Chelsea join El Shaarawy race 30.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is thought to have placed Stephan El Shaarawy on his wish-list after problems with Milan. The 20-year-old forward was a sensation in the first half of the season, but has struggled for form and confidence since Mario Balotelli joined Milan in January. He still notched up an impressive 16 goals in 37 Serie A games, plus two in the Champions League and one in the Coppa Italia. The ‘Little Pharaoh’ has barely featured during the Confederations Cup either, as Coach Cesare Prandelli pointed out he was “empty” after a tough campaign. According to the Daily Mirror, El Shaarawy is a transfer target for Chelsea manager Mourinho and available for £30m. The Rossoneri have been clear that everyone is on the market, including El Shaarawy, while Adriano Galliani confirmed he’ll hold a meeting with the player on Tuesday. El Shaarawy has also been linked with Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Arsenal and Monaco.
AC Milan hope for Honda delay 30.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Keisuke Honda is also wanted by Everton, but Milan hope to make the most of a CSKA Moscow delay. The Japan international is expected to leave Russia this season, as he will be out of contract in December. The Rossoneri were in first with negotiations, but Vice-President Adriano Galliani reiterated they cannot sign anyone until the squad has been reduced. This could let Everton in with their own swoop, but the Corriere dello Sport claims Milan can take advantage of a different delay at CSKA. The Moscow club does not want to sell Honda until after the Russian Super Cup against Zenit on July 13. An extra two weeks should also give Milan time to sell the likes of Robinho and Kevin-Prince Boateng. It’s reported the Rossoneri have agreed personal terms with Honda worth €2.5m per season, but CSKA Moscow want €7m compared to the €2m proposed by the Italians.
AC Milan salute Ambrosini 30.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia AC Milan took out a full-page ad in La Gazzetta dello Sport to salute Massimo Ambrosini’s departure after 17 years. The captain is a free agent, as his contract expires today and the Rossoneri opted not to offer a renewal. He is thought to be close to joining Fiorentina, as confirmed by his agent. Milan paid for a full-page advertisement in La Gazzetta dello Sport that included pictures of his greatest moments for the club. “17 seasons, 489 matches, 36 goals scored, 12 trophies conquered. 6,205 days and 33,791 minutes with the Milan jersey stitched to your skin. Grazie Capitano.”
Ambrosini - Fiorentina down to details 30.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Massimo Ambrosini is on the verge of joining Fiorentina, confirmed his agent. “We’re just waiting for the call.” The midfielder is out of contract after Milan decided not to renew his deal, so the captain is looking for a new club for the first time in 18 years. “Next week Ambrosini will be in Italy and I think at this stage we’re in the final strait,” representative Moreno Roggi told Lady Radio. “We’re just waiting for the call from Fiorentina. It is a destination that Massimo really likes and he isn’t the only one, as you can tell by the interest from players like Mario Gomez and David Villa.”
De Sciglio: 'Good Azzurri experience' 30.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Mattia De Sciglio should start against Uruguay today and is confident the Confederations Cup “gave me valuable experience.” The third place play-off is in Salvador de Bahia at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT, 13.00 local time). Still only 20, the versatile full-back who can play either on the right or left of defence or midfield was one of several players Cesare Prandelli poached from the Under-21 European Championship squad. “This competition gave me valuable experience and the opportunity to take on different teams and cultures,” said the Milan youth product in his Press conference. “It also provided me with many emotional moments, as playing at this level does not happen every day.” De Sciglio was asked about his Italy and club teammate Stephan El Shaarawy, who has lost form and confidence in recent months. “I think he looks relaxed. He knows what he has to do, knows his potential and always gives 100 per cent in training. He will certainly be ready if called upon.” Probable line-ups Uruguay: Muslera; Caceres, Godin, Lugano, Pereira; Cristian Rodriguez, Arevalo Rios, Perez; Forlan; Suarez, Cavani Italy: Buffon; Maggio, Bonucci, Astori, De Sciglio; Candreva, De Rossi, Montolivo; Diamanti; El Shaarawy, Gilardino OR Italy: Buffon; Bonucci, Astori, Chiellini; Maggio, Montolivo, De Rossi, De Sciglio; Candreva, Aquilani; El Shaarawy
Yepes confirms AC Milan exit 30.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Mario Yepes confirmed he is leaving Milan “by mutual consent” and is likely to return to Colombia. The 36-year-old defender is out of contract on June 30 and will not be renewing his deal with the Rossoneri. “For now I am focused on preparing well for a good season. This is why we decided by mutual consent to leave Milan,” he explained. “I had the opportunity to continue at Milan, but I want to play more consistently so that I can be in the best form for the World Cup next year, assuming we qualify.” Yepes has been heavily linked with a return to Colombia at club Millionarios.
Everton beat AC Milan to Honda? 30.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia AC Milan risk losing out on Keisuke Honda, as they are hesitating and Everton prepare to swoop for the CSKA Moscow star. The Rossoneri confirmed their interest in the Japanese international, but also warned they could not buy anyone else before cutting down the squad. The delay is to push through the sale of Robinho to Santos or potentially Kevin-Prince Boateng. However, Milan might not have time to wait, as the Daily Mirror claims Everton have stepped in with their own offer for Honda. CSKA Moscow are eager to sell this summer, as he is out of contract in December, and would be available for €6m.
Galliani 'will speak to El Shaarawy' 30.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Milan chief Adriano Galliani confirms he’ll meet Stephan El Shaarawy on Tuesday and believes Italy would’ve beaten Spain with Mario Balotelli. There are continuing rumours that the Rossoneri want to sell El Shaarawy to Fiorentina for Adem Ljajic or Stevan Jovetic. “I will see El Shaarawy on Tuesday,” Vice-President Galliani told Sky Sport Italia this afternoon. As for Balotelli, he returned from international duty at the Confederations Cup with a thigh injury, so missed the semi-final with Spain. “With Mario we certainly would’ve scored one more penalty in the shoot-out, so at this stage we could’ve been in the Final. “I spoke to Mario and he is feeling better after treatment, as confirmed by the medical staff. In a few more days he can go on vacation.” Galliani has been adamant that Milan won’t be signing any more players until they have whittled down their squad, as figures like Robinho and Mathieu Flamini are in limbo. “If Flamini goes, will Andrea Poli arrive? No, we have too many players. First we must sell and only then buy. “We are talking to Sampdoria, but at the moment nothing is decided with Poli.” The Vice-President was also asked about news Indonesian magnate Erick Thohir will buy up 40 per cent of Inter’s shares. “I don’t know what will happen with Inter, but Milan will certainly continue with the President who made this club the most successful in the world.”
Ilicic demands Serie A move 30.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Josip Ilicic has offers from Bayer Leverkusen and the Premier League, but the Palermo man’s agent insists “he wants to stay in Italy.” The Slovenian trequartista is set to leave Palermo after their relegation into Serie B and has numerous options on the table. “The offer from Bayer Leverkusen has been there for some time, but the player has clearly said he wants to stay in Italy,” agent Amir Ruznic told TMW. “His desire is to remain in this country, hopefully even after he retires, as he is so happy here.” Among the Serie A contenders for the €12m-rated player are Fiorentina, Milan and Roma. “I cannot say one way or the other. It’s a difficult moment and there is too much clamour around the player right now. I can only say there are several different clubs looking at Ilicic, which is to be expected considering his quality.” Arsenal had shown strong interest in the Slovenia international.
Belhanda decision 'imminent' 28.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Montpellier attacker Younes Belhanda has revealed that a decision on his future is 'imminent'. The Morocco international has been linked with a move to both Milan clubs, but the 23-year-old has claimed that he would like to play in England. “My decision is imminent,” he told Sky Sports. “I have not yet had time to decide. “I will make my final decision shortly. “But I have always wanted to play in England and there are opportunities to do so. We'll see.”
Abbiati hungry to keep saving 28.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia AC Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati has no thoughts of retiring from the game at the highest level. The shot-stopper, who will be 36 next month, recently signed a 12-month deal with the Diavolo and he’s as hungry as ever. “The desire to save shots is still there,” he told Forza Milan! “I’ll continue playing for as long as my knees can take it. “I’m happy that I’ve been able to continue my career with the Rossoneri and I will always give my all for this shirt – no matter how often I play. “Time goes by for everybody and it is only normal that one day I will no longer be the first choice, I’ll become the second. “And, if I have the good fortune to stay, then maybe I’ll even be the third choice...” The former Italian international has been on Milan’s books since his 1998 move from Monza.
Italy mourn Borgonovo 27.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Italy will wear black armbands tonight after former player Stefano Borgonovo lost his battle with motor neurone disease, aged 49. The ex-Milan and Fiorentina star announced he was suffering from the illness which strikes sports figures in September 2008. It is known as ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) or Lou Gherig’s Disease, but is a form of motor neurone disease that had reduced Borgonovo to paralysis for many years. He and former teammates held many events to help raise funds into researching the condition, as he was good friends with Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Baggio. Modern stars like David Beckham, Mario Balotelli and Pippo Inzaghi also went to visit Borgonovo. He was a striker who grew up in the Como youth academy, going on to play at Milan, Fiorentina, Pescara, Udinese and Brescia before retiring in 1996. He represented Italy at Under-21, Under-23 and senior level with three full caps. Borgonovo had his best playing years at Fiorentina, scoring 14 goals in 30 games in 1988-89 with teammate Baggio. He had started a career as a Coach at Como, but had to retire in 2005 due to the onset of the disease. Italy will wear black armbands this evening in the Confederations Cup semi-final.
AC Milan renew Vidic interest 27.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia AC Milan have been linked with a bid for veteran Manchester United defender Nemaja Vidic. This is certainly not the first time the Rossoneri have shown interest in the Serbian international, who had been sought after in the past few transfer sessions. The Daily Express claims Massimiliano Allegri’s side are renewing their attempts to buy Vidic this summer. Aged 31, he is a veteran, but would bring even more experience to a back line that currently includes Philippe Mexes and Daniele Bonera.
Prade rubbishes Jovetic / AC Milan rumours 27.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Fiorentina sporting director Daniele Prade has rubbished reports that Stevan Jovetic could join Milan. Sole 24 Ore claimed this morning that with Juventus signing Carlos Tevez, the Bianconeri would now turn away from their proposed move for the Montenegrin forward. As such, it is believed that the Rossoneri would make a move for the 23-year-old, and could offer Stephan El Shaarawy in a swap deal. The board member though, has denied those stories. “That is just a fantasy,” he told reporters. “I have not spoken with Galliani about this at all. “It is just a fantasy.”
No Tevez regrets for AC Milan 27.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia AC Milan chief Adriano Galliani says he has no regrets about missing out on Carlos Tevez after the latter joined Scudetto rivals Juventus. The Diavolo have been in talks about possibly signing the Argentine since January 2012, but the striker has now completed a move to the Old Lady. “It wasn’t a transfer that has wiped the smile off my face,” Galliani told journalists outside of the Lega Calcio offices. “Seeing Tevez in a Juventus shirt has no effect on me. “Tevez said that Juventus wanted him more than Milan? That is the truth. We stopped because nobody left. “We have five attackers who numerically and quality wise are more than sufficient, so it is therefore obvious that nobody could come in if someone didn’t head out. “We’ve said for some time that we can’t buy if we don’t sell. “We’ll start with the five attackers that we have – Mario Balotelli, Giampaolo Pazzini, Stephan El Shaarawy, Robinho and M’Baye Niang. They offer us certainties.” After losing out on the now ex-Manchester City player, the Rossoneri have been linked with a move for CSKA’s Keisuke Honda. “There is no agreement for Honda,” the official added. “As I’ve said, he can only be signed if someone is sold.” Players being linked with exits are Kevin Prince Boateng and Robinho, with the latter a known target for former club Santos. “There have been no offers for Boateng. Robinho? The market in Brazil is at a standstill. With everything that is happening in Brazil right now, it is hard for clubs to spend big on players.” Galliani also admitted that their proposed move for Sampdoria midfielder Andrea Poli depends on contract talks with Mathieu Flamini. “Flamini wants to stay at Milan and we would be happy for him to remain, but the player is asking for a certain salary and contract duration. We have different ideas. “If the player lowers his demands then he will stay, otherwise he’ll go. “Poli? I don’t know. If Flamini stays then we will be well covered in that area.”
Tevez only wanted Juventus 27.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Carlos Tevez was also of interest to Milan, Anzhi and Monaco before accepting a move to Juventus, his representative has stated. The Argentine international completed his transfer to the Turin giants on Wednesday after a deal was agreed with Manchester City. Milan were also very keen on the striker, but they were not in a position to make a bid for the forward. “Milan are a little angry? I’m sorry if that is the case, but Carlitos wanted to join Juventus,” Kia Joorabchian told the Corriere dello Sport. “Anzhi really wanted him too, a club where he would have earned a lot more money, but he wanted a club with a great history, a rich tradition and, naturally, with an ambitious and important project. “Carlitos chose Juventus because he still wants to win in Europe before returning to Boca Juniors. He wants to help the club win their third Scudetto in a row. “Monaco? Yes, they were also there. We saw each other and discussed him, but the offer from the Bianconeri was the most engaging.” The Old Lady are looking to strengthen this summer in an effort to compete in the Champions League. “I saw Bayern Munich a lot and Juve were one of the few sides who caused them problems,” Joorabchian added. “Tevez can help to reduce the gap.” The German giants, who went on to win the competition, beat Juve 4-0 on aggregate in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Tevez: 'Juventus wanted me more' 26.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Carlos Tevez waved the Number 10 jersey at hundreds of fans as he revealed “Juventus wanted me more than Milan.” The striker arrived in Turin this evening to complete his €12m transfer from Manchester City. He will undergo a medical either today or tomorrow before signing a three-year contract. “I am very happy to be at Juve, as this is a great satisfaction for me,” said Tevez. “I will say everything else in the Press conference. Juve wanted me more than Milan.” The Argentine had been very close to Milan both in January and earlier this summer, but nothing came of the negotiations. Tevez waved the Number 10 jersey with his name on it out of the window of the Juventus HQ, where around 300 fans are waiting. He would become the first Juventus player to wear the shirt after Alessandro Del Piero, who left to join Sydney FC a year ago.
Flamini - AC Milan talks break down 26.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Sky Sport Italia claim Milan are further than ever from agreeing a new contract with Mathieu Flamini. The former Arsenal midfielder’s current deal expires at the end of the month and today his agent visited Adriano Galliani at the club headquarters. According to Sky Sport Italia, the meeting was a failure, as it showed there is a huge difference between offer and demand. Flamini is thought to want €15m wages before taxes spread over a three-year contract, whereas Milan are proposing just €3.6m gross on a two-year deal. It is increasingly unlikely that the Frenchman will be at San Siro next season.
Flamini - AC Milan talks decide nothing 26.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Mathieu Flamini and Milan will have to meet again after no agreement over a new contract was reached on Wednesday. The Rossoneri spoke with the midfielder’s agent today to discuss a possible extension. His present agreement expires at the end of this month. Sky Sport Italia are this afternoon claiming that the main hurdle revolves around the proposed length of the renewal. The Diavolo have offered a two-year contract for the former Marseille and Arsenal man. The midfielder is looking for a three-year deal. “The meeting was necessary to make our position clear and understand the thoughts of the club,” agent Helene Misserly stated outside of the club’s Via Turati HQ to Milan News. “We need another meeting to make a decision. Flamini is happy at Milan, but that doesn’t mean that he will stay.”
Flamini set for AC Milan talks 26.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia AC Milan will meet with the agent of Mathieu Flamini to discuss a possible new contract at the Stadio Meazza. The 29-year-old will be a free agent at the end of this month after only signing a new short-term deal last summer. The Frenchman, grabbed from Arsenal in 2008 on a Bosman, scored four goals in 18 League games in 2012-13. The Corriere dello Sport suggests that the Diavolo want the midfielder to stay, although it is unclear whether the player wishes to remain. Milan have reportedly offered the ex-Marseille man personal terms of €2.2m a season.
Clubs: 'Investigation on agents' 25.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Statements from Udinese and Chievo suggest today’s raid on clubs by financial police was targeting specific agents. This morning financial police staged a co-ordinated raid on 41 different Serie A and B clubs, taking away boxes of documents. “They also came to Udinese’s headquarters,” confirmed President Franco Soldati. “They wanted to have the documentation relating to the activities of Alessandro Moggi and another agent. They took away documents regarding a player who was with us for five years.” Chievo also released an official statement noting they have “collaborated fully” with the authorities, as their investigation is based on agents rather than the club itself. It is believed this is a raid seeking to find evidence of tax fraud and even potential money laundering.
Juventus close on £10 mil. Tevez move 25.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia There are reports Juventus are closing on a €12m (£10m) deal for Carlos Tevez during crunch negotiations with Manchester City today. Directors Beppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici flew in to England today for crucial talks with the Eastlands side. According to Sky Sport Italia, Juve have offered €10m (approximately £8.5m) and Manchester City are still holding out for €15m (£12.7m). However, they are whittling down the difference and could eventually reach an agreement for a transfer worth €12m (£10m). The Bianconeri stepped up after Milan pulled out of negotiations, as Adriano Galliani warned they cannot sign any other strikers until they have sold Robinho.
AC Milan explain Tevez and Poli 'snubs' 25.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia AC Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has underlined that his club need to sell before they can buy this summer. The Rossoneri have been linked with bids for Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez and Sampdoria’s Andrea Poli, but their market moves are on hold. “We are not interested in Tevez at this moment in time,” Galliani stated to the Corriere dello Sport. “We can’t do anything given that we already have seven attackers in our squad. “It’s the same situation for Poli, he’ll only arrive if three or four players leave first. I repeat, we have more players than are necessary right now.” One of the players the Diavolo are looking to sell is Robinho, but his proposed return to Santos is still on hold. “Robinho remains one of our players,” the official added. “The offer from Santos does not correspond with the request of Milan. “As a result he will stay with us. The Brazilian market closes on July 15, although that may be extended until July 20.” Milan’s inability to make a bid for Tevez has opened the door for Juventus to swoop for the Argentine. Turin clubs officials are expected in Manchester today.
Traore aims to prove AC Milan worth 25.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Bakaye Traore is confident he can be of service to Milan despite his virtually anonymous 2012-13 campaign. The midfielder was expected to be shown the door by the Rossoneri this summer, but his agent insists the 28-year-old wants to stay. “At the moment, he has no intention of leaving,” Olivier Yenge told Milan News. “I think that, with him in top form, he can get boss Massimiliano Allegri to have a re-think. “We are hopeful about that. The truth is that he was hampered in the last campaign by a serious injury which he was carrying for three or four months. “The boy loves Milan and Italy. And, up to this point, Milan haven’t told us of any offers they have received for him.” The Mali international was signed on a free transfer last summer from Nancy. He appeared in just nine games all season.
Antonini wants AC Milan future 25.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Luca Antonini is hoping to continue his career at Milan despite his precarious contract situation at the club. The 30-year-old is only tied to the outfit until June 2014, meaning the Rossoneri could decide to sell this summer rather than risk losing him on a Bosman in 12 months. “I still have a year left on my contract with Milan,” the left-back told Sport Italia. “We’ll have to wait and see whether there are the conditions in place for me to remain. “I certainly have the desire to continue playing at Milan.” The defender had a problematic 2012-13 campaign given that he appeared in just six Serie A ties, two Champions League encounters and a single Coppa Italia match.
Balotelli: I feel like a loser 25.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli is disappointed his Confederations Cup campaign has ended prematurely. The Italian has returned to the peninsula from Brazil after a thigh injury ruled him out of the rest of the tournament. “I feel like a loser having to leave like this,” the 22-year-old commented. “I would have wanted to stay here. “However, there is a Champions League preliminary game on the horizon and I therefore need to be treated for that. “Saying that, I’m sure my international teammates will continue to do well without me.” The former Manchester City player scored against Mexico and Japan as the Azzurri booked their place in the semi-finals of the competition. He picked up the problem in the loss to Brazil which has made him unavailable for the semi with Spain, as well as the weekend’s Third/Fourth play-off or Final tie. Italy boss Cesare Prandelli is now expected to turn to Bologna striker Alberto Gilardino after Roma’s Pablo Daniel Osvaldo was left at home for disciplinary reasons.
Balotelli leaves Confederations Cup 25.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Mario Balotelli’s Confederations Cup is over due to injury, but Cesare Prandelli insists “there was no pressure from Milan.” The striker had been ruled out of Thursday’s semi-final against Spain with a left thigh problem, but today tests showed the injury was more serious than at first thought. It was announced this evening that Super Mario will be leaving the squad immediately for a return to Italy in order to undergo treatment. He joins his Milan teammate Ignazio Abate, who has already left after dislocating his shoulder in the 4-2 defeat to Brazil. “Balotelli was very disappointed, but there was no time for him to recover,” explained Coach Prandelli. “In any case, there was no pressure from Milan on me or the Federation to bring him straight back to Italy. “Without Mario we will have to try to work more on the collective.” Alberto Gilardino of Bologna is therefore likely to start against Spain, or Prandelli could embrace a complete change of system. “Mario cannot recover in time for the Confederations Cup Final,” added chief medic Professor Enrico Castellacci. “Now the Milan medical staff will look after him.”
Berlusconi sentenced to seven years 24.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia AC Milan President Silvio Berlusconi has been found guilty of paying for sex with an underage prostitute and abusing his Prime Ministerial position to cover it up. A court in the city today sentenced the 76-year-old to seven years in prison, as well as a lifetime ban on holding public office. The Rossoneri chief however, has denied the allegations and will appeal the verdict. Such sentences in Italy are only enforced once they are definite – a process which could take years. Berlusconi was not in Milan today to hear the verdict, but was found guilty of paying for sex with Karima el-Mahroug in 2010, who was 17 at the time. Judges also found that the politician had pressured the Milanese police into releasing Miss Mahroug, after she had been arrested on suspicion of theft. Both deny all charges.
Zapata praises AC Milan youngster Vergara 24.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia AC Milan defender Cristian Zapata believes that new signing Jherson Vergara will be a sensational purchase. The Rossoneri announced the arrival of the Colombian teenager last month, and his countryman has insisted that the 19-year-old is something special. “Vergara is a very young boy, but one that wants to improve,” Zapata told elespectador.com. “You can see that he really wants to play for Milan. “We have met and talked, and he wants to play right away. “I am convinced that Vergara has a bright future and will be a great buy for Milan.”
Sassuolo replace Inter in TIM Trophy 24.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Juventus, Milan and newly-promoted Sassuolo will contest this year's TIM Trophy on July 23. The annual pre-season tournament is usually held between the Rossoneri, the Bianconeri and Inter, but with the competition being played in Reggio Emilia, the Serie B champions have been invited instead. This will be the 12th edition of the competition. Inter have lifted the trophy for the past three seasons.
Nocerino agent: Future may change 24.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia The agent of Antonio Nocerino and Ciro Immobile has insisted that neither of his clients have had offers yet this summer. The Milan midfielder has been linked with a move to Napoli, whilst the Genoa striker is unsure of his future after Juventus renewed their co-ownership deal for the forward. However, their representative has admitted that anything could happen during the off-season. “I do not know what if Napoli are interested in Nocerino, but if they want to they can contact me,” Marco Sommella told Radio Crc. “The market has only just started and we have not entered into any official business yet. “But that could all change by next week.”
Galliani praises captain Montolivo 24.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia AC Milan vice-President Adriano Galliani has insisted that Riccardo Montolivo will be a great captain for the Rossoneri. The San Siro side today announced that the Italy international will wear the armband next season following Massimo Ambrosini's transfer to Fiorentina. And the board member has insisted that the 28-year-old will have the full support of the squad, including vice-captain Christian Abbiati. “I have already spoken with Abbiati, and he has no problem with handing the armband to Montolivo,” Galliani told Sport Mediaset. “Riccardo reminds me of Kaka.”
Honda wants 'big club' opportunity 24.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia AC Milan and Lazio target Keisuke Honda has claimed that he wants to join a 'big club' in the summer. The Japan international has been heavily linked with a move away from current club CSKA Moscow during the off-season. The 27-year-old however, has admitted he is not quite sure what his future holds. “I do not know what my next step will be,” he told the Japan Times. “But I have the opportunity to play for a big club. “In August I'll know what the future holds. “All I know at the moment is that if I do go to a top club, then I will become better as a player. “Playing with great players would be good for my growth.”
AC Milan name Montolivo as captain 24.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Riccardo Montolivo has been named as the new captain of Milan – just a year after his arrival at San Siro. The Rossoneri are looking for a new man to wear the armband after Massimo Ambrosini’s contract was not renewed. The midfielder has beaten competition from veteran shot-stopper Christian Abbiati for the honour. “Montolivo will be Milan’s captain,” Vice-President Adriano Galliani commented. “I’ve spoken with Abbiati and there are no problems.” Italian international Montolivo, signed on a Bosman free transfer from Fiorentina, is thought to have caught the attention of Sevilla. Reports yesterday claimed that they had bid €20m for the former Atalanta playmaker. “Montolivo is not for sale,” Galliani continued. “We won’t be selling him to anybody. “Anyway, at this moment in time, no Spanish club – apart from Barcelona and Real Madrid – can spend €20m for one player.” Montolivo, who did wear the armband at times last term, scored four goals in 32 League games during his maiden Diavolo campaign.
Ambrosini to Fiorentina this week? 24.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Massimo Ambrosini could become a Fiorentina player by the end of this week, claims the Gazzetta dello Sport. The midfielder is available on a Bosman free transfer after Milan opted against renewing his expiring contract. Despite interest from clubs outside of Italy, the Viola have expressed an admiration for the 36-year-old and he’s admitted he would consider an eventual Tuscan offer. The Gazzetta says that a deal could be wrapped up in the next two or three days for the former Italian international. Midfielder Ambrosini, who joined Milan in 1995, appeared in 20 League games for the Diavolo in 2012-13.
Torino track Emanuelson 24.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Torino are trying to tempt Milan into selling them Urby Emanuelson after his spell at Fulham. The versatile Dutch international can play as full-back, winger, midfielder, trequartista or in a trident attack. He spent the last six months on loan at Fulham, but the Premier League side will not be making the move permanent. Emanuelson is still not particularly in the plans of Milan Coach Massimiliano Allegri. His contract expires in June 2014, so another loan would risk losing the player on a Bosman next year. According to ItaSportPress, Torino are offering €1.5m for a co-ownership deal with option to buy.
Sevilla EUR 20 mil Montolivo bid 23.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Spanish media claim Sevilla have made a €20m offer for Riccardo Montolivo, but Milan turned them down. The midfielder only arrived from Fiorentina on a Bosman last summer and is currently on international duty at the Confederations Cup. Montolivo has been tipped to become the new captain of the Rossoneri after Massimo Ambrosini’s contract was allowed to expire. This is why, according to fichajes.net, Milan have rejected Sevilla’s alleged €20m proposal out of hand. The transfer rumour has been repeated in numerous Italian papers and sites too.
Ambrosini 'waiting for Fiorentina' 23.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Massimo Ambrosini’s agent confirms he is “waiting for Fiorentina to decide whether there’s space for him in the squad.” The 36-year-old midfielder is a free agent after Milan allowed his contract to expire this month. “There is no news over the last few days, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens next week,” Moreno Roggi told Radio Blu. “The player already expressed his preference for Fiorentina, now the club must decide whether there’s space for him in the squad. “We’re waiting to know if Fiorentina think Ambrosini would be of use to them or not.” He also had offers from West Ham United and the MLS, but would prefer to stay in Italy with the Viola after 18 years in a Milan jersey.
AC Milan drop Tevez for Honda 23.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia It’s reported Milan cooled their interest in Carlos Tevez because they’re in talks for CSKA Moscow and Japan star Keisuke Honda. There is a limit on the number of non-EU players Serie A sides can bring into the country each year, so the Rossoneri have only one more slot left after signing Colombian defender Jherson Vergara. The plan had been to sign Tevez from Manchester City, but their interest has notably cooled over the last few days, opening the door for Juventus to resume their chase. According to Sport Mediaset, the reason is Milan are instead looking at Japan international Honda, who so impressed in the 4-3 Confederations Cup defeat to Italy. Honda would tick every box for the Diavolo, as he is out of contract with CSKA Moscow on December 31 and therefore available at a cut-price fee. He would also bring with him numerous sponsorship opportunities from Japan, where he has a huge fanbase. It is not the first time Honda has been linked with a Serie A move, as he was also in negotiations with Lazio last summer.
Balotelli and Montolivo injury concerns 23.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia There are reports Mario Balotelli and Riccardo Montolivo are at risk for the Confederations Cup semi-final. Both players picked up knocks during Italy’s 4-2 defeat to Brazil last night in Salvador. Montolivo had to be substituted after suffering dizzy spells due to a knock to the head. He was taken to hospital for tests, which confirmed head trauma with slight concussion. As for Balotelli, he was on the end of several crunching tackles and was spotted limping through the media zone after the game. Andrea Pirlo already missed the Brazil match due to a calf problem and hopes to recover in time for Thursday’s semi-final, which is likely to be against Spain. Ignazio Abate’s tournament is over, as he dislocated his shoulder following a challenge from Neymar. Daniele De Rossi will return to the line-up, as he was suspended against the Seleçao. The Azzurri travelled to Fortaleza today, where they will train at the Vargas stadium.
Confederations over for Abate 23.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Ignazio Abate is out of the Confederations Cup after dislocating his shoulder, while Riccardo Montolivo suffered a head injury. Both players went off in the opening 30 minutes of tonight’s 4-2 defeat to Brazil. Chief medic Professor Enrico Castellacci spoke to the media in Salvador and gave an update on their condition. Milan full-back Abate is out for the rest of the tournament after dislocating his right shoulder during a nasty fall. “The dislocation was reduced straight after and he is feeling better, but he will certainly not be able to play the next games.” Montolivo suffered a knock, causing “head trauma” and has been taken to hospital for tests. “I don’t want to worry anyone, but it is only right to make absolutely sure there are no problems.” Andrea Pirlo missed this match with a calf problem and hopes to be fit for the semi-final against Spain on Thursday. “We are working on it and hope he can recover soon. As there are fewer players available, we need his character.”
Catania: Lodi is irreplaceable 22.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Catania President Antonio Pulvirenti has admitted that Francesco Lodi is 'irreplaceable' to the Elefanti. The 29-year-old has been linked with a move to Milan this summer, but the owner of the Sicilian side has conceded that they haven't received any offers for the midfielder. “Lodi is irreplaceable,” he told itasportpress.it. “Apart from Milan in January, we have so far not received any offers. “All these rumours are just a disturbance.” Lodi was virtually ever-present for Rolando Maran's men last season, playing 33 matches and scoring six goals.
Saponara: My best role is... 21.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Riccardo Saponara says he’s ready to pull the strings behind two strikers at Milan next season. The Italian Under-21 international will join the Rossoneri for 2013-14 after the Diavolo bought a half share in him from Empoli in January. “I was happy in the trequartista role which I was used in at Empoli,” the 21-year-old told Sky Sport Italia. “I think that could be the role where I can deliver the most. Saying that, I’m ready to be used in any position. “I am at the total disposal of the club and I want to grow with the utmost humility. “I did struggle with consistency in the past, but I improved under that aspect in the last campaign which saw me earn the attention of the Rossoneri.” Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri is expected to revert back to the 4-3-1-2 system at San Siro next term at the request of owner Silvio Berlusconi. Saponara is formerly of Ravenna.
Di Natale makes Udinese pledge 21.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Antonio Di Natale says he will end his career at Udinese after being linked with a possible move to Milan. The 35-year-old was this week labelled as a Rossoneri transfer target by the Gazzetta dello Sport, but a switch is not on the horizon. Di Natale, whose present contract in Udine expires in 2014, met with Bianconeri officials on Friday to discuss a renewal. “I’m staying at Udinese,” the club captain told Udinese Channel after talks with owner Giampaolo Pozzo. “I will end my playing career with this club. I’ll meet with Gino Pozzo next week when I will put pen to paper.” The 2004 signing from Empoli, an Italian international, scored 23 goals in 33 League games during the 2012-13 campaign. Di Natale is expected to sign fresh terms until 2015.
Brocchi excited by AC Milan job 21.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Cristian Brocchi is looking forward to his new adventure after he landed a coaching job in the Milan youth sector. The midfielder, born in 1976, has ended his playing days and will take charge of the Rossoneri Allievi in the new campaign. “I’m very happy with the opportunity which I have been given to start down this path,” Brocchi told Sky Sport Italia. “However, there is no certainty that a playing past will see you transform into a good Coach.” Brocchi is back with Milan, where he started his career, after five years in the capital with Lazio. “I’ve left the Lazio fans who loved me,” added the former Verona, Inter and Fiorentina man. “I’ll never forget them.”
Galliani on Tevez - Robinho trouble 21.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Adriano Galliani confirmed Robinho’s Santos talks are “static” and Milan can’t sign Carlos Tevez unless he leaves, but Kevin-Prince Boateng and Stephan El Shaarawy stay. The Vice-President spoke to Sky Sport Italia about several different transfer stories that have been circulating, very important for those placing Championship bets before the start. “There are no offers for Boateng. The player has not requested a move, nor have any other clubs made enquiries,” said Galliani. “I met with Monaco, but it was purely a courtesy visit. Nobody believes me! “As for Robinho, the negotiations with Santos are static. We are in talks, but have not reached any agreement on the figures.” This situation is having a knock-on effect for Manchester City forward Tevez, who is targeted by both Milan and Juventus. “Tevez is a Manchester City player and we will not be doing anything unless someone else leaves first. If another club wants to come forward for Tevez, then they are welcome to do so. “If we do not sell one of our players, then we cannot make any other moves.” El Shaarawy’s agent had expressed concern over the Italian international’s future today, but Galliani was reassuring. “We never thought about sell him, there are no particular offers for him and at the moment everything is calm.” Milan have been linked with a bid for Sampdoria midfielder Andrea Poli, offering striker M’Baye Niang in exchange. “Poli could be of interest to us, but only if someone else leaves. There are no Sampdoria requests for Niang. “We believe that the squad is competitive, so if we do not sell anyone then we won’t bring anyone else in.” Galliani also denied ever talking to Inter about exchanging Antonio Nocerino with Ricky Alvarez, while noted it was “obvious” the rumour of negotiations for Udinese hitman Antonio Di Natale was false.
Constant renewal 21.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Kevin Constant will remain co-owned by Milan and Genoa, while Parma sign Fabiano Santacroce, Marco Parolo and Yohan Benalouane. Today many clubs are deciding whether to renew co-ownership deals for next season, buy out a player outright or sell their 50 per cent share. Milan and Genoa have renewed the co-ownership agreement for midfielder-turned-full-back Constant, who spent this season at San Siro. The Rossoneri agreed to buy out Genoa’s 50 per cent of striker Giacomo Beretta. Parma have been very active, buying defender Santacroce from Napoli, plus Benalouane and Parolo from Cesena. The Ducali also renewed their co-ownership status for Paolo Hernan Dellafiore with Siena. Napoli have sold their 50 per cent of midfielder Daniele Mannini to Siena. In other news, Inter have renewed Austrian defender Lukas Spendlhofer’s contract until June 2016.
El Shaarawy agent hints at exit 20.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Stephan El Shaarawy's agent has hinted that the youngster could leave Milan, claiming that it is a 'very delicate moment' for the 20-year-old. The Italy international has been heavily linked with some of Europe's top clubs in this transfer window, with Manchester City and Monaco both rumoured to have made offers. But his representative has remained coy on the prospect of El Shaarawy leaving the Rossoneri. “I cannot say anything at the moment,” Roberto La Florio told AreaMilan. “It is a very delicate moment.”
Report: Monaco to make De Sciglio bid 20.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Reports in the Italian Press this afternoon have claimed that Monaco could make a move for Milan full-back Mattia De Sciglio. The French club have already splashed the cash on Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho this summer. And Sport Mediaset believe that the Ligue 1 side could make a move for the Italy international over the next few weeks. Claudio Ranieri's side are already believed to be in advanced talks with Kevin-Prince Boateng, and have been linked with Stephan El Shaarawy in the past. But the news outlet has claimed that the newly-promoted team could make a serious move for the 20-year-old, worth around €18m.
'Di Natale was not in Milan' 20.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Udinese have shot down claims that club captain Antonio Di Natale held talks with Milan on Wednesday. The Rossoneri, through the words of Vice-President Adriano Galliani, have already rubbished the Gazzetta dello Sport claim. Now Udinese have poured cold water on the reports. “As far as I know, Di Natale was in Udine yesterday,” Bianconero sporting director Fabrizio Larini told udineseblog.it. “He wasn’t in Milan and neither was his agent. “Milan wanted him last year? If that is the case then we can say that Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella is also a big fan of him… “Milan could be interested in him, but they did not meet yesterday.” The striker, 35, is contracted to the Stadio Friuli outfit until 2014.
Di Natale did not meet AC Milan 20.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia AC Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has dismissed the claim that he held transfer talks with Antonio Di Natale on Wednesday. The Gazzetta dello Sport suggests that Galliani and fellow director Ariedo Braida dined with the Udinese striker and his agent in Milan yesterday. “The story is without any foundation,” the Diavolo chief told Sport Mediaset on Thursday morning. Di Natale, 35, has committed his future in the past to the Bianconeri despite interest from bigger clubs. The Italian international is presently tied to the Udine side until June 2014.
Galliani has faith in Coach Gattuso 20.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia AC Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani is confident Gennaro Gattuso will be a success on the Palermo bench in 2013-14. “I’m really happy for Rino,” Galliani told Stadio News after the 35-year-old was confirmed in the hotseat by the Sicilians. “He has the qualities to do really well on the Palermo bench. “I am certain that all will go well and I wish him all of the very best for this new adventure.” Gattuso left Milan last summer to continue his playing career with Swiss outfit Sion, a club whom he temporarily coached for a limited number of games in the campaign. The 2006 World Cup winner, who replaces Giuseppe Sannino at the Stadio Barbera, has been asked to get the club back into the top flight following relegation.
Di Natale in shock AC Milan link 20.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia AC Milan held talks with Udinese’s Antonio Di Natale and his agent on Wednesday, the Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting. The veteran hitman dined with Diavolo directors Adriano Galliani and Ariedo Braida who allegedly expressed their interest in him. Di Natale, 35, has previously rejected offers from bigger clubs – particularly Juventus – by committing his services to the Udine outfit. The Italian international, contracted at the Stadio Friuli until 2014, has been with the Bianconeri since his 2004 switch from Empoli. Di Natale will now meet Udinese chief Gianpaolo Pozzo and his son Gino to discuss his future options. Udinese and the player have been in talks about a new deal, but no agreement has yet been reached with the captain. The player has scored 158 goals in 295 Serie A matches.
Monaco bid EUR 60 mil. for AC Milan duo? 20.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Mediaset Premium claim Monaco have offered €60m to buy Milan stars Stephan El Shaarawy and Kevin-Prince Boateng. It would be a similar swoop to the one Paris Saint-Germain managed last summer, when they convinced the Rossoneri to part with both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva for a combined €65m. This report suggests Adriano Galliani had set up a meeting with Monaco to discuss releasing Boateng, but was surprised by the request for El Shaarawy as part of a package deal. Vice-President Galliani made it clear last week that every member of the team is for sale at the right price, including The Little Pharaoh. El Shaarawy had also been linked with rumoured €40m offers from Arsenal and Manchester City.
Santos: 'Robinho too expensive' 20.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Santos have put their Robinho move in doubt by warning “the figures Milan and the player told us are very high.” The striker has been in negotiations with his former club, on and off, for over a year after declaring he was homesick. It had been widely reported that a deal was ready to be done worth €7m, but that now seems to be up in the air due to Robinho’s personal demands. “We spoke to a person who represents both Robinho and Milan. The figures they told us are very high,” Santos Vice-President Odilio Rodrigues told Globoesporte.com. “The conversation was on the telephone, so we asked for official confirmation if these figures were accurate and we are waiting.” It seems that Santos are not prepared to raise their offer above €6m, while the Rossoneri still want at least €9m for the 29-year-old. Robinho’s contract expires in June 2014.
AC Milan spend Boateng cash on Diamanti 18.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Reports in the Italian Press on Tuesday have suggested that Milan could turn to Alessandro Diamanti if Kevin-Prince Boateng is sold. The Ghanian midfielder has been linked with a move to French club Monaco in recent weeks, and respected journalist Gianluca Di Marzio believes that the Rossoneri may target the Bologna playmaker as his replacement. Boateng is likely to leave for around €13m, and as such, Di Marzio is confident that that money will be directly reinvested into the purchase of the Italy international. Diamanti enjoyed a hugely successful campaign in 2012/13, scoring seven and assisting 11 goals in 35 appearances.
One-year Fiorentina deal for Ambrosini 18.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Sky Sport Italia expect former Milan man Massimo Ambrosini to join Fiorentina on a Bosman free transfer. The midfielder, 35, also linked with West Ham, is available for free after the Diavolo opted against renewing his contract which will expire this month. The ex-Italian international should put pen to paper on a one-year deal worth €800,000 in Tuscany. Should bonus clauses be activated then he could earn a further €200,000. Ambrosini, formerly of Cesena and Vicenza, spent 18 years with the Diavolo.
Cagliari tighten grip on Astori 18.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Cagliari have insisted Italian international centre-back Davide Astori will not be sold during the summer. The 26-year-old is being paired with a possible move to Milan by some in the Italian media on Tuesday. But Cagliari director Francesco Marroccu has told the L'Unione Sarda that the stopper is going nowhere. “Davide Astori is a point of reference for the future,” the official noted. “He is a player who we would not consider selling. “Cagliari will start again from him. He represents us on the world stage and he is a certainty for us. “And we have not forgotten when he rejected a move to Spartak Moscow last year in order to remain here. “That gesture made us proud.” Astori, the winner of four caps for Italy, is a former youth team player at Milan who joined the Rossoblu in 2008.
Boateng wanted by Monaco 18.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia AC Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani will be in Monaco on Tuesday to listen to an offer for Kevin-Prince Boateng, reports Sky Sport Italia. Despite rumours suggesting that the French outfit were keen on either Robinho or Stephan El Shaarawy, it appears they have their sights set on the versatile midfielder. Boateng has been linked with a summer exit after scoring two goals in 29 games for the Diavolo over the course of the last campaign. The 26-year-old moved to San Siro in the summer of 2010 from Portsmouth, via Genoa.
AC Milan - Genoa renew Constant deal? 17.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Kevin Constant will continue his career at Milan after his co-ownership with Genoa was reportedly renewed. The 26-year-old, a midfielder who was used as a full-back last term at San Siro, initially joined the Diavolo on loan last summer. In January, the Rossoneri signed a half-share in his contract from the Marassi outfit. Boss Massimiliano Allegri used the former Chievo Verona man in 25 League games during the 2012-13 campaign. Milan and Genoa have until June 20 to either officially renew or resolve Constant’s co-ownership status.
Montolivo hails Italy team effort 17.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Italy silenced their critics with the 2-1 win over Mexico in the Confederations Cup on Sunday, says Riccardo Montolivo. The Azzurri had gone into the tournament on the back of unconvincing draws against the Czech Republic and Haiti. However, using a new 4-3-2-1 system, they triumphed in their opening game with goals from Andrea Pirlo and Mario Balotelli. “Today we played the game in a different way, with more aggressiveness and condition,” the Milan midfielder noted. “Two individual moments clearly made the difference against Mexico, but it was the team's performance as a whole which should be praised.”
VIDEO: Balotelli goal vs. Mexico 16.6 || webmaster
Parma approach Saponara 16.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia AC Milan have already bought half of Azzurrini starlet Riccardo Saponara, but now Parma want the other 50 per cent from Empoli. The winger impressed in the European Under-21 Championships and scored a goal in the 4-0 win over Israel. This summer Milan announced they had beat the competition to buy out half of his contract from Serie B team Empoli and he will be playing at San Siro next season. However, according to Tuttosport, Parma have now approached Empoli to buy up the other 50 per cent of his registration. This situation would mean that next summer Milan and Parma would need to negotiate over whether to renew the co-ownership deal or have one club buy the other out.
Nocerino - Silvestre swap? 16.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Inter could sell Alfred Duncan to Sunderland and Matias Silvestre to Milan to fund Radja Nainggolan and Antonio Nocerino moves. The Nerazzurri are completely revamping their midfield with the arrival of new Coach Walter Mazzarri, who has set his sights firmly on Cagliari star Nainggolan. Battling with Roma for the Belgian international, La Gazzetta dello Sport claims Inter could get the upper hand thanks to one of their youth team players. Ghanaian midfielder Duncan has been a sensation in Serie B with Livorno this season and took them to promotion. The 20-year-old was due to either remain on loan at Livorno for one more year or return to base, but he could now be sold to Paolo DI Canio’s Sunderland for €8m. That money would then be reinvested in the €15m Cagliari asking price for Nainggolan. Other youth team players who Inter could hand over as part of the deal include Under-21 internationals Francesco Bardi, Giulio Donati and Luca Caldirola. Meanwhile, the Corriere dello Sport maintains Milan are ready to do a straight swap with their city rivals. Nocerino would move to the Nerazzurri in exchange for defender Mathias Silvestre. The Argentine did not convince during his year at San Siro, but Inter were forced to buy him out from Palermo due to a contract clause. Nocerino had already been close to joining Mazzarri at Napoli in January after falling off Massimiliano Allegri’s radar.
AC Milan jet out for Robinho sale? 15.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Brazilian media believe Adriano Galliani will fly out tomorrow so Milan can sell Robinho to Santos for €7m. There were already reports late on Friday that the gap between demand and offer had been reduced to just €2m. Now Correio de Bahia maintain general manager Galliani will jet out to Rio de Janeiro on Sunday to continue advanced negotiations. Milan’s original €10m price-tag in January was lowered to €8m this summer and it is believed the two clubs can reach an agreement for €7m. Robinho has just one year left on his contract, but the sale would also allow the club to save money on his substantial wages. The 29-year-old’s exit would then be used to fund a move for Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez.
Boateng: 'Exemplary racism punishment' 15.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Kevin-Prince Boateng applauds the prison sentence for Pro Patria fans who racially abused him and insists “I never really wanted to leave Italy.” The Milan star hit headlines around the world on January 3 when he stormed off during a friendly match in Busto Arsizio after repeated racist abuse from a small section of locals. His teammates followed him into the locker room and the scandal eventually saw those fans handed prison sentences ranging from 40 days to two months. “It was an exemplary sentence,” Boateng told Sky Sport Italia. “At the time I said I felt like going abroad to play my football, but I was just angry. I never really wanted to leave Italy. I am happy here.”
Did AC Milan offer Ambrosini deal? 15.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia There are reports Milan President Silvio Berlusconi offered Massimo Ambrosini a new contract on Friday, but he refused. The captain will be released from his deal when it expires on June 30, ending 18 years at San Siro. According to SportMediaset, President Berlusconi personally called Ambrosini on Friday evening to offer another year on the contract. However, the midfielder turned it down, having already said his goodbyes and realised he is no longer wanted. It seems a very strange development for Berlusconi to offer a renewal on Friday when general manager Adriano Galliani publicly declared Ambrosini’s deal would not be extended on Tuesday. Ambro’s agent was critical of the way Milan handled the affair, as they announced the decision to media before telling him. If this is true, then it is another example of the growing discord within the club, as President Berlusconi already clashed with Galliani over whether to keep Coach Massimiliano Allegri. Ambrosini has already stated he turned down an offer from LA Galaxy, but is considering West Ham United and Fiorentina.
Ronaldo: 'Warning to Balotelli' 15.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Ronaldo warned Mario Balotelli not to “waste his talent like Adriano,” praised Cesare Prandelli’s Italy and trusts Massimo Moratti to do what’s best for Inter. The Brazilian legend sat down with La Gazzetta dello Sport for an exclusive interview ahead of the Confederations Cup. “Balotelli has the great gift of talent, as he knows how to treat the ball a certain way and find the net. In Brazil this is already enough for us to be won over by a player,” said Ronaldo. “However, it is not enough for what Balotelli could become. He mustn’t use his age or his talent as an excuse to do the odd stupid thing on the pitch. “If a striker knows how to play, they are going to provoke him and give him a beating. I know full well, but if I had reacted every time someone kicked me... We have all done silly things in our lives, but we must realise when it’s time to stop. Count to five before responding. “I am reminded of Adriano, although his case was very different to that of Balotelli. Adriano had incredible technique and physicality, so he could’ve done anything he wanted to on the pitch, but at a certain point he couldn’t take it anymore. “The advice I give Balotelli is this: do not waste your talent. At the Maracanà you can tell who is a real player and who is bluffing, so I tell him not to be over-awed by the atmosphere. Playing there does give you goosebumps, as it’s the most beautiful stadium in the world. I’ve never been able to score a professional goal at the Maracanà.” Italy begin their Confederations Cup campaign in Rio de Janeiro against Mexico on Sunday at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT), then face Japan and Brazil. “Even when Italy played badly in a tournament, they still managed to get to at least the quarter-final or semi-final. Now they play good football as well and Brazil know that,” continued Ronaldo. “It was always tough to score against Gigi Buffon and things haven’t changed. He’s the kind of goalkeeper a striker loves and yet also hates coming up against. “I always thought Andrea Pirlo was special, as you could tell that even from when he was a kid at Inter. He has that knack that only the absolute greatest have, which is being able to read the move a second before anyone else. Plus he can pass the ball anywhere.” Il Fenomeno remains synonymous with Inter and commented on the difficult situation at his old club. “You’ll see that they won’t have another season like this one. Is it true that Moratti is thinking about selling the club? I am a little amazed, knowing what the club and the team mean to him. “If Moratti does sell, he’ll do it only for the good of Inter. The President loves Inter too much.”
Robinho closes on Santos move 15.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Robinho is reportedly close to joining Santos, as the gap between offer and Milan’s demand is whittled down to €2m. The striker has made it clear he is feeling homesick and has been pushing for a move to his old club Santos since January. Talks broke down six months ago due to his €10m asking price, but it’s reported the Rossoneri have lowered their expectations to €8m. Similarly, Sky Sport Italia claim Santos have raised their proposal to €6m, so negotiations are progressing well. Milan would use the money raised by Robinho’s sale to bring in Carlos Tevez from Manchester City.
Balotelli injury scare 15.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Mario Balotelli limped off during training today and Italy medical staff warn they’ll “have to evaluate his condition tomorrow.” The Milan forward was expected to start against Mexico in the Confederations Cup opener on Sunday evening. He interrupted the Friday training session in Rio de Janeiro with a right thigh problem and went straight into the locker room with the medical staff. “We are optimistic on his recovery, but we’ll have to evaluate his condition tomorrow,” said Professor Enrico Castellacci. Balotelli also skipped the game between ranks, but there was good news for Stephan El Shaarawy, who was back in full training after he missed Thursday’s session with a muscular problem.
Verratti: I want to stay at PSG 14.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Marco Verratti has determined that even if Carlo Ancelotti were to leave Paris Saint-Germain, it wouldn’t necessarily mean the same for him. The former Pescara player has been linked with a transfer this summer just 12 months on from moving to Paris, with more than one side in Serie A listed alongside Ancelotti’s intended destination of Real Madrid as interested parties. Despite last week also hinting that his head could be turned this summer, the Italy Under-21 international today looked to make clear his commitment to his current employers. “I’ve seen that Ancelotti wants to go to Real Madrid,” reflected Verratti to Rai today. “If so, I will be happy for him, but my future is not linked to that of the Coach. “I feel linked to Paris Saint-Germain and I want to stay here.”
Ambrosini thanks AC Milan, eyes Fiorentina 14.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Massimo Ambrosini has described his time at Milan as ‘marvellous’, but refused to rule out a move to Fiorentina. The club captain is looking for a new outfit after the Diavolo opted against renewing his contract which expires this month. “This isn’t easy,” he said at a Press conference on Friday. “I’m emotional. “I decided to wait a few days before talking as I didn’t want to say something in the heat of the moment which wouldn’t have done justice to my 18 years in Rossonero. “I thank everyone, starting with President Silvio Berlusconi, Adriano Galliani and Ariedo Braida. It has been marvellous here, 18 years which I could never forget.” The former Italian international was hoping to remain at San Siro after Daniele Bonera and Christian Abbiati were handed new deals. “It is not up to me to say whether the club were right or wrong to let go of me,” added the former Cesena and Vicenza player. “There is nothing scandalous about it though. I’m 36, I gave a lot to Milan who had the right to make the decision they made. “I would have liked to have been informed of their decision in a different way, but I am here to say thank you. “I would have preferred that Galliani told me first, but I then logically had a conversation with him. “Life goes on though. I still feel like a player and I want to continue being one. And I’m not leaving Milan with anger.” Ambrosini is being linked with a move to West Ham, but he is also thought to be of interest to the Viola. “Fiorentina are a great club, bossed by a great Coach, with a serious and intriguing project,” he added. “If they came forward for me than I’d listen to what they were offering.”
Zambrotta: 'El Shaarawy has his price' 14.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Gianluca Zambrotta would not be surprised if former club Milan sold Stephan El Shaarawy this summer. The youngster’s future is in doubt after Diavolo Vice-President Adriano Galliani admitted the player was not untouchable on the transfer market. “I think Galliani said something obvious,” the former Bari, Juventus and Barcelona man told Il Mattino on Friday. “No player can be considered as unavailable for transfer unless you are a club like Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain. “We are talking about an important player, one which the club believed in a lot last season, but if the right offer was made… “It seems to me that last summer neither Thiago Silva or Zlatan Ibrahimovic were on the transfer list, but when certain figures are offered then you have to sell.” The 20-year-old striker, currently on Confederations Cup duty with Italy, scored 16 goals in 37 League games last season. Manchester City and Napoli have been heavily linked with the former Genoa youngster.
Pazzini on Balotelli and Allegri 14.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Giampaolo Pazzini spilled the beans on his Milan future, rivalry with Mario Balotelli and what makes Max Allegri special. The striker is out of action for the next five months after undergoing surgery on his right knee. “I am staying at Milan, even if you hear so many rumours at this time of year,” he said during a media event. “There is no rivalry with Balotelli. He’s a good lad and I’ve never had problems with him. If anything, we have a good rapport. You’ll see that in future he’ll do even more for the team. “Allegri is the right Coach for Milan because he is able to control the group and give us all a sense of calm. “He’s also great fun and I love it when he makes jokes in his Livorno dialect. I am Tuscan too, so I start laughing, then look round and realise Boateng and De Jong have no idea what he said!” Former Sampdoria, Fiorentina and Inter striker Pazzini also looked back at the toughest challenges of his career. “Fabio Cannavaro, Alessandro Nesta and Thiago Silva were the best defenders I ever came across.”
Juve reject Tevez 'war' with AC Milan 13.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia AC Milan seem closer to Carlos Tevez, as Juventus reportedly insist they won’t get into a bidding war for the Manchester City star. The striker’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, was photographed in Milan today in a meeting with Rossoneri Vice-President Adriano Galliani. “It was a meeting between old friends,” admitted Galliani to the media. Sport Mediaset had claimed Juventus directors Beppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici had also met with Joorabchian earlier today. However, Sky Sport Italia suggest Juve did not meet anyone and are in fact irritated at Milan’s intrusion. Transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio revealed Bianconeri sources had told him “we won’t take part in a bidding war.” If Milan are to sign Tevez for around €10m, then it’s likely they will use the money from Robinho’s sale to Santos.
Gattuso on Palermo and AC Milan 13.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Gennaro Gattuso comments on his Palermo job, Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy. “The only thing I fear is death.” The former Milan midfielder is set to take over as Coach of Serie B side Palermo after a short spell as player-manager in Switzerland with Sion FC. “I am completing the paperwork with Sion to terminate the contract early,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “Am I afraid of President Maurizio Zamparini’s reputation for hiring and firing? No, the only thing I fear is death! “We will do what is best for Palermo, if this marriage goes through. We talked and expressed our mutual respect. I can certainly say my playing days are over, as I can no longer take the medication I need to continue. “Will Fabrizio Miccoli be in my team? I don’t know. His contract is up this summer and I don’t know if the club intends to renew it.” Gattuso left Milan last summer and there are now precious few of the old guard left, as captain Massimo Ambrosini’s contract was allowed to expire. “Ambrosini had a great career and was a wonderful teammate, but everyone has to say goodbye at some point. I don’t know if he was ready for this split, and he was disappointed, but he does still want to play and will do so elsewhere. Milan are focusing on youth instead.” Despite that new approach, the Rossoneri are considering a reported €40m offer for El Shaarawy from Manchester City or Napoli. “That is a lot of money and nowadays funds are very important for the club,” shrugged Gattuso. “I’d certainly give it some thought with that offer on the table. Milan are moving well and were right to confirm Massimiliano Allegri as Coach.” Balotelli has rediscovered his scoring touch at Milan, if not necessarily a calm attitude. “Mario has to learn to count to 30 before reacting, otherwise people will use him. The Italy squad has many young talents now and Cesare Prandelli did well to wipe out the label of catenaccio.”
Tevez agent meets AC Milan and Juventus 13.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia AC Milan and Juventus were in meetings with Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez’s agent today. The Rossoneri have hinted at their interest in the Argentine, who had already been close to a transfer several times over the past two years. According to Sky Sport Italia, agent Kia Joorabchian flew into Milan this afternoon and went straight into meetings with Milan and Juventus representatives. "It was a meeting between old friends," assured Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani. Initially only the Rossoneri encounter had been covered, but Sport Mediaset suggest Joorabchian also met with Juve directors Beppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici earlier today. His contract with Manchester City expires in June 2014, so the forward is expected to leave this summer.
Nocerino linked with Inter switch 13.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia New Inter boss Walter Mazzarri has reportedly asked the club to make an offer for Milan midfielder Antonio Nocerino. The Corriere dello Sport has made that claim this morning given that the tactician is known to be an admirer of the Italian international. As recently as January, Mazzarri’s Napoli were in talks with the Diavolo about a possible swap deal which would have seen Blerim Dzemaili head to San Siro as part of the transfer. Nocerino was signed by the Diavolo in the summer of 2011 from Palermo for just €500,000. He responded to the move with 10 goals in 35 games. However, the 28-year-old was not guaranteed first team football last term seeing as he started just 20 League ties. Nocerino is considering his future after the club confirmed that Coach Massimiliano Allegri would remain. Inter and Milan did transfer business last summer when Antonio Cassano moved to the Nerazzurri with Giampaolo Pazzini going in the other direction.
AC Milan would like Matri back 13.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Milan have admitted an interest is signing Alessandro Matri from Scudetto rivals Juventus this summer. “Matri grew up here with us,” Vice-President Adriano Galliani noted. “I’d like to bring him back home.” The striker, who will be 29 in August, joined the Diavolo youth system in 1996. He remained on their books until his 2007 switch to Cagliari. Matri is thought to be available for transfer this summer as the champions are looking to give their attacking department a new look. The Italian netted eight goals in Serie A last season, but he was only used in 22 matches by boss Antonio Conte. Matri, who joined the Old Lady in January 2011, is valued at around the €15m mark by the Turin giants. Milan tactician Massimiliano Allegri knows the player well given that they worked together in Sardinia.
De Sciglio: 'El Shaarawy a symbol' 13.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Mattia De Sciglio is confident Stephan El Shaarawy is “a symbol of Milan” and will not be sold. The defender is in Rio de Janeiro with the Italy squad, but in the Press conference was asked about transfer rumours surrounding his club teammate. “El Shaarawy seems very relaxed to me and I hope he will continue to be our present and our future,” said De Sciglio. “He wants to carry on doing well with Milan and the transfer gossip is not distracting him. I don’t think he will leave, as he is a symbol of Milan. “It’s true that anything could happen in the transfer market, but his presence is very important for Milan.” Massimo Ambrosini is leaving the Rossoneri, as his contract expires this month after 18 years at the club. “I thank Ambrosini for all he has done for this team, both on the field and off. He is a real leader and I wish him all the best.” Italy are still recovering from their surprise 2-2 friendly draw with Haiti and prepare for the Confederations Cup opener against Mexico on Sunday. “It didn’t go the way we wanted it to, but we didn’t have the right attitude on the field. We care about doing well in the Confederations Cup, we’re getting into shape and will prepare for the game with Mexico.”
Cavani - Chelsea, El Shaarawy - Napoli? 12.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Chelsea are reportedly willing to pay Edinson Cavani’s €63m buy-out clause, which Napoli would re-invest in Stephan El Shaarawy. The transfer narrative was laid out by Sport Mediaset this evening, touching on a number of different stories dominating headlines in Italy. Napoli have stated they received several offers for Cavani, all of them lower than the €63m clause that will activate his contract. It is now reported that Chelsea are prepared to stump up the pure cash sum in order to have the Uruguayan hitman at Stamford Bridge next season. Aware that Cavani is a hero in Naples, President Aurelio De Laurentiis would immediately re-invest that money by bringing in El Shaarawy from Milan. This week Adriano Galliani publicly confirmed El Shaarawy “is not off the market,” so he is open to offers for the 20-year-old Italy international. Sport Mediaset claim Napoli have put forward a bid worth €30m plus performance-related bonuses for the Little Pharaoh. El Shaarawy has also been linked with Arsenal and Manchester City in recent weeks, while Cavani is a target for Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and again Manchester City.
AC Milan close on Poli move 12.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia AC Milan are reportedly close to completing their swoop for Sampdoria midfielder Andrea Poli. The links have been active for several months and Sky Sport Italia claim a deal is only hours away. The 23-year-old has his second stint at San Siro, having played for Inter on loan in 2011-12, but the Nerazzurri did not take up their option. He returned to Sampdoria and impressed this season with three goals in 31 Serie A appearances. Poli also scored his first senior Italy goal in last month’s 4-0 friendly win over San Marino. The move is aimed at bringing down the average age of the Milan squad, as they released 36-year-old Massimo Ambrosini.
Ambrosini agent criticises AC Milan 12.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Massimo Ambrosini’s agent admits “Milan could’ve dealt with the situation better after 18 years together.” The captain’s contract expires at the end of the month and the Rossoneri opted not to renew it. “Milan could’ve dealt with the situation better after 18 years together,” agent Moreno Roggi told Radioblu. “He always declined all offers, was impeccably behaved on the field and off, so I hope Milan will give him a worthy send-off. “Massimo did expect this decision, but he was still a bit upset. At this moment, seeing as he feels in good shape physically, we will evaluate offers. “The situation is we turned down an offer from Los Angeles. We have negotiations going on with West Ham, but nothing with Fiorentina, as they have not made us any proposals. Having said that, I do hear Ambrosini is on the list for the Viola if David Pizarro leaves. “We received another offer this morning from Australia.”
El Shaarawy sold for Thiago Silva? 12.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia There are reports Stephan El Shaarawy could join Manchester City so that Thiago Silva can return to Milan. Vice-President Adriano Galliani warned El Shaarawy is “not off the market,” but denied rumours of talks with Manchester City or Carlos Tevez. According to SportMediaset, the Rossoneri are considering a sale because they can reinvest that €40m cash straight away. The money would be used to tempt Paris Saint-Germain into handing back Thiago Silva, who only left Milan for approximately €45m a year ago. There are numerous problems, though, including the Brazilian centre-backs current €7.5m per season wages. It would be a very strange piece of business for the Rossoneri, who paid €10m to sign Thiago Silva from Fluminense in January 2009 and sold him in July 2012 for over four times that figure.
Pele: 'I like Balotelli' 12.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Brazilian legend Pele has called Mario Balotelli “a real centre-forward. I like his style and have been impressed by him.” O Rey made the comments ahead of the Confederations Cup, where Italy will play against Mexico, Japan and Brazil. “Balotelli is a real centre-forward,” Pele was quoted as saying this afternoon. “I really like the way he plays, because he uses his physicality to find space between opponents. “I like his style and have been impressed by his attacking force.”
Chievo renew Paloschi agreement 12.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Chievo Verona have renewed their co-ownership of Alberto Paloschi with Milan, the Flying Donkeys have confirmed. The Under-21 international, currently taking part in the European Championship for the Azzurrini, scored seven goals in 20 League games in the past campaign. The 23-year-old is a product of the Milan youth system who has also spent spells on loan at Parma and Genoa. Paloschi has been in Verona since August 2011. In January 2013, Chievo bought a 50 per cent stake in his contract from the Diavolo.
Ambrosini agent meets Fiorentina 12.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Massimo Ambrosini’s representative has met with Fiorentina officials today after he was released by Milan. The midfielder is available on a free transfer after the Diavolo opted against offering him a new 12-month deal at San Siro. Although agent Moreno Roggi has admitted that West Ham are keen on his available client, he left the door open for a Serie A move. “If an offer came in from an Italian side then we would not ignore it completely,” he stated. Roggi has subsequently met with Viola sporting director Daniele Prade about a possible future at the Stadio Franchi. The 36-year-old joined Milan in 1995 from Cesena. He spent the 1997-98 campaign on loan at Vicenza.
El Shaarawy not for sale – agent 12.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia The agent of Stephan El Shaarawy insists that Milan have no intention of selling his client this summer, despite the latest statements of Adriano Galliani. The Rossoneri official last night ignited transfer speculation about the youngster when he admitted a sale was not impossible. “I haven’t heard the words of Galliani,” Roberto La Florio told Sport Italia. “I’m going with what he said a few days ago when he stated that the player was not available for transfer. “Speaking generally though, we can say that the transfer market is crazy and anything can happen. But the boy is happy at Milan and nothing has changed.” Reports suggest that Manchester City are interested in the Italian international, a club who could offer Milan Carlos Tevez as part of any deal. “I’ve not been called by City, these are just rumours. The player is a Milanista and he’s happy in Rossonero,” the representative continued. “Mario Balotelli and El Shaarawy are the only two players that Milan have who are not on the market. “Even though money rules in the window, Milan’s desire is to keep him and Stephan’s desire is to stay. “The interest in Tevez? It’s only right that the club look to reinforce the team. Milan are a great team and they are doing their job by targeting great players.” Reports suggest that Napoli could also make a bid for the former Genoa man seeing as they tried and failed to sign him in January.
Ambrosini 'age was crucial' 11.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia AC Milan released Massimo Ambrosini “because age proved more important than emotions” in rejecting a contract extension. Vice-President Adriano Galliani confirmed this evening that the captain would not be offered a new contract, as his current deal expires at the end of the month. “It is a real shame to say goodbye to Ambro, a decision that seems me very emotionally involved,” Galliani told Milan Channel. “I apologise to Massimo once again in case we hadn’t already told him the decision. We’ve been torn for many days. “He too is very disappointed, but at the end of the day age proved more important than emotions. Ambrosini has been a great Milan player, having 18 seasons with us is incredible. “In 18 years a baby is born and grows into a man, so he achieved so much with us. I think it might be a record that he won four Scudetti with four different Coaches: 1995 with Fabio Capello, 1999 with Alberto Zaccheroni, 2004 with Carlo Ancelotti and 2011 with Massimiliano Allegri.” Ambrosini notched up 489 appearances for the Rossoneri and 36 goals, also lifting the Coppa Italia, two Italian Super Cups, two Champions Leagues, two European Super Cups and one Club World Cup.
Ambrosini confirms West Ham talks 11.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Massimo Ambrosini is leaving Milan and his agent confirms he’ll probably join West Ham. “We’ve ruled out the MLS.” The 36-year-old captain will not be renewing the contract that expires at the end of this month, as confirmed by Rossoneri Vice-President Adriano Galliani this evening. “Obviously Massimo wants to continue playing,” agent Moreno Roggi told Calciomercato.it. “There are some negotiations in place and we are evaluating every type of proposal. His preference would be overseas clubs, but if an offer did come in from an Italian side, we would not ignore it completely. “At this moment we are in talks with West Ham, while we have already ruled out Major League Soccer.” Roggi also spoke to TuttoMercatoWeb and pointed out Galliani’s announcement was no surprise. “We already knew. If Milan had wanted to renew his contract, they would’ve done it a long time ago.”
Galliani: 'El Shaarawy not off the market' 11.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Adriano Galliani insisted there were no talks for Carlos Tevez and Stephan El Shaarawy “is not off the market.” Reports emerged over the past few days that Manchester City had offered €25m plus Tevez to tempt Milan into releasing The Little Pharaoh. “There are no negotiations for Tevez, as for now we have everything we need in attack,” said Vice-President and general manager Galliani. “The player we received the most requests for is El Shaarawy. I never said he was off the market, because anything can happen during the transfer sessions.” It is not a reassuring statement for Rossoneri fans, who are concerned the 20-year-old will be sold before he can reach his full potential. Galliani also commented on rumours Kevin-Prince Boateng is pushing for a move to Chelsea or Monaco. “Boateng never asked us to be sold and there is no orders from the President to have him leave. We will play 4-3-1-2 next season with either Riccardo Saponara or Boateng as trequartista.” Earlier this evening, Galliani had announced that Massimo Ambrosini would not be renewing his contract, which expires at the end of the month. The new captain is going to be Riccardo Montolivo.
OFFICIAL: Ambrosini leaves AC Milan 11.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia AC Milan have officially announced that Massimo Ambrosini will leave this summer, making Riccardo Montolivo the new captain. “Our path and that of Ambrosini are separating, as he will not renew his contract with Milan,” announced Adriano Galliani. He had been the captain, but there is a very surprising choice to take over the armband. “If Christian Abbiati agrees, then the next captain of Milan will be Montolivo.” This is an unusual decision, as Montolivo only arrived on a free transfer from Fiorentina a year ago. Ambrosini has been linked with a move abroad to West Ham United, Canada or the United States. The 36-year-old has been with the Rossoneri for 18 years, first joining in July 1995 from Cesena. There was a one-year loan spell at Vicenza in 1997-98, but that was his only foray outside San Siro. Galliani also commented on the transfer situation around Stephan El Shaarawy, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Carlos Tevez.
AC Milan and Inter top wages survey 11.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Milan and Inter have emerged as the top-paying clubs in Serie A, but Manchester City have the highest sports salaries in the world. The study was conducted by Sporting Intelligence and covered all professional team sports around the globe. Manchester City came out on top with their players receiving an average £5.2m per season, which provides £100,000 per week. Baseball team the LA Dodgers were second with an average pay of £4.85m per year, then Real Madrid and Barcelona. Milan were surprisingly in sixth place, climbing from last year’s rank of seventh despite actively cutting down their wage bill. The Rossoneri are paid on average £4.25m per year or £81,752 a week. Despite failing to qualify for Europe, Inter are in 10th place on the global sports charts, paying out £4m per year and £76,923 a week. The Nerazzurri are below basketball giants the LA Lakers, Europa League winners Chelsea and Champions League victors Bayern Munich. Double Scudetto winners Juventus are back in 35th position with average wages of £2.96m a year, £56,244 per week. Roma are the next highest payers in Serie A in 58th place with £2.35m per year, while Lazio can be found at number 115 with £1.48m wages. President Aurelio De Laurentiis will be pleased to see Napoli in 155th position with an average salary of just £1.26m. Top 10 global sports salaries 1 Manchester City £5,239,750 2 Los Angeles Dodgers £4,855,783 3 Real Madrid £4,718,172 4 Barcelona £4,690,430 5 New York Yankees £4,649,188 6 Milan £4,251,111 7 LA Lakers £4,090,913 8 Chelsea £4,058,742 9 Bayern Munich £4,000,036 10 Inter £4,000,000
Ghana return for Boateng 11.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Versatile Milan midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng is set to make a return to international football with Ghana. The 26-year-old hasn’t represented his nation since he quit in November 2011, citing fitness reasons for his decision. “Boateng’s father is my relative and we used talks with him and the boy to convince the player to return to the Black Stars,” Ghana official Yaw Boateng Djan told Peace FM on Tuesday. “In fact, he could have returned earlier as he was being considered for this month’s matches, but an injury prevented his inclusion.” The former Portsmouth man could now return in his country’s final 2014 World Cup qualifier against Zambia in September. Djan also dismissed speculation that Boateng had demanded to bring his own personal fitness trainer with him should he return to the set-up. Ghana are second in Group D, but just one point behind Zambia who they will host at the start of next season.
AC Milan - Diamanti? Just a rumour 11.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia AC Milan have made no contact with Bologna regarding a possible bid for Italian international Alessandro Diamanti. “They are just rumours for now,” Milan official Ariedo Braida told the Corriere della Sera. “I have nothing more to say on the matter.” The Diavolo are looking for another Trequartista because they will return to the 4-3-1-2 system next season. Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani recently admitted an interest in the former West Ham man given his form at Bologna. Diamanti, 30, has also been paired with Inter and Juventus in recent months.
Galliani: No offer for El Shaarawy 10.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia AC Milan’s Adriano Galliani has once more stated that there has been no offer for Stephan El Shaarawy this summer, amid Manchester City’s apparent interest. City have been linked with a move this summer for the Italian international, whilst Galliani’s admittance that the Rossoneri were once more interested in their forward Carlos Tevez prompted rumours of a possible swap deal. However, once more the Vice-President as asserted Milan’s position on their No 92. “For El Shaarawy there has been no offer, there has been no deal placed on the table,” Galliani told Sky Italia today. “The players have called to ask for confirmation of Allegri, and also Pippo Inzaghi has called asking us to keep him.”
Thereau encourages AC Milan link 10.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Cyril Thereau has reiterated that his future lies away from Chievo and that he has spoken with Fiorentina, but he would like a move to Milan. The Frenchman enjoyed a strong end to the 2012-13 campaign for the Flying Donkeys, scoring 13 times and is reportedly the subject of interest from both La Viola and Rossoneri. “The club knows that I am a man on the market, it is most likely that I will leave,” Thereau told TuttoMercatoWeb.com today. “I believe that my future will be more clear in one or two weeks’ time. “Fiorentina? It is true, my agent has spoken with them. But there is still nothing concrete. Now we must wait and see what happens. “Milan? It is one of the team that I would go to, we are talking about a very important club. Milan are at the top, I would be fine - I have shown that I am ready to play for an important team. “It is clear that playing for Milan is not the same thing as doing so with Chievo. “But for me today, this is the time to make the leap. Milan is one of the most important teams in Europe, Constant plays there. “There are other clubs also interested. We’ll see in one or two weeks from now. We need to wait. “Surely I would like to stay in Italy. And I am ready for the leap, whether it is Fiorentina, Milan or another big team like these two.”
AC Milan ask after Pastore 10.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia The Gazzetta dello Sport are running the line that Milan have enquired at Paris Saint-Germain over the availability of Javier Pastore. The 23-year-old made his name in Serie A during a spell with Palermo before completing a €40m switch out to high-spending PSG. It is understood that the Rossoneri are considering a move to bring the Argentine back to Italy this summer. The Gazzetta dello Sport suggest that Adriano Galliani has contacted former Milan colleague and current PSG sporting director Leonardo to begin possible negotiations for Pastore. The San Siro side are seen as looking through the market for a playmaker to aid a reported planned change in formation for 2013-14 and have otherwise been paired with making a third go at re-signing Ricky Kaka from Real Madrid.
Paulinho too pricey for AC Milan duo 10.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Livorno claim Inter and Milan are interested in forward Paulinho – but neither can afford to sign him. The 27-year-old grabbed 19 goals in Serie B and then netted more crucial strikes in the play-offs as the Tuscan club returned to the top flight. “The boy is liked by both Milan and Inter,” President Aldo Spinelli told calciomercato.it. “But they lack the most important thing necessary to sign him – money! “I’m now waiting for some important offers to be made by a number of Russian clubs. “Once it becomes clear how much these sides want to invest then we’ll decide what to do about his future.” Sampdoria are also keen on the player who joined the Amaranto in 2004 from Juventude. The Brazilian has scored 48 goals in 148 games for the port club. He’s also had spells on loan with Grosseto and Sorrento.
No Trofeo Berlusconi in 2013 10.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia AC Milan have confirmed that there will be no Trofeo Berlusconi friendly against Juventus this summer. The game between the two Italian giants, played in memory of Milan chief Silvio Berlusconi’s father Luigi, has been a pre-season appetiser since 1991. However, there is no room in the summer schedule to fit in the San Siro encounter this time around. “The Trofeo Tim between Milan, Inter and Juventus will take place in Reggio Emilia on July 23,” Vice-President Adriano Galliani stated. “However, there is no date available for the Trofeo Luigi Berlusconi, also because our Champions League preliminary tie will be played on August 20 or 21.” Milan have won the game on 12 occasions, Juventus 10. The Old Lady won the last encounter 3-2 thanks to goals from Claudio Marchisio, Arturo Vidal and Alessandro Matri.
Inzaghi offers El Shaarawy guidance 10.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Pippo Inzaghi has advised Stephan El Shaarawy to remain at Milan amidst reports that he is wanted by Manchester City. “He should stay,” the former Diavolo striker told the Gazzetta dello Sport. “He can keep growing as a player here. “An experience abroad could be important, but I always chose to remain close to home because when things get tough then your family and friends can help.” Milan have claimed that the 20-year-old Italian international, 16 Serie A goals in 2012-13, will not be sold this summer. Inzaghi ended his own playing career with Milan a year ago before being handed a coaching job in the youth sector. He will be the club’s Primavera boss next season, a role where he will have more communication with tactician Massimiliano Allegri. “We’ve already spoken and there will be full collaboration,” Inzaghi added. “Vice-President Adriano Galliani phoned me after Allegri was confirmed in the job and handed the phone to him. “Will we play with a 4-3-1-2 next season too? It’s only right that the youth side use the same system as the first team. “Anyhow, the President wants four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards. “Playing with a trident attack or with a trequartista doesn’t change that much – it all depends on what players you have.”
Galliani: AC Milan like Tevez 10.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia AC Milan have been in contact with the agent of Carlos Tevez regarding a possible move, Vice-President Adriano Galliani has revealed. The Argentine is expected to leave Manchester City this summer given that he is only contracted at the club until 2014. Juventus have shown an interest in the striker, but Galliani has suggested that the player wouldn’t move to a Diavolo rival. “Carlitos won’t betray me,” Galliani stated to journalists before showing them a text message from Kia Joorabchian, the 29-year-old’s agent. “I like Carlitos a lot, because he’s a ‘nasty’ player,” added the San Siro official. “His wages? There will be no problems with Tevez.” Reports on Sunday suggested that City had offered the Italian club cash and Tevez in return for Stephan El Shaarawy. “Who says that El Shaarawy will leave? He will not leave,” Galliani responded when asked about City’s interest in the Pharaoh. Galliani also rejected reports that the club were in discussions with various sides over the sale of Kevin Prince Boateng. “We have received no offers for him,” Galliani assured. Milan tried and failed to sign Tevez in January 2012 after Alexandre Pato rejected the offer of a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Marchisio: 'Balotelli is too nice' 9.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Claudio Marchisio says Mario Balotelli on Twitter is not necessarily a good idea. “He is too nice sometimes.” The Milan and Italy striker joined the social network last month as @FinallyMario and delighted fans with photographs, jokes and occasional rows. He took to Twitter on Friday evening to lambast his critics after a red card against the Czech Republic, but apologised the next day. “He is too nice sometimes,” commented Marchisio, who has been on Twitter for much longer. “Since he joined Twitter, he follows everything. It’s good that he does, but he has to learn how to answer too. “He did well to say he cares about the Nazionale and it is also important that he apologised.” The Italy squad flies out from Rome to Rio de Janeiro for the Confederations Cup tonight.
Yepes set for Hellas Verona 9.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia AC Milan defender Mario Yepes could be heading back to Verona, as he offered his services to Hellas. The 37-year-old Colombian international began his Serie A career in the city with Chievo before moving to San Siro. According to Sky Sport Italia, Yepes has no intention of hanging up his boots despite the end of his contract with the Rossoneri. He has reportedly offered himself to Hellas Verona, who have earned promotion from Serie B into the top flight. Yepes joined Chievo from Paris Saint-Germain in August 2008, then went on to Milan in July 2010.
Barzagli: 'Balotelli needn't apologise' 9.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Andrea Barzagli insists Mario Balotelli “has nothing to apologise for” after a Twitter rant and the striker shows his softer side. Super Mario hit the headlines on Friday night with his red card in the World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic, then hit back at his critics via Twitter only to apologise the next day. “Balotelli has nothing to apologise for,” said Italy teammate Barzagli this evening. “It is his Twitter account and he expressed his state of mind at that moment, even if afterwards he changed his mind. “I would advise him not to write anything publicly in the heat of the moment straight after a game, but he was intelligent in realising he got it wrong. “He has to grow up, that is true, but Mario is constantly under attack from everyone – opponents, referees and fans. He’ll have to get used to it, because he knows that he’s going to receive special treatment on the field.” Meanwhile, Balotelli showed another side to his nature after a secret visit to a fan in hospital. Fabrizio Manza was on the bus of Brescia supporters that crashed on its way back from the Serie B promotion play-off in Livorno two weeks ago. Balotelli, who grew up in Brescia, went to visit Manza in hospital and kept it quiet until the fan revealed it on Facebook. A 22-year-old supporter died in the accident, while there were 20 injured.
AC Milan's EUR 10 mil Diamanti deadline 9.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia It’s claimed Milan have approached Bologna with a €10m offer for Alessandro Diamanti, but there is a July 15 deadline. The trequartista has been repeatedly linked with the Rossoneri ever since they announced the change in tactics for next season. La Repubblica maintains Milan contacted Bologna with a proposal, but were told the €10m price-tag must be paid before July 15 to give them time to find a suitable replacement. Diamanti has also been linked with Juventus and Inter over the last few weeks. If the Rossoneri were to take Diamanti, it’s likely they would sell Robinho or Kevin-Prince Boateng to raise the funds.
AC Milan fight Fiorentina for Thereau 9.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia AC Milan are set to fight Fiorentina on the transfer market for Chievo striker Cyril Thereau. The French forward had already stated this would be his last campaign with the Flying Donkeys, as he is eager to move on to bigger clubs. Fiorentina had been the hot favourites and a deal was thought to be practically done, including Romulo or Haris Seferovic in the exchange. However, this weekend Milan have emerged on to the scene and are prepared to hand over Bakary Traoré or M’Baye Niang as part of the transfer. Thereau netted 13 goals in 38 games this season between Serie A and the Coppa Italia, the 30-year-old's most prolific ever campaign.
Mourinho shrugs off 'model' Boateng 9.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia It’s rumoured Kevin-Prince Boateng wants a Chelsea move, but Jose Mourinho warned “he had more hairstyles than goals.” According to several different Italian sources, the Ghanaian has requested a transfer from Milan following tactical discussions with Coach Massimiliano Allegri. He has never been entirely happy with his ever-changing position and the search for a new trequartista suggests he’ll be moved again. Italian papers claim Milan have slapped a €18m price-tag on Boateng, who has made it clear he’d like to join Chelsea. However, Mourinho was quoted in several different newspapers as blasting the bleach-blond attacking midfielder. “We want football players, not fashion models. Last year he had more hairstyles than goals.” The 26-year-old did have a poor campaign, netting three goals in 37 games in all competition for Milan.
Tevez plus EUR 25 mil for El Shaarawy 9.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Manchester City have reportedly offered €25m cash plus Carlos Tevez for Milan starlet Stephan El Shaarawy. La Gazzetta dello Sport splashed the story across their front page this morning, following on from Saturday’s claims the Premier League side was prepared to pay €40m. The Rossoneri are still inclined to turn down the proposal, as El Shaarawy is only 20 years old and already one of their top scorers this season. However, if Tevez were to be included in the deal along with £21.2m, then Milan may well give it some serious thought. The Little Pharaoh is part of the senior Italy squad going to the Confederations Cup and is a lifelong Milan supporter. He had also been linked with Arsenal this summer, but Manchester City appear to be making El Shaarawy their top transfer target. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Tevez would also be prepared to halve his wage demands from €8m per season to €4m. Tevez had already been close to a Milan move last year and again in January before they snapped up Mario Balotelli instead.
AC Milan warn of 'squad variation' 8.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia AC Milan released an unusual clause in their season ticket campaign warning the players advertised will not necessarily be in the squad. The Rossoneri began their season ticket sales for 2013-14, but added an extra message at the bottom. “It should be noted that the season ticket sales are taking place during the transfer market. The squad can therefore be subject to variations, even significant ones. “The use of certain players in the promotional images for the season tickets does not guarantee their permanence in the squad at the end of the transfer session.” This message from Milan was included after the chaos of last summer, when thousands of angry fans demanded their money back. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva had been used in the promotional campaign for the season tickets only to be sold to Paris Saint-Germain. The players used in the 2013-14 season ticket publicity are Mario Balotelli, Stephan El Shaarawy and Kevin-Prince Boateng.
Dzemaili: 'I had AC Milan deal' 8.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Napoli midfielder Blerim Dzemaili admits he was “very close to joining Milan in January.” The Swiss international eventually had his most prolific ever season, scoring seven Serie A goals and two in the Europa League. “I wanted to leave in January and I had some excellent offers, so I was very close to joining Milan,” he told Swiss website Blick. “The President and director of sport at Napoli did not want to let me go. They guaranteed that the club believed in me. “In early March I had the chance to start several games and this allowed me to get back my confidence. It made everything much easier.” Napoli have a new Coach in Rafa Benitez with a different tactical system, so could they field Swiss internationals Dzemaili, Gokhan Inler and Valon Behrami simultaneously? “It depends on the Coach. I’d have to play as a trequartista, which is not my preferred position, but when I did perform there it was successful,” concluded the 27-year-old.
Balotelli: 'I am sorry' 8.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Mario Balotelli has publicly apologised for his red card and furious reaction. “I need to learn... still.” The striker was sent off for two bookings in three minutes during last night’s World Cup qualifier, a 0-0 draw with the Czech Republic. As he stormed off the field, he repeatedly punched the plexiglass wall of the dugout and kicked the tunnel. “Good morning,” he wrote on his Twitter account @FinallyMario. “Yesterday my reaction was not right, I apologise... SORRY... To my team... I need to learn... still.” He had also taken to Twitter last night and raged against the abuse he was receiving via the social network. “Write what you want, but at the Confederations Cup you can support another country and I tell you that from the HEART,” he wrote. “Also, go back and watch the game carefully, ALL OF IT.” He also replied to specific users with messages such as: “I know full well what humility is, as my parents taught me good manners and respect, but you don’t know me at all.” “I am Italian and I want respect for my national team, but I am not Superman. Therefore have some respect for me.”
El Shaarawy to Manchester City for EUR 40 mil? 8.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia La Gazzetta dello Sport claims Milan are considering a €40m Manchester City offer for Stephan El Shaarawy, while Chelsea want Kevin-Prince Boateng. The front page of Italy’s famous pink sports paper suggests the Rossoneri would be prepared to part with their 20-year-old forward. Until now the club has turned down several bids for ‘The Little Pharaoh,’ who cost them approximately €15.5m to sign from Genoa. He was Serie A top scorer during the first half of the season, then hit a dry patch once Mario Balotelli arrived, but still managing 16 goals in 37 games. El Shaarawy had also been linked with Arsenal and Manchester United, but La Gazzetta dello Sport maintains Milan are finally prepared to release him for €40m - £34m. He isn’t the only player reportedly heading to the Premier League, as there are also claims Jose Mourinho wants Boateng at Chelsea. Robinho is waiting for offers from Brazil, while 36-year-old captain Massimo Ambrosini is increasingly likely to join West Ham United for the twilight years of his career.
Abbiati content with Allegri decision 7.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Massimiliano Allegri deserved to be confirmed as the Coach of Milan, says goalkeeper Christian Abbiati. It had looked as if the tactician would be axed, but he’s been kept on at the outfit by President Silvio Berlusconi following crunch talks last Sunday. “I’m happy that Allegri has stayed with us,” Abbiati, who signed a new deal until 2014 last month, told Panorama. “We’ve had three excellent seasons with him in charge, campaigns in which we came first, second and third. “This term we had to deal with a difficult start seeing as the squad was revolutionised in the summer months. “The Coach did excellently in compacting the squad and managing to secure Champions League qualification. That was very important for us.” The Rossoneri ended 2012-13 a massive 15 points behind champions Juventus, but the veteran shot-stopper is hoping for a more competitive campaign next time around. “Our intent is to grow and improve. The club is making moves with some precise ideas and by focusing on youth. “Obviously Juventus, seeing what they have done over the last two seasons, will start the new campaign as favourites. But we will certainly give it our best shot.”
Inzaghi named AC Milan Primavera boss 7.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Pippo Inzaghi is climbing the managerial ladder at Milan after he was confirmed as the club’s new Primavera boss. The former striker, who retired last summer, has been promoted from his coaching role with the Rossoneri’s Allievi Nazionali. As well as putting him in charge of the outfit’s youth team, the Diavolo have also extended his contract until June 2016. Inzaghi will celebrate his 40th birthday in August.
Balotelli sets sights on Riva's 35 7.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Mario Balotelli has his eye on becoming the top scorer in the history of the Italian national side – although he has doubts whether he can do it. Cagliari legend Gigi Riva is the Azzurri’s most prolific striker thanks to his 35 goals in just 42 international matches. Balotelli meanwhile is a 22-year-old forward who has grabbed eight in 20 games for his country so far. “Riva’s 35 strikes are a lot, especially when you consider how few games you have at your disposal internationally,” he stated. “I’ll certainly try to overtake that tally, but it will be extremely difficult for me to do so.” Balotelli will have the chance to add to his tally on Friday when Italy take on the Czech Republic in Prague for a crucial World Cup qualifier. “I’m in good shape,” added the former Manchester City man. “Am I a leader? We are all leaders here, everyone needs everyone else in order to play well and win games. The squad is fundamental.” Balotelli has a reputation as being infallible from the penalty spot, while the Czech’s Petr Cech is handy when it comes to stopping spot-kicks. “A year and a half ago I scored against Cech without the need of a penalty, so I can score from open play past him… “Would I let Stephan El Shaarawy take a penalty if he asked me? Seeing as there is Cech, maybe I would let him,” he smiled.
Fiorentina probe Ambrosini 6.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Fiorentina have reportedly held tentative talks with Massimo Ambrosini’s representative over a possible contract offer this summer. The midfield veteran is out of contract at the end of this month and could be on his way out of San Siro after 18 years. The 36-year-old has reportedly had a preliminary approach this week from Fiorentina, about moving to La Viola for next term. Vincenzo Montella’s side are looking at midfield recruitments in light of David Pizarro’s continued reported desire to leave this summer.
De Ceglie - AC Milan rumours denied 6.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia There is no truth in reports that Milan have shown an interest in Paolo De Ceglie, says the Juventus defender’s agent. The left-back has been paired with a number of clubs after struggling for regular action in Turin, Milan being just one of them. “De Ceglie to Milan is something that I have read in the newspapers, but I’ve personally been informed of nothing,” Carlo Pallavicino told Milan News. “As a result I think it would be useless to comment any further on these unfounded rumours.” The 26-year-old appeared in just 18 games for the Bianconeri across Serie A, the Champions League and Coppa Italia in 2012-13.
Galliani: I like Diamanti 6.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia AC Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has fuelled suggestions that his club could make a move for Bologna’s Alessandro Diamanti. The Rossoneri are set to revert back to a 4-3-1-2 system next term and the official has today admitted that a new attacking midfielder will arrive. “We are looking for a trequartista even if we already have Kevin Prince Boateng and Riccardo Saponara,” Galliani noted on Thursday. “Real Madrid’s Kaka won’t arrive though as he is totally out of our reach, but I do like Diamanti as I like other players…” Italian international Diamanti, 30, has been paired with possible moves to Inter and Juventus given his form at the Dall’Ara in recent seasons. “Only if players leave can others come in,” Galliani added. “And our transfer campaign will not be affected by whether we win or lose the Champions League play-off game.” Galliani was also asked to discuss the speculation that Juventus are close to signing Carlos Tevez, the Manchester City striker who almost joined the Diavolo in January 2012. “I would be a little disappointed if he was to go to Juve seeing the relationship we have with him,” Galliani stated. “But President Silvio Berlusconi is right – if we had signed Tevez then we wouldn’t have later netted Mario Balotelli.”
Allegri: 'Good rapport with Berlusconi' 6.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Massimiliano Allegri insists it is “normal to have a difference of opinion” with Milan President Silvio Berlusconi. The Coach was confirmed in his job after crunch talks on Sunday evening and spoke to Sky Sport Italia tonight. “I am very happy and so is the club. We are ready to start again, to do our best and grow even more,” said Allegri. “We have all the foundations to do well. Berlusconi? I have a good rapport with him and I think it’s normal to have a difference of opinion.” The tactician was speaking at the promotion celebrations of his hometown club Livorno. “It was a wonderful party with many people showing the great love for football there is in Livorno. I am pleased to see this passion in my town.”
Balotelli in Bolt row 6.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Mario Balotelli hit back at Usain Bolt after the sprinter said “to be honest I don’t like him very much.” Bolt is in Rome for a race meeting and spoke to TG1 about Italian sportsmen, specifically Super Mario. “Balotelli is a great football player, although perhaps a little too aggressive for my tastes,” said Bolt. “He never misses a penalty. I’ve met him a couple of times and to be honest I don’t like him very much.” Balotelli caught wind of the interview while on international duty and wrote directly to Bolt via Twitter. “@usainbolt get to no people before to judge them! Isnt very kind what u said about me...”
Galliani on Kaka and tactics 5.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia AC Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani ruled out a bid for Kaka and confirmed they’ll start playing with a trequartista. Reports had emerged this morning that the Rossoneri were planning Kaka’s return from Real Madrid, something they had already attempted in January. “Kaka will not arrive because he is 31 years old and earns €10m per season,” Galliani told Sky Sport Italia. He also commented on claims President Silvio Berlusconi has ordered Coach Massimiliano Allegri to adopt a 4-3-1-2 system. “Milan are planning a return to that tactic, but it was not dictated by President Berlusconi. We simply decided to adopt this system when we signed Riccardo Saponara from Empoli, seeing as he is a trequartista. “The moment we signed him it was obvious we’d play with 4-3-1-2 and not 4-3-3.”
Ilicic: 'Fiorentina inspire me' 5.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Palermo star Josip Ilicic has been linked with Milan, but warned “Fiorentina are the team who inspire me the most.” The Slovenian international is set to leave Sicily after their relegation into Serie B and clubs such as Arsenal and Bayer Leverkusen have also shown interest. “I want to play at a superior level and hopefully in the Champions League for a side who can help me improve,” he told Nogomania. “Milan? I don’t evaluate the names, but the ambition and the priority is to stay in Italy. Fiorentina are the team who inspire me the most in terms of the quality of their football.” Palermo have warned the trequartista has a €15m price-tag on his head.
Montolivo: De Rossi one of the best 5.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Riccardo Montolivo says he is in no position to offer international teammate Daniele De Rossi advice about his future. The Roma symbol is being linked with a move away from his hometown club after a problematic season in the capital. “I won’t permit myself to give him advice,” the midfielder, who left Fiorentina for Milan last summer, commented. “I don’t know about the situation in Rome or about the atmosphere in the Giallorosso changing room. “All I can say is that Daniele is and remains one of the strongest midfielders in the world. He’s been his normal self over the last few days on international duty. “Is he in a similar situation to mine last year? No, not really, seeing as I was at the end of my contract with Fiorentina.” De Rossi, 29, is on a €6m salary – after tax – at the Stadio Olimpico until the summer of 2017. While De Rossi has had his issues with La Magica, Montolivo has impressed in his first campaign at San Siro. “I don’t know if it was the best season of my campaign. I’ve improved as a playmaker, but the objective is always to get better.”
Racist fans jailed over AC Milan abuse 5.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Six fans have been handed prison sentences for racially abusing Milan players during a January friendly at Pro Patria. The men will be imprisoned for between 40 days and two months after the match was abandoned in the first half. Tired of the racist chants coming from a section of the crowd, Kevin Prince Boateng picked up the ball, blasted it into the stands with frustration and walked off the pitch. His teammates followed. Boateng, M’Baye Niang and Sulley Muntari were the targets of the abuse. The first two players gave evidence in the case, while Muntari’s decision to not show up in court has cost him a fine of €500. The public prosecutor in Busto Arsizio had called for prison sentences of between four and six months.
AC Milan taking time over Poli 5.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Sampdoria have revealed that they have held just one round of talks with Milan to discuss a transfer for Andrea Poli. The Diavolo are in pole position to net the Italian international, but no deal has yet been done with the Marassi outfit. “The situation is on stand-by because Milan were dealing with the Massimiliano Allegri matter,” Samp sporting director Carlo Osti told Primo Canale Sport. “I think that Poli is of great interest to Milan, but, right now, they are not in a position to close the deal. “We’ve only sat down around a table once with the Rossoneri…” Poli will sell the 23-year-old this summer given his current contract situation at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris. “I’d like to keep Poli, but his contract expires in 2014 and he doesn’t want to extend it,” the official continued. “He’s waiting to see whether it is possible for him to make the leap to a big club. I can’t do anything against such ambitions.” If Doria don’t sell the €6m rated player then Poli could leave next summer on a free transfer.
Berlusconi wants Kaka at AC Milan 5.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Real Madrid’s Kaka is back on the transfer wish-list of Italian giants Milan, claims the Corriere dello Sport. The 31-year-old is said to have been requested by President Silvio Berlusconi during Sunday’s crunch talks with boss Massimiliano Allegri. Berlusconi agreed to keep Allegri on as Coach, but it is understood that he’s asked the tactician to abandon the 4-3-3 system in favour of a return to 4-3-1-2. As well as the change in system, Berlusconi told Allegri and Vice-President Adriano Galliani that he’d like Kaka back at San Siro. The Brazilian moved to the Diavolo in 2003 and left six years later when Real agreed to pay €67.2m for the South American. The former Sao Paulo player has had his problems in the Spanish capital and Milan have tried to lure him back in the past. Their last attempt came in January. However, Kaka could be kept on by Real if Carlo Ancelotti, his former Coach in Rossonero, is appointed by Madrid. The attacking midfielder scored 95 goals in 270 appearances for the Italian side.
Agent on Nocerino and Zaccardo 5.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia The agent of Antonio Nocerino and Cristian Zaccardo has responded to questions about the futures of the Milan duo. Nocerino is being linked with a move away from San Siro given that he wasn’t guaranteed first team football in 2012-13. “We’ll have to see what happens,” Marco Sommella told Radio Mana Mana Sport. “He still has some years left on his contract. “At this moment in time there is nothing. And Milan need to strengthen the side, by selling they will weaken it.” The midfielder, 28, has been paired with hometown club Napoli, but a capital side may also be of interest. “There is great affection between himself and Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini, given that they had a good experience together at Palermo.” Meanwhile, Sommella rejected the notion that Zaccardo could move back to Parma just six months after his arrival. “Zaccardo is not moving!” The 31-year-old defender was used just once by boss Massimiliano Allegri in the second half of the past campaign.
Berlusconi on Allegri 'differences' 5.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Milan President Silvio Berlusconi confirmed Max Allegri, but gave him a warning today. “We had different viewpoints on some players.” The patron repeatedly postponed crunch talks with his Coach until Sunday night, when he finally announced Allegri would be staying at San Siro, but there was no contract renewal. “The rapport with Allegri has always been very cordial, but we had different viewpoints on certain decisions to take with regards to some players,” Berlusconi told Teleroma 56. “Milan are the most successful club in the world and its President, along with Adriano Galliani, expect the club and the direction to be respected.” It was rumoured that Berlusconi was particularly furious with his Coach for dropping Stephan El Shaarawy during the last few weeks of the season, while he also criticised his tactical choices. Allegri had been on the verge of joining Roma, but opted to remain at Milan instead. “Did he talk to the Roma directors? That’s a question for him and for Roma,” continued Berlusconi. “We maintained the contract that we already had. We affirmed what were the rights and duties of a Coach in his rapport with the club.” This phrase was also used in the statement released by the President on Sunday evening. However, at the time it was a mutual affirmation of rights and duties, whereas Berlusconi now put it forward as only the club reminding the Coach what is expected of him. Allegri’s contract runs until June 2014.
AC Milan and Inter for Belhanda 4.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Montpellier confirmed offers for Younes Belhanda came in from Milan, Inter, Atletico Madrid, Galatasaray and Aston Villa. “He is about to leave,” announced Montpellier President Louis Nicollin on Le10Sport. “There are four or five interested clubs and now it’s up to him to decide where to go, seeing as we have almost reached an agreement with the sides. “He will be sold for €14m-€15m. Concrete proposals arrived from Milan, Inter, Atletico Madrid, Galatasaray and Aston Villa.” Belhanda is a 23-year-old attacking midfielder and Moroccan international. He scored 10 goals in 30 Ligue 1 matches this season, plus two in six Champions League appearances.
El Shaarawy could start in Prague 4.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Stephan El Shaarawy and Andrea Barzagli have shaken off their injuries and could start against the Czech Republic on Friday. Both players have been struggling with fitness problems that put their place in the Confederations Cup squad at risk. However, today both took part in a full training session at Coverciano and seem ready to start in Prague. Milan forward El Shaarawy had a sprained ankle, while Juventus defender Barzagli had an Achilles tendon problem. There are concerns over whether the World Cup qualifier can go ahead, as large areas of Prague were flooded.
AC Milan warned about Poli 4.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Sampdoria have cooled speculation that Milan have wrapped up a deal for international midfielder Andrea Poli. Reports suggest that the Diavolo are in pole position for the 23-year-old who was last night cut from the Italy squad for this month’s Confederations Cup. “If Milan want Poli then they must firstly make contact with us,” Doria sporting director Carlo Osti told Il Vero Milanista. “They have to speak with us.” The midfielder, who spent 2011-12 on loan at Inter, is set to leave Marassi seeing as his contract expires in 2014. Juventus have also been paired with the player given that they tried and failed to land him during the month of January. It is thought that Doria want at least €6m for his signature.
Bonera delighted with Allegri decision 4.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Daniele Bonera is looking forward to working with Massimiliano Allegri again next season after Milan confirmed him as Coach. Allegri’s future was in some doubt, but the Diavolo have decided to keep faith with the tactician who still has a contract until June 2014. “Obviously I am very happy with the final decision to stick with Allegri,” the defender told Milan Channel. “I can only base my ideas on the great experience of President Silvio Berlusconi and of Vice-President Adriano Galliani because both have never put a foot wrong in these last 30 years. “These are choices made by the club, but if I have to give you my own personal opinion then I am happy with the decision made and I am sure they had their reasons to make the decision they did.” Bonera’s future was also up for discussion seeing as his agreement was set to expire this month. However, he recently put pen to paper on a new deal until 2015. “There was every chance that I would keep playing here, but all I wanted first was to have a quick chat with Galliani. “When that happened he understood that I wanted to stay and I knew that they wanted me to stay. The two-year contract isn’t really a surprise. “I think that Galliani gave me two years because he thinks I am a good influence in the dressing room although obviously my priority is to continue playing for a little while longer.”
'Seedorf happy no more rumours' 3.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Clarence Seedorf’s agent has reflected that the Botafogo man is not fussed by Milan keeping Max Allegri, only relieved that links with him can end. The Dutchman was speculated as the club’s first choice to come in and replace Allegri as Coach this summer, with the Italian’s position at San Siro seen as at risk. However, the Rossoneri have confirmed faith in Allegri for the foreseeable future and Milan’s former midfielder is apparently mostly relieved. “There is no particular reaction from Seedorf, partly because it is a normal situation when a Coach has a contract and it is honoured,” Deborah Martin told Sportmediaset. “Seedorf has never paid attention to these rumours and he certainly will not do it now. “It was bad to hear rumours that he was requesting a salary that was disproportionate, when in fact Clarence never asked for anything. “I can assure you that he is quite comfortable where he is now and is more than happy to not have to be involved in any more rumours regarding Milan.”
Allegri meets with Galliani again 3.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri held talks with Vice-President Adriano Galliani on Monday just hours after he was confirmed in the job. The Rossoneri last night ended weeks of speculation by insisting the Coach, who is contracted until 2014, would remain. Allegri spent 90 minutes with Galliani at the club’s Via Turati HQ this morning where they discussed plans for pre-season and the transfer market. Allegri left the meeting without leaving any statements to the media.
OFFICIAL: Allegri stays with AC Milan 3.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia AC Milan have put their faith in Massimiliano Allegri after crisis talks with President Silvio Berlusconi. “With Galliani and Allegri we had a frank and cordial discussion in which we revisited and analysed the past season, so there was a clarification on certain things,” said Berlusconi. “We reached an agreement on the rights and duties of the club towards the Coach and the Coach towards the club. “We also talked about the type of football that Milan must play and the squad for next season, setting out guidelines for the transfer session. “The rapport with the Coach, which has never been interrupted, continues with faith and in absolute reciprocal respect.” The tactician had been in doubt after scraping third place on the final day of the Serie A season and had received a proposal to take over at Roma. Berlusconi had repeatedly postponed the crunch talks over the last two weeks, but he finally sat down with Allegri and Vice-President Adriano Galliani at his Arcore villa this evening at 19.45 UK time. The presence of director of communications Giuseppe Sapienza and official club photographer Gianni Buzzi immediately pointed to positive news for the Coach. Allegri’s confirmation was revealed with a live broadcast on Milan Channel and statement on the club website at 23.00 UK time. There were rumours he had also signed a contract extension to 2015, but that does not seem to be the case. He has been at the club for three seasons, securing the Scudetto, second place and this year’s third-place finish. There are also reports that Allegri asked for reinforcements at the meeting, specifically a centre-back, two midfielders and an attacking winger.
Allegri arrives for AC Milan meeting 2.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Massimiliano Allegri, President Silvio Berlusconi and Vice-President Adriano Galliani are gathering for decisive Milan talks tonight. The saga over whether Allegri will remain as Coach for next season should be resolved this evening, particularly as the head of PR and official photographer have also been spotted entering the Arcore residence. Their presence would suggest an announcement – perhaps even a contract renewal – will be forthcoming today. Berlusconi and Galliani arrived an hour earlier than Allegri, so had some negotiations without the tactician. It is reported Allegri will request reinforcements for the squad, including a centre-back, two midfielders and someone for the right wing. Roma are not prepared to wait any longer for the Coach to give a response to their three-year contract offer. Meanwhile, Sky Sport Italia claim Zenit boss Luciano Spalletti denied stories on Radio Radio that he was spotted having dinner with Berlusconi in Rome last night.
Aubameyang: 'I want AC Milan!' 2.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is wanted by a host of top clubs, but admits “I would like a return to Milan.” The 23-year-old has been a sensation at Saint-Etienne, earning links with Manchester United, Arsenal, Juventus, Inter, Real Madrid and Chelsea. “A few years ago they told me that after playing with Milan, if I were to leave, then I’d want to come back to the Rossoneri,” he told French magazine Scarface. “I now feel ready to confirm it really is like that. I would like a return to Milan, but I don’t know if that would be an easy thing to achieve.” The Rossoneri sold youth academy product Aubameyang in 2011 after farming him out on loan to Dijon, Lille and Monaco. He scored 19 goals and provided 14 assists in 37 Ligue 1 games this season.
Did Berlusconi meet Spalletti? 2.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia There are surprise reports that Luciano Spalletti met with Milan President Silvio Berlusconi last night, just hours before the crunch talks with Max Allegri. This is not the first time that Zenit Coach Spalletti has been linked with the Rossoneri bench, although that rumour had not emerged for some time. Radio Radio claim Spalletti was spotted having dinner with Berlusconi last night in a restaurant in Rome. It would be a particularly galling detail, as the President has repeatedly postponed dinner with Allegri over the past two weeks, insisting he was too busy. The crucial meeting between Berlusconi, Allegri and Vice-President Adriano Galliani is due to take place this evening at the patron’s villa in Arcore, near Milan. If the Spalletti story is true, then it’s possible Allegri will be given the all-clear to join Roma – Spalletti’s former club. The ex-Roma and Udinese boss would also calm fears among the Rossoneri faithful that Berlusconi wants to hire Clarence Seedorf, who has no management experience at all. If you're interested in
AC Milan plan Cerci swoop 2.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia AC Milan are planning an exchange with Torino, offering Bartosz Salamon for Alessio Cerci. According to Tuttosport, Vice-President Adriano Galliani was heard talking on the flight back from Kakha Kaladze’s testimonial in Georgia on Friday night. “Can you imagine an attack with Cerci on one side and Stephan El Shaarawy on the other...” It would fit President Silvio Berlusconi’s vision of a 4-3-3 system with Mario Balotelli in the middle. Cerci is also an Italian international who turns 26 next month, so putting them together would be a bonus for Cesare Prandelli. He scored eight goals in 35 Serie A games this season and pushes down the right wing, while El Shaarawy tends towards the left. The winger is co-owned between Torino and Fiorentina, so Milan hope to negotiate an exchange with both clubs to take him on. Tuttosport again suggest that Polish international defender Salamon can be handed to Torino as part of the deal. The 22-year-old arrived in January from Brescia, but has not set foot on the field in a Rossoneri jersey.
AC Milan beat Juventus to Poli? 2.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia AC Milan are close to securing Andrea Poli, beating Juventus in a sprint finish for the Sampdoria star. The midfielder is currently on international duty and scored his first senior Italy goal in the 4-0 friendly win over San Marino. He had been heavily linked with Juventus and confessed Andrea Pirlo was his “idol,” but the latest reports suggest the Rossoneri have won the transfer race. The Corriere dello Sport claims Milan are very close to completing a deal for the 23-year-old midfielder, who spent six months on loan at Inter last season.
Inter want Malouda and Flamini 2.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Inter aim to reinforce their midfield with Chelsea benchwarmer Florent Malouda and Milan’s Mathieu Flamini. The arrival of Coach Walter Mazzarri means a complete revamp in the middle of the park and it will have a decidedly French feel. Tuttosport claim that the Nerazzurri are making a bid for Chelsea’s Malouda, who has barely featured this season due to a contract dispute. Another target is closer to home, as Flamini has been at Milan since 2008, but is out of contract next month. The Corriere dello Sport suggests Mazzarri requested the former Arsenal man, who could cross San Siro to join the Nerazzurri.
Racist abuse in Juventus youth match 2.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Juventus fans aimed racist chants at Mario Balotelli during a Primavera youth team match against Chievo. A few Bianconeri supporters have consistently insulted Balotelli, even when they were not playing Milan. This latest incident is particularly serious, as the racist abuse was heard during a game between teenage players. It was the Final Eight of the Primavera tournament, which saw Juve beaten 2-1 by Chievo. Youth academy director Gianluca Pessotto had to walk over to the stands in order to calm the situation and beg for them to stop after the referee halted play as a warning. The official protocol in Italy is for the referee to stop play for a few minutes and let a message be read over the tannoy system warning the game will be abandoned if racist chants continue. This news comes after a survey showed Juventus supporters notched up more fines than any other Serie A club this season. Their misbehaviour cost a total €327,000 for the club, whereas Siena were the best fans with just a €3,000 fine.
Allegri's moment of truth 2.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Massimiliano Allegri will finally meet with Milan President Silvio Berlusconi tonight to decide on his future. The encounter has been postponed several times over the last two weeks, but they will finally sit down together at Berlusconi’s Arcore home. It will be a dinner between Berlusconi, Allegri and Vice-President Adriano Galliani. There are two options to emerge from this meeting, as either Allegri will be confirmed for next season or he’ll leave to take up Roma’s job offer. It is reported that Allegri is demanding reinforcements for the squad and a contract extension, although the club is only prepared to sign on to a new deal past 2014 if Milan win their Champions League play-off. Berlusconi is still unsure of Allegri’s suitability after three years in which the Rossoneri won the Scudetto, finished second and third in Serie A. The patron would prefer to bring in Clarence Seedorf, who has no management experience and is still playing in Brazil with Botafogo. “It is a vexed question,” Berlusconi told Mattino Cinque on Friday. “I think we will meet with Galliani and the Coach probably by Sunday night and from there a solution will emerge that is not difficult to find if everyone puts themselves in the right direction, looks to their conscience and tries to choose what is best for our Milan.”
AC Milan's potential Champions League opponents 2.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia The list of potential Milan opponents in the Champions League play-off has emerged after tonight’s games. The Rossoneri will be in the preliminary round on August 20-21 and 27-28 along with Arsenal, Schalke 04, Real Sociedad and Portuguese side Pacos de Ferreira. Another 10 teams must go through an extra round first with the losing five going into the Europa League. These sides are Zenit (Russia), PSV Eindhoven (Holland), Metalist Kharkiv (Ukraine), Fenerbahce (Turkey), Nordsjaelland (Denmark), Zulte-Waregem (Belgium), Lyon (France), Pas Giannina (Greece), Grasshopper (Switzerland) and Salzburg (Austria). Milan are among the seeds with Arsenal, Schalke, Lyon and Zenit, so these teams cannot face each other. The Rossoneri’s biggest risks in the draw will be Real Sociedad, Fenerbahce, PSV and Pacos de Ferreira.
AC Milan close on Civelli 1.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Renato Civelli has turned down a contract extension with Nice and will only accept an offer from Milan. The Argentine defender will be out of contract with Nice, a club he first joined on loan from San Lorenzo in 2010. According to Sky Sport Italia, the 29-year-old has rejected the offer of a new contract at OGC Nice and any other proposals from different clubs in Italy and France. Milan approached him a few weeks ago and he is determined to hold out until he can complete that transfer. The only delay is so that the Rossoneri can confirm their Coach for next season.
'Allegri said he's staying at AC Milan' 1.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia One of Massimiliano Allegri’s best friends has revealed “he told me he’s staying with Milan because the players are all behind him.” The issue of whether or not Allegri will stick with the Rossoneri continues to drag on ahead of a crunch meeting with President Silvio Berlusconi tomorrow evening. According to Andrea Camplone, the current Coach of Perugia, the decision has already been made. “I received a phone call that made me very happy,” explained Camplone in a Press conference this afternoon. “Allegri called me up to wish me the best for the play-offs. He told me he’s staying with Milan because the players are all behind him, so are the fans and he certainly won’t be leaving of his own accord.” At the same time, Sky Sport Italia claim a Roma director admitted they were “so close to signing Allegri,” but that they’ve now been forced to look elsewhere. There are reports that Berlusconi will only offer Allegri a contract renewal if Milan win the Champions League preliminary round in August. The Coach has a current deal that expires in June 2014.
Galliani: 'Experience not required' 1.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Adriano Galliani opened the door for Clarence Seedorf to take over at Milan. “I don’t think experience is necessary for a Coach.” The Vice-President had until now been putting all his support behind Massimiliano Allegri, but today’s comments on Sky Sport Italia suggest he is open to a newcomer. “I don’t think experience is necessary for a Coach,” said Galliani. “It can happen for someone to skip a few rungs on the ladder and gain good results. Just look at Vincenzo Montella. “There is no specific link between being a good player and a good Coach, as they are completely different jobs.” There are new reports that Seedorf – who is still playing at Botafogo in Brazil – signed a pre-contract agreement with Milan five months ago. Meanwhile, another option is Frank Rijkaard, who has experience both as a player at Milan and a Coach with Barcelona. “It could well be, but as things stand the only thing linking him with the Rossoneri bench is a rumour,” agent Perry Overeem told MilanNews.it. “Nobody from Milan has called us. As for the future, never say never, but at the moment Frank is happy to stay and watch for a year.”
AC Milan set Allegri conditions 1.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia It’s reported President Silvio Berlusconi will only keep Max Allegri if Milan win the Champions League play-off. The saga continues to drag on ahead of tomorrow night’s crunch meeting between Berlusconi, Coach Allegri and Vice-President Adriano Galliani. A dinner between Galliani and Allegri on Thursday evening seemed to smooth things over, but rumours are emerging that the situation is far from clear. Berlusconi is expected to tell Allegri he can only remain on the bench and be given a contract extension if Milan win the Champions League preliminary round, gaining entry into the tournament proper. This puts the Coach in a very tricky position, as failure would leave him fired at the end of August with other jobs already under lock and key. Allegri has so far kept Roma hanging with their three-year contract offer, so he would be taking a big risk if he relied on Berlusconi’s conditions. He is also eager to know whether there is a real project in place at San Siro, which would mean a contract renewal and show of faith in his abilities.
Prandelli: 'Balotelli's best game' 1.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Cesare Prandelli had good news for Luca Antonelli and said Mario Balotelli’s performance against San Marino “was his best in my time here.” Italy won the friendly 4-0 at the Stadio Dall’Ara in Bologna on Friday evening with goals from Andrea Poli, Alberto Gilardino, Andrea Pirlo and Alberto Aquilani. There were concerns for Genoa full-back Antonelli, who limped off before half-time and was taken to hospital for x-rays on a suspected fractured shin. “The good news is there is no fracture for Antonelli,” announced Prandelli in his Press conference. “We tried to play quickly and not allow counter-attacks to our opponents, so I saw what I wanted to see and am very satisfied. “Many players were called up so I could see them in action and work with them in training. It was a useful match to understand a few things, as there are some precise choices that need to be made.” The Coach must whittle down his squad to the final 23 for the Confederations Cup on Monday, so gave Marco Sau and Giacomo Bonaventura their senior Italy debuts. “You can’t expect players to have a perfect balance after only a couple of training sessions. Sau moved well in attack and the others were simply unable to find him with their passes. It was a good debut for both Sau and Bonaventura.” Although Balotelli did not score as a second half substitute, he did hit the woodwork twice after suffering from back pain all week. “Balotelli played his best game since I’ve been here. He must always have this spirit and this hunger. This is the attitude a champion needs to have and he transmitted it to his teammates. “The people love Mario and we’re all happy, as this Nazionale is popular with the fans. The lads are enthusiastic, hungry and happy to see so many fans in the stadium. We thank the supporters for coming out and cheering on the players, as the team definitely feels that warmth.” Italy now continue their preparations for the Confederations Cup and the World Cup qualifier in the Czech Republic on June 7.
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AC Milan stars at Kaladze testimonial 1.6 || webmaster Source: Football Italia Pippo Inzaghi and Andriy Shevchenko were on target in Kakha Kaladze’s testimonial match in Georgia. The former Milan and Genoa defender said goodbye to football in Tbilisi, where he now has a career as a politician. Milan Glorie beat Friends4Kaladze 3-1 on the night with Giorgi Demetradze opening the scoring from the penalty spot. In the second half it was all Rossoneri, as Inzaghi, Shevchenko and Pietro Vierchowod turned the game around. Kaladze played as Milan Glorie captain for the first half, then for the second wore the armband for the other team. “He will always be remembered by Milan and its fans,” said Vice-President Adriano Galliani. Among those in action in Tbilisi were Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi, Serginho, Zvonimir Boban, Daniele Massaro, Roque Junior, Fabio Cannavaro, Fabio Grosso and Luca Toni.