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April 2009

AC Milan in Albanian charity match
30.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan's stars will play a UNICEF friendly against the Albanian national team in Tirana on May 12, it was confirmed today.

The Rossoneri have set up a series of international encounters to help publicise the club brand as well as maintain the fitness of their players.

The Diavolo will be in Tirana for the Taci Oil Albania Reads trophy on May 12, announced the organisers of the event.

It will be the second time that Milan have taken part in this UNICEF sponsored competition, as on October 14 they lost 2-1 to SFK Tirana.

The proceeds will go to help promote reading in Albanian schools.

The most recent friendly test was a 5-2 victory against a Hungarian League XI in Budapest last week.

Results 'will decide Ancelotti's fate'
30.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

The results this season “can influence” Carlo Ancelotti’s future and Milan “will not hold back Kaka,” announces President Silvio Berlusconi.

Ancelotti has a contract with the club until June 30 2010, but all parties involved have said the decision will be made together once the season is over.

“I think the agreement between Ancelotti and [Vice-President Adriano] Galliani is they will sit round a table at the end of the season to talk about the future,” said Berlusconi.

“United or divided, the way this campaign ends can influence the decisions that will be made. We are great friends and united by affection stretching back to his playing days, so the future will be decided in absolute harmony.”

The Coach has been heavily linked with the jobs at Chelsea, Real Madrid and Roma, while Berlusconi already seems to be running up the list of potential successors.

“I would go with a new Coach like I did back with Arrigo Sacchi or Fabio Capello. I have not discussed even once with Galliani the name of a new tactician.”

If Ancelotti’s future is uncertain, then so is that of Kaka, who was on the verge of completing a £100m move to Manchester City in January before the player turned it down.

There are still many suitors for the Brazilian, including Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United.

“Will Kaka stay? I hope so,” mused the President. “You have all seen how we behave at Milan, we do not have the attitude of forcing our will on players.

“Those who stay are happy to remain with us. When [Andriy] Shevchenko told us he wanted to play in England, and everyone knows how much we all loved him here, we didn’t feel it was right to say no. His was a strong desire, repeated to us often.”

Sheva’s failure to make an impact at Chelsea has been used as a cautionary tale to Kaka should he wish to move on from Milan.

Ronaldinho joined the club this season, but after a strong start has struggled to impress at San Siro and is left repeatedly on the bench.

“Last year during the election campaign the people asked me to bring Ronaldinho,” said Italy’s Prime Minister.

“He must remember that he was the ambition and dream of all Rossoneri supporters, who cannot wait to see him back on the pitch.”

Berlusconi makes fun of Moratti
30.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan President Silvio Berlusconi insists he is delighted Massimo Moratti knows how to count given he keeps adding up how many penalties the Rossoneri have won.

Yesterday Berlusconi said Milan would be just one point behind Inter if the crucial goal Adriano scored with his hand in the last derby had been ruled out.

Moratti responded by saying Milan are only still in the title race because of the 'record' number of penalties they have been awarded.

“It's a useful exercise in arithmetic that does everybody good,” Berlusconi quipped. “Inter prevailed in the last derby because of a very dubious goal without which we would be just a point behind them.”

As it is, Milan are seven points behind Inter with just five games left of the 2008-09 season. They travel to Catania on Sunday.

Ambrosini reopens old wound
30.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan talisman Massimo Ambrosini has resumed an argument he had with Inter Coach Jose Mourinho a couple of months ago.

Mourinho told La Gazzetta dello Sport in January that he believed Milan would finish the season without any silverware.

The Rossoneri are now just seven points behind the Nerazzurri with five games remaining this season.

“I like to think that, within a couple of weeks, Mourinho will be sorry for saying Milan wouldn't win anything this year, even if at that time it was difficult for us to be considered in the title race.

“Now we are their main rival but, like Ancelotti, I believe that a comeback will be difficult if not impossible.”

Milan continue their bid to overhaul Inter this weekend when they travel to Catania, who knocked them out of last year's Coppa Italia.

Bilic preferred to Ancelotti
30.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Croatia Coach Slaven Bilic is being lined up for the Chelsea job, making the prospect of Carlo Ancelotti leaving Milan more distant.

The Blues are looking to replace interim manager Guus Hiddink, who is set to resume his role with Russia at the end of the season.

Ancelotti has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge over the last few months and was even rumoured to have accepted the vacant position there.

However, according to the Sun, Peter Kenyon, the Chelsea chief executive, has made contact with Bilic, with a view to offering him the job.

Ancelotti has a contract with Milan until June 2010 by which time he will have become the club's longest serving trainer.

The Italian Press remain convinced he will leave in the summer, though, and expect Luciano Spalletti to replace him.

Spalletti's AC Milan revealed
30.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan are prepared to give Luciano Spalletti a sack of money to spend this summer if he leaves Roma, according to Il Corriere dello Sport.

The Rossoneri expect Carlo Ancelotti to leave at the end of the season either for Chelsea or Real Madrid, and Spalletti is now the favourite to replace him.

Spalletti has endured a disappointing season with Roma and is eager to try his hand with one of Italy's 'Big Three'.

Roma currently lie sixth in Serie A and with the club's owners in financial trouble, Spalletti will have little or no money to spend this summer.

The Tuscan tactician is fed up of doing business on a shoestring and appears frustrated at the board's inability to help him take the team to the next level.

Chelsea interviewed Spalletti last year and he reportedly passed up the opportunity to train the Blues because of the language barrier.

Il Corriere dello Sport believe Milan are willing to give Spalletti not just a shot at the big time, but the chance to build a new team.

Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor and Udinese trequartista Antonio Di Natale are believed to be on Spalletti's wish list, as he looks to introduce the 4-2-3-1 system to Milan.

Reports also suggest Spalletti would like another defender to play along side young Brazilian centre-back Thiago Silva.

Udinese stopper Felipe is the name Il Corriere believe Spalletti wants for the role, but players from Milan's academy have not been ruled out either.

Spalletti is said to be willing to recall the 'Baby Milanisti' - Davide Astori, Ignazio Abate, Romano Perticone and Davide Di Gennaro - from their respective loan spells.

The 50-year-old Roma Coach has an excellent reputation for bringing through and developing young talent.

Spalletti is now thought of as the favourite for the Milan bench because he has greater experience than other frontrunners, Massimiliano Allegri and Leonardo.

He has a track record in the Champions League and almost guided Roma to the Scudetto last season.

Ancelotti eyes Roma
30.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti has reiterated his wish to Coach Roma once his days on the Rossoneri bench are over.

The former Juve tactician has been told off several times by fellow tactician Luciano Spalletti, but is unlikely to receive the same response now the shiny-headed boss looks on his way out of the Olimpico.

“My dream to return to Rome will come true one day or another,” Ancelotti told Il Messaggero.

“To lead the Giallorossi is a desire which I have never hidden.”

Ancelotti spent several years of his playing career in the Eternal City, where he learnt the art of coaching from legendary tactician Nils Liedholm.

“Rome is in my heart because of the people, the history you breathe walking around the city – and the food,” he concluded.

Carlo played for them from 1979 to 1987 making over 170 appearances. However, he is set to remain in Milan for yet one more year unless President Silvio Berlusconi doesn’t opt for a mini-revolution during the summer.

Kaka: We believe in Scudetto
30.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan talisman Kaka has revealed his Rossoneri teammates still believe they can haul in League leaders Inter and win the Scudetto.

Milan have recovered seven points on the Nerazzurri in their last three games with five matches remaining until the end of the season.

The Rossoneri are still seven points adrift of Inter, though, and need their rivals to collapse like they did in 2002 if they are to have any chance.

“We will believe as long as mathematics allows us to,” Kaka told Brazilian website

“But it doesn't depend on us alone, so we'll think about doing our part and win every one of our remaining games.”

When asked if Milan had any regrets this season, Kaka said: “Our biggest problem this year were the numerous injuries we suffered.

“I am not only speaking of mine alone but of all those suffered by the team,” he said. “If we were to have had all our players available, we would have been able to obtain great results.”

AC Milan target Mandanda
30.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan are hoping to resolve their goalkeeping problems by signing Marseille and France No 1 Steve Mandanda this summer, according to France Football.

The catlike 24-year-old, who was born in the Congo, has been inspirational this season, helping Marseille overtake Lyon and build a five-point lead at the top of Ligue 1.

Mandanda is widely regarded as one of the top young goalkeepers in the world and made his debut for France against Austria on September 6 2008.

Milan have had serious problems between the sticks ever since Dida lost his confidence 18 months ago.

They reluctantly trusted _eljko Kalac last season, but decided to bring Christian Abbiati back from a loan spell at Atletico Madrid last summer.

Abbiati looked to have ended Milan's troubles in goal, but suffered knee ligament damage against Siena on March 15 and is out for six months at the very least.

Dida has since reclaimed his place between the sticks, however, Milan would like more security on the last line of their defence.

Mandanda is also the subject of interest from Spanish giants Barcelona and German champions Bayern Munich.

He has a contract with Marseille until 2012 and is believed to be worth around £7m, however, his price could rise if L'OM win Ligue 1 this season.

Zaccheroni: AC Milan can catch Inter
27.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Former Milan boss Alberto Zaccheroni believes the Rossoneri could make a sensational comeback and secure their 18th title.

The gap between Milan and Inter has now been reduced to seven points and with five games left to play it is legitimate for them to think about the Scudetto.

“It’s not crazy to believe Milan can do it,” explained Zaccheroni, who back in 1999 led the Diavoli to the title after being seven points behind Lazio.

“The Rossoneri have nothing to lose and they can cause a big surprise. There aren’t many games left so they need to make the final effort.

“Inter might be a bit too relaxed now. I think they are still the best team though, their records both home and away are superb and it is just a matter of concentration for them.”

The Rossoneri will be facing Catania, Juventus, Udinese, Roma and Fiorentina in the next run-in and it does not look like an easy challenge for them.

“The calendar may favour the Nerazzurri but in the short term things could be different. After all they have dropped several points already,” noted the Coach from Cesenatico.

“If I was Carlo Ancelotti I wouldn’t be thinking too much about who they are playing next, since they have to win all the games anyway.”

Milan won 3-0 against Palermo on Sunday afternoon. They now sit second two points ahead of Juventus.

Inter, meanwhile, were defeated 1-0 at the San Paolo by Napoli. The Nerazzurri will have to watch out next weekend as they host Lazio at San Siro.

Zaccheroni is currently unemployed after a short spell at Torino. The former Udinese tactician has recently been linked to Palermo.

Adebayor likens AC Milan to Beyonce
27.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor has compared interest from Milan with being chatted up by Beyonce.

The Rossoneri have long been admirers of the 25-year-old Togo international, who has scored 16 goals in 32 appearances for the Gunners this season.

“I am happy playing for this club and to be honest I am happy Milan, one of the legendary clubs in the world, were looking at me,” Adebayor told ESPN.

“For me that must be something special. It is like a boy being told Beyonce is looking for them,” he added.

“I am quite happy with that, but the most important thing is playing for Arsenal. I am very happy here so there is no reason for me moving.”

Adebayor will next be action on Wednesday night when Arsenal take on Manchester United in the Champions League Semi-Finals.

Sparks between Inter and AC Milan
27.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Inter President Massimo Moratti has responded to comments made by Silvio Berlusconi regarding his side's lead at the top of Serie A.

This morning Berlusconi said: “After the Palermo game, I heard from Galliani and he said to me that had Adriano not scored with his hand in the derby we would be a point away from Inter.”

Berlusconi is referring to the last Derby della Madonnina, which Inter won 2-1 on February 15 thanks a dubious goal from Adriano and a 43rd minute winner from Dejan Stankovic.

In response, Moratti said: “I will have to count the number of penalties Milan have had and then we will see who are champions.”

Milan were awarded two soft penalties at the weekend, both of which were converted by Kaka to help the Rossoneri to a 3-0 victory over Palermo.

“I am not scared of Milan,” Moratti explained. “They have played the same championship as Juventus. I only worry about Inter. It all depends on us.”

Inter unexpectedly lost 1-0 at Napoli on Sunday evening, leading some to optimistically believe the title race is back on.

The Nerazzurri have seen their lead at the top of Serie A cut to seven points, but Moratti thinks the Scudetto is Inter's to lose rather than Milan's to win.

“One can understand a defeat. It can happen when everything goes bad like it did at San Paolo, giving Napoli a wonderful boost.

“Mourinho is right when he says it should have ended 0-0,” Moratti added before being drawn on the question of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's future.

The Sweden international striker recently gave an interview expressing his unhappiness at Inter's inability to win in Europe.

“I have spoken to him. The interview didn't seem to me to be so exaggerated and it happened some weeks ago. It struck me that he was in an anxious condition. It's been acknowledged,” Moratti concluded.

Berlusconi plans future talks
27.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan President and Italy Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will decide Carlo Ancelotti's future at the end of the season.

Ancelotti is being linked with a move away from San Siro, most notably to Chelsea or Spanish giants Real Madrid.

The Milan board have reportedly grown tired of repeatedly failing to win the Scudetto and Ancelotti himself is believed to want a new challenge despite recent statements to the contrary.

“Carlo is a friend and a fine person,” Berlusconi said. “We will discuss his future at the end of the season.”

When asked if he believed Milan still have a chance of winning the championship, Berlusconi replied in English: “Let's wait and see.

“I heard from Galliani and he said to me that had Adriano not scored with his hand in the derby we would be a point away from Inter. I told him that ifs, buts and other conditions don't help anyone in football.”

Milan have been in excellent form of late. They beat Palermo 3-0 at the weekend, overtook Juventus and are now just seven points behind League leaders Inter.

AC Milan meet with Sheikh
27.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan yesterday played host to Sheikh Al Maktoum, the son of the Emir of Dubai, but talk of a takeover is premature, according to Il Corriere della Sera.

Al Maktoum is reportedly interested in sponsoring Milan, as the Rossoneri's current £10m deal with Bwin expires at the end of next season.

If an agreement is reached, Milan, like Arsenal and Hamburg, will be seen wearing the Fly Emirates logo on their shirts.

According to Il Corriere della Sera, Al Maktoum is willing to pay the Rossoneri a lucrative £20m for a four-year sponsorship deal with the option of a fifth written into the terms of the contract.

The Italian Press believe the deal will not stop there, though, with Al Maktoum reportedly ready to become a major shareholder in the club.

Milan are in desperate need of new capital and - on top of limiting their transfer spending this summer - will try to enforce a salary cap, bringing wages down 30 per cent.

Honorary President Silvio Berlusconi can no longer be seen spending large amounts of money on Milan in his position as Italy Prime Minister.

Ancelotti: Kaka makes the difference
27.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Carlo Ancelotti has praised Kaka and feels with him back to his best, Milan can secure second place.

The Brazilian was inspirational during today's 3-0 win over Palermo, converting two penalties and terrorising the Rosanero defenders.

“He has returned in the best possible way after a two-month absence and at this moment his performances let you understand how difficult it is to do without him,” said the Coach.

“We struggled without him for all these weeks and that penalised us in the standings. Now with him back we have hit our stride and want to continue picking up points.”

It was a fourth consecutive victory that - coupled with Juventus' 2-2 draw at Reggina - sends Milan two points clear in second place.

However, Ancelotti laughed off talk of a late Scudetto bid if Inter slip up against Napoli this evening.

“No, we are only trying to stay ahead of fourth, where we have a nine-point advantage.”

Alexandre Pato was out injured, but still Ronaldinho was left on the bench until the final stages.

“It was the right decision to sign him, he did very well in the first half of the season and then wavered because of the injury and the fact he wasn't playing consistently. After that, it's down to me to make the choices.”

AC Milan 3:0 Palermo - match report
26.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Scorers: Kaka pens 10, 56 (M), Inzaghi 19 (M)

Kaka was on spectacular form to inspire Milan in a comfortable victory that sends them clear in second place.

The Rossoneri had the wind in their sails after catching Juventus in second place, but welcomed a Rosanero side that had already beaten them 3-1 earlier this season. Alexandre Pato joined the list of absentees (Bonera, Antonini, Gattuso, Borriello, Kaladze, Nesta, Abbiati), but the Rosanero had a full squad to choose from after Fabio Simplicio's ban expired.

Despite Pato's absence, Clarence Seedorf was picked to start instead of Ronaldinho. Mathieu Flamini was confirmed in the right-back role. The heavy rain over Milan made play tricky and may have contributed to Cassani's clumsy tackle on Massimo Ambrosini. Kaka took the penalty and slipped it just beneath Marco Amelia's fingertips.

Giulio Migliaccio's header did not make the most of a Nelson Dida error on a corner.

Milan doubled their advantage thanks to Inzaghi's 10th goal in seven games. He was left unmarked at the back post for a diving header on Ambrosini's intelligent chipped pass.

Fabrizio Miccoli's free kick whistled just wide of Dida's right post, though David Beckham wasted a great chance set up by Kaka. The Brazilian wanted a penalty for a tug from Simon Kjaer, but contact was minimal.

There was a moment of great fair play when a free kick was awarded for Simplicio's challenge before Ambrosini assured the referee that he had merely slipped.

Dida took two touches to control a Migliaccio header, but Kaka curled a splendid right-foot effort inches past the far post. Amelia stuck out a foot to deny Kaka and Inzaghi just failed to get on the end of the Ballon d'Or winner's cross.

After the restart Cesare Bovo received a second booking - both for fouls on the inspired Kaka - to leave Palermo with 10 men.

Seedorf's strike was charged down and another penalty was awarded as Kaka had gone round Federico Balzaretti, who stuck out an arm to drag him back. The Brazilian was on stunning form and converted the penalty himself, sending Amelia the wrong way.

Feeling the game was over, Davide Ballardini took the opportunity to blood a few youngsters at San Siro. One of these, goalkeeper Ujkani, was tested by Gianluca Zambrotta and Ronaldinho.
Milan: Dida; Flamini, Maldini, Favalli, Zambrotta; Beckham (Cardacio 79), Pirlo, Ambrosini; Seedorf (Ronaldinho 64); Kaka, Inzaghi (Shevchenko 67)

Palermo: Amelia (Ujkani 64); Cassani, Kjaer, Bovo, Balzaretti; Migliaccio, Liverani, Nocerino (Hernandez 46); Simplicio; Miccoli (Mchedlidze 58), Cavani

Ref: Rizzoli

Sent off: Bovo 48 (P)

Ancelotti braced for Palermo
26.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Carlo Ancelotti expects Palermo to put up quite a battle and insists Milan are looking no further than a top three finish.

Last week the Rossoneri thrashed Torino 5-1 to catch Juventus in second place, though both still trail Inter by 10 points.

“We are not even thinking about the Scudetto,” shrugged the Coach. “At this moment our objective is to finish the season in the top three positions. If we happen to end up second rather than third, then that would be even better.

“I think that order could be decided when we welcome Juve in two weeks’ time.”

Both sides face potential pitfalls today, as Juventus travel to Reggina and Milan take on Palermo.

“The first meeting with Palermo earlier this season was one of the games where we struggled the most,” he said of the 3-1 defeat on November 30.

“Milan are a different side now to back then, more toned, reactive and ready to raise the tempo without problems.

“Palermo are an excellent team and very organised, quite aside from the individual talents they possess. We know they’ll adopt the same approach whether home or away and will come here to challenge for a result, just as they did two weeks ago against Inter.”

The Sicilians fought back from 2-0 down to earn a point at San Siro with the Nerazzurri and hope to replicate it.

“It’s going to be an interesting game because both teams will want to impose their style on the other. We’ll see who manages it.”

Alexandre Pato is not even in the squad for this match, so Ronaldinho is expected to lead the line with Pippo Inzaghi and Kaka.

Pato out of Palermo match
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Source: Football Italia

Alexandre Pato is out of Milan's clash with Palermo, so Ronaldinho can step back in to the spotlight.

'The Duck' limped out of last week's 5-1 win over Torino after picking up a knock and has still not fully recovered.

In this afternoon's Press conference Carlo Ancelotti stated he had only “a 30 per cent chance” of featuring in Sunday's game.

“He is an important player for Milan and we'll evaluate during the final training session whether he is in any condition to take part in the game,” said the Coach.

“The squad is going through a great period of form, though, and we will in any case manage to make up for his absence.”

That is going to have to be the case, as Pato is not even in the squad for the Palermo encounter, joining Christian Abbiati, Luca Antonini, Daniele Bonera, Kakha Kaladze, Alessandro Nesta, Gennaro Gattuso and Marco Borriello on the treatment table.

“Pato is a key figure, but in the last five games Milan have done well even without Pato's goals. He has given his contribution by creating space for his teammates, but I repeat, Milan are in good form.”

This means Ronaldinho is likely to be put back into the spotlight after several weeks on the bench, as he will partner Pippo Inzaghi and Kaka upfront.

Inzaghi has scored five goals in his last three games, including a hat-trick against Torino.

Milan squad: Dida, Kalac, Perucchini, Darmian, Favalli, Jankulovski, Maldini, Mattioni, Senderos, Zambrotta, Ambrosini, Beckham, Cardacio, Flamini, Pirlo, Seedorf, Inzaghi, Kaka, Shevchenko, Ronaldinho.

Ancelotti: Chelsea can wait
26.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan Coach Carlo Ancelotti assures “Chelsea know full well I have another year on my contract.”

The Milan man’s contract expires in 2010 and he has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge this summer.

“I am not awaiting any signal from the club on my future. I have an excellent rapport with Milan and I did not request a contract extension because there is no need,” said Carletto in today’s Press conference.

“Chelsea know full well that I have another year on my contract. It’s true my English could be better, but it’s not about the language.

“We’ve talked it over with the club and everything is very clear. I have a contract and I think it will continue, it’s all there in black and white.”

Ancelotti is sought after on the transfer market after winning the Scudetto, Champions League, Club World Cup, European Super Cup and Coppa Italia with the Rossoneri.

He was also linked with Chelsea last season, but with Guus Hiddink warning he’ll return to Russia in the summer, the race is on to find a successor.

“With Hiddink’s situation it is only natural rumours fly about that bench, just as it’s normal Chelsea are seeking a good Coach, but they know I am staying here now.”

Yet he confessed that the matter was still very much up in the air despite Milan leaping into second place in Serie A.

“We’ll talk about my future with the club later on. These are decisions that must be taken together and I don’t think there is any need to get into an argument. We’ll reach an agreement.

“You all have to get it out of your heads. So much has been said and written about this, but I have spoken to the club and for us the situation is very clear.”

Ancelotti also laughed off new reports today that Kaka has agreed a five-year contract with Manchester United worth £135,000 per week.

“Kaka has already turned down an important contract offer,” said the Coach in reference to Manchester City’s January offer.

“He’ll have the chance to get back to the top level with this squad and I don’t see why he’d want to go elsewhere.”

Kaka linked with Manchester United
26.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

The Sun claims that Kaka held talks with Manchester United over a contract worth £135,000 per week.

‘A source close to the Milan star’ was quoted in the newspaper suggesting: “It was a very positive meeting, although nothing was agreed.

“The player wants a five-year contract and wages of £135,000 a week. He is very keen to join United and these are figures that are within United’s pay structure. It’s up to them what happens now.”

Kaka has already reiterated in recent weeks that he has no intention of leaving San Siro, especially as they are set to qualify for the Champions League again.

He rejected a £100m move to rivals Manchester City in January and any bid from United would have to come close to that figure.

“I have already said and already shown that I am committed to this club so there is nothing else to add,” Kaka said on Monday.

“I truly enjoy myself at San Siro and am happy with the support I receive here.”

Shevchenko's AC Milan plea
24.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko hopes to stay at San Siro next term rather than return to Chelsea.

The Ukrainian international returned to his former stomping ground last summer on loan.

While the 32-year-old hasn't been at his most lethal this term and has rarely featured in Serie A, he wants to have a chance to impress next term.

“The truth is that I may not be given the chance to stay at Milan,” Shevchenko told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I know that it has been a difficult season, but I would love to stay put.

“I will keep trying as hard as I can to prove that I can still do good things for this club.

“At least I am getting a chance to play some games now and that makes everything easier.

“It has been disappointing not to get more playing time, but that's just the way it is at a club like Milan,” he concluded.

Trezeguet agent welcomes AC Milan talk
23.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

The agent of Juventus striker David Trezeguet has responded positively to links with Milan.

The French international has fallen out with Coach Claudio Ranieri and is unlikely to stay at the club unless there is a change of tactician this summer.

There were reports that Milan were considering pouncing for Trez and representative Antonio Caliendo is pleased to hear such talk.

“When a team like Milan consider David then it is good news for me,” he told the Corriere dello Sport.

“Milan are a great club and that confirms that my client is a valid champion.

“But I will only start negotiating once the season is over. Trezeguet is under contract with Juventus and his situation must be addressed with the club first.”

Spanish giants Barcelona and Ligue 1 side Lyon are also said to be interested in the experienced goal-getter.

Flamini eyes European glory
23.4 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan midfielder Mathieu Flamini has declared his intention to win the Champions League with the Rossoneri.

The Diavolo were forced to make do with the UEFA Cup this term and were eliminated by Werder Bremen.

But Milan will be back in Europe's premier club competition next term and Flamini has set his sights high.

“I want to win the Champions League,” he told the BBC. “I came here because of Milan's history in the competition and I want to win that trophy so much.

“Obviously I also want to win the Scudetto and become one of the club's top players.

“I will work hard and do everything in my power to achieve those objectives.”

Flamini hasn't had the best of seasons, but he seems happy at San Siro.

“I have supported Milan since I was very young so people must realise how it is very special for me to play for this club,” the Frenchman stressed.

“My dad is Italian and I have lots of family here. I can visit them and I can speak Italian now so it has made it easier for us to be in contact.

“They are all very proud of me and it has brought us closer. It was a big move for me and I am happy as a person and as a footballer.”

Beckham: Ancelotti learning English
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David Beckham has revealed Milan Coach Carlo Ancelotti has been learning English over the last year.

Ancelotti has long been linked with Chelsea and is expected to take over from Guus Hiddink at Stamford Bridge this summer.

“When I arrived at Milan, Ancelotti was already studying English. Every time I try to fix his English, he insists on making errors and we end up laughing,” Becks told the Sun.

On being asked whether Ancelotti's English studies meant he was about to leave Milan, Beckham replied: “I can't tell you anything about Chelsea.”

Beckham went on to talk about his own difficulties with Italian and shed light on which of his teammates speak good English.

“I admit I haven't made much progress with Italian. I can only say 'congratulations' to the referee or 'good goal' to Pippo Inzaghi.

“Paolo Maldini speaks English and there is also Gennaro Gattuso, who speaks a language of his own, but I understand him perfectly,” Beckham joked.

“One thing is for sure - there are many players in Europe and the world that would pay out of their own pocket to play at a club like Milan.

“So I would have done anything to stay here until the end of the season,” the 33-year-old England captain concluded.

Thiago Silva wants more Brazilians
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Milan defender Thiago Silva has recommended the club to sign another Brazilian, his great friend Joao Miranda.

The Rossoneri already have six Brazilians in their squad, but Silva believes there is room for more at Milanello.

“Miranda is a great friend of mine, we see each other on international duty,” Silva told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“If he were to arrive here I would be really happy. I have spoken with Miranda and I told him that everything is good at Milan.

“In the last two seasons we were the best two defenders in the Brazilian League,” Silva explained. “One year he was voted first and I second and the next year vice versa. We would be a great together.”

Miranda, like Silva, is 24 and now plays for Sao Paulo after short spells at Coritiba and French outfit Sochaux.

Silva is yet to play a competitive game for Milan, as the Rossoneri are only allowed to register two non-EU players every year.

The former Fluminense star featured in Milan's 5-2 victory over a Hungarian selection last night and has already earned the respect of his peers.

“I am very happy and satisfied. Training is complicated when you're not playing,” Silva admitted. “But everyone follows me here, they all help me and have put me in a position to work well.

“I am already tied to my teammates, in particular Clarence Seedorf and Philippe Senderos, as well as the Brazilians.

“I am happy that the captain, who studies my training, respects me. Also Carlo Ancelotti gives me a lot of advice and these last few months have been really useful even if I haven't played.”

Silva later revealed that he would be wearing the No 33 shirt next season in homage to Paolo Maldini, who retires this summer along with his No 3 shirt.

“I like the No 3, but it will be retired once Maldini says goodbye and so I will put it along side another 3,” Silva explained. “The No 5 is also available but I don't like that number.”

When asked to describe himself as a player, Silva replied. “I play calmly and have good technique that has matured a lot since I was a child.

“In the early stages of my career I played as a 'volante' [a position in front of the defence] and from that period the need to impose myself on the game has stayed with me. I also head the ball well.”

Silva joined Milan in December for £10m, rejecting offers from Chelsea, Villarreal, Man City and Inter.

When asked why he chose Milan over Inter, Silva replied: “Because of the project and desire to build a winning team.

“I also came here for the other Brazilians. Leanardo was very important in the deal and my family also helped me choose.”

Friendly: Shevchenko conquers Budapest
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Milan hammered a Hungarian selection 5-2 in tonight’s Budapest friendly with Andriy Shevchenko bagging a brace.

The Rossoneri travelled to the Puskas Stadium to take on the Hungarian League Team, a selection of players from the various domestic clubs.

Before kick-off star Kaka was presented with a cake to celebrate his 27th birthday on the pitch, something he later marked with a goal.

It was the Hungarians who took a surprise lead through Rajczi’s counter-attack to send the 40,000 home fans wild.

There were plenty of chances before Kaka equalised, running on to David Beckham’s fine pass over the defence to place an angled drive past the Hungarian goalkeeper.

Zeljko Kalac had to palm a Horvat strike on to the crossbar, but straight after the restart Ronaldinho combined with Kaka and substitute Clarence Seedorf in a splendid team move that was finalised by Shevchenko.

It was 2-2 when Tokoli took advantage of youth team defender Matteo Darmian’s error, but Ronaldinho found Shevchenko for a second right-foot goal.

Ronaldinho also hit the woodwork with a delicate lob before Seedorf smashed in a powerful strike.

Felipe Mattioni was brought down for a penalty on 81 minutes, which Ronaldinho wasted by thumping on to the crossbar.

Nonetheless, Milan got their fifth goal late on when Thiago Silva set up Uruguayan Tabare’ Viudez.

Hungarian League Team 2-5 Milan
Scorers: Rajczi 7 (H), Kaka 37 (M), Shevchenko 47, 62 (M), Tokoli 57 (H), Seedorf 73 (M), Viudez 85 (M)
Missed penalty: Ronaldinho 81 (M)
Milan: Kalac (Perucchini 77); Mattioni, Thiago Silva, Senderos (Darmian 46), Jankulovski (Viudez 77); Beckham (Cardacio 65), Ambrosini (Flamini 46), Seedorf (Strasser 77); Kaka (Pasini 65), Ronaldinho; Shevchenko

Galliani: Scudetto is impossible
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Adriano Galliani laughed off Milan’s Scudetto chances as “impossible” and explained why they fought to keep David Beckham.

The Rossoneri have caught Juventus in second place and both are now 10 points adrift of Serie A leaders Inter, leading some very hopeful fans to urge a late title push.

“If Milan were to pick up 18 points from the remaining six games, then Inter would in any case get more than eight,” mused the Vice-President.

“Even if [Napoli Coach Roberto] Donadoni did us a favour this weekend, it wouldn’t change anything. First of all because Milan need to focus on their own results and secondly as the gap would still be seven points, a huge chasm.

“There’s no point talking about things that are simply impossible. We have no regrets. We remain convinced that without injuries this squad would have fought for the Scudetto, but this is the way it panned out and so we must try to end the season on a high.”

Beckham provided two assists for Pippo Inzaghi in the 5-1 win over Torino and Galliani is very glad he opted to remain at San Siro beyond the original March 9 deadline.

“The deal with LA Galaxy is very clear. We got what we wanted and that is to have David with us until the end of the season.

“Beckham was a very important buy, positively crucial, and we kept him knowing that [Gennaro] Gattuso was out for the campaign.”

The England international can buy himself out of his contract in November and is then expected to join Milan on a free transfer, although Tottenham are reportedly showing an interest too.

“We hope Beckham will return to us, but all we can say for certain is that until the January transfer window he will be in Los Angeles.”

Emerson left Milan yesterday evening when it was announced he had terminated his contract by mutual consent to deal with a personal matter.

“We parted on excellent terms,” assured Galliani.

Seedorf: Juventus shouldn't appeal
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Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf believes Juventus shouldn't appeal against their fan ban for racist chants.

The Old Lady will have to play against Lecce on May 3 behind closed doors after Juve supporters aimed racist insults at Inter striker Mario Balotelli.

“I think it is a wrong attitude,” he said on Repubblica TV. “If we want to give a strong message then we need to take action against a big side.

“The Italian Football Federation has made a stand and Juve shouldn't appeal against it.

“We know that there have been other cases but this one is very visible and it falls to Juve as one of the most important teams in Italy to accept it.”

Other players who have been victims of racist abuse have taken stronger measures.

“When Samuel Eto'o left the pitch it was a very strong action,” Seedorf asserted.

“It depends on the person but we need to take a stance. We are the players and without us football wouldn't exist. We have a social responsibility.”

Seedorf also seemed shocked by some chants he heard directed at Kaka during Milan's 5-1 win over Torino last weekend.

“There are also other episodes of ignorance that aren't strictly linked to racism,” the Dutchman admitted.

“The other day in the game against Torino, our fans were signing songs for Kaka, but the Granata supporters sang 'kill Kaka'.

“I know that they are great fans with a fantastic tradition, but for five minutes I don't know how many children heard them sing that.”

Emerson terminates AC Milan contract
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Emerson has terminated his Milan contract with immediate effect “due to personal reasons,” announced the club.

The Brazilian is dealing with undisclosed family issues and wishes for a swift return to South America.

Milan confirmed with a Press release that he had requested and received the immediate rescission of his contract due to personal reasons.

“In thanking him for all he has done during this experience with the Rossoneri, Milan wish Emerson the best for the future.”

He had joined from Real Madrid in August 2007, making just 26 Serie A appearances, three in the Champions League, five UEFA Cup, three Coppa Italia and one each in the European Super Cup and Club World Cup.

Before that he had played in Italy for Roma and Juventus.

Gattuso returns to training
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Azzurri midfielder Gennaro Gattuso has returned to training with Milan after his cruciate ligament injury.

The pugnacious star damaged knee ligaments during a 1-0 win over Catania in December but continued playing, only realising the extent of the injury after the final whistle.

Gattuso went under the knife and was told that his season was probably over, but he has been hard at work on the road to recovery.

The Calabrian hard man trained with his teammates this morning, albeit in non-contact exercises.

It represents a rapid return for Gattuso, who is known for his resilience and high pain threshold.

Rino has expressed a desire to join Marcello Lippi's Italy squad for the Confederations Cup in June.

Inzaghi believes in AC Milan
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Milan striker Pippo Inzaghi believes the current squad can still do great things despites statements to the contrary made by Kaka.

Last week, Kaka said Milan were at the end of an era and in desperate need of strong investment if they are to remain competitive.

“This team still has a future despite what I have read,” Inzaghi told journalists just hours after scoring a hat-trick in Milan's 5-1 victory over Torino.

The 35-year-old, who has now scored 12 goals in 10 starting appearances for the Rossoneri this season, was brimming with confidence.

“My objective is to keep going forward like this,” Inzaghi explained. “Every week I read that Milan lack a heavyweight striker, that I don't score headers and I enjoy it.”

Milan are now second in Serie A with six games remaining this season. They welcome Palermo to San Siro next weekend.

Beckham makes Ancelotti appeal
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David Beckham praised Pippo Inzaghi and Carlo Ancelotti, urging the Coach not to join Chelsea.

Becks provided two assists for Inzaghi’s hat-trick in tonight’s 5-1 victory over Torino.

“Everybody knows he’s one of the best goalscorers and will always score goals. You put the ball in the right place and he’ll score,” grinned the England international.

He was also asked about rumours Ancelotti is ready to sign up for Chelsea next season.

“I hope he stays here, because he’s all about Coaching this team,” Beckham told Sky Italia television.

“For me he is one of the best Coaches I’ve played under and wherever he is he’ll be successful because of the person he is and the Coach he is. He cares so much about the game.”

Kaka rules out Real Madrid
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Milan talisman Kaka has taken the opportunity to once again commit his future to the Rossoneri and rule out a move to Real Madrid.

The Brazilian, who turned down the chance to join Manchester City in January, is Real Madrid's No 1 transfer target this summer.

“I have already said and already shown that I am committed to this club so there is nothing else to add,” Kaka said. “I truly enjoy myself at San Siro and am happy with the support I receive here,” he concluded.

Real Madrid presidential candidate Florentino Perez last week told journalists he would reserve the club's legendary No 5 shirt for Kaka.

Perez, who famously ushered in the galacticos era when he was last Real Madrid President between 2000 and 2006, has also been linked with Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo.

AC Milan intrigue Allegri
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Cagliari Coach Massimiliano Allegri admits his curiosity has been piqued by speculation linking him with the bench at Milan.

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has reportedly identified Allegri as Carlo Ancelotti's replacement.

Despite recent statements to the contrary, Ancelotti is widely expected to leave the Rossoneri this summer either for Chelsea or Real Madrid.

Allegri has without a doubt been one of this season's revelations, leading Cagliari to ninth place in Serie A after a terrible start that included five straight defeats.

When asked about the Milan job after Cagliari's 2-0 victory over Napoli, Allegri said: “It will be curious, but at the moment I am studying English like Ancelotti.”

“It's for personal and cultural reasons, though in 2010 it could be useful,” Allegri added, hinting at a possible move to England after next season.

At 41, Allegri, along with Gian Piero Gasperini, is one of the most promising tacticians in Italian football.

Dunga wants to see Ronaldinho
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Brazil Coach Dunga has told Sky Italia he would like to see Ronaldinho play more games for Milan.

The 29-year-old former World Player of the Year, who joined Milan from Barcelona last summer, has hardly featured for the Rossoneri in 2009.

After a strong start to life in Italy, Ronaldinho has made just 16 starting appearances for Milan all season.

“These are internal things at Milan,” Dunga said. “There is a Coach who makes his own choices and has his own style of play.

“As for me, I certainly would like to see more of Ronaldinho on the pitch because he's is happier when he plays and there is more magic.

“Also it means that when he comes to be called up for the national team he has more rhythm,” Dunga added.

When asked if he thought Ronaldinho would leave Milan this summer, Dunga replied: “They are personal choices that only he can make.”

Ancelotti: Inzaghi's a big kid
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Carlo Ancelotti reveals Pippo Inzaghi's secret and why Milan failed to challenge for the Scudetto this season.

“I've been working with Inzaghi for 10 years, I can't stand the sight of him anymore! It's great to see him play like this and he may be 36, but he has the enthusiasm of a kid and that is his secret.”

Inzaghi's hat-trick sparked a 5-1 victory over Torino that sent the Rossoneri into joint second place with Juventus

“This team still has a lot to give, even though this season the performances have been inconsistent. Tonight we got both the result and good football, which we haven't always managed recently.

“The pleasant surprise was [Mathieu] Flamini, who interpreted the full-back role very well with pace, attacking momentum and good passing. Considering he hadn't played there this year, he did extremely well.”

Milan are now second and are the most prolific team in Serie A, earned more points and conceded fewer goals at home than any other side, yet they were out of the title race by February.

“I think Milan worked well on the transfer market with useful players, but the trouble is we haven't been able to use many of them due to injuries, such as [Marco] Borriello. In the crucial weeks of the season we lost precious points because of that situation.

“It's true we have dropped precious points on our travels in games where we were often leading, such as at Torino and Lecce,” continued Ancelotti.

“The team has not changed its attitude, but perhaps the absence of experienced players at the back makes itself felt more away from home when the opposition is more attacking.

“The important thing is to finish in the top three, whether second or third is irrelevant. Of course there is a prestige to being runners-up to Inter and we can think about this now that we have a good advantage over fourth.”

Ancelotti was asked to comment on the strong reports that Fabio Cannavaro has agreed a return to Juventus for next season.

“I am not surprised, as the World Cup is coming up so Cannavaro wants to play for a big club in Italy and he already knows them well.”

AC Milan 5:1 Torino - match report
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Scorers: Inzaghi 13, 37, 60 (M), Kaka pen 68 (M), Franceschini 80 (T), Ambrosini 90 (M)

Pippo Inzaghi bagged a hat-trick as Milan crushed Torino 5-1 and caught Juventus in second place.

The Rossoneri could catch Juventus in second place with a victory, even though their performances hadn't been all that impressive lately. Toro meanwhile felt the flames of Serie B licking at their feet, although they had a boost from last week's dramatic late win over Catania, Giancarlo Camolese's first victory on the bench.

Milan's defence was decimated as Marek Jankulovski's ban added to injury woes for Alessandro Nesta, Kakha Kaladze, Daniele Bonera, Luca Antonini, Christian Abbiati, Gennaro Gattuso and Marco Borriello, so Mathieu Flamini improvised as a full-back. Toro weren't in better shape, missing Eugenio Corini, Elvis Abbruscato, Andrea Gasbarroni, Marco Pisano, Nicola Ventola and Paolo Zanetti.

Pippo Inzaghi got the ball in the back of the net after nine minutes by nodding David Beckham's free kick, but he was offside.

It was only a warning, as soon after Inzaghi got his header after all. A Beckham corner kick was whipped in for SuperPippo's free header from six yards, left totally unmarked.

Matteo Sereni blocked another Inzaghi header from a long Beckham pass, while the goalkeeper also controlled Pippo's shot set up by Alexandre Pato. The young Brazilian went for goal at the back post when he should've crossed for the unmarked Inzaghi.

Nelson Dida smothered a Blerim Dzemaili snapshot after 34 minutes, but it was all Milan and the two stars combined again. Kaka went on the counter and Beckham dummied a shot from outside the box, but instead placed the ball on Inzaghi's head for a second goal.

Claudio Rivalta went off with a muscular problem to make way for Paolo Hernan Dellafiore.

Another corner wreaked havoc in the Granata box, Flamini volleying inches over the bar. Kaka should've scored a third when Flamini cut back Andrea Pirlo's long ball from the byline, but the Brazilian shinned it well over.

Brazil boss Carlos Dunga was in the stands, but Pato picked up a slight knock so he was replaced by Ronaldinho for the second half, while Jurgen Saumel came on for Dzemaili.

There was a comical moment when Massimo Ambrosini accidentally ran into the back of the referee and knocked him over!

Rolando Bianchi almost scored a Giuseppe Mascara-style stunner from 40 yards out, but it was just over with Dida backpedalling furiously.

Inzaghi completed his hat-trick on the hour mark. Ronaldinho's through ball allowed SuperPippo to spring the offside trap and he kept his cool to blast over Sereni from 10 yards. Inzaghi had also scored a treble against Toro in a 6-0 victory back in 2002.

Toro created a good chance to pull one back on the counter with Alessandro Rosina and Ignazio Abate combining well, but Bianchi misunderstood the direction of the pass behind the defence.

Inzaghi was given a standing ovation by San Siro as he made way for Andriy Shevchenko. Soon after the referee pointed to the spot as Ambrosini went through the middle on another through ball and Sereni came flying out to knock him over. Kaka stepped up and converted low despite Sereni guessing the right angle.

Paolo Maldini was also rested, giving youngster Darmian a chance to shine.

Toro got a consolation goal late on with Milan's habitual problems from set plays, as a corner ricocheted around the box until Ivan Franceschini redirected Simone Barone's effort from six yards.

Kaka's effort from distance took a deflection to whistle wide of the far post, but in the final minute he threaded through for Ambrosini to rush into the box and place an angled drive into the far bottom corner.
Milan: Dida; Flamini, Senderos, Maldini (Darmian 72), Zambrotta; Beckham, Pirlo, Ambrosini; Kaka; Pato (Ronaldinho 46), Inzaghi (Shevchenko 65)

Torino: Sereni; Rivalta (Dellafiore 40), Natali, Franceschini, Rubin (Ogbonna 65); Abate, Dzemaili (Saumel 46), Barone, Diana; Rosina; Bianchi

Ref: Banti

Camolese eyes AC Milan shock
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Giancarlo Camolese knows Milan are a tough customer, but cannot wait to test Torino's newfound confidence at San Siro.

“It is always wonderful for a professional in this sport to step in to San Siro,” said the man who took over from Walter Novellino.

“This is extra motivation that will help us put in a great performance, as that is the only way to pick up points.

“Milan are a side who do not give you any reference points, as they can all pass the ball around so beautifully. We cannot give them time to think.”

With a win Milan will go into second place, but Toro are also desperate for a result in order to escape from the relegation zone.

“The Rossoneri are improving and have a more important position in their sights, but we must always try to do better and it is the only way we can get the results we need to survive.”

Last week Camolese picked up his first victory on the Granata bench with a late 2-1 win over Atalanta.

He has numerous injury concerns for this match, as Elvis Abbruscato, Eugenio Corini, Andrea Gasbarroni, Marco Pisano, Francesco Pratali, Marco Di Loreto, Nicola Ventola and Paolo Zanetti are sidelined.

Ancelotti can't see end to AC Milan era
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Carlo Ancelotti warns Milan they need to buck their ideas up, but doesn’t agree with Kaka that “an era is coming to an end.”

The Brazilian made the comments this week and suggested the time was right to make vast changes in the squad, including the introduction of a Steven Gerrard figure.

“An era ends when the owners change, so while Silvio Berlusconi remains President, this era will continue,” replied Ancelotti.

“There will certainly be a process of renewal, but that’s not to say anything has to come to an end. That’s not the way I see it.

“Kaka is an intelligent lad and can express his own opinion, but every now and then he needs to be told off, too.

“Ricardo was spot on about Gerrard, though. He’s a player who could be very useful, but it’s all fantasy football.”

One of those rumoured to be moving on is Ancelotti himself, who confessed he would certainly like to take the Chelsea job.

“It’s true I am taking English lessons, but that is because I need it to go round the world, not just to work in England. In any case, there are no developments and there won’t be any.”

The tactician has urged new signings in defence and upfront with latest reports suggesting a renewed bid for Arsenal’s Emmanuel Adebayor.

“We must make the right tweaks to keep this team competitive, but there’s no need to do something wild. [Marco] Borriello could potentially give us 20 goals, he is recovering and will have the same quality he did a year ago before his injuries.”

Milan are pushing for second place and the former Juventus boss admits he is “supporting Inter tonight” in the Derby d’Italia.

They take on Torino on Sunday evening and Marek Jankulovski is suspended with Paolo Maldini not 100 per cent fit.

“We need to be careful, as Toro have changed and thanks to their new Coach play in a much more solid way. We could have difficulty breaking through their defence and the three midfielders protecting them.

“Lately our own standard of football has left something to be desired, so we have to do better, especially against a locked-down opponent.

“We need heft upfront and a high tempo. The team is in good shape physically, but has to play better.”

Senderos set for AC Milan split?
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There are reports Milan won’t make Philippe Senderos’ move permanent, so he could switch to Fiorentina or Hertha Berlin.

The Swiss international arrived on loan from Arsenal in the summer, but has only made 11 Serie A appearances – five starts – due to a series of injury worries.

German newspapers suggest it’s not enough to push Milan into paying the £6.5m to buy him outright from the Gunners.

Instead Senderos is considering interesting proposals from Fiorentina, Lazio, Udinese and Hertha Berlin.

The 24-year-old started his career at Servette in Switzerland and joined Arsenal in 2003.

Milan need to revamp their defence with Paolo Maldini set to retire and Alessandro Nesta still struggling to recover from a serious back condition.

Giuseppe Favalli was expected to walk away in the summer when his contract expires, but there are reports the club could extend his deal.

Ancelotti's Chelsea confession
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Carlo Ancelotti has admitted he “would like” to lead Chelsea and “won’t stay at Milan indefinitely. Sooner or later this story has to end.”

The Coach has always stated he has no intention of quitting the Rossoneri even though his contract, which expires in 2010, has not yet been renewed.

However, he was a little more open when answering questions posed by children at the Milanello training ground event.

“I will not go to Chelsea, even if I won’t stay at Milan indefinitely,” said Ancelotti when asked if he’d work at Stamford Bridge.

“Sooner or later this story has to end. Chelsea are a great club and I cannot say I wouldn’t like it.”

These comments fuel speculation that Roman Abramovich has offered the job to Ancelotti when Guus Hiddink returns to Russia and that the tactician is giving it serious consideration.

Milan have hinted they will fire him if he doesn’t at least finish in the top three, but going into this weekend they are only two points adrift of Juventus in second place.

Paolo Maldini added more evidence that Ancelotti is not entirely sure what to do with his future.

“Every day I ask the Coach if he’s staying and he always tells me to ask him again tomorrow.”

Borriello eyes early comeback
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Marco Borriello’s long injury nightmare is coming to an end and he hopes to play in Milan’s final games of the season.

The former Genoa striker has been struggling throughout the campaign with a series of setbacks that have seen him make just eight appearances in all competition.

“I am training twice a day and my leg is holding up. I’m so happy that I can start running and look ahead without worrying about what this season has been like for me,” he told Milan Channel.

“We will not take risks or push the recovery process, but if all goes well I’d love to play some of the important games that await us in May.”

The Rossoneri certainly have a tough run-in as they face Juventus, Udinese, Roma and Fiorentina.

Borriello returned to San Siro after scoring 19 goals for Genoa last term, but has struggled with injuries to the meniscus ligament, a recurring thigh strain and in February underwent surgery to remove a cyst from his right thigh.

“Fans stop me in the street and ask when I’ll return. I can only focus on working hard and doing well in a Milan jersey, whether that is this season or the next.

“My objective is to play at Milan for many years to come and hopefully end my career here.”

Maldini voices Korean regrets
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Paolo Maldini prepares to hang up his boots after 24 years, but has only one regret. “I’d love to replay the 2002 game against South Korea.”

In what proved to be his final appearance for Italy, the legend made a mistake that allowed Korea to snatch a Golden Goal, knocking the Azzurri out of the World Cup.

“If I could play one game again, it would not be Milan-Liverpool in Istanbul,” he said of the Champions League Final in which they threw away a 3-0 lead in six minutes.

“We played there for 120 minutes like Gods and for six like idiots. No, I’d love to replay the 2002 game against South Korea.

“I can still see Ahn Jung Hwan’s Golden Goal, my last moment in the Nazionale.”

Many have urged Marcello Lippi to give Maldini one last cap to celebrate his retirement, but even the defender was against that being February’s clash with Brazil.

“The newspapers dragged me into that match. I was open to it as long as a) it wasn’t out of pity and b) I didn’t get in the way.”

However, Maldini did say he would be “proud” to play for Italy in the friendly that is being organised in Pescara to raise funds for the Abruzzo earthquake victims.

“I have played 895 games for Milan in all competition and now I’ve recovered from my muscular problems and there are seven rounds left, I’d like to reach 900.

“I wanted to call it a day at San Siro, but in our last game of the season we play away to Fiorentina. So I’ll have to salute the fans the week before, on May 24 against Roma.”

Some at the club are still trying to convince the captain to change his mind and play on, but the dye is cast.

“I am 100 per cent going to retire. This time last year I was doubtful, but not now. Negative incidents can happen when you’re 25 or 40.

“The problem is you cannot go against nature. You can push it, but at a certain point you need to give up. I still have the fire in my belly and could physically continue, but I’ve made my decision.”

Ambrosini agent welcomes Napoli talk
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The agent of Milan midfielder Massimo Ambrosini has refused to rule out a transfer to Napoli.

Ambrosini is still waiting on a contract offer to extend his current deal, which expires in 2010.

Milan are expected to make some sweeping changes to their squad this summer and Ambrosini could be one of the men making way as recent reports suggest that Napoli are ready to pounce.

“Anything is possible for Massimo,” representative Moreno Roggi said on Radio Kiss Kiss.

“All doors are open, but I do think it is unlikely that he will be leaving Milan because he has another year on his contract.

“It's nice to hear talk of Napoli - the more talk the better - but that isn't a possibility right now.

“However, Napoli are a great club and Ambrosini is a great player - so why not?”

Kjaer only has eyes for Palermo
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Palermo rising star Simon Kjaer is hot property in the peninsula, but he remains focused on life in Sicily.

The Rosanero are determined to keep hold of the 20-year-old despite the attentions of Inter, Juventus and Milan.

“I know that the media are talking about me joining a big side,” Kjaer said in the Corriere dello Sport.

“It is a positive thing to hear and it boosts my confidence, but I don't really pay any attention to it.

“The most important thing for me is when the Coach tells me that I'm playing well.

“I have a contract until 2013 and I'm not worried. Any player would be happy to join one of Europe's top teams but I would love to stay here.

“I love everything about this city, especially the weather. I am gaining in experience and I will keep growing because the club and the Coach have faith in me.

“I think Serie A is the best League in the world and I didn't expect to find such dangerous strikers at every team.

“For example, we will be taking on Bologna on Sunday and they are third from bottom but they have Marco Di Vaio, who is one of the best strikers in Italy.”

Galliani has no interest in Adriano
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Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani insists the Rossoneri have no intention of making a move for Inter striker Adriano.

The Brazilian hitman looks likely to be a free agent shortly after Inter chief Massimo Moratti admitted he was ready to rescind his contract.

Adri has regularly been linked with a move across Milan, but it seems the troubled marksman wouldn't be welcome in the Diavolo camp.

“Nobody here has ever thought about Adriano,” Galliani declared to journalists.

“Milan have nothing to do with the Adriano situation - it is an internal matter for Inter to resolve.

“I won't talk about the market until the end of the season. I have clear ideas in my head, but I won't be discussing them.”

Galliani was willing to talk about the Rossoneri's bid to overtake Juventus before the end of the season.

“I don't like to make compromises,” he said. “Juve are just two points ahead of us, but we have Genoa behind us and also Fiorentina and they are doing well, so anything could happen.”

The Milan director concluded by reiterating his demand for striking starlet Alexandre Pato to receive more protection from referees.

“He is targeted when he goes on the pitch - these things happen when players are still young,” Galliani asserted.

“The defenders have been excessively hard on Pato. Referees don't need to safeguard any individual but to clamp down on violent play generally.”

AC Milan think to Adriano
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Inter are worried Adriano could follow the likes of Christian Vieri and Ronaldo and join rivals Milan if they let him go, according to the Italian Press.

The Nerazzurri are open to releasing the troubled 27-year-old striker, who recently announced his decision to take a break from football.

Rather than continue to pay his wages, Inter are hoping to come to an agreement with Adriano and release the £12m in his contract to spend on other players.

According to the Italian Press, Milan, who have long been admirers of Adriano, are monitoring the situation very closely.

Earlier this week, Adriano's agent, Gilmar Rinaldi, said his client would be out of the game for just two months and is not about to retire anytime soon.

Milan talisman Kaka has also expressed his desire to help Adriano overcome his demons and get him back to his best.

Adriano, who earned the nickname “the Emperor" for his imperious performances, is still highly regarded in Italy despite his problems.

He has scored 125 goals in 295 appearances so far in his career and was once thought of as the best striker in the world.

Godin interests AC Milan
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Villarreal centre-back Diego Godin is attracting attention in Italy, most notably from Milan, who are looking to bolster their ageing defence.

The 23-year-old Uruguay international was a member of the Villarreal side that lost 3-0 to Arsenal last night in the Champions League.

Godin is in his second season with El Submarino Amarillo and is a classic centre-half who has a habit of rising to big occasions.

In La Liga, he has earned a reputation as a fighter, who relishes taking on strikers and wrestling the ball away from them.

Schooled at CA Cerro and Nacional, Godin is physically strong and very agile in and around the box, making him crucial to Villarreal's defensive unit.

Barcelona and Real Madrid are also interested in signing him, although all interested parties will have to take into consideration the fact he has a contract with Villarreal until June 2012.

According to Il Corriere dello Sport, Milan have sent their scouts to watch him on several occasions this season.

Centre-back has become a problem position for the Rossoneri this year what with Paolo Maldini about to retire and Alessandro Nesta out with injury.

Milan have already boosted their numbers at the back, signing Brazilian duo Thiago Silva and Felipe Mattioni.

'All the clubs want Ancelotti!'
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Carlo Ancelotti is “the most sought-after Coach in the football universe,” reveals transfer guru Ernesto Bronzetti.

The tactician’s contract with Milan expires in 2010 and he will be released if they fail to finish in the top three this season.

“Ancelotti is the most sought-after Coach in the football universe,” said the specialist in the Liga market.

“He is wanted by Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Roma.

“There is a great fondness between Ancelotti and [Vice-President Adriano] Galliani. Because of this they will only decide what to do at the end of May.”

The Coach has won the Champions League twice and reached three Finals, also lifting the Scudetto, Coppa Italia, Italian Super Cup, two UEFA Super Cups and the 2007 Club World Cup.

Real Madrid are also very keen to bring in another Milan figure, Kaka, but Bronzetti does not hold out much hope.

“Real still don’t have a President, although what I hear in Spain suggests Florentino Perez has it sealed up.

“He will make three big splashes on the transfer market. His main dream is Kaka, but it’s going to be very difficult to pry him away from Milan.

“It’s going to be a very quiet summer for most clubs compared to past years, because only two sides have any real money – Real Madrid and Manchester City, with Chelsea and Bayern Munich lagging behind.”

Bronzetti also commented on how Inter can move forward following Adriano’s decision to take a sabbatical from football.

“As a fan I hope Adriano can get back on track psychologically. Of course if before we were talking about a player worth 35-40m Euros, then now Inter must loan him out until he can find himself.

“It won’t be easy finding him a buyer because of the many problems he has had. There are still many who admire the Brazilian, but they certainly won’t invest heavily in him.

“Adriano keeps saying he wants to quit, then begin again. He needs to find someone who truly admires him, but with his wage demands it all seems very difficult.”

Kaka: AC Milan need a Gerrard
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Kaka has warned Milan have reached “the end of an era and need to renew this squad,” starting from his pick Steven Gerrard.

The Rossoneri have long been criticised for their ageing team and even the Ballon d’Or winner admits the time has come to make sweeping changes.

“We are reaching the end of an era and another will begin,” he told Sky Italia television.

“Perhaps this is an historic moment and the time has come to renew this squad with so many players at the end of their contracts and others who can come in.

“We can create a mix of experienced players and youngsters who are very hungry for success.”

Among those packing their bags at the end of this season are Paolo Maldini, Emerson, Giuseppe Favalli and possibly Nelson Dida.

“I like modern players who know how to attack and defend,” continued Kaka. “If it were up to me then I’d sign someone like Gerrard, who I think is the complete package.

“He can play anywhere, as a trequartista, deep midfielder or on the right. I think he’d fit in very well at Milan.”

The usual reports in Spain suggest Real Madrid are making another mega bid for Kaka, but their former Coach Bernd Schuster isn’t buying it any more.

“I doubt Kaka or Cristiano Ronaldo will come. It would be a miracle,” he told newspaper Marca.

Ronaldinho ready to fight for fourth
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Milan ace Ronaldinho is determined to help the Rossoneri secure their Champions League qualification berth.

The Brazilian has had a season of ups and downs at San Siro, but he has made an impressive contribution in recent weeks.

“This is a very important stage in the season,” Ronaldinho said on the Milan Channel.

“I am happy that I am feeling so good on a personal level at this time as I have recovered from my injury problems.

“I feel like I'm ready to give a real hand to this team. As a team we are playing better and picking up important points.

“The whole squad is focused on the objective of Champions League qualification and my personal target is to keep playing better and better.”

Milan have two consecutive home games looming against Torino and Palermo.

“With the help of our fans we must take advantage of these two matches and continue on the path back to the Champions League,” Dinho stressed.

“Then in May we have a crunch match against Juventus. We need to play the best we can before that so that we are ready.”

Milan lead fourth-placed Genoa by four points and Fiorentina in fifth by six.

Seedorf stays positive
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Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf has commented on Carlo Ancelotti's Chelsea links and this season's Champions League.

After a disappointing campaign, Rossoneri tactician Ancelotti has been widely tipped to move to Stamford Bridge.

“The rumours are absolutely true!” Seedorf joked on Sky Sport Italia.

“They have been saying these things for the last four years, but he has always stayed in the end.

"We have a very good relationship. Everything that's being said today could be denied tomorrow.

"Would I join him if he went to Chelsea? I prefer to keep my feet on the ground and concentrate on what needs to be done. My experience tells me that is the right thing to do."

Milan have been forced to sit out this season's Champions League after finishing fifth in Serie A last term.

"It's difficult to stay at the top level every year, and last season Milan did not deserve to be there," Seedorf admitted.

"I think it's good because it gives us the right hunger to compete again. It's also good for great champions to go through a season like this.

"Like all European teams, Italian teams are losing to the English sides.

“It's only in the last few years that they've started to play good football there, before they only played with long balls.

"I don't think there are that many problems with Italian football, this is just a temporary phase where other teams are slightly faster, stronger, in better shape."

Ancelotti: We can catch Juventus
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Carlo Ancelotti has gone from clinging to a Champions League spot to leading the charge on Juventus in second place.

There are only two points now separating the teams and that could be wiped out this weekend when Juve welcome Serie A leaders Inter to Turin.

“We believe in second place, because at this moment Juventus are falling back,” the Coach told Milan Channel.

“The Bianconeri need to be wary, as do we, but they have to play Inter and for us this provides extra motivation to catch up.”

The 1-0 victory away to Chievo was the fourth in their last five games and now the Rossoneri are closing in on the runner-up spot.

“The three points we earned in Verona were important for our position in the table. Nobody lets go in the top spots and it is Milan’s duty to keep up with the others.

“Even if our team performance wasn’t fantastic, it was important to win so we could maintain our advantage over Genoa and Fiorentina, while Roma are a little further back. We must be alert, though, as one slip-up could compromise everything.”

Last season Milan failed to qualify for the Champions League and the club has hinted anything less than third place will see Ancelotti replaced.

He has struggled throughout the campaign with an injury crisis and will miss Christian Abbiati, Kakha Kaladze, Daniele Bonera, Marco Borriello, Emerson, Gennaro Gattuso and the suspended Marek Jankulovski for this week’s game with Torino.

“It was not the best performance against Chievo, but the team played with focus and concentration. The result came thanks to the determination we put on to the field.”

The star player of the victory at the Bentegodi was previously pilloried Nelson Dida, who has rediscovered his form after Abbiati’s knee ligament injury.

“Dida is reaping the rewards of all the hard work he did when he wasn’t playing, as he has recovered physically and is back to the reliable goalkeeper he was in the past. Most of the credit goes to him and the effort he put in during these months.”

Milan 'continue Amauri attempts'
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There are renewed reports that Milan are preparing a sensational swoop for Juventus ace Amauri.

The Rossoneri were keen to sign the Brazilian marksman when he was at Palermo, but Juve beat them to his signature.

Amauri has been a great success in Turin and has adapted impressively to life at one of the peninsula's giants.

Meanwhile, Milan have struggled and are expected to ring the changes this summer in a bid to rejuvenate their underachieving squad.

According to Tuttosport, the Diavolo are convinced that Amauri is the answer to their problems and have already discussed the player with Bianconeri officials.

Brazilian sporting director Leonardo is also said to have met with Amauri to try and persuade him to end his Juve adventure early.

However, it still seems extremely unlikely that Amauri will be willing to move and that Juve would sell him for anything less a fortune.

Furthermore, Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has warned Rossoneri fans not to expect huge spending this summer and doesn't seem to be planning to break the bank.

Ancelotti tells Allegri to wait
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Milan Coach Carlo Ancelotti has told Massimiliano Allegri he will have to wait a little longer before taking over the Rossoneri.

Ancelotti is reportedly on his way to Chelsea this summer and Cagliari Coach Allegri has been identified as his possible replacement.

After losing his first five games in charge, Allegri has worked wonders with the Sardi, guiding them to eighth place in Serie A.

Despite allegedly receiving a lucrative contract offer worth £5.5m a year from Chelsea, which is said to include a £1m bonus for every trophy won, Ancelotti insists he is going nowhere.

“I exclude the possibility of going to Chelsea and I don't consider it necessary to give an explanation for that decision,” Ancelotti said.

When asked about the prospect of Allegri succeeding him, Ancelotti replied: “He is a very good Coach.

“I wish him the best of luck even if he will have to wait a little while longer to take my place here at Milan,” Ancelotti concluded.

The 49-year-old four-time European Cup winner is the second longest serving Coach in the history of Milan behind the great Nereo Rocco.

Ancelotti first took over the Rossoneri in 2001 after relatively short stints at Reggiana, Parma and Juventus.

He also represented Milan as a player, clocking up 112 appearances for the Rossoneri between 1987 and 1992.

Leonardo hails "incredible" Pato
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Milan legend Leonardo has praised current Rossoneri ace Alexandre Pato as the youngster enjoys a superb sophomore season in Serie A.

“He is incredible,” explained the Brazilian, who is the Rossoneri’s Technical Director.

“When he starts running no one can stop him. At this time, at his age, his quality is his spontaneity and his way of behaving on the pitch without thinking too much.

“If he manages to keep these gifts, with more experience and strength, he will become an even more extraordinary player in the future.”

Leo also told of his joy at seeing fellow countryman Kaka turn down a switch to Premier League outfit Manchester City in the January transfer window.

“Ricky has shown many times that he wants to stay at Milan, most famously when he turned down a move to Manchester City in January.

“The night when he decided to stay was wonderful. I was with him and I saw all the commotion. It was a great party. Ricky always reiterated his will to stay.”

There have been recent reports of a switch to Real Madrid, but both Milan and Kaka have insisted there is no truth in them.

AC Milan tempted by Tulio
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Milan could look to Japan in their attempts to strengthen their defence this summer, as Marcus Tulio Tanaka is a possible target.

The 27-year-old, who plays under the name Tulio, is currently plying his trade for J-League outfit Urawa Red Diamonds.

Milan beat the Japanese side during the Club World Cup in 2007, but Tanaka made an impression and has been a transfer objective ever since.

Tulio is most frequently used as a sweeper, but he is also comfortable playing in a holding midfield role.

According to Il Giornale, Milan may be tempted to table a bid this summer as he could be signed for as little as £3m.

Tulio’s mother is Italian, so the Japanese international would count as an EU-player as well as a potential marketing gateway into the lucrative Asian arena.

Press reports suggest that Milan’s other main objectives are Roma star Philippe Mexes and Palermo talent Simon Kjaer.

Ancelotti accepts dismissal
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Carlo Ancelotti admits it was “only right” that he receive the first red card of his Milan career and ruled out a move to Chelsea.

“I left the technical area, although I would like to point out I did not insult or offend anybody,” he said after the 1-0 win away to Chievo.

“I complained about a free kick, probably in too strong a fashion, with the referee and then the fourth official. The decision to send me off was understandable.”

Ancelotti had never previously been dismissed for dissent on the Rossoneri bench, although it didn't put his team off their stride.

“Chievo adopted our same tactical system, so we tried to shake things up a bit. I think the team acted intelligently because we are not playing great football at the moment and need to wait for the top players to hit form so we can bring that extra quality.”

The week has been a tense one for Ancelotti, with reports he has agreed a contract to take over at Chelsea come the end of the season.

“There will be all sorts of talk, I'm sure we'll be in the eye of the storm,” he told Sky.

“I hope it will all be over by the end of May. Why then? Because I want to go on my summer holiday!”

Chievo 0:1 AC Milan - match report
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Scorer: Seedorf 53 (M)

Clarence Seedorf's strike proved enough to give Milan a precious away victory against on-form Chievo.

The Flying Donkeys were one of the form sides and fresh from their shock 3-3 draw away to Juventus, having lost only one of the previous 13, but had Moro, Nicolas Frey and Stephen Makinwa sidelined. The Rossoneri, meanwhile, needed two stoppage-time goals to get the better of Lecce and were still struggling with an injury crisis. Paolo Maldini, Gennaro Gattuso, Daniele Bonera, Kakha Kaladze, Marco Borriello, Alessandro Nesta and Emerson were still out of action.

Carlo Ancelotti introduced a new 4-2-3-1 system with Alexandre Pato, Clarence Seedorf and Kaka supporting lone striker Pippo Inzaghi.

On the day before his 30th birthday, Sergio Pellissier flashed the first shot across the face of goal, while Gianluca Zambrotta and Pellissier had efforts saved. Inzaghi just failed to get on the end of Zambrotta's through ball.

On the half-hour mark Andrea Pirlo could not have gone closer, as his free kick clipped the outside of the near post with the goalkeeper rooted to the spot.

Chievo had an even better opportunity when Giampiero Pinzi's header rattled the crossbar. The Flying Donkeys were denied a decent penalty shout when Luciano ran on to a chipped Pellissier pass over the defence and Nelson Dida appeared to knock him over, but the referee waved play on.

Ancelotti was sent off for dissent after 37 minutes and Sorrentino smothered another good Pirlo set play.

Clarence Seedorf eventually gave Milan the lead in the second half. Inzaghi feinted a volley, cutting back Marek Jankulovski's cross for the on-rushing Seedorf's low strike from the edge of the box.

Chievo should've equalised, but Pellissier volleyed a wayward Bogdani header over from point-blank range. Dida spilled a Colucci strike and needed Giuseppe Favalli to clean up the danger.

The home side thought they had equalised on 66 minutes when a free kick was deflected past Dida, but the goal was disallowed for Bogdani's offside position, as the ball ricocheted off his hip.

Mantovani risked a spectacular own goal, as his bizarre deflection looped over the keeper and on to the crossbar. Bogdani and Pellissier combined to fire over from close range, but on 84 minutes Dida's trailing leg denied Bogdani's certain goal.

Sorrentino intercepted Ronaldinho's pass for Andriy Shevchenko in the final stages.
Chievo: Sorrentino; Sardo, Morero, Yepes, Mantovani (Esposito 86), Luciano (Colucci 49), Rigoni, Marcolini (Langella 73); Pinzi; Pellissier, Bogdan

Milan: Dida; Zambrotta, Senderos, Favalli, Jankulovski; Ambrosini, Pirlo; Pato (Shevchenko 84), Seedorf, Kaka (Ronaldinho 76); Inzaghi (Flamini 60)

Ref: Saccani

Di Carlo outlines AC Milan recipe
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Domenico Di Carlo knows his Chievo side need to be intelligent if they are to humble Milan tomorrow.

The Flying Donkeys are on a high after last weekend's shock 3-3 draw with Juventus allowed them to move further away from the relegation zone.

But Di Carlo knows that his men have it all to do if they are to get a result against Milan.

“Milan, alongside Inter and Juventus are the kings of Serie A,” Di Carlo told Chievo's website.

“I think Milan are technically the best side in the League. It will be difficult to stop Kaka and Co.

“We must be careful not to give them too much space or play too deep. Their strength is keeping the ball and holding possession as well as passing it around.

“We have speed on our side, but it is crucial that we show intelligence if we are to shock the Rossoneri.”

Galliani: Injuries cost us
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Adriano Galliani insists that Milan would have battled for the Scudetto had they not been weakened by injuries.

The Rossoneri started the season with high hopes, but they are 14 points behind city rivals Inter and out of title contention.

Milan have been without a number of key men at various stages of the season and Diavolo Vice-President Galliani feels the absences took their toll.

“Without all these injuries, Milan would have fought for the Scudetto,” he said on the Milan Channel.

“Unfortunately, tomorrow we will be without four central defenders and stars like Gennaro Gattuso and Marco Borriello.

“It has been a big blow that we haven't been able to use Alessandro Nesta at all this year due to his back problem.

“I am hoping that Alessandro recovers soon because he has been crucial in all this team's victories.

“We have also had to do without Kaka for seven games and in three others he only played for a small part of the match.

“When we have had Kaka in the side we have averaged almost as many points as Inter. Unfortunately you tend to pay the price when you lose a superstar like him.”

Kaladze's Kaka confidence
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Milan defender Kakha Kaladze is confident that Kaka won't walk out on the Diavolo.

Spanish newspaper Marca is adamant that the Brazilian will be at the Bernabeu next season.

But Kaka has stressed his commitment to the Milan cause and Kaladze believes his teammate.

“It is a normal occurrence that a great player is linked with many teams,” Kaladze told the club's official website.

“Everyone is talking about Real Madrid, but I think these stories are just made up to sell newspapers.

“Look at what happened with Manchester City when Kaka turned down all that money.

“It's not just about money - he showed such moral fibre to turn down the cash and I respect him for that.”

Coach Carlo Ancelotti has also been linked with Real Madrid, as well as Chelsea.

“Ancelotti is a great Coach and he has done so much for Milan. I don't think his cycle has finished,” Kaladze concluded.

Ancelotti 'says yes to Chelsea'
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Milan tactician Carlo Ancelotti has given the green light for a move to Chelsea, according to The Sun.

There have been incessant rumours linking Ancelotti to the Stamford Bridge hot seat since the departure of Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Despite Carletto's insistence that he wants to stay at San Siro, he has been linked with Real Madrid as well as Chelsea over the last month.

And according to The Sun, Ancelotti has promised Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich that he will join the Blues next summer.

The report states that Ancelotti was first choice when Scolari left but was unwilling to walk away from the Rossoneri in mid-season.

It is rumoured that Ancelotti will sign a three-year deal worth around £5.8m per season.

Kaka reiterates AC Milan bond
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A weary Kaka has once again stressed his commitment to the Milan cause while admitting he still hasn't completely overcome his injury problems.

The Brazilian ace is repeatedly being linked with a big-money move to Real Madrid this summer.

But, despite insistent reports in the Spanish Press, Kaka claims he has no intention of jumping ship.

“I think people have talked too much recently,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Now I will talk. I have had no contact with Real - nobody has come after me and I think I have made it perfectly clear that I am happy here.

“For the fifth time, I am Milan for life. I have already had more lives than a cat.”

It hasn't been the best of seasons for Kaka, who has been sidelined with persistent injuries.

“I have had lots of problems,” he admitted. “I've had injuries to my knee, my back and my foot.

“I have never been able to play consistently and I'm not even 100 per cent now.

“I am hoping to get to full fitness before the end of the season and to give Milan a push to ensure we finish in the Champions League qualification places.”

Galliani scoffs at Kaka talk
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Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani laughed off “amusing” talk of Kaka leaving for Real Madrid or Chelsea.

“Every morning I read some fantastical stories in the papers and some of it is very amusing,” said the transfer guru.

“The reality though, let us be clear, is very different. The truth is there are no negotiations for the sale of Ricardo Kaka.

“Seeing as we’re here, I may as well point out for future reference that there are no talks for any other players under contract in our squad either.”

The newspapers in Spain and England have been filled with details of potential switches to either Real Madrid or Chelsea.

Kaka turned down a record-shattering £100m move to Manchester City in January.

Galliani also scoffed at reports Milan are looking to bring in Cagliari boss Massimiliano Allegri as a replacement for Carlo Ancelotti next season.

“Milan have never contacted any other Coach, as we already have Ancelotti tied to the club until June 30 2010.”

AC Milan vs. Barcelona for earthquake victims
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The calcio community continues to raise funds for the victims of the earthquake in Abruzzo as Milan are trying organise a friendly against Barcelona.

The Lega Calcio, Fiorentina, Catania and Napoli have all committed funds to the appeal for the quake victims.

And now, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Barcelona have contacted Milan to suggest a charity friendly match.

“I phoned my friend Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani to propose a friendly to raise money for the families affected by the tragedy,” Barcelona chief Joan Laporta confirmed to journalists.

So far, 250 people are confirmed to have been killed in the earthquake that hit L'Aquila early on Monday morning.

Kaka puts England before Spain
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Milan superstar Kaka has distanced himself from Real Madrid by saying that he would rather play in the Premier League than La Liga.

The Brazilian playmaker has been tipped for a summer switch to the Bernabeu by the Spanish Press.

But Kaka, who turned down an offer from Manchester City in the winter, claims he would rather play in England.

“I like the Premier League a lot,” he told the Daily Star. “That could be where I go if I were to decide to leave Milan.

“Whenever possible I try to discuss experiences in different Leagues with my fellow players.

“And every player who has played in England has told me the same thing - it is a hard League, which is very hard and extremely competitive.”

Laporta: Kaka should stay put
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Barcelona chief Joan Laporta claims that Kaka would be better off staying at Milan rather than joining Real Madrid.

There are persistent reports in the Spanish Press that Kaka will sign for La Liga giants Real Madrid this summer.

But the President of Real's rivals Barcelona has urged the Brazilian ace to stay at San Siro.

“I would be happier if Kaka stayed at Milan,” Laporta told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“He is a world-class player who would do well anywhere, but I would advise him not to leave Milan because they are a great club.”

Former Barcelona tactician Frank Rijkaard has been tipped to take over the Milan hot seat this summer if Carlo Ancelotti leaves.

“Frank is one of the best Coaches in the world,” Laporta stressed.

“He would do great things at any club, especially at his former side Milan.

“Severing our ties with him was the hardest decision I have made during my tenure and I almost cried when we said our goodbyes.”

AC Milan to approach Allegri?
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Cagliari boss Massimiliano Allegri is being linked with the Milan hot seat in the event that Carlo Ancelotti leaves this summer.

Ancelotti is a target for Chelsea, who are looking for a permanent manager once Guus Hiddink leaves, and also for Real Madrid.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Carletto has a 70 per cent chance of joining Chelsea, leaving 20 per cent for Real Madrid and just 10 per cent for Milan.

Although Ancelotti has stressed his commitment to his current employers, it seems that Milan may be lining up his successor.

Allegri has enjoyed a dream maiden Serie A season at the Stadio Sant'Elia.

After a miserable start that saw five consecutive defeats, Allegri has turned things around, securing survival ahead of schedule and leaving the Rossoblu pushing for a UEFA Cup berth.

The Sardinians' President Massimo Cellino has reportedly told Allegri that he won't stand in the way of a move to Milan and La Gazzetta dello Sport insists that a crucial meeting between the two clubs took place on March 23.

Kaka's huge Real Madrid demands
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The latest Spanish Press reports suggest that Kaka wants nearly £9m per season to sign for Real Madrid.

Despite Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani's insistence that prized asset Kaka is staying put, the Spanish newspapers are convinced that the former FIFA World Player of the Year is on his way to La Liga.

Marca yesterday ran a fake picture of Kaka with a Real Madrid No 5 shirt and claimed he had agreed a move with presidential candidate Florentino Perez.

And now AS reports that Kaka's father and agent Bosco Leite has presented the player's financial demands, which amount to nearly £12m per season - a net salary of £9m.

That sum represents £3m more than Kaka currently makes at Milan and Bosco has allegedly also demanded a payment of £8m as commission for the transfer.

It had been reported that Milan would accept a bid of £60m, but AS also insists the fee would be closer to £80m.

Ronaldinho's sixth sense
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Ronaldinho insists he “could sense” he would score a crucial goal when he stepped off the bench against Lecce.

Milan were stuck fast to a goalless scoreline in stoppages on Sunday night when Philippe Senderos headed Andrea Pirlo’s free kick on to the back of Dinho’s head, the deflection leaving the goalkeeper stranded.

“I was pretty motivated and really wanted Milan to go home with a victory,” he wrote on his blog after what turned out to be a 2-0 win.

“When I went out on the field - I can’t explain it, but I was sure I could help the team make it. I could sense it.

“I ran towards the ball, a little off balance, I leaned my head, stretching out for the ball, which changed its trajectory and ended up going out of the goalkeeper’s reach. Goooaaal! What a joy!”

Ronaldinho was also involved in the second goal moments later, his backheel flick sending Andriy Shevchenko down the left channel to cross for Pippo Inzaghi’s diving header.

“The night ended exactly how I wanted and my return to Milan couldn't have been better!"

Galliani: No Kaka deal
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Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has moved to scotch rumours that Kaka is set to sign for Real Madrid.

Spanish Press sources insist that Real presidential candidate Florentino Perez has agreed a deal with Kaka, but Galliani has ruled that out.

“Perez and I set up the G14 and our relationship goes beyond football,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I don't want to encourage any controversy and I am very calm about the whole situation.

“Besides Perez has yet to be re-elected as President at Real Madrid and so he can't make any commitments.

“I am also sure that if he wanted to sign Kaka one day he would come directly to me rather than beating around the bush.

“So, in summary, I am relaxed because Kaka is not for sale and Florentino will have to come to terms with that.”

Kaka's Real Madrid link grows
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The Spanish Press are adamant that Real Madrid presidential candidate Florentino Perez has agreed a deal to sign Kaka.

Madrid-based newspaper Marca is adamant that Perez will win the presidential elections this summer and will bring in long-term target Milan ace Kaka.

The paper is so certain of the swoop that it has printed a picture of Zinedine Zidane handing the No 5 shirt to Kaka.

It has been suggested that the Merengues will pay around £60m for the Brazilian superstar, considerable less than Manchester City's failed bid in the winter.

The deal was allegedly brokered with Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani during a meeting on March 16.

Milan have repeatedly denied rumours that Kaka will leave the club, but the former FIFA World Player of the Year is reportedly unsettled after a disappointing season.

Sheva: I want to stay at AC Milan
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Andriy Shevchenko may not have had much success at Milan this term, but the Ukrainian hitman hopes to stay for next season.

Former Rossoneri hero Shevchenko returned to San Siro from Chelsea on loan last summer.

After a slow start, he seems to be settling back into life with the Diavolo and he set up a goal against Lecce.

“I'm hoping to stay at Milan next year but no decision has been taken yet,” Sheva said.

“I am on good form after a goal at Wembley for the Ukraine and an assist yesterday for Milan.

“I want to continue on this road and to give my best up until the end of the season.

“I want to be better for the fans and if they are pleased with me then that makes me happy.”

Gattuso demands reinforcements
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Milan talisman Rino Gattuso insists the club must invest in new defenders this summer if they are to challenge for honours next season.

The Rossoneri are down to their bare bones at the back after injuries to Alessandro Nesta, Kakha Kaladze and Daniele Bonera.

Paolo Maldini is set to retire this summer and Milan are not expected to take up the option to buy Philippe Senderos from Arsenal, making the defensive line look even more threadbare.

The Rossoneri have already signed two young Brazilian defenders, Thiago Silva and Felipe Mattioni, but Gattuso is not yet satisfied.

“Some reinforcements in defence will have to arrive,” Gattuso said, before making a case for Senderos to stay at Milan.

“He is a good lad and I am happy that, on some occasions, he has proved decisive,” Gattuso explained.

“We have had seven big injuries this year in all departments. Every department has suffered from this situation, not one has been excluded. The defence needs reinforcing,” he added.

Gattuso was then drawn on the abuse Inter Coach Jose Mourinho continues to hurl at Carlo Ancelotti.

“I neither want to argue with him, nor with anyone else, but just close your eyes and try to imagine what it means to be a protagonist in five Champions League Finals,” he said, referring to Ancelotti.

The 31-year-old later tried to play down talk of a rift between Milan and Kaka, who recently complained about the treatment he received for an injury at the club.

“The argument over his injury came from Dunga, not from him,” Gattuso concluded. “I know players from other teams, who come to heal at Milan Lab.”

Gattuso is currently recovering from a serious knee injury he suffered against Catania on December 7 2008.

Having undergone surgery on said knee, Gattuso recently started training again and could be back in time for the end of the season.

Kaka and Real Madrid grow closer
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Milan talisman Kaka has already told Real Madrid presidential candidate Florentino Perez he will sign for the Spanish giants this summer, according to Marca.

The 26-year-old Brazil international rejected the chance to join Manchester City in January but his relationship with Milan is reportedly strained.

Kaka did not want to leave the Rossoneri and was unhappy when President Silvio Berlusconi appeared willing to sell him for what would have been a world record fee of £107m.

The former World Player of the Year has long been linked with Los Merengues and has let it be known that they are the only club he would leave Milan for.

Perez is once again standing for the Real Madrid presidency and would like to rehabilitate the galacticos policy he implemented from 2000 to 2006.

In his last term as Real Madrid President, he tried to sign a big name every summer, bringing the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo, Ronaldo and David Beckham to the Santiago Bernabéu.

Perez resigned in 2006 after the apparent failure of his policy to deliver any noteworthy pieces of silverware for four seasons.

He remains the overwhelming favourite to win the elections, though, which will be held at the end of the season on July 5.

Milan Coach Carlo Ancelotti and Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo are also at the top of Perez's wish list.

Ancelotti looks to Ronaldinho
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Carlo Ancelotti is confident Ronaldinho can return to his best and have a central role for Milan next season as well.

The Brazilian has been benched repeatedly in recent months and came on as a substitute to score a lucky goal in tonight’s 2-0 win over Lecce.

“He did very well in the first half of the campaign and gave an important contribution to the team, then this heel injury kept him out for a month and he lost his form,” explained the Coach.

“I can guarantee is he much better than before he went on international duty and will soon get back to his best. We are focusing on him for next season too, as he is young and can take even more hold of this squad.”

The Rossoneri were struggling badly before two stoppage-time headers finally pushed Lecce aside.

“We were too slow in the first half and created very little, whereas we had more heart and soul in the second. Ronaldinho had more space down the left and that is his natural position.”

Vice-President Adriano Galliani stated this was “Ancelotti’s victory” due to the tactical changes he made, although the boss admits the future is still uncertain.

“I thank Galliani, even though we lost a bit of sharpness with those changes and had to throw everything we had at Lecce. It went well, but I’d prefer to keep more balance in the side.

“We will decide together whether or not it is the right thing to continue our rapport. It seems to be that both parties want to carry on.

“It’s likely some mistakes were made in the past and we will come together to make the decisions, as we always have done.

“Milan’s future is tied to the fixture list, as if we qualify for the Champions League that will allow us to make certain decisions that otherwise would be different. So it’s pointless discussing it now, we have to wait and see before planning for next season.”

Third place will qualify the Rossoneri automatically under new rules, but before those late goals they were only one point clear of Genoa in fourth.

AC Milan 2:0 Lecce - match report
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Scorers: Ronaldinho 91 (M), Inzaghi 93 (M)

Milan snatched victory over Lecce with two stoppage-time goals from Pippo Inzaghi and Ronaldinho - though Philippe Senderos deserves credit.

Carlo Ancelotti pledged his future to the club, but first had to secure third place. The injury crisis continued with usual suspects Gennaro Gattuso, Christian Abbiati, Alessandro Nesta, Marco Borriello, Daniele Bonera and Kakha Kaladze out, but Kaka returned after rediscovering his fitness on international duty in Brazil. David Beckham was rested. Lecce needed a result after a defeat and a draw under new boss Gigi De Canio, but missed Daniele Cacia and Guglielmo Stendardo.

The Salentini's record at San Siro was of nine losses, two stalemates and a single victory in October 1997. Coach Gigi De Canio was in the stands due to a touchline ban.

Pippo Inzaghi and Simone Tiribocchi went close early on, the veteran Milan man firing over from Alexandre Pato's assist. Giuseppe Favalli had to charge down Tiribocchi's counter, while Luca Ariatti anticipated Pato at full stretch at the back post.

Mathieu Flamini's long-range strike was deflected off target, while Pato's cross whipped past everyone in the six-yard box. Nelson Dida smothered a fierce Vives snapshot.

A Pato screamer from almost 30 metres whistled just past the top corner on 34 minutes. Clarence Seedorf also tried from distance, as Milan struggled to get into the Lecce area. Paolo Maldini picked up a knock early on and eventually limped off for Philippe Senderos just before the break.

Pato went on a blazing counter-attack that saw him ride three tackles, but the finish was neither a shot nor a pass for Inzaghi and went wide of an open goal!

Kaka spread a loose ball for Flamini, who hit a weak shot straight at Benussi after the restart. Pato sprinted past another couple of players only to slip in the penalty area.

Ronaldinho replaced the disappointing Seedorf. Pato rose above the crowd for a header that skimmed both the far post and Inzaghi's outstretched foot from Gianluca Zambrotta's cross. Dida plucked a dangerous Gianni Munari header out of the air.

Pato chested down Ronaldinho's cross and went for goal, his shot charged down for a corner when Kaka was in a better position. From that set play Inzaghi's header into the ground was flapped over the bar by Benussi.

Inzaghi nodded Kaka's cross over, but there was panic when Benussi came tearing out to clear from Pato and Ronaldinho's follow-up from midfield was wide of the open goal.

Kaka's solo effort whistled just wide of the near post and Benussi spilled a Ronaldinho free kick into an area with no Milan players. The Lecce goalkeeper did considerably better to palm Pato's cutback and strike round the base of the upright moments later, as Milan piled on the pressure.

Pato repeatedly dribbled past Lecce players as if they weren't even there, but his finishing left something to be desired. Andriy Shevchenko replaced Kaka, but Lecce had a great chance eight minutes from time when Tiribocchi nodded Munari's cross wide with the aid of a Senderos deflection.

Ronaldinho was brought down for a free kick just outside the box, which Benussi flew to palm out of the top corner with one hand. From the corner Senderos' free header whistled just wide.

In stoppages Milan finally found a way through. A Pirlo free kick was whipped in for Senderos' header which took a deflection off the back of Dinho's head to leave Benussi stranded! Although Ronaldinho didn't know much about it, he was credited with the goal.

Lecce fell apart and the Rossoneri doubled their lead. There were no question marks this time, as Ronaldinho's back-heel sent Sheva to the byline and his cross found Inzaghi for a diving header at the back post.

The tension in the Salentini squad was evident, as teammates had to pull apart Benussi and Axel Konan, who were blaming each other for that goal.
Milan: Dida; Zambrotta, Maldini (Senderos 40), Favalli, Jankulovski; Flamini, Pirlo, Seedorf (Ronaldinho 53); Kaka (Shevchenko 77); Inzaghi, Pato

Lecce: Benussi; Polenghi, Esposito, Fabiano, Vives; Angelo (Giuliatto 80), Giacomazzi, Munari, Ariatti (Konan 88); Caserta; Tiribocchi (Papadopoulos 88)

Ref: Farina

Dunga: AC Milan are wrecking Kaka
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Carlos Dunga reiterated his dissatisfaction with Milan’s medical staff. “Kaka and Ronaldinho are always injured there, while we get them back in shape.”

There was controversy this week when Kaka claimed he had “improved more in a week in Brazil than in the previous five at Milan.”

Carlo Ancelotti blasted the Selecao for implying their medical staff was not up to scratch, but Coach Dunga has added fuel to the fire.

“Milan have one way of acting, we have another. Kaka is always injured at Milan and this is the second time we have got him back on his feet,” said the Brazil boss.

“All it took with us was three days to let him play 30 minutes, whereas with the Rossoneri he couldn’t play at all.

“Ronaldinho is an important player for us that we want to get back to his best for the World Cup in 2010. He is a great champion and we’ll try to recuperate him.”

Dinho has been struggling for fitness and space at Milan in 2009, but a member of the Brazil medical staff this week said “if he were with us, he’d be flying.”

Ancelotti blasts Brazil complaints
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The row between Milan and Brazil rumbles on, as Carlo Ancelotti launched broadsides against Selecao Coach Carlos Dunga.

There has always been tension in this relationship, but that intensified this week with the South American medical staff criticising their treatment options for Kaka and Ronaldinho.

“I have not yet spoken to Kaka and I want to know what he thinks about it, as often incorrect messages have come through from Brazil,” said Ancelotti in today’s Press conference.

“In medical terms everyone is free to act as they see fit, there is no imposition from the club on the choice of doctors or physiotherapists. At most we give advice and the player then decides.”

Kaka complained that he had made more progress during one week with the Selecao than in the previous five with Milan doctors, while Dunga also criticised Ronaldinho’s fitness levels.

“Usually when a Coach is interested in the condition of his players, he picks up the phone and asks,” sneered Ancelotti.

“I have never received a call from Dunga about my – not his – players. [Italy Coach Marcello] Lippi often does it and Dunga can call me whenever he likes.

“Ronaldinho was out for a month and of course he needs to train hard to get back into shape. He needs to put the effort in to recover quickly and with consistent work his condition will improve.”

Alexandre Pato was also called away on international duty this week, but despite his fine form in Serie A is finding it difficult to break into the Brazil line-up.

“I am very surprised by these difficulties, but I cannot go into Dunga’s head. Pato wasn’t always used here either because of his inexperience, but when someone has quality then it’s only right he has to play.”

In the lead-up to tomorrow night’s game with Lecce, Ancelotti was bombarded with questions about his future and warned there would be no big revelation this season.

“I want to be entirely clear that I never asked for a renewal. I have a contract until 2010 and I intend to respect it, so I will be at Milan at least until 2010.”

Galliani: Ancelotti is the future of AC Milan
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Adriano Galliani assures “the future of Milan is Carlo Ancelotti,” although he also notes the next Coach will be another former player.

A meeting was organised this week between the tactician and directors with the knowledge that failure to qualify for the Champions League will mean a change on the bench.

“The future of Milan is Ancelotti,” insisted Galliani during an event with the club’s 48 sponsors.

However, the Vice-President is also looking beyond that amid reports Leonardo, Frank Rijkaard and Marco Van Basten are being considered for the role.

“The next Coach after him should preferably be a great player from the Berlusconi era, but that is not a dogma nor a commandment.”

Ancelotti was also dragged into the news this week when Inter boss Jose Mourinho went on the Chiambretti Night television show.

Mourinho explained that “many Coaches have won the Champions League, but only one was winning 3-0 and still lost.”

It is the latest public sideswipe in an increasingly bitter feud between the two tacticians.

“Replying to Mourinho only serves to feed his mythical status, so I will no longer reply to anything he has to say,” commented Galliani.

“Does Ancelotti feel he needs to prove something to him? Carlo is like the great cycling champion Fausto Coppi, a single man leading the way.

“He is the only person in the world to have won the Champions League twice as a player and a Coach. He doesn’t need to prove himself to anyone.”

Ambrosini admits AC Milan faults
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Massimo Ambrosini admits Milan’s stars “could have done better and the injuries must not be an alibi.”

The Rossoneri have stuttered throughout the campaign and went out of both the UEFA Cup and Coppa Italia.

“We should have learned from the lessons of the past, but now is not the time to look back,” the midfielder told Milan Channel.

“We are aware of the mistakes we made and must now reach our final objective – which is also the most important – qualification for the Champions League.”

In recent times Milan used their focus on Europe as the reason for their lack of competitiveness in the Scudetto race, but once again they failed to trouble Inter and Juventus.

“In past years this team has always had wonderful moments in that competition. It’s true that perhaps we could have done better in Serie A in previous seasons, too,” mused Ambrosini.

“We have had to deal with numerous injuries to important players and those affected us, even if we will not use them as an alibi.

“It is curious that so many Italian sides have been plagued by injuries, such as Juventus, Inter and Roma. The Giallorossi had to play a Champions League decider with Arsenal in absurd conditions.

“It is certainly disappointing, because traumatising injuries to the knee can happen, but they are part of the sport like bad luck and a few setbacks.”

Milan welcome Lecce on Sunday evening with a 20.00 UK time kick-off. All the Serie A games have been postponed to Sunday so that players could return from international duty overseas.

Kaka, Ronaldinho, Alexandre Pato and Thiago Silva missed today’s training session at Milanello after their flight from Brazil was delayed.

Castillo: Bring on AC Milan!
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Lecce marksman Jose Castillo can't wait for the chance to take on Milan at San Siro.

The relegation-haunted Salentini are rank outsiders as they prepare to travel to Italy's fashion capital.

But Lecce have played best this season when faced with daunting challenges and Castillo is unusually confident.

“The international break has helped us because it has given us time to do more work,” the Argentine ace told Datasport.

“Furthermore the morale of the team is good and we are looking forward to this challenge.

“Sunday's game is the kind of match that gives you a unique feeling. It's always exciting to play in one of the great stadiums.

“It is an important outing and we are highly motivates so I think we will be able to get a result.

“Milan are a tough team, but need to take the game to them and be careful not to allow them too much possession,” he concluded.

Lecce are in penultimate place and are two points away from safety with nine games remaining.

Agent rubbishes Adri to AC Milan
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The agent of Inter marksman Adriano has laughed off rumours that the Brazilian could join Milan this summer.

Adriano has revealed that he isn't sure whether he will renew his contract at Inter, which expires in 2010.

Milan patron Silvio Berlusconi has stressed his admiration for L'Imperatore, but representative Gilmar Rinaldi believes it is nothing more than fantasy football.

“I have spoken to Adriano over the last few days, but not about his club future,” Rinaldi said on Telelombardia.

“About 15 days ago I spoke to Inter and now we are waiting to hear from them.

“In Italy the media are always saying lots of things, but none of it is real news. No link with Milan actually exists.”

Bordeaux eye Gourcuff swoop
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French side Bordeaux are hoping to secure a permanent deal for on-loan Milan midfielder Yoann Gourcuff.

The promising playmaker had been a peripheral figure for the Rossoneri so he was sent out on loan to Ligue 1 to gain some experience.

Gourcuff has been superb in his homeland and Bordeaux want to keep him, but the loan agreement states that they must pay £13m to buy him outright.

“The Coach wants to keep Gourcuff and so do the directors,” Bordeaux chief Jean-Louis Triaud told Aujourd'hui Sport.

“The majority shareholders for the club have said that they will help us achieve our goals.

“The World Cup will take place next summer and France will probably qualify and Gourcuff will be in the team, so it's probably not the best time for him to be unsettled.

“There are many arguments why Yoann should stay here at Bordeaux.”

Marchetti rejects AC Milan rumours
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Cagliari goalkeeper Federico Marchetti has ruled out a transfer to Milan and just wants to focus on life in Sardinia.

The talented shot-stopper is one of the peninsula's rising stars and Gigi Buffon believes he could be his successor in the Azzurri side.

There have been reports that Milan will swoop for Marchetti this summer, but he is staying grounded in his first Serie A season.

“Am I going to Milan? No I am staying here,” he told Datasport this afternoon.

“I owe everything to Cagliari so I just want to finish the season in the best possible way.

“So many things get written in the newspapers but I haven't heard anything concrete about a move.

“As a team we need to do well in the final nine matches and see what we can do.

“We respect everyone but fear no-one because we have shown that we can upset the bigger teams.”

Kaka slights AC Milan
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Milan talisman Kaka has expressed his dissatisfaction with the club's doctors and could leave for Real Madrid in the summer.

The 26-year-old, who rejected the chance to join Manchester City in January for a world record fee of around £107m, has been suffering since the turn of the year with a recurrent knee injury.

He was still called up to the Brazil squad for their recent World Cup Qualifiers, though, and insists the treatment he has received from the Seleção has been much better than that given by Milan.

“In six days with the Brazilian team doctors I have improved more than in five weeks with those of Milan,” Kaka told Brazilian newspaper Sport.

The former World Player of the Year has reportedly grown unhappy at Milan despite recently underlining his commitment to the Italian giants.

Kaka did not want to leave the Rossoneri in January, but Silvio Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani were apparently willing to sell him to Manchester City.

That break in their relationship has since been papered over, but should Carlo Ancelotti leave for Real Madrid in the summer, Kaka appears more likely than ever to follow him.

AC Milan look to Neymar
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Milan will battle it out with Chelsea, Real Madrid and a host of other big clubs to sign Neymar, the 17-year-old striker dubbed “the new Pele.”

The Santos youngster is widely regarded as the best talent Brazil has produced since Alexandre Pato, who of course joined Milan in 2007.

Neymar has made just six appearances for Santos, but his efforts have been enough to impress the giants of world football.

Real Madrid are believed to have already signed a pre-contract agreement with the player's agent, Wagner Ribeiro.

A ringing endorsement from Pele, the Brazil legend, has also sparked interest around Neymar, who has also been likened to another former Santos hero, Manchester City striker Robinho.

“Neymar can become even stronger than I was,” Pele said in a recent interview. “But for now leave him be.”

Neymar first came to prominence when he scored on his debut for Santos aged 14 in a friendly against Real Madrid that was part of the Robinho deal.

Quick with a devastating left foot and great goalscoring ability, Neymar is expected to star at the Under-17 World Cup in Nigeria this summer.

Milan, who already have several Brazilians on their books, are now looking to rejuvenate their ageing squad and Neymar fits their criteria.

The Rossoneri have been very active in the Brazilian transfer market over the last 18 months, not only signing Pato, but Thiago Silva and Felipe Mattioni, too.

President Silvio Berlusconi is also ready to replace his Coach, Carlo Ancelotti, with the club's technical director and former Brazil international Leonardo.

The latter often scouts South America for the Rossoneri and the Italian Press speculate that he is already “building his own squad.”

Ancelotti to decide future
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Milan Coach Carlo Ancelotti will have a meeting with Vice-President Adriano Galliani this morning to clarify his future at the club.

Ancelotti has been strongly linked with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid, but Chelsea have once again asserted their interest in making the Italian their manager.

The Blues expect Guus Hiddink to make good his promise to return to training Russia at the end of the season and are planning to fill the position left vacant by the Dutchman.

Rather than focusing all their efforts on luring Ancelotti, Real Madrid, meanwhile, have extended their list of candidates for the bench at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Juande Ramos, the former Tottenham Hotspur manager, is its current occupant, but only on an interim basis.

Real Madrid are set to hold a presidential election on July 5 and the favourite to win, Florentino Perez, has named Ancelotti on his wish list along with Villarreal Coach Manuel Pellegrini.

Pellegrini, who hails from Chile, is highly regarded in Spain and the rest of Europe after bringing regular Champions League football to the small town of Villarreal.

Galliani would like to know Ancelotti's intentions so he can start drawing up a shortlist of candidates for the Milan job.

President Silvio Berlusconi is believed to want Leonardo to succeed Ancelotti should he leave, but other names have been mentioned, too.

Former Barcelona Coach and Milan midfielder Frank Rijkaard is available and rumours linking Roma's Luciano Spalletti with the Rossoneri refuse to go away.

Ancelotti is the second longest serving Coach in Milan history. In his eights years with the club he has won eight major honours, including two Champions League crowns.

Ancelotti or Pellegrini for Real
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Reports in Spain suggest that Carlo Ancelotti and Manuel Pellegrini are the two candidates for the Real Madrid hot seat this summer.

Ancelotti has stressed his commitment to the Rossoneri, but rumours persist as his side near the end of an unsuccessful campaign.

Real Madrid presidential candidate Florentino Perez is a known admirer of Carletto and has reportedly offered him complete control of football matters at the Bernabeu.

According to Spanish newspaper AS, the Merengues will either swoop for Ancelotti or Villarreal boss Pellegrini.

Chilean tactician Pellegrini has worked wonders at Villarreal with the Yellow Submarine sitting fourth in La Liga and still in Champions League contention.

His brand of flowing, attacking football has made him the more likely candidate for the Real bench in many experts' eyes.

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