt Kaka away from Milan.

President Silvio Berlusconi stated this evening on Italian television that he will meet with Kaka on Monday, but “no decision has yet been made.”

Berlusconi: 'Kaka is like Shevchenko'
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Milan President Silvio Berlusconi has likened Kaka’s departure to that of Andriy Shevchenko and says his future will be clarified on Monday.

“No decision has yet been made. On Monday I will meet with Kaka and then I can tell you what’s happening,” Berlusconi told television programme Porta a Porta.

Newspapers in Spain suggest Real Madrid have made an offer of £56m plus £8m per season in wages.

However, reports in England claim new Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti thinks he can lure Kaka to Stamford Bridge with £74m plus a staggering £10m per season for the player.

Fans are protesting in front of the Milan headquarters in Via Turati against the possible sale of the Ballon d’Or winner.

Berlusconi and his Vice-President Adriano Galliani have been repeatedly insulted for their transfer policy and supporters blame them for driving Kaka away.

“There was great friendship with Shevchenko too, but then our lads have to make their own decisions,” added Berlusconi.

The implication is that, like Sheva, Kaka has demanded a transfer and come to the club with that request.

However, according to the player he would like to remain at Milan and will only “listen” to other proposals before considering his future.

Milan and patron Berlusconi had acted in much the same way back in January when they had agreed a reported £100m move to Manchester City, only for Kaka to turn it down.

Gattuso fears Kaka departure
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Milan midfielder Rino Gattuso would be gutted if Kaka were to leave the club and join Spanish giants Real Madrid this summer.

The Italian and Spanish Press are convinced Milan have come to an agreement with Real Madrid to sell Kaka for £68.5m.

“I am sad that someone like Kaka can leave,” Gattuso said from Coverciano where he is on international duty with Italy.

“He is someone who always does his best to win games. The club will have to analyse the situation well.”

Kaka joined Milan in 2003 and quickly established himself in the starting XI, dislodging the legendary Rui Costa.

He inspired the Rossoneri to Champions League victory in 2007 and won the World Player of the Year for his efforts.

Leonardo targets Amauri
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Milan Coach Leonardo intends to use some of the money earned from the Kaka sale to buy Juventus striker Amauri, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Rossoneri are apparently set for a £68.5m windfall, which would allow them to overhaul a squad that has often been criticised as over the hill.

Leonardo sees Amauri as the perfect foil to Alexandre Pato, the 19-year-old Brazilian striker, who has been great for Milan this season.

Amauri only joined Juventus last summer in a structured deal worth £13m in cash plus Antonio Nocerino and 50 per cent of Davide Lanzafame.

Leonardo reportedly met Amauri five months ago and expressed his admiration for his talent, which was then in full flow.

“There is the possibility that I will become the trainer of Milan and in this case I would like to have you with me,” Leonardo said.

Amauri enjoyed a great start of the season before an injury effectively dried up his goalscoring ability.

He still managed to finish his first year in Bianconero with a haul of 14 goals in 35 appearances in all competitions.

Juventus have no intention of selling Amauri, but an offer of £30m could prove very tempting in these straitened economic times.

To sweeten the deal, Milan would also consider including the 26-year-old Marco Borriello in any talks to buy Amauri.

Kaka for sale
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Milan are in Spain brokering a £68.5m deal to sell Kaka to Real Madrid, according to the Italian Press.

Real have long been admirers of Kaka and were expected to make a bid for him at some point this summer.

Florentino Perez, the Real Madrid President, is said to have already reserved Kaka the No 5 shirt last worn by Fabio Cannavaro, but made famous by Zinedine Zidane.

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani and Kaka's father Bosco Leite were apparently in Madrid yesterday.

They arrived at Torrejon de Ardoz airport where Ernesto Bronzetti, the Italian agent, who is a friend of Perez, met them.

The Milan party then travelled to one of Madrid's skyscrapers on Avenida Pio XII where Perez has his offices.

Galliani and Bosco Leite are then said to have agreed a world record fee of £68.5m for the player, which includes £3.5m in compensation to his former club Sao Paulo.

Kaka, who recently returned to Brazil, looks set to sign a five year contract with Los Merengues worth £9.5m a season

His image rights will be shared with Real in a deal very similar to that given to David Beckham in 2003.

The speed of the deal is perhaps unexpected, but not altogether surprising as it allows Milan to move on.

With £68.5m in the bank they will be able to overhaul the squad, which has often been criticised as over the hill.

Chelsea are also thought to be considering hijacking the bid, preparing an offer worth £80m for the former World Player of the Year.

The Blues are ready to hand Kaka better contract terms too, which would make him the highest paid player in the world.

Roman Abramovich is said to be willing to offer the Brazil international an astonishing deal worth £16m a year.

Carlo Ancelotti, Chelsea's new manager, has trained Kaka for the last six years at Milan and has a very close relationship with him.

In the last six months Kaka has been particularly vocal about his desire to stay in Italy and finish his career with the Rossoneri.

However, he might have felt betrayed when Milan agreed to sell him to Manchester City in January for £107m.

Kaka has enjoyed an excellent season with the Rossoneri, scoring 16 goals in 36 appearances.

Kotscho: Kaka will listen to Real
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Conflicting comments abound, as Adriano Galliani is in Madrid after all and spokesman Diogo Kotscho confirms “Kaka will listen to Real.”

There is confusion surrounding stories Milan are about to seal a £70m move sending Kaka to Real Madrid.

“Kaka will listen to Real and decide whether or not to make the transfer,” explained his spokesman Diogo Kotscho.

“What I can say for certain is that the Spaniards and Milan have not reached any agreement.”

It would not be beyond the Rossoneri to part with their Ballon d’Or winner, as they were prepared to sell him to Manchester City for a world record £100m in January before the player turned it down.

“Real Madrid have made a notable offer, but it is inferior to that of Manchester City, who were offering more than 100m Euros,” added Kotscho.

There were reports that Milan Vice-President Galliani had flown to Madrid in a private jet today accompanied by Kaka’s father Bosco Leite.

At first he laughed off the claims and said he was at the seaside in Italy’s Romagna region, but less than an hour later he spoke to a different journalist and confirmed he was indeed in Madrid.

The reason, insisted Galliani, was to attend the festivities for Florentino Perez’s re-election as President of Real.

The pair are firm friends and Milan noted Galliani was one of the first world football directors given an invitation.

Naturally this is bound to boost reports they will discuss Kaka during the lavish party.

AC Milan laugh off Kaka reports
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Adriano Galliani has laughed off reports he is already in Madrid to discuss Kaka’s sale to Real. “I’m on a beach in Italy!”

El Confidencial and As announced that Milan Vice-President Galliani and Kaka’s father were spotted in Madrid airport at 14.00 UK time today, arriving in a private jet.

They drove towards the Bernabeu and were set to hammer out the final details for a £70m move to the Merengues.

“Spain? I’m on a beach in Italy!” exclaimed Galliani when he was called by the Gazzetta dello Sport this evening.

“I’m at the seaside in Romagna. There are no negotiations with Real Madrid over Kaka.”

The speculation exploded after Paolo Maldini was quoted as saying he thought Kaka would quit the club.

However, the official Milan website has given a very different spin on the comments he made at a Press conference.

“It’s not easy to say what Kaka will do. I think he will remain at Milan, but if Carlo Ancelotti was hermetically sealed over his future, then Kaka is even more.”

Meanwhile, Milan have booked a friendly with Benfica in the Eusebio Cup, to be played at the Da Luz stadium in Lisbon on August 8.

Maldini doubts Kaka will stay
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Paolo Maldini has doubts Brazil international Kaka will stay at Milan this summer and believes he could finally move to Spain or England.

The legendary Milan No 3 retired at the weekend, calling an end to a glorious career spanning 25 years.

Just as Milan fans are getting used to life without Maldini they are being confronted with reports suggesting Kaka will also leave.

The 27-year-old former World Player of the Year is being linked with Real Madrid and Chelsea, who are now managed by Carlo Ancelotti.

“I don't know if he will stay at Milan,” Maldini explained. “If Ancelotti has been cryptic about his future, Kaka has been even more so.”

Maldini then suggested replacing Ancelotti with the unproven Leonardo is a bit of a bet that could backfire on Milan.

“I am a little worried for Leonardo and I believe there are some worries on his behalf, too, but he has the advantage of having been here for 12 years,” Maldini said.

The 40-year-old also revealed he had an inkling Ancelotti would terminate his contract and leave Milan this summer.

“Someone like me, who has had a tight relationship with Ancelotti for a long time, understood he had already decided that he would leave Milan some weeks ago.

“But it's also right that we didn't speak too much about it in the dressing room because we were playing for something important,” Maldini said.

The former Italy captain then spoke about his future, which could lie in a technical capacity at European champions Barcelona.

Maldini is a friend of Barça Coach Pep Guardiola, who famously dedicated the Blaugrana's Champions League victory to him.

“I didn't expect what Guardiola said about me after the Champions League Final. It came from the heart.

“I spoke with him after that evening, but he did not ask me to continue playing and he knows why it would be impossible for me to go to Barcelona,” Maldini concluded.

Ancelotti demands Pato
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Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is ready to raid his old club Milan and bid for Alexandre Pato, according to the Sun.

Ancelotti left the Rossoneri on Sunday to join Chelsea with whom he signed a lucrative three-year contract.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is believed to have given his new manager a huge transfer budget to spend this summer.

The Blues have been linked with Franck Ribery and David Villa, but Pato represents a tried and trusted purchase for the cautious Ancelotti.

The Sun report Chelsea have already offered £30m for the 19-year-old Brazil international, who just finished his first full season in Milan colours.

Pato scored 15 Serie A goals in 27 starting appearances for the Rossoneri, making him their second top scorer in the League this season.

He is widely regarded as one of football's top prospects after winning the Club World Cup with Internacional in 2006.

Kaka wants to stay
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Milan star Kaka has told the club's fans he will not be leaving this summer despite rumours linking him with a move to Real Madrid.

The Spanish giants have courted the 27-year-old for a long time and their interest looks set to hot up this summer.

“I'll say for the last time and I mean the last time. I do not want to leave Milan,” Kaka told fans as he arrived at the local airport.

“I beg you, in this moment I would prefer to be silent because I don't want to be badly interpreted or, worse still, manipulated.”

The comments come just hours after Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani told reporters he expects a bid to arrive from Real.

“On the rumours that regard Kaka I repeat that he is still a Milan player. There is no doubt he is the object of desire of two important European clubs, just like Pato.

“This means that they view Milan well and we will look to resist the assault from European clubs that make more than us and have different tax rates,” Galliani concluded.

Kaka came very close to leaving Milan in January when Manchester City offered a world record fee of £107m for his services.

While the player did not want to leave, Milan were clearly tempted and gave City the all clear to finalise the deal.

It was only when Kaka made absolutely clear he had no intention of moving to City that Milan broke off negotiations.

Kaka has been in superb form this season despite nursing a troubling knee injury. He scored 16 goals in 28 starting appearances for the Rossoneri.

Galliani hails 'new Capello'
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Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani believes Leonardo can emulate the success Fabio Capello had with the club in the early `90s.

Capello was offered the Milan job in 1991 having spent four years working for one of Silvio Berlusconi's companies.

Leonardo has taken the same route, although he has worked for Milan as a technical adviser since retiring as a player.

“With Leonardo, Milan want to retrace the steps they have already taken with Fabio Capello,” Galliani explained.

“Leo was a great player and great director. The scepticism that surrounds Leonardo is inferior to that which gathered around Capello, who was defined as Berlusconi's butler.”

To those who still consider Leonardo a choice imposed by Berlusconi, Galliani said: “All the decisions come to be agreed together.

“The choice of Leonardo is that of President Berlusconi and Vice-President Galliani. Leonardo was a great champion, he is an intelligent person.”

AC Milan unveil Leonardo
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Milan have officially unveiled Leonardo as their new trainer just minutes after Chelsea announced the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti.

The decision to offer Leonardo the job was made public yesterday as Ancelotti revealed he had terminated his contract with Milan.

“A lot of affection links me to Milan otherwise I would not have accepted,” Leonardo explained. “It's an important adventure.

“It's a special day for me. I dreamed of becoming a footballer but not a trainer. A series of circumstances made me make this choice, which makes me happy.

“I have been here for 12 years. I believe it's a big thing to be starting again after Carlo, for the rapport we had together.

“Yesterday was an extraordinary day. The players cried because a friend left,” Leonardo revealed. “Carlo is a friend that showed me a lot of respect in accepting this challenge.

“To be here, having qualified for the Champions League with Carlo, who is happy, and me beginning… I am very happy.

“Now is the time to build, the basis is humility and the desire to work,” Leonardo said, before fielding questions on Kaka's future.

“I hope he continues with us, but it's normal that he interests a lot of great teams on the transfer market.”

OFFICIAL: Ancelotti joins Chelsea
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Chelsea have formally announced the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager for next season.

Ancelotti has signed a three-year deal with the Blues and replaces Guus Hiddink, who returns to Russia.

“Carlo was the outstanding candidate for the job,” read a short statement on the Chelsea website. “He has proved over a long period his ability to build teams that challenged for, and have been successful in, major domestic and European competitions.

“He also had a highly successful playing career in those competitions and therefore brings unparalleled all round experience to the job.

“We are sure everybody at Chelsea will give him a warm welcome and we are all looking forward to working with him,” the statement concluded.

Ancelotti left Milan yesterday, terminating a contract that still had a year to run. Leonardo has replaced him.

Leonardo has big plans
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Newly installed Milan Coach Leonardo wants to strengthen his side with Emmanuel Adebayor and Michael Essien, according to Corriere dello Sport.

The 39-year-old former Brazil international yesterday replaced Carlo Ancelotti who announced he had agreed to terminate his contract with the Rossoneri.

Leonardo has followed the Fabio Capello route to the Milan bench, working for one of Silvio Berlusconi's companies before becoming a trainer.

According to Corriere dello Sport, Leonardo is prepared to overhaul the current squad both in terms of tactics and personnel.

His No 1 transfer target this summer is reportedly Adebayor, the 25-year-old Togo striker, who has flirted with Milan in recent weeks.

Adebayor famously compared Milan with Beyoncé Knowles, the R&B singer, to the disappointment of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Essien, the Chelsea midfielder, is also apparently on Milan's wanted list, although the prospect of him leaving Stamford Bridge is remote.

If they do join the Rossoneri this summer, they are likely to play in a 4-3-3 formation, which La Gazzetta dello Sport believe to be Leonardo's preferred style of play.

Kaka will only leave on holiday
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Milan talisman Kaka has told journalists he will leave Italy this summer, albeit only on holiday to his native Brazil.

The 27-year-old former World Player of the Year is once again the subject of interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Last week the Brazil international drew attention to himself by refusing to discuss his future with the Italian Press.

“I didn't say that I don't know whether I'll stay or go, I didn't say that,” Kaka insisted. “I said I won't speak about the transfer market anymore.”

Ignoring his wish, the Italian Press then asked Kaka if he would be leaving Milan this summer, to which he replied: “Why not, sure I'll leave… For Brazil.”

Real Madrid President Florentino Perez has long been an admirer of the player and is believed to have already reserved him the No 5 shirt.

Its last owner was a certain Zinedine Zidane, who is also set to figure in transfer negotiations for Los Merengues.





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