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November 2011

Berlusconi 'what AC Milan fans want'
30.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Silvio Berlusconi’s return to the full-time role of Milan President is “what all the fans were hoping for,” said his daughter.

He had to leave the post when he was elected Prime Minister of Italy, although he continued to own and fund the club, but now that he has resigned from his political career Berlusconi will go back.

“I think the same way as all the other Rossoneri fans,” smiled daughter Barbara Berlusconi.

“It’s wonderful news and exactly what all the fans were hoping for.”

In recent months Barbara joined the Board of Directors and was reportedly being groomed for the role of President in the future.

It could raise further questions over conflict of interests, as she is currently dating Milan striker Alexandre Pato.

She also made an appeal for Serie A to tone down the bitterness that is too often a part of debate around football.

“This is sport and must be more relaxed. You should put on your team shirt and scarf, then go to the stadium as if it’s a party, even if your side loses.”

Zanetti: 'Tevez good for AC Milan'
30.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Carlos Tevez is in talks with Milan and Inter captain Javier Zanetti admits “he’d be a great buy for them.”

It was confirmed last week that Manchester City had given permission for Tevez’s agents to make contact with the Rossoneri.

“All I can say is that Milan would really get themselves a bargain if they brought Tevez to San Siro. He is a great champion,” said Zanetti.

The two played together for many years with Argentina and Inter had also been linked with a swoop for Carlitos.

“Our club has always signed big players, so I don’t see why we shouldn’t continue. President Massimo Moratti makes the effort to improve the squad and our results in recent years reflect that.”

Seedorf: AC Milan can win Champions League
30.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Clarence Seedorf has underlined his belief that Milan will be able to fight for the Champions League trophy this season.

The Rossoneri may have missed out on their target of topping Group H, but the Dutchman believes they proved their strength in the recent 3-2 loss to Barcelona.

“Anything can happen in football,” the central midfielder stated. “We can reach the Final of the Champions League.

“This team is really motivated,” he added. “A lot of the players here haven’t won the Champions League yet. That is the real challenge for us.

“We played well against Barcelona, where we demonstrated our value. I don’t think there are that many teams who could score the goals we did against Barca.”

With one game to go in the group section, both Barcelona and Milan have already qualified for the last 16.

Seedorf, 35, remained at Milan over the summer after the former Real Madrid player signed a new one-year deal.

“I don’t like spending time on the bench,” he said after one goal in six Serie A matches so far this term.

“I know that the Coach rotates everyone, but I want people to know that I want to play all of the time. I love playing and even one game as substitute is one too many.

“My future? That will become clearer in April. But I’m more interested in seeing what we have achieved by then because getting to the Champions League Final is the top target.”

AC Milan confirm Abbiati absence
30.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan have confirmed that they will be without first choice goalkeeper Christian Abbiati for up to two weeks.

The custodian has picked up a right shoulder injury which saw him forced out of Sunday’s 4-0 win over Chievo.

The veteran has undergone a variety of tests which have ruled out the need for any kind of surgical procedure.

The Rossoneri believe that Abbiati will fully recover in around 10-15 days unless complications arise during his rehabilitation.

Italian World Cup winner Marco Amelia will keep his place in goal when Milan play his former club Genoa on Friday.

Abbiati, 34, had appeared in all of the club’s League games this term up until the San Siro clash against the Flying Donkeys.

Inzaghi ponders AC Milan exit
30.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Pippo Inzaghi will consider leaving Italian champions Milan in January, according to the Corriere dello Sport.

The veteran had previously insisted that he wanted to end his career with the Rossoneri, but a lack of playing time may see him move on after Christmas.

Inzaghi was angered by the decision to omit him from the Champions League squad in the summer, while he’s made just three substitute appearances in Serie A this term for a total of 34 minutes.

The World Cup winner, now 38, is keen to end his playing career on the field of play and not in the stands.

In theory, there should be more space for Inzaghi to feature after Antonio Cassano’s recent heart surgery. The latter is expected to be out for the next six months as a result.

However, it is understood that Milan will actually bring in a new striker during the January transfer window to cover for the Italian.

The current favourites for that role are Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez and Maxi Lopez of Catania.

Inzaghi joined the Diavolo in the summer of 2001 after four years with Serie A rivals Juventus.

In 294 games for Milan, he’s netted 125 goals.

Kaladze ready to face AC Milan past
30.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Genoa’s Kakha Kaladze has admitted that Friday’s Serie A game against Milan will be an emotional one for him.

The Georgian international, 33, spent almost a decade at Milanello before his August 2010 switch to Marassi.

“Playing against Milan will never be a game like the others for me,” the centre-back commented. “I owe everything to the Rossoneri and I will be eternally grateful to them.

“I’m very happy at Genoa now though. I’ve settled really well into the city, the atmosphere around the club is great and the fans are fantastic.”

Milan paid €16m to Dynamo Kiev for Kaladze in 2001 and he played in a variety of positions for them – left-back, centre-back and in central midfield on occasions.

Kaladze has appeared in seven Serie A games for the Rossoblu so far this season.

Berlusconi: 'I'll be AC Milan's President'
29.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi confirms “I will be the Milan President again.”

The patron had been forced to leave the role due to a conflict of interests when he entered politics and was elected Prime Minister.

However, he resigned this month and this leaves him open to return to his first love.

“Will I return to the role of President of Milan? Certainly, I will re-take the position as soon as possible,” announced Berlusconi at a book presentation today.

“I am the President who has won more than any other in the history of football. Santiago Bernabeu, who is the second in that list, didn’t win half the trophies I did.”

AC Milan thanks Ibrahimovic in Gazzetta
29.11 || webmaster

Source: Fredrik9 from The Red & Black Forums.

"AC Milan would like pay homage to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the great champion who, thanks to his huge talents, makes the Italian football more spectacular. 101 goals scored in our league playing with Milan, Inter and Juventus.
Thank you Ibra."

Genoa invite Gattuso and Cassano
29.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Genoa captain Marco Rossi asked Gennaro Gattuso and Antonio Cassano to make the trip with Milan after their recent health scares.

Cassano is out for six months after suffering from a mini-stroke and undergoing surgery on a congenital heart defect, while Gattuso’s recovery time is unknown due to the paralysis of an optical nerve that affects the vision in one eye.

“I was emotional at seeing how much dignity Gattuso showed in telling the world what had happened to him,” said Rossi.

“Fortunately, it seems as if the problem might be resolving itself. His message was so extraordinarily humble and he gave such courage to those who are suffering.

“It would be wonderful for me and my teammates to salute him in person when Milan come to Genoa on Friday. There would be very special hugs for him and for Cassano.”

Milan’s Serie A trip to Marassi has been brought forward to Friday evening.

Merkel - El Shaarawy swap snubbed
29.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Genoa claim they have rejected a request from Milan to swap Stephan El Shaarawy with Alexander Merkel.

“Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani proposed the deal,” stated President Enrico Preziosi. “However, Merkel is not moving away from here.”

El Shaarawy joined the Rossoneri from Genoa during the summer in a switch that saw Merkel move in the other direction.

However, the young Italian has struggled to get a game in Rossonero, while the German has impressed in midfield for the Rossoblu.

El Shaarawy, 19, was hoping to get more of a chance in the first team after the club lost Antonio Cassano for the next six months following heart surgery.

Milan, though, look likely to bring in a new forward after Christmas with Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez and Catania’s Maxi Lopez probable targets.

Merkel and the former Padova sensation have both appeared in six League games this term, but the German has played in 517 minutes of action, while the Milan man has been limited to just 193.

AC Milan agree Maxi Lopez deal?
29.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Catania have agreed to hand over Maxi Lopez to Milan in January if the Rossoneri fail to get their hands on Carlos Tevez.

The San Siro giants are looking for a new forward as cover for Antonio Cassano who is recovering from heart surgery.

Manchester City ace Tevez is the club’s first choice acquisition after his falling out with boss Roberto Mancini.

However, Milan have made it clear that they will only take the Argentine if the Premiership giants agree to release him on a free loan in the New Year.

As City may not agree to that, the reigning Italian champions have already put a Plan B into place with Catania for Lopez.

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani spoke to Catania director Pietro Lo Monaco last night where a deal was said to have been done.

If the former Barcelona man does move to Milan then he will arrive on loan, with an option to buy outright at the end of the campaign.

VIDEO: Pato, Thiago Silva and Robinho having some fun
28.11 || webmaster

Serie A: AC Milan 4:0 Chievo - highlights
28.11 || webmaster

AC Milan want Tevez for free
28.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan insist that Carlos Tevez will only arrive in January if Manchester City agree to a free six-month loan.

The Rossoneri held talks with the player’s agent last week to discuss a possible switch to the Stadio Meazza.

Milan are looking for a new forward given that Antonio Cassano may be sidelined for the rest of the season following minor heart surgery.

“If someone arrives in January then it will be on loan, for free, with an option to buy clause at the end of the season,” Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani noted.

“That applies to Tevez too…

“However, there is some time to go until the market opens. We’ll watch and evaluate the situations.

“If Cassano hadn’t encountered any problems then we wouldn’t be here today talking about these things.”

Tevez is looking for a new club after falling out with boss Roberto Mancini during September’s Champions League clash at Bayern Munich.

Galliani also insisted that Massimiliano Allegri would remain despite the fact that his contract expires at the end of this season.

“Allegri is staying, 100 per cent,” he continued. “There is no problem with the Coach or with his contract.

“We’re all very happy with what we saw yesterday in the 4-0 win over Chievo and not just that…”

Dominant AC Milan surprise Abate
28.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Ignazio Abate was left impressed by how well his Milan side did in last night’s drubbing of Chievo Verona.

The Rossoneri breezed to a 4-0 victory just days after their 3-2 home defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League.

“We used up a lot of energy, especially mentally, in the game against Barcelona,” Abate told Milan Channel.

“That is why the match against Chievo was never going to be easy for us,” continued the new Italian international.

“However, the victory last night was really important for us as it meant that we could stay on the tail of Juventus.”

Juve, 1-0 winners at Lazio on Saturday, are one point clear of Milan and Udinese. However, they could extend their lead when they face Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo on Tuesday.

Di Carlo: 'We got everything wrong'
28.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Domenico Di Carlo concedes Chievo “got everything wrong” in their 4-0 demolition at the hands of Milan.

“Evidently I didn’t get my point across to the players,” he said of the disastrous first half performance.

“We didn’t manage to close down the middle, where our opponents were always first to the ball and this gave space to champions like the Rossoneri.

“We were too stretched. Compliments to Milan, who are one of the form teams in Serie A. It’s better to lose one game 4-0 rather than four by 1-0.”

Di Carlo admits it was difficult to give a half-time team talk when Chievo were already 4-0 down.

“The lads knew they got everything wrong that it was possible to get wrong. At half-time I just asked them to stay calm and play like Chievo, so we did seem like more of a team unit in the second half.

“I know full well my Chievo is a different side to the one we saw tonight.”

Allegri praises AC Milan focus
28.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Massimiliano Allegri insists the Scudetto race is wide open and hailed his Milan firepower.

“Juventus still have a game in hand, but if Napoli win that on Tuesday then they’ll be right back in the title race,” warned the Coach.

“Inter earned an important win today, plus there are Lazio and Udinese. It was therefore crucial we win this evening, especially after the Barcelona game when we risked a drop off in concentration levels.

“It’s great to keep a clean sheet and we did well to prepare our attack, starting from the full-backs and the midfielders pushing forward into space created by the strikers,” he said of the 4-0 win over Chievo.

“I was pleased with the attitude and pressure we immediately put Chievo under.”

Alexandre Pato broke his duck on his first start since that thigh injury, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his 101st Serie A goals.

“Ibra’s talent needs no comment. It was important that Pato get back to scoring and had a good performance, but the really crucial thing to note is that they were both supported by a solid team that allowed nothing to their opponents.

“Kevin-Prince Boateng was more tired than anyone after Barcelona, so he played with maturity tonight and that’s something he needs to improve. He can’t always think of playing at 100mph. He has to improve his skills and not rely only on his grit.”

Allegri was also asked about the negotiations with Manchester City outcast Carlos Tevez.

“These are all rumours, I’m sure there will be more going into January.”

Ibrahimovic: 'More of the same, Milan'
27.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates his 101st Serie A goals and tells Milan “we must continue along this path.”

The Swede netted a brace in tonight’s 4-0 victory over Chievo and burst through his personal century mark.

“We are playing well and have great confidence in our abilities,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“After the break we controlled the game by keeping possession, as we had won it in the first half. Now we must continue along this path.

“I am very happy to have scored over 100 goals in Italy. I’ve improved a lot in front of the net and for that I must thank this country.”

There are reports Ibra could have a new Milan teammate in January, as Manchester City are in negotiations to loan them Carlos Tevez.

“I just read a few things in the newspapers. These decisions are down to the directors and the Coach, not to us players.”

Serie A: AC Milan 4:0 Chievo - match report
27.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Scorers: Thiago Silva 8 (M), Ibrahimovic 16, pen 44 (M), Pato 33 (M)

Milan were utterly dominant to crush Chievo 4-0 with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s brace breaking through the 100 Serie A goals mark.

The Rossoneri were impressed with their performance in the Champions League midweek, even though they lost 3-2 to Barcelona, but lost Christian Abbiati and Alessandro Nesta to injury, so Mario Yepes faced his former club. They had won six of their last eight Serie A games and welcomed giant-killers Chievo. Both Ibrahimovic and Sergio Pellissier were looking for their 100th top flight goal.

Ibra was in no mood to waste time, as within 50 seconds he had unleashed a screamer that smacked against the crossbar.

Stefano Sorrentino rushed off his line to charge down Alberto Aquilani from an Ibrahimovic through ball.

It was all Milan and they broke the deadlock after eight minutes. Kevin-Prince Boateng feinted a cross, but instead rolled it back for the on-rushing Thiago Silva’s precise daisy-cutter from outside the box into the far bottom corner. It was a particularly special moment for the defender, who was wearing the captain’s armband.

Chievo threatened with a free kick that Marco Amelia rushed out to parry Pellissier’s effort with his legs.

However, Ibrahimovic scored his Serie A Century with a smart almost powerful chip over the goalkeeper from the D, as he had two defenders in front of him and with very little backlift booted it under the bar. It was his 100th Serie A goal in 196 games.

Davide Mandelli picked up an injury and limped off for Francesco Acerbi. Luca Antonini pounced on a loose ball and it was charged down by a shoulder from point-blank range.

From that corner, Milan made it 3-0. Aquilani’s snapshot from the D was deflected into the path of Alexandre Pato, who couldn’t miss seven yards out from an open goal.

Chievo finally created a chance on 42 minutes, as American international Michael Bradley’s smart volley skimmed the far post with Amelia beaten.

However, moments later Pato dribbled into the box and was knocked over from behind by Luciano. Ibrahimovic confidently buried the penalty by smacking it into the top corner.

Within 50 seconds of the restart, the Swede had threatened a hat-trick with his fierce finish thumping the bar.

Pellissier had the ball in the net, but only after he was caught marginally offside. Pato turned his man, but Sorrentino smothered at his feet, while Amelia grabbed Pellissier’s deflected free kick and a swerving late Hetemaj strike.

Milan: Amelia; Abate, Thiago Silva, Yepes, Antonini; Aquilani, Van Bommel, Nocerino; Boateng (Emanuelson 60); Ibrahimovic (Robinho 68), Pato (El Shaarawy 77)

Chievo: Sorrentino; Frey, Cesar, Mandelli (Acerbi 23), Jokic; Luciano (Hetemaj 46), Rigoni (Vacek 60), Bradley, Sammarco; Pellissier, Thereau

Ref: Guida

Calciopoli round table talks set
27.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

The Italian Olympic Committee has set the December 14 date for ‘round table talks’ on Calciopoli between Inter, Juventus and others.

The CONI announced today that the peace talks, requested by Juve in the wake of recent evidence and controversy, would go ahead.

CONI President Gianni Petrucci and FIGC President Giancarlo Abete confirmed the meetings would be held on Wednesday December 14.

“It is a meeting to discuss and deepen the issues relating to football.”

Along with Inter and Juventus, some of the other clubs affected include Fiorentina, Lazio and Milan.

Serie A: AC Milan vs. Chievo - lineups
27.11 || webmaster

AC Milan: Amelia, Abate, Thiago Silva, Yepes, Antonini, Aquilani, Van Bommel, Nocerino, Boateng, Ibrahimovic, Pato.

Chievo: Sorrentino, Frey, Cesar, Mandelli, Jokic, Luciano, Rigoni, Bradley, Sammarco, Pellissier, Thereau

Di Carlo promises AC Milan battle
27.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Domenico Di Carlo promises Chievo won’t sit back against Milan tonight. “We’re here for a battle.”

The Flying Donkeys have made their name as giant-killers, defeating the likes of Napoli and Fiorentina this season, so they step into San Siro in the evening kick-off.

“We are not beaten before it even begins, that is for certain,” warned the Coach.

“Chievo are here for a battle, because we have rediscovered the right spirit and don’t want to stop now.

“You can be sure that we’ll play our game and go for the full result.”

The one to watch is Sergio Pellissier, who is just one shy of his 100th goal for Chievo.

“If he manages it here, I’m sure it’ll be even more wonderful, because games like this prepare themselves. Everybody is up for it.”

Juventus 'not interested in Tevez'
26.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Director Beppe Marotta insists Juventus “are not interested in Carlos Tevez and have not made contact.”

Today’s Italian newspapers were full of rumours the Bianconeri had offered more than Milan to tempt the Argentine away from Manchester City in the January transfer window.

“Tevez is an excellent player, I am hardly the first to say that, but we have had no contact with Manchester City or his agents,” director of sport Marotta told Sky Sport Italia.

“Juventus are not interested in Tevez. I can categorically rule out negotiations for a January move.

“I also totally deny reports of any other interest in the player.”

Tevez’s agents have confirmed talks are on-going with Milan for a mid-season switch.

Abbiati misses AC Milan - Chievo
26.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Goalkeeper Christian Abbiati has been ruled out of Milan’s Sunday night match with Chievo.

The shot-stopper picked up a problem during the final training session and is not even in the squad for the San Siro encounter.

Marco Amelia is therefore expected to start between the posts with Flavio Roma on the bench.

Also missing are Alessandro Nesta, Pippo Inzaghi, Antonio Cassano, Mathieu Flamini and Gennaro Gattuso.

Philippe Mexes is in the squad as he recovers from a fractured hand.

Milan squad: Amelia, Roma, Abate, Antonini, Bonera, Mexes, Taiwo, Thiago Silva, Yepes, Ambrosini, Aquilani, Boateng, Emanuelson, Nocerino, Seedorf, Van Bommel, El Shaarawy, Ibrahimovic, Pato, Robinho

Allegri worried about Chievo
26.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Massimiliano Allegri worries Milan might have trouble changing pace and mentality to go from Barcelona to Chievo.

“It will be completely different to Wednesday, as after the great concentration and tension of that game, we must immediately settle back into the Serie A mentality, which is the most important thing right now,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

“We have five games from now until December 20, where we are forced to get as many points as possible to stay near to the top of the table.

“I think Juventus are more than ever the favourites for the Scudetto. Udinese continue the work they’ve done in recent years, Lazio were up there until the final rounds last season. Milan won the title, so obviously people put us among the favourites.

“We came out of the Barcelona game with a good performance, but mustn’t just be content with that. It helped our self-esteem and awareness grow, as we can battle against the top clubs in Europe.

“Against Barcelona and Fiorentina we played well, but made some mistakes and need to play more as a team.

“Chievo must not be underestimated. They defend solidly and are very dangerous on the counter-attack, so it will not be an easy game. Chievo have beaten Fiorentina and Catania, so we’ve got to give it our all.”

Alessandro Nesta is out for a month following a thigh strain and Philippe Mexes is not yet fit, so Mario Yepes or Daniele Bonera will step in.

Milan have been heavily linked with Carlos Tevez this week and the Manchester City man’s agent confirmed negotiations.

“I won’t talk about Tevez, because it’s not right to discuss players belonging to other clubs,” insisted Allegri.

“At this moment we have to focus on what we’ve got to do, then from January 1 we’ll see what happens.”

Juventus fight AC Milan for Tevez
26.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Carlos Tevez’s future seems to be in Serie A, but his agent confirms “Milan are the first choice” while Juventus raise their offer.

The Manchester City rebel had a total breakdown in the rapport with manager Roberto Mancini and a January move seems inevitable.

Representative Kia Joorabchian is in Italy at the moment and confirmed negotiations with the Rossoneri are on-going.

“Manchester City authorised me to meet with the Milan directors. Since this summer Carlos has received three offers from Corinthians, Inter and another Italian club, but City turned down Inter’s proposal.

“At the moment Milan are the first choice, as Carlos wants to wear the Rossoneri jersey. I am certain he’d win there, just as he has everywhere else. We have not yet spoken about the economic aspects with Adriano Galliani.

“Carlos’ problem in the Premier League is not City, but Mancini.”

This morning all the Italian newspapers suggest Milan may have got in there first, but Juventus are mounting a head-on assault to snatch Tevez away.

According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, the Bianconeri have offered €4m wages net to play from January to June.

If the club activates the buy-out clause, then Tevez will have a three-year contract worth €9m per season plus performance-related bonuses.

This is reportedly far superior to the current terms on the table at Milan.

Tevez 'has spoken to AC Milan'
25.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Carlos Tevez “is happy to move to Italy. We have spoken to Milan,” confirmed the Manchester City outcast’s agent.

It is already known that there are negotiations for a January transfer after yet another row between Tevez and his club.

Agent Kia Joorabchian met with Rossoneri Vice-President Adriano Galliani on Thursday and spoke to journalists outside a restaurant in Milan.

“I spoke to Carlos and he is happy to move to Italy. We have spoken to Milan and the big Italian clubs are good options.

“Tevez wants to play in an important club.”

The Argentine would be a replacement for Antonio Cassano, who is out for around six months following heart surgery and a mini-stroke.

Robinho: 'AC Milan love Brazilians'
25.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Robinho has declared that his current period with Milan is the happiest of his six-year spell in European football.

The Brazilian gave a full and honest interview to Brazilian football website this week, during which he discussed various topics ranging from his departures from Real Madrid and Manchester City to his dedication to the Brazilian national team. The player began, though, with a glowing account of his current situation at San Siro and of the club’s love for Brazilian footballers.

“I feel at home in Milan. I’m going through a really good time. It is a club that loves Brazilians and treats us very well. I am adapting more and more, I am very happy here.

“In Madrid it was very good too. It is an excellent club and Spanish football is easier to adapt to for a Brazilian player. But there was jealousy during my time there for my trips abroad with Brazil.

“Here it is different, they treat us superbly. Even in Manchester it was good, but the field was very different. English football has a lot of strength and it is complicated for a Brazilian footballer to adapt to it. Even more so for one who plays up front like me.

“In Milan there are only good things. They love Brazilians and always speak well of those that have passed through here. There is this love, this openness from the beginning. I did not expect it was that good.

“To date, there has been much talk of Kaka, Serginho, Dida, Cafu, even of Ronaldo who made more history at Inter, he is highly regarded here. Now we are making our history.

“Of course, when a Brazilian player sits on the bench they get very upset still, but it is part of life, it is normal in football.”

The 27-year-old discussed how he feels he has developed as a footballer since arriving in Europe in 2005 and whether the perception that he has become a more tactical player is correct.

“I think I have changed the way I play. Today I prefer to shoot at goal than try a stepover. But without losing the joy, of course. That is something we must always have. European football has taught me to play more for the team and a little less for the individual.”

The player was asked if he had any regrets for past decisions made in his time with Real Madrid and Manchester City.

“In Madrid I wanted to leave for being dissatisfied with the club, which was not valuing me as I wanted at the time. But I ended up going to a club which is quite difficult to adapt to as a Brazilian.

“Even today if I was to ever leave Milan I do not know if I would choose City, with all due respect to the club. The question is more England itself, which is a country that is not so good for my football. I do not regret having left it.

“I do regret the way I left Madrid though, fighting. That was not good for my image, or towards the club. Now I am happy. In Milan, I play and have been helpful to the team. This is most important.”

The No 70 then left an interesting side-comment with regards his current happiness at San Siro.

“Of course, in football things change very fast. A guy might get two or three months on the bench and think ‘oh, I want to make la Seleção, I want to play’ and already they are thinking about returning to Brazil. For now though, I am happy.”

Robinho also took time to press home his commitment to the national team. With kind words for Ronaldinho, Kaka and Adriano, Robinho put himself amongst them in terms of experience he believes is still important for Brazil going forward.

With 90 caps to his name, the attacker also refused to rule out offering that experience to younger players at the Olympics next summer, which incidentally run into the middle of August and pre-season for Milan.

“Everything that is related to Brazil I am all for. I think when a player is called he has to go, this is our country. You must have the will, joy and desire to play.

“I do not know the will of the Coach, if he wants to pick me. So I believe that for the Olympics, no. But I will prepare myself as if I am going to be called up. The Seleção is always important.”

Robinho finished the interview with a reflection on if he will ever be crowned the best in the world by FIFA.

“This will always be a dream, but it is not an obsession. If I am not the best in the world, I cannot feel frustrated by it. I will always work for myself and always want the best.

“If it happens, great. If not, I’ll continue playing my football. There are many players who have not won this award and are marked in history. It is a dream that I hope to accomplish.”

Nesta ruled out for a month
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Milan have confirmed that the injury Alessandro Nesta picked up against Barcelona in midweek will keep him out of action for a month.

Nesta was forced off in the second half of the Rossoneri’s 3-2 Champions League defeat to Barcelona on Wednesday and after undergoing tests as Milanello, faces up to four weeks on the sidelines.

His club released a statement on Friday afternoon reporting that the 35-year-old has injured his right thigh muscle.

Juventus challenge AC Milan for Tevez?
25.11 || webmaster

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There is growing optimism in Italy that Milan could sign Carlos Tevez from Manchester City in January, although Juventus may try to hijack the move.

The Argentine’s agent held talks with Rossoneri Vice-President Adriano Galliani on Thursday where progress is reported to have been made.

Tevez is looking for a new club after he fell out with Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini earlier this season.

Milan, given the likely absence of Antonio Cassano for the next six months, are keen on the player even if there are several economical hurdles to get over.

Stories in the peninsula today suggest that the Rossoneri could pay City €5m after Christmas for his six-month loan.

Milan would also net the option to sign him outright in the summer for a further €20m.

However, agreeing personal terms with the player may be more difficult given that he reportedly nets €8m a season.

However, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport on Friday, the former West Ham man’s representative will speak to Juventus at some stage today to see what they could offer.

The Turin giants are currently overflowing with attacking players given that they have Amauri, Alex Del Piero, Vincenzo Iaquinta, Alessandro Matri, Fabio Quagliarella, Luca Toni and Mirko Vucinic in their squad.

Taiwo targets AC Milan breakthrough
24.11 || webmaster

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Taye Taiwo isn’t looking for a January move away from Italy. “He just wants to get into the Milan side,” said his representative.

The Nigerian joined the Rossoneri in the summer after his Marseille contract expired in June. However, he’s only appeared in two Serie A games and three Champions League matches since.

“There is nothing concrete with anyone else,” Fabio Parisi said to when questioned about the transfer speculation surrounding his client.

“He has only been at Milan for a short period of time and his goal now is to get into the team, so that he can make a bigger contribution.”

The left-back, 26, has been paired with numerous sides across Europe recently, the latest being Portuguese giants Benfica.

“Taiwo is having a great time at Milan and he will get more chances to play at some stage,” Parisi continued.

“I don't think that any of these transfer rumours will materialise into anything and I have not had any contact with anyone from Benfica.”

AC Milan to hold Tevez talks?
24.11 || webmaster

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Milan will meet with the agent of Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez to discuss a possible January move, report Sky Sport Italia.

Stories emerging from Italy this afternoon are suggesting that Rossoneri officials will hold talks with Kia Joorabchian.

The Argentina international’s career at City is in some doubt after falling out with boss Roberto Mancini earlier this season.

It has been claimed by the Premiership giants that the former Manchester United man refused to play in their Champions League tie at Bayern Munich in September.

The Italian champions are looking for a new forward given that they may be without Antonio Cassano for the rest of the season.

The Italian international underwent minor heart surgery recently and could be sidelined for the next six months.

Signing Tevez, however, would be problematic for the San Siro giants.

Milan’s possible request to net the player on loan in January is likely to be rejected by the English club who would prefer to sell him outright.

It seems unlikely that Milan could afford the 27-year-old who has a market valuation of over €30m.

Padova deny El Shaarawy move
24.11 || webmaster

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Serie B side Padova have distanced themselves from transfer links with Stephan El Shaarawy of Milan.

The youngster spent last term on loan with the outfit while he was on Genoa’s books before moving to San Siro in the summer.

Given his lack of playing time at the Stadio Meazza, some have paired the 19-year-old with a switch back to the minnows.

“You can forget the suggestion that El Shaarawy could return here,” sporting director Rino Foschi stated. “He’s now part of another world.

“In January we will look at what we can do to make some adjustments to the squad as it is now,” added the former Palermo, Genoa and Torino official.

“I think we need to do something on the right-hand side of the team, but we could intervene in other areas.

“An attacking midfielder, for example, may arrive. But it won’t be El Shaarawy…”

Padova are currently joint fourth in Serie B with Reggina and Verona, seven points adrift of leaders Torino.

Savicevic: AC Milan almost like Barcelona
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Milan are just two new signings away from matching Barcelona, insists former San Siro hero Dejan Savicevic.

The Rossoneri lost 3-2 at home to the European champions on Wednesday, but the ex-trequartista thinks the Italian club can close the gap in quality between the two teams.

“Milan need two new players to get on the same level as Barcelona,” Savicevic told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Just two. They need an addition in midfield and another in defence.

“After all, they have all that they need in attack. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alexandre Pato and Robinho are amongst my favourite players.

“They also have Kevin Prince Boateng, who is one of the best players in Europe. He has strength and has the ability to break into attack from midfield.”

Although the Italian champions were defeated in the Champions League on Wednesday, Savicevic says boss Massimiliano Allegri should be proud.

“Milan play better and better on every occasion that I see them,” concluded the former Red Star Belgrade ace.

Nesta suspected thigh strain
24.11 || webmaster

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It is reported Alessandro Nesta picked up a thigh strain during tonight’s Milan-Barcelona clash.

The veteran defender limped off in the second half of Milan’s 3-2 Champions League defeat at San Siro.

According to sources at the stadium, the initial diagnosis from Rossoneri medical staff is a thigh strain.

This could keep Nesta out of action for at least two weeks, if not considerably more.

Seedorf: 'It was spectacular'
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Clarence Seedorf said football was the winner. “Both teams went for the victory and there were five goals. It was spectacular.”

The Dutchman saw Milan lose 3-2 at San Siro to Barcelona in a Champions League tie worth little, as both sides had already qualified.

“It was a game in which both teams went for the victory, played good football and there were five goals. It was spectacular,” said Seedorf.

“As for us, the team is growing and our self-belief has without doubt improved as well after this performance.

“Finishing top of the group was only important to a degree. The fact remains I am truly happy with the way we played this game.

“Barcelona’s great quality is in players who can beat their opponents in a one-on-one and therefore push forward in numbers. If you are patient and press them at the right time, then they have problems too.”

Guardiola proud of Barcelona
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Pep Guardiola was very proud of Barcelona, as “winning at San Siro is not easy. Zlatan Ibrahimovic? There’s no point...”

The Coach, who speaks fluent Italian thanks to his time playing for Brescia and Roma, was interviewed by Sky Sport Italia after his side’s 3-2 victory over Milan.

“We are happier compared to the last game,” he said, referring to their 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou.

“Coming here to San Siro to win and putting in a performance like this was not easy. It’s always a pleasure to play in this stadium, especially against Milan, who are one of the most successful clubs in the world.

“The crowd is so passionate and always cheers on its players throughout the match.

“We created many scoring opportunities, but so did Milan. At the start we wanted to serve Leo Messi down the right flank, but it wasn’t easy with Gianluca Zambrotta there. This is why he was then moved to the centre.”

The lead-up to this match was marred by Ibrahimovic’s autobiography, which claims Guardiola pushed him out of Barcelona.

“Ibrahimovic? There’s no point replying to him, in any case this soap opera won’t be shut down,” he sighed.

Allegri: 'AC Milan on the right track'
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Massimiliano Allegri believes Milan “took on Barcelona with courage. This performance proves we’re on the right track.”

Both teams were already qualified going into tonight’s head-to-head, so the 3-2 home defeat does nothing except confirm the Rossoneri go through in second place.

“I think it was important for us to play a game like this, facing this team with open football to see what level we are at,” said the Coach.

“We leave this match with a defeat, perhaps deservedly, but with greater self-confidence than before. Barcelona played for 95 minutes the way they always do, while we created many dangers for them.

“The ideal would’ve been to keep Leo Messi as tight as possible, but it’s not easy, because he doesn’t give you any reference points.

“Tonight when we managed to push a bit further forward and spread the play, we made things more difficult for them, while we made mistakes on the goal because we didn’t follow their runs.

“Compared to the 2-2 draw in Barcelona we played with greater courage. This performance proves we are on the right track.”

Ibrahimovic: 'Guardiola? Nothing personal'
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic points out Milan “played against the strongest side in the world. Pep Guardiola? It’s nothing personal.”

The Swede famously lambasted Barcelona manager Guardiola in his autobiography and left the club after several blazing rows.

“My goal? It was nothing personal. I scored for my club and my fans, just like in every other game.

“Guardiola? It’s nothing personal, I said what happened and that’s all. Let us look to the future now.”

Milan fought back twice at San Siro, but were eventually beaten 3-2 in a thrilling encounter.

“Today we played against the strongest team in the world and we did well, scoring two goals. It’s just a shame we were unable to get the third.

“I am happy with our performance and it’s just a pity we lost. I liked this game. It was a great match, with tempo and intensity.”

Boateng: 'Weproved we're strong'
23.11 || webmaster

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Kevin-Prince Boateng insists Milan “played well and proved we are strong” against Barcelona.

The Rossoneri were beaten 3-2 on home turf in a game that secures top of Champions League Group H for the Spaniards, although both teams were already qualified.

“Tonight we played well and proved we are strong when we play with concentration,” said Boateng.

“Barcelona are a great team, the best in the world, but you could see this evening we put in a fine performance and were unlucky.

“In any case, the important thing is that we have qualified for the last 16.”

The Ghanaian scored a sensational solo effort to make it 2-2 before the Xavi Hernandez winner.

“I just thought about shooting.”

Champions League: AC Milan 2:3 Barcelona - match report
23.11 || webmaster

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Scorers: Van Bommel og 14 (B), Ibrahimovic 20 (M), Messi pen 31 (B), Boateng 54 (M), Xavi 63 (B)

Milan fell 3-2 at home to Barcelona at the end of a spectacularly entertaining game, including a Kevin-Prince Boateng gem and a soft penalty.

Both teams were already qualified, so this was a head-to-head for the top spot in Group H and neutrals were hoping for a repeat of the dramatic 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou. Alexandre Pato was still not fit to start after two months out with a thigh strain, while Antonio Cassano, Gennaro Gattuso and Philippe Mexes were among the absentees.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mark Van Bommel and Gianluca Zambrotta started against their former club, while Barça missed Andres Iniesta and the suspended Dani Alves. The Spaniards were unbeaten in 26 games in all competition and played in their green away strip.

Milan had a chance in the first 40 seconds, but Barca’s rather unusual defensive line-up managed to scramble clear from Ibra and Robinho. At the other end, Van Bommel needed a perfectly-timed tackle to stop Messi on the edge of the box.

Barcelona took the lead with their first real chance. Messi’s cross-field pass found Seydou Keita and his low pass across the six-yard box went past David Villa, deflected in off Van Bommel’s shin.

It was almost 2-0 on 17 minutes, as a chipped pass found the Cesc Fabregas half-volley, but Christian Abbiati did very well to parry with his legs at the near post.

However, Robinho wasted an incredible opportunity when Boateng pulled back across for the unmarked Brazilian to balloon over from four yards!

The pressure paid off, as Milan equalised moments later. A long pass found Clarence Seedorf down the left and he rolled a perfect pass into the path of Ibrahimovic, who nutmegged Victor Valdes.

Fabregas sprung the offside trap and it was pulled across for Messi to clip the crossbar from five yards under pressure from Ignazio Abate.

The referee awarded a very soft penalty when Xavi tried to run on to a Fabregas pass and went shoulder-to-shoulder with Alberto Aquilani. Messi took a very stuttering run-up, which is against the rules, so it had to be re-taken. The Flea had a proper spot-kick at the second attempt, firing low just past Abbiati’s hand.

Abbiati needed a brilliant save at the near post from point-blank range to palm David Villa’s strike down and it bounced on to the roof of the net.

Valdes had his palms stung by a Boateng half-volley and Mascherano needed a last-ditch tackle from behind to stop Robinho running clear on goal. A Seedorf free kick was charged down and Van Bommel’s follow-up struck Keita in the stomach from point-blank range. Thiago Alcantara also got back to throw himself at a Seedorf half-volley and from the corner Thiago Silva nodded just wide.

Pato replaced Robinho for the second half and Milan equalised with a sensational solo effort from Boateng. The Ghanaian trapped a short clearance and flicked it off the inside of his heel to get past Eric Abidal and sweep it in with his right foot at the near post.

Barcelona restored their lead for the third time with a classy team goal. Messi’s inspired angled pass went through a crowd of defenders to find Xavi for a finish at full stretch.

More bad news for Milan, as Alessandro Nesta picked up an injury and had to make way for Daniele Bonera. Ex-Udinese starlet Alexis Sanchez replaced Villa. Abbiati needed a double reaction save to parry two different Sanchez tap-ins from a free kick.

In stoppages Sergio Busquets had to be at full stretch to intercept a through ball that was sending Pato clear.

Milan 2-3 Barcelona

Scorers: Van Bommel og 14 (B), Ibrahimovic 20 (M), Messi pen 31 (B), Boateng 54 (M), Xavi 63 (B)

Milan:Abbiati; Abate, Nesta (Bonera 66), Thiago Silva, Zambrotta; Aquilani, Van Bommel (Nocerino 71), Seedorf; Boateng; Robinho (Pato 46), Ibrahimovic

Barcelona:Victor Valdes; Puyol, Mascherano, Busquets, Abidal; Xavi Hernandez, Keita, Fabregas (Pedro Rodriguez 80), Thiago Alcantara (Dos Santos 90); Messi, Villa (Sanchez 67)

Ref: Stark (Ger)

Champions League: AC Milan vs. Barcelona - lineups
23.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

AC Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Nesta, Thiago Silva, Zambrotta; Aquilani, Van Bommel, Seedorf; Boateng; Robinho, Ibrahimovic

AC Milan bench: Amelia, Bonera, Antonini, Nocerino, Ambrosini, Emanuelson, Pato

Barcelona: Victor Valdes; Puyol, Mascherano, Busquets, Abidal; Xavi Hernandez, Keita, Fabregas, Thiago Alcantara; Messi, Villa

Barcelona bench: Jose Pinto, Pique, Maxwell, Fontas, Dos Santos, Alexis Sanchez, Pedro Rodriguez

Albertini: Ibrahimovic not suited to Barcelona
23.11 || webmaster

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Milan legend Demetrio Albertini wasn’t surprised to see Zlatan Ibrahimovic struggle during his time at Barcelona.

Ibra spent just a year at the Nou Camp before heading back to Italy when the Rossoneri swooped in 2010.

“Ibrahimovic, in my opinion, is among the five best players in the world,” Albertini, who briefly played for Barca too, told Marca.

“I just think that he didn't suit Barcelona's style of play. He’s a real winner, but he was not ideal for them.

“Barcelona play a certain style of football with set patterns. This philosophy doesn't suit him. He needs his space to make his individual moves – like he does at Milan now.

“I think that Barcelona made a mistake when they decided to sign him and Ibrahimovic made an error when he opted to join them.”

Milan and Barcelona will face each other in the Champions League this evening. Ibra missed the 2-2 draw between the two sides earlier this term with injury.

Beckham has Serie A offers
23.11 || webmaster

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Former Milan man David Beckham has failed to rule out a return to Italian football should he quit the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The Englishman is expected to leave America and he’s told the Gazzetta dello Sport that a move back to the peninsula is possible.

“I’ve received offers from a variety of places, including Serie A,” he noted. “I really enjoyed myself over there and I love Italy as a country and not just for its football.

“Italy is a possibility.”

Beckham, 36, spent two loan stints with the Rossoneri in 2009 and 2010.

The former England international has also been paired with moves to Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham.

“I’ve still not spoken to Leonardo,” the former England captain continued. “He sent me a message to wish me luck before Sunday’s MLS Final.

“Tottenham? I don’t think that I’ll go and play in England. I’ve said it before – it will be hard to wear the shirt of another club after Manchester United. I’m still a super United fan.

“I have a number of tempting offers, but I’m still a Galaxy player and I’ll make a decision when we get back from our tour of Asia and Australia.

“I’ll speak to my family and we’ll evaluate things. At this stage I won’t even rule out staying in Los Angeles.”

Boateng: 'Why I quit Ghana'
22.11 || webmaster

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Kevin-Prince Boateng reveals why he retired from international duty with Ghana. “My knee has undergone six operations.”

The midfielder surprised many when he decided to quit playing for his country after a splendid 2010 World Cup campaign, aged just 24.

“While I was at Borussia Dortmund, I could divide my time,” he told Vanity Fair.

“However, with Milan I play in Serie A, the Champions League and Coppa Italia, so I can’t do it anymore.

“My knee was injured six times and has undergone six operations. Even flying in a plane hurts because of the change of pressure. Therefore, I had to say goodbye to Ghana because I care about my health.”

Boateng also commented on Milan President and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

“I met him twice. You don’t expect a President to give you a pat on the back, but he really is a good man and very playful.”

Seedorf: 'AC Milan - Barcelona a show'
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Clarence Seedorf is looking forward to testing his mettle against Barcelona again in a game he describes as a spectacle.

Speaking in the pre-match UEFA Press conference alongside Massimiliano Allegri, Dutch midfielder Seedorf looked forward to the challenge facing him and his Milan teammates on Wednesday night.

“For Milan, the main objective is to enter the field to win. Even if tomorrow there are many other things at stake besides the win, I think it would be a great thing for us.

“We are playing the best team in the world and the respect we have for them is total and we must strive to maximise this opportunity to grow and of course the result must obviously favour Milan.

“I believe that these games are always spectacular because you deal with two clubs that have a great history in football. Perhaps the Spanish create a better show on the pitch, but the Italians have won a great deal.

In the end I think this is a spectacle - a game between two teams who know what it means to win have that mentality.

“For me it will be a special game as it is every time we play in Europe - over the past five years, Barcelona have more or less been the best team in the world and this is an opportunity for us to achieve an important result.

“We must congratulate Barcelona for their successes, but Milan must play in the best way possible. Lionel Messi is always a pleasure to watch, if we stop we’ll get in trouble.”

Seedorf then reflected on the club’s ambitions for this season in Europe.

“Certainly, the Champions League calls me and everyone, it is the most important cup to win. After the disappointment of last year, all at once there was the desire to do better - I think we are right to dream, to have the ambition to aim high and to win.

“We have the means to do so, of course, we must grow, but the fact that we are already qualified gives us a way to do so before February and March.”

When the Rossoneri travelled to the Camp Nou for the reverse fixture on matchday one of the Group Stages, they earned a surprise 2-2 draw, with goals scored in the first and final minutes of play.

“Few would have bet on a draw - that result gave us a great push forward and the belief that we are better than last year - we had begun by drawing with the strongest team in the world.

“We are stronger than last year in all senses and to play against the best is a great opportunity to grow.

“Honestly, I was not happy with our performance in Barcelona, we could have done better. But you have to see the glass as half full, and seeing the result and how the match went and the size of the team we played against, overall it was a good game.

“Also, defending is an art and we defended very well.”

The match also sees Zlatan Ibrahimovic line up against his former teammates for the first time since his autobiography was published. In that, the forward describes in detail his clashes with Barca Coach Pep Guardiola whilst labelling his former Catalan teammates as ‘schoolboys who do what they’re told’.

Sergio Busquets admitted on Monday that the Barcelona players are unsure as to how they will react to seeing Ibra on Wednesday, but Seedorf has looked to play down the book’s significance.

“I believe that Guardiola is a very intelligent person and that is reaction is always that of absolute calm. I think that Ibra has really wanted to play and to prove himself, but I do not think there’s much more to it than that.”

Allegri's plan for Barcelona
22.11 || webmaster

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Massimiliano Allegri has outlined his hopes, expectations and plan of attack in facing European champions Barcelona on Wednesday night.

Speaking ahead of the Champions League Group H match between the two at San Siro that will in effect determine who takes top spot, Allegri admitted he is primarily humbled by the chance to face the Blaugrana.

“Experiencing these evenings is the dream for everyone,” cites the Rossoneri Coach, who admits Barcelona go into the match as “the strongest team in the world.

“We must try to win by playing well and making the most of the opportunities that we create, also because in Barcelona in the first 20 minutes we had several.”

Allegri detailed how he anticipates facing and trying to beat Barcelona, a team renowned for high possession statistics in games.

“They are hard to play against because they are technical and can vary the pace of the game, they are good at speeding it up and slowing it down.

“It will take a lot of balance, we cannot be impatient and will need to play a little higher on the pitch to make sure that Barcelona has less possession.”

The Coach has seen his squad’s injury crisis lessen in recent weeks, with Alexandre Pato’s return against Fiorentina at the weekend presenting a selection decision in attack. Pato netted a first-minute opening goal at the Camp Nou in the reverse fixture in mid-September.

“There are no major doubts. I have to decide who will play between Pato and Robinho and in midfield I will assess in the afternoon the condition of Clarence Seedorf and in defence Gianluca Zambrotta will return.”

Allegri also reflected on seeing Antonio Cassano return to the club’s training base yesterday, just 17 days after undergoing heart surgery.

“It was a pleasure to see him at Milanello, we hope to have him back in the best condition as soon as possible.”

Messi is unique, says Pato
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Milan’s Alexandre Pato has conceded that he has much work to do if he is to be as good as Barcelona rival Lionel Messi.

The two will come face to face at San Siro in the Champions League on Wednesday and the Brazilian respects the Barca ace.

“Messi is a unique player,” the 22-year-old told the Gazzetta dello Sport. “I still have to grow a lot to one day reach his levels.”

In the meantime, the striker is just concentrating on making the difference in this week’s Stadio Meazza showdown.

“We will be playing against the best side in the world,” the youngster continued.

“It would be great if I could score, but I’d be happy if I make a decisive pass and contribute in some way to an important victory.”

Pato is available for the game after being sidelined for two months with another muscle injury.

“I’m now back and I’m ready,” said the man who appeared as a substitute in the 0-0 draw at Fiorentina last weekend.

“I can’t say that I will never get injured again, as I can’t see into the future, but I am doing all that I can to prevent further problems.”

Robinho: AC Milan must be clever
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Milan will have to play intelligently if they are to beat Barcelona on Wednesday, says forward Robinho.

The two teams have already qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League, but the Italian outfit want top spot in the group.

They are currently two points adrift of Barca with two games left.

“Barcelona are a great side and they are bursting with champions,” the Brazilian told Milan Time on Tuesday.

“We’ll have to play an intelligent game, by defending and attacking equally well. We want to play well and win.”

Robinho, formerly of Real Madrid, added that he is just as desperate to beat them as a Milan player as he was while in Spain.

“The rivalry is always there,” he concluded.

Thiago Silva: How to stop Messi
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Thiago Silva has revealed step one in trying to stop Barcelona ace Lionel Messi. “You pray,” said the Milan man.

The two teams meet at San Siro on Wednesday in the Champions League and the Brazilian will be asked to keep the Argentine quiet.

“He’s a very quick and technically gifted player,” the centre-back told Globo Esporte. “When you face him you have to make decisions in an instant.

“When he approaches you, you have to make the sign of the cross and pray that everything will be alright.”

Barcelona will arrive in Italy as the best club side in the world, but Thiago Silva believes that Milan can collect the three points tomorrow night.

“We are from two different schools of football, but we know that we can beat them,” added the stopper.

“It will be hard, but we are working as hard as possible because if we do win then we could finish top of the group.

“That would allow us to have an easier last 16 match and also give us the chance to play the return leg at home – something which we haven’t had for the last two seasons.”

Inevitably, the South American was asked for his thoughts on the transfer speculation linking Barca with his signature.

“There has been talk for over a year, but there is nothing in it. The most important thing is that I am happy at Milan and happy to be living in Milan.

“Barca will always be tempting, they are the best team in the world, but Milan are not that far behind. And I want to win the Champions League as a Rossonero.”

Buffon would bet on AC Milan
22.11 || webmaster

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Speaking at a poker event, Juventus goalkeeper Gigi Buffon says he’d bet on Milan winning Serie A this season.

The Old Lady are currently top of the table with Saturday’s opponents Lazio, one point ahead of the Rossoneri and Udinese.

However, the Italian international has insisted that the Stadio Meazza outfit are still the team to beat this term.

“If I had 10 chips to bet with then I’d place six on Milan, who are my favourites, then one each on Lazio, Napoli, Udinese and Juventus,” he stated.

Juve have impressed this term and they are contenders to win the Scudetto, but Buffon is eager to cool the enthusiasm in Turin.

“Boss Antonio Conte is the right croupier for Juventus, but I don’t want to make any promises because we have to win back credibility and respect,” said the ex-Parma man.

“Conte has given us some important lessons, he has Juventus in his blood, he has experienced some good and bad times in the club’s history. He has the experience we need.

“But right now we have the second best defence in the League and the second best attack – it means we are top in nothing.

“Ten games are not enough to say who we really are and we have to improve. Don’t forget that we have finished seventh for two seasons running…

“Last Christmas we were two points away from the leaders, two years ago we were leaders after six games.

“We have to find a level of consistency, otherwise we could be shipwrecked again. It’s better not to make too many promises.

“A vote for Juve? I’d give Juventus a six-and-a-half. As a goalkeeper, I’ll give myself nothing, but I’d say seven as a poker player…”

Cassano's return to Milanello
21.11 || webmaster

Iniesta to miss AC Milan match
21.11 || webmaster

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Andres Iniesta has been ruled out of this week’s Champions League game at Milan, Barcelona have confirmed.

The midfield talent picked up an injury in the 4-0 win over Real Zaragoza at the weekend and he won’t be risked at San Siro.

Iniesta sustained a bruised thigh on Saturday – enough of a knock to see him omitted from Pep Guardiola’s squad.

Barca are also without Adriano Correia, Ibrahim Afellay and Daniel Alves.

Milan and Barcelona have already qualified for the last 16 stage of the competition.

They are now just fighting for first place in the group, a position Barca currently hold by two points over the San Siro giants.

Ibrahimovic puts AC Milan above Barcelona
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“Milan are the biggest club I have ever played with,” Zlatan Ibrahimovic has claimed ahead of a meeting with former side Barcelona.

The two teams meet in the Champions League on Wednesday – 16 months after the Swede left the Nou Camp outfit for the Rossoneri.

“I felt at home from my first day here in Milan – they welcomed me with open arms,” the 30-year-old told

“I think Milan are the biggest club I have ever played with. This city is my second home after Malmo, where I was born and spent many years.

"Some people said that it was impossible to make this move to Milan after playing for Inter, but I'd already moved from Juventus to Inter and I think that was even harder.

“The past and the future don't bother me. I just try to give my best and achieve results for myself and the club I represent.

“For me, it's important that you're happy when you play. If you're happy, it makes it easier for you. The way you feel off the pitch is the way you feel inside.

“I struggled at Barcelona in the end, so the best thing was to move. I was a man – I stood up, we found a solution and I moved.”

Ibra missed the 2-2 game earlier this season through injury, but should feature at the Meazza later this week.

“It will be a very exciting, a fantastic game and we will be playing against the best team in the world, without doubt.

“Even when I left Barcelona, I knew I'd left the best team in the world. But, for me and all the other parties involved, I think the best solution was to leave the club.

“Given the results for both sides, it was the best solution.

“For me playing against a former team is nothing personal. Of course it's emotional, a big game, but in the end it's like any other game. There's no need to over-hype it.”

Van Basten loves Barcelona style
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Marco Van Basten would have loved to play for the current Barcelona side, the Milan legend has revealed.

Speaking to El Mundo Deportivo ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash between Milan and Barca, the Dutchman hailed the quality of the Spanish outfit.

“This Barcelona side has more quality than Arrigo Sacchi’s Milan side which I played in,” he stated. “We were more physical.

“It would have been nice to have been able to appear in such a side, a team who play without the shackles of tactics.

“The difference between Pep Guardiola’s side and my Milan team lies in the way they play with and without the ball.

“We always pressed and had a holding midfielder like Frank Rijkaard in front of the defence. They have three playmakers who constantly change positions.

“It seems easy from the outside, but it is not.”

The Italian club need to beat Barcelona at San Siro if they are to achieve their ambition of winning the group.

“Milan have more of a chance in this one as it’s not a home and away clash,” Van Basten continued.

“However, Barcelona are technically and tactically superior to everyone. They are the essence of football – a joy to watch.”

Barca are two points ahead of Milan with two games to go. Both sides have already qualified for the last 16 of the competition.

Costacurta: 'Tevez perfect for AC Milan'
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Milan legend Alessandro Costacurta thinks he knows the ideal candidate to replace Antonio Cassano. “Carlos Tevez would be perfect.”

The Rossoneri are expected to bring in a new forward in January given that Cassano could be sidelined for around six months following heart surgery.

Tevez is looking for a new club after falling out with Manchester City and the Argentine has been suggested as a possible loan target.

“Tevez would be perfect to substitute Cassano,” Costacurta stated, even if he does have some concerns about the volatile Argentine.

“I get the impression that he could create some problems if he is left on the bench though – and that will happen at Milan when you consider the forwards they have in their squad.

“He would have to be managed properly.

“Nevertheless, he is the ideal attacker for Milan.”

Milan have also been paired with Catania striker Maxi Lopez and Fabio Quagliarella of Juventus.

Pato 'worked on muscles and mind'
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Alexandre Pato made an impressive, albeit unlucky, comeback for Milan after two months. “I’ve been working on my muscles and my mind.”

The Brazilian had been out of action since suffering yet another thigh strain at the end of September and was unfortunate not to score in last night’s 0-0 draw with Fiorentina, hitting the post.

“I could’ve played sooner, but I trained so hard and I missed the pitch during these two months,” said The Duck.

“It felt great, as I was able to make my usual movements. I was a bit unlucky with the upright, but hopefully the ball will go in easier on Wednesday against Barcelona.”

Coach Massimiliano Allegri said in Friday’s Press conference that he expected more from Pato, who should learn from the Milan veterans.

“In these two months I arrived early in the morning, at 8-8.30, and would do a double training session every day,” explained the striker.

“I will always work hard from here on in to ensure I don’t suffer an injury relapse. I am happy, as I worked on my muscles and my mind, because often recurring injuries can knock you down. I always trained with joy, as I wanted to come back and now I’m happy.”

Allegri won't blame referee
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Massimiliano Allegri tried not to blame the referee for Milan’s draw in Florence, although “we had a valid goal disallowed.”

The Rossoneri dominated at the Stadio Franchi with numerous shots on goal and Clarence Seedorf’s strike was incorrectly ruled offside.

“The team had a good performance and we had a valid goal disallowed, but the referee saw it that way and it’s acceptable,” said the Coach.

“It’s disappointing. After the break Fiorentina caused us some problems with Manuel Pasqual and the goalkeeper performed two important saves.

“Alexandre Pato played 25 very good minutes and came off the bench to slot right into the match. The team did everything possible to win, but we failed to score and allowed very little to Fiorentina.”

Milan now prepare for the Champions League on Wednesday against Barcelona in a head-to-head for the top of the group.

“It’s going to be a different game. We start from 0-0 and we’ll see what happens.”

Serie A: Fiorentina 0:0 AC Milan - match report
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Milan dominated in Florence, hitting the woodwork and seeing Clarence Seedorf’s goal incorrectly disallowed, but it ended 0-0 on Delio Rossi’s debut.

The new Coach made his debut on the Viola bench and the Stadio Franchi crowd was out in force celebrating Sinisa Mihajlovic’s sacking. He had to do without Stevan Jovetic, Mattia Cassani, Per Kroldrup and the suspended Cesare Natali.

Therefore Alessio Cerci and Andrea Lazzari supported lone centre-forward Alberto Gilardino, while Matija Nastasic stepped in at centre-back.

Milan were coming off five consecutive Serie A victories and had won their last four visits to Florence, but Antonio Cassano, Gennaro Gattuso, Mathieu Flamini, Marco Amelia, Philippe Mexes, Stephan El Shaarawy and the suspended Kevin-Prince Boateng were absent.

The Rossoneri had the stronger start and penalty appeals on seven minutes when Valon Behrami clumsily intercepted a cross as it was about to land on Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s chest. Seedorf horribly scuffed from the edge of the box after a good team move and Ibra backheel flick.

Seedorf did get the ball in the back of the net on 18 minutes afer a splendid move and replays show the Dutchman was level when Ibrahimovic volleyed the assist through the middle, so the linesman got it wrong by disallowing the goal.

Ibra attempted a spectacular scorpion flick that sailed over the bar and Alberto Aquilani’s header skimmed the woodwork, then Nastasic got a crucial touch to stop Robinho pulling the trigger in the area as Milan continued to dominate.

Gilardino did get a chance before the break, but blasted it over the bar, then Robinho’s angled drive flashed across the face of goal and Artur Boruc blocked another Seedorf strike.

Rossi changed his tactics for the second half, introducing striker Santiago Silva for the quiet Cerci. It was still Milan, though, as a corner fell to Antonio Nocerino for a swerving effort that skimmed the base of the upright.

Behrami was booked for a horribly mistimed tackle on Abate, but Fiorentina finally came out of their shells after allowing the Rossoneri over 70 per cent possession in the first half.

Alexandre Pato made his comeback after two months out with muscular problems, but it was Manuel Pasqual whose angled drive flashed just past the far post.

Pato has previously scored in all five of his meetings with Fiorentina and nearly made it six, as he skipped between defenders and unleashed a daisy-cutter that Boruc fingertipped on to the base of the upright. The move continued and Boruc parried Urby Emanuelson’s tap-in with his legs from point-blank range.

Pato continued to be the danger man, as Nastasic needed a crucial sliding tackle to stop The Duck prodding home from seven yards. Again Ibrahimovic chipped a ball over the defence for Pato, forcing Boruc to rush out and snatch it from him. There were even penalty appeals for a Nastasic shove on Pato.

Fiorentina: Boruc; De Silvestri, Gamberini, Nastasic, Pasqual; Behrami, Montolivo, Munari (Kharja 63); Lazzari; Cerci (Silva 46), Gilardino

Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Nesta, Thiago Silva, Antonini; Aquilani, Ambrosini, Nocerino; Seedorf (Emanuelson 73); Ibrahimovic, Robinho (Pato 70)

Ref: Mazzoleni

Allegri 'expects more' from Pato
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Massimiliano Allegri welcomes back Alexandre Pato, but points out “I expect something more from him. He should learn from the veterans.”

The Brazilian has been out of action for two months after another muscular injury and will be on the bench for tonight’s Fiorentina-Milan test.

“Pato doesn’t have 90 minutes in his legs, so he won’t start the match, but he is physically fit,” said Allegri.

“However, when he does recover match-fitness, I expect something more from him. If he runs as hard as the others with the quality he and his teammates have, then Milan can become an even stronger team.

“He’s got to make the most of this opportunity that is given to him and learn from the example set by the veterans of Milan.

“One must always improve and be up to the test, otherwise you’re going nowhere.”

Ibrahimovic nominated for FIFA award
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Dejan Stankovic are in the running for FIFA’s Puskas Award that recognises the best Goal of the Year.

The award was set up in late 2009 to recognise the best goals scored in competitive football each year. Members of the public can view the shortlist of the 10 best strikes seen in the year across the men’s and women’s game on FIFA’s official website and then vote for their favourite.

The first round of voting to determine the top three candidates closes on December 5, whilst the final winner is then determined in a second vote that will conclude on January 9 at the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala.

Ibrahimovic is nominated for his left-footed 30-yard half-volley against Lecce in Serie A, whilst Stankovic finds himself on the list for his volley from the halfway line against Schalke in the Champions League.

Others nominated in the final 10 include Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney and Neymar. Past winners of the award named after Hungarian footballer Ferenc Puskas are Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009 and Hamit Altintop in 2010.

Allegri puts Fiorentina above Barcelona
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Saturday’s game against Fiorentina is more vital than next week’s Champions League battle with Barcelona, insists Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri.

The Rossoneri face the European champions on Wednesday as they look to top their group, but will face the Viola in Tuscany first.

“I’m not thinking about Barcelona,” stated Allegri. “Tomorrow’s game is more important because we have already qualified for the last 16 of the European Cup.

“It will be fundamental to do well at Fiorentina after the international break. We know that we have an important month ahead of us. We want to stay near the top.

“I want six wins from our next six Serie A games. I want 18 points.”

Milan, who have won their last five games domestically, will be Delio Rossi’s first test since he replaced Sinisa Mihajlovic as Fiorentina boss.

“They’ve changed Coach and will have some new enthusiasm,” the former Cagliari tactician continued.

“We’ll have to play a great game to take a positive result away with us, but it is never easy playing against Rossi’s sides.

“Fiorentina are technically a good side and the first game after a break is usually an unknown. That’s why we’ll have to remain alert.”

Turning to team news, the Coach noted that Urby Emanuelson had picked up a knock, but should be available.

“I have doubts over him, but also when it comes to Massimo Ambrosini and Mark Van Bommel. Alberto Aquilani will play though.”

Allegri will also be boosted with the return of Alexandre Pato who has been out for over 50 days with injury.

“He hasn’t played for two months, but he’s in good shape. It would be a risk to start him though – it’ll be important on Saturday to have good players on the bench.”

Allegri was also asked for his opinion on the January transfer market given that he may be without Antonio Cassano for six months following his heart surgery.

“It’s hard to talk about transfers as there are still 40 days to go until the window opens. Anything can happen from now until then.

“I hope we don’t need any new players, but if we do then we’ll evaluate things. It would certainly be ideal if we signed somebody who could play in the Champions League.”

Robinho committed to AC Milan
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Robinho has declared his love for Italian champions Milan. “I want to stay here for the next decade.”

The 27-year-old’s career has been revived since his 2010 switch to Italy after spells at Real Madrid, Manchester City and a loan stint at Santos.

“I’m happy to be an important player for Milan,” he told the Corriere dello Sport. “I’m really happy here.

“Boss Massimiliano Allegri knows how to get the best out of me and we play to score as many goals as possible.

“I want to stay here for the next 10 years.”

The Brazilian forward helped the Rossoneri to the Italian title in his first Serie A season, but he has his eyes on a different trophy this term.

“I want to win the Champions League,” he underlined. “It is my dream to score in the Final itself, but for now we have to focus on Fiorentina and Barcelona.”

The San Siro giants take on the Viola in Florence on Saturday and teammate Alexandre Pato is available again after injury.

“He’s on his way and he’ll be in Florence,” Robinho continued. “He’s a player worthy of the Golden Ball.”

Aquilani reveals transfer truths
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Alberto Aquilani says he’s delighted to be at Milan after being rejected by Juventus and refusing a move to Fiorentina.

The Italian international joined the Rossoneri in the summer from Liverpool following a loan stint at Juve last term.

Although he had a decent campaign in Turin, the club didn’t take up their €16m option to sign him on a permanent basis.

“I didn’t think that I would be transferred outright,” he told the Gazzetta dello Sport. “The buy-out fee was too high.

“Juventus offered me an opportunity and I made the most of it. The directors tried to get close to me again towards the end of the window, but then Milan arrived. It couldn’t have gone better.”

Italian champions Milan made a move for the Roman after he rejected a possible switch to Tuscan giants Fiorentina.

“There was no backwards step,” he added. “I spoke to then boss Sinisa Mihajlovic and I told him that I would have only accepted a definite move.

“I was offered on loan with a buy-out of €12m and I said no. That figure was too much and they wouldn’t have kept me.

“Here at Milan the fee is set at €6m and will become mandatory after I play 25 games. It was more of a guarantee for me.

“And then you can’t say no to Milan. I always had the hope that I could become a Rossonero. I thought I could have been the ‘Mr X’ they were talking about.

“Milanello is a footballing paradise because it offers the very best facilities to work in. I’ve played for four great clubs, but there is no comparison with Milan in terms of structure and organisation.”

When questioned on his hopes for the season ahead, Aquilani surprisingly placed the Scudetto above the Champions League.

“I want the title,” he noted. “I was in the youth team at Roma when they won it in 2001 and I went close in 2008 when, for a time on the last day of the season, we were virtual Italian champions.”

Jovetic injury blow for Fiorentina
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Stevan Jovetic is at risk for Saturday’s clash with Milan after Fiorentina confirmed a “muscular lesion” at the hip.

The player returned from international duty with Montenegro suffering from a pain at the top of his thigh.

The official Viola website announced this afternoon that tests had discovered “a small muscular lesion” at the hip.

Jovetic has immediately gone into treatment and his condition will be monitored day by day with the hope of recovery in time to face Milan.

That game will be the official debut on the Fiorentina bench of Coach Delio Rossi after Sinisa Mihajlovic was fired last week.

AC Milan 'just watching' in Brazil
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Milan have confirmed that club official Ariedo Braida is in Brazil – but don’t expect him to come back with a January signing.

Super agent Mino Raiola, who has worked closely with Milan over the last few years, yesterday revealed that he was in South America with Braida.

He added that he was working on signing a non-EU player for the Italian champions once the winter window opened.

However, Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has acted quickly to cool the transfer speculation.

“I know that Braida is in Brazil, but I only found out about Raiola being with him after reading the newspapers,” he claimed.

“Braida isn’t in Brazil to sign players though, he’s just keeping himself informed by watching players to understand if they could be of use.

“Who does he like? Everyone and nobody…

“I don’t want to talk about the transfer market right now. I don’t want to talk about Didier Drogba, Marco Borriello or Carlos Tevez.”

The Rossoneri have been linked with all three players over the last few weeks.

Meanwhile, Galliani was asked when Gennaro Gattuso could return to action given his eye injury progress.

“I’m happy and I hope he can be playing again in January,” he concluded.

AC Milan ponder De Rossi offer
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Milan are sniffing around Daniele De Rossi after he admitted that he could join an Italian club should he leave Roma.

The Italian midfielder is only contracted to the Giallorossi until June 2012 and talks over a renewal have yet to reach a compromise.

If no agreement is found then the capital-born star will be available on a Bosman free transfer at the end of the season.

“Things are at a standstill,” he stated this week when asked about talks. “There’s no hectic rush to get things sorted, but it is a little frustrating to be getting to January like this.

“If I was to leave Roma then my first choice would be to go and play football abroad. But if such a move couldn’t be agreed then I’d have to look to Italy. I couldn’t just quit football.”

Manchester City and Real Madrid are expected to show an interest in the 28-year-old should he leave the Stadio Olimpico.

However, reports gathering pace in Italy are claiming that Milan are keeping an eye on the developing situation.

According to a report in Il Tempo, De Rossi has asked Roma for a new salary of €7m a season after tax. Roma’s first offer began at €4.5m.

Milan would be able to offer De Rossi the salary he is looking for as they wouldn’t be spending any money on a transfer fee.

Thiago Silva expects Fiorentina test
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Milan’s Thiago Silva is showing Fiorentina respect ahead of Saturday’s game despite the Viola’s struggles.

The Tuscan outfit have had a mediocre campaign so far and their run of just one win from their last seven games saw boss Sinisa Mihajlovic sacked after defeat at Chievo.

Former Palermo boss Delio Rossi was hired to replace him and the latter will make his debut on the bench against the Rossoneri.

“It will be a very difficult game for us against Fiorentina,” stated the Brazilian international centre-back.

“Rossi has arrived in Florence and he’s a quality tactician, one who caused us problems last season when we took on Palermo.

“We, however, are ready.

“Fiorentina have changed a lot since last term. It won’t be easy, but if we remain focused then we can have a good game.”

Reigning champions Milan are in hot form as they have won their last five League games, scoring 18 goals in the process.

Borriello - Bonera to swap clubs?
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Roma’s search for a new central defender could see them offer Marco Borriello to Milan in return for Daniele Bonera.

The Giallorossi will look to acquire a new stopper in January after losing Nicolas Burdisso for the rest of the season with knee ligament damage.

According to the Corriere dello Sport, Roma are looking at the possibility of doing a deal with champions Milan.

As the Rossoneri are searching for a new striker after potentially losing Antonio Cassano for six months following heart surgery, the capital club are ready to give them Borriello as part of a swap.

Bonera is liked by Stadio Olimpico officials, but the club are also thought to be pondering a bid for Milan’s Mario Yepes as an alternative.

Other centre-backs paired with Roma are Daniele Gastaldello of Sampdoria, Juventus’ Leonardo Bonucci, Michele Canini of Cagliari and free agent Matteo Ferrari.

Robinho and his son
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Montolivo ignores AC Milan talk
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Fiorentina’s Riccardo Montolivo is focused on beating Milan this weekend – the club that he may join in the very near future.

The Italian international will leave Tuscany in January, for a nominal fee, or at the end of the season on a free transfer once his contract expires.

“Milan are not in my thoughts,” the former Atalanta man, who was targeted by the Rossoneri last summer, told

“I am only concentrating on Fiorentina right now and winning against the Rossoneri. It’s not a peculiar game for me, just a tie of great fascination.”

The Stadio Franchi encounter will also be the club’s first since Delio Rossi replaced Sinisa Mihajlovic on the Viola bench.

“We want to put in a great performance for our new Coach,” added Montolivo. “We’ll give our all and hope that the fans will give us a helping hand.

“I’ve spoken to a number of my teammates over the last few days while I’ve been away with Italy and all of them are pumped up for this game.”

Ibrahimovic aims for his 100th Serie A goal
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Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be targeting his 100th Serie A goal when the Rossoneri travel to Fiorentina this weekend.

The Swedish international’s League record to date reads 99 goals in 194 games across his spells at Juventus, Inter and now Milan.

Ibra netted 23 strikes for the Old Lady, 57 for the Nerazzurri and is currently on 19 at his present club since his move from Barcelona in 2010.

Parma are Ibra’s favourite opponents in the Italian top flight seeing as he has celebrated nine goals against them, while he’s blasted seven past Palermo and Fiorentina.

AC Milan in Brazil looking for players
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Milan insist that they won’t make any transfer decisions until January, but super agent Mino Raiola claims he’s currently in Brazil for the Italian club.

The Rossoneri are being linked with a new striker as a possible replacement for Antonio Cassano, the Italian international who could be out for six months following heart surgery.

“We’ll wait with regards to the transfer market,” Vice-President Adriano Galliani stated. “We need to know about Cassano’s recovery time.

“If a striker does arrive depends solely on Antonio’s condition. And if a forward does come then it will be on loan.

“We’ll decide in January.”

However, Raiola, the agent who helped Milan sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho, has revealed that he’s working on a new Rossoneri swoop.

“I’ve been in Brazil for the last 10 days with Braida,” he told Metro.

“We’ve seen a lot of games together, but the target will be the most important player that Milan will sign. In January? Maybe.

“I can’t say who it will be, but he will take up the non-EU spot in the squad.”

Whispers suggest that Sao Paulo midfielder Casemiro, 19, is at the top of the outfit’s wish-list.

Raiola was also asked about the possibility of Carlos Tevez joining Milan from Manchester City in the New Year.

“I don’t know,” he added. “But a loan move to Italy for Tevez is not impossible. Two years ago City loaned Robinho to Santos for free.”

Tevez, currently in Argentina, is looking for a City exit after clashing with Italian boss Roberto Mancini.

Gattuso recovering
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Gennaro Gattuso has been cleared to resume training with Milan after further medical checks in Bologna earlier today.

The former Italian international had spent the last few months working on his own as he struggled to recover from an eye problem.

The veteran midfielder hasn’t featured for the Rossoneri since the 2-2 draw with Lazio on September 9.

Gattuso was replaced in that encounter after complaining of double vision. Subsequent tests revealed a paralysis of the seventh cranial nerve.

The 33-year-old, who took part in a practice match on Monday, was examined by Professor Emilio Campos at the St Orsola clinic on Wednesday.

The doctor noticed considerable progress and the player was given the green light to resume training with the rest of the squad.

This week Dr Rodolfo Tavana confirmed that the former Rangers man was making progress in his recovery.

“His symptoms have been improving and so he has gradually been intensifying his work load and today he trained with the squad for the first time,” he stated.

“We are still keeping a close eye on the player and over the next few days we will conduct further tests.”

Allegri: 'Barcelona like a final'
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Massimiliano Allegri admits Milan’s Champions League clash with Barcelona is “like a Final.”

The two teams have already qualified for the knockouts, but go head-to-head on Wednesday in order to decide the group winners.

“We have to treat this game like we would a Final, knowing that we have only one result available to us in order to finish first,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“However, right now what counts even more is the game with Fiorentina on Saturday night. We’ll face a team revitalised by the change of management and the atmosphere this has brought about in the fans.

“Florence is a difficult arena, but we have worked very well in the past week with the players we had.”

Alexandre Pato and Gennaro Gattuso returned to training over the break for international duty, though the midfielder still has blurred vision.

“Pato is doing well, but hasn’t played for two months, so we’ll have to see if he’s ready to feature at the Stadio Franchi. Ringhio isn’t ready yet and we must be cautious, but it was an important sign to train the way he did.”

Milan have clambered back up the table after a poor start thanks to five consecutive Serie A victories.

“Lazio and Udinese are top of the table, confirming the good work they did last season, while Juventus are the real novelty, as they changed so much over the summer that they can now challenge for the Scudetto.”

Aquilani purchase 'a formality'
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Milan buying up Alberto Aquilani’s contract from Liverpool is “a pure formality,” said his agent.

The midfielder arrived on loan in the summer with an option to buy and has impressed, even if he is not necessarily a starter in every game.

“We can without doubt consider Milan activating the buy-out clause to be a pure formality, especially as he’ll soon reach the written parameters set by Milan and Liverpool.

“Alberto is doing well and I think this is clear for all to see,” Franco Zavaglia told Itasportpress.

It was written into the loan deal that the Rossoneri would automatically activate the buy-out clause once Aquilani reached a certain number of official appearances this season.

Taiwo not set for AC Milan exit
15.11 || webmaster

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Taye Taiwo will remain with Milan for the rest of the season despite English interest in his services.

The left-back only joined the Italian club in the summer after his contract at Marseille came to an end.

However, he’s already being linked with a New Year exit after struggling to break into the Rossoneri first team.

“I don’t think that he will leave Milan,” agent Mickael Coker told when questioned on the speculation.

“Taye will fight until the very end to win the faith of Coach Massimiliano Allegri and the club directors.”

French club Lyon have been paired with the defender, but his representative feels a switch to the Premiership is more likely should an Italy exit be confirmed.

“I don’t think that he wants to return to France, however there are a number of English clubs on him.”

Galliani hints at Drogba interest
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Adriano Galliani has refocused Milan’s transfer talk, welcomed the idea of Silvio Berlusconi's return and praised Rino Gattuso’s recovery.

Speaking to Sky Sport Italia on Monday evening, the Milan Vice-President covered a number of topics. He looked to backtrack on reports seemingly confirming an agreement between the club and Catania for Maxi Lopez, but instead opened up interest in Didier Drogba.

“Who will reinforce the attack? It is being said that someone will arrive in January, but Santa Claus is still far away…we will assess Cassano’s condition as we have guaranteed him a starting role when fit.

“If he returns then we will not go into the market. We will evaluate what to do a little later. Maybe we’ll just get one for the primavera side. Anelka? If he continues to score, we’ll see. He is an important player, but I was in love with Drogba when he played at Marseille.”

Meanwhile, Galliani also confirmed that Berlusconi is likely to return to an official capacity as club President in the near future after resigning as Italian Prime Minister on Sunday.

“Frankly, I never realised that he had stopped. A football team is not a company, it is something that concerns the all different feelings. Berlusconi was President and will return to being President, but to me he has never stopped, he has always been close.

“I hope that he will formally decide to take back the Presidency of Milan. The trophies Milan have won have always been with Berlusconi as President, since we are in the race for the Champions League we hope he comes back.

“His passion has always been the same, both as President and not.”

Whilst looking to dispel controversy on Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s autobiography and downplaying certainty over the Rossoneri’s bid to win a second successive Scudetto, Galliani also gave his view on Gattuso’s return to playing football after a problematic eye condition.

“Gattuso is feeling better. He is constantly changing his glasses, so that means that he is improving. I was told he can fully recover any time between two and six months.”

AC Milan making progress on recovery
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Gennaro Gattuso is making progress in his battle against an eye problem after he took part in a training game for Milan on Monday.

The veteran midfielder hasn’t featured in any kind of match since the 2-2 draw with Lazio on September 9.

Gattuso was replaced in that encounter after complaining of double vision. Subsequent tests revealed a paralysis of the seventh cranial nerve.

The 2006 World Cup winner, whose vision hasn’t been right since picking up the problem, has been training on his own for the last eight weeks.

However, he trained with his Rossoneri teammates at Milanello earlier today and then had a kick about with his colleagues.

The 33-year-old former Rangers man revealed last month that he feared that his career may have come to an end.

Doctors admitted that they could do very little to treat the problem, but added that it would fully heal given time.

Milan recently suggested that Gattuso could be sidelined for around six months.

Ancelotti offers AC Milan transfer advice
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Carlo Ancelotti believes that Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka would potentially be fine signings for Milan.

The Rossoneri are expected to bring in a new forward in January and some have linked them with the two Stamford Bridge players.

“I’m hearing talk that Drogba and Anelka could wear the Milan shirt,” Ancelotti, who has bossed both outfits, told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“They are two very positive people, for their technical ability and also their human qualities,” added the former Italian international midfielder.

“That doesn’t mean that they will be signed by the club, but they are certainly two players worthy of a side like Milan.”

The Rossoneri made a slow start to the campaign, but the currently unemployed tactician has faith in the squad of Massimiliano Allegri.

“I think they are definitely the team to beat in Italy,” added Ancelotti to the pink paper. “They have the strongest squad.

“You have to also consider the fact that they won the Scudetto last term and they are the team who have changed the least.”

Ancelotti was also asked for his opinion on the rise of Manchester City’s Italian international Mario Balotelli.

“Balotelli has matured,” he added. “He’s demonstrating seriousness on the field of play and he’s an added weapon for Cesare Prandelli’s national team.

“Mario has got himself on the right road thanks to City boss Roberto Mancini. I like his City side and you can see the influence of an Italian Coach.

“The Premier League? It’s the most beautiful, the most compelling and the best paid.”

Ancelotti has been linked with Paris Saint-Germain in recent days, but he insist he wants another job in England.

“I miss the pitch, the training, the atmosphere in the dressing room – another six months and I'll be back.

“I want to stay in England. It's normal that there are rumours about me as I'm without a job. But there's absolutely nothing concrete.”

El Shaarawy snubs loan option
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Stephan El Shaarawy has no interest in leaving Milan next January despite his lack of playing time, his agent has stated.

The 19-year-old Italian joined the Rossoneri from Genoa in the summer, but he’s only played in 178 minutes of Serie A football for his new club so far.

“The stories of him moving away on loan in the New Year are just journalistic voices,” representative Roberto La Florio told Diretta Stadio.

“Milan have never told me that they have this desire.

“It’s obviously very pleasing that there are certain clubs who are interested in the boy even though he hasn’t played a lot over these past few months.

“But he’s acquired some personality and experience during this time as he is training alongside certain players.

“It’s clear that youngsters have to play, but I repeat that Milan have not told me that they want to loan him out.

“I’ve also spoken to the boy and he’d prefer to stay because he is well aware of what he has learnt in these months.”

El Shaarawy, currently in the Italian Under-21 squad, is an attacking midfielder who has an Italian mother and an Egyptian father.

Thiago Silva on Manchester City radar
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Manchester City will make Milan a €30m offer for star defender Thiago Silva, reports in England and Italy are suggesting.

City boss Roberto Mancini has placed the Brazilian international at the top of his defensive reinforcements wish-list.

Thiago Silva, now 27, is widely regarded as one of the top centre-backs in Serie A following his arrival from Fluminense in 2009.

Silva signed a new long-term contract with the Italian champions at the end of the last campaign.

The stopper, who has also been strongly paired with Barcelona in the past, is tied to the San Siro outfit until June 2016.

Lopez to AC Milan "suits everybody"
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Catania Pietro Lo Monaco confirms Maxi Lopez moving to Milan in January “would suit everybody.”

The Argentine striker has spent most of this season on the bench, as he does not fit into Coach Vincenzo Montella’s plans.

He is the favourite to join the Rossoneri as a replacement for Antonio Cassano, who needs six months to recover from heart surgery.

“I read the recent comments from Maxi Lopez, but if a journalist asks him if he would like to play for Milan, what else is he going to say?” noted general manager Lo Monaco.

“We are a small club. If Milan come calling, then Catania absolutely have to answer, just as the player must.

“I appreciated the words of Adriano Galliani, who showed interest towards Maxi Lopez.

“If Milan need a striker, then we are happy to sit round a table and find the best solution. For now there has only been mutual appreciation, as it is a solution that would suit everybody.”

Maxi Lopez: "I'll help AC Milan win"
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Maxi Lopez is already looking forward to his January move to Milan. “I’ll help Zlatan Ibrahimovic win the Champions League.”

The Catania striker is widely expected to be signed while Antonio Cassano recovers from heart surgery.

“I am grateful to Catania for all they have given me. As long as I am here, I will always give my best for them,” he told the Corriere dello Sport.

“It is a great joy for me to be linked with Milan, as I grew up in Buenos Aires watching Serie A and admiring the Rossoneri. If the interest is real and Catania are open to it, then I feel ready to make the most of this opportunity.

“I like pressure, as that is where you see the real champions. I can do well, have reached my full football maturity and feel that I can take this chance. Replacing a star like Cassano is a responsibility that I would like to shoulder.”

Maxi Lopez has a particular target to share with potential new teammate Ibra.

“I already won the Champions League with Barcelona in 2006. If I come to Milan, then I’ll do everything possible to help Ibrahimovic win the Champions League, as he deserves it.

“Along with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, I’d say Milan are currently among the strongest teams in the world.”

The Argentine could also in theory begin his international career for Italy.

“I would certainly think about it. Playing for the Azzurri would be an honour.”

Robinho maintains AC Milan momentum
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Robinho hopes the break for international duty has not affected Milan’s momentum. “We want to get back to the top of the table.”

The Rossoneri were on sparkling form with five consecutive Serie A victories that took them into third place.

“Our mentality is to pick up as many points as possible because we want to get back to the top of the table,” the Brazilian told Milan Channel.

“Obviously winning the Champions League group would also be important, but we are doing well and have already qualified. Naturally, we hope to do even better.

“We want to win the Scudetto, so we have to target the victory in every single game.”

Robinho remains at Milanello this week to train with his club side, as he was not called up by Brazil.

“We did a lot of physical and technical work, which is important now that we finally have a week to train solidly.

“Of course I think about the Selecao, but these were friendlies and I have to focus on recovering my best form so that I can get back into the Brazil squad.”

Milan have been rocked by Antonio Cassano’s mini-stroke and heart surgery, which rule him out for around six months.

“We miss Antonio a great deal and hope he can return soon. He is wonderful, though we have many talented players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexandre Pato who can ensure the quality level won’t drop too much.”

Inzaghi: "Does AC Milan need me?"
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Pippo Inzaghi sent a stark warning to Massimiliano Allegri. “If I can’t be a protagonist with Milan, then I’ll go elsewhere” in January.

The 37-year-old striker has been left off the Champions League list and has barely set foot on the field in Serie A this season despite recovering from a knee ligament injury.

SuperPippo played 93 minutes with the Rossoneri youth team today to prove his fitness.

“I really wanted to play the whole match, as I haven’t done that in probably over a year,” he told MilanNews.

“I am happy and it was tough, but the most important thing was to get some fuel in the engine. I preferred to play with the youth team, as a competitive match is different to a training session.

“I train hard and try to ensure I am ready. I am relaxed and very hungry to get back to the top level, because I still enjoy my football. Playing makes me feel happy.

“Today it felt like going back to 20 years ago when I was at Piacenza, going to college and eating in the lunch hall. I even went to a pre-match training camp, because that’s what I’m like. I want to feel useful.

“My dream is to end my career at Milan and that could well happen, but we have to see if they still need me,” continued Inzaghi.

“I want to continue as long as I feel important. I would hate for others to tell me to stop, as I want it to be my decision. We’ll see what happens in the next two months, because I want to be a protagonist.

“If I can’t do it at Milan, then I can try to achieve that elsewhere. As I said, my dream is to end my career with Milan, but we have to see if they still need me.”

Drogba on AC Milan radar
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Milan’s search for a new striker is taking them to Chelsea, as Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka are reportedly in their sights.

The club need a replacement for Antonio Cassano, who is out for around six months following heart surgery and a mini-stroke.

According to today’s newspapers in Italy, the hot favourites are Chelsea teammates Drogba and Anelka.

“Maxi Lopez is one of the main candidates, but it will cost them to take him away from Catania,” agent Claudio Pasqualin told Radio Sportiva.

“Milan also have to decide whether they want a number 10 or an 11, as in the latter case Adrian Mutu of Cesena would be dropped from the list.

“It’s a real puzzle, though at this moment I think the most likely transfer operation to go through is the one for Drogba, whose contract is set to expire with Chelsea, so he is cheaper than Marco Borriello.”

Ivory Coast international Drogba also has the advantage that he could be used in the Champions League from February, as he has not yet played for Chelsea in the competition this season.

Anelka would be cup-tied, though he is also coming to the end of his current deal at Stamford Bridge.

Meanwhile, newspapers continue to link the Rossoneri with a summer bid for Ajax midfield talent Christian Eriksen.

Abate enjoys Azzurri debut
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Ignazio Abate enjoyed his Italy debut in the 2-0 win over Poland. “If the coach gives me the opportunity, I’d love to be at Euro 2012.”

The Milan right-back has regularly been among the best performers at club level, but was only picked by Cesare Prandelli in last night’s friendly.

“It was great to make my debut and Italy played a good game,” he told RAI Sport.

“In the first half Poland were pressuring us higher up the field, but we kept the ball well and struck at the right time.

“The team was very balanced and we defended ourselves pretty well.

“I always try to give my best. If the coach gives me the opportunity, then I’d love to wear this jersey at Euro 2012.”

Taiwo out, Maxwell in?
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Milan may consider a January bid for Barcelona’s Maxwell given the difficulties being encountered by Taye Taiwo.

The latter joined the Rossoneri in the summer on a free transfer after his contract in France at Marseille expired.

The Nigerian has had his struggles adapting to his new environment though and it seems boss Massimiliano Allegri has his doubts.

Taiwo, 26, has played in just two Serie A games and three Champions League encounters since his arrival.

Veteran full-back Gianluca Zambrotta and Luca Antonini have featured in more games than the African so far this season.

Maxwell, meanwhile, is a player who has been linked with the Rossoneri since his days at city rivals Inter.

The Brazilian, 30, who joined Barcelona in 2009, could move on after Christmas. His agent is Mino Raiola – a man who has done business with the Diavolo in recent years.

AC Milan back in for Montolivo
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Milan have made a fresh bid to Fiorentina for Riccardo Montolivo, reports in Italy are starting to suggest.

The Rossoneri unsuccessfully attempted to sign the midfielder on the cheap in the summer given that his contract expires in June 2012.

Now, according to whispers, the Diavolo have again been in touch with Viola sporting director Pantaleo Corvino about a possible January switch.

Milan are said to have bid €3m for the Atalanta youth product in the hope of tempting the Tuscan side to sell.

That figure is far below Montolivo’s actual transfer worth, but Fiorentina will now have to decide whether to sell at a cut-price or lose him in the summer on a Bosman free deal.

The Italian international has refused numerous contract extension offers at the Stadio Artemio Franchi over the last 18 months.

He was also associated with moves to Roma and Bayern Munich in the summer.

Allegri believes in Champions League AC Milan
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Milan have what it takes to challenge Barcelona and Real Madrid in the Champions League, says boss Massimiliano Allegri.

The tactician rates the ability and strength of the two Spanish giants, but he has belief in his Rossoneri side following their return to form.

“Milan are at the level of the big European clubs,” the former Cagliari boss told the Gazzetta dello Sport on Friday.

“Barcelona and Real Madrid are the best in the Champions League, but we can beat Barca at San Siro. It's not a normal game against Barcelona, it's a Final.

“Saying that we can’t try to emulate Real or Barca – we just have to be ourselves.”

Milan want to defeat Barcelona in their next Champions League game in an effort to finish top of Group H. Barca are currently in first on 10 points, two clear of the Italian side with two games to go.

One man who could prove vital in that clash is former Barca striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a striker whose new autobiography has caused a stir.

“Ibrahimovic is worth the same as Cristiano Ronaldo of Real and Barca’s Lionel Messi,” Allegri continued.

“Ibra’s revelations in his autobiography? I think Ibrahimovic said those things so he could sell lots of copies of his book…”

At home, Milan are back in the title race after five straight wins have seen them move into third – one point shy of joint leaders Udinese and Lazio.

“Milan and Juventus are the favourites for the title, but if Inter win five on the bounce like we have, then they will be back in it.

“I have also been surprised by Udinese and Lazio.”

Lopez: Catania now, AC Milan later?
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Maxi Lopez is honoured by the transfer links with Milan, but he maintains that he’s just focused on present club Catania right now.

The Argentine has been paired with a January switch to San Siro, with director general Pietro Lo Monaco and President Antonino Pulvirenti suggesting that they are ready to sell.

The Rossoneri are looking for a new forward as cover for Antonio Cassano as he recovers from minor heart surgery.

“I can only say thank you to the fact that a side with a history like Milan, with all those champions, have thought about me,” the South American noted.

“I’m just looking to remain calm and relaxed right now though.

“Then if in the future there is the possibility of joining one of the most important sides in Europe then that would be great.

“However, for now, I’m not thinking about it. We’ll have to wait and see what happens in January.”

The 27-year-old, signed by Catania in January 2010 after a spell at Gremio, was also linked with a move to Juventus at the start of this year.

“It’s nice when a big team comes knocking,” he added. “However, I repeat, for now I just have to concentrate on doing my job here at Catania.”

It’s understood that Milan will attempt to get a new forward in on a loan deal rather than having to sign someone outright.

Cassano is expected to be out of action for around six months.

Zambrotta wants Italy recall
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Milan veteran Gianluca Zambrotta has surprisingly stated that he hopes to be a part of Italy’s Euro 2012 squad.

The 34-year-old has played just once for his country since the 2010 World Cup, but he hasn’t given up his dream of wearing the Azzurri shirt again.

“I’ve won 98 caps for Italy and one day I hope to reach the 100 mark,” the left-back told Sport Mediaset.

“That would be an important achievement.

“For now all I can do is try to give my very best for Milan when Massimiliano Allegri picks me in the team. Then I just have to hope…”

Zambrotta, who was selected by Cesare Prandelli for the abandoned Euro 2012 qualifier against Serbia, made his Italy debut in a February 1999 0-0 draw with Norway.

The former Como, Bari and Juventus player added that he still has massive ambitions at club level too.

“I’m missing the Champions League trophy,” he continued. “That is the most important Cup at club level that I haven’t been able to win.

“I went close with Juventus in 2003…

“I hope to be able to lift that trophy before the end of my career. Actually, it would be nice if we could win it this season.”

Ambrosini: 'Ibrahimovic is like that'
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Massimo Ambrosini has revealed that he and his Milan teammates are yet to speak to Zlatan Ibrahimovic about his controversial autobiography.

Talking to Sky, Milan’s captain gave his reaction to the ongoing publicity Ibra’s new autobiography is generating.

The Swede has been sharp and detailed in his criticism of a number of high-profile colleagues he has encountered in his career.

“Until a few days ago, we did not know anything about this book. And, when everyone started to read what he had written, he left to go on international duty.

“So we have not yet been able to talk with him. But what is said is him. And he is so. A character that is not trivial.

“Throughout his career Zlatan has learned to manage responsibility. He lives with it and shares it under certain pressures.

“He does little without responsibility. Everyone in this team has been made to feel important and Ibra has never held back.”

Ambrosini concluded with a more light-hearted reflection to the affair.

“Fortunately he has not destroyed others . If one writes a book, he has to then tell the truth. Certainly some stories do increase sales, but Ibrahimovic has not laid it on thick.”

Pato record against Fiorentina
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Fiorentina will be hoping that Alexandre Pato doesn’t play against them in Round 12 given his superb scoring record for Milan at the Stadio Franchi.

The Brazilian should again be available for selection after recovering from a muscle strain which saw him sidelined for 50 days.

Pato has fond memories of games in Florence given that he seems to be the club’s lucky charm in this Serie A tie.

In four meetings at the Franchi, Pato has rippled the net on four occasions. Take into account the time spent on the pitch and he averages a goal every 56 minutes in that arena.

To make matters worse for the Viola, and new boss Delio Rossi, Milan have always won when he’s scored in this particular clash.

The striker has a great scoring record in Serie A overall given that he’s netted 50 goals in just 105 appearances for the Rossoneri.

Abbiati has two more AC Milan dreams
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Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati says he has two targets before he decides to hang up his gloves for good.

Speaking to Studio Sport during the international break, the custodian maintains that he’s still hungry for honours with the Diavolo.

“I want to win the Champions League again with Milan,” he stated. “I also want to help the club get their second star before I retire.”

The Rossoneri have one star on their shirt, but a second will be added when they transform their 18 League titles into 20 Scudetti.

Abbiati, 34, joined the Italian giants in 1998 from Monza and he’s again the first choice after loan spells at Juventus, Torino and Atletico Madrid in the past.

However, the former Italian international has had an inconsistent start to the season in terms of his own form.

“I’m not somebody who just gives up,” he added. “I’ve always taken responsibility and I’m always the first to admit my errors.

“The truth is that I didn’t start last season too well either and the mistake I made at Juventus was pretty big.

“Fortunately I’m a cool kind of guy, sensible and I have a family who stay close to me during the difficult moments.

“I would give myself a low six out of 10 for what I have done so far this term.”

Why AC Milan didn’t sign Klose
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Milan transfer guru Ariedo Braida has revealed why his club opted against signing new Lazio ace Miroslav Klose in the summer.

The German international, who has already scored six goals in 10 Serie A games for the Biancocelesti, was available on a free transfer from Bayern Munich.

“There were two main reasons why we didn’t get Klose,” Braida told Il Messaggero.

“The first was the striker’s desire to join a team who could guarantee him a first team shirt.

“Milan, Juventus and Inter already had players in his position and it would therefore have been difficult to meet such a desire.

“The second issue revolved around the attacker’s age,” the official continued.

“A club, which targets the title, would be ferociously criticised for signing a foreign 33-year-old, whose last two season’s were negative, if he struggled to adapt.

“When you invest on the transfer market you have to look to the future.

“Saying that, Klose’s CV remains of the highest level. He’s a champion on the international stage because he has scored those goals that nobody can place into doubt.”

Catania: 'AC Milan can have Maxi Lopez'
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Catania have confirmed “we will not stand in the way” of Maxi Lopez joining Milan in January.

The Argentine has been heavily tipped as the replacement for Antonio Cassano, who is out for six months following a mini-stroke and heart surgery.

“Maxi Lopez to Milan? He can do well anywhere,” director Pietro Lo Monaco told Radio Kiss Kiss this evening.

“We are happy he is admired by a club of that stature. If the Rossoneri really do want him, then we will not stand in the way of a positive outcome to negotiations.”

Lopez has barely featured for the Elefantini this season, as Coach Vincenzo Montella has made it clear he prefers Gonzalo Bergessio in attack.

The hitman would be available on loan with an option to buy and is eligible for Champions League football from January.

Boateng up for Africa award
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Milan star Kevin-Prince Boateng has been nominated for the African Player of the Year Award.

The nod comes just days after Boateng announced he would retire from international duty with Ghana at the age of 24.

Prince is one of 10 nominees for the trophy, won last year by former Inter striker Samuel Eto’o.

Naturally Eto’o, now at Anzhi, is on the list again with Adel Taarabt (Queen’s Park Rangers/Morocco), Andre Ayew (Olympique Marseille/Ghana), Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain/Ghana), Didier Drogba (Chelsea, Ivory Coast), Moussa Sow (Lille/Senegal), Seydou Keita (Barcelona/Mali), Gervinho (Arsenal/Ivory Coast) and Yaya Toure (Manchester City/Ivory Coast).

The winner will be decided by a vote of Africa's national team Coaches and announced at a ceremony in Accra, Ghana, on December 22.

Maggio respects Abate threat
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Christian Maggio expects Italy new boy Ignazio Abate to provide him with some tough competition for the right-back spot.

The Napoli ace has been used with some regularity by boss Cesare Prandelli over the last year, while Abate was named in the Azzurri squad for the first time last weekend.

“Abate is a great player,” the former Sampdoria man stated from Coverciano on Wednesday afternoon.

“We’ve all seen what great things he has done in the Milan team,” the attacking full-back continued.

“As a result, there is a healthy and positive rivalry between the two of us for a place in the international side.”

Maggio and Abate are the only recognised right-backs named in the party for the friendlies against Poland and Uruguay.

Torino’s Angelo Ogbonna can also play in that role, even if he may be used in the centre given the injury problems which have struck Andrea Barzagli and Andrea Ranocchia over the past few days.

Mutu could consider AC Milan move
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Adrian Mutu’s agent has been questioned on the possibility of a January move from Cesena to Milan. “We’ll see.”

The Romanian only joined the Seahorses over the summer, but his name has been associated with the Rossoneri.

Milan are expected to bring in a new forward after Christmas, as temporary cover for the currently sidelined Antonio Cassano as he recovers from minor heart surgery.

“I’m good friends with Milan directors Ariedo Braida and Adriano Galliani,” Giovanni Becali told Il Sussidiario.

“We can talk about a move, but I would imagine that Cesena President Igor Campedelli would want some sort of fee for him.

“I don’t know what could happen, we’ll just have to see.”

Mutu signed a two-year contract with Cesena in June after ending his five-year stint with Fiorentina.

AC Milan grateful for Ibrahimovic - Guardiola split
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Milan are thankful that Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s relationship with Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola broke down. “Otherwise he’d still be there.”

Ibra joined the Nou Camp giants in the summer of 2009 from Inter, only to quit the club just a year later after encountering problems with his tactician in Spain.

“It’s a good job that Ibra did fight with Guardiola,” Vice-President Adriano Galliani told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“If that wasn’t the case then he would still be playing his football over there with Barcelona. Instead, it’s the San Siro that can enjoy his skills.

“It’s clear that he has his own psychology and maybe he’ll throw a punch at me tomorrow, but everything has gone perfectly so far.

“He’s an extraordinary player. He has strength charisma and technique.”

The 30-year-old has scored 30 goals in 52 games for the Rossoneri so far in his career.

Gattuso crowns Abate
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Ignazio Abate is the best right-back in Italy at this moment in time, says Milan teammate Gennaro Gattuso.

The 24-year-old won his first call-up to the Italian national squad on Sunday and Gattuso insists that he is good enough to remain within the Giro Azzurro.

“Ignazio had deserved this call for some time,” the currently sidelined midfielder told Milan News.

“They made him suffer given that he’s had to wait for so long for this chance with the international squad.

“He does really deserve his place in the squad though,” the World Cup winner added. “It is a reward for all the improvements he has made over these years.”

Abate arrived at Milan in 2009 from Torino as a right-winger, but he’s been transformed into a defender.

“Ignazio has evolved incredibly,” the former Rangers man added. “He’s managed to become the best right-back that we have in Italy now and that is some achievement.”

Mutu latest on AC Milan list
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Adrian Mutu is the latest striker to be linked with Milan. “Antonio Cassano’s replacement must arrive on loan and be eligible for the Champions League,” said Adriano Galliani.

Cassano will be out for around six months following a mini-stroke and surgery to correct a congenital heart defect.

Among the rumoured candidates to fill in are Fabio Quagliarella of Juventus and now Cesena’s Mutu.

“If a striker does arrive in January, he has to be on loan with an option to buy and preferably be eligible for the Champions League,” explained Vice-President Galliani.

“We’ll see if there are any good opportunities. Last season we signed players who had already taken part in the Champions League and don’t want to repeat that.

“As for buying midfielders, that would be a waste. We have many players who have been ruled out right now due to injury and they will be back.”

Ibrahimovic on Calciopoli and Inter 'clans'
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s autobiography covers the Calciopoli scandal, Luciano Moggi in tears and the battle to “break down Inter’s clans.”

The Milan striker is going to release his book, titled ‘Io Ibra’ on Friday, but the Gazzetta dello Sport has leaked some intriguing excerpts about the 2006 Calciopoli trial.

“It was all rubbish, at least most of it,” wrote the Swede. “Referees did us favours? Oh come on! We fought hard on the pitch. We risked our legs and did it all without having any help from referees. It’s all a load of crap.”

The scandal centred around wiretapped phone calls made by Bianconeri director general Moggi and Ibrahimovic reveals what happened in a crisis meeting to discuss the situation with the squad.

“He started crying, right there, in front of all of us. It was like a punch in the stomach. I had never seen him weak before. This man always irradiated a sense of power and strength. Now, suddenly, I felt compassion for him.

“The first time I met Moggi, he was wearing a very elegant suit and fiddling with a large cigar. You could understand straight away this was a powerful man.”

Ibra left Juventus when they were demoted to Serie B during the scandal in 2006 and joined their rivals Inter, but found problems here too with Brazilians against Argentines.

“The real challenge at Inter was breaking down the cliques. I hated them from the first day. All teams perform much better when there is cohesion in the ranks. It was the opposite at Inter.

“I went straight to President Massimo Moratti and told him we had to break down these damn clans. We cannot win if the locker room is not united.”

Van Bommel considers AC Milan exit
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Mark Van Bommel will not rule out leaving Milan at the end of this season. “I don’t know, it’s too early to decide.”

The veteran midfielder has been feeling the effects of a long, hard Serie A campaign and many suggest he will prepare to move back home to PSV Eindhoven.

“I am not thinking about my future at this moment, as we are just at the start of the season, so I am concentrated only on Milan and Holland,” he told Dutch newspaper Telegraaf.

“I still have many games to play and this summer there will be the European Championships. I don’t know, it’s too early to decide. I’ll calmly work out what to do next year.”

No AC Milan offer for Lavezzi
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Milan and Manchester City have made no bid to sign Ezequiel Lavezzi, the Napoli player’s agent has underlined.

The two giants of European football have both been paired with the Argentine attacker over the last 12 months.

City were said to be monitoring him over the summer, while the Rossoneri are being associated with a January switch after losing Antonio Cassano for six months.

“There is no truth in the Milan rumours,” representative Alejandro Mazzoni told Radio CRC on Tuesday afternoon.

“I did come across Milan director Ariedo Braida recently, but we spoke about other Argentine players. Lavezzi was never discussed.

“As for City, they have never contacted me for Ezequiel. Il Pocho is at Napoli and he wants to stay with the club.

“I don’t think it is right to talk about a possible transfer right now. He just needs to focus on the season ahead with Napoli in Serie A and the Champions League.”

Lavezzi could actually be signed by any club who offers €31m – the fee set in his current agreement, but a clause that reportedly may soon be eradicated.

“That’s a matter for President Aurelio De Laurentiis, it’s nothing to do with me,” concluded Mazzoni.

The Argentine international, 26, joined the Stadio San Paolo outfit in the summer of 2007 from San Lorenzo for around €6m.

Ibrahimovic makes AC Milan pledge
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has underlined that he is still hungry to win honours with Milan after again being named as the Swedish Player of the Year.

The striker was handed Sweden’s Golden Ball last night for the fifth straight year and the sixth overall during his career.

“Winning this honour again is as emotional for me now as it was the first time I won the award,” he claimed.

Ibra’s future at San Siro was placed into doubt earlier this year when questions were raised about his hunger for the game.

“It’s not true that I no longer have a desire to play football. I was misunderstood,” he added. “I will play on as long as I keep developing.

“I’m really happy at Milan and I want to remain until the end of my contract.”

Ibra, who is contracted to the Rossoneri until 2014, is back on form and a major reason behind the club’s current run of five consecutive victories in Serie A this term.

“We are growing game after game,” he noted. “As long as we believe in ourselves then we will go far. We may not be favourites for all the competitions we are in, but nothing can be excluded.”

The former Ajax, Juventus and Inter striker also commented on his new autobiography – “I am Zlatan” – which has been in the headlines recently.

“I thought it was my time to tell my story,” he continued. “Especially for my fans who go out there and buy a newspaper in which 90 per cent is not correct.

“Now they will get my story. It is 100 per cent truth and comes from my mouth. As I said just go out and buy one, read one.”

AC Milan delay transfer plans
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Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani insists now is not the time to think about the January transfer window.

The Rossoneri are expected to bring in a new attacker after Christmas given that Antonio Cassano could be out for the next six months.

The Italian is recuperating at home after undergoing minor heart surgery in a Milan clinic on Friday morning.

“It’s too soon to be talking about the transfer market,” the Rossoneri official noted.

“For now we just have to concern ourselves with how Antonio Cassano is. After all, he’ll have a place in our team when he returns.”

Galliani yesterday admitted that the club would probably look to bring in a new striker on a loan deal in the New Year.

Catania’s Maxi Lopez and Juventus forward Fabio Quagliarella have been paired with the San Siro giants over the last week.

Both players would also be eligible to play in the Champions League should they be signed by Galliani and Co at the start of 2012.

Inzaghi would 'go crazy' without football
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Pippo Inzaghi has reiterated his desire to continue his playing career at Milan, where his first-team chances are drying up.

Speaking at the launch of a new book, the veteran striker revealed his feelings on retirement.

“If at 38 years I was deprived of playing football I'd go crazy, although I must admit that it would be a shame not to finish with this shirt, I feel everyone here loves me,” he stated.

“Now I am happy, I have trained for two months with the team, I am also pleased to have done well.

“Milan is the priority, I will never be a problem for this team. I will try to go forward and still be important for this club, I think I can still do well.”

The forward has been linked with a January switch having struggled to find playing time under Massimiliano Allegri since returning from a long injury lay-off.

“My dream is still to finish here. My agent has had meetings with some teams, but nobody believes I can leave Milan. I think that is the right way.

“I respect the Coach's decisions, my anger lasts 10 minutes, the Coach tells me his choices and I try to accept them. I work with the intensity of a player who will start the game.”

Inzaghi also revealed his biggest regret, having not played with Antonio Cassano yet.

“We miss Cassano very much, I have never managed to play with him. He came because I was injured, I'm coming back and now he is out. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic and him there would be a lot of fun.”

Abate: 'I'm not a stopgap for Italy'
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Ignazio Abate is determined to show he deserves his call-up to the latest Italy squad and has rejected talk of being just a short-term solution.

Milan right-back Abate received his first call-up under Cesare Prandelli at the weekend for the international friendlies with Poland and Uruguay.

Azzurri CT Prandelli commented that Abate must develop a greater consistency to his play if he wants to be considered for Euro 2012 contention.

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani responded that the youngster has fully merited his call-up but also suggested that he cannot be used as merely a stopgap.

Abate himself has now commented on the call-up and believes he can become a long-term member of the team.

“I do not feel like a stopgap, I see this call as an opportunity for myself. It will be up to me to prove that I deserve in future to be in the new squad.

“Galliani has always believed in my qualities, I do not feel [I am in] the centre of a dispute between the club and the national team.

“They are very serene, Galliani has made statements about me, but it remains up to me to merit the position with the Azzurri.”

The converted right-sided midfielder took time to thank the Milan Coaches he has worked under, Leonardo and Massimiliano Allegri.

“How did I get here? For me, the first to play me at right-back was Leonardo, who found this role after I was successful in another as a youth.

“Then came Allegri, to whom I owe a lot, who made me work hard every day to learn the defensive phase, the mechanisms of the back-four.

“It was not easy because I was a winger and was accustomed to think only about attack.”

Cassano grateful for support received
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Antonio Cassano has written a letter expressing his gratitude for the support he has received in the last few days.

After falling ill on the return journey from Milan's Week 10 game away at Roma, the forward was diagnosed with a minor congenital heart problem that he has since undergone surgery to cure. Since his admittance to hospital, the striker has received many visitors and messages offering support.

Published on Milan's official website, the striker has thanked everyone and promised a speedy return to action. It is unclear if the player will be back in time for the end of the season.

“Dear friends, I just wanted to express my gratitude, on behalf of myself and my family, for the well wishes that have poured in over the last few days.

“Whatever sadness or difficulty I felt was soon replaced by the show of affection from people all over the world. The President, Silvio Berlusconi, Adriano Galliani, Massimiliano Allegri, the doctors Tavana and Mazzoni, all the staff, my team mates and everyone involved at Milan have constantly been close to me.

“Thanks to them and the doctors who have taken care of me I was able to face this strange 'injury' with courage.

“I would like to send out a hug to all those who have shown their support and made me feel important by coming to the Policlinico of Milan or through the numerous messages sent to me.

“I would like to dedicate a huge thank you to all the people at Real Madrid, particularly the President Florentino Perez and the Coach Josè Mourinho."

Real Madrid's players wore 'Forza Cassano' t-shirts before their weekend game with Osasuna as a message of support for the former Merengues striker.

“Now I will rest as much as possible at home and will be glued to the television when Milan are playing, or when Italy are playing. Also I will be following the developments in Genoa, a city that remains in my heart and that I know will soon recover from problems of recent days.

“I will do the same and I promise that I will be back on the pitch as soon as possible.”

AC Milan are Scudetto favourites again
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Milan underlined that they are still the best side in Italy with a comfortable victory over Catania on Sunday, says Pietro Lo Monaco.

The Rossoneri collected their fifth straight win in Serie A at the weekend thanks to a 4-0 drubbing of Lo Monaco’s Sicilian outfit.

“They are the strongest side in Italy and by some margin,” the director general stated on Monday afternoon.

“They play a consistent brand of football and have some quality individual players,” he continued.

“The road ahead is still very long, but they are starting to emerge as the leading side in the Division again.”

Lo Monaco, who controls Catania’s transfer matters, also commented on reports suggesting that Maxi Lopez could be a Milan target in January.

“I don’t know what the Rossoneri’s market strategy is for the New Year,” the official responded.

“However, Maxi Lopez is a player worthy of a great club and he wouldn’t be a bad swoop at all for Milan.”

AC Milan hint at loan striker swoop
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Milan have suggested that they will bring in a new striker on loan during January as a possible replacement for Antonio Cassano.

The Rossoneri have been associated with numerous players as cover for the Italian international who could be out for six months following heart surgery.

Reports over the last few days have linked Catania ace Maxi Lopez, while Juventus icon Alessandro Del Piero has also been sensationally paired.

“Del Piero? Let’s not joke around,” Rossoneri Vice-President Adriano Galliani stated on Monday.

“As for Lopez, he is a player who would be good enough for Milan, but there are a lot of players who would be suitable for us.

“I’ve read the Lopez stories, but there are various options available to us. Let us wait and see how Cassano is first.

“If we do bring in someone then it will probably be a loan deal with an option to buy clause at the end of the season.”

Turning to on field matters, Galliani expressed his satisfaction after Milan’s surge up the League table in recent weeks.

“We wanted to win five games in a row after the defeat at Juventus and we’re happy that we have done that,” he added.

“We thought that would be enough to take us back to the top of the table, but Lazio and Udinese have been very good.”

Milan are third on 20 points, one shy of joint leaders Udinese and Lazio. Juve, who didn’t play this weekend, are fourth thanks to their 19 points.

Buffon awaits Cassano return
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Captain Gigi Buffon thinks Antonio Cassano could still make the difference for Italy at the 2012 European Championship.

The Milan man is currently recovering from minor heart surgery which could see him out of action for up to six months.

Cassano has been a key player for his country since the arrival of Cesare Prandelli as Coach, but his place at Euro 2012 is now in doubt.

“Dear Antonio, life has thrown at you another important test,” the Juventus custodian told Sky Sport Italia.

“I’m convinced that you’ll face it in the best possible manner because you like challenges,” added the former Parma man.

“You have the right irony, the right happiness and the right strength – thanks to your family – to come out of this.

“We here will all be waiting for you with our arms open because we know that you could be our added weapon for the European Championship.”

Abate worthy of Euro 2012
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Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has told Italy boss Cesare Prandelli to not underestimate the ability of Ignazio Abate.

The right-back has won his maiden call-up to the Italian national side for the friendlies against Poland and Uruguay this month.

Galliani, though, has made it clear that the former Torino player can be of use to the Azzurri on a long-term basis.

“If Abate is considered as a player good enough to feature in the European Championship then it is right that he is part of the squad,” Galliani noted.

“However, it would be wrong to just use him to plug some gaps for a couple of friendly games.

“I think Abate deserves a place at Euro 2012 and not just in two friendly matches...”

Abate is a graduate of the Milan youth system who, after spells at numerous other sides, re-joined the Diavolo in the summer of 2009.

Abate is one of two right-backs in the latest Italy squad, with the other being Napoli wing-back Christian Maggio.

Maxi Lopez honoured by AC Milan link
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Catania ace Maxi Lopez has opened the door for a possible January move to reigning Italian champions Milan.

The Argentine has been paired with a switch to San Siro as a possible short-term replacement for Antonio Cassano.

The latter is expected to be sidelined for around six months after undergoing minor heart surgery on Friday.

“Milan are the greatest club in the world,” said the former Barcelona man to the Corriere dello Sport. “Who wouldn’t want to join them?

“I’m ready to take the big step up in level. It would be an honour for me, but the two clubs would need to talk about it.”

Lopez, born in 1984, joined Catania in January 2010.

He’s scored two goals in seven Serie A appearances so far this season.

Head trauma and whiplash for Bonera
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Daniele Bonera has suffered head trauma and whiplash during Milan’s 4-0 win over Catania.

The defender went off at half-time during this afternoon’s game and the club confirmed he had picked up a nasty knock.

“AC Milan confirm Daniele Bonera suffered a slight head trauma with whiplash. His recovery time will be evaluated over the next few days,” read a statement.

According to reports, Bonera has already been sent home from hospital following X-Rays.

Maxi Lopez: 'I'm ready for AC Milan'
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Catania striker Maxi Lopez reacts to rumours he’ll join Milan in January. “If the Rossoneri want me, then I’m ready.”

A new forward is needed during the transfer window after Antonio Cassano was ruled out for six months by surgery to correct a congenital heart defect, having suffered a mini-stroke last Saturday.

Maxi Lopez has been the most repeatedly mentioned name in the list of options and confessed he was interested.

“I have only recently become aware of these rumours, but I don’t know anything more than that,” the Argentine told

“Milan are a great club, so it’s only natural I’d like to play for them, but I have to talk to Catania and my agent. We’ll see what happens in January.

“I am certainly ready for another experience with a top club after Barcelona. I already know Mark Van Bommel and Gianluca Zambrotta, so I’d be happy to work with them again.

“How likely am I to join Milan? It’s too early to say, you’d have to ask the clubs.”

Abate finally called up to the Italian national team
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Ignazio Abate, Mario Balotelli and Alessandro Matri are called for Italy’s friendlies against Poland and Uruguay. “I’ll wait for Antonio Cassano and Giuseppe Rossi.”

The Azzurri have already qualified for Euro 2012 and therefore have two international tests, which are particularly important with Cassano and Rossi out for six months.

“I visited Cassano in hospital and he was doing well with real hunger to get back on the field, which is a good sign,” said Cesare Prandelli on Stadio Sprint.

“Unfortunately we have lost two important players like Antonio and Giuseppe, but I’ll wait for them. In the meantime, we have to evaluate some other options, so these friendlies have come at the right time.

“The plan was to put Balotelli between those two, as we are really counting on him. I’ve called up Abate, who is in great shape for Milan, but he has to prove he deserves the Nazionale by performing consistently.”

Juventus duo Matri and Simone Pepe also return to the squad, but there is no call for top scorer Antonio Di Natale or Lazio goalkeeper Federico Marchetti.

Italy will take on Euro 2012 co-hosts Poland in Wroclaw on Friday November 11 and then welcome Copa America winners Uruguay to the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Tuesday November 15.

Goalkeepers: Buffon, De Sanctis, Sirigu

Defenders: Abate, Maggio, Balzaretti, Criscito, Ogbonna, Barzagli, Chiellini, Bonucci

Midfielders: Aquilani, De Rossi, Marchisio, Montolivo, Nocerino, Pirlo, Pepe, Thiago Motta

Forwards: Giovinco, Balotelli, Pazzini, Matri, Osvaldo

Allegri: 'AC Milan defend to attack'
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Massimiliano Allegri reveals Milan “defend well to attack better” for their five wins on the bounce.

The Rossoneri had a bad start to the season, but their 4-0 against Catania was the fifth consecutive victory.

“Today the team had a good performance and only allowed Catania something in the first half,” said the Coach.

“The lads did well in terms of technique and also the intensity of the match, which was not easy in this game.

“When the strikers work to help out the defence like this, the whole team can express itself better. The forwards have been doing this for a while now, helping the midfield when we lose possession.

“If we defend well, then in my view we attack better. That’s how we approached the last few matches and we got some great performances.

“We really wanted these five straight wins and now have a good position in the table so we can go into the break for international duty with a more relaxed state of mind.”

The results were achieved during an injury crisis and Allegri believes Milan have more to give.

“Now we’ve got to recharge our batteries, as we’ll have eight games in quick succession when we come back and need to get as many wins as possible.

“Fortunately we should also bring back some players, so those who have been keeping the team going can also have a bit of a rest.”

Serie A: AC Milan 4:0 Catania - match report
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Scorers: Ibrahimovic pen 7 (M), Robinho 23 (M), Lodi og 68 (M), Zambrotta 74 (M)

Milan made short work of Catania with this four-star performance, in which Robinho scored one and a half goals.

The Rossoneri played their first game since it became clear Antonio Cassano had suffered a mini-stroke last week. He was sent home this weekend after surgery to resolve a congenital heart defect and should be out for six months.

Also missing this match were Alessandro Nesta, Gennaro Gattuso, Alexandre Pato, Philippe Mexes, Mathieu Flamini and suspended duo Kevin-Prince Boateng and Antonio Nocerino. Catania were fresh from giant-killing exploits to beat Inter and Napoli, though their away record was not as strong as in Sicily.

Milan came out fighting and scored after seven minutes. Davide Lanzafame clattered into the back of Robinho for a clear penalty, which Zlatan Ibrahimovic converted. It was the first spot-kick given in favour of the Rossoneri this season.

Catania also wanted a penalty for Gianluca Zambrotta's handling offence, but the Lanzafame cross struck his trailing arm that was behind his back.

Gonzalo Bergessio got on the end of a Francesco Lodi free kick from seven yards, but under pressure he couldn't quite prod it into the net.

However, Milan resumed their push and doubled their lead with a wonderful Robinho solo effort. The Brazilian got down the left, skipped past Bellusci's tackle and curled a marvellous finish across Mariano Andujar in off the far post.

It was nearly 3-0 moments later, as Clarence Seedorf ran on to an Ibrahimovic through ball only for Andujar to rush out and smother at his feet.

Another Robinho angled drive was off target, while he provided an assist for Seedorf to horribly scuff wide. Alberto Aquilani tried from distance and was not far off the bar.

Massimo Ambrosini's header from a set play was fumbled off the line by Andujar under pressure.

Christian Abbiati complained he had been fouled by Gonzalo Bergessio, but got the shot away and Daniele Bonera had to clear off the line.

In first half stoppages, Andujar again had to rush off his line to smother at Robinho's feet.

After the restart Gomez saw his cross-shot clip the crossbar, but Milan made it 3-0 in chaotic circumstances. Ibra's through ball sent Robinho down the left and his angled drive was going in off Andujar's leg, but Lodi accidentally turned it into his own net from a yard while trying to anticipate Seedorf.

Gianluca Zambrotta definitely got the fourth, as Andujar only parried Aquilani's free kick into the veteran's path for an easy tap-in.

Pippo Inzaghi was given a standing ovation by San Siro after a month in which he was not even on the bench. SuperPippo almost scored with his first opportunity, springing the offside trap from an Ibra through ball, but his angled drive was denied by an outstretched Andujar trailing leg.

Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Bonera (Yepes 46), Thiago Silva, Zambrotta; Aquilani, Ambrosini, Seedorf (Antonini 79); Emanuelson; Robinho (Inzaghi 79), Ibrahimovic

Catania: Andujar; Lanzafame (Maxi Lopez 63), Bellusci, Legrottaglie, Spolli; Marchese, Almiron, Lodi, Ricchiuti (Barrientos 52); Gomez, Bergessio

Ref: Gervasoni

Serie A: AC Milan vs. Catania - lineups
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AC Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Bonera, Thiago Silva, Zambrotta; Aquilani, Ambrosini, Seedorf; Emanuelson; Robinho, Ibrahimovic

Catania: Andujar; Lanzafame, Bellusci, Legrottaglie, Spolli; Marchese, Almiron, Lodi, Ricchiuti; Gomez, Bergessio

Cassano released from hospital
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Antonio Cassano has reportedly been sent home from hospital for the first time in a week, as he continues to recuperate from heart surgery.

The Milan and Italy striker was rushed to hospital last Saturday when he suffered an ischemic attack – a mini-stroke – on the plane back from their 3-2 win at Roma.

According to several sources, Cassano was released late last night and will be able to watch Milan’s game with Catania from home this afternoon.

He went under the knife on Friday morning with a small ‘umbrella’ inserted into his heart to plug a hole between the two atriums.

The player will require absolute rest for 15-30 days and must take anti-coagulant medication to prevent blood clots for six months.

It’s believed Cassano could be back on the playing field in four to six months.

Nocerino reveals Cassano concerns
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Antonio Nocerino reveals what the Milan players were thinking when Antonio Cassano suffered a mini-stroke. “We were perplexed.”

Cassano had the ischemic attack on the plane back from last Saturday’s 3-2 victory at Roma, resulting in blurred vision, difficulty speaking and walking.

“When we found out about Antonio, we were all perplexed and sad. It really hit us hard, too,” Nocerino told Milan Channel.

“We really did not realise at the time what was going on, but afterwards we all worried, as we couldn’t figure out what was wrong with Antonio.

“Now he is better, he’s strong and just has to focus on resting so he can come back better than ever. We all await him with open arms.”

Cassano underwent surgery to correct a congenital heart defect which caused the mini-stroke and should be out of action for around six months.

Cassano 'happy and relaxed'
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Antonio Cassano is “happy and relaxed” following heart surgery, said FIGC Vice-President Demetrio Albertini after his visit.

The Milan and Italy star has been in hospital for a week after he suffered a form of mini-stroke on the plane back from Rome last Saturday.

It was caused by a small hole between the two atriums in his heart and on Friday morning he underwent surgery to block the gap with a small umbrella, though he could be back on the field in six months.

“Antonio is happy and relaxed,” revealed FIGC Vice-President Albertini this evening.

“The medics were in the hospital room as well. The most important thing is his health and Antonio says that too. He was amazed by all the messages he has received.

“Antonio will only need 15-20 days of complete rest, then he can even start running, if he wants to.”

Cassano will need to be on anti-coagulant drugs for six months to ensure the ‘umbrella’ settles into the heart and does not prompt any blood clots.

There are reports that the player asked for fries and bruschetta for lunch today.

Allegri keeps AC Milan on track
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Massimiliano Allegri warns Milan not to let the momentum slip against Catania, even though they are distracted by Antonio Cassano’s surgery.

The Rossoneri are on a roll of four consecutive Serie A victories, but they were held to a 1-1 draw by BATE Borisov midweek and saw Cassano suffer a mini-stroke on the plane back from the Roma game.

“The important thing is that the operation went well and the medics say there is real confidence he can return in four to six months,” noted the Coach after Friday’s surgery to plug a small hole in Cassano’s heart.

“We hope to have him back as soon as possible. He was in my view having the best season of his career.”

Kevin-Prince Boateng and Antonio Nocerino are suspended for Sunday’s game with Catania, joining the injured Alexandre Pato, Alessandro Nesta, Gennaro Gattuso and Philippe Mexes.

“It is going to be a very difficult game, as Catania are in excellent form. A team that picks up points against almost all the top clubs has to be respected.

“Over the past month we have been able to qualify for the Champions League knockouts and climb back up the Serie A table. Tomorrow is the last push before the break for international duty.

“The most important thing is understanding just how difficult this match is,” continued Allegri. “What counts is the victory and to achieve it we need everyone to work hard against a side that is very dangerous on the counter.

“We are a great team, but have to win against BATE Borisov, which on Tuesday we didn’t do. Milan must boost their self-belief.”

Allegri hinted he could use Urby Emanuelson as a trequartista behind Robinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Montella awaits AC Milan test
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Catania have made their name as giant-killers this season, but Vincenzo Montella warns “people act as if we’re the favourites against Milan.”

The Elefantini have beaten Inter and Napoli in recent weeks, while they also took points off Juventus and Lazio.

“It seems to me as if some have forgotten tomorrow we’re facing the reigning champions of Italy,” said the Coach.

“Over the last few days I’ve heard people act as if we’re the favourites against Milan. It makes me smile, but at the same time we all have to be concentrated and keep our feet on the ground. We can’t have any arrogance in thinking this could be an easy game for us.”

The Rossoneri do certainly have problems at San Siro, missing the likes of Kevin-Prince Boateng, Alessandro Nesta, Antonio Nocerino, Alexandre Pato and Antonio Cassano.

“It’s still 11 players on the field and, despite the absentees, Milan will have a world class line-up. I wish Cassano a speedy recovery, but if he is out then Robinho steps in. If Nocerino is suspended, then Clarence Seedorf comes back.

“Plus they have Thiago Silva, who I don’t think has any weak points. He is so strong in the air, when sprinting and knows how to start attacking moves. He is the perfect defender.”

Catania must also do without some of their stars, as Mariano Izco is unavailable, though Maxi Lopez is again likely to start from the bench.

“If we had faced a team on our level, I won’t deny we might’ve felt a slight drop in concentration levels, but facing Milan at San Siro fires up the team automatically. There’s no need for me to motivate them.”

Catania squad: Andujar, Campagnolo, Kosicky; Bellusci, Capuano, Legrottaglie, Marchese, Potenza, Spolli; Almiron, Barrientos, Delvecchio, Lodi, Ricchiuti, Sciacca; Bergessio, Catellani, Gomez, Lanzafame, Maxi Lopez

Italy U21: El Shaarawy earns recall
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Stephan El Shaarawy returns to Italy’s Under-21 squad for the Euro qualifiers against Turkey and Hungary.

Coach Ciro Ferrara named his side for the two matches in Istanbul on November 10 and in Casarano on November 15.

Milan starlet El Shaarawy had not been in the Azzurrini squad since February, but returns because Fabio Borini is injured, while Manolo Gabbiadini is suspended for the game with Turkey.

There are some new faces in the list, such as Grosseto midfielder Marco Crimi and Reggina striker Antonio Ragusa.

Goalkeepers: Bardi (Livorno), Colombi (Juve Stabia), Pinsoglio (Pescara);

Defenders: Antei (Grosseto), Caldirola (Inter), Capuano (Pescara), Crescenzi (Bari), Donati (Padova), Mori (Empoli), Faraoni (Inter), Santon (Newcastle);

Midfielders: Bertolacci (Lecce), Crimi (Grosseto), Florenzi (Crotone), Marrone (Juventus), Rossi (Vicenza), Saponara (Empoli);

Strikers: Destro (Siena), El Shaarawy (Milan), Gabbiadini (Atalanta), Paloschi (Chievo), Ragusa (Reggina)

Cassano 'damage should disappear'
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Antonio Cassano’s cerebral damage “should disappear” with time after he underwent heart surgery, said the chief neurologist.

The Milan player was under local anaesthetic on Friday morning when doctors inserted a ‘Pfo occluder’ to plug a small hole between the atriums of his heart, which had caused the ischemic attack last Saturday.

“In my experience, this situation tends to have a positive evolution and the lesion will disappear a little at a time,” explained neurologist Nereo Bresolin.

“I hope to send Cassano home on Sunday. The patient can generally begin sporting activity after six months.”

Professor Mario Carminati performed the surgery and revealed more about the procedure.

“It went very well and there were no problems. We went in through the femoral artery and reached up to inside the heart, where we positioned the occluder, which is like a small umbrella that closes the anomalous communication between the two atriums.

“Cassano’s heart defect is present in a high percentage of the population, but that doesn’t mean everyone needs it to be closed. The indication for this procedure is above all in young people with no apparent risk factors who suffer a cerebral ischemic attack.

“The post-procedural therapy simply means going back to normal life and taking anti-coagulant medication for six months.”

AC Milan contact for Maxi Lopez?
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The agent of Catania striker Maxi Lopez is unaware of speculation that Milan are interested in his client.

The Argentine is one of numerous strikers who have been paired with the player given the likely lengthy absence of Antonio Cassano.

“I know nothing,” representative Dario Bombini told on Friday evening. “I have no information about this.

“I haven’t been contacted by Milan or by Catania director general Pietro Lo Monaco.”

Cassano could be out for the next six months after he underwent successful minor heart surgery earlier today.

Lopez could be looking for a move after struggling to impress new boss Vincenzo Montella.

Serie A: AC Milan vs. Catania - match preview
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Milan are without the recovering Antonio Cassano and several other key players for the visit of giant killers Catania.

It’s been a trying week for the Rossoneri. They’ve had an anxious wait for the results of tests carried out on Cassano, who has been hospital bound ever since falling ill on the flight home from Rome last Saturday.

That wait ended on Wednesday and it was relatively good news. Although the striker underwent heart surgery, his condition is not as grave as first thought and he should be fit to resume playing next year.

His absence, combined with the suspensions incurred by recent hat-trick heroes Kevin Prince Boateng and Antonio Nocerino, means that the champions will face Catania without the players responsible for eight of the last 14 goals they’ve scored in Serie A.

Massimiliano Allegri is expected to call upon veterans Clarence Seedorf and Massimo Ambrosini to fill the gaps in his midfield, as the Diavolo go in search of their fifth consecutive League win.

Vincenzo Montella’s Catania have been the surprise package of the season so far. The Sicilians are 6th with 14 points and a win on Sunday could draw them level with 4th placed Milan. Having already avoided defeat against Juventus, Inter, Lazio and Napoli, Gli Elefanti are aiming to complete a set of shock results against Serie A’s biggest clubs.

Montella was a slightly left field choice for the job given his youth and experience, but his bold decisions, such as ditching the 4-3-3 system in favour of a 5-3-2 and benching star man Maxi Lopez, have paid off so far. Most significantly of all, the 37-year-old appears to have removed the psychological complex that afflicted Catania away from home last season.

Rino Gattuso, Philippe Mexes, Alexandre Pato and Matthieu Flamini are Milan’s other absentees. Catania’s injured include Cristian Llama, David Suazo, Marco Biagianti, Pablo Ledesma, Pablo Alvarez and Mariano Izco.

Keep an eye on: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Milan) – Ibracadabra has four goals in his last three games for Milan, and is also on blistering form in the pages of his new autobiography it would seem. An excerpt from the book was published in the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet on Thursday and caused a sensation, revealing all the explosive details of his dressing room conflict with Pep Guardiola in Barcelona.

Last five in Serie A: Milan (L W W W W) Catania (D W D D W)

Last season: Milan 1-1 Catania

Stat fact: Catania have lost only one of their last five visits to Milan, escaping from San Siro with three draws and a win in the 2007-08 Coppa Italia last 16.

Milan (probable): Abbiati; Abate, Thiago Silva, Nesta, Zambrotta; Aquilani, Van Bommel, Ambrosini; Seedorf; Ibrahimovic, Robinho

Catania (probable): Andujar; Potenza, Bellusci, Spolli, Legrottaglie, Marchese; Almiron, Lodi, Ricchiuti; Bergessio, Gomez

AC Milan star Boateng quits Ghana
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Milan inspiration Kevin-Prince Boateng has retired from international football with Ghana at the age of just 24.

“The Ghana Football Association has received a letter from player Kevin-Prince Boateng on his decision to resign from the senior national team,” read a statement.

“According to Kevin, the physical demands of playing for both club and country at high levels are taking a toll on his health.

“The player also explained that in order to remain healthy and stave off any injuries, he has consulted his doctors and family over the matter.

“He has decided to take the decision to excuse himself from national duties since he is on a special training programme that he has to interrupt to honour national invitations.

“The Ghana Football Association is yet to take a position on the decision of Kevin-Prince Boateng.”

The midfielder has only won nine caps for Ghana after previously playing for Germany, the country of his birth, at Under-21 level.

Boateng, now in his second season at San Siro, reached the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup Finals with the Black Stars.

Del Piero in crazy AC Milan link
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It’s not April 1, but there are some reports in Italy linking Milan with a January move for Juventus idol Alessandro Del Piero.

The Rossoneri are considering the addition of a new forward given that Antonio Cassano could be out of action for the next six months following heart surgery.

The champions have ben paired with a number of players already, but perhaps the oddest rumour is the association with Del Piero.

Juve announced recently that the forward, almost 37, would be leaving the Old Lady at the end of the season after 19 years with the outfit.

Given his lack of use so far this term, some are suggesting that the No 10 could be tempted by an immediate San Siro switch.

That possibility does seem a little remote though after the player has made it clear that he wouldn’t move to another Italian club after Juventus.

The Old Lady are also unlikely to allow such an icon to join a rival club like Milan with just six months left on his contract.

Cassano home by Monday?
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Antonio Cassano could be at home as soon as Monday following successful heart surgery on Friday, reports are suggesting.

The Italian needed the procedure to correct a congenital defect which was uncovered after the player fell ill on the flight home from Milan’s 3-2 win at Roma.

“The procedure on Antonio Cassano's patent foramen ovale finished at 8:35 am and all has gone well,” read a Milan statement.

“The cardiac procedure to close his patent foramen ovale in Antonio's heart was done under local anaesthetic.

“The procedure was carried out by Professor Mario Carminati and Milan's team doctor Rodolfo Tavana was present.”

Professor Carminati stated: “It all went well and without any problems. The procedure was carried out correctly.”

The surgery lasted around 30 minutes. It’s thought that the 29-year-old could be sidelined for as long as six months.

Pato will face Fiorentina
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Brazilian ace Alexandre Pato says he’ll be fit and ready for Milan’s game at Fiorentina in Week 12.

The striker has been sidelined with a muscle injury since September 21, but he maintains he’ll be back after the international break.

“Six weeks have gone by, but I’m now ready,” he stated. “I’m good and I’ll return once the break is over.

“The only reason why I can’t play against Catania is because I haven’t trained with the rest of the squad.”

Pato has a history of injury problems, but he maintains he’s doing all that he can to avoid further fitness issues.

“I have to work on my thigh muscles with gym work and by working on sand,” he added. “I don’t know if I’ll suffer more problems, but I’m doing all that is possible to play games.

“Is the San Siro turf to blame? No, that’s not it. Also because the pitch is actually better this season than it was in the last campaign.”

Pato was also inevitably asked about Antonio Cassano, the Italian international who underwent heart surgery this morning.

“He’s smiling, laughing and walking,” Pato noted. “He’s calm and he’ll be back stronger than ever.

“We did speak for a while, but I didn’t understand that much. He was speaking in Bari dialect…”

Cassano heart surgery successful
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Antonio Cassano underwent heart surgery this morning to correct a congenital defect which was uncovered this week.

The procedure, which took around 30 minutes to complete, is understood to have gone according to plan.

The Italian international has been in hospital since Saturday night after suffering an ischemic attack on the flight home from Milan’s 3-2 win at Roma.

The 29-year-old subsequently underwent a series of tests after being admitted to the neurology wing of a Milan clinic.

During those investigations, it was discovered that the former Bari attacker would require surgery to fill a small hole between the atriums.

The operation was carried out by professor Mario Carminati.

It’s expected that Cassano will be able to return to action, but that may not be for at least another six months.

El Shaarawy steps in for Cassano
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Stephan El Shaarawy’s agent feels Milan already have the man to fill in for Antonio Cassano. “It’s a great opportunity for him.”

The ‘Little Pharaoh’ was expected to go out on loan in January after failing to earn much playing time at San Siro since his move from Genoa.

However, with Cassano out for at least six months due to heart surgery, Coach Massimiliano Allegri could well turn to El Shaarawy.

“This is the right moment for Stephan. He has to prove he is ready in training and show the Coach he can be used in Serie A,” agent Roberto La Florio told Itasportpress.

“El Shaarawy has the tricks and the quality to play in Milan’s starting XI during this difficult time. He is talented, but also lucky, seeing as he scored on his debut.

“It is an important opportunity for him and he mustn’t let it get away. After all, the club has faith in him and the reports he’ll be loaned out in January do not seem accurate to me. No Milan director has ever told me he’ll leave mid-season.

“It’s a shame for Cassano, of course, but this does open up an interesting avenue for Stephan and he has to make the most of it.”

El Shaarawy and Pippo Inzaghi were left off the UEFA list, so cannot take part in the Champions League until February.

Cassano heart surgery on Friday
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Antonio Cassano is set to undergo heart surgery tomorrow morning to correct a congenital defect that caused a type of stroke.

The Milan striker was taken ill after flying back from Rome with the team on Saturday evening and has been in the Policlinico’s Neurology wing ever since.

Yesterday the club released a statement confirming Cassano had suffered from an “ischemic” attack and would require surgery to fill a small hole between the atriums.

It is now also confirmed the operation will be performed first thing Friday morning by Professor Mario Carminati, the chief cardiologist at the Policlinico Irccs San Donato in Milan.

The operation itself is taking place at the Maggiore hospital, as it would be more complicated to move the patient.

Cassano will be under local anaesthetic and the surgery should be concluded by around 8.00 UK time.

It’s widely believed he won’t be back on the football field for at least six months.

Ibrahimovic on his dramatic rift with Guardiola
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic hasn't held back in his forthcoming autobiography, with serialised quotes emerging this week detailing his rift with Pep Guardiola.

Ibra spent the 2009-10 campaign at Barcelona working with the young Coach before returning to Italy in a move to Milan.

The striker has since regularly vocalised his issues with Guardiola and has now put them into writing in the form of his upcoming autobiographical offering.

Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet ran the opening chapter in which Ibra reflects upon his unhappy spell in Spain and how he accused Guardiola of being afraid of Jose Mourinho, at that time in charge of Inter.

“It was a childhood dream to join Barcelona and I was walking on air. It started well but then Messi started to talk.

“He wanted to play in the middle, not on the wing, so the system changed from 4-3-3 to 4-5-1. I was sacrificed and no longer had the freedom on the pitch I need to succeed.

“So I asked for a meeting with Guardiola - for a discussion, not an argument. I said I was being used in the wrong way and that they shouldn't have bought me if they wanted another type of player.

“I told him what a friend had said to me - 'you bought a Ferrari but drive it like a Fiat'. The chat seemed to go well but then Guardiola started to freeze me out.

“I would walk into a room; he would leave. He would greet everyone by saying hello, but would ignore me.

“I had done a lot to adapt - the Barca players were like schoolboys, following the Coach blindly, whereas I was used to asking 'why?'.

“I like guys who run red lights, not pedantic and strict rules. So I tried to be overly nice, didn't dare lose my temper.

“But after this I stopped trying to adapt. For example, at Barca, players were banned from driving their sports cars to training.

“I thought this was ridiculous - it was no-one's business what car I drive - so in April, before a match with Almeria, I drove my Ferrari Enzo to work. It caused a scene.”

Ibrahimovic's account continues, translated via Eurosport, as he reveals his worsening behaviour when it became clear that he would be on his way out of the Catalan club.

The below except is in relation to an incident Ibra alleges took place after Barcelona's 4-1 win away to Villarreal on May 1, 2010. It was the first game after the club's Champions League semi-final exit to Mourinho's Inter.

“Pep was staring at me and I lost it. I thought 'there is my enemy, scratching his bald head'. I yelled to him: 'you have no balls!' And probably worse things than that.

“I added: 'You are s***ing yourself because of Mourinho. You can go to hell!' I was completely mad.

“I threw a box full of training gear across the room, it crashed to the floor and Pep said nothing, just put stuff back in the box.

“I'm not violent, but if I were Guardiola I would have been frightened.”

Pato 'to return after international break'
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Alexandre Pato has confirmed he is recovered from injury, but won't be playing for Milan until after the international break.

Pato has missed the last few weeks of action with a thigh strain, but where he confirmed on Thursday of his return to fitness, the Brazilian has stated that Sunday's clash with Catania has come too soon.

“When I was hurt I also spoke with the doctor of the Brazilian national team and he confirmed this injury would need four to six weeks.

“Six weeks have just passed, I am ready, but it is impossible to play against Catania because I have not trained with the team. I will be back after the [international] break.”

Pato denied that the San Siro pitch was to blame for his continued problems and confirmed that he is determined to maintain his fitness when he returns.

“I have to work much more on the hamstrings with exercises in the gym and on sand. I do not know if I'll get more injuries but I will try to play as many games as possible.

“After each injury I come back even stronger because it is hard to go to the stadium to watch the team from the stands.”

AC Milan ponder Quagliarella bid
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Milan could make Juventus a January offer for Fabio Quagliarella after potentially losing Antonio Cassano for six months.

The latter is expected to have minor heart surgery on Friday after falling ill on the flight home from Milan’s 3-2 win at Roma on Saturday.

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani yesterday suggested that the player would be out of action for between four and six months, a timescale which has got the transfer rumour mill buzzing.

According to some reports in the peninsula on Thursday, the reigning champions may target Quagliarella.

The 28-year-old is now fit after missing the first six months of 2011 with injury, but he has struggled to feature under new Juve boss Antonio Conte so far.

The Italian international, who wants to be a part of Euro 2012, has played in just one game so far this term – and that was for only 14 minutes.

Quagliarella would be an attractive target for the Diavolo seeing as the former Napoli player would also be eligible to play in the Champions League.

It does remain to be seen whether Juve would release him to a title rival though, especially as the club will try to get rid of Amauri, Vincenzo Iaquinta and Luca Toni during the winter window.

Cassano urged to ignore Euro 2012
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FIGC President Giancarlo Abete visited Antonio Cassano and said “his health is the most important thing” rather than recovering in time for Euro 2012.

The Milan and Italy striker has been in hospital since Saturday evening, when he suffered a form of mini-stroke caused by a heart defect.

He will undergo surgery over the next few days to fill the small atrial hole and is expected to resume his career in “a few months.”

FIGC President Abete visited the Policlinico in Milan today and was asked whether Cassano could recover in time for Euro 2012.

“His health is the most important thing, the rest is secondary,” replied the Federation chief.

“What really matter is that Cassano heals and gets back to full health. I brought him a hug from the entire Nazionale and Federation.

“Antonio is in good hands and he seemed to be in good spirits.”

Italy could well be without their main two strikers for Euro 2012, as Giuseppe Rossi has been ruled out for around six months with a knee injury.

Galliani: Cassano will be back
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Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani maintains that Antonio Cassano’s career will not come to an end as a result of heart surgery.

The forward will undergo a minor procedure over the next few days to resolve a congenital defect which saw him hospitalised at the weekend.

“His career is not at risk,” the Rossoneri official stated on Wednesday afternoon.

“He’ll need a few months to recover, but he’ll probably have to wait between four and six months to get clearance to play. It’ll be the doctors who decide.

“All I know for sure is that he is missing football a lot, but I’ve told Cassano that we’ll keep his place warm.”

Galliani visited the Italian international earlier today and he maintains that the former Sampdoria player is keeping positive.

“The boy is well,” the official continued. “He has this small heart problem, but you’ve all seen the media release.

“He has this small hole, but he’ll now have surgery that will close it. It will then be up to the Italian Football Federation to decide when he can return.

“Cassano wants to get back to action, but it’s now up to the sporting bodies.

“I was very worried on Sunday…

“I told Antonio that he had been lucky, even if it would have been better if none of this had happened. It’s all OK and this chapter can be closed after this minor procedure.”

Despite the fact that he could play again this season, Cassano is a major doubt for Euro 2012 selection.

Cassano will have heart operation
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Antonio Cassano will need minor surgery to correct a congenital heart problem, Milan have confirmed.

The Italian has been in hospital since Saturday night after developing problems with his speech, movement and vision on the flight home following the 3-2 win at Roma.

The 29-year-old has undergone a series of tests this week which have eventually found the cause of the problem.

Cassano suffered an ischemic attack which was triggered by a restriction of blood supply to his brain, caused by a slight perforation in the heart, but fortunately without any lasting damage.

“Antonio Cassano has experienced ischemic cerebral damage,” a club statement read. “The player will undergo surgery in the next few days and is expected to be out of action for the next few months.

“The instrumental and neuroradiological examinations required 72 hours for their course and have highlighted the problem in the circumscribed area of the brain that did not result in persistent neurological deficits.

“The cause was identified as the presence of a patent foramen ovale septal heart, detectable only with sophisticated specialized investigations.

“The timing of therapy established has allowed a rapid recovery and improvement of clinical conditions that are good.

“In the coming days the player will undergo a small surgical interventional cardiology (closure of the foramen ovale).

“The recovery time for return to playing will be better defined after the surgery, but probably will be a few months.

“Milan gratefully acknowledges the facilities of the Polyclinic of Milan for what they are doing with great promptness and professionalism.”

Ogbonna told to snub AC Milan
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Angelo Ogbonna will become a better player by staying loyal to Torino, says former Granata stopper Pasquale Bruno.

Ogbonna, despite being in Serie B, has caught the eye of Italy boss Cesare Prandelli and he’s on the radar of Italy’s top clubs.

However, amidst suggestions that Milan are lining up a bid, Bruno has urged the centre-back to continue his adventure in Turin.

“I would advise Ogbonna to stay where he is,” Bruno told TMW. “Especially if Torino are promoted and are in Serie A next season.

“He still has to improve despite his excellent potential and he would find it tough at a club like Milan to play regularly.

“You also have to factor in that if Torino want to be protagonists in the top Division then they’ll need his help.

“He has really become more secure under Coach Giampiero Ventura this season and I hope Torino President Urbano Cairo does everything necessary to keep him.

“He can play at full-back, but he’ll become a great centre-back!”

Ogbonna was paired with Premiership giants Arsenal over the summer, while clubs in Spain were also keen.

Cairo claimed before the start of this season that the Italian was worth somewhere in the region of €20m.

Ganz happy and disappointed
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Simone Andrea Ganz is delighted to have made his Milan debut – but he’s annoyed with the 1-1 draw at BATE Borisov.

The youth team striker, son of former Rossoneri forward Maurizio, was throw into the squad given the absence of Antonio Cassano, Alexandre Pato and Pippo Inzaghi.

With seven minutes of the tie in Belarus left, Ganz junior replaced Brazilian sensation Robinho.

“It was a really emotional moment for me,” the young Italian told Milan Channel. “To make your debut in the Champions League is a dream for everyone.

“I’m very happy on a personal level.”

Milan, as a team, were less enthusiastic with the outcome of the tie as they were surprisingly held by the European minnows.

“We didn’t manage to close the game in the first half with all of the chances that we had,” continued Ganz.

“They then equalised after the break and the Coach threw me on in the hope that we could win, but unfortunately that didn’t happen.

“We created so much in the opening 45 minutes, but they improved in the second period and they put us into a little bit of difficulty.”

Heart operation for Cassano?
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Reports in Italy are starting to suggest that Antonio Cassano may need surgery to correct a possible heart defect.

The Italy striker has been in hospital since Saturday night after feeling unwell on the flight home after Milan’s 3-2 win at Roma.

The Rossoneri are set to release an official statement regarding the player’s condition later today, but that hasn’t stopped the speculation regarding a possible diagnosis.

Although the forward is showing signs of improvement, he is still undergoing a series of tests amid fears that he suffered a transient ischemic stroke at the weekend.

Numerous media outlets in the peninsula on Wednesday are claiming that the various examinations so far have found a small issue with his heart.

The speculation adds that the problem could be resolved with a small operation and, if all goes well, he could resume his playing career.

Cassano had made a promising start to the season with his club and country.

Although not guaranteed a starting shirt at his club, Cassano is firmly in the plans of Italy boss Cesare Prandelli ahead of Euro 2012.

Ambro and Aquilani disappointed
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Massimo Ambrosini and Alberto Aquilani are not happy at picking up a point in Minsk. “It’s a shame, we should’ve won.”

Milan had been leading 1-0 at half-time through Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but were held 1-1 by BATE Borisov after a soft penalty.

“I don’t know if it was a penalty or not, but the fact remains we should’ve finished off the game with a second goal,” said Ambrosini.

“At international level it can happen that they catch you up. It’s certainly a shame, as we had so many chances to make it 2-0.

“Now we’ll have to battle for first place with Barcelona, even though it looks as if we’d have to beat them at San Siro to make that happen now. We also wanted to dedicate a victory to Antonio Cassano, but we have been reassured as to his condition.”

Aquilani was naturally also asked about Cassano, who is in hospital with a mystery illness.

“I talked to Antonio via text message and he told me he’s relaxed. I’ve known him for many, many years and he often helped me out. I care for him and this news shocked all of us, so we can’t wait to hug him,” said the former Roma man.

“We wanted to come here and get the three points, but instead we didn’t finish off the game despite a well-played first half and bring back an unconvincing point.

“It felt as if we switched off after conceding the goal, BATE gained confidence and that prompted the result. If Barcelona win tonight, then we’re practically qualified, so we can focus on finishing first later on.”

Allegri: 'AC Milan paid the price'
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Massimiliano Allegri admits Milan paid the price for not “closing the match” away to BATE Borisov, but also had their minds on Antonio Cassano.

The Rossoneri dominated the first half, but only went in to the break 1-0 up and were eventually held by a soft penalty.

“We did well in the first 45 minutes, but should’ve closed the match. We had so many chances and didn’t take them, so you pay for that on an international level,” said the Coach.

“If you don’t finish off your opponents, then something can always happen to change a game, which is what happened today.

“The penalty for BATE seemed an excessive decision to me, as it was shoulder-to-shoulder. From that moment on, they started causing problems for us with their counter-attacks.”

The psychological situation within the squad was difficult, as Cassano is still in the neurological wing of a hospital with a mystery illness, rumoured to be a mini-stroke.

“It’s only normal that there is a little apprehension within the group when things like this happen. The lads wanted to win in order to dedicate the success to Antonio.”

Champions League: BATE Borisov 1:1 AC Milan - match report
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Scorers: Ibrahimovic 22 (M), Bressan pen 55 (B)

Milan rue wasting first half chances, as a soft penalty wiped out Zlatan Ibrahimovic's goal for a 1-1 draw with BATE Borisov.

The Rossoneri hoped to maintain their strong Serie A and European form, although Antonio Cassano was in hospital after being struck by a mystery illness on Saturday evening. He joined absentees Alexandre Pato, Luca Antonini, Philippe Mexes, Gennaro Gattuso and Mathieu Flamini, while Pippo Inzaghi and Stephan El Shaarawy were off the UEFA list. BATE Borisov were looking for their first win of the campaign, as they had one point so far in Group H. The Belarus side play all their European home games in Minsk, as their stadium does not meet UEFA codes.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic had the first chance after five minutes, as with a give-and-go with Robinho on the outside edge of the box he curled towards the far top corner, forcing Gutor into a save. At the other end, Christian Abbiati smothered a Skavysh solo effort.

Robinho was flagged offside when clear on goal in a dubious decision. Alberto Aquilani had a double opportunity, as his header was charged down in the box and he got on the rebound from six yards for a shot deflected wide.

Ibra's snapshot stung Gutor's gloves from distance, then the Swede aimed a fierce free kick at the goalkeeper too.

Ibrahimovic was testing the BATE goalkeeper several times and he broke the deadlock. The move started from Milan's final third, but they went on the counter and Robinho crossed from the right for Ibra to fire low from eight yards.

There was a sweet gesture during the celebrations, as Boateng revealed he had Antonio Cassano's shirt under his own.

Moments later BATE threatened an equaliser, as Abbiati flew to fingertip a dangerous Skavysh header out from under the crossbar.

Another Rossoneri counter was stopped due to an incorrect offside flag, while Robinho's sudden dipping strike from distance was flapped over the bar.

Bressan burst through the middle of the Milan defence and felt he was blocked off by Thiago Silva, but the referee waved play on, as it looked as if he had already lost possession. Radkov got in front of Thiago Silva to fire off target on a cross from the right.

Robinho should've scored on 39 minutes, as he went on a blistering run through the centre starting from the centre-circle, dribbled round the goalkeeper, but then the angle was too narrow and he hit the outside post of an empty net.

After the restart BATE threatened with Baga's half-volley saved by Abbiati from a Bordachev cross. Robinho ran on to a Boateng through ball down the left and his swerving shot towards the far post was well beaten away.

However, Kontsevoi burst into the box from the left and fell under a nudge when shoulder-to-shoulder with Ignazio Abate, but replays suggest it was a very soft penalty. Renan Bressan stepped up and slotted low into the near bottom corner despite Abbiati guessing the right corner.

The equaliser really fired up the home side, who began to pour forward in waves and Abbiati had to parry a fierce Baga strike at the near stick. Moments later Skavysh trapped a cross and was pulling the trigger when Taiwo blocked him off.

Massimo Ambrosini won back possession in midfield and set up Ibrahimovic to test Gutor from close range. More bad news for the Rossoneri, as Alessandro Nesta pulled up with a muscular problem and made way for Daniele Bonera.

Thiago Silva and Ibrahimovic both jumped for a free kick, causing each other problems to nod wide.

Milan had a great chance on 76 minutes, as Boateng sprung the offside trap and had his first shot charged down by the goalkeeper, then the follow-up denied by a desperate Simic goalline clearance.

Boateng jumped above the crowd to nod a Robinho cross wide, while Skavysh fired over when he should've set up one of his teammates in more promising positions.

Massimiliano Allegri threw on Simone Marco Ganz, the son of ex-Milan striker Maurizio Ganz, in place of Robinho for some fresh legs in attack. Taiwo tried a couple of audacious and entirely unnecessary long-range attempts.

BATE threatened a late winner with a classic counter-attack aided by Bonera's slip, but the Skavysh strike stung Abbiati's palms at the near post.

BATE Borisov: Gutor; Yurevich, Radkov, Simic, Bordachev; Volodko, Likhtarovic (Olekhnovich 63); Kontsevoi (Gordeychuk 84), Bressan, Baga (Pavlov 76); Skavysh

Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Nesta (Bonera 66), Thiago Silva, Taiwo; Aquilani (Seedorf 69), Ambrosini, Nocerino; Boateng; Ibrahimovic, Robinho (Ganz 83)

Ref: Rasmussen (Den)

'Clarifying' Cassano statement due
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Tomorrow Milan will release a “clarifying statement” on Antonio Cassano’s mystery illness, revealed Adriano Galliani. “We’re moderately optimistic.”

The 29-year-old has been in the neurology department of a Milan hospital since he was taken ill when returning from Rome on Saturday evening.

Many reports have swirled around, including one that Cassano suffered a stroke, mainly due to the lack of official confirmation on the circumstances of this illness.

“The situation is evolving well and we are moderately optimistic,” Milan Vice-President Galliani told Sky Sport Italia ahead of tonight’s Champions League game with BATE Borisov.

“Tomorrow there will be a joint clarifying statement from Milan and the clinic. What I do really want to tell the fans and people who care for Cassano is that he is well and is improving.”

Cassano received many visitors over the last couple of days, including former Sampdoria teammate Giampaolo Pazzini.

“He was better than I expected,” replied the Inter striker when asked how FantAntonio was doing.

Champions League: BATE Borisov vs. AC Milan - lineups
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Milan (4-3-1-2): Abbiati; Abate - Nesta - Silva - Taiwo; Aquilani - Ambrosini - Nocerino; Boateng; Ibrahimovic - Robinho
Bench: Amelia, Bonera, Yepes, De Sciglio, Emanuelson, Seedorf, Ganz.

BATE Borisov (4-2-3-1): Gutor; Yurevich - Radkov - Simic - Bordachev; A. Volodko - Likhtarovich; Kontsevoi - Baga - Bressan; Skavysh
Bench: Chesnovski, Gordeychuk, Pavlov, Olekhnovich, H. Volodko, Rudik, Kezman.

Milan clubs want Hazard
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Source: Football Italia

Lille sensation Eden Hazard has confirmed that he was approached by both Inter and Milan over the summer.

Hazard will feature for his French club against Inter in the Champions League on Wednesday, an outfit who have been strongly paired with his signature over the last six months.

“Inter made me an interesting offer in the summer,” the Belgian attacking midfielder told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“However, there was still some uncertainty regarding the choice of Coach and we didn't know whether Wesley Sneijder and Samuel Eto'o were going to stay,” he added.

“But it’s not just Inter as Milan have shown an interest as well. They proposed that I stay at Lille and then sit down for serious talks at the end of the season.

"I feel ready to join a major club and I won't be staying in France.”

Hazard, who has won the praise of Zinedine Zidane and was likened to Lionel Messi by former Lille tactician Claude Puel, is being monitored by clubs across Europe.

Paris Saint-Germain have also been paired recently, as have the likes of Premiership giants Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea.

Hazard will celebrate his 21st birthday in January.

AC Milan play for Cassano
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Source: Football Italia

Milan will have Antonio Cassano on their minds when they take on BATE Borisov in the Champions League on Tuesday.

The Italian international is currently in hospital having tests after being struck by a mystery illness on Saturday night.

“We’ll have to do well for him, but more than for him, for the situation that he’s in,” boss Massimiliano Allegri stated.

“Antonio was doing well and he was in good shape,” he added. “I hope he’ll be back as soon as possible.”

Milan and Barcelona currently lead Group H on seven points, while BATE and Plzen have collected just one point each so far.

“It will be an important game for the result and for qualification,” Allegri added. “If we get the qualification, then we’re playing for top spot with Barcelona.”

The San Siro giants go into the tie on a high following Saturday’s 3-2 win at the Stadio Olimpico against Roma.

“We played a good game on Saturday despite the two goals conceded. I think this can be a starting point for how we should play in the future.

“We're in with a shout to win the title along with another six or seven teams. We haven’t expressed ourselves fully yet, but we started to do so on Saturday. We need continuity.”

Milan are beginning to find some form, but they are also conceding more goals than they were accustomed to last term.

“There are no problems in defence,” the ex-Cagliari man added. “It’s just a question of focus.”

Turning to team selection, Allegri did reveal some of the names that would start against the Belarus outfit.

“Max Ambrosini, Ignazio Abate, Sandro Nesta, Kevin Prince Boateng, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho will definitely start.

“I’m not sure about Clarence Seedorf, Antonio Nocerino and Alberto Aquilani. I have to decide between Taye Taiwo and Gianluca Zambrotta at left-back.”

AC Milan reject Cassano diagnosis rumours
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Source: Football Italia

Italian giants Milan have played down reports that Antonio Cassano is recovering from an ischemic stroke.

The attacker is in a Milan clinic after feeling unwell on the flight home following the Rossoneri’s 3-2 win at Roma on Saturday night.

The Italian media have been speculating about what mysterious illness the player is suffering from, with Italian news agency ANSA claiming that the boy from Bari was struck by a type of stroke.

Milan, though, quickly issued a statement in response to the claims being made about the Italian international.

"Milan communicates that the information in circulation containing hypothetical diagnosis on the health of Antonio Cassano cannot be considered as verified,” a media release read.

“They were not ascertained from medical sources such as the club’s medical staff or from the doctors at the Policlinico of Milan who are treating the player.

“Milan also underline that Cassano is clearly improving and he will have further tests in the coming days.”

Other whispers doing the rounds are that Cassano may have a minor heart condition, while La Gazzetta dello Sport is claiming that he could be back in action in two months.

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