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January 2014

Taarabt in first AC Milan squad
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Clarence Seedorf has named his Milan squad for the match with Torino on Saturday, with Adel Taarabt amongst the 23.

The attacker only signed from Queens Park Rangers on Thursday, but has already been included for the match at San Siro tomorrow.

Fellow January signing Michael Essien has also been named in the squad.

Goalkeepers: Abbiati, Amelia, Gabriel.

Defenders: Abate, Bonera, Constant, De Sciglio, Mexes, Rami, Zaccardo.

Midfielders: Cristante, Emanuleson, Essien (no. 15), De Jong, Honda, Kakà, Montolivo, Muntari, Saponara, Taarabt (no. 23).

Strikers: Pazzini, Petagna, Robinho.

Some more good news for the Rossoneri also came from the announcement that the San Siro’s Curva Sud won’t be closed for one game after all, as the club’s appeal against the decision was accepted.

Milan had seen the stand shut following alleged chants against Juventus earlier in the season. That has been reversed though.

Seedorf positive about AC Milan
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New Milan Coach Clarence Seedorf is pleased with the attitude shown by his team since he returned to San Siro a fortnight ago.

The Rossoneri have won both League games they have played under the guidance of the Dutchman and Seedorf expressed his hope that this would just be the start of a long journey for him and the club.

“It’s important to take it day by day,” he told journalists gathered at his pre-match Press conference ahead of the home match with Torino.

“I see enthusiasm and a willingness in the team to learn and improve. All the ingredients are there to be able to grow and improve.

“We now need to find a consistency in both our results and our play. Tomorrow it will be nice to get back to San Siro in front of our fans, who have always supported us even through times of difficulty.”

Milan’s recent revival has taken them up into the top half of the table but Seedorf anticipates a close game against a Torino side who have been in fine form of late.

“We have analysed their team and we are trying to prepare how best to deal with what they have to offer,” he commented.

“We’re also working on our strengths, then we’ll just see which team plays better.

“I’ve always liked Ventura’s teams, they always have lots of possession. They are having a great season.

“Torino are a very pragmatic team so we need to have a very clear idea of what we want to do in the game.”

'Amelia staying at AC Milan'
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Marco Amelia’s agent has explained the player’s about turn and his willingness to stay with Milan until at least the summer.

The goalkeeper had tweeted earlier in the month that he had asked to leave the Rossoneri, having fallen down the pecking order under Massimiliano Allegri.

However, on from Allegri’s replacmenet with Clarence Seedorf, Amelia indicated that he would be staying at San Siro, something now reiterated by his agent.

“Why? It was for a simple reason, because of course he could see that there is a different view,” Franco Zavala has told today.

“It is not that he has been promised that he will always play, but that Seedorf will take him into account, not only if he plays but even if he does not play. I think there should be no problems.

“Could Amelia stay beyond the summer too? We will have to see what happens between now and June.

“We will see the consideration that he will have with this new coaching staff, then we will decide his future.

“Marco wanted to leave Milan to play, he wanted to earn a place at the World Cup in Brazil. Hopefully this space can be achieved with Milan and with Milan he can go to the World Cup.

“His outburst at Allegri? There are guys who play and those who don’t and they should be treated in the same way.

“It should not be that they are supported when they are needed, and then when they are not, they are ignored. Nowadays, one of the main components to coaching is to be able to manage the group, try to treat them well, especially those who play less, with those that start there is not so much of a need.”

'AC Milan wanted Biabiany loan'
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Tommaso Ghirardi says that Milan only wanted to loan Jonathan Biabiany until the end of the season, where Parma were looking for a sale.

The two clubs had been locked in talks regarding the 25-year-old French winger but negotiations seem to have ended amid speculation of failure to agree terms, and Riccardo Saponara turning down a move to the Ducali as part of it.

“Milan only want to loan him,” Ghirardi told Sportsmediaset in Milan after talks with Adriano Galliani.

“But we want a definite outcome one way or the other.”

“We are honoured that Milan are interested in one of our very important players, but we will not accept this proposal.

“Will Milan come back in with an offer? I do not think that they will. Discussions are closed.”

Biabiany's AC Milan deal off
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Jonathan Biabiany’s proposed switch from Parma to Milan has reportedly been called off, after the clubs failed to agree terms.

Yesterday evening Adriano Galliani and Pietro Leonardi were locked in talks for the Frenchman, which were believed to be heading towards a favourable outcome today.

However, on from reports that this morning’s meeting between the duo saw them fail to reach terms, reports now are that negotiations have been ended.

Parma President Tommaso Ghirardi travelled out to Milan to meet with Galliani this afternoon, but is widely reported to have failed to reach a satisfactory agreement.

It is also believed that Riccardo Saponara had refused to move to Parma as part of the deal.

AC Milan's Biabiany talks stall
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Milan and Parma’s negotiations for Jonathan Biabiany are believed to have stalled, over terms of payment and players included in the deal.

The Frenchman has been increasingly reported as set for a transfer to the Rossoneri, with Adriano Galliani and Pietro Leonardi taking initial talks over a move into the early hours of this morning.

Continuing those talks this morning, however, the duo are reported to have ended their meeting without an agreement reached for the 25-year-old winger.

It is understood that beyond failing to agree on the amount of cash to be paid for Biabiany, the clubs have disagreed over terms of ownership for players being sent to the Ducali in exchange.

Cristian Zaccardo was reportedly being put forward by the Rossoneri for a permanent return to the Ennio Tardini, with Riccardo Saponara also rumoured as involved in an initial loan deal to Parma, with an option in the summer to turn that into a co-ownership.

However, Parma are believed to have been pushing for more cash than the Rossoneri have offered, and for full ownership of Saponara rather than Zaccardo.

Talks are understood to currently be at a standstill, but are anticipated as set to reopen later today. The Italian market closes at 11pm local time, 10pm UK time.

Parma President Tommaso Ghirardi is reported as having arrived in Milan this afternoon, in an attempt to unblock negotiations.

AC Milan confirm Taarabt deal
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Milan have confirmed the signing of Adel Taarabt from Queens Park Rangers on an initial loan deal until the end of the season.

The creative midfielder was midway through a season long loan to Fulham, but yesterday flew out to Milan to undergo medical tests and sign off on a temporary switch out to the Rossoneri.

On from dinner yesterday evening with Adriano Galliani, when it is understood that the player put pen to paper on his contract, the Diavolo have today completed all formalities and announced the move.

“Milan communicate that the player Adel Taarabt has been acquired from QPR on loan the option to sign,” read Milan’s statement released.

It is believed that the purchase option Milan will hold in place come the end of the season is set for a fee of €7m.

Galliani: Seedorf likes Biabiany
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Jonathan Biabiany is closer to Milan, as a deal involving cash, Cristian Zaccardo and Riccardo Saponara nears agreement.

On from confirming that he would not be joining Chinese outfit Guangzhou Evergrande yesterday, the Frenchman was strongly linked with interest from the Rossoneri.

Adriano Galliani and Pietro Leonardi were caught meeting in a Milanese restaurant last night, with talks running through until the early hours of the morning.

“Biabiany is liked by Seedorf, with him we can also change formation,” Galliani told reporters last night.

“The deal will be Friday, it is currently on stand-by.”

It is understood that Biabiany is increasingly likely to join the Diavolo, with his agent set for talks on personal terms over the course of today.

Milan are seen to have agreed to send back to Parma Cristian Zaccardo, hand them Riccardo Saponara on loan and also pay between €5m and €6m cash to take Biabiany.

AC Milan hold Biabiany talks
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Milan spoke with Parma director Pietro Leonardi tonight and are close to signing Jonathan Biabiany.

Rossoneri CEO Adriano Galliani was at the Giannino restaurant in the city this evening for dinner with new arrival Adel Taarabt.

The QPR attacking midfielder signed the contract for his six-month loan with option to buy when he was at the restaurant.

Crucially, journalists also spotted Parma director Leonardi arriving at the same restaurant and sitting with Galliani.

It’s believed they were discussing Milan’s bid for Biabiany, the French winger who had already been linked with the side in recent weeks.

He would fit in with Clarence Seedorf’s new 4-2-3-1 system and has plenty of Serie A experience.

Biabiany boosted Milan’s hopes this evening when he tweeted about the negotiations with Guangzhou Evergrande.

“The interest is pleasing, but I am not going to China,” wrote Biabiany on his Twitter account.

Leonardi had also commented on the situation earlier today on Radio Radio. “We are dealing with Guangzhou Evergrande, but also with some Italian clubs.”

It would be a return to San Siro for the 25-year-old, who started out in the Inter youth academy. He went on to play for Chievo, Modena, Parma and Sampdoria.

AC Milan 'tracking Taarabt for a long time'
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Adriano Galliani said Milan had been “tracking Adel Taarabt for a long time” after he arrived from QPR.

The 24-year-old flew in this morning and completed his medical, telling Milan Channel he was “honoured to be able to play at the best club in the world.”

He interrupted his loan spell at Fulham six months early to go to San Siro and the Rossoneri reportedly have an option to make the move permanent at the end of the season for €7m.

Taarabt will have dinner with CEO Galliani at the Giannino restaurant tonight, the same process every new Milan signing goes through. However, it's reported he will actually sign the contract at the restaurant, as the club lawyer and his agent are also present.

“I have been tracking Taarabt for a long time, ever since he was playing in the English second division.

“He is a player of great talent and is able to take men on, just the kind of player that I like. Naturally, he is very happy and am seeing him tonight. We are satisfied.”

Balotelli: 'So happy at AC Milan'
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Mario Balotelli is “happy to play for this great team, especially in difficult moments” and hailed Clarence Seedorf.

The striker spoke to Milan Channel this afternoon to mark his first full year with the Rossoneri since arriving from Manchester City.

“I am happy to play for this great team, especially in difficult moments, because anyone can get through easy times. It’s in the difficult ones that it’s tough to get the best out of yourself,” said SuperMario.

“Now we find ourselves in a better situation compared to a while ago, as we are slowly pulling ourselves out.

“I am truly happy to be here, had a wonderful year with the Rossoneri and hope to continue like this.”

Asked whether he was the guiding light for his team, Balotelli accepted it to a certain degree.

“I am important the same way that my other teammates are, whether they are on the field, on the bench or in the stands.

“It is only normal that being a striker I have more of an opportunity to push the team forward with goals, so I have a little more responsibility. I am happy to be a leader for this team.”

Balotelli has been very impressed with new Coach Seedorf, who so far earned two Serie A victories and a Coppa Italia defeat.

“Seedorf is great. He’s a good person, above all knows how to connect with the players, perhaps because he was a player until very recently. He is so eager to do well and to entertain. We all see things the same way as Seedorf, that is why we all get along very well.

“What do I want from this season? I hope we can reach a Serie A position that will allow us to play in Europe and above all to beat Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

“As for the World Cup, we’ll see in the summer. I hope for the best, as it will be my first World Cup and it’s the most important tournament for any player.”

Biabiany: 'I am not going to China'
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Parma winger Jonathan Biabiany assures he is “not going to China,” so there’s hope for Milan and Juventus.

The Ducali had reached a basic agreement with Guangzhou Evergrande, but the player appears to have rejected the offer from Marcello Lippi’s team.

“The interest is pleasing, but I am not going to China,” wrote Biabiany on his Twitter account.

He has also been heavily linked with Milan and Juventus, so a transfer away from the Stadio Tardini before deadline day is still on the cards.

“We are dealing with Guanghou Evergrande, but also with some Italian clubs,” Parma director Pietro Leonardi told Radio Radio today.

Armero in West Ham talks
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Napoli left-back Pablo Armero is reportedly in negotiations with West Ham after missing out on Milan.

The Colombian had been on the verge of joining the Rossoneri in an exchange of six-month loans with Kevin Constant, but the move collapsed when the Milan man rejected the transfer.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Armero is now a prime target for West Ham United.

The 27-year-old’s agent is flying in for a summit with the Partenopei. He only joined Napoli from Udinese in July and played 18 games in all competition for them this season.

Napoli are ready to sign Henrique from Palmeiras and Faouzi Ghoulam from Saint-Etienne today after they passed their medicals.

Briatore: Taarabt a phenomenon
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Flavio Briatore has commented on why he has recommended Adel Taarabt complete a move out to Milan this month.

Taarabt is today in Milan to finalise terms of an initial loan switch out to the Rossoneri, apparently after taking advise from the former QPR shareholder.

“I know him well, he was what saw my QPR make the jump to the Premier League,” commented entrepreneur Briatore to the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“He is a phenomenon. Milan has made a great deal. But he is a talent that must be managed. With us, at QPR, Gianni Paladini was the ds and had a great relationship with him, he was close to him.

“He is a boy who must be protected, pampered. I was the one to buy him from Tottenham. And he is one who plays equally on the left and right, he is strong in set-plays. I spoke well of him to Galliani, because he deserves that.”

Briatore mused also on Milan’s current issues in Serie A and on his respect for friend Adriano Galliani.

“Just last year, Milan made a comeback in the League, it is possible, they are a team that is changing. As a Juventino I am happy that Milan are behind, but for my friend Galliani, no I am not.

“Galliani? He is certainly the greatest Italian football executive and Milan cannot do without him. Having said that, to have divided the sporting aspect from the commercial still makes sense.

“Galliani has signed commercial deals of great importance for Milan in recent years. Dealing with money is not easy. He has known how to maintain contracts over time.

“The President Berlusconi knows that Milan today and tomorrow needs the ability of Adriano Galliani.”

Abate hopes for AC Milan stay
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Ignazio Abate has outlined his desire to see out his career with Milan, stating that if he had to leave, he’d prefer to go abroad.

The full-back has seen speculation over his future in recent months, with talk of a move to Juventus more than once suggested.

However, he has made clear his intention is to remain with the Rossoneri and to renew his contract.

“My priority is to stay at Milan, I grew up here,” Abate has told Sky Sport 24 this week.

“I will talk with the club and we will see what is planned, then we will consider the money. I still have a year-and-a-half on my contract.

“I’m not a guy who swears eternal love, but my dream would be to end my career here. If I am hard-pressed to go away, I would prefer to go abroad, but in football you never know.”

Parma: 'We're talking Biabiany, not Paletta'
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Parma CEO Pietro Leonardi has confirmed talks are ongoing over Jonathan Biabiany’s exit, but has denied Gabriel Paletta is leaving.

Biabiany is the subject of an offer from Chinese outfit Guanghou Evergrande, but is seen to have also attracted late interest from Milan, who are rumoured to be interested in sending Riccardo Saponara and Cristian Zaccardo on loan to the Tardini in an exchange deal.

Commenting on the Frenchman’s future, Parma’s CEO has confirmed that such rumours may have an ounce of truth.

“We are dealing with Guanghou Evergrande, but also with some Italian clubs,” Leonardi has told Radio Radio today.

However, Leonardi once more refuted claims linking Paletta with a move away. The centre-back is once more paired with interest from Roma today.

“Paletta is not going to Roma, nothing is true, he is not for sale. We often speak with Walter Sabatini but we have never talked about the player, I do not understand how these rumours have been able to come out.

“Paletta wants to play at the World Cup and will be the true purchase for Parma this January.”

Milan are also suggested by SportMediaset as using Zaccardo and Saponara in a cash-plus-players deal for the Argentine.

Taarabt: Honour to be here
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On from touching down in Milan, Adel Taarabt has reflected on the ‘honour’ he sees in being able to sign for the Rossoneri.

The 24-year-old is in Milan today to conclude talks and undergo medical examinations on an initial loan move the club have agreed with parent club QPR and will inherit from Fulham.

“I am honoured to be able to play at the best club in the world,” Taarabt has told Milan Channel this morning.

“I have spoken with Seedorf and we are both happy. I am an attacker and I like to play behind the strikers.

“I do not know Balotelli personally, but I know who he is and I am pleased to be able to play with him.”

Taarabt set for AC Milan
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Adel Taarabt is in Milan this morning to complete formalities on a loan move from Fulham and QPR.

The playmaker was originally seen as on his way to the Rossoneri in an exchange of loans with Cristian Zaccardo.

However, with the defender turning down the switch out to Fulham and now viewing a potential move now to Parma, Milan have negotiated a separate deal for Taarabt.

It is believed that they have agreed to take over Fulham’s loan of the Moroccan from QPR, but that talks over a permanent switch will not happen until the summer.

Taarabt has this morning flown out to Milan ahead of talks with Adriano Galliani and medical check-ups with the Diavolo, as confirmed by the club in a brief statement.

“Adel Taarabt, the Moroccan forward aged 24, had landed at Linate airport on a private flight,” detailed Milan today.

“Ahead of his official transfer to Milan, he will have to complete the usual procedures.”

Inzaghi: 'Thank you, Sassuolo'
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Pippo Inzaghi released a statement thanking Sassuolo for the job offer, but “it was only right” he should stay at Milan.

The club pushed hard to hire Inzaghi as a replacement for Coach Eusebio Di Francesco, but today gave up and gave the position to Alberto Malesani instead.

Inzaghi is currently the Coach of Milan’s Primavera youth team and had also been tipped for the main Rossoneri bench before Clarence Seedorf arrived.

“Regarding the news over the last few days, I wish to thank President Squinzi and Sassuolo for the opportunity to be a part of their project,” wrote Inzaghi.

“I am flattered and honoured that Sassuolo, an ambitious club with clear, innovative and solid ideas, thought of me as their Coach.

“However, it seemed only right to support and respect Milan’s decision to keep me in charge of Rossoneri Primavera side.

“Now I will continue, with hunger and enthusiasm, in my journey along with the lads.”

Taarabt to AC Milan
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Adel Taarabt is set to arrive in Milan tonight on loan from Fulham and QPR, removing Cristian Zaccardo from the deal.

It had originally been conceived as an exchange of six-month loans between defender Zaccardo and creative midfielder Taarabt.

However, according to Sport Mediaset and La Gazzetta dello Sport, Milan have removed Zaccardo from the situation after he failed to agree personal terms with Fulham and are negotiating just to take Taarabt on loan.

The Moroccan would fly in tomorrow morning at 9.30 GMT and have his medical, signing on a six-month loan with option to buy at the end of the season for €7m.

Milan Channel, the official television station of the club, also confirmed Taarabt is close to signing on loan until June 30 2014.

Although he is currently on loan at Fulham, Taarabt is owned by QPR. FIFA intermediary Vincenzo Morabito confirmed the move was close to completion on Tuesday.

Muntari helping Essien adapt
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Sulley Munatri believes that new signing Michael Essien will be ‘crucial’ for the Rossoneri going forward.

The midfielder’s move from Chelsea went through earlier this week, and his Ghanaian international teammate has insisted that the ex-Lyon enforcer will be a vital component of the Milan team.

“Essien and I have been friends for 12 years,” he told Milan Channel. “We have often shared a room together in the national team.

“He works a lot, speaks little and sleeps a lot as well!

“I’ll help him adapt to life here quickly, and I’m sure he’ll be making a crucial contribution soon.”

Muntari then went on to comment on Clarence Seedorf’s impact since arriving as Coach.

“I’m sure it’s not easy going from player to Coach, but the important thing is that we have such a good group here.

“Things are going well but we have to keep on working hard.

“If we keep on helping each other then I’m sure we can do well.”

Montolivo: New era under Seedorf
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Riccardo Montolivo believes that ‘a new era’ has started at Milan with Clarence Seedorf at the helm.

The Dutchman has been in charge for less than two weeks at San Siro, but the current Italy international has insisted that a new chapter at the club has begun.

“We have had some problems in the League,” he told reporters. “But we’ve had a good time in the Champions League this season.

“Now we’re ready to play the second round match with Atletico Madrid and we want to do well.

“With Seedorf we have begun a new era at the club. Hopefully everything will go well.

“I think we have a good team, but Clarence’s impact has been great.”

The midfielder then commented on the news that Giuseppe Rossi will not require surgery following a knee injury.

“I’m sorry that Giuseppe got hurt. Hopefully he will return soon because he is important for the national team.”

Balotelli and Buffon banned
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Gianluigi Buffon and Mario Balotelli are among the Serie A players suspended for Week 22.

Cagliari have been given a suspended sentence of playing a game behind closed doors for racist abuse aimed at Balotelli after he scored the equaliser at the Stadio Sant’Elia.

Balotelli responded to the insults with a vulgar gesture towards the crowd, which was spotted by the referee and punished with a yellow card.

Balotelli will be suspended for this weekend’s game against Torino and was fined €10,000 for the gesture.

Bologna were fined €10,000 for using a phone or radio to communicate with Coach Davide Ballardini, who was sitting out a touchline ban.

Buffon was sent off in Lazio-Juventus and therefore suspended for the clash with Inter, while Atalanta’s Davide Brivio is also banned for one round due to his red card.

Other players suspended for Week 22 are Luca Antei (Sassuolo), Carlos Carmona (Atalanta), Andrea Coda (Livorno), Andrea Cossu (Cagliari), Felipe (Parma), Leandro Greco (Livorno) and Radja Nainggolan (Roma).

Chievo Coach Eugenio Corini escaped a touchline ban after his dismissal for repeatedly leaving the technical area in the 1-1 draw with Napoli.

AC Milan: Taarabt or Biabiany?
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Milan see Fulham’s Adel Taarabt as an alternative to Jonathan Biabiany of Parma, while Lazio request Gabriel.

The Rossoneri are in the thick of the transfer window action as we approach deadline day.

This afternoon several different stories have emerged and they may well be interlinked.

Sport Mediaset claims a deal has been done with Fulham to exchange Taarabt for centre-back Cristian Zaccardo, both moving on six-month loans.

This also involves QPR, as Taarabt is already on loan from them to the Cottagers.

However, Sky Sport Italia claim that Taarabt is only a secondary option compared to Milan’s first choice, Parma winger Biabiany.

He is in advanced negotiations with Marcello Lippi’s Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande, but would prefer to remain in Serie A and play in the Champions League.

Biabiany would suit Clarence Seedorf’s 4-2-3-1 system and Parma would be willing to part with him in exchange for Zaccardo and creative midfielder Riccardo Saponara.

Milan are also in talks with Lazio, who have requested the loan of young Brazilian goalkeeper Gabriel.

Constant spoils Armero deal
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It’s reported Kevin Constant refused a move to Napoli, ruining Milan’s plans to sign Pablo Armero.

According to Sky Sport Italia, the swap deal had been already agreed in every way except for Constant’s personal terms.

The rumours claim the full-back rejected the switch outright and is determined to remain at San Siro, even if he doesn’t get much playing time under new Coach Clarence Seedorf.

Colombian winger Armero would’ve been cup-tied anyway, having already featured in the Champions League for Napoli this season.

AC Milan confirm Taarabt talks
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Milan’s official television station confirmed negotiations with QPR and Fulham to swap Cristian Zaccardo with Adel Taarabt.

The news was announced on Milan Channel this afternoon, though a deal is not yet complete.

Taarabt had been linked with a move to the Rossoneri last year, but was not taken any further for the Moroccan international.

According to Sport Mediaset, Zaccardo would join Fulham in a straight exchange of loans for Taarabt, even though he is already on loan from QPR.

Taarabt is a 24-year-old who can play in any of the supporting roles required for Coach Clarence Seedorf’s 4-2-3-1 system.

Zaccardo is a 32-year-old centre-back who has made eight appearances in all competition for Milan this season, but has been a bit-part player since arriving from Parma in January 2013.

Galliani asked Ancelotti about Essien
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Milan director Adriano Galliani has claimed that he spoke with Carlo Ancelotti before signing Michael Essien.

The Ghana international was officially unveiled as a Rossoneri player at a Press conference this afternoon.

And the board member has revealed that he had a conversation with the Real Madrid boss before bidding for the Chelsea midfielder.

"Thanks for being here for the presentation of Michael Essien, the latest reinforcement in January,” he told the gathered reporters.

“He is an important player who has played for some important teams such as Lyon, Chelsea, Real Madrid who need no introductions and now Milan.

“He is 31 years of age so has plenty of time for his great career to continue with us.

“I spoke with Carlo Ancelotti about Essien who spoke really well about him and this was one of the reasons why we chose to bring him to the club. Clarence Seedorf was also eager to sign Essien.

“This decision came about because of the suspension to Riccardo Montolivo and Sulley Muntari in the Champions League matches. This led us to bring in another midfielder who could play in the Champions League.”

Essien: Seedorf made up my mind
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Michael Essien has revealed that Clarence Seedorf was one of the main reasons why he joined Milan.

The Ghana international was unveiled as a Rossoneri player at a Press conference this afternoon.

And the midfielder has admitted that the new Coach was one of the things that brought him from Chelsea to Serie A.

"I want to say thank-you, I’m happy to have joined the Milan family,” he told a throng of supporters.

“I have my best friend Sulley Muntari here and I’ve known him a long time. There is also Ricardo Kakà who I played with at Real Madrid last year.

“I’m looking forward to starting to play with the group and I can’t wait to give everything to the group.

"I’ve known Seedorf for a long time, I asked him to a charity match in Ghana many times. Jose Mourinho said it would be a great experience and I would settle well in Italy.

“I told friends that before retiring that I wanted to play for this club and achieve my dream. It was easy to make a decision after speaking to Clarence.

“I had a lot of offers but Clarence made it easy choice for me.

“Milan always play to win trophies so I know I’m coming to a big club. I’ve chosen the number 15 shirt. I’m fit and ready to play.

“I just need to work hard to put himself up for selection for the coach. I’m looking forward to playing with all of the players.

“I’m excited to play in the Champions League here as I was not registered with Chelsea. I played a couple of times against Atletico Madrid but with the players we have here we can win the game against them.”

AC Milan to make EUR 10 mil. Cerci move?
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Milan will make a €10m move for Alessio Cerci before the transfer window shuts on Friday, it has been claimed.

Sport Mediaset write this afternoon that the Rossoneri are keen to bring in the Torino winger to fit into Clarence Seedorf’s new 4-2-3-1 formation.

They claim that the Rossoneri will go to Il Toro with €10m for a co-ownership agreement, plus a loan deal that would see Riccardo Saponara go the other way.

Sport Mediaset admit that the switch would be difficult to complete before the end of this month though, but negotiations could recommence in the summer if nothing is agreed.

Pazzini: 'Mario? Away from the cameras...'
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Giampaolo Pazzini says Mario Balotelli is ‘another guy’ away from the cameras and that his reaction at Cagliari was because ‘he feels the game’.

The striker picked up a yellow card at the weekend for gesturing towards the Isolani supporters on Sunday after scoring late on against their team.

Triggering an automatic one-game ban, Balotelli has come under scrutiny for his reaction, but has support from his strike partner.

“Away from the cameras he is another guy,” Pazzini has considered on Tiki Taka this week.

“He must improve, even he knows it, but he is a good lad. Then, on the field he is very emotional. With his penalties he looks very cool, but he feels the game.

“His reaction at the weekend? It happens every now and then, Mario has these reactions. Unfortunately it happens at some stadiums, there may be taunts.

“Can we play together with the national team? We have different characteristics, Mario really likes to move in the field, whilst with Milan we have done well and to be at the World Cup would be a dream.”

Pazzini also netted at the weekend, to mark his latest return from injury.

“I had been out previously for so long, I wanted to play for lost time, the goal on Sunday gives me that enthusiasm and morale. I want to feel good and to take full satisfaction, for me and for the team.

“The goals are what a striker is all about, the feelings are why we are attacking players. When it happens, we are much happier.

“How have I seen the team in trouble from the outside? Bad, you feel powerless. Now we are a little broken down, we need to find continuity and do better in the second half of the season.

“Seedorf? I haven’t worked with him a lot yet, I have only had two training sessions with the team.

“He has an important personality, he has won everything when he was here, he can give us a hand, but the input must come from the players.

“And Allegri? He was an impeccable Coach. In these cases it is the Coach who pays, and there is particular regret at a personal level, as he has given so much to the group.

Rami: All about winning
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Adil Rami has mused on his happiness for Milan’s improved form and considered that winning is ‘the only thing that counts in the end’.

The Frenchman was handed a first League start for the Rossoneri on Sunday, when the team picked up a late 2-1 win at Cagliari to move into the top half of the table.

“I’m happy for the win that we achieved against Cagliari,” Rami has considered to Sky Sport Italia today.

“It was the first game for me as a starter and the first time that we have won two games in a row in the League, it had not happened before that.

“I believe that, beyond the playing system or all the other aspects, in the end only winning counts.”

Sassuolo turn to Inzaghi?
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Pippo Inzaghi has emerged as a candidate to replace Eusebio Di Francesco on the Sassuolo bench.

Di Francesco is seen as on his way out of the Neroverdi, after a disappointing defeat at the weekend to Livorno saw the side slip back into the relegation zone.

Whilst Alberto Malesani was linked with the position yesterday, reports today indicate that Milan youth team boss Inzaghi has been approached.

It is understood that the retired striker, who was linked recently with temporarily replacing Max Allegri on the San Siro bench before Clarence Seedorf’s accelerated arrival, has made Milan aware of the interest too.

However, Adriano Galliani is believed by Sky Sport Italia as having considered the proposal and indicated to Inzaghi his desire for him to honour his contract with the Primavera, which runs through to June 2016.

Another meeting between Inzaghi and Galliani on the situation is expected during the course of Tuesday.

Sassuolo are believed reluctant to confirm Di Francesco’s removal from the bench before they have his replacement lined up.

Balotelli 'used to the stories'
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Mario Balotelli played down rumours linking him with a move away from Milan, as he accepted the best attacker award at the Gran Gala del Calcio.

Balotelli was recognised by his peers yesterday evening for his efforts in the final six months of last season with the Rossoneri, as he was voted best in his position.

“I thank all my colleagues who voted for me, I am happy and I hope to do well this year and in the coming years,” Balotelli commented in acceptance.

“Those six months I had were very good. The current season? Let’s see in the end.

“The World Cup? During a competition you never know what can happen, I hope that Italy can finish first in their group.”

Balotelli was quoted by newspapers in England at the weekend as saying he would like to work with Jose Mourinho again, prompting speculation of interest from Chelsea.

“Every day they put out news about me, I am used to it. Links with PSG? No, absolutely not.”

AC Milan after Coentrao?
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Reports in the Italian Press this afternoon have claimed that Milan could be interested in Fabio Coentrao.

The Portugal defender has been heavily linked with a switch away from Real Madrid this month, with stories that Manchester United could make a move gathering momentum.

However, Corriere dello Sport reveal that the Rossoneri may look to bring in the full-back this month, with the paper claiming that director Adriano Galliani has been in phone contact with Carlo Ancelotti about the player.

Coentrao has failed to establish himself in the Blancos XI this term, but Madrid have insisted, despite this, that he is not for sale in January.

A transfer in the summer though, could be more likely.

'Nocerino ready for the Premier League'
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West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has revealed the reasons behind Antonio Nocerino’s decision to move to the Premier League.

The midfielder has joined the Hammers from Milan until the end of the season, and the Upton Park outfit’s manager has claimed that the former Palermo man wants to play at this summer’s World Cup.

“Nocerino is enthusiastic about playing in the Premier League,” he told a Press conference on Monday.

“He’s also very motivated because this opportunity may allow him to go to the World Cup. Antonio is a versatile midfielder and is ready to fight for us.

“Our League needs players like him.”

The Rossoneri player joins Marco Borriello, who also signed for West Ham at the weekend, and Allardyce has revealed his current fitness.

“Borriello is not ready yet. He’ll need a bit more time to be fit. Nocerino though, is ready for selection right now.”

Essien eager to get going
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Michael Essien has said his first words as a Milan player, enthusing at his welcome, Clarence Seedorf’s words and his eagerness to get started.

The Ghanaian officially signed off on his transfer from Chelsea today, putting pen to paper on an 18-month contract with the Rossoneri.

Ahead of his presentation tomorrow, the 31-year-old spoke to Milan’s in house television channel on the experience so far.

“Thank you for the welcome, everything is making for a beautiful impression,” responded Essien on Milan Channel.

“Milan is a great club and I am happy to be here. I’m very happy for the words from Seedorf, he is a good person and I am happy to be here.

“And it is a pleasure to have heard his words [of support]. I await tomorrow, then there will be a presentation and afterwards I begin to train.

“I cannot wait to meet the team and the Milan family - from there we will see what happens.

“I always give the most, I fight for the team from the first minute. I hope to achieve something.

“Objectives? We shall see, now I am just waiting to start playing and to do my best for Milan.”

AC Milan complete Essien capture
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Milan and Chelsea have confirmed that Michael Essien has completed his transfer to the Rossoneri.

After undergoing medical tests over the weekend, the Ghanaian arrived at Milanello this morning to sign off on reported 18-month contract.

Chelsea have now made official the news of his departure in posting a lengthy farewell message on their official website, whilst Milan have posted a welcome message through their official Twitter account with the above image included.

The Diavolo confirmed earlier today on their website that the 31-year-old is to be presented to the Italian media tomorrow afternoon, and then later followed that with a brief statement that he has signed until June 2015.

The player then took to Twitter to comment on the move himself: “Just signed my contract to join one of the best clubs in the world. I’m very happy and looking forward to winning with the team #ForzaMilan”

Essien’s deal with the Rossoneri is apparently worth €1.25m for the current campaign and €2.5m next season, plus a €500,000 bonus for Champions League qualification.

Prandelli: Balotelli will learn
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Cesare Prandelli has mused on how Mario Balotelli needs ‘much love’ and that Clarence Seedorf is ‘saying the right things’ about the Milan forward.

Balotelli is once more under the spotlight for picking up a suspension-inducing yellow card at the weekend for gesturing to Cagliari supporters after scoring at the weekend against their team.

However, the 23-year-old can still count on the support of his national team Coach.

“Balotelli will learn. He will need much love, he is a guy who we grant much to and who for Milan is important,” Prandelli has reflected to reporters today.

“I believe that Seedorf has said the right things and that with his help we can pull out the good things that Mario has inside.

“Seedorf is a person who brings excitement, he has capacity to communicate and is a leader. He has never been trivial as a player and he will not be as a Coach, he will have a great career.

“With Balotelli, Seedorf has used the right words. I’m not sure if he will have a lot of patience for him, but definitely a lot of love, because he is a boy who we hold very dear.

“Will he never learn? He will learn, he will learn…”

Prandelli was also asked about the ongoing title race in Serie A, which has seen Juventus’ lead over Roma cut to six points after Week 21’s results.

“Juventus are the team to beat and has everything to go again, but Roma are playing a very pleasant game and are determined.

“Hopefully it will be a thrilling championship until the end.”

Balotelli booked for vulgar gesture
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Mario Balotelli will be suspended for Milan-Torino after aiming a vulgar gesture at Cagliari fans.

The striker turned to the crowd and made the gesture after scoring a free kick to temporarily equalise at the Stadio Sant’Elia.

It was spotted by the referee, who booked Balotelli for unsporting behaviour.

As he was already on a warning Milan will have to do without SuperMario for next week’s match against Torino.

The Rossoneri went on to win 2-1 in Cagliari thanks to a Giampaolo Pazzini volley.

AC Milan buy Essien slams 'haters'
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Michael Essien used Twitter to hit back at “haters” who claimed he failed his medical tests at Milan.

The report emerged in La Repubblica this morning and quickly spread that the 31-year-old Ghana international had failed a medical due to an old anterior cruciate ligament injury.

However, within hours the rumours were put to bed by supplemental stress tests at the Milanello training ground and he’s due to complete his transfer from Chelsea tomorrow.

“Haters will broadcast your failure but whisper your success. Medicals done, looking forward to start my new life with AC Milan,” wrote Essien on Twitter.

He is reportedly due to sign a contract until June 30 2015 worth €1.25m for the current campaign and €2.5m next season, plus a €500,000 bonus for Champions League qualification.

Seedorf: 'AC Milan mental strength'
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Clarence Seedorf was glad to see Milan “rediscovered their mental strength and courage” to come back in Cagliari.

They had been training 1-0 in Sardinia, but Mario Balotelli and Giampaolo Pazzini scored twice in the last three minutes for a 2-1 victory.

“I am very, very happy for the lads, as it was important for morale to get a victory this way,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“We should’ve scored at least once in the first half and being behind brought out our team spirit. That spirit is the base for everything else.

“Balotelli did very well helping out in defence and everyone fought hard. They all tried to do what we prepared in training and then we created a great deal in attack. It wasn’t always pretty, but with such a strong wind factor in the stadium it wasn’t easy.

“We held on until the end and maintained our belief, which really pleases me and is important for the next games.

“When the opposition keeps the pressing on constantly, it is normal to be more dangerous on the counter-attack. I don’t think it’s just Milan who does that at the moment.

“We are working on improving matters, but the most important thing was to rediscover mental strength and courage, which we saw today.”

Seedorf was asked whether Milan will invest to get back to the top, but he shrugged off the question.

“The club is clearly in a transitional period and everything will be evaluated, but out of respect for the players we have now we ought to talk only about them. We need to look at what we have and get the best out of that group.”

Serie A: Cagliari 1:2 AC Milan - match report
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Scorers: Sau 28 (C), Balotelli 87 (M), Pazzini 89 (M)

Mario Balotelli and Giampaolo Pazzini scored twice in the last three minutes to give Milan a 2-1 victory in Cagliari.

The Rossoneri had mixed results under Clarence Seedorf, beating Verona 1-0 and going out of the Coppa Italia to Udinese on Wednesday. Marco Amelia made his first Serie A appearance of the season, as Christian Abbiati and Andrea Poli were ruled out by flu with Cristian Zapata and Stephan El Shaarawy injured. Cagliari had Mauricio Pinilla after his two-match ban was halved on appeal, but Victor Ibarbo was still suspended with Nene injured.

It was very windy and this affected the flight of the ball, so within 90 seconds a wayward clearance came back to Marco Sau and Amelia had to smother at his feet. At the other end, Robinho fired just over the bar.

Vlada Avramov got a fingertip to anticipate Mario Balotelli at the near post and beat away another attempt from the striker, but Adil Rami’s diving header risked an own goal.

Avramov was under pressure early on and performed another crucial save on Keisuke Honda, but Cagliari took the lead.

Amelia’s awful clearance was put back into the middle by Pinilla, where Marco Sau kept his cool to dribble both Daniele Bonera and the goalkeeper, depositing into an empty net.

Milan struggled to mount a fightback, as Riccardo Montolivo ballooned over from distance, but Honda’s header from a Mattia De Sciglio cross was desperately parried from point-blank range.

Bonera hit an incredible fresh-air clearance in the box, but was fortunate Sau didn’t make the most of it. The errors continued after the break, as Balotelli blasted into the stands, Honda fired just over after combining with Robinho and Giampaolo Pazzini made his comeback from injury.

Honda’s strike was charged down in the box and Balotelli fired straight at Avramov. Cagliari went close to doubling their lead, as Pinilla’s strike flashed across Amelia to skim the back post.

It was a late siege from the Rossoneri and it finally paid off at the 87th minute when Balotelli curled a free kick over the wall to leave Avramov rooted to the spot.

Milan tend to finish games strong and Cagliari concede a great deal in the final stages, which was proved when the visitors turned the match around completely. Honda put the corner in for Giampaolo Pazzini’s precise volleyed flick. It was Pazzo's first Serie A goal in nine months and a perfect way to mark his return from injury.

Cagliari: Avramov; Pisano, Rossettini, Astori, Murru; Dessena, Conti, Ekdal (Eriksson 76); Cossu (Ibraimi 91); Sau (Cabrera 69), Pinilla

Milan: Amelia; De Sciglio, Rami, Bonera, Emanuelson (Abate 77); De Jong (Muntari 69), Montolivo; Honda, Kaka, Robinho (Pazzini 60); Balotelli

Ref: Doveri

Serie A: Cagliari vs. AC Milan - lineups
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Cagliari: Avramov; Pisano, Rossettini, Astori, Murru; Dessena, Conti, Ekdal; Cossu; Sau, Pinilla

Cagliari bench: Adàn, Perico, Del Fabro, Eriksson, Cabrera, Ibraimi, Solinas

Milan: Amelia; De Sciglio, Rami, Bonera, Emanuelson; De Jong, Montolivo; Honda, Kaka, Robinho; Balotelli

Milan bench: Gabriel, Coppola, Abate, Mexes, Constant, Cristante, Muntari, Birsa, Pazzini

Essien passed extra tests
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While initial reports suggested Michael Essien failed a Milan medical, it’s now claimed he passed supplementary tests.

According to La Repubblica, the Ghana international failed tests related to an old anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Essien arrived in Milan on Friday evening and had his medical on Saturday morning, but so far has still not signed the contract.

After a couple of hours, new reports from Sky Sport Italia and the Corriere dello Sport maintained the Chelsea midfielder passed the second round of stress tests at the Milanello training ground.

He is expected to put pen to paper on Monday.

Balotelli: 'I would like to work with Mourinho'
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Milan star Mario Balotelli “would like to play under Jose” Mourinho again despite their troubled time at Inter.

The 23-year-old Italian had several clashes with The Special One and was sold to Manchester City after throwing his jersey to the ground at the end of a Champions League tie with Barcelona in 2010.

“Of course I would like to play under Jose again,” Balotelli was quoted as telling the Sunday Mirror.

“In my first days at Inter we had some problems, but then it turned into a mutual respect, and now we have a real friendship.

“It is never boring playing under Jose. When you are in Mourinho’s team it is a family and he coaches on the principal that if all is well with the family it doesn’t matter what is going on outside the team.”

The Mirror claims this is fuelling speculation of a transfer to Chelsea, but Milan have made it clear SuperMario is not for sale.

“I said when I left Manchester that the fans were so good to me that I couldn’t see myself playing for another team in England.

“I got great support from the Manchester City fans during my time there and I will always respect them.”

Essien failed AC Milan medical
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Italian media are reporting Michael Essien did not pass his Milan medical, so could be sent back to Chelsea.

According to La Repubblica, the 31-year-old Ghana international failed tests related to an old knee injury, having ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament twice.

Essien arrived in Milan on Friday evening and had his medical on Saturday morning, but so far has still not signed the contract.

This suggests there are problems and the Rossoneri could pull out of the deal.

He will undergo further stress tests at the Milan Lab in a bid to rescue the transfer, which would’ve been free for the club.

It would be a heavy blow for the club, who already sent Antonio Nocerino on loan to West Ham in order to make way for Essien.

Cagliari see Seedorf effect
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Diego Lopez expects Milan to be “more attacking under Clarence Seedorf,” but Cagliari will still take the initiative.

It kicks off at the Stadio Sant’Elia at 14.00 GMT. Once again, only 5,000 fans are allowed in due to reconstruction work.

“Milan have always been a great side with a lot of quality and it seems to me they are more attacking under Seedorf,” said Lopez in his Press conference.

“We are facing a team that is coming here to win. It will be different to the last time we met, but we have to take the initiative. We trained well and know that recently we’ve only been lacking the result.

“We saw that we are on the right track and just need to step on the gas.”

Lopez received a boost with news Mauricio Pinilla will be available, as his two-match ban was halved on appeal.

Victor Ibarbo is still suspended, while Nene is injured.

“Pinilla’s appeal was good news, as he is an important player and trained all week as normal.”

OFFICIAL: Nocerino to West Ham
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As expected, West Ham United have signed Milan midfielder Antonio Nocerino, soon to be followed by Marco Borriello.

The deals had been in the works for several days and Nocerino’s transfer was finally completed today.

“West Ham United are delighted to announce the arrival of AC Milan midfielder Antonio Nocerino on loan until the end of the season,” read the statement.

With eleven Serie A games and two appearances in the Champions League under his belt in 2013/14, Nocerino will now be bringing his talents to the Barclays Premier League with the Hammers.”

Borriello tweeted goodbye to the Roma supporters on Friday evening, thanking them for “fantastic months, crowned by a wonderful record. Thank you all!”

He is flying out to London today and will undergo a medical before signing the contract.

It is believed to be an initial six-month loan with an option to buy at the end of the season.

Mexes rejects Trabzonspor for Monaco?
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There are reports Milan defender Philippe Mexes rejected a move to Trabzonspor, as he is waiting for Monaco.

It has become clear in recent weeks that the France international is no longer part of their plans for the future.

He had been in advanced negotiations with Turkish side Trabzonspor, but according to L’Equipe he has now turned down that option.

The French newspaper claims Mexes is waiting for a firm offer from Claudio Ranieri’s Monaco, though Fiorentina are also interested.

Meanwhile, the Rossoneri have been linked with a swoop for Cagliari goalkeeper Michael Agazzi in June, when he will be a free agent.

Seedorf: 'AC Milan need patience'
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Clarence Seedorf welcomed Michael Essien and warned Milan “need patience” ahead of a tricky trip to Cagliari.

The Serie A tie kicks off on Sunday in Sardinia at 14.00 GMT.

The new Coach has had a mixed start to his career, earning a last-gasp 1-0 victory over Genoa and crashing out of the Coppa Italia quarter-finals 2-1 to Udinese on Wednesday.

“The team is showing a great desire to work and emerge from this difficult moment,” assured Seedorf in his Press conference.

“We had 10 players suffering from flu symptoms over the last few days, but yesterday a few returned to training. I don’t want to risk anyone.”

The headlines were dominated by the arrival of Essien from Chelsea, as he underwent his medical this morning.

“I know him well. He has great character and is a great player. He’s a man and a warrior who really wants to make his mark ahead of the World Cup. He’ll bring qualities both on and off the field. Essien can play very well in the two midfielders in front of the defence.”

It has been a mixed bag since replacing Massimiliano Allegri, but Seedorf warns “even the best Coaches in the world need time to build their teams. I need to get to know the players and vice-versa so we can plan on how to improve certain aspects.

“Allegri tried to give his all, but the results did not arrive. The team has difficulties, but this can be an opportunity to see where to improve. I ask for patience in order to help everyone do better.”

So far down the Serie A standings and out of the Coppa Italia, it’s likely Milan won’t qualify for Europe.

“Our objective is to find the determination and strength to improve the results. I came here to help the reconstruction process, but it takes time and we don’t have a specific date for when the results will come. Beautiful football will come as a consequence, but my objective right now is to give the group the right sense of calm to face a difficult situation.

“I am the first to understand how the fans feel, but in the past we’ve already seen great clubs go through these moments. We are here to work and bring enthusiasm back to the supporters. We need that warrior spirit that never gives up.

“Thoughts of fear do not help us. How many teams haven’t played the Champions League for a year? It’s no shame. We need to approach this moment realistically, otherwise we just have this psychological weight that does not help matters. We’d all love to reach the Champions League, but realistically we are 22 points away from those places.”

Cagliari have Mauricio Pinilla available again after his two-match ban was reduced on appeal, but the Stadio Sant’Elia still only allows 5,000 fans in due to reconstruction work.

“Cagliari have always provided a difficult test, as they know each other well and we respect them. We know what we have to do and respect their quality on home turf,” continued Seedorf.

“I won’t create much mystery around my line-up, as a side like Milan can’t really do that. Robinho will start. Keisuke Honda will probably play, but he must be patient, as Serie A is of a very high level in tactical terms. There is another approach compared to other countries.”

Seedorf also had a long meeting with joint-CEO Barbara Berlusconi on Friday.

“It was a presentation of the people in various areas, she explained the future projects where Milan want to relaunch the international brand with marketing projects. It helped me understand where Milan want to go. The better the understanding along strategic lines, the better the results will be.”

Muntari: 'Essien good for AC Milan'
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Sulley Muntari welcomed fellow Ghanaian Michael Essien. “He can bring a great deal to Milan.”

Essien will complete his transfer from Chelsea today and is undergoing a medical this morning, but flew in to Italy on Friday evening and went to dinner with Muntari and CEO Adriano Galliani.

“Essien has a lot of experience and played so much in Europe for many important clubs,” Muntari told reporters.

“I am happy that he is here. I hope he can bring a great deal to Milan. First we must do well with Milan, then we can think about Ghana.

“I think he can handle the San Siro atmosphere. He didn’t find space at Chelsea, but life is like that and you have to go elsewhere.”

It is reported Essien will have wages worth €1.5m for the next six months and €3m for next season on a contract that expires in June 2015.

Muntari also commented on life under new Coach Clarence Seedorf.

“Even when he was a player he’d still give everyone advice, so imagine now that he is my Coach. We are relaxed and the Coach gives us the confidence necessary to stay calm. We are working with our heads and have faith in what we are doing.”

AC Milan 'chased Essien for a few months'
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Adriano Galliani explains Milan had been “chasing Michael Essien for a few months” and feel he’ll fit into Clarence Seedorf’s tactics.

Chelsea released a statement late Friday night confirming “an agreement reached with AC Milan for the transfer of Michael Essien, subject to a medical examination and him agreeing personal terms.”

The Ghanaian midfielder flew in to Milan on Friday and had dinner with Galliani and new teammate Sulley Muntari, after which the CEO spoke to journalists.

“We had been chasing him for a few months. We think he can do very well in Seedorf’s new system, sitting in the two in front of the defence and above all he can be included in the Champions League squad.”

It has been rumoured that Muntari was instrumental in the move, calling his fellow Ghana international in November.

“Muntari was one of his greatest sponsors,” confirmed Galliani.

“Riccardo Montolivo will be out for two Champions League games and Muntari one, so we needed a midfielder.

“I think he is physically reliable, but he has to pass the medical tests at Milanello and then he can sign.”

Galliani was asked whether Essien was similar to former Milan man Marcel Desailly.

“Hopefully” Marcel was a legend. Are we to expect any transfer scoops before January 31? We hope so.”

Essien: 'At AC Milan for Seedorf'
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Michael Essien arrived to complete his transfer from Chelsea. “I decided to join Milan because of Clarence Seedorf.”

The Ghanaian midfielder touched down at Malpensa Airport at 19.00 GMT and was interviewed by Milan Channel.

There are reports it was his fellow countryman Sulley Muntari who laid the groundwork for the move by talking to Essien in November.

The deciding factor appears to have been the introduction of new Coach Seedorf to replace Massimiliano Allegri.

“I will do my best for Milan. Seedorf? I spoke with him two days ago,” he told journalists while wearing a red and black scarf.

“Have I heard from Muntari? Yes, I have heard from him. I’m happy to be at Milan. It’s a great club.

“I want to thank Abramovich, the squad and Mourinho, who gave me the chance to join Milan. I decided to join Milan because of Seedorf. He is a great man and I hope that he will also become a great manager.

“I can’t wait to play for Milan. Kaka and Balotelli are great players.”

Essien has been released by Chelsea on a free transfer and is expected to sign a Milan contract until June 2015 after completing his medical.

He will have dinner with CEO Adriano Galliani at the Giannino restaurant this evening.

Pinilla cleared for Cagliari - AC Milan
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Mauricio Pinilla’s two-match ban has been reduced on appeal, so he can play in Cagliari-Milan on Sunday.

The striker had received the suspension after he was sent off for dissent in the 4-2 home defeat to Juventus.

It was halved to a one-game ban on appeal today, so he will be available for Cagliari-Milan on Sunday at 14.00 GMT.

Pinilla already sat out last week’s 1-0 defeat to Atalanta.

However, Victor Ibarbo is still suspended for the Milan fixture this weekend.

OFFICIAL: Essien to AC Milan
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Milan have confirmed on their official website that Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien is flying in tonight.

“Just turned 31 and with a CV including domestic and Champions League wins as well as victory with the Ghana national side. Michael Essien in expected in the city this evening,” read a statement.

It’s reported Essien will sign a contract until June 2015 that will halve the current wages he receives at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have agreed to release the player early from his contract, so Milan won’t pay any transfer fee.

His flight is due to land at Malpensa Airport at 19.00 GMT and he’ll undergo a medical tomorrow morning.

Barbara Berlusconi meets with Seedorf
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Milan director Barbara Berlusconi met with Clarence Seedorf for a lengthy meeting ahead of training today.

Berlusconi arranged the meeting at Milanello reportedly to discuss a number of aspects relating to the team, including the team’s current sporting situation, but also wider issues including business strategies, international communication, image rights and promotion of the club brand.

The meeting, held two days after the Rossoneri’s elimination in midweek from the Coppa Italia, apparently lasted for two hours.

It comes in light of the latest financial figures released from Deloitte, that have seen Milan drop two places further in total revenue ranked against other teams, and overtaken by Juventus as the side with the highest revenue in Italy.

Nocerino closer to West Ham
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Antonio Nocerino has reportedly arrived in London ahead of completing a move from Milan to West Ham.

The midfielder was reported yesterday as the subject of an agreement between the Rossoneri and the Premier League side for an initial loan deal through to the summer.

On from this and West Ham’s similar reported progress with Roma for Marco Borriello, Nocerino has flown out to London this afternoon accompanied by his agent.

It is understood that the 28-year-old will undergo a medical with the Hammers over the course of today and tomorrow and finalise details of his agreement with the English side.

Mourinho: Down to Essien
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Jose Mourinho has indicated that Michael Essien is the only one to now decide on a proposed move to Milan.

The Chelsea midfielder’s representatives are reported to have reached agreement on an 18-month deal with the Rossoneri and were believed to have met with Mourinho today to put forward the proposal.

Whilst it remains unclear if Milan will buy Essien outright or pick him up on an initial loan through to the summer before exercising a purchase option, the player’s Coach has indicated Chelsea will not stand in the way.

“Essein is in the classic position where he can stay or go,” Mourinho has told reporters today.

“We would be more than happy for him to remain here with us. He is a great player who has given everything for Chelsea and he is an important person for us.

“If he were to go away, he would have a better chance to play in these months leading up to the World Cup.

“If he remains, he will play on Sunday against Stoke, but if there is an opportunity for him to go away and to be happier, then we will have to show respect for his choice and allow him to leave.”

AC Milan have Essien agreement, but...
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Milan are believed to have agreed personal terms with Michael Essien, but have yet to decide on the type of deal to reach with Chelsea.

Reports yesterday placed the midfielder’s representatives as in Milan to hold talks with the Rossoneri over a prospective move this January.

It is understood that those talks were with Adriano Galliani and proved successful in arranging terms for the 31-year-old on an 18-month contract.

However, aside from awaiting a definitive ‘yes’ on the move from Chelsea, the Diavolo are apparently yet to determine which way to sign Essien.

Terms of agreement with the player are said to have been reached on both an initial loan through to the summer, with a purchase option inserted, as well as on an outright purchase by Milan.

The club are set to meet on Friday to determine which scenario to explore, before then looking to strike terms with Chelsea.

It is seen that the Rossoneri are, in either case, looking for assistance from the Stamford Bridge outfit on the Ghana international’s wages through to June.

Nocerino to West Ham?
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Antonio Nocerino has agreed to join Premier League side West Ham on loan until the end of the season.

Gazzetta dello Sport have revealed that the midfielder has left Milan and will sign for the east London outfit on a six month loan deal.

There has been no confirmation from either side yet, but news is expected by Friday.

Sam Allardyce’s team are also targeting Roma striker Marco Borriello, according to several outlets in the Italian Press.

The Giallorossi forward will also sign for the Hammers on a short-term loan.

Paletta set for AC Milan switch?
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Gabriel Paletta is on the verge of leaving Parma for Milan, according to reports in the Italian Press this evening.

Sport Mediaset reveal that the Argentine defender is the subject of a bid from the Rossoneri and is close to agreeing terms with Clarence Seedorf’s side.

The San Siro outfit however, face competition from Fiorentina, who are also keen on the 27-year-old.

Paletta has been on the periphery of the Crociati team this season, playing just six League matches during the entire campaign.

Zapata and Silvestre out
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Milan have been struck with more injuries this afternoon, with the club confirming that Cristian Zapata and Matias Silvestre have both picked up knocks.

The Rossoneri have been hit with a number of different injuries this season, with Daniele Bonera, Giampaolo Pazzini, Riccardo Montolivo and Sulley Muntari all being sidelined with various ailments.

But the San Siro outfit have revealed on Thursday that Zapata has picked up a hamstring injury, whilst Silvestre has a calf sprain.

According to the well-respected @Milanello Twitter account, they will both undergo medical examinations again in a week’s time to determine if the injuries are more serious than first thought.

Parma confirm Vergara deal
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Parma have confirmed the signing of Milan defender Jherson Vergara on a six-month loan deal.

The Colombian youngster joined the Rossoneri in the summer, but so far has only played one Primavera match since arriving.

As such, in order to gain more regular first team football, the Crociati have confirmed that the 19-year-old will stay with them until the end of the season.

He will wear the No. 31 shirt.

AC Milan close in on Essien
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Reports are growing that Milan are closing in on Michael Essien, with his representatives believed to be in the city.

The Chelsea midfielder has been suggested during this month as a potential midfield reinforcement for the Rossoneri, due to his perceived availability on a loan deal.

Whilst rumours quietened down following the Diavolo’s change in Coach last week, speculation today is that the club are closing in on a deal for the 31-year-old.

Reports this morning in France indicated that a deal to take the midfielder to San Siro was close to agreement and that has been followed up by Sky Sport 24’s assertion that Essien’s representatives are today in Milan for talks.

Essien has not played for Chelsea in the Champions League this term, so could appear in the competition for Milan against Atletico Madrid.

Agent: Perin ideal for AC Milan
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Mattia Perin’s agent has indicated his client will remain with Genoa until at least June, but also said he is ‘ideal for Milan’.

The 21-year-old has impressed this term between the sticks for the Grifoni, whilst the Rossoneri are seen as making preparations to sign a goalkeeper from at least next summer.

For Perin’s representative, a move to San Siro could be on the cards.

“Certainly until the end of the season, Genoa want to reinforce, so Preziosi and Gasperini will not give away a goalkeeper like Mattia this January,” Matteo Roggi has told Radio Mana’ Sport today.

“And football is strange because you can never rule anything out. If a team comes in and puts an offer on the table, there do not exist non-transferable players.

“But then again, Perin has the heart and will remain with the Rossoblu until at least June.

“Milan? They must reinvigorate themselves, and I think that Perin is ideal for his human and technical qualities.

“From here he could become the new Milan goalkeeper, but the road is long.

“So far there has been nothing, not even a call of interest.”

Juventus lead Italy in Money League
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Juventus have overtaken Milan to lead Italy in Deloitte’s Football Money League for 2014 thanks to an almost €80m rise in revenue.

Real Madrid continue to lead the world’s clubs in terms of revenue generated, pulling in €518.9m during 2012-13, ahead of Barcelona on €482.6m and new third-placed side Bayern Munich with €431.2m.

Juventus are now the peninsula’s leading revenue generators, overtaking Milan for the honour with a revenue last season of €272.4m, representing an increase of over €80m on 2011-12’s figures.

The Rossoneri find themselves down two places to 10th in this year’s edition of the League, which considers money earned from matchday, broadcasting and commercial areas, despite having seen their numbers increase to €263.5m.

Inter have dropped three places to 15th in the table, whilst also seeing revenue fall by €17.4m in the last 12 months. Napoli notably drop out of the top 20 altogether, to 22nd with a drop of €32m on 2011-12, whilst Roma maintain 19th spot from last year with a rise of €9m.

Deloitte Football Money League 2014

1. Real Madrid - €518.9m

2. Barcelona - €482.6m

3. Bayern Munich - €431.2m

4. Manchester United - €423.8m

5. Paris Saint-Germain - €398.8m

6. Manchester City- €316.2m

7. Chelsea - €303.4m

8. Arsenal - €284.3m

9. Juventus - €272.4m

10. Milan - €263.5m

11. Borussia Dortmund - €256.2m

12. Liverpool - €240.6m

13. Schalke 04 - €198.2m

14. Tottenham Hotspur - €172m

15. Inter - €168.8m

16. Galatasaray - €157m

17. Hamburg - €135.4m

18. Fenerbahce - €126.4m

19. Roma - €124.4m

20. Atlético de Madrid - €120m

Kaka: Europe further away
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Ricky Kaka has conceded that Milan’s task of qualifying for Europe for next year has become that much harder following Coppa Italia elimination.

The Rossoneri were knocked out of the competition at the quarter-final stage on Wednesday evening, following a disappointing 2-1 defeat at home to Udinese.

“The club had given us the task of getting to the final of the Coppa Italia,” began Kaka on Rai Sport post-match.

“We are very much disappointed because we did not want a game like this. There is little to say and much to do.

“ We have to be honest, we are very far away from the qualifying positions for Europe. The Italian Cup was much closer. It was the surest way for us.

“Here we did not do well. In the game before against Verona we did well, here we began well and then dropped. It is hard to figure out what happened.

“Where do we go from here? Everyone has to have their own reflection, we must try to figure out what we can give to the team.

“Then, Clarence can tell us what to do, provide us with the motivation to pick up the most points in the League and to face up in the Champions League.”

Milan face high-flying Atletico Madrid in the Last 16 of that competition.

“We have a 50 per cent chance of progressing against Atletico Madrid, we start from here. This team has a different motivation when there are big games, and we hope to move forward.

“Let’s start from 0-0, we know where we need to improve, whilst Atletico Madrid are doing very well. I have seen how [Coach Diego] Simeone works, but we should find motivation to keep going in the Champions League this season.

“Had I anticipated this situation when I returned last summer? Even when things do not go well, there is always hope for the future.”

Seedorf: 'Positives and negatives'
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Clarence Seedorf saw “positive things and others we have to work on,” but remained “optimistic” after Milan’s Coppa Italia exit.

The Rossoneri were beaten 2-1 at San Siro by Udinese despite taking the lead with Mario Balotelli after just six minutes.

“The whole team worked hard, but when they get tired and stretched out it’s an old story in football,” the Coach told Rai Sport.

“We are not yet able to be consistent in terms of our football, but I saw interesting things today that leave me optimistic we’ll be able to improve the situation.”

The honeymoon period appears to be over after less than a week in charge, as there were loud jeers at San Siro.

“I said in the first few days that we know our fans have Rossoneri hearts. When you play for a big club, you know the demands are high, but I told the lads to be as calm as possible. I want hard work and effort to turn the situation around; I said one victory wouldn’t change everything.

“I saw some positive things tonight and others we need to work on. I am getting to know the players on the field, in the locker room and in training so together we can build a new type of football.

“In football you can have the strongest defence in the world, but if the whole team doesn’t contribute then they are going to be exposed. In the first 30 minutes against Verona and again here we held possession in the opposition half, but it takes time to be consistent in this approach.

“I think all players at certain moments understand the situation and can come back to help out. Mario did that a lot tonight.”

There seemed to be some real gaps in midfield this evening and Seedorf was asked whether the club would sign any more reinforcements in January.

“I think questions about the transfer market should be aimed at Adriano Galliani. I think after this game it is important to give a sense of balance to the lads in the locker room. I need them all and it’s not right at this moment to discuss the market.

“The focus now is to give the players a sense of a project that takes time to build. I am convinced Milan will take every step to make this team stronger.”

Coppa Italia: AC Milan 1:2 Udinese - match report
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Scorers: Balotelli 6 (M), Muriel pen 41 (U), Nico Lopez 77 (U)

Clarence Seedorf’s honeymoon period is already over, as Milan fumbled an early lead and went out of the Coppa Italia 2-1 to Udinese.

Seedorf won his management debut 1-0 over Verona on Sunday thanks to a late Mario Balotelli penalty. The Coppa Italia had become very important for the Rossoneri, as it was their best chance of qualifying for Europe. Udinese knocked Inter out in the last round, but were fresh from a 3-2 home defeat to 10-man Lazio in the League.

A flu epidemic spread through the Milan squad, ruling out Bryan Cristante, Andrea Poli and Cristian Zaccardo, while Stephan El Shaarawy, Giampaolo Pazzini and Sulley Muntari were sidelined.

Bruno Fernandes had an excellent scoring opportunity for Udinese only to lose his footing as he was preparing to shoot from 10 yards. Milan immediately went on the counter-attack and scored, as Valter Birsa rolled in from the right and Robinho only glanced the ball, allowing it through for the unmarked Balotelli to tap in.

Christian Abbiati fingertipped an Emmanuel Badu effort just wide and Bruno Fernandes blasted over, then the Portuguese talent’s shot was deflected for a corner by Cristian Zapata.

Abbiati had to beat away another Badu shot at the near post, as the visitors put together a series of corner kicks. Philippe Mexes had originally been left out of the squad, but was a last-minute addition amid the flu epidemic and was then thrown on to the pitch when Zapata picked up an injury.

Nigel De Jong’s error sparked another dangerous Udinese move, but Abbiati smothered the Bruno Fernandes finish.

Udinese were increasingly aggressive and before the break Widmer burst into the box, brought down clumsily by Urby Emanuelson. Luis Muriel stepped up and converted the penalty despite Abbiati getting close to it.

The second half began the same way the first had concluded, with the Friulani looking the more likely to score. There was a well-worked move with a Bruno Fernandes backheel flick and concluded with Abbiati blocking the Lazzari finish, but at the other end Zeljko Brkic’s poor punch on a Robinho cross risked giving Balotelli an open goal to aim at.

Adil Rami crucially tackled Muriel, who hesitated a little too long before getting his shot away in the box, as the San Siro crowd started to lose patience with this performance.

Roberto Pereyra came off the bench and within 120 seconds had volleyed over with his knee from Gabriel Silva’s cross.

Balotelli’s powerful free kick was arrowing under the bar were it not for Brkic’s gloves, but Udinese wasted a golden opportunity. Pereyra scuffed his finish after springing the offside trap, then pulled back for Muriel who also hit a fresh-air shot.

Thomas Heurtaux nodded over the bar from a corner, but the Udinese goal arrived eventually. Nico Lopez sprinted on the counter from his own half and smashed a daisy-cutter into the near bottom corner past Abbiati’s helpless fingertips.

The fightback from Milan was unimpressive, as Keisuke Honda and Mexes earned yellow cards, but there were precious few scoring opportunities. In stoppages Balotelli's curling effort was well grabbed by Brkic, but the crowd expressed its displeasure with the overall performance.

Udinese go through to the Coppa Italia semi-final, where they will face the winners of Thursday’s Fiorentina-Siena match.

Milan 1-2 Udinese

Scorers: Balotelli 6 (M), Muriel pen 41 (U), Nico Lopez 77 (U)

Milan: Abbiati; De Sciglio, Zapata (Mexes 36), Rami, Emanuelson (Abate 86); De Jong, Nocerino (Honda 81); Birsa, Kaka, Robinho; Balotelli

Udinese: Brkic; Danilo, Heurtaux, Domizzi; Gabriel Silva, Widmer, Allan, Badu, Lazzari (Pinzi 93); Bruno Fernandes (Pereyra 68); Muriel (Nico Lopez 74)

Ref: Guida

Coppa Italia: AC Milan vs. Udinese - lineups
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Milan: Abbiati; De Sciglio, Zapata, Rami, Emanuelson; De Jong, Nocerino; Birsa, Kaka, Robinho; Balotelli

Milan bench: Coppola, Gabriel, Mexes, Honda, Abate, Constant, Silvestre, Iotti, Pinato, Di Molfetta, Mastalli, Modic

Udinese: Brkic; Danilo, Heurtaux, Domizzi; Gabriel Silva, Widmer, Allan, Badu, Lazzari; Bruno Fernandes; Muriel

Udinese bench: Kelava, Naldo, Bbunjic, Basta, Douglas, Jadson, Pinzi, Pereyra, Nico Lopez, Zielinski, Maicosuel, Di Natale

Muriel: 'Udinese can beat AC Milan'
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Luis Muriel is confident Udinese “are at San Siro to win, reach the semi-final and turn our season around” against Milan.

The Coppa Italia quarter-final kicks off at 20.00 GMT this evening.

“We are at San Siro to win, reach the semi-final and turn our season around,” Muriel told Milan Channel.

“We are calm and must remain concentrated on our objective, which tonight is to win at all costs.

“We want to go as far as possible in the Coppa Italia, while in Serie A our objective is to get back on track and earn as many points as possible.”

Udinese knocked Inter out of the tournament in the last stage.

Muntari: 'Seedorf a fantastic professional'
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Sulley Muntari has praised new Milan boss Clarence Seedorf, insisting the Dutch Coach is ‘a fantastic professional’.

The former Rossoneri midfielder was named as Massimiliano Allegri’s successor last week, and after just a week in charge, the Ghana international has complimented the novice tactician.

“Seedorf is a wonderful professional,” he told GH One. “I’ve had him as a teammate and an opponent.

“He knows the club and will help us going forward. We are hoping that everything goes well.

“I remember when I played against him in the Super Cup – he came up to me and encouraged me. He told me to be patient because I had not been a regular at Inter.

“I listened to him, and six months later I was his teammate at Milan.

“Our League position isn’t great, but we have to try and raise ourselves. We still have the Champions League and the Coppa to play for. We need to focus on these goals.”

Premier League clubs keen on Nocerino?
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Antonio Nocerino looks to be surplus to requirements at Milan, and a pair of Premier League clubs are said to be interested.

The midfielder has started just seven League games this term, and it is suggested that under new boss Clarence Seedorf, his position in the XI is under threat even more.

And as such, Gazzetta dello Sport insist that both West Ham and West Brom are keen on signing the Italy international this month.

The paper have not revealed how much the Rossoneri have set as an asking price though, and it is not known whether Nocerino would welcome a move to England.

Guidolin: 'A lot at stake' with AC Milan
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Francesco Guidolin warns “there’s a lot at stake” when Udinese face Milan in the Coppa Italia quarter-final.

This one-off tie kicks off at San Siro at 20.00 GMT on Wednesday, with the winners going on to face Fiorentina or Siena.

“There’s a lot at stake here,” said Udinese Coach Guidolin in his Press conference.

“It is a single game with the prospect of reaching the semi-final. We care about this competition a great deal and must put the bitterness of Serie A results behind us to concentrate solely on Milan. To get a positive result we have to give our all.”

Udinese are struggling badly in Serie A recently, but the only high point of 2014 has been a surprise Coppa Italia victory to eliminate Inter.

Morale is low after Sunday’s 3-2 home defeat to 10-man Lazio, especially as they appeared to be in control.

“The lads are following me to the letter. The team always trains well, is reactive, organised and rigorous. We cannot think the tide will turn by itself, so we have to earn our own good luck.”

Milan’s confidence was boosted by Sunday’s 1-0 win over Hellas Verona on the debut of new Coach Clarence Seedorf.

“I am happy for the Dutchman, as he was a great player and is an intelligent guy, but first I want to spend a thought for Massimiliano Allegri. He did a great job at Milan, is a capable Coach who was ready for the biggest stages and it’s a shame his adventure there terminated early.

“Seedorf is certainly helped by his career and will bring a great contribution in terms of ideas and motivation.”

Udinese squad for AC Milan
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Udinese have practically a full-strength squad for their Coppa Italia quarter-final against Milan tomorrow.

The one-off game kicks off at San Siro at 20.00 GMT on Wednesday and the winner goes on to face Fiorentina or Siena.

Coach Francesco Guidolin is still smarting after Sunday’s shock 3-2 home defeat to Lazio, a tie they had been leading twice.

Antonio Di Natale, Luis Muriel and Maicosuel are all included in the squad travelling to Milan.

Udinese squad for Milan: Brkic, Kelava, Scuffet; Basta, Bubnjic, Danilo, Domizzi, Douglas, Gabriel Silva, Heurtaux, Naldo, Widmer; Allan, Badu, Fernandes, Jadson, Lazzari, Pereyra, Pinzi; Di Natale, Maicosuel, Muriel, Nico Lopez, Zielinski.

AC Milan squad for Udinese
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Ignazio Abate and Kevin Constant are back for Milan’s Coppa Italia quarter-final with Udinese.

The pair had missed Clarence Seedorf’s debut on the bench, a 1-0 Serie A victory over Hellas Verona, due to injury.

Abate had been out for several weeks, while Philippe Mexes now misses out.

Still absent are Marco Amelia, Stephan El Shaarawy, Giampaolo Pazzini and Sulley Muntari.

Seedorf has packed his squad with youth team players from Pippo Inzaghi’s Primavera side.

The Coppa Italia tie kicks off at San Siro at 20.00 GMT on Wednesday. The winner goes on to face Fiorentina or Siena in the semi-final.

Milan squad for Udinese: Abbiati, Coppola, Gabriel, Abate, Constant, De Sciglio, Iotti (n 37), Rami, Silvestre, Zaccardo, Zapata, Birsa, Cristante, Emanuelson, De Jong, Honda, Kakà, Mastalli (n 41), Nocerino, Pinato (n 39), Poli, Balotelli, Di Molfetta (n 38), Robinho.

Balotelli compares Seedorf to Mourinho
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Mario Balotelli has compared new Milan boss Clarence Seedorf to Jose Mourinho, insisting they have the same will to win.

The Dutchman replaced Massimiliano Allegri at San Siro last week, but despite never having managed before, the controversial striker has insisted that he can already see comparisons between the former midfielder and the Chelsea tactician.

“In Clarence Seedorf I have already seen that drive and desire to win that Mourinho has,” Balotelli briefly told Chi.

Milan host Udinese in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals tomorrow.

'AC Milan recreating the right atmosphere'
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Luca Antonini believes that Milan are going in the right direction with Clarence Seedorf at the helm.

The Genoa defender was sold by the Rossoneri in the summer, but insists that his former side are on to a good thing with the Dutchman in charge.

“Maybe we’re not seeing a beautiful Milan, “ he told Milan Channel. “But with Seedorf they’re recreating the right atmosphere.

“To see Seedorf so well-dressed on the touchline was a bit weird! But I’m sure his presence will help the team.

“A coaching role is one that befits such a great man.”

Tassotti wants Coppa Italia progress
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Milan assistant Mauro Tassotti has warned the Rossoneri against complacency as they prepare to face Udinese.

The San Siro outfit host the Zebrette in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals on Wednesday, but the Coach has claimed that his men will have to be at their best to beat Francesco Guidolin’s team.

"Knock-out matches are always dangerous, we’re favourites because of home advantage and Udinese will play with less pressure on them,” he told a Press conference.

“Even though they’re struggling, they’re a good side, they’ve got good players and against us in the Italian Cup they’ve got a good record. We want to progress .

“The Italian Cup seems the best route to qualify for Europe next season. We’ll play with a side to win, every player that takes to the pitch will have to have keep this in mind.

“We’ll continue with the 4-2-3-1 formation and will do so until the end of the season. It’s a development on the 4-4-2 formation.

“I’m getting on well with Clarence, there was a moment of confusion after the dismissal of Allegri, but that’s normal. I worked for three and a half years with other staff members and I’m committed to the club.

“I’ve known Clarence for years. He’s very attentive to every minor detail, he’s aware of everything, he’s completely thrown himself into the job. I think he was preparing for this job for a while and it’s clear that he was working towards this.”

Tassotti then reflected on the last League game with Verona, one that Milan won thanks to a late Mario Balotelli penalty.

“In the first 30 minutes, when we played really well, we played in their half. We played with an advanced back line and we want to try and continue pressing this way for a whole match.

“We’ll try against everybody. Naturally it’s going to be harder against the stronger sides, but we’ll try nevertheless. When there is a new Coach, everything starts from scratch. It’s now down to us to maintain this enthusiasm.

“It’s true that despite creating many opportunities, we weren’t clinical enough in the first half. However, Verona were hard to break down giving us little space.

“In any case we weren’t that vulnerable in both halves of the match. We deserved a goal in the first half and in the second half our performance dropped off and we created fewer chances.

“Balotelli? Mario has been playing as a centre-forward for a couple of years, he plays in that role for the national team, and since his arrival he’s been playing there.

“We’re asking him to be more involved during matches. On Sunday he did this. It seems that he is calmer now although he has always been this way despite the odd outburst.”

The backroom staff member then moved on to Keisuke Honda’s role in the team.

“Honda needs to train more and needs game time after a long break without playing. Honda’s favourite position is just behind the striker. He doesn’t like to play out wide. From our initial conversations, that seems to be his preferred position.”

Fiorentina and Monaco for Mexes
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Fiorentina and Monaco are interested in signing Milan centre-back Philippe Mexes, it has been revealed.

The France international has come in for some criticism at San Siro this term, and has played just 10 games for the Rossoneri in the League.

It has been claimed by Sport Mediaset that the defender will be surplus to requirements under new boss Clarence Seedorf, and as such, the Viola and the Ligue 1 team are rumoured to be circling.

Vincenzo Montella’s men have already been in negotiations with the Rossoneri this window, bringing in striker Alessandro Matri.

That could bode well for a potential transfer, but it is suggested that the player may prefer a switch back to his home country.

AC Milan making Marchetti move?
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Milan are weighing up the possibility of making a €10m move for Lazio goalkeeper Federico Marchetti, reports suggest.

The shot-stopper has found himself out of favour at Stadio Olimpico since Edy Reja’s arrival as Coach earlier this month.

And as such, Sport Mediaset have revealed that the Rossoneri could make the most of that uncertainty by tabling a bid for the Italy international.

It is suggested that Clarence Seedorf’s men are willing to pay €10m for the 30-year-old, with an offer apparently coming this month.

Milan are searching for a new man to go between the posts, with Christian Abbiati now 36-years-old.

Honda: I am only at 50 per cent
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Keisuke Honda has reflected that he is ‘only at 50 per cent’ of his level for Milan, but that winning games like yesterday’s against Verona will improve him.

The Japanese international started his first League match for the Rossoneri since arriving earlier this month from CSKA Moscow, but believes he still has some way to go before showing what he is capable of.

“I still have to further improve the quality of my game,” Honda has told Japanese media in reaction to yesterday’s game.

“It was nice to be able to win this game. We had some problems in the management of the ball, so we need to improve this further, whilst also being able to score more.

“Speaking for myself, I would say that I am only at 50 per cent of my level of play.

“Seedorf? With him I communicate perfectly in English. We have had just a little time to talk about the type of football that he wants to play and what is expected of me.

“Even so, I am confident. Winning games like this against Verona also helps me to improve myself and this is what I want to do.

“I believe that we will face more and more opponents who will defend much and try to score against us only on the break.

“To win against these teams will improve our game. We will have to train hard for this.”

Urby: Everyone must defend
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Urby Emanuelson has mused that for Milan’s planned tactical reshuffle under Clarence Seedorf to work, everyone must help in defending.

Seedorf debuted as Coach with the Rossoneri on Sunday evening and introduced a formation switch from 4-3-2-1 to 4-2-3-1.

With one less body in midfield, the side’s nominal left-back yesterday has issued a message to his more attack-minded teammates.

“Even Robinho and Kaka will have to lend a hand to defend,” Emanuelson has told Sky Sports.

“I understand that they are attackers and do not like to defend…but we have to defend with everyone, even with them.”

The Dutchman was talking after yesterday’s 1-0 win at San Siro against Verona.

“I used to play with Seedorf and now he is my Coach. We are pleased with this victory, it was not easy.

“We had a good first half, the second a little less. We will now continue work.”

De Sciglio: 'Seedorf has brought enthusiasm'
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Mattia De Sciglio has reflected on how Clarence Seedorf ‘has brought great enthusiasm’ and ‘his ideas of the game’ to Milan.

The 37-year-old debuted on the bench for the Rossoneri on Sunday evening and oversaw a 1-0 win over Verona.

“He has brought great enthusiasm,” full-back De Sciglio has considered to reporters post-match.

“The [dressing room huddle] at the end was very nice, he wants to create a united group.

“We need to learn from him and his experience, but he has also brought to us his ideas of the game, which are very purposeful.

“We worked during the week on the defensive aspects, even in preparation for this match.”

Costacurta: 'Seedorf has English style approach'
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Alessandro Costacurta believes that Milan are in the hands of a Coach in Clarence Seeforf who ‘knows how to motivate players’, ‘like an English manager’.

Former Rossonero Costacurta watched Seedorf’s debut on the bench on Sunday evening at home to Verona and saw a more progressive performance.

“I have seen a few more attempts on goal. When playing with a striker, it is normal to create a few more chances,” Costacurta has considered to Sky Sport Italia.

“To remove a midfielder for an attacker leads to further opportunities, whilst in defending they have worked hard.

“Seedorf should deepen their understanding, he knows how to motivate players.

“This is a team that has suffered too many drops in tension. He loves to talk too. His intention is to be like an English manager.”

Boban: 'Verona could've done more'
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Zvonimir Boban has reflected that Milan were still vulnerable in Clarence Seedorf’s debut, as he considers the new Coach’s work with Mario Balotelli.

The Rossoneri yesterday evening debuted under their new Dutch tactician, earning a 1-0 win at home to Verona.

Former midfielder Boban has been critical of the side up to this point in his capacity as a television pundit and again suggested the Diavolo were vulnerable, more so than their opponents realised.

“Milan have begun well, but then they lowered their pace,” Boban has considered on Sky Sport Italia of Week 20’s showing.

“Verona did not realise that they could have done something more. Eventually the goal was scored after a glaring error.

“None of the four forwards without the ball will provide a great effort in the long run.

“There has to be someone who pushes off the ball. They have pressed, but have not done so too far away from the ball.”

Boban was asked about Seedorf’s ability to strike up a positive relationship with Mario Balotelli.

“I do not know Seedorf well enough, if he dedicates himself to personal relationships meticulously,”

“I do not know if he can establish a relationship with Balotelli. During times of difficulty, Balotelli struggles to accept any kind of criticism.”

Seedorf: 'AC Milan have courage'
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Clarence Seedorf revealed his new post-match Milan tradition and said the club showed “courage” to hire him.

The Coach made his debut with the Rossoneri and spoke to Sky Sport Italia after a 1-0 victory over Verona.

“We formed a circle all together in the locker room and I said we’d do the same after every game, whether it’s a win or a defeat, so we can all look each other in the eye. We’re all responsible for every result.

“The victory is certainly dedicated to all the Milan fans. I am happy for the squad, as there is a lot of work to do and a win makes it all feel easier.”

It was decided by a late Mario Balotelli penalty, though Robinho had earlier hit the woodwork and they dominated possession.

“The first half was very good, whereas after the break fatigue set in. I liked the pressing as soon as we lost the ball and keeping the defence very high. We haven’t had much time to work over the last few days, but the players did very well to keep that pressing up and pin Verona into their own half for the first 45 minutes.

“This victory came at the end with a penalty, but I still believe it was deserved considering the performance over 90 minutes.”

Seedorf introduced the new 4-2-3-1 system with Keisuke Honda, Kaka and Robinho behind Balotelli.

“I am concentrated on what we want to develop next week, which will be the first real week to get training done and concentrate on all the aspects of building the football I’ve got in mind.

“Right now we want to focus on rediscovering the joy of playing football and training with the ball, so the players can connect with the ball.”

Balotelli scored the winning goal and dedicated it to his new Coach.

“I already knew Mario and am not remotely surprised by the good rapport we’ve built over the last few days. He’s a sweet guy, a great talent and will do very well for Milan and Italy. I hope to help him grow and he has already shown he’s willing to play a part in this project.”

Seedorf was still playing for Botafogo up until a few days ago, so what convinced Milan to prompt early retirement?

“Our rapport over 10 years helped the club understand a lot about me, as it was a long and intense time together on and off the field. The club hierarchy got an idea of who I am, what I’m like and my competence in the world of football.

“The way they did with Arrigo Sacchi and Fabio Capello in the past, the President and Adriano Galliani showed courage to make this decision. I felt ready for this position and received a wonderful letter from Louis Van Gaal who helped construct the management course for me, so I am learning fast.”

Milan will face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16 next month and they have gone top of the Liga table.

“This is not the time to talk about that. We know Atletico Madrid are a great side who did amazing things this season, but we have time before considering those games.”

Balotelli: 'Dedicated to Seedorf'
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Mario Balotelli dedicated Milan’s 1-0 victory over Verona to new Coach Clarence Seedorf. “I think we played well.”

The striker converted a late penalty to start Seedorf’s management career on the right track.

“It is a victory we all dedicate to Seedorf, as it’s his first game and obviously that’s the most difficult,” Balotelli told Sky Sport Italia.

“We put ourselves in a tough situation and were forced to win this match. We organised it well and got the result.

“We had practically four forwards on the field and he told us to put the pressure on straight away. It worked, as we kept winning back possession in their own half. I think we played well.”

Seedorf has introduced a new 4-2-3-1 system that started with Robinho, Kaka, Keisuke Honda and Balotelli together.

“I like that role and it’d be even better with more balls coming my way. We hope it can be the turning point and they say a good start is already halfway there.”

Serie A: AC Milan 1:0 Verona - match report
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Scorer: Balotelli pen 82 (M)

Mario Balotelli converted a late penalty to give Clarence Seedorf a winning debut, beating Verona 1-0 at San Siro.

Seedorf was still a player at Botafogo until Tuesday, when he terminated his contract to begin this new career as a Coach. Massimiliano Allegri was sacked after a 4-3 defeat to Sassuolo left the Rossoneri in 11th place at the halfway stage of the season. Seedorf was without Stephan El Shaarawy, Giampaolo Pazzini, Ignazio Abate, Kevin Constant, Marco Amelia, Riccardo Saponara and the suspended Sulley Muntari, but he introduced a new all-attack 4-2-3-1 system. Verona sold Jorginho to Napoli yesterday and missed centre-forward Luca Toni due to flu symptoms, so Daniele Cacia and Ezequiel Cirigliano stepped in.

Verona beat Milan 2-1 in the opening weekend with a Toni brace. The Rossoneri dominated possession early on and Kaka’s glancing header was off target, while Mario Balotelli drilled wide from Ricky’s assist.

Keisuke Honda’s first touch let him down in front of Rafael and Balotelli curled over the bar. Verona slowly came out of their shell and Juan Manuel Iturbe fired his free kick over Christian Abbiati’s goal.

Honda and Mattia De Sciglio combined in the box, but the final pass was intercepted. Abbiati had to pluck an Emil Hallfredsson snapshot out of the air and Riccardo Montolivo’s effort was deflected out for a corner.

The first real shot on target was after 38 minutes, Balotelli cutting in from the left to unleash a powerful angled drive that Rafael got down well to beat away.

Moments later Balotelli’s free kick dipped over the wall and bounced off Rafael’s chest, as Domenico Maietta was on hand to clear the loose ball. The last kick of the first half saw Riccardo Montolivo’s screamer flash just past the near top corner.

There was an early scare after the restart, as Iturbe robbed Montolivo in midfield and Romulo fired off target. Iturbe sparked another dangerous counter, but Daniele Cacia was marginally offside for the finish, then Cristian Zapata intercepted Romulo’s pass for Cacia after Honda had been left standing.

Honda blasted wide from distance, but Martinho went close when he stung Abbiati’s palms at the base of the near post with his cross-shot.

Robinho had their best chance of the game so far on 68 minutes, as his strike from 20 metres took a huge deflection off Maietta and smacked against the upright with Rafael stranded.

Balotelli spun round between defenders only to fire low straight at the goalkeeper, as did Robinho, but Abbiati had to beat away a powerful long-range Iturbe effort was fortunate nobody could get on the rebound.

Kaka pounced on a defensive error to surge into the box, but again Maietta was decisive to charge him down. Romulo fired over from an improbable angle, but there was a turning point in the final minutes.

Alejandro Gonzalez came sliding in for an entirely unnecessary tackle on Kaka, who was running the ball out of play, so the referee awarded a penalty. Balotelli had seen two penalties parried this season, but kept his cool to send Rafael the wrong way and convert the first goal of Milan’s Seedorf era.

Verona would not give in and Abbiati flew to punch a cross away from Martinho and Balotelli was back in defence to charge down a Juanito Gomez Taleb effort.

Zapata needed a well-timed sliding challenge as Martinho burst into the area in stoppages, while Iturbe's long-range strike almost turned into an assist for Martinho, but he just failed to get a toe to it.

Milan: Abbiati; De Sciglio, Zapata, Bonera (Silvestre 52), Emanuelson; Montolivo, De Jong; Robinho (Petagna 78), Honda (Birsa 63), Kaka; Balotelli

Verona: Rafael; Gonzalez (Jankovic 85), Moras, Maietta, Agostini; Romulo, Cirigliano (Donadel 90), Hallfredsson; Iturbe, Cacia (Martinho 61), Gomez Taleb

Ref: Bergonzi

Montolivo: 'AC Milan must respond'
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Riccardo Montolivo is already impressed with Milan Coach Clarence Seedorf. “Now the players must give a response.”

“We hope to begin again with a different approach and will try to get the best results starting from tonight,” Montolivo told Sky Sport Italia.

“He brought enthusiasm and his football ideas. Now aside from the Coach, the players must give a response on the field.

“We hope this is the beginning of another season for us, as we have 19 games to prove we are not the team seen in the last 19 matches.”

Seedorf was drafted in this week after Massimiliano Allegri was sacked.

“We are all responsible, because Allegri’s dismissal is a defeat for everyone concerned, so we must give something more,” added captain Montolivo.

Davids: 'Seedorf will do well'
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Just days after quitting Barnet FC, Edgar Davids is at San Siro for Milan-Verona amid rumours he’ll join Clarence Seedorf’s staff.

The Barnet player-manager terminated his contract by mutual consent this week and was spotted in Milan for tonight’s Serie A match.

“I had come to watch Juventus and today I’ll see Milan, because I like football,” Davids told Mediaset Premium.

“I think Seedorf made the right choice and I hope he’ll do great things at Milan. I am happy as I am. I think Clarence will do well, because he has the right staff and that is the most important characteristic.”

Seedorf is working with Mauro Tassotti, who was Massimiliano Allegri’s assistant manager, and Hernan Crespo confirmed he was asked to join the staff as a specific ‘striker coach.’

Galliani: 'Seedorf project brought forward'
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Milan CEO Adriano Galliani reveals the Clarence Seedorf “project” was brought forward by six months.

“We had already agreed for Seedorf to take over from July 1, but considering the circumstances we thought it would be better for Milan and for Clarence to bring the whole project forward by half a season,” Galliani told Sky Sport Italia.

“It is an intuition of President Silvio Berlusconi, just as it was his intuition that took us to Arrigo Sacchi and Fabio Capello. He chose the Coach.”

Galliani had always tried to publicly support Allegri, even when it became clear President Berlusconi and joint-CEO Barbara Berlusconi were unimpressed.

“For three years we came first, second and third, while we also went through to the Champions League knockouts four times under Allegri.

“However, this is the lowest number of points we’ve had at this stage of the season since I’ve been at Milan.

“The defeat to Sassuolo was the final straw, as we were 2-0 up after 13 minutes and lost. Unfortunately, Coaches are judged on results and in Serie A the results did not come this season.

“If there is a club that rarely changes management midway through the campaign, then it is Milan.”

Alessandro Matri was a flop at Milan this season, but days after completing a loan move to Fiorentina he scored twice today in a 3-0 victory away to Catania.

“He had always scored goals in his career, so it was evident he’d find his form eventually. I have to ask myself whether Matri would’ve scored two goals tonight if he had played for Milan. Perhaps the change of system, approach and environment shook something up within him. He’s a finisher more than anything else.”

Serie A: AC Milan vs. Verona - lineups
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Milan: 32 Abbiati; 2 De Sciglio, 17 Zapata, 25 Bonera, 28 Emanuelson; 18 Montolivo, 34 De Jong; 10 Honda, 22 Kakà, 7 Robinho; 45 Balotelli.

Milan bench: 35 Coppola, 59 Gabriel, 5 Mexes, 13 Rami, 14 Birsa, 16 Poli, 23 Nocerino, 24 Cristante, 26 Silvestre, 37 Petagna, 81 Zaccardo.

Verona: 1 Rafael; 23 Gonzalez, 18 Moras, 22 Maietta, 33 Agostini; 2 Romulo, 14 Cirigliano, 10 Hallfredsson; 15 Iturbe, 8 Cacia, 21 Gomez Taleb.

Verona bench: 12 Nicolas, 98 Borra, 3 Albertazzi, 5 Donati, 6 Martinho, 11 Jankovic, 16 Rubin, 17 Donsah, 25 Marques, 29 Cacciatore, 30 Donadel.

Kaka: 'Strange Seedorf as Coach'
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Ricky Kaka welcomes Clarence Seedorf to Milan, but admits he “didn’t want to play football anymore” after an injury on his debut.

The Brazilian is preparing to face Verona tonight at 19.45 GMT, with new Coach Seedorf at the helm.

“Seedorf was a technically fantastic player and very intelligent,” Kaka told TV Globo in Brazil.

“He loved to talk and guide the others on the field, so he had the profile of a Coach even when he was playing.

“It’s the first time one of my old teammates has become my Coach. It’s strange, as the person who was by my side on the pitch is now giving me orders from the touchline. He is very disciplined and organised, so he knows what he wants. He learned so much from playing in the biggest clubs in Europe.”

Seedorf returns to San Siro, but so did Kaka after several years at Real Madrid this summer. It didn’t start promisingly, as in his debut against Torino he suffered a thigh injury that would rule him out for a month.

“When I had that injury I thought to myself: ‘I don’t know if I still want to play football.’ I was preparing to do everything possible to be ready for the World Cup, then got injured at the first competitive match.

“I called Adriano Galliani and told him I didn’t want to receive wages while I was unavailable for action. He asked me to stay calm. I recovered and now I’m back in shape.

“I brought a personal physiotherapist with me to improve my performances and rediscover the joy of playing football. Now I am at 75-80% of my peak form and hope to soon find 100%.”

Kaka rarely played at Real Madrid under Jose Mourinho, but does not blame the Special One.

“Injuries created a situation where it was not possible for me to play. I don’t blame Mourinho. I always respected his opinion and did everything I could to change his mind about me. I didn’t manage to, but it was still a good experience.”

Matri: 'I needed this'
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Alessandro Matri “needed a moment like this” after scoring a brace on his Fiorentina debut, but is already injured.

The striker only completed his loan move from Milan this week and made the perfect debut, scoring twice and providing an assist in the 3-0 victory away to Catania.

“I went off at half-time due to a slight calf problem and we need some tests tomorrow to evaluate the extent of it,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“I hadn’t experienced a moment like this for a while and to be honest I really needed it. I wanted to become a protagonist again and after such a tough time you lose your sense of balance. Only my girlfriend and those closest to me know what I’ve gone through.

“The first goal was from a move that Fiorentina often attempt, while on the second I was fortunate and smart to believe in it.”

Matri has already scored more goals for Fiorentina in half a game than he did for Milan in the entire first half of the season.

“Over six months I struggled to settle into Milan’s tactics and there were various problems at the club. I am 29 years old and still a bit young to be on the bench.

“Why did I choose Fiorentina? They had the Number 32 free! There were other options, but this team plays in a very attacking way and there are many fascinating elements here.”

Berlusconi: 'Seedorf must start well'
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Milan President Silvio Berlusconi welcomed new Coach Clarence Seedorf. “It’s important to start well.”

The tactician replaced Massimiliano Allegri this week and makes his debut against Verona at 19.45 GMT.

“It is important that this new Milan starts well,” said Berlusconi at a political event.

“It is important because there are so many disappointed fans all over Italy.”

Seedorf will not be greeted with any special banners or choreography from the Curva Sud, as the Rossoneri ultras are still on ‘strike.’

They are protesting at not being allowed to bring in already pre-approved banners for the Milan Derby in December.

Toni misses AC Milan - Verona
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Luca Toni is out of Verona’s trip to Milan and Coach Andrea Mandorlini starts life after Jorginho.

The Serie A fixture kicks off at San Siro on Sunday at 19.45 GMT.

It is a weakened side, as star striker Toni has been ruled out by a flu virus, while today Jorginho completed his transfer to Napoli.

“We are not lacking options and when called upon they have all done well,” argued Coach Mandorlini in his Press conference.

“In midfield we have players like Ezequiel Cirigliano, Massimo Donati and Marco Donadel who can replace Jorginho.

“The one who comes closest to his characteristics is certainly Cirigliano, but he is coming off a long injury and so we’ll have to wait and see.

“It cannot be denied, though, that we are losing an important player for the balance of the side.”

Milan are in crisis after a 4-3 defeat to Sassuolo, but Mandorlini fears the effect of Clarence Seedorf’s arrival on the bench.

“Seedorf will certainly bring enthusiasm, but despite the respect and curiosity I have in seeing him make his management debut, I doubt he has a magic wand.

“We must make the most of Milan’s weaknesses to play a great game and cause them big problems. The Rossoneri remain the favourites anyway, because they have players of such quality.”

Verona squad for Milan: Rafael, Nicolas, Borra, Agostini, Albertazzi, Moras, Cacciatore, Maietta, Marques, Gonzalez, Rubin, Donati, Hallfredsson, Martinho, Donadel, Romulo, Cirigliano, Donsah,
Cacia, Gomez Taleb, Iturbe, Jankovic.

Seedorf's first AC Milan squad
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Clarence Seedorf called the first squad of his Milan career against Verona, missing Kevin Constant and Riccardo Saponara.

The Dutch manager makes his debut at San Siro on Sunday at 19.45 GMT.

Injuries have ruled out Giampaolo Pazzini, Stephan El Shaarawy, Ignazio Abate, Constant and Saponara, while Sulley Ali Muntari is still suspended after his red card against Inter.

January signings Keisuke Honda, Adil Rami and Andrea Petagna are all included in the squad.

Milan squad for Verona: Abbiati, Amelia, Gabriel, Bonera, De Sciglio, Mexes, Rami, Silvestre, Zaccardo, Zapata, Birsa, Cristante, Emanuelson, De Jong, Honda, Kaka, Montolivo, Nocerino, Poli, Balotelli, Petagna, Robinho.

Crespo: 'Seedorf wants me at AC Milan'
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Hernan Crespo confirms new Milan Coach Clarence Seedorf “asked me to work with him” as a trainer for strikers.

There had been reports the former Rossoneri striker would form part of Seedorf’s staff and the Argentine admitted they were true.

“I am Seedorf’s friend and he asked me to work with him. He asked me for this collaboration and things developed quickly,” Crespo told Fox Sports Italia.

“There are three options: I can start working now, start in July or not begin at all. I would like to be a Coach in future. Clarence’s offer is an option and can be a solid one, but so far nothing has happened.”

It has been theorised that Seedorf wants Crespo to act as a Coach specifically for the strikers.

“We have discussed using a different individual Coach for each area of the team and we are united in that idea. We think it is the right path,” added Crespo.

“I hope and believe in experimentation. Once people said it was madness to have a specialised Coach for the goalkeepers, so this could be an important development.”

Seedorf: 'AC Milan need joy back'
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Clarence Seedorf held his debut Press conference as Milan Coach and pledged to “rediscover enthusiasm, joy and fun in playing football.”

The Dutchman arrived this week to replace Massimiliano Allegri and begins his career against Verona at San Siro on Sunday. It kicks off at 19.45 GMT.

“I’m very happy to be back home. I want to work and transmit some of my enthusiasm to the players, which I think is fundamental for players,” he said.

“These were also my first words, to rediscover the enthusiasm, joy and fun in playing football, training and doing this job.

“I believe difficult moments must be analysed, but above all with the thought of how to resolve those issues, without losing sight of your abilities. This team has certainly not expressed its true value, but these things can happen.

“At such an important club, there are no doubts the situation will return to what it was. It’s all about how you work, with enthusiasm, optimism and the desire to do what we all enjoy – which is to play football, bring fans to the stadium and be convinced of our style.

“It is easier to get a result when you play good football, so that is fundamental. I’ve seen many of the Milan games so far and am convinced they deserve more points than they currently have.”

Seedorf was asked what his initial target would be in improving Milan’s Serie A standing, as they are only in 11th place.

“We know the table is an ugly thing to look at in these situations, so we’ll try to avoid that for the moment. The important thing is to get back that team spirit, as for a while the situation has been delicate.

“I am pleased to see nobody is blaming anyone else, so this is a united squad. When you enjoy your football the legs feel lighter, the mind is clearer and that is something we can work on immediately, whereas tactics take more time.

“I trust the support of our fans will as always be the 12th Man, who I knew throughout my career and I’ve already seen over the last few days. I’m convinced the fans will give the energy the team needs and that the players will respond in kind to take Milan back to where they belong.”

Seedorf has won four Champions League trophies with three different clubs, so how is he feeling ahead of his first ever match as a Coach?

“It is curious, but I feel good and must thank Milan for making me feel so at home after a long time away. I see the joy and energy in their eyes, which fired me up even more, but I am also relaxed. There are many more serious problems in life, so we must face these issues with a sense of balance.

“I know most of the players and the staff. Mauro Tassotti has been very important for the club over the years and we are already working well together. We hope to bring Milan back to where they belong for the Rossoneri fans and all of Italy.

“I am someone who feels everything very intensely, so I can’t help but be excited at this great opportunity and I’m very happy to build a new career in a place where I already had so many wonderful moments.”

Seedorf only retired a few days ago, terminating his contract with Botafogo five months early to take the Milan job.

“I have everything to prove. Now a new career begins, I feel ready for the challenge, but it will be the work and the results that must confirm I can win this challenge and live up to the expectations. I do feel ready and I like challenges, there’s nothing better than to begin such an important new career at the top level where you played for many years and can help them reach their objectives.”

It is no secret that President Silvio Berlusconi and his daughter Barbara were instrumental in the decision to sack Allegri and bring in Seedorf.

“You all know of the rapport I have with the President and our affection is evident. He has done a great deal for football in Italy and the world, so I am happy and honoured to have his faith in me. The same goes for Adriano Galliani, as we’ve discussed contracts and gone through moments of joy and tension over 10 years. Those emotions are what football is all about and I’m happy to be back experiencing these with them.”

Seedorf studiously tried to avoid mentioning predecessor Allegri or criticising his approach.

“I think it’s important to look forward, not back. We can learn from the past, certainly, but I believe difficult moments help people to grow in terms of character. We’ll try to look at the glass half-full.

“I always said systems depend on the players you have at your disposal. This team has played 4-3-3 and various other shapes, but I will play 4-2-3-1 because I want to make the most of the great quality we have in attack to develop an even more attacking approach.

“Milan’s best performances in recent years, for example against Barcelona, was when we were able to stay in the opponent’s half. Attacking is when you get many players near to the box.

“We have time to work, so that is the situation today and it can change tomorrow. I believe more in the philosophy of football than specific tactical movements. We’ll develop those as we get to know each other more.

“Roles are labels, but at the end of the day we are all human beings. It’s great to see you journalists again too, as we spent 10 years together and are all part of the same football world. Even the photographer who has been blinding me with the flash for the last three days!”

Seedorf was spotted having a lengthy conversation with Mario Balotelli during Friday’s training session.

“Mario is a very sweet boy. I already knew him a little bit before and we all know his qualities. I am here to support him, help him to grow and he seems very eager to work with me. I am confident.

“I think it is very important for players and Coach to communicate and collaborate, as the more information we all have, the better a job we can do.

“Seeing Kaka here means I’ve found another old friend. I know that I can count on him above all as a person. He also proved his worth on the pitch again and will set an example for his teammates.

“I also know Nigel De Jong, as there’s a photograph of me playing for Ajax with him as a ball boy. He’s an exceptional guy and a great professional, so I’m happy to meet him again here.”

Seedorf’s debut will be against Hellas Verona, who are fresh from a 3-0 home defeat to Napoli, but beat Milan 2-1 in the opening weekend.

“They are a side to be respected and we know they have a great striker like Luca Toni who can put the ball in the net. The squad is enthusiastic and we’ll talk about what we will do. It’s important that our opponents feel the weight of San Siro when they face us.”

AC Milan close on Parolo deal
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Milan have proposed Riccardo Saponara or Jherson Vergara to Parma in part-exchange for Italy international Marco Parolo.

According to Mediaset Premium and Panorama, Rossoneri CEO Adriano Galliani was in talks with Parma President Tommaso Ghirardi over the last 24 hours.

They discussed the possibility of sending attacking midfielder Parolo to San Siro.

It would see Milan buy co-ownership of Parolo in exchange for handing Parma the other half of Saponara or full ownership of defender Vergara plus €3m.

At the moment Saponara is co-owned between the two clubs, so at the end of this deal the Ducali would have complete control over the Italy Under-21 international trequartista.

Parolo turns 29 later this month and has been hugely impressive since joining Parma from Cesena in July, scoring six goals and providing three assists in 18 Serie A games.

He also earned a recall to the Italy squad and is in the running for a place at the World Cup.

Saponara just turned 22 and has suffered from a series of injury problems since arriving at Milan in July.

The former Empoli man made only three appearances this season for a grand total 99 minutes of football.

With the arrival of Keisuke Honda from CSKA Moscow, playing time is likely to be even more reduced.

Balotelli 'happy' with Seedorf
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Mario Balotelli is convinced Milan can revive their season with new Coach Clarence Seedorf. “Personally I’m happy.”

The striker sat down with La Gazzetta dello Sport to discuss the dismissal of Massimiliano Allegri.

“Personally I’m happy,” he said of Seedorf’s appointment. “It is only normal that during a management change there will be some confusion, but now we have a Coach who has won it all and played football until yesterday. It’s natural you listen to him more because you’re faced with a great champion.

“Our trust in him is immediate. He has very clear ideas and is decisive, so in my view things will go well. We hope. Seedorf was one of the best players in the world, so I doubt he needs much experience to get the hang of management. He will do well.”

Balotelli was asked about his rapport with Allegri, which by the end appeared to be rather frayed.

“What did I say to Allegri? ‘Goodbye.’ We won a title with him, I consider him a good Coach and I wish him all the best for the future.

“As for Adriano Galliani, he’s the best at his job and nobody can fire him.”

Seedorf is not only starting this new chapter of his career at the top, but he is also the second black Coach in Serie A history after Fabio Liverani’s brief Genoa stint.

“It is a good step forward and in Italy these steps tend to be taken slowly,” noted Balotelli when asked what this meant for race relations.

The fact remains Seedorf takes over a Milan side that is 11th in the table and will face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16.

“I doubt we could finish first or second, so the Coppa Italia is our only path to get into Europe next season.

“Does the comeback depend on me? I don’t know of any players who work on their own. Obviously I hope to help Milan climb back up, as with the team helping me and me helping the team we can get into a good position.

“Keisuke Honda is a good player and a good man, so he can give us a great deal too. He has the technique and characteristics to wear the Milan Number 10 jersey.”

Balotelli must also look beyond Milan this year to the 2014 World Cup with Italy.

“I just hope I arrive in Brazil in top form. I’ll be concentrated to the max and hope Italy go as far as possible.

“I spoke to Giuseppe Rossi after his injury and hope he comes back stronger than ever, because we need him. To cheer him up I told him if he doesn’t come to the World Cup then neither will I!”

Shevchenko: 'AC Milan believe in Seedorf'
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Andriy Shevchenko admits Clarence Seedorf’s arrival as Coach “was unexpected, but Milan really believe in him.”

The former midfielder hung up his boots five months early to replace Massimiliano Allegri on the San Siro bench.

“His arrival was unexpected. I can only wish him good fortune,” Shevchenko told

“I played alongside him for a long time and he is one of the best midfielders in Rossoneri history. The club chose him and therefore really believe in him, even if it his first experience as a Coach.

“Milan trust him and that is why he was chosen to replace Allegri. It was a shame for Allegri, but losing 4-3 to Sassuolo after leading 2-0 is really not in Milan’s style.

“The situation is not pleasing, as the Rossoneri have above all not been playing well in recent outings.”

Falcao on Pirlo, Balotelli and Totti
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Monaco star Radamel Falcao would “one day like to play in Serie A” and admires Francesco Totti, Mario Balotelli and Andrea Pirlo.

The 27-year-old Colombian striker spoke to Sky Sport Italia and expressed great fondness for Italian football.

“One day I’d like to play in Serie A. Where? I can’t say,” commented Falcao.

“There has been a lot of speculation around European clubs interested in me, but I didn’t think too much about that. I tried to concentrate on my objectives, training to achieve important results.

“Claudio Ranieri had the ability to deal with many new players in the first year, creating harmony between them and also achieving results. It’s not easy and only someone with a great deal of experience could manage it. I hope it continues like this.

“I loved Roberto Baggio, while of the current Italy squad I like Andrea Pirlo. Giuseppe Rossi is very talented and Francesco Totti ought to be called up for international duty.

“Of course I like Balotelli! He is one of those players who loves to enjoy himself. He is eccentric, but he gives a little spice to football.”

Falcao also commented on Coaches Diego Simeone and Jose Mourinho.

“Simeone is without doubt one of the greatest managers in the world and what he’s doing with Atletico Madrid proves that.

“Mourinho is a Coach with a fantastic career, the titles that he has won speak for him and nobody can deny his capabilities. He has a different style, people might not like him, but that makes him special and football enjoy his eccentricity.

“Would I like to play for Mourinho? I’d never considered it. As of today it doesn’t seem possible, as we are on two very different paths and I have a five-year contract with Monaco.”

De Jong sees AC Milan comeback
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Nigel De Jong is confident Milan can “have a great comeback” this season with Keisuke Honda and new Coach Clarence Seedorf.

The Rossoneri reached the midway stage of the campaign in 11th place with just 22 points from 19 games, results that prompted the dismissal of Massimiliano Allegri.

“We will try to climb back up the standings and return to the European places,” midfielder De Jong told

“Against Sassuolo we played an excellent opening 20 minutes, perhaps our best of the whole season. We scored twice and I thought at that point the result would be a formality. Instead, we lost 4-3.

“This has not been a good start to the campaign, but I am convinced we’ll have a great comeback and be back in the top spots within a few weeks. Our treatment room is slowly emptying out and the squad is almost complete.

“We have the elements and the talent to have a great second half to the season.”

The side has also been reinforced by January arrivals Honda and Adil Rami.

“I knew Honda thanks to his time in Holland, where he played for VVV-Venlo for two seasons. He is an excellent player with a superb left foot. I think he’ll bring us a great deal from set plays, but also in moving the ball around.

“As for Rami, he is a very solid defender. I didn’t know him before his arrival, but I am getting to know how physical and interesting he is in the air.”

Serie A fixtures up to Round 30
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The changes to the Serie A fixture list have been released all the way up to the end of March.

Today the Lega Serie A announced its adjustments to the calendar in order to fit in with TV schedules and European commitments.

Some of these fixtures, namely Bologna-Udinese, Udinese-Chievo, Cagliari-Lazio, Fiorentina-Chievo, Torino-Napoli, Napoli-Fiorentina, Catania-Juventus, Bologna-Atalanta and Milan-Chievo, are subject to change depending on European and Coppa Italia qualification.

All kick-off times listed below are GMT.

Week 22

Sat Feb 1

Bologna-Udinese (17.00)

Cagliari-Fiorentina (17.00)

Milan-Torino (19.45)

Sun Feb 2

Genoa-Sampdoria (11.30)

Juventus-Inter (19.45)

Week 23

Sat Feb 8

Udinese-Chievo (17.00)

Fiorentina-Atalanta (17.00)

Napoli-Milan (19.45)

Sun Feb 9

Torino-Bologna (11.30)

Inter-Sassuolo (19.45)

Week 24

Fri Feb 14

Milan-Bologna (19.45)

Sat Feb 15

Fiorentina-Inter (19.45)

Sun Feb 16

Catania-Lazio (11.30)

Roma-Sampdoria (19.45)

Mon Feb 17

Verona-Torino (19.45)

Week 25

Sat Feb 22

Bologna-Roma (19.45)

Sun Feb 23

Livorno-Verona (11.30)

Juventus-Torino (17.30)

Lazio-Sassuolo (19.45)

Mon Feb 24

Parma-Fiorentina (18.00)

Napoli-Genoa (20.00)

Week 26

Sat Mar 1

Roma-Inter (19.45)

Sun Mar 2

Cagliari-Udinese (11.30)

Livorno-Napoli (17.30)

Milan-Juventus (19.45)

Fiorentina-Lazio (19.45)

Week 27

Sat Mar 15

Verona-Inter (19.45)

Sun Mar 16

Atalanta-Sampdoria (11.30)

Cagliari-Lazio (17.30)

Genoa-Juventus (19.45)

Fiorentina-Chievo (19.45)

Mon Mar 17

Torino-Napoli (18.00)

Roma-Udinese (20.00)

Week 28

Sat Mar 22

Torino-Livorno (17.00)

Chievo-Roma (19.45)

Sun Mar 23

Parma-Genoa (11.30)

Napoli-Fiorentina (17.30)

Catania-Juventus (19.45)

Lazio-Milan (19.45)

Week 29

Tue Mar 25

Roma-Torino (19.45)

Thu Mar 27

Inter-Udinese (19.45)

Week 30

Sat Mar 29

Bologna-Atalanta (17.00)

Milan-Chievo (19.45)

Sun Mar 30

Sassuolo-Roma (11.30)

Napoli-Juventus (19.45)

Mon Mar 31

Udinese-Catania (18.00)

Livorno-Inter (20.00)

Capello hails Seedorf and Honda
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Fabio Capello believes Clarence Seedorf and Keisuke Honda have “everything it takes to do well” at Milan.

The Russia manager visited the Milanello training ground today and spoke to Milan Channel about the team’s new Coach.

“It is always a lovely feeling to come back to Milanello and see the people you worked with in the past. It feels like coming home,” said Capello, who started his management career at San Siro.

“I spoke to Seedorf yesterday and he invited me to the ground. When he was 20 years old, I took him away with me to Real Madrid.

“We’ve always had a good rapport and I was curious to see his training session. Clarence has a lot of experience and everything it takes to do well. He’s always had a great deal of character and that’s something you never lose, no matter what the role.”

Seedorf isn’t the only new arrival this month, as Japanese international Honda has already scored his debut Rossoneri goal.

“I consider Honda to be an excellent player, though he must adapt to the higher pace of the game in Serie A than at CSKA Moscow,” Capello told Sky Sport Italia.

“I also spoke to Japan manager Alberto Zaccheroni and he agreed Honda is a very good player. He has great vision, is an assist-man and scores goals too.”

Seedorf to go 4-2-3-1?
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Clarence Seedorf has reportedly plumped for a 4-2-3-1 formation at Milan, with Ricky Kaka, Keisuke Honda and Robinho supporting Mario Balotelli in attack.

The newly-appointed Dutchman is preparing for his first game in charge of the Rossoneri, since brining an end to his playing career during the week to replace Max Allegri on the San Siro bench.

Sky Sport 24 believe that the 37-year-old has a clear idea for tactics in mind and will look implement a 4-2-3-1 system at Milanello.

Alongside listing Kaka, Honda and Robinho as preferred supporting acts for Balotelli in attack, Seedorf is seen as keen to use Riccardo Montolivo and Nigel de Jong in the centre of midfield.

The coaching novice is also seen as considering a plan B in attack, with Balotelli dropping to one of the supporting roles and Giampaolo Pazzini brought in at centre-forward.

Seedorf begins his managerial career at home to Verona on Sunday evening. Whilst he will face the media on Saturday ahead of that, it is believed that his official presentation as Coach won’t be until later next week, when Silvio Berlusconi will be present.

Meanwhile, Fabio Capello visited Seedorf and the Milan team at Milanello today.

Conte: Seedorf can be great
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Antonio Conte has paid tribute to Massimiliano Allegri and backed Clarence Seedorf to become a success at Milan.

Speaking at his Press conference today, the Juventus Coach was asked of this week’s move from traditional title rivals Milan to replace 2011-Scudetto winner Allegri with the untried Seedorf.

“First of all, I want to take this opportunity to salute Allegri, who in these two-and-a-half years has proven to be a great opponent for Juventus,” Conte responded to reporters today.

“I am sorry when a nemesis, in quotes, but one that has always been highly respected as an opponent, in the end has to lay down their arms.

“I’m sorry because Max Allegri is a Coach that I respect and that in two-and-a-half years has been an opponent on the field and also in terms of communication, through the media, which is always a part of the game.

“For me there is a great deal of respect, let’s not forget that he won the Scudetto with Milan and has always qualified for the Champions League. I say goodbye with affection and hope to see him again soon.

“Having said that, the choice of Seedorf is important for a club like Milan. According to me, the message you are trying to send that they wanted to find a person, a champion who has won a lot in his career, that knows them very well, and the environment at Milan.

“Certainly he has no experience as a Coach, but knowing Clarence as an opponent, both as a player and a Coach, I think that he may have everything to become a great Coach.

“I also have to say that it does not matter where you start, it matters where you get to. I said on my presentation day at Juventus, when they asked me if I was happy to be fifth or sixth choice, I said, it doesn’t matter where you start, but where you end up.

“The Coach should be like a good tailor, try to dress their team in the most beautiful dress, the dress that suits them.

“Maybe sometimes it may not be the most beautiful dress, but it may be what best suits, which in the end brings more guarantees from all points of view.

“Again, I am the Coach, I try to train the players that the club makes available to me.”

Conte was also asked if he was surprised to see Alessandro Matri this week move from Milan to Fiorentina on loan, just six months after leaving Turin.

“For Alessandro, I have great affection because with us he was always an important player, he contributed significantly to our winning two Serie A titles.

“From a sporting point of view, indeed, more than that, from the human perspective, I may regret that things have not gone well for him at Milan.

“Yet, I repeat, I have great affection for a player who was very important for us. And he showed that in the two years, helping us to win two Scudetti.”

Pazzini injured again
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Giampaolo Pazzini has picked up a muscle injury and is set to miss the next eight to 10 days for Milan.

The striker had only just returned to the first team picture after several months out with a knee injury, but is now facing another lay-off.

The former Sampdoria man is believed to have picked up a complaint to an adductor muscle in his right leg and will require between eight and 10 days away from the pitch.

Further tests will also be carried out to accurately determine the complaint and better quantify the prognosis.

Pazzini was working through only Clarence Seedorf’s second training session as Coach.

Seedorf granted dispensation
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Clarence Seedorf has officially received dispensation from the Italian Football Federation to coach Milan this term without official qualifications.

Despite the 37-year-old’s agent claiming earlier this week that the new Rossonero Coach was already qualified to take to the San Siro bench, Milan have had to apply for dispensation as he has yet to have the applicable UEFA Pro license in place.

That application has been successful, with the Rossoneri today posting the FIGC’s response on their official Twitter account.

Seedorf, as per the letter received yesterday, is permitted to train Milan for the remainder of this season. It is believed that the Dutchman will undergo the Pro licence course during late spring.

Seedorf granted dispensation
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Clarence Seedorf has officially received dispensation from the Italian Football Federation to coach Milan this term without official qualifications.

Despite the 37-year-old’s agent claiming earlier this week that the new Rossonero Coach was already qualified to take to the San Siro bench, Milan have had to apply for dispensation as he has yet to have the applicable UEFA Pro license in place.

That application has been successful, with the Rossoneri today posting the FIGC’s response on their official Twitter account.

Seedorf, as per the letter received yesterday, is permitted to train Milan for the remainder of this season. It is believed that the Dutchman will undergo the Pro licence course during late spring.

Galliani: Seedorf will give AC Milan a jolt
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Milan director Adriano Galliani believes that new Coach Clarence Seedorf will ‘give a jolt’ to the players.

The Dutchman succeeded Massimiliano Allegri at San Siro, signing a contract with the Rossoneri earlier on Thursday.

And the board member has claimed that the former midfielder will inspire this group of players.

“Seedorf will shake up the team. I'm sorry about what happened to Allegri, but this is the destiny of all Coaches,” he told reporters.

“Seedorf will become a great Coach because he was a great player.

“I have only had positive sensations about Seedorf so far. He is very motivated for this adventure.

“Have I talked about the transfer market with Seedorf? No. And even if we had, I wouldn't reveal it

“Inzaghi should keep on working like he is currently doing. He is doing excellently. He will also become a great Coach.”

Rami on 90 minutes & Seedorf
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Adil Rami has commented on the appointment of Clarence Seedorf as Milan Coach, insisting that the Dutchman will be a success.

The French defender played a full 90 minutes in the Coppa Italia win over Spezia on Wednesday, and the former Valencia admitted it was tough getting back into the swing of things after not playing for so long.

“I feel very happy with the way I played yesterday,” he told Milan Channel. “It was difficult to play 90 minutes after such a long time.

“To get to my usual level I’m going to have to play a lot more.

“I did some good things and some bad things yesterday, but it’s easy for me playing alongside Mexes – I know him very well from my time at France.

“We need to play more games and work harder, and then it will be even easier."

He then commented on his new boss, claiming that Seedorf's career as a player will help him in the dugout.

“Seedorf has won everything as a player and is a very impressive man.

“He knows the dynamics of Italian football and that will help us a lot.”

'Matri isn't passing through'
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Fiorentina sporting director Daniele Prade has celebrated Alessando Matri’s capture and hinted that he won’t be staying just until the summer.

The former Cagliari man yesterday completed a move from Milan on an initial loan deal to the take him through to the end of the season.

However, in presenting the 29-year-old to reporters today, the club’s sporting director has made clear that they are intending to keep the striker beyond that summer expiry.

“For sure we have increased upon our beauty, even as a team that already expresses itself beautifully,” Prade commented on Matri’s arrival.

“In previous situations, we would have never been able to think about Matri. We have always liked Alessandro and we are glad that he is here with us.

“Matri will be with us on a basic loan, but that was the only way to complete this operation in a short time.

“But, I want to emphasise that no-one is just passing through here.

“With the capture of Matri and Anderson, we have broken our original €5m salary cap and for that we are grateful to the Della Valle family.”

Matri: The fault is perhaps mine
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Alessandro Matri isn’t looking for anyone but himself to blame for difficulties at Milan, as he states his desire to start afresh with Fiorentina.

The striker has ended a miserable six months at San Siro, which yielded just one goal from 18 appearances, to move to La Viola on an initial loan deal to the end of the season.

“I thank Milan for having given me the opportunity to come here. And of course the Della Valle family, who have made an effort to get me here for the next few months,” Matri considered to reporters today.

“I have made an important decision. If I have left Milan then it is because I have a great desire to return to the highest level.

“I need to disconnect and start again without thinking. This is a great opportunity and I have jumped at it.

“The six months in Milan? I have always been self critical and perhaps the fault was mine. I am grateful to Milan for the time there, the six months were special.

“There was a desire to start again, but due to problems of acclimatisation in the field, I personally could not reach my best in the field. Now I look for a bit more continuity to return to the highest level.

“What didn’t work? The responsibilities regarding my performance are taken by me. Perhaps the feeling is that I did not have a very good start.

“The fans did not agree with the purchase of a new striker, for that they did not take to me very well. My past with Juve has nothing to do with it.

“Seedorf? When things go wrong it is the Coach that always pays, but the blame is to be shared by the players and the club.

“I do not know Seedorf as a Coach, there is curiosity from everyone. Allegri? I spoke to him before choosing Fiorentina. He gave me his thoughts and then I made my decision. He told me that I just had to do what I felt.”

OFFICIAL: AC Milan appoint Seedorf
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Milan have confirmed that they have appointed Clarence Seedorf as Coach until June 2016.

The Dutchman confirmed his retirement from playing earlier this week to return to the Rossoneri as replacement to Max Allegri on the bench.

On from yesterday arriving in the city to catch the team’s Coppa Italia win over Spezia, the 37-year-old was pictured today completing formalities on his agreement to begin work at San Siro.

Seedorf signs AC Milan contract
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Clarence Seedorf has put pen to paper on a contract with Milan so as to officially take on the role of first team Coach.

The Dutchman confirmed earlier this week that he had agreed to take over on the San Siro bench, after Massimiliano Allegri’s sacking on Monday.

On from flying in to Milan on Wednesday evening to catch the team’s Coppa Italia win over Spezia, the 37-year-old this morning arrived at Milan’s headquarters, where he completed formalities.

The Rossoneri posted the above picture of Seedorf alongside Vice-President Adriano Galliani at Milanello, signing papers to make official his appointment as Coach.

The now retired midfielder is seen as having agreed to a two-and-a-half-year deal to take him through to June 2016.

Seedorf will this afternoon oversee his first training session in his new role at the club.

Reports have indicated that he is also pushing for Milan to accelerate Hernan Crespo’s appointment to his backroom staff.

Panucci: 'Seedorf a gamble, but...'
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Christian Panucci admits that Milan’s decision to hire Clarence Seedorf as Coach is a gamble, but one he hopes pays off.

The Rossoneri have moved this week to replace Massimiliano Allegri with their former Dutch midfielder on the bench.

“It is a big gamble by the Berlusconi family,” former Rossonero Panucci has commented to Sky Sport 24 this week.

“Seedorf is an intelligent man, he speaks five or six languages, he is determined. Milan now are in great difficulty, it will be difficult, but you can never refuse a team like that.

“ I wish him good luck and hope that things go well. During these coming months it will be an apprenticeship.

“It was a smart move on the part of the Berlusconis. Then, it depends on the market, what makes the difference to be champions is great players.”

Seedorf to sign, Crespo coming?
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Clarence Seedorf is today expected to officially sign on as Milan Coach, whilst rumours suggest Hernan Crespo could come in soon.

The Dutchman yesterday evening flew in to Milan to catch the Rossoneri’s Coppa Italia win over Spezia, before talking briefly with reporters of his appointment to the bench in place of Max Allegri.

Thursday has the 37-year-old reported as expected to arrive at club headquarters to officially put pen to paper on his two-and-a-half-year contract.

On from this, Seedorf will direct his first training session at Milanello at 3pm local time this afternoon.

Meanwhile, Sky Sport Italia are running the line that this morning talks are ongoing between Seedorf and Adriano Galliani over bringing in at least Hernan Crespo to the coaching staff with immediate effect.

The Argentine has otherwise been linked alongside Jaap Stam as top of Seedorf’s list of desired staff to arrive at San Siro come the summer.

It is believed that Seedorf is keen to bring Crespo in now to act as an intermediary between the new Coach and the dressing room.

Seedorf to renew Emanuelson
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One of Clarence Seedorf’s first actions at Milan Coach will reportedly be to hand Urby Emanuelson a contract extension.

The versatile Dutchman is out of contract in the summer and had been seen as on his way out of San Siro.

However, on from his arrival as Coach in place of Max Allegri, compatriot Clarence Seedorf is widely believed to hold value in Emanuelson’s abilities, particularly from left-back.

The Gazzetta dello Sport report today that the new Coach has already indicated to the player his intentions to rely on him in first-team affairs, whilst reports in the Netherlands indicate that a contract renewal is going to be put forward.

'Essien will leave Chelsea, but...'
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Michael Essien’s agent has indicated that time is running out for Milan to pick up the midfielder, as they are yet to make contact.

The Ghana international has been strongly linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge this January after struggling for first-team football under Jose Mourinho.

Milan have been linked with a possible loan bid to the end of the season, but are viewed by Essien’s agent as having seemingly pulled away.

“The player will leave Chelsea and I have had a lot of contact from various clubs,” Fabian Piveteau has told Tuttomercatoweb this week.

“But Milan are not among them, not at least have I had direct contact with the Rossoneri.

“I will have some important meetings this week, then I will fly to London to assess with the club and the player the best solution.”

Seedorf: 'AC Milan back on top'
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Clarence Seedorf pledged to “take Milan back to the top of the world” after arriving to replace Max Allegri.

The Dutchman terminated his playing career this week with Botafogo five months early in order to begin as a Coach at one of the world’s biggest clubs.

“I am happy to be here, even if unfortunately Milan are not in the best moment,” Seedorf told Sky Sport Italia.

“I will do everything to take Milan back to the top of the world. I feel at home here and hope to contaminate the team with my great enthusiasm.

“I can’t wait to get started. We want to turn the situation around straight away to make the fans happy.”

Seedorf was in the stands for the second half of a 3-1 Coppa Italia victory over Spezia at San Siro this evening.

He has gone back to the hotel for the night, as he is tired after flying straight from Brazil, but will be in charge of tomorrow’s training session.

“At this moment I feel emotion and also a sense of duty,” Seedorf told Milan Channel. “I left Milan in May 2012 at the end of an era. My job now will be to open another era.

“I’m back? The truth is I never went away,” smiled Seedorf. “There is a lot of work to do in order to bring Milan back to the top.

“President Silvio Berlusconi had predicted everything two years ago. I am very touched and very, very happy. The team and the fans need this enthusiasm.”

Coppa Italia: AC Milan 3:1 Spezia - goals/highlights (VIDEO)
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Cortese quits Southampton for AC Milan?
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Nicola Cortese has resigned as Southampton executive chairman and is heavily linked with a move to Milan.

The news of Cortese’s interest in a job within Milan’s new club structure emerged over the last few days and has been gaining traction.

It received a huge boost this evening Southampton releasing a statement confirming Cortese’s exit.

"With great regret we have accepted the resignation of Mr Cortese,” announced owner Katharina Liebherr.

Cortese is a former banker who helped negotiate the club’s purchase in 2009.

Milan are already undergoing massive changes at the moment, as tomorrow new Coach Clarence Seedorf will take over after flying in from Brazil, where he terminated his playing career.

He replaces sacked Coach Massimiliano Allegri, while director Ariedo Braida also left on January 1 after 20 years at San Siro.

CEO Adriano Galliani was recently downgraded to joint-CEO with Barbara Berlusconi, the daughter of President Silvio Berlusconi.

Tassotti: 'Delicate AC Milan moment'
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Mauro Tassotti was pleased with Milan’s 3-1 Coppa Italia win over Spezia and welcomed Clarence Seedorf.

As Massimiliano Allegri was sacked on Monday, his assistant manager Tassotti was on the bench tonight as caretaker manager.

“It was a good game with some good moves. It was delicate due to the moment we are in. Spezia are in Serie B, but a good side and we did well,” he told Rai Sport.

“Milan are a little bit in difficulty, but we knew that otherwise this would’ve happened in June.

“We have the opportunity to improve the situation and the Coppa Italia is a valuable option for Milan to get back into Europe.”

Seedorf arrived in the city this evening and was in the stands of San Siro for the second half of the victory.

Tassotti was asked whether hiring a man with no coaching experience was a huge risk for Milan.

“Clarence only just stopped playing a couple of days ago, so some might say he has no experience as a Coach, while others will point out he has played at the highest level for so long that he knows everything he needs to.”

Seedorf: 'I never went away'
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Clarence Seedorf has arrived to take over at Milan and assures he “never went away. There is a lot of work to do.”

The Dutchman terminated his playing contract with Botafogo in order to replace Massimiliano Allegri as Coach.

His flight landed in Milan’s Linate airport this evening and he spoke briefly to journalists before travelling to San Siro for the second half of the Milan-Spezia Coppa Italia tie.

“I’m back? The truth is I never went away,” smiled Seedorf. “There is a lot of work to do in order to bring Milan back to the top.

“President Silvio Berlusconi had predicted everything two years ago. I am very touched and very, very happy. The team and the fans need this enthusiasm.”

Coppa Italia: AC Milan 3:1 Spezia - match report
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Scorers: Robinho 28 (M), Pazzini 31 (M), Honda 47 (M), Ferrari 91 (S)

Clarence Seedorf was in the stands to watch Milan beat Spezia 3-1 in the Coppa Italia with Keisuke Honda’s debut goal.

“At this moment I feel emotion and also a sense of duty,” Seedorf told Milan Channel. “I left Milan in May 2012 at the end of an era. My job now will be to open another era.”

The Rossoneri sacked Massimiliano Allegri on Monday and new Coach Seedorf flew into the city today, so Mauro Tassotti was given the reins as caretaker manager for this Coppa Italia Round of 16 tie. The winner goes on to face Udinese in the quarter-finals.

Keisuke Honda was given his first start along with Adil Rami, while Giampaolo Pazzini marked his full comeback from injury. Spezia had Coach Devis Mangia in the stands due to a touchline ban and missed star striker Osarimen Ebagua, but started ex-Livorno midfielder Pasquale Schiattarella.

After 50 seconds Serie B strugglers Spezia took a quick free kick to force a corner, proving they were not intimidated by the San Siro atmosphere, partly thanks to their 7,000 visiting fans.

Cristian Zaccardo forced a save at the back post from a Milan corner, but Juventus-owned Nicola Leali was up to the task, while Philippe Mexes skimmed the bar with a long-range screamer.

Honda was booked for pulling Cesare Bovo’s jersey and almost created a goal. He chipped up a free kick that was knocked down for Pazzini, who came sliding in to prod wide from six yards. Pazzini also went extremely close when his strike skimmed the bar.

Moments later, Pazzini turned provider with great success, as he whipped in a cross from the right for Robinho’s diving header to put Milan in front.

Pazzini did get his name on the scoresheet soon after and he did it in style. A pass was chipped up and he waited for it to drop over his shoulder and volleyed in from 12 yards. He had not scored in a competitive match since April 28 2013.

Francesco Migliore’s shot from a free kick situation whistled just wide and Riccardo Montolivo cleared a dangerous Bovo header off the line from a corner.

Honda started the second half with a bang, as he fired in the rebound when Leali got down to beat away a Montolivo snapshot from distance. It was the Japanese star’s first goal in a Rossoneri jersey.

Honda surged through the middle and spread the play for Pazzini to balloon over the bar, then Leali had his palms stung by a fierce Mattia De Sciglio strike.

Leali performed a crucial save on Pazzini from point-blank range, but most of the crowd wasn’t watching because at that moment new Milan Coach Seedorf walked into the stands.

Valter Birsa blasted just over and Andrea Poli side-footed wide, but Christian Abbiati twice had to deny Nicola Ferrari a consolation goal. First the goalkeeper came flying off his line to clear, then he got down quickly to smother the angled drive a few minutes later.

Spezia and their 7,000 fans finally had something to celebrate in the final minute. Abbiati parried a wonderful Migliore volley into the ground, but could do nothing on Ferrari’s follow-up.

Milan 3-1 Spezia

Scorers: Robinho 28 (M), Pazzini 31 (M), Honda 47 (M), Ferrari 91 (S)

Milan: Abbiati; Zaccardo, Mexes, Rami, De Sciglio; Poli, Montolivo, Cristante; Honda (Birsa 64), Robinho (Nocerino 78); Pazzini (Petagna 70)

Spezia: Leali; Baldanzeddu, Bianchetti, Lisuzzo, Migliore; Seymur, Bovo; Schiattarella (Culina 61), Catellani (Orsic 84), Rivas (Ciurria 76); Ferrari

Ref: Russo

Van Basten: Seedorf makes sense
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Marco van Basten believes that appointing Clarence Seedorf as Milan Coach makes ‘great sense’.

The Heerenveen boss has backed his countryman to succeed at San Siro, but does admit that his lack of experience is a risk.

“Milan’s choice makes great sense,” he told Nos. “But it is also a great risk. No one knows how Seedorf will address situations.

“I think it’s a wise decision, but that’s only my view – it’s not for me to decide.

“Clarence speaks fluent Italian and had a great career at the club – I think that’s an important factor.”

NHK bid for AC Milan training
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Japanese television network NHK are believed to have made an offer to Milan to transmit the club’s training in Asia.

Following Keisuke Honda’s arrival at San Siro, interest in the Rossoneri from Japan has gone stratospheric.

Director Adriano Galliani revealed earlier this month that the club had sold more shirts in the Far East in January than they had in the entirety of 2013.

And that Honda-mania has seen the television network make the Diavolo an offer to exclusively show the club’s training on a daily basis.

Figures are unknown, and it is not clear yet whether Milan will accept NHK’s offer.

'Delighted for Seedorf, sorry for Allegri'
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Urby Emanuelson is delighted to have Clarence Seedorf as Coach, but concedes that he has sympathy for Max Allegri.

The Rossoneri boss was sacked on Monday after a 4-3 defeat away to Sassuolo, with former midfielder Seedorf coming in for his first managerial role.

“I am happy to have Seedorf as a Coach,” he told De Telegraaf. “But the dismissal of another Coach is always sad.

“I feel sorry for Allegri because it was not his fault we lost to Sassuolo.

“It was a painful time saying goodbye to Allegri at Milanello – he was sorry. But I’ve always had a lot of respect for Seedorf.

“He took me under his wing when I arrived in 2011 – he’s a real gentleman.”

Seedorf 'very happy' to be AC Milan bound
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Clarence Seedorf has revealed he is ‘very happy’ to be on his way to Italy to start his reign as Milan Coach.

The former midfielder confirmed on Tuesday that he would be the man to succeed Massimiliano Allegri at San Siro.

And after flying from Brazil earlier on Wednesday, the Dutchman is currently in Amsterdam before catching a connecting flight to Milan Linate airport.

Speaking to Sport Mediaset, the new tactician said: “I am just off for a rest and then I’ll be on my way to Milan.

“My first emotion? I am very happy.”

Seedorf is expected to arrive at around 18.30 CET before travelling to the Rossoneri’s match with Spezia in the Coppa Italia.

Coppa Italia: AC Milan vs. Spezia - lineups
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Milan: Abbiati; Zaccardo, Mexes, Rami, De Sciglio; Poli, Montolivo, Cristante; Honda, Robinho; Pazzini

Milan bench: Amelia, Gabriel, Bonera, Silvestre, Zapata, Emanuelson, Nocerino, Birsa, Kakà, Petagna

Spezia: Leali; Baldanzeddu, Bianchetti, Lisuzzo, Migliore; Seymur, Bovo; Schiattarella, Catellani, Rivas; Ferrari

Spezia bench: Valentini, Madonna, Ceccarelli, Ashong, Moretti, Magnusson, Ciurria, Culina, Carrozza, Sammarco, Orsic, Borghese

AC Milan: A new adventure starts now
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Milan have confirmed that Clarence Seedorf will arrive in the city later today and start his reign as Coach.

The Dutchman revealed at a Press conference on Tuesday that he would succeed Massimiliano Allegri at San Siro.

And the Rossoneri have today confirmed that the former midfielder will fly to Italy from Brazil this afternoon and begin his Coaching career.

“There is great anticipation for Clarence Seedorf’s landing today,” a statement read on their official website.

“A new adventure starts now. He will be here soon.”

Reports suggest that Seedorf will arrive at Linate airport at 18.20 CET, before travelling to the stadium to watch the Coppa Italia match with Spezia.

Matri undergoes Fiorentina medical
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Alessandro Matri is currently undergoing a medical at Fiorentina with his loan move set to be completed within hours.

The striker arrived in Florence from Milan late on Tuesday evening, admitting that the switch was only missing ‘the details’.

And the Viola have revealed via their Twitter account that the forward is currently being examined by doctors, with the transfer likely to go through before the end of the day.

Matri will sign for Vincenzo Montella’s men until the end of the season as the Artemio Franchi look to ease their striking woes.

Injuries to Mario Gomez and Giuseppe Rossi have curtailed Fiorentina’s European ambitions, with both men suffering long-term knocks.

Matri to join Fiorentina on Wednesday
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Pending a medical, Alessandro Matri will complete his loan move to Fiorentina on Wednesday, reports suggest.

The Milan forward was seen arriving in the Tuscan city earlier on Tuesday evening, and several outlets insist that the goalscorer will sign for Vicenzo Montella’s men tomorrow.

The 29-year-old has flattered to deceive since arriving at San Siro in the summer from Juventus.

Just one League goal all term has seen the forward come in for some criticism from supporters, but the Viola see Matri as the answer to their attacking woes – at least in the short-term.

The Artemio Franchi outfit have been on the lookout for a forward this month following injuries to Mario Gomez and Giuseppe Rossi.

Seedorf in Milan on Wednesday
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Sky Sport Italia claim that Clarence Seedorf will arrive in Milan on Wednesday evening, and will travel straight to the Rossoneri’s game with Spezia.

The former Dutch midfielder confirmed on Tuesday that he has retired from the game and will succeed Massimiliano Allegri as Coach of the club.

The 37-year-old is currently in Brazil, where he has been playing with Botafogo since 2012.

But the ex-Diavolo man will board a plane tomorrow morning, before arriving at Linate airport at 17.00 CET.

Sky believe that he will go straight to San Siro to watch Milan’s Coppa match with Spezia – however, it is unclear if he will be in the stands or on the sideline.

Crespo: AC Milan? Anything's possible
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Hernan Crespo has refused to respond to rumours linking with him with position at Milan as one of Clarence Seedorf’s assistants.

The former Rossoneri midfielder only confirmed his place as the Diavolo’s new Coach on Tuesday afternoon.

But already, some have claimed that the ex-Argentina striker could return to Italy to sit alongside Seedorf on the bench.

“Me to Milan? Anything is possible, but I can’t say yes and I can’t say no,” he briefly told RTL 102.5.

“I’m happy that Clarence has got his chance at the club though.”

Gullit 'surprised' by Seedorf appointment
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Former Milan forward Ruud Gullit has admitted his surprise at seeing Clarence Seedorf be named as the new Rossoneri boss.

Seedorf confirmed at a Press conference on Tuesday that he would be succeeding Massimiliano Allegri at San Siro.

And Gullit has conceded that he was astonished to hear that the Botafogo midfielder had been given the job.

“I am very surprised at the choice made by the club,” he told RTL 4.

“Clarence has no experience as a Coach. Despite this however, I think it will prove to be a good choice in the near future.”

Tassotti names Coppa Italia squad
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Mauro Tassotti has named his first, and possibly last, Milan squad for the Coppa Italia match with Spezia.

The Rossoneri play their lower League opponents in the cup tomorrow evening, and may well do so with new Coach Clarence Seedorf watching from the stands.

Interim boss Tassotti though, will take charge for the match and has named his 21-man squad.

Keisuke Honda has been included and could well make his first start in a Diavolo shirt – Alessandro Matri however, is not in the squad, with a move to Fiorentina imminent.

Abbiati, Amelia, Gabriel, Bonera, De Sciglio, Mexes, Rami, Silvestre, Zaccardo, Zapata, Birsa, Cristante, Emanuelson, Honda, Kakà, Montolivo, Nocerino, Poli, Pazzini, Petagna, Robinho.

Seedorf: I couldn't say no
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Clarence Seedorf has admitted he ‘couldn’t say no’ to Milan after being confirmed as the Rossoneri’s new Coach.

The former midfielder revealed earlier on Tuesday that he would be replacing Massimiliano Allegri at San Siro.

And the one-time Diavolo player has conceded that the offer to return to the club was just too good to turn down.

“The sacking of Allegri was decisive in my decision making,” he told reporters. “Galliani called me just yesterday [Monday].

“I could not say no to Milan after spending 10 years with the Rossoneri.

“I want to travel to Milano today. If I don't make it, then I will travel tomorrow.

“I like challenges, and coaching Milan will be another challenge in my career. I made the decision to join Milan today, but last night was a difficult night for me. But I’m sure I made the right choice.

“When I told my kids that I would be returning to Milan, they went all quiet. But they aren't against it.

“I don't know which formation I will use at Milan. I've played with seven of them, and that will help me.

"The contract I signed is for two and a half years. I'm delighted with the opportunity the club have given me and I'm very motivated to do well."

Ancelotti: Seedorf has the character
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Real Madrid Coach Carlo Ancelotti is convinced that Clarence Seedorf can be a success at Milan.

Seedorf has this afternoon confirmed that he is returning to San Siro to replace Max Allegri on the bench and, ahead of that, has received backing from his own former boss with the Rossoneri.

“I know Clarence very well, he was always a player who showed huge personality,” commented Ancelotti to reporters today.

“I’m sure that he has the knowledge and ability to do anything in the world of football.

“Now he’s facing a new experience in an environment he knows very well, that is important.

“A lack of experience? It’s not the first time Milan have made this type of decision. It happened before with Arrigo Sacchi and Fabio Cappello, and on both occasions things went very well.

“Personally I wish Milan all the best regarding Seedorf.”

Seedorf: AC Milan have hired me
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Clarence Seedorf has confirmed that he is cutting short his Botafogo contract and playing career with the intention of returning to Milan as Coach.

The 37-year-old has been increasingly linked with a return to San Siro this week to replace the sacked Massimiliano Allegri on the bench.

Confirmed as able to release himself from his current playing contract with Botafogo ‘without penalty’, Seedorf has been reported as having already drawn up a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Rossoneri.

On from this and speculation that he will be in Milan as soon as tomorrow to watch their Coppa Italia clash with Spezia before beginning work, the Dutchman called a Press conference in Brazil this afternoon at Botafogo’s Estadio Olimpico.

“I am here to announce that I will retire from playing after 22 years,” began Seedorf to reporters, sat alongside agent Deborah Martin and Botafogo President Mauricio Assumpcao.

“It has been a difficult decision, but I am satisfied with what I have achieved in my career and what I have done here at Botafogo.

“I am happy because I leave the team with qualification to the Libertadores and I leave an improved club, especially for their mentality and team spirit.

“Milan? We will meet again. This experience of the last year and a half has made me grow up a lot and will help me in my next step, as Coach of Milan, who have hired me in a manner both elegant and correct.

“I hope that Brazil can have a memorable World Cup and the national team can honours its colours. Thank you.”

Seedorf to clarify intentions
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Clarence Seedorf will address the media this afternoon, when it is expected he will announce his intention to return to Milan as Coach.

The midfielder is currently on the books at Botafogo, but has been increasingly linked with cutting short his playing contract in favour of returning to San Siro to replace the sacked Massimiliano Allegri as Coach.

On from reports that he has provisionally agreed to a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Rossoneri, Seedorf has called a Press conference in Brazil for this afternoon.

It is anticipated that the 37-year-old will bid farewell to Botafogo, sat alongside his agent Deborah Martin and the Brazilian club’s President Mauricio Assumpcao.

Matri set for Fiorentina medical
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Alessandro Matri has been confirmed by Mauro Tassotti as set to undergo a medical at Fiorentina, as he draws closer to leaving Milan.

The striker is seen as the subject of a loan agreement between the two clubs to the end of the season, after a difficult first half of the season at San Siro and amid La Viola’s current striker shortage.

On from seeing Andrea Petagna return to the Rossoneri from his loan at Sampdoria, the 29-year-old has today been confirmed by interim Coach Mauro Tassotti as set to formalise his switch out to Florence.

“Matri will undergo the medical tests at Fiorentina,” Tassotti told reporters today.

“Petagna has returned and we have Pazzini back tomorrow. Milan are well covered in attack.”

Those tests could take place this evening and into tomorrow morning, as reports indicate that by then Fiorentina could reach agreement with Matri on contractual terms.

Tassotti: The fault is everyone's
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Mauro Tassotti has reflected that Max Allegri has paid for Milan’s collective mistakes, as he emphasises the importance of the Coppa Italia.

The Rossoneri are under temporary rule of the assistant Coach following Allegri’s sacking, ahead of Clarence Seedorf’s anticipated arrival this week.

Overseeing the club’s Round of 16 Coppa Italia clash tomorrow evening at home to Spezia, Tassotti took today’s Press conference and reflected on recent events.

“The Coach has paid but the fault is with all of us and the staff are primarily responsible,” the 53-year-old mused to reporters.

“But it is too late - the club stayed as long as possible in support, but the decision seemed inevitable.

“Seedorf? Some great players have become great Coaches and others have stopped after a couple of years because it is not their job.

“He does not lack competence and personality, he has been playing up to the other day. I have no advice to give, I will meet with him and listen.

“He knows the environment. I will be ready to respond to everything that is asked of me. I hope that he does arrive. I hope that there is a change of mentality and a return to the old values.

“This is a team game and is played by 11. It is necessary to fight for the good of the team and not for the individual.

“If the individual wants to prevail, he goes to play tennis. It is not important who scores or who doesn’t, the important thing is that we do well.

“The squad has always been united despite a first round of fixtures with some difficult results. I am not sure if something happened to disrupt the players, we have been in a position to earn more points than we have, but we have been unable to do so.

“The many injuries have also affected the team’s performance.”

Tassotti reflected on the midweek Cup test and reiterated that it is a competition the Rossoneri will be taking seriously.

“It is very important to advance in the Cup. It is a path that can lead us to Europe, because in the League we are many points behind.

“We will have the advantage of playing the next two games in the competition at home and we must try to take advantage of this favourable draw and get to the final of the Cup, which would allow us to reach Europe.

“We will play a team to win, without making too many changes. The current moment is difficult, and today I reiterate the importance of the match on Sunday in the League. We need to look at the facts and talk less.

“Tomorrow Pazzini will play. Defensively we will make some decisions and Rami has a good chance of playing. Additionally, Honda has the conditions to start.”

Speculation is that Tassotti will leave the club in the summer, after 13 years as assistant Coach.

“I have a contract until June and I will be here until the end and then I will have a chat with the club.

“Now the most important thing is the game tomorrow. It is a way to enter into Europa League, whilst making the Champions League will be tough.”

AC Milan recall Petagna
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Milan have confirmed that Andrea Petagna has returned from Sampdoria, seemingly opening the door for Alessandro Matri to Fiorentina.

The Rossoneri have today released a brief communication to confirm that 18-year-old Petagna has returned from his loan spell at the Luigi Ferraris.

The forward had managed only three Serie A appearances from the bench this term for Samp and was seen as not figuring in Sinisa Mihajlovic’s plans.

Having already also appeared for Milan this season, the youngster is unlikely to be loaned out elsewhere, as FIFA regulations prevent players representing more than two clubs in a single season.

Petagna’s expected presence now as reserve to Giampaolo Pazzini and Mario Balotelli in attack in fact is seen as evidence that Alessandro Matri is edging closer to a loan switch to Fiorentina.

La Viola are believed to have reached agreement to take the former Cagliari and Juventus man on a temporary basis until the end of the season, to ease their selection concerns in attack.

Seedorf to 2016, Tassotti to June
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Clarence Seedorf is expected to sign as Coach with Milan until June 2016, whilst Mauro Tassotti will only stay on as assistant until the summer.

Dutchman Seedorf is increasingly seen as on his way back to San Siro this week to be appointed as Max Allegri’s replacement on the bench.

The Gazzetta dello Sport indicate that a two-and-a-half-year deal has been agreed with the 37-year-old and all that remains to formalise it are a few smaller details, including the make up of his backroom staff.

Reportedly Hernan Crespo and Jaap Stam are names Seedorf wants to bring in from the summer, to assist in developing an approach where specialist Coaches will oversee each department of the team.

From now, it is believed that Valerio Fiori will oversee goalkeeper coaching duties and physical preparation will be overseen by Bruno Dominici.

For Wednesday’s Coppa Italia Round of 16 tie at home to Spezia, long-serving assistant Coach Mauro Tassotti will direct proceedings.

Whilst the 53-year-old is then seen as set to provisionally return to his usual role under Seedorf, it is being reported that the former defender will then leave the position in the summer. Tassotti was youth team Coach at Milan from 1997 to 2001, before then being promoted to assistant, where he has served since.

Seedorf is expected to arrive in Milan on Thursday, report in at Milanello on Friday, speak to the media on Saturday and debut on the bench on Sunday against Verona. Sport Mediaset, however, believe that he may be in town in time to watch Wednesday’s match with Spezia.

Weah: Players must prove worth
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George Weah has urged Milan’s players to focus on their football and to ‘prove their worth’, as he backs Clarence Seedorf to be a hit.

The Rossoneri are set to appoint their former Dutch midfielder to the bench this week, on from sacking Massimiliano Allegri after a miserable first half to the League season ended with defeat at Sassuolo.

With the team currently in 11th spot in Serie A, their former No 9 has urged those in the dressing room to stand up and be counted.

“To return to the high levels, I believe that first everyone has to come down from the clouds, return to playing with the ball and not the paparazzi or the other nonsense that is in fashion,” Weah has told today.

“It is the time to sweat more for the shirt because they have much talent, but I do not see that hunger to devour their prey like a lion.

“They have to prove their worth as players, otherwise it is useless.

“Seedorf as Coach? He is a great player, he has plenty of experience having won everything. It would be really interesting to see him in the role of Coach.

“Even as a player he has been able to motivate and drag the group. He may be the right Coach for this Milan of young players.”

The Liberian was asked of the potential for another of his former teammates, Paolo Maldini, returning in some capacity to the club also.

“It would be fair, either as a Coach or a director. I would love someone like Maldini or Seedorf there, they are great teammates and captains and know what the Milan shirt means.

“They fought many battles with very great success.”

Allegri: 'A gratifying experience'
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Massimiliano Allegri thanked “the club and owners for three and a half seasons together. It was a professionally gratifying experience.”

The Coach was sacked this morning after a humiliating 4-3 defeat to relegation candidates Sassuolo.

“I thank the club and owners for three and a half seasons together,” Allegri told news agency ANSA.

“It was certainly a professionally gratifying experience, marked also by important successes.”

He won the Scudetto in his debut campaign, but then finished second and third in the following seasons.

Clarence Seedorf is expected to take over the Milan bench from Thursday, as first he must tie up loose ends with Botafogo.

Assistant manager Mauro Tassotti was in charge of training today and will be on the bench for Wednesday’s Coppa Italia tie with Spezia.

Seedorf to AC Milan on Thursday
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It’s reported Clarence Seedorf will take over as Milan Coach on Thursday after Massimiliano Allegri’s dismissal. “I can’t say anything right now.”

Allegri was officially sacked this morning along with his staff and today’s training session was overseen by assistant manager Mauro Tassotti.

However, this is not believed to be a long-term solution and Seedorf is the hot favourite to take over, beating competition from current Primavera youth team boss Pippo Inzaghi.

“Sorry, but I can’t say anything right now. Ask my manager,” Seedorf told Radio RTL when asked about the rumours.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the 37-year-old Dutchman will fly in to Milan on Thursday to begin his coaching career.

He is still playing in Brazil with Botafogo, but his representative Deborah Martin confirmed “there is a clause that allows him to leave the club at any time, without penalty, unless he was to go to play for another club.

“I would also like to point out that Seedorf now has all the credentials to train and took all the necessary steps in the Netherlands and Brazil.”

Botafogo technical director Sidnei Loureiro acknowledged that was the situation. “If Seedorf wanted to begin his coaching career, he wouldn’t need our all-clear. He could start now.”

Tassotti will be on the Milan bench for Wednesday’s Coppa Italia Round of 16 tie against Spezia.

There are also additional reports that Allegri’s dismissal and the arrival of Seedorf will convince goalkeeper Marco Amelia to withdraw his January transfer request.

Galliani: I feel sorry for Allegri
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Milan director Adriano Galliani has claimed he feels ‘very sorry’ for Massimiliano Allegri after his sacking.

The Coach was relieved of his duties at San Siro on Monday morning after a 4-3 defeat to lowly Sassuolo at the weekend.

And the board member has conceded that, on a human level, he has sympathy with the tactician.

“I feel very sorry for Allegri,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “Especially for how the situation has evolved on a human level.

“But this is football.”

Galliani refused to reveal however, who will replace Allegri.

Fernando agent reveals Porto stay
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Agent of Porto midfielder Fernando has revealed that the player has decided against a move to Italy.

The 26-year-old has been heavily linked with a switch to either Milan or Inter this month, but the player’s representative has confirmed that the Brazil international will instead stay with the Dragoes.

“We’ve come to an agreement with Porto,” Antonio Araujo told O Jogo.

“The only thing that is missing are the details. Once they’re agreed we’ll sign.”

Fiorentina to talk over Matri
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Adriano Galliani and Daniele Prade will reportedly meet soon to discuss terms of a loan move for Alessandro Matri to Fiorentina.

The under-fire Milan forward has been increasingly linked with a move away from San Siro this January transfer window and reports are gathering pace that La Viola have moved to the front of the queue.

The Gazzetta dello Sport indicate that Fiorentina’s sporting director Prade will ‘imminently’ meet with Rossonero Vice-President Galliani to discuss terms to a possible loan move to the end of the season.

The Florence outfit are seen as in the market for a forward having lost Giuseppe Rossi to a knee injury and with Mario Gomez continuing to struggle for his return date.

It is understood that whilst Prade has been cautious in comment on the club’s search for a forward, Matri could be tied up very soon.

Silvio Berlusconi to determine Allegri successor
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Silvio Berlusconi is seen as likely to once more have the final say on who is appointed Milan Coach, to succeed Max Allegri.

With Mauro Tassotti having been placed in temporary charge of the first team squad, with a midweek Cup tie on the horizon, attention is on a perceived choice to succeed the now sacked Allegri as between Pippo Inzaghi and Clarence Seedorf.

Inzaghi is currently in charge of the youth team and was reported to have held talks with Milan officials this morning over a potential promotion.

Seedorf, however, had been linked in recent weeks with originally replacing Allegri in the summer, whilst his agent has indicated he could be free from his Botafogo commitment as and when is necessary.

Sky Sport Italia are running the line that club President Silvio Berlusconi will be the one to ultimately determine which of the club’s two former players they appoint.

'Seedorf free at any time'
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Clarence Seedorf’s representative has commented that the Dutchman can free himself from his Botafogo contract ‘at any time, without penalty’.

The midfielder has been increasingly linked with the coaching position at former side Milan, with him originally expected to succeed Massimiliano Allegri at San Siro come the summer.

However, with Allegri’s position having become untenable this week, resulting in his dismissal on Monday morning, attention has focused on the 37-year-old’s more immediate availability.

Initial reports suggested that with Seedorf still on the playing books at Botafogo, the reins at Milan would be temporarily handed over to youth team boss Pippo Inzaghi until the summer.

However, on from Milan’s decision to place Mauro Tassotti in interim control of the squad, Seedorf’s agent has confirmed that the Rossoneri won’t have to wait until June, should they want to make an approach for their former No 10.

“There’s not much to say about everything that has been written about Seedorf, but some things reported are incorrect,” Deborah Martin has told the Gazzetta dello Sport today.

“Personally I was involved in Clarence’s contract with Botafogo - there is a clause that allows him to leave the club at any time, without penalty, unless he was to go to play for another club.

“I would also like to point out that Seedorf now has all the credentials to train and took all the necessary steps in the Netherlands and in Brazil.”

OFFICIAL: AC Milan sack Allegri
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Milan have confirmed that Massimiliano Allegri has left his position as Coach, after three-and-a-half years at the club.

The 46-year-old was widely believed on Sunday evening to have managed his last game for the Rossoneri, after the club fell to a surprise 4-3 reverse at strugglers Sassuolo.

On from Barbara Berlusconi labelling change at the club as ‘necessary and urgent’ and Milan sources indicating an announcement would come on Monday, the Diavolo have communicated their decision on the matter.

“Milan announce that it has relieved of their duties as Coach of the first team, with immediate effect, Massimiliano Allegri and his staff,” Milan’s statement released this morning reads.

“Milan would like to thank Mr Allegri and his staff for the work done and wishes them the best of success professionally.

“The team is temporarily assigned to the technical guidance of Mauro Tassotti.”

Allegri took over at San Siro in June 2010 and went on to win the Scudetto in his first season, before finishing second in 2011-12 and managing third place last season.

The Livorno-born tactician leaves with the Rossoneri sat 11th in Serie A after the first round of League fixtures, on 22 points.

Boban: AC Milan has no soul
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Zvonimir Boban has criticised Milan of ‘having no soul’ following their 4-3 defeat to Sassuolo on Sunday evening.

The Rossoneri were 2-0 up in the Week 19 encounter, before four goals from Domenico Berardi saw that Riccardo Montolivo’s late effort was only a consolation in defeat.

Whilst reports indicate Max Allegri is set to be fired on Monday, one of the side’s notable former playmakers, who is now working as a pundit, was once more highly critical of the team.

“This team does not have a soul, for an hour they were not on the field,” Boban commented yesterday post-match.

“Sassuolo gave everything for 95 minutes, whilst Milan were only there for the first 15 and last 15.

“Keisike Honda on his debut? He did pretty well, he also hit the post.”

AC Milan talking to Inzaghi
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It is believed that Pippo Inzaghi is set to meet with Milan on Monday morning to discuss replacing Massimiliano Allegri as Coach.

Allegri’s position with the Rossoneri is hanging by a thread following Sunday’s 4-3 defeat at strugglers Sassuolo, which has left the club on 22 points from the first round of League fixtures.

On from director Barbara Berlusconi’s statement that ‘change is necessary and urgent’, Milan sources informed the media that an official announcement on the coaching position is due on Monday.

Speculation has been that Clarence Seedorf was favourite to come in during the summer, but with the Dutchman still playing with Botafogo, youth team boss Pippo Inzaghi is seen as in line to step up immediately, to see out the season.

Reports are that the retired striker has already been contacted by Diavolo officials and is set to meet with them on Monday to outline the change of position.

It is understood that a meeting between President Silvio Berlusconi and Vice-President and CEO Adriano Galliani will first take place, to ratify the club’s choice of replacement.

Serie A: Sassuolo 4:3 AC Milan - match report
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Scorers: Robinho 9 (M), Balotelli 13 (M), Berardi 15, 28, 41, 47 (S), Montolivo 86 (M)

A star is born, as Domenico Berardi scored all four for Sassuolo to fight back from 2-0 down and humiliate Milan 4-3.

Mario Balotelli and Robinho were back in the starting XI and 18-year-old Bryan Cristante had his second start in as many games, as Riccardo Montolivo was not 100 per cent fit. Stephan El Shaarawy, Valter Birsa, Ignazio Abate, Kevin Constant and the suspended Sulley Muntari were still out. Sassuolo were third from bottom and opted for a 4-3-3 system with Domenico Berardi, Simone Zaza and Reto Ziegler in a more advanced role. Yussie Chibsah was a surprise midfield choice in place of Luca Marrone.

Over 70 Japanese journalists were in the stands of the Mapei Stadium awaiting the Serie A debut of Keisuke Honda, who was on the bench. They were greeted by typical Reggio Emilia weather in winter, as a thick fog hovered over the arena. The Curva Sud ultras did not make the trip, boycotting this game due to the ticket prices.

Nigel De Jong forced the first save from outside the box after 83 seconds, while Domenico Berardi tested Christian Abbiati after shaking off Daniele Bonera.

Milan took the lead after nine minutes when De Jong and Cristante robbed Chibsah in midfield, threading through for Robinho’s angled drive across the goalkeeper. Sassuolo complained, as they wanted a free kick for the challenge that sparked the move.

The hosts fought back and Zaza acrobatically just failed to get on the end of an Alessandro Gazzola cross to the back post.

However, the Rossoneri were clinical and doubled their advantage. Cristante burst down the right, rode a tackle and pulled back for Balotelli’s powerful finish from 12 yards.

It was a wide open encounter in Reggio Emilia and Domenico Berardi got Sassuolo straight back into it. He sprung the offside trap and dribbled round Abbiati to slide it into the net from the tightest of angles. This was his eighth goal of the season.

Juventus-owned 19-year-old Berardi completed the comeback and his brace in real style. He pounced on Daniele Bonera’s error and seemed to be blocked off, but allowed the ball to bounce and half-volleyed it around the defender’s body to surprise Abbiati at the near post from a tight angle.

Sassuolo even tried to turn the game around completely moments later, but Abbiati flew to punch a Zaza free kick out from under the bar.

Berardi incredibly completed his hat-trick before half-time to stun Milan, who had been 2-0 up after 13 minutes. The teenager got between the centre-backs to score on the half-volley from eight yards on an Alessandro Longhi cross from the left.

The magical night still wasn’t over, as Berardi scored his fourth goal straight after the restart. It was a well-worked team move, as he combined with Jasmin Kurtic and the finish took a slight deflection to wrong-foot Abbiati.

Balotelli’s angled drive flashed across the face of goal to skim the back post and Massimiliano Allegri gave Keisuke Honda his Serie A debut. The Japanese international’s introduction seemed to wake the Rossoneri up a little.

Kaka threatened on a Mattia De Sciglio pull-back, but his shot was deflected over the bar. Gianluca Pegolo beat away a Montolivo snapshot, then as the move continued Honda’s header was turned wide by Giampaolo Pazzini from close range.

Honda came so close to marking his debut with a goal, as his well-taken strike cracked against the base of the upright. It bounced back out to Kaka and Pazzini forced Pegolo into a save from six-yards on the follow-up.

The pressure eventually paid off when Montolivo’s daisy-cutter dribbled past Pegolo’s fingertips into the far bottom corner. Suddenly Milan had hope of their own remarkable comeback at the Mapei Stadium.

Montolivo floated in a cross for Balotelli’s header, bringing a great reaction save out of Pegolo, but on the follow-up Pazzini incredibly nodded on to the bar from point-blank range.

Balotelli had timid penalty appeals, as he leaned into Luca Antei and fell when he moved out of the way. It was a siege in stoppages and Pegolo flew to punch Honda's cross off the head of Pazzini.

Sassuolo: Pegolo; Gazzola, Antei, Ariaudo, Longhi; Chibsah, Magnanelli, Kurtic (Marzorati 87); Berardi (Schelotto 78), Zaza (Floro Flores 84), Ziegler

Milan: Abbiati; De Sciglio, Zapata, Bonera, Emanuelson; Cristante (Montolivo 55), De Jong, Nocerino (Pazzini 55); Kaka, Robinho (Honda 65); Balotelli

Ref: De Marco

Serie A: Sassuolo vs. AC Milan - lineups
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Sassuolo: Pegolo; Gazzola, Antei, Ariaudo, Longhi; Chibsah, Magnanelli, Kurtic; Berardi, Zaza, Ziegler.

Sassuolo bench: Pomini, Rosati, Pucino, Marzorati, Rossini, Missiroli, Valeri, Marrone, Schelotto, Farias, Floro Flores, Gliozzi.

Milan: Abbiati; De Sciglio, Zapata, Bonera, Emanuelson; Cristante, De Jong, Nocerino; Kaka, Robinho, Balotelli.

Milan bench: Gabriel, Coppola, Mexes, Rami, Silvestre, Zaccardo, Poli, Montolivo, Saponara, Honda, Matri, Pazzini.

VIDEO: Balotelli skills
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Kuzmanovic - Matri exchange?
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It’s reported Inter and Milan are considering an exchange of loans between Alessandro Matri and Zdravko Kuzmanovic.

According to Sky Sport Italia, the two neighbouring clubs are prepared to help each other out in their tricky situations.

The Rossoneri need to off-load the misfiring Matri, who has scored just one goal in all competition since arriving from Juventus for €11m in August.

He has a list of contenders for his signature, including Fiorentina, West Ham United and Bologna.

Meanwhile, Kuzmanovic wants more playing time after the 26-year-old Serbia international managed a grand total of 251 minutes of football this season.

The defensive midfielder is not part of Walter Mazzarri’s plans and will have even less chance of breaking into the starting XI now that Inter are out of the Coppa Italia.

He would be available for Champions League competition, unlike new Milan signing Keisuke Honda.

Allegri: 'AC Milan in Europe, unlike Inter'
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Max Allegri is glad to have Keisuke Honda for Milan’s trip to Sassuolo and claims Inter should be flattered at being compared to them.

It kicks off at the Mapei Stadium on Sunday at 19.45 GMT.

“Honda has brought a wave of enthusiasm with him. He’s a player who wants to prove himself in the Italian League,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

“He is a good signing and needs a little time to settle in, but is already clearly improving after two or three days training with the squad. Tomorrow he’ll be on the bench and if possible I’ll try to let him play. Otherwise, he’ll play on Wednesday in the Coppa Italia against Spezia.

“Sassuolo have all the potential to avoid relegation and they are a strong club who are making investments.

“I am fond of this club, as we won the Serie C tournament together. Eusebio Di Francesco completed the job after all the good work done by Stefano Pioli, Fulvio Pea and Andrea Mandorlini.”

This week Inter Coach Walter Mazzarri was irritated that his team’s season was being compared to Milan’s, pointing out they had nine more points than their city rivals.

“Inter might have nine more points, but a city like Milan ought to have two clubs in Europe and right now it’s just us. Inter are doing well and can have a good second half of the season, as can we, so there’s no point stirring up controversy.”

Stephan El Shaarawy, Valter Birsa, Ignazio Abate, Kevin Constant, the suspended Sulley Muntari and exit-bound Marco Amelia are not in the squad.

“Christian Abbiati has always been first choice and when he had problems I picked Gabriel. Amelia asked the club if he could leave and at the moment Gabriel is staying at Milan.

“Alessandro Matri? The club will make its evaluations. He has been useful for us and I was disappointed with the jeers he received on Monday. He worked for the team.

“Mario Balotelli is only 24 years old and this is his first full season as a first choice player. It’s not easy for him, as there’s a different responsibility to when he was at Inter or Manchester City. He’ll have a great World Cup and has a lot to learn, as everyone does.
“Robinho is finding himself again after a difficult year and is really hungry. Giampaolo Pazzini is improving his fitness levels and will have space in the Coppa Italia.”

Honda ready for AC Milan debut
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Keisuke Honda is ready for his Milan debut, as he’s in the squad travelling to Sassuolo.

This Serie A fixture kicks off on Sunday at 19.45 GMT.

Honda arrived last week on a free transfer after his contract with CSKA Moscow expired and has been training regularly with a personal fitness coach over the last month.

It is possible the Japan international will be thrown straight into the starting XI against Sassuolo at the Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia.

Meanwhile, Marco Amelia is left at home after announcing on Twitter he has requested a transfer.

Sulley Ali Muntari continues his ban, while Ignazio Abate, Stephan El Shaarawy, Valter Birsa and Kevin Constant are still sidelined.

Milan squad for Sassuolo: Abbiati, Coppola, Gabriel; Bonera, De Sciglio, Mexes, Rami, Silvestre, Zaccardo, Zapata; Cristante, Emanuelson, De Jong, Honda, Kakà, Montolivo, Nocerino, Poli, Saponara; Balotelli, Matri, Pazzini, Robinho.

Montella: 'Fiorentina need a striker'
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Vincenzo Montella confirmed Fiorentina “need” reinforcements after Giuseppe Rossi’s injury, as Alessandro Matri is an option.

The weekend began with a sour note, as news from America revealed Rossi has also suffered some damage to the anterior cruciate ligament as well as the previously ascertained collateral medial ligament.

More surgery is possible, though more will only be known in three weeks’ time when there is a new check-up in Colorado.

“We need patience to figure out what could happen. I hope that it is not too serious,” said Coach Montella in today’s Press conference.

“The club will do everything to find what is needed to improve this squad. A lot will depend on what the market has to offer. There aren’t many opportunities to replace players like Rossi or Mario Gomez.

“We know it’s tough in January, but I am sure our directors will try to cover their absence in every way possible. I have confidence, even though I am well aware nobody will do us any favours.”

It’s reported Milan could have the key in the form of Matri, who received an offer from West Bromwich Albion but is eager to remain in Serie A.

“We have very clear ideas on the forward we are looking for. Matri? I don’t like discussing individual players. I am concentrated more on tomorrow’s game,” said Montella.

“We must be wary of Torino and ensure we are not unprepared. Toro know how to control a game, while Ciro Immobile and Alessio Cerci combine brilliantly. They can change a match at any moment.

“Our style of football generally allows a lot of space to our opponents, which can be a risk against the Granata, but we certainly cannot change our approach just for them.

“With so many players out injured, I expect everyone to take a bigger share of the responsibility. Absences could be considered an alibi for me, but I don’t want any.”

Ancelotti: 'Balotelli not a top player'
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Carlo Ancelotti comments on Italy ambitions and believes Mario Balotelli “is not a top player. He can leave you down to 10 men at any moment.”

Real Madrid Coach Ancelotti spoke to Spanish radio station RNE and discussed Italy’s World Cup prospects.

“At the moment Italy are just behind Spain, Brazil, Argentina and Germany. Cesare Prandelli is trying to bring down the age of the squad, but his strength remains in the great midfield experience of Andrea Pirlo, Daniele De Rossi and Thiago Motta.

“Italy’s real problem is in attack, where they do not have any top players. We are waiting for Balotelli, but Balotelli is simply not consistent.

“He is a great talent, but he can’t be relied upon and can leave you down to 10 men at any moment.”

It’s a damning statement, particularly as Ancelotti is one of the candidates to become Italy Coach in future.

“It could well be, but in my view being a national team Coach is the final job and for the moment I am happy working every day on the training field. I am not thinking of a national side right now, though I’d like to in future.

“Would I work in the Bundesliga? It is a great tournament, but I don’t want to learn another language!”

Christian Maldini moves to Brescia
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Christian Maldini, the teenage son of Milan legend Paolo and grandson of Cesare, has officially joined Brescia on loan.

The 17-year-old left-back is following in the footsteps of his star-studded family by growing up in the Rossoneri youth academy.

Born in June 1996, he has now joined Serie B side Brescia on loan with the hope of gaining some first team football.

Milan have already stated the Number 3 jersey will only ever be worn again by a member of the Maldini family.

West Brom request Matri
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Milan reportedly received a formal offer from West Bromwich Albion for striker Alessandro Matri.

According to Sky Sport Italia, the Premier League club sent a written proposal late Friday evening.

They are eager to take the former Juventus hitman on loan, paying an undisclosed sum for the privilege.

Milan have been trying to off-load Matri in the January transfer window after he scored just one goal in 18 appearances between Serie A and the Champions League.

The 29-year-old only arrived on August 30 for €11m (£9.6m), but failed to make an impact.

West Brom have also been linked with Roma striker Marco Borriello in a similar loan deal.

Amelia reveals he's leaving AC Milan
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Veteran Milan goalkeeper Marco Amelia has confirmed via Twitter that he has asked to leave the club.

The 31-year-old has struggled for playing time this season, playing just one game all term – the 1-1 draw with Barcelona in October.

And the shot-stopper has revealed on the social networking site that he will look to leave this month.

“I asked to Dr. Galliani to let me go away, with great regret, but after the last few months is the best solution for everybody,” he said.

Besiktas target Robinho once more
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Turkish side Besiktas have reportedly turned their focus back to Milan’s Robinho, after being thwarted in a move for compatriot Ronaldinho.

A move to Istanbul seemed almost certain for Atletico Mineiro’s 33-year-old, as talks had been ongoing over a transfer, but the Brazil international ultimately opted to sign a new contract with his current employers, effectively ruling out the switch to Turkey.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, the Turkish giants are angry at the manner in which the deal concluded, but are now focusing on Robinho as their plan B for January.

The former Real Madrid attacker was already close to leaving Milanello during the summer when his old side Santos showed a keen interest, and his future at the club is said to be linked to that of Alessandro Matri, who is rumoured to be surplus to requirements at Milan.

Galliani: 'The month AC Milan can start again'
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Adriano Galliani has commented on transfer talk and stated that he hopes January is the month Milan ‘start again’.

The Rossoneri have endured a miserable first half to the season and are currently 11th in Serie A. However, on from a 3-0 win to start the year against Atalanta, and the arrivals of Keisuke Honda and Adil Rami, the club’s Vice-President sees cause for optimism.

“We hope that this is the right month in which to start again, we have so many commitments, we hope to do well in the League and the Coppa Italia too,” began Galliani to reporters today.

“Then from February we will even be thinking about the Champions League. When you evaluate seasons, you have to look at them in their entirety.

“I think that there is a good atmosphere, but I do not like to make predictions, so I will not say anymore.

“The transfer market? It is a time when there are thousands of phone calls and now [sporting director] Ariedo [Braida] is no longer here, everyone calls me.

“Matri? For three roles in attack we have nine players, which is too many. A striker may leave in January…

“Essien? There are no negotiations for now. It is a market that I believe many players will move in, many want to change team and clubs will soon be willing to sell.

“There are also new markets, so I believe there will be movement.”

Galliani was talking at Adil Rami’s official presentation to the media today.

“We followed him since he was at Lille, he is a player who can play both at centre-back and full-back. He has been training with us for a bit of time and is ready to give us a hand.

“We had been monitoring his situation at Valencia, [FIFA agent Ernesto] Bronzetti helped us and we were first in for Adil.

“We thank the President of Valencia, with whom we have come to an agreement quickly.

“Rami comes here on loan, with the right to sign him outright and we hope that he will force us to take up that option.”

Rami’s presentation followed that earlier this week of fellow January arrival Keisuke Honda. The fact that both are non-Italian arrivals was brought up.

“At this time there are few clubs with as many Italians on their books, whilst those in our lower ranks have great potential.

“We must focus on young Italian players, we need to discover those players first. We certainly do things differently to a few years ago. Now, we think of the field - the transfer of Rami, having already arrived, and also the arrival now of Honda.”

'AC Milan and others want Romulo'
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Verona defender Romulo has had Milan and ‘other great teams’ asking after his future, according to his agent.

The Fiorentina-owned full-back is seen as having attracted numerous suitors this season for his performances whilst out on loan at the Bentegodi.

For his agent, recent links with Milan are to be believed in particular. Napoli have also been paired with the 26-year-old.

“Where will he end up? I cannot answer with certainty, I know that Fiorentina want to argue with me about the future of Romulo,” Alex Rodrigo Firmino has told calcionews24 today.

“But I can say that there are two other big teams like that of Milan who have contacted me last week. So I am not surprised in the interest from the Rossoneri.

“At this time, however, I prefer not to name names. We are very pleased with the fact that a great team [like Milan] has approached us, it is confirmation that we have done a great job.

“Romulo is worth so much because he is a great professional as well as a great person. He is more than ready [for a team like Milan], just look at his past.

“In Brazil he always faced challenges and he played well every time he has come up against great teams. When he played in the Paulista championship against the Santos side of Neymar and Robinho, he was the star of that game.

“The same can be said when he was in Florence - he has provided excellent displays against Juventus, Inter and Milan. Also this season with Verona, for me he has always done very well against big teams, like Inter, Milan, Juventus, Roma, Lazio and Fiorentina.”

Firmino was asked of Fiorentina’s intentions, though.

“I have spoken with Prade and Fiorentina intend to extend his contract which expires in June 2015.

“Meanwhile, Sogliano called me before Christmas to greet me and tell me that he wants to talk about the future of Romulo.

“I am calm, I will continue to do my job and if any proposals arrive, we will listen to them.”

Rami eager to get going
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Adil Rami has commented on his desire to prove his worth to Milan, as he looks forward to working with Philippe Mexes.

The centre-back joined the Rossoneri in the autumn, but has only just had a loan deal to the end of the season from Valencia made official this month.

On from debuting from the bench last weekend, the 28-year-old was today officially presented to the Press.

“I was happy for the reception from the fans, they expect much from me and I am ready to prove to everyone that Milan have done well to sign me,” Rami commented to reporters today.

“Milan do not deserve to be in this position in the League.

“Will I play Sunday? I hope so, I am ready and raring to go. I can’t wait to get out on the field. I am eager to help Milan.

“I believe I have everything I possibly can to contribute to Milan. I want to help this team become more competitive.

“I chose the No 13 shirt because I have always been inspired by Alessandro Nesta. He was a great defender, with great quality, who never hesitated to give his all.

“The first few months at Milan have gone well, the team is fantastic and this is a big club. I am very luck to be here. My objectives? I want to win.”

Rami was asked of working alongside fellow France international Philippe Mexes.

“I have great desire to play, then it will be down to Allegri who that is alongside.

“I have a great understanding with Mexes, we have played in the national team and we get along very well both on and off the pitch.”

Rami was able to move to Milan midseason after a notable episode at Valencia, where he publicly criticised his then-Coach and teammates.

“I’d rather not talk about it.”

AC Milan working on Essien
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Milan reportedly have a potential loan bid for Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien in mind this January.

The Rossoneri are expected to act during this transfer window to try and improve their options in the middle of the park and are believed in reports today as interested in Essien.

The Ghana international has struggled for regular playing time at Stamford Bridge this term and is believed available on a potential loan deal to the end of the season.

Milan, who are seen as interested in part down to the 31-year-old’s eligibility for the Champions League still, apparently have Adriano Galliani testing out the Blues on his exact availability at this stage.

AC Milan fans boycott Sassuolo
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AC Milan ultras have announced they’ll boycott Sunday’s trip to Sassuolo due to excessive ticket prices.

The Serie A match, which ought to see Keisuke Honda’s debut, will be at the Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia.

However, there will be no travelling fans, as Milan’s organised ultras groups announced a boycott of the game.

“The Curva Sud Milano will not take part in the Sassuolo game because it is inconceivable that a ticket for the basic away end costs €40!!!

“Let us not then complain if the stadiums are sad and empty, as with these prices it is impossible to follow your beloved team!

“Do you want to fill the stands with children? Ask their parents if they are prepared to pay these prices.”

Nonetheless, tickets cost considerably less in Serie A than the Premier League. For example, the cheapest match day ticket at Chelsea last season was £41 compared to £14 at Milan.

AC Milan loan Gabriel and Vergara?
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There are reports Milan will loan Gabriel and Jherson Vergara to Serie B side Reggina.

The Rossoneri are looking to cut down their squad after the arrival of Keisuke Honda and Adil Rami.

According to Sky Sport Italia, they are on the verge of completing a deal to send Brazilian goalkeeper Gabriel and defender Vergara on loan to Reggina.

Colombian Vergara is 19 years old and has not played for the senior squad at all this season.

As for 21-year-old Gabriel, he made seven Serie A appearances, conceding 10 goals.

'Jorginho can leave Verona if...'
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Jorginho’s agent has listed Napoli as one of ‘three or four teams’ in Italy as tracking his client, who he says is available, should a ‘great offer’ arrive.

The 22-year-old midfielder’s form for Verona this season in Serie A is widely seen to have attracted a number of clubs and, heading into the January transfer window, speculation is once more centred on the Brazilian’s immediate future.

“If Napoli want him, they must talk with Verona, who play their next game against the Azzurri,” Jorginho’s agent Joao Santos has told Tuttomercatoweb today.

“Jorginho for now is focused on his team and is not thinking of the market, but rather only of doing well with Hellas. The market is something I can take care of.

“In Italy there are three or four teams interested and Napoli are one of those.

“He can leave Verona now with a great offer, if an important offer arrives then it is just that the player can leave.”

Galliani: No Matri - Sampdoria talks
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Adriano Galliani has played down talk of Milan sending Alessandro Matri to Sampdoria on loan.

The striker has been increasingly linked with a move away from the Rossoneri, after a difficult second spell at San Siro.

However, on from defending the player against a poor reception from Milan’s fans, the club’s Vice-President has dismissed rumours that he is on the verge of a loan switch out to Samp.

“For the moment there are no negotiations with Sampdoria to send Matri to the Blucerchiati,” Galliani has told today.

“No director has contacted me to ask for a loan so far.”

The Corriere dello Sport today are running the line that Edy Reja has indicated his preference in Lazio pushing to take Matri this transfer window.

Robinho says no to Besiktas
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Reports in Italy suggest that Robinho has turned down advances from Besiktas to remain with Milan for the rest of the season.

The Brazilian is once more the subject of transfer speculation heading into the market, but, on from indicating a return to Santos looks unlikely, reports are he has committed to the Rossoneri until the end of the season.

So says Sky Sport Italia reporter Gianluca Di Marzio, who is running the line that the forward has turned down an approach from Besiktas in doing so.

Galliani: 'We were all afraid about Kaka'
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Adriano Galliani has commented on how ‘everyone was afraid’ about whether or not Ricky Kaka would be a hit on returning to Milan.

The Rossoneri re-signed the Brazilian late in the summer transfer window from Real Madrid, but welcomed back to San Siro a player who had struggled in Spain for form and fitness.

However, in seeing the 31-year-old recapture both, highlighted by a double-strike last weekend in victory against Atalanta, the Vice-President has reflected on the positive mood.

“Carletto Ancelotti, on his way to the stadium at Real Madrid, sent me a short message to say that he was very happy for Milan’s victory and for the two goals from Riccardo, who he coached for six years here,” began Galliani on Radio Monte Carlo today.

“Kaka is a legend, the player has entered the hearts of the fans in a manner particular to him, everyone is in love with him.

“As in the past with players like Maldini, Baresi and many others, the affection for Ricky is immense.

“Upon his return we were all afraid, myself also when I went to pick him up, I was afraid that he was not the same.

“He was injured right away, but he did something extraordinary in giving up his salary. He is fantastic - to declare love is easy, but to show it with your wallet is harder.

“Now he is doing well and we are all happy.”

Keisuke Honda is training with the team and inevitably Galliani was asked of the prospect of seeing the No 10 debut this coming weekend.

“He could start against Sassuolo, or more likely on Wednesday in the Coppa Italia. He has been out for a while, he must first find his condition and dispose of the jet lag.”

Galliani almost left the Rossoneri in November after a reported clash with Barbara Berlusconi, but is now working alongside the director.

“Now there are two administrative delegates here. I will take care of the sporting aspect and Barbara Berlusconi will handle the administrative side.”

Stam with Seedorf at AC Milan?
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Speculation is that should Clarence Seedorf come in as Milan Coach this summer, he will bring with him Jaap Stam as assistant.

Rumours are once more returning to the possibility of the Rossoneri’s former midfielder replacing Massimiliano Allegri on the San Siro bench, with it now confirmed Allegri is leaving at the end of the season.

The Corriera della Sera indicate that talks between Adriano Galliani and Seedorf took place recently, during the Vice-President’s visit to Rio de Janeiro, where the Dutchman is currently based with Botafogo.

Apparently discussing initial plans for his potential arrival in the summer, it is understood primarily that Seedorf would bring with him former Milan centre-back Jaap Stam as assistant Coach. The 41-year-old is currently occupying that same role with Ajax.

Also in Seedorf’s mind is a reported desire to strengthen Milan’s midfield and build around Riccardo Montolivo and Andrea Poli.

Report: Zaccardo to West Brom
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AC Milan defender Cristian Zaccardo is reportedly close to joining West Bromwich Albion.

According to TuttoMercatoWeb, the veteran ex-Parma centre-back is in advantaged negotiations with WBA.

The 32-year-old arrived in January 2013 and has a contract until June 2016, but made only six Serie A appearances so far this season, two of them as a substitute.

Zaccardo has a World Cup winners’ medal from 2006, where he scored an own goal in the 1-1 draw with the USA.

Galliani: Honda is a star
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Adriano Galliani has praised Keisuke Honda, claiming the Japan international will have an impact on and off the pitch for Milan.

The playmaker was presented to the media this afternoon after he joined on a free transfer from CSKA Moscow.

And the Rossoneri director believes that the Asian superstar will make an impression.

“In a month we have sold more shirts in Japan than we did for the whole of last year,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“Honda is a star over there – today there were 80 journalists and several live television crews for the presentation.

“But we signed a footballer, not an icon. If there’s economic advantages then so be it – but we have a player who can coexist with Kaka.

“Jetlag? We have looked into that and between four and six days he should be back to normal.

“And also don’t forget that he hasn’t played for a month. So we have to learn to walk before we run.”

Galliani then commented on how Honda’s arrival will affect Kaka.

“Had Honda come in June would we have signed Kaka? I don’t know. I won’t lie to you. I honestly don’t know.

“I love Ricky – I went to Madrid without an appointment. Kaka is a great player and a great person.”

AC Milan struggling to off-load Matri
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Milan are desperately trying to off-load misfiring striker Alessandro Matri this month, if reports are to be believed.

Respected Sky journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed that the Rossoneri are keen to sell the forward, who has failed to pull up trees in his six months at San Siro.

Since arriving from Juventus, the 29-year-old has scored just one goal for Massimiliano Allegri’s men. And writing on his official website, Di Marzio believes that the Diavolo want to get rid of the former Cagliari man.

It is proving a challenge however, as the club don’t want to lose any money on Matri. It seems no one though, is willing to match the €12m they paid for him in the summer.

Honda: My heart said AC Milan
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Keisuke Honda has admitted that it was always his dream to play for Milan as he was presented to the media this afternoon.

The Japan international has joined the Rossoneri on a free transfer from CCSKA Moscow, and the playmaker has claimed that he can’t wait to pull on the famous shirt.

“It’s been an exciting time and I’m really happy to be here,” he told reporters.

“I always said that I would play in Serie A and wear the number 10 shirt. So I was desperate to come here and play.

“I’m delighted about the interest in me and I want to thank Galliani and the club for this transfer. I now want to show on the pitch what can I do. I was destined to come here.

“I wanted to come here, wanted to be a champion here with the club.

“I knew all the players as a child - I watched the matches on tv every week. Serie A is the most famous League in Japan.

“I understand there are high expectations and I’ve got to show what I’m capable of. I want to score many goals, assists – I’ll do my best.

“As I mentioned, I need to score goals, get assista and there are many things I need to do and can do. I don’t think the side are doing that bad, I saw the match on Monday – the boys are great.

“I ahve said in many interviews, for me football is my life. I’m not so interested in the city in which I play, I only want to train hard, rest well and win.

“That is what matters to me in my life . I know the club will help me a lot straight from the start.

“I can play in any position but if I could choose, I would like to play behind the striker, as an attacking midfielder.

“My heart said Milan. That’s all I can say.

“I’ve never met a samurai so I don’t know much about [the samurai spirit]. I think the Japanese never give up, they have a strong mentality, very disciplined.

“It’s not difficult for me, I was a CSKA Moscow player - I wanted to come earlier but continued to play well, focused on my fitness, I believed that in January I would have the chance to come.

“Zaccheroni advised me to come here – Milan are a top side in Serie A.”

AC Milan meet with Fernando?
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Reports in the Italian Press this morning suggest the Milan have already made contact with Porto midfielder Fernando.

Gazzetta dello Sport reveal that Adriano Galliani was in Brazil over the Christmas period to talk with the Selecao midfielder whilst he was on his holidays.

The 26-year-old has been virtually ever-present for the Dragoes this season, but has been heavily linked with a switch to Italy.

Inter and Napoli are also said to be interested, but is it believed that the Rossoneri have been the quickest to approach the midfielder.

It is unclear however, whether Porto would be willing to off-load Fernando.

Galliani: Cristante staying here
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Adriano Galliani has dismissed the idea of sending Bryan Cristante out on loan this January, as he calls for Alessandro Matri to be supported.

Cristante was notably handed a first start for the Rossoneri in yesterday’s 3-0 win over Atalanta and marked it with a goal.

Whilst otherwise linked with a loan move away this January, with Genoa, Parma and Atletico Madrid all rumoured as interested, the club’s Vice-President has clarified where the 18-year-old’s future lies.

“We have had requests from a lot of teams, but he is staying here,” Galliani has stated on Milan Channel this week.

“I talked to him and his agent and told him to remain calm. And he will find his space.

“Indeed, we are not so short in midfield with him and the fact is that we have Muntari and Montolivo suspended in the Champions League, and in the first leg against Atletico Madrid, Cristante will play.”

Galliani commented on other rumours relating to the transfer window, as well as the reception Alessandro Matri received at San Siro yesterday when substituted.

“We have signed Rami and Honda, at the moment there are no other arrivals. But, Milan will be the team to best strengthen in January. It is necessary to close the first half of the season on 25 points.

“Alessandro Matri? He is one of us, from our youth, he is not a former Juventino, he has returned home and he must be supported.

“I see that he is not playing very well right now, but he should not be booed like that, I do not understand this obstinacy.

“Hopefully this is the beginning of Honda-mania - he told me he will only be happy when he plays well and Milan will win.”

Colantuono bemoans 'false' result
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Stefano Colantuono claimed that the result was ‘false’ as his Atalanta side went down 3-0 away to Milan.

The Rossoneri claimed all three points at San Siro thanks to two goals from Kaka. But the Dea boss insisted that his men perhaps deserved better.

“In the second half we had chances,” he told Rai Sport. “But with their first effort they made it 2-0.

“That is football. Even in the first half they scored on the break – that was a shame.

“I think the result is a false one, to be honest.”

Kaka: Nice to be part of history
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Kaka conceded he was honoured to be ‘part of history’ as the Brazilian netted his 100th and 101st goals for Milan.

The playmaker scored twice in the Rossoneri's 3-0 win over Atalanta on Monday, and speaking to reporters after the game, he admitted his pleasure at reaching the landmark.

“I don’t know how to explain it,” he told the gathering media. “I’m glad to be a part of the history of this club.

“Each goal I score is exciting. Every time I hear the fans it’s exciting – it gives me a great feeling because I know it comes from their heart.

“This was the best way to start 2014.”

Allegri: 'Don't rush Cristante'
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Massimiliano Allegri warned against hyping Bryan Cristante and doesn’t “particularly care” who replaces him at Milan.

The Coach spoke to Sky Sport Italia after a 3-0 win over Atalanta, in which Kaka scored twice and 18-year-old Cristante netted on his first Serie A start.

“I had already considered Cristante for the Derby and the game against Roma. Let’s not forget he is very young, as he’s only 18.

“Andrea Poli has done very well so far, but it was important to have him with fresh legs in the later stages when he can change gear. Mario Balotelli was on the bench as he had flu for two days.

“Cristante has improved a great deal over the last two months, I put my faith in him and in moments of difficulty the younger players can bring that extra sense of joy to their football.

“Cristante is a young player who must be given time to grow without pressure. Obviously at Milan you have to grow up quicker. Last season Niang was treated by some like a phenomenon, but he’s just a teenager, so there are bound to be peaks and troughs. The same is true of Gabriel, as after one game the media said Milan had found their goalkeeper for the next 15 years, then a week later he was considered hopeless. There needs to be a balance.”

Despite the scoreline, Atalanta had several good chances and rattled the woodwork and before kick-off Allegri had called this a relegation dogfight.

“There was only one point separating us in the standings, so that was what the table told us. We were only five points clear of the bottom three.

“Atalanta had two or three scoring opportunities in the second half, but I wouldn’t say we regularly give away many chances to our opponents.

“It’s normal we should’ve defended better, but Atalanta are a strong side and Christian Abbiati did well. We could’ve comfortably ended the first half leading 2-0, but then scored twice during our worst moments of the match.”

Allegri was asked about the January transfer window after Adriano Galliani confirmed Milan will not be signing Radja Nainggolan.

“I spoke to the club, they know what I’d like to improve the squad. So far the club has done great things and I’m sure they will reinforce the squad in January. People seem to think we’re dead and buried in the Champions League, but we can take on Atletico Madrid.”

This week Allegri announced he will walk away at the end of the season, but insists this deadline won’t affect the team.

“I am a professional and so are the players. The fact I announced I won’t be Milan Coach next season makes no difference, as we must all keep giving our best. I had made the decision over the summer and kept it to myself for a while, but the next five months are very important to help Milan go far in Serie A, the Champions League and Coppa Italia.

“After all, Bayern Munich have already announced Robert Lewandowski will be joining them next season, yet nobody claims he shouldn’t play for Borussia Dortmund. In Italy we’re a bit behind the times in that sense.

“I don’t particularly care who will be the Milan Coach next season. I’m sure they will choose someone worthy of the job and worthy of replacing his predecessor, which is me.”

Serie A: AC Milan 3:0 Atalanta - match report
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Scorers: Kaka 34, 65 (M), Cristante 67 (M)

Ricky Kaka went up to 101 Milan goals and Bryan Cristante scored his first, but 3-0 does not reflect Atalanta’s performance.

Massimiliano Allegri called this “a relegation dogfight,” as the Rossoneri were only one point ahead of their Lombardy cousins. They ended 2013 in the worst possible way with defeat to Inter and missed Riccardo Montolivo, Stephan El Shaarawy, Valter Birsa, Ignazio Abate, Kevin Constant and the suspended Sulley Muntari. Mario Balotelli suffered flu symptoms and amid the crisis 18-year-old Bryan Cristante was given his first Serie A start. New buy Keisuke Honda was in the stands. Atalanta were without Giampaolo Bellini, Stefano Lucchini, Lionel Scaloni and Marko Livaja, but had conquered San Siro last season.

Robinho wasted a glorious opportunity in the opening minutes when he side-footed a volley well wide of the near post. Cristante almost scored, but Alessandro Matri’s low cross-shot was just beyond his toe in the six-yard box.

Cristante, who had previously only ever played five minutes of Serie A football, went even closer when he got in front of a defender to volley Robinho’s pull-back on to the bar from 10 yards.

Atalanta were forced into a substitution for Carlos Carmona, who suffered from a back injury. Kaka attempted a low drive that Andrea Consigli was at full stretch to palm round the post with one hand, while the goalkeeper was grateful that Antonio Nocerino only cushioned a volley into his arms.

San Siro erupted with the first goal, as it was Ricky Kaka’s 100th in a Milan jersey. Urby Emanuelson went on the counter-attack from an Atalanta corner and set up the Brazilian, who shrugged off Consigli to sweep home from a tight angle.

That goal seemed to revive the Rossoneri’s confidence and soon after Robinho also forced a save out of Consigli. However, Atalanta could so easily have equalised just before half-time when Cristian Raimondi’s shot was deflected on to the upright.

Matri had a good chance in stoppages, but Robinho’s assist was over-hit for the striker, who couldn’t get his head to it.

Milan were fortunate straight after the restart when German Denis ballooned over a Maxi Moralez assist with the inside of his foot. Atalanta were furious after Yohan Benalouane found the back of the net, as it was disallowed due to the slightest of nudges on Philippe Mexes.

Christian Abbiati showed great reflexes when using his foot to deny Denis from point-blank range following a defensive error.

Despite flu symptoms, Balotelli was introduced for the final half-hour in place of Matri, but Atalanta continued to have the better of the second half and Cristian Zapata crucially deflected a Denis effort wide, then Giacomo Bonaventura’s shot was charged down by Nigel De Jong.

Abbiati punched away a looping cross and Zapata got in the way of the follow-up, as Atalanta pinned Milan back into their own half.

Just as the Orobici seemed destined to equalise, they went 2-0 down. Balotelli pulled back from the by-line for Robinho to scuff it, but Kaka pounced on the loose ball to score from five yards.

If it was Kaka’s 101st goal, then it was the first for Cristante. The 18-year-old scored on his first Serie A start, placing a right-foot daisy-cutter in off the far post.

Balotelli forced Consigli to parry his shot with an outstretched foot and the goalkeeper also denied Kaka a hat-trick. Ex-Valencia defender Adil Rami was given his Serie A debut late on.

Milan: Abbiati; De Sciglio, Zapata (Rami 83), Mexes, Emanuelson; Cristante, De Jong, Nocerino; Kaka; Robinho (Poli 74), Matri (Balotelli 58)

Atalanta: Consigli; Raimondi, Stendardo, Benalouane (Brienza 75), Brivio; Bonaventura (De Luca 67), Cigarini, Carmona (Baselli 19), Migliaccio; Moralez; Denis

Ref: Peruzzo

Galliani: 'Nainggolan to Roma'
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Milan CEO Adriano Galliani believes Roma are most likely to sign Cagliari midfielder Radja Nainggolan.

The Belgium international is on the market for approximately €14m and of interest to Milan, Juventus, Napoli, Roma and overseas clubs too.

“Nainggolan will not be going to Milan,” Galliani told Sky Sport Italia. “I believe the bidding war to be over, anyway.

“If I had to bet – not that I can, because I’m a club director and we’re not allowed to – but if I had to indicate an option then I’d say he’s going to Roma. As far as I know, that is the situation.”

'Nainggolan? We must sell first'
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Adriano Galliani has mused that Milan must first ship out ‘two or three players’ before considering bringing in someone like Radja Nainggolan.

Cagliari’s Belgian midfielder has been paired with a move to any one of a number of clubs this January including the Rossoneri.

“Currently our squad is at 30 - we need to thin that out by two or three players, then we will see if a midfielder can arrive,” responded Galliani to reporters.

The Vice-President also commented on Keisuke Honda’s first appearances at Milan’s training facilities over the weekend.

“Honda has visited the medical staff and already has the ability to start training. I have had very good information from our scouts, whilst Zaccheroni has spoken of him very highly.

“I know that he wanted to train since, but we have stopped him because in Italy there are very strict conditions on physical fitness. Now he can work out because it is suitable.”

Niang sorry for Allegri insult
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M’Baye Niang scored on his Montpellier debut, but apologised to Max Allegri after an errant tweet.

The Milan-owned forward moved back to France on loan this week and found the net on his debut, so retweeted a series of supportive comments.

However, in among the crowd of tweets he also highlighted one with a very insulting term aimed at Coach Allegri.

“I retweeted a tweet that I shouldn’t have done,” wrote Niang after he was made aware of the error.

“I cancelled it as soon as I realised, but I never wanted to lack respect towards anyone, especially those who believed in me.

“I apologise if I hurt anyone. Now enough with the pointless controversy!”

Rami ready for AC Milan debut
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Adil Rami is ready for his Serie A debut and Robinho also returns for Milan-Atalanta.

It kicks off on Monday at 14.00 GMT.

Rami joined the Rossoneri on loan from Valencia in October, but is only now able to play with the opening of the January transfer window.

The French defender has been given shirt number 13 and is expected to start at San Siro tomorrow afternoon.

Another new signing, Keisuke Honda, is not in the squad as he only arrived in Italy last night and had his first training session today.

Robinho, Philippe Mexes and Matias Silvestre have shaken off injuries, while Riccardo Montolivo returns from suspension.

Sulley Ali Muntari sits out a ban following his red card in the Milan Derby.

Still out of action for Massimiliano Allegri’s side are Stephan El Shaarawy, Ignazio Abate, Valter Birsa and Kevin Constant.

Fuelling reports he is to be loaned out this month, young goalkeeper Gabriel is not called up.

Milan squad for Atalanta: Abbiati, Amelia, Coppola, Bonera, De Sciglio, Mexes, Rami, Silvestre, Zaccardo, Zapata, Cristante, Emanuelson, De Jong, Kaka, Montolivo, Nocerino, Poli, Saponara, Balotelli, Matri, Pazzini, Robinho

Colantuono: 'Atalanta can beat AC Milan'
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Stefano Colantuono is confident Atalanta “can beat Milan” tomorrow, but only if they go on the attack.

This is a Lombardy Derby at San Siro and kicks off on Monday at 14.00 GMT.

“Milan are an excellent side who keep the ball for a very long time and above all shoot from all angles,” said the Orobici Coach in his Press conference.

“Mario Balotelli will be the reference point for our defence, but he is hardly the only danger. We must do well to take our chances on the counter-attack. If we only go there to defend, it’ll be easier for Milan to score against us. It wouldn’t make sense to take that approach.”

This week Atalanta signed defender Yohan Benalouane from Parma and he could debut, but Marko Livaja, Giampaolo Bellini, Stefano Lucchini and Lionel Scaloni are out with Giulio Migliaccio and Guido Marilungo not 100 per cent fit.

The Oroboci conquered San Siro 1-0 last season thanks to a Luca Cigarini goal and this term are only one point behind their more illustrious cousins.

Atalanta squad for Milan: Consigli, Polito, Sportiello; Benalouane, Brivio, Canini, Del Grosso, Nica, Raimondi, Stendardo, Yepes; Baselli, Bonaventura, Brienza, Carmona, Cazzola, Cigarini, Gagliardini, Giorgi, Kone, Migliaccio; Denis, De Luca, Marilungo, Moralez

Allegri: 'AC Milan relegation dogfight'
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Massimiliano Allegri welcomed Keisuke Honda, but warned Milan-Atalanta is “a relegation dogfight.”

The Rossoneri host Atalanta at San Siro on Monday at 14.00 GMT.

“Atalanta are very organised and doing well this season. It’s an important game and we mustn’t forget we have only 19 points. We need to look over our shoulders, as this is a relegation dogfight,” said the Coach.

“We’ve got to start 2014 off the right way, because our table is unimpressive and we need to learn from our mistakes. We cannot afford another slip-up.

“Tomorrow we must do everything possible to win, as the next few months have got to be different from the last few. We must have the humility to acknowledge we’re closer to the relegation zone than the European places.”

On 19 points, Milan are only one clear of Atalanta and five ahead of the bottom three, whereas leaders Juventus have over double their tally.

Allegri has already confirmed this will be his final campaign with the Rossoneri, though it’s reported Clarence Seedorf could step in before the end of the season if the situation continues to deteriorate.

“I was very clear and it was a decision I made last summer. I will not be the Milan Coach next season. You can’t stay at a club for life. I had four years here and think I did well, so I thank everyone.

“The club will choose a suitable replacement for me. Seedorf is a very intelligent player who can have the qualities of a Coach, but they are two very different jobs... I am convinced the club will make the right decision.”

Meanwhile, Adil Rami could make his official Milan debut tomorrow afternoon with Honda in the stands after his arrival from CSKA Moscow.

“We’re doing well on the January transfer market,” continued Allegri. “This team has a good future and with one or two more players can challenge for the top spots next season.

“I am curious to meet Honda and it’ll be good for Milan to have him in Serie A and the Coppa Italia. He is a technical player who will cover an attacking role. He has great enthusiasm, character and the desire to prove himself in Italy.

“It is possible Honda could debut against Sassuolo next week, as I know he trained during the break. He has characteristics that only Valter Birsa brings us in the current squad.”

The Japanese international is unavailable against Atletico Madrid, as he already played in the Champions League this season with CSKA Moscow.

“I think we’ve got a good chance of getting through to the next round. Our objective is to win the Coppa Italia and I want to end my four years at Milan in the best way possible.”

Zac: 'Honda has character'
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Japan manager Alberto Zaccheroni praised the “character” of Keisuke Honda, as Milan enjoy the off-field effects of his arrival.

Honda flew in to Malpensa Airport on Saturday evening and was greeted by hundreds of fans and photographers.

He is undergoing his medical at the training ground this morning and will be in the stands for tomorrow afternoon’s Milan-Atalanta match at San Siro.

Honda was a free transfer after his contract with CSKA Moscow expired on December 31, but he won’t be eligible for the Champions League games this season.

“In my view, he is a top player,” Japan Coach Zaccheroni told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“He’s certainly a great signing and I am astounded Keisuke hadn’t reached one of the most important Leagues before. Perhaps it was the transfer fee causing the problem, as it wasn’t easy for Milan to take him away from CSKA Moscow.

“He has character as well as strength, technique and stamina. He’s naturally left-footed, has a great shot, takes good free kicks and is very difficult to knock down.

“Honda is an atypical Japanese player, even though he himself is very tied to his homeland. When he talks, it is never something banal.

“He’s a character and that is essential at Milan. You could have the technique of Diego Maradona, but if you don’t have character then you won’t last long at Milan.”

According to Tuttosport, the marketing campaign around Honda’s arrival in Serie A is already in full swing and worth €7m per season – not counting shirt sales.

It’s rumoured some of Milan’s matches could even be moved in order to have kick-off times more suited to the Japanese television audience.

This would see the Rossoneri play more often at 11.30am GMT, which is 12.30 in Italy and 20.30 in Tokyo.

Meanwhile, Zaccheroni was also asked about reports he could replace Cesare Prandelli as Italy Coach after the World Cup.

“I don’t know if I’ll return to Italy, as right now I am the Japan manager and concentrated on the tournament. I haven’t had any contact with the Italian Federation and it’s not true that I already told the Japanese directors I’ll quit after the World Cup.

“I will make every decision in due time, as I always have done. It might seem as if six months isn’t a long time, but many things can change in six months.”

Report: Inter grab D'Ambrosio
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Despite interest from Milan and Roma, it’s reported Inter have a deal for Torino right-back Danilo D’Ambrosio.

The Italy international was put on the market this month after refusing to sign a contract extension, as his current deal expires at the end of the season.

Milan had been the hot favourites to capture D’Ambrosio in the January transfer window, followed by Roma.

However, according to Sport Mediaset, Inter suddenly leapt in with the winning bid of €2m and a three and a half year contract worth €1m per season.

D’Ambrosio is a 25-year-old Neapolitan, but spent his early years at Fiorentina before going on to spells at Crotone and Juve Stabia.

He can play as a right-back or on the right wing of a five-man midfield.

Balotelli unveils camouflage boots
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Mario Balotelli is reportedly set to wear the new evoPower Camo boots in Monday’s Milan-Atalanta game.

The striker has enjoyed his new sponsorship deal with Puma, showing off a series of outlandish boots that included a pair covered with newspaper headlines about his exploits.

According to Sport Mediaset, Balotelli is going to be wearing the new evoPower boots in the camouflage print in Monday afternoon’s Serie A match against Atalanta.

It is a fitting choice for Super Mario, who famously had his Bentley painted in camouflage colours.

Honda: 'AC Milan dream come true'
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Keisuke Honda has arrived in Milan and already sparked a media frenzy. “It's a dream come true.”

The Japan international signed on as a free agent after his contract with CSKA Moscow expired in December.

His flight from Narita touched down at Malpensa Airport this evening and he was greeted by hundreds of photographers and fans, while it’s reported the club shop has already sold over 1,000 of his Number 10 jerseys.

“I’m happy to be here and I’m very excited,” he told Milan Channel. “I’m ready to play, I slept well on the flight and I’m looking forward to meeting my new teammates. I think I can give a lot, something more to the team.

“I’ve been waiting here for this for a long time. It’s a dream come true, AC Milan has always been a legendary club for me, I followed them as a child.”

Honda also revealed he discussed life in the city and in Serie A with Inter defender Yuto Nagatomo.

“I spoke to Nagatomo, who is a friend of mine. Football is my life and I hope to play well. I can play in any position and I want to score as well as create goals. I want to play in attack but it doesn’t matter where.”

Honda will be in the stands of San Siro for Monday’s Serie A game against Atalanta and hold his presentation Press conference on Wednesday. He’s expected to make his debut away to Sassuolo next weekend.

“Honda has been working with a fitness coach over the last 15 days. He’s not at 100 per cent yet, but he is in good shape and only lacks match fitness,” explained FIFA agent and go-between Ernesto Bronzetti on Milan Channel.

“He has great quality, character and is a free transfer, so he’s a real added bonus for the club.”

AC Milan: Mexes out, Viviano in?
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Milan could sell Philippe Mexes to Monaco and bring Emiliano Viviano in from Arsenal this month.

According to SportMediaset, the Rossoneri are looking to clear out certain players in order to raise funds for other transfers.

Mexes is the favourite to leave San Siro after being benched in recent outings, though he has been suffering from an eye infection.

Monaco would be prepared to sign the former Roma centre-back, who joined Milan as a free agent, and match his €4m per season wages.

Milan would then used the money saved from that salary to help pay for Radja Nainggolan from Cagliari.

Meanwhile, it is also suggested that Viviano is the target to become Christian Abbiati’s understudy in goal.

The former Fiorentina and Bologna shot-stopper has not played at all since joining Arsenal over the summer and would welcome a return to Italy.

Gabriel would be loaned out to gain more first team experience after some mixed performances this season.

Bonera on Balotelli, Seedorf and Brazil
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Daniele Bonera is “ready” for a World Cup call, expects Mario Balotelli to prove himself and can see Clarence Seedorf as Milan Coach.

The veteran defender missed most of the season with a knee injury, but has returned and helped shore up the leaky Rossoneri back four.

“What does 2014 mean to me? The desire to climb back up with Milan and the rest would follow as a consequence,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Just three months ago I had a fractured kneecap and if you’d asked me if I was thinking about the World Cup then, I’d have burst out laughing. Now I might smile instead. Cesare Prandelli was my Coach at Brescia, so he knows me and where to find me. If he wants me to go to Brazil, then I am ready.”

Bonera’s Milan teammate Balotelli is expected to be Italy’s star player in that tournament, though his inconsistency is still proving to be a problem.

“Can 2014 be Balotelli’s year? It all depends on Mario. I think the moment has come for him to put this desire to prove himself the best into practice.

“Injuries are a big reason for our last few horrible months, but cannot be an alibi, nor can the situation within the club hierarchy. Unfortunately the moment of change in the club coincided with a lack of results, but there is no correlation.

“We all know that we are worth more than this. We’ve got half a season left to prove it.”

Coach Massimiliano Allegri has already confirmed he will leave Milan at the end of the season and Seedorf is the hot favourite to take over, even though his playing career is continuing at Botafogo.

“Clarence was my teammate and his locker was next to mine for many years,” smiled Bonera.

“I can judge him as a player, but as a Coach he is a mystery. There are examples of successful quick moves from the pitch to the bench, such as Roberto Mancini.

“Allegri brought a sense of balance, as he never changed his attitude during success or defeat. I understand the poor results of the last few months are fresh in the mind, but we cannot forget the last three years. Allegri did a good job.

“Will I become a Coach? I don’t know, that seems a decision I won’t make for a while. I have a contract until 2015 and to be honest I’d like to keep playing a bit more.”

'AC Milan, Inter, Juventus' Nainggolan bids
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Cagliari are “evaluating offers” from Milan, Juventus and Inter for Radja Nainggolan, while Davide Astori and Lorenzo Ariaudo could leave.

The Sardinians hit the headlines before Christmas when President Massimo Cellino announced he was prepared to sell any of his top stars for the right price.

Belgian international midfielder Nainggolan is the biggest prize with a price-tag of around €10m.

“It’s true, Milan are interested, but there are also Juve and Inter. At the moment there is little concrete to discuss. We are evaluating offers,” Cagliari director of sport Nicola Salerno told TMW.

He was also asked about other January transfer rumours, including Italy international defender Astori to Southampton and Ariaudo to Sassuolo.

“If a proposal for Astori arrives then we will evaluate it, but at the moment there is nothing concrete or defined.

“Ariaudo to Sassuolo is very probable. We are waiting for the issue to be resolved. As for Mauricio Pinilla, he is staying.”

AC Milan on Nainggolan and D'Ambrosio
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Milan are stepping up their attempts to sign Radja Nainggolan and Danilo D’Ambrosio, offering Bryan Cristante in exchange.

The Rossoneri are determined to strengthen the side over the January transfer window after their defeat to Inter left them with little hope of European qualification.

Belgian international midfielder Nainggolan has emerged as the top target after Cagliari patron Massimo Cellino said he’d be willing to release the player.

Italian-Canadian 18-year-old midfielder Cristante has reportedly been included as part of an exchange deal to lower the price-tag.

According to Italian newspapers, Milan could sell one of Alessandro Matri, Philippe Mexes or Robinho in order to raise the necessary funds.

Meanwhile, Roma, Juventus, Inter and Napoli are also awaiting developments over Nainggolan’s future.

The Rossoneri are targeting other January reinforcements, namely Torino full-back D’Ambrosio.

He has been frozen out of the squad after refusing to sign a contract extension, as he’ll be a free agent in June and must therefore be sold now.

However, Milan face competition here too, as Inter have suddenly surged forward in their attempts to sign D’Ambrosio after Roma fell back in the transfer race.

Pazzini working to be fit
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Giampaolo Pazzini has revealed his joy after returning from a knee injury that has kept him out for seven months.

The striker came on in Milan’s derby loss to Inter before Christmas having been out since May following a knee operation.

The forward though, is in buoyant mood going into 2014.

“I didn’t think too much when I came on in the derby,” he told Milan Channel. “Despite the result, I was very happy to play.

“Getting on to the field and playing with my teammaes after seven months was a great joy.

“Obviously I am not at the top of my game, but I feel good. I am lagging behind in terms of physical fitness, so I need to keep on working.

“I want to return to my best as soon as possible.”

Yepes ahead of AC Milan return
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Mario Yepes is in optimistic mood ahead of Atalanta’s visit to struggling Milan on Monday.

“We know that playing against Milan is never easy for anybody, especially at their ground,” said the Colombian international.

“But we’ve shown this year we can hold our own against the top teams and therefore we go to Milan to give our best and take advantage of the opportunities which are presented to us.”

Atalanta, who are just a point behind the Diavolo in the standings, netted the 37-year-old in the summer from Milan on a Bosman free transfer.

Yepes has had his injury problems since his move to Bergamo, seeing as he has appeared in just nine League games so far this term.

“Unfortunately an injury has kept me out for a long time, but I’m better now,” the South American continued.

“I’m available for selection and I hope to give my contribution soon and help the side get as many points as possible.”

Abbiati would sign AC Milan renewal
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The agent of Christian Abbiati is hopeful that his client will sign a new one-year contract with Milan.

The 36-year-old’s current agreement will expire in June and he recently suggested he could quit the game entirely if the Diavolo show him the door.

“There is a love between Abbiati and Milan which will last forever,” Claudio Vigorelli told TMW in an interview.

“If Milan want to renew his contract for a further season then Christian would accept because I don’t think he can see himself at another club.

“There are positive sensations, but, like always, we will have to meet with Vice-President Adriano Galliani.”

The former Italian international was signed by Milan in 1998. He spent time on loan at Juventus, Torino and Atletico Madrid in his career, but returned to San Siro in 2008.

AC Milan await Honda arrival
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Keisuke Honda will arrive in Milan on Saturday and is expected to make his debut on January 12 against Sassuolo.

The Japanese international is out of contract with CSKA Moscow and due to fly in to Malpensa Airport this Saturday evening.

He has already been given a Rossoneri jersey that he will wear on the plane so he can wave to the fans with his new club colours.

Although his most recent match was on December 10 in the Champions League, it’s reported Honda has maintained a special training regime during his vacation and added Italian lessons.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, he will undergo his medical on Sunday, then be in the San Siro stands to watch his new teammates play Atalanta on Monday.

The Press conference is set for next Wednesday January 8 and the Serie A debut could be as early as next Sunday against Sassuolo.

Meanwhile, Adil Rami could make his Serie A bow against Atalanta on Monday, as he has been training with the squad for a month.

'AC Milan squad in great shape'
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The Milan players who are not struggling with injuries are in good shape to take on Atalanta in Serie A on Monday.

“The players are doing well,” the club’s head fitness Coach, Simone Folletti, told Milan Channel on Thursday.

“Luckily it was a short Winter break in which we urged all the players to rest up. Some of the players were given individual instructions which were respected.

“They’re great athletes who are receptive to our suggestions. They all came back in good shape.

“The squad are now working to be ready for January 6. They’re all really up for it and ready to start off on the right foot in 2014.”

Matias Silvestre also returned to full training today.

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