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May 2010

AC Milan on Madrid shopping trip
31.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Adriano Galliani is in Spain to negotiate for Milan targets Royston Drenthe, Fernando Gago, Guti, Rafael van der Vaart and Luis Fabiano.

The Vice-President has flown to Madrid for tonight’s charity event, a match between the old glories of Milan and Real, including Zinedine Zidane and Billy Costacurta.

While there, the newspapers suspect he will get some business done too by negotiating some summer transfers.

With Jose Mourinho’s arrival, the Merengues will cut down their squad and bring in new faces, so Milan look set to have first pick of the left-overs.

These could include some genuine talents like Dutch international Drenthe, Argentine Guti, midfielder Gago and wide man van der Vaart.

Galliani’s contacts will not only be with Real Madrid, though, as the Corriere dello Sport claims new interest in Luis Fabiano.

The Rossoneri had already been very close to signing the Brazilian last summer, but baulked at the €20m price-tag and moved for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar instead.

Luis Fabiano turns 30 in November and has been at Sevilla since 2005, having also played for Ponte Preta, Rennes, Sao Paolo and Porto.

Another potential target is just across the border, as Milan are interested in Benfica defender David Luiz.

They already have a strong rapport with the Portuguese club, as their former player Manuel Rui Costa is the director general.

Cagliari want Paloschi for Allegri
31.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Cagliari President Massimo Cellino is prepared to release Max Allegri so he can replace Leonardo at Milan, but only if Alberto Paloschi forms part of the deal.

Milan have already outlined their position with Cagliari, telling Cellino that further to Allegri they want to buy Davide Astori outright and bring Andrea Lazzarri to San Siro as well.

Cellino has already acknowledged the fact that Allegri will join Milan, as demonstrated by reports that he is close to hiring Cesena boss Pierpaolo Bisoli.

However, he would like to extract maximum benefit from any deal for the Serie A Coach of the Year who was sacked in April but remains under contract.

Cellino has asked to sign Paloschi outright, which is tricky for Milan as they only part-own the 20-year-old striker who has been at Parma for the last two years.

Il Corriere dello Sport understands that the stand off might last until the end of June when Astori's and Paloschi's co-ownership deals expire and come up for review again.

Friendly: Chicago Fire 0:1 AC Milan - match report
31.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Clarence Seedorf scored the only goal of an entertaining game, which also brought an end to Milan's Tour of the United States.

Mauro Tassotti lined up Milan in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Alexandre Pato starting up front after Pippo Inzaghi suffered a fever.

The Rossoneri created little in the first half and saw their own goal peppered with shots several shots, which kept Dida busy.

However, Tassotti's decision to change Milan's system to a 4-2-1-3 with Davide Di Gennaro in the middle and Pato on the right yielded more results.

Seedorf put Milan ahead in the 47th minute when he broke down the left-hand side, went around Andrew Dykstra in the Chicago goal and slotted home from a tight angle.

The match was remarkable for two pitch invaders, one of whom managed to embrace Ronaldinho before being escorted off the pitch.

Milan will now fly to Canada for their final friendly match before returning home to Italy.

Chicago Fire: Dykstra (Johnson 59); Robinson, Brown (Watson-Siriboe 64), Conde, Krol; Nyarko, Husidic (Bone 69), Pause, Mapp (Umanzor 75), Pappa; McBride (Banner 45)

Milan: Dida; Abate (Oddo 45), Nesta, Favalli (Terzi 66), Antonini; Blasi (Jankulovski 82), Brocchi; Di Gennaro (Mancini 45), Seedorf, Ronaldinho (Delvecchio 75); Pato

Luis Fabiano: 'AC Milan? Why not?'
31.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Brazil international striker Luis Fabiano has reiterated his desire to play alongside Ronaldinho at Milan.

The 27-year-old Sevilla hitman was strongly linked with the Rossoneri last summer, but Milan felt he was too expensive.

Interviewed in La Gazzetta dello Sport, Fabiano said: “Even a year ago they spoke about a move to Milan. I like Milan. Ronaldinho and Pato are two champions and two friends, but now let's speak about the World Cup.

“I am ready to wear the No 9 shirt; that of Ronaldo and Careca. I would like to become their heirs. My favourites for the World Cup golden boot are Rooney and David Villa.

“I worry less about Messi. He is ruthless with Barcelona, but he becomes more timid with Argentina. But don't forget Luis Fabiano in your predictions.”

Fabiano then reflected on last summer when he finished top scorer in the Confederations Cup.

“It was a great joy. I promise six goals in the World Cup. Will they be enough? The important thing is that my goals help the Selecao win the World Cup. Otherwise I would be sad.”

Leonardo wins management award
30.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Former Milan tactician Leonardo has won the Torrazzo award for the best new Coach in Serie A or B.

The Brazilian resigned after just one season, but achieving third place was enough to earn him the Premio Torrazzo.

It was handed over by the Coaches’ Association, so voted for by his peers.

Last year’s winner was Cagliari boss Massimiliano Allegri, who is set to replace Leonardo at Milan.

The first to take the trophy in 2001 was Giovanni Vavassori, while soon-to-be Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli won for his work with Parma in 2003.

Ibrahimovic 'earns too much' for AC Milan
30.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan won’t sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic because of “his wage demands, but we could sign a world class player,” says Adriano Galliani.

The Vice-President is a fan of Ibra and confirmed that a deal had been struck when the forward left Juventus in 2006, but that he veered off to rivals Inter at the last minute.

After an unsuccessful first season at Barcelona, the Swede is reportedly for sale and would revitalise the ageing Rossoneri.

“President Silvio Berlusconi is aiming high, absolutely. If we are to sign anyone, then it will be a world class player. We’re ready to invest in a big name.

“However, Ibrahimovic’s wage demands make it impossible for him to come to any Italian club. Don’t forget Real Madrid and Barcelona make twice as much income as Serie A sides.”

Ibrahimovic would be the ideal replacement for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who is a target for Benfica and Wolfsburg.

“Huntelaar will remain at Milan. There are a few offers, but he wants to stay and Milan want to keep him. I am 99.999 per cent sure he will be here next season.”

Galliani also ruled out reports that current Italy Coach Marcello Lippi will join the Rossoneri as a technical director after the World Cup.

“Lippi is a friend and someone I greatly admire, but no, Milan will sign a Coach and that is all. There will be no technical director.

“If he manages to free himself, you already know who is in pole position for the bench.”

It is only a matter of time before ex-Cagliari tactician Massimiliano Allegri can put pen to paper on the contract.

He is still tied to the Sardinians and is negotiating a buy-out deal with President Massimo Cellino.

Marchetti sets aside AC Milan talk
30.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Cagliari goalkeeper Federico Marchetti has set aside talk of a Milan transfer in order to focus on the World Cup.

In just two seasons the shot-stopper has flown up the ranks to become Gianluigi Buffon’s understudy for the Azzurri.

“I am not thinking about Milan right now,” he said in today’s Press conference from the Sestriere training camp.

“I am a Cagliari player and I do my best for my team. Besides, I want to focus on South Africa.”

Marchetti had been linked with Juventus, but the likelihood of a Milan move is even stronger now that ex-Cagliari Coach Max Allegri is set to take over.

“He did well in his two years in Sardinia. He deserves the chance to lead Milan, as he is a great man as well as a great Coach.”

Marchetti has skipped training for a couple of days due to a calf problem, but it is not a cause for concern.

“I’m not worried, it’s something that should resolve itself pretty quickly.”

Berlusconi: 'I made AC Milan history'
30.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan President Silvio Berlusconi hit back at fans urging him to sell up. “I won’t even consider it. If anything, I’ve spent too much recently.”

Leonardo’s final match at San Siro turned into a protest from supporters against Berlusconi’s handling of the club finances and particularly their transfer policy.

Stories have emerged that Russian giant Gazprom were interested in buying shares in the Rossoneri.

“Sell Milan? I can’t imagine why anyone would ask me this question and I won’t even consider it,” Berlusconi told television show Mattino 5.

“I am the person who made Milan’s history, making them the club with more trophies than Real Madrid and myself the President who has won the most silverware.

“The next one down on the list is Santiago Bernabeu, who won half as much as me and yet has a stadium dedicated to him in Madrid.”

The President, and Prime Minister of Italy, also denied he had been tightening the purse strings.

“I have always put a great deal of attention towards Milan and made many sacrifices for this club.

“If someone thinks my family didn’t give Milan sufficient financial support, I’ll say that in the last few years we always spent more than €50m per season. If anything, I’ve spent too much recently.”

Maldini backs Allegri at AC Milan
28.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan legend Paolo Maldini has given Massimiliano Allegri his backing to replace Leonardo at San Siro this summer.

Allegri apparently reached an agreement with Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani at the weekend to take the top job.

He has yet to extricate himself from Cagliari who still have him under contract, but a deal is expected to be concluded by early next week.

When asked for his reaction to Allegri's possible appointment, Maldini said: “I like it a lot. I like the style of play his teams express. Let's say that he is linked to Milan's past.

“It is still not official, though.”

Maldini then gave his assessment of Italy's chances at this summer's World Cup in South Africa.

“In the beginning when you talk about the national team there is always a section of supporters who are against it.

“However, going forward the percentage of those who jump on the bandwagon of the winner increases.

“Italy are solid and above all a team. The strikers have all the skills to drag this team forward. Di Natale has scored spectacular goals this year.”

Finally, Maldini was asked to reveal his favourites for the World Cup.

“Aside from Italy, Spain and England have shown themselves to be 'teams'. Then there is always Brazil,” he concluded.

Ronaldinho: 'AC Milan must decide'
28.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Ronaldinho’s agent has urged Milan to “decide what to do. Offers come in to the club and not to us.”

The Brazilian has hinted several times that he could walk away from San Siro over the summer following the departure of Coach Leonardo.

He is also unhappy at proposals to reduce his wages over the final few years of his contract.

“We have no meeting planned with Milan, so we must wait and see what happens,” said agent Roberto De Assis.

“Clearly Milan must decide what to do. Any offers come in to the club and not to us, so it’s entirely up to them on how to proceed.”

There are reports of interest from Manchester City, who would be able to offer Emmanuel Adebayor in exchange.

Ronaldinho has been valued at around £14m, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport.

AC Milan move for Felipe Melo?
28.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

There are reports that Milan could begin reconstructing their midfield with the addition of Juventus flop Felipe Melo.

The Brazilian has been a big disappointment during an overall disastrous campaign from the Bianconeri.

He has, however, made it into the Seleçao for the World Cup in South Africa over the summer.

According to ‘Il Giorno’ newspaper, Milan are ready to take Felipe Melo off Juve’s hands and revitalise his Serie A career.

The Rossoneri would also give him the opportunity to play in his favoured role rather than expected to start attacks from midfield.

Milan are looking to the future, as Massimo Ambrosini and Gennaro Gattuso have been blighted by injuries and the advancing years recently.

This would not be the only transfer between Milan and Juventus, as it is also reported in La Stampa they are in talks to exchange Mauro German Camoranesi with Marek Jankulovski.

Both players are out of contract in June 2011, so need to move now in order to avoid a free transfer situation.

Friendly: DC United 3:2 AC Milan
27.5 || webmaster

AC Milan lost the first friendly on US soil this season against DC United 3-2. Here's a briefing, courtesy of

DC UNITED (4-3-3): Hamid (46' Perkins); Graye (46' McTavish), Talley (46' Rice), Pena (26' James), Wallace; Najar (64' Barklage), Simms (46' Morsink), King (64' Khumalo); Emilio (46' Allsopp), Quaranta ( 46' Moreno), Pontius (46' Castillo). Coach: Onalfo

MILAN (4-4-2): Abbiati; Abate (55' Inzaghi), Nesta, Terzi (64' Favalli), Antonini (80' Diniz); Brocchi (73' Di Gennaro), Flamini (38' Blasi; 81' Del Vecchio), Seedorf, Jankulovski (46' Oddo); Pato, Ronaldinho (60' Mancini). Coach: Tassotti

REFEREE: Mark Kadlecik (USA)

SCORERS: 20' Emilio (D.C.); 30' Pontius (D.C.); 61' Allsopp (D.C.); 70' & 73' Oddo (M)


Huntelaar untouchable, say AC Milan
27.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan have reacted to reports that Benfica want Klaas-Jan Huntelaar by insisting he is not for sale.

The Dutchman’s future at San Siro was thought to be in doubt after a problematic first campaign in Italy.

The former Ajax prodigy, who joined from Real Madrid, spent most of the season as a reserve to Marco Borriello despite being the club’s big summer signing a year ago.

Huntelaar has this week been associated with the Portuguese giants, but Milan director Ariedo Braida has rubbished such speculation.

“I don’t think Huntelaar joining Benfica is possible,” the official is quoted as saying.

“He is contracted to us for another three seasons and he is a player who represents the future of this club.

“Huntelaar is not for sale.”

Huntelaar was this evening named in Holland’s 23-man squad for the South African World Cup Finals.

AC Milan offer Huntelaar plus cash for Ibrahimovic
27.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo claims Milan have offered Barcelona €35m plus Klaas-Jan Huntelaar for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Milan are in the market for a striker this summer and have already been linked with Wolfsburg's rangy hitman Edin Dzeko.

However, news of Ibrahimovic's problems at Barcelona have apparently led Milan's transfer strategists to believe they can pull off a real coup.

Ibrahimovic left Inter last summer in the pursuit of Champions League glory only to end the season on Barcelona's bench.

The Blaugrana have since signed David Villa from Valencia, prompting sections of the Italian media to suggest Ibrahimovic is on his way out of Camp Nou.

However, Ibrahimovic's agent Mino Raiola has said on several occasions over the last month that his client won't be leaving Catalonia.

It's also unlikely Milan would sanction a €35m bid for Ibrahimovic given the austerity plan implemented under Adriano Galliani.

The Swede's €10m salary would also be incompatible with the wage ceiling Galliani has introduced at Milanello.

Berlusconi: 'I'd have won Scudetto'
26.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

President Silvio Berlusconi had another dig at Leonardo. “If I had been the Coach, this Milan would’ve won the Scudetto with a six-point gap.”

The tactician walked away after just one season in charge, citing an “incompatibility” with Berlusconi.

The President of the club is also Prime Minister of Italy and made some outlandish statements at a political meeting.

“Milan are the team I love and therefore I am their number one fan,” he said.

“However this season, despite the many injuries, if I had been the Coach then this Milan would’ve won the Scudetto with a five to six point gap.”

The Rossoneri finished in third place, 12 adrift of title winners Inter.

Benfica confirm Huntelaar bid
26.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Benfica have confirmed their interest in Milan striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. “He is on our list of targets.”

The Dutchman was the big signing of last summer, but has failed to find regular first team football at San Siro.

Benfica need a new forward now that Sevilla are making a firm £9m bid for current star Oscar Cardozo.

“It is difficult for a Portuguese side to keep hold of a player like Cardozo,” Benfica Coach Jorge Jesus told Rtpn.

“Huntelaar is on our list of targets as a potential replacement.”

The 26-year-old joined from Real Madrid last season, scoring seven goals in 30 appearances in all competition for Milan.

Robinho agent denies AC Milan contact
26.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan have never made an offer to bring Robinho to San Siro, insists his agent, “but they did call me for another player.”

There had been reports that the Rossoneri were targeting former Manchester City striker Robinho – currently on loan at Santos – to revitalise their front line.

“Milan have never contacted me for Robinho, but they did call me for another player,” Juan Figer told

“It is true they showed interest in Goias defender Rafael Toloi, but at the moment they haven’t made a decisive move in that direction. We’re still at the sounding out stage.

“There is no official proposal, although Rafael is on the directors’ wish-list and he has a good chance of joining Milan. I can also confirm interest from Palermo.”

Figer also represents several other players with links to Serie A, including Liverpool left-back Fabio Aurelio.

“He will be out of contract in the summer, so we’ll see what happens over the next few weeks. At the moment I wouldn’t rule out Olympiakos and Panathinaikos.

“I have also had contact with an Italian club. It’s not Milan or Roma, but I cannot tell you who it is.”

Another client is Roma forward Julio Baptista, who has been linked with Tottenham.

“We’ll see, Julio’s future will be decided after the World Cup. He has an important contract with Roma, but everything is possible. He wants to find a club where he’d have more playing time.”

Zambrotta gave his all
25.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Gianluca Zambrotta has insisted that he gave his all for Milan, despite enduring a different season for the Rossoneri.

The Italian international had plenty of problems at San Siro this term and was also sidelined for a brief spell.

“I didn't play much this year,” explained the former Juventus ace.

“I picked up one injury after the other but also Leonardo preferred other players to me.

“Still, I gave 110 per cent for Milan just like Gennaro Gattuso did.

“Not once did I give in and I always tried to back the manager without creating troubles in the team. This is my mentality and I am ready to prove it at the World Cup.

“Winning it twice wouldn't be a miracle. Even in 2006 we knew it was going to be difficult. But this Nazionale has a good mix between youngsters and veterans.”

Massimiliano Allegri is expected to take charge at Milan next season after Leonardo ended his stint after guiding the side to third place and Zambrotta is looking forward to the change.

“I read about him in the papers. He is a young Coach who is talented,” said Zambrotta.

“I am sure he would be good for us. If he was to come to Milan he would do a lot for the project the club has in mind.”

AC Milan deny Gazprom sale
25.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan's holding company Fininvest have denied claims that Silvio Berlusconi plans to sell a stake in the club to Russian gas giant Gazprom.

This morning's La Gazzetta dello Sport led with a report that Berlusconi had agreed to sell a 25-30 per cent stake in Milan for €180m.

After issuing an official denial last week amid speculation that Berlusconi is looking to sell the club, Fininvest released a statement this afternoon that simply read: “There is nothing else to add.”

Sergey Kuprianov, a spokesman from Gazprom, also took the opportunity to reject the claims, saying that 'there is no deal in progress' with Milan.

Interestingly though La Gazzetta have come out and stood by their sources, maintaining that the information they received was correct.

Juventus plan Borriello swoop
25.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Juventus apparently met with Milan last night to discuss their respective transfer strategies, leading to speculation that Marco Borriello could move to Turin.

Tuttosport understands that Juventus' new general manager Beppe Marotta was keen to sound out a number of ideas with Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani.

At first, they apparently talked about David Trezeguet and the prospect of Marco Storari moving to Juventus to replace Alex Manninger as Gigi Buffon's reserve.

Domenico Criscito's future was also up for debate, as Milan would like to know if the Italy international defender is available for transfer once his co-ownership deal with Juventus and Genoa is defined in the coming weeks.

There was also talk of exchanging Jonathan Zebina for Daniele Bonera, but all that was apparently just for starters.

Marotta is said to have proposed an ambitious swap deal that would see Amauri trade places with Borriello.

Galliani reportedly didn't discourage Marotta's offer, but would prefer it if Huntelaar were involved instead of Borriello.

AC Milan attracts Russian interest
25.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Russian gas giants Gazprom are said to be interested in buying a 25-30 per cent stake in Milan.

La Gazzetta dello Sport understands that despite recent denials, Milan are looking for new investors.

Silvio Berlusconi has come under fire from Milan's fans in recent years for not spending enough money to keep the club competitive.

It's no secret that Berlusconi can't be seen lavishing money on his personal plaything while in office as Italy's Prime Minister.

However, the relationships Berlusconi has forged while in power could provide him with a solution.

Il Cavaliere is known to get on very well with Vladimir Putin, and La Gazzetta believes that Russia's Prime Minister could have sounded out Gazprom who have already invested in football.

Gazprom have sponsored German club Schalke since 2006, investing €125m over a five and a half year period.

AC Milan: 'No official decision on Allegri'
24.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Massimiliano Allegri is “a candidate for the Milan bench, but no official decision has been made,” said Adriano Galliani.

Many believed the announcement would come today after the former Cagliari boss met with President Silvio Berlusconi and Vice-President Galliani over the weekend.

“Of course Allegri is a candidate for the Milan bench, but no official decision has yet been made,” insisted Galliani on Telelombardia.

“Everything has to happen in conjunction with President Berlusconi.”

The other alternatives were current youth team Coach Filippo Galli and Mauro Tassotti, who was assistant manager to both Carlo Ancelotti and Leonardo.

“If he wants to, Tassotti can remain in his position even with Allegri’s arrival. It is up to him to decide.

“Mauri has been at Milan for 30 years and if it were up to the club, he would stay for another 30.

“Galli has done excellent work with our youth sector, which is where he will remain next season as well.”

However, Galliani did rule out the rumours that current Italy Coach Marcello Lippi could join the Rossoneri as a technical director.

“That theory is categorically without foundation.”

Inzaghi welcomes Allegri to AC Milan
24.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

As Massimiliano Allegri is ever closer to taking the Milan job, Pippo Inzaghi welcomes him. “His teams are always very organised.”

Former Cagliari Coach Allegri had a long meeting with President Silvio Berlusconi and Vice-President Adriano Galliani on Saturday with reportedly positive results.

He could be announced as Leonardo’s successor as early as this evening or, more likely, on Monday.

“I have always said that playing against Allegri’s sides is difficult, because they are very organised and the players know exactly what they have to do on the pitch,” explained Inzaghi.

“Let us wait and see what happens.”

SuperPippo has extended his contract with the club for another year and has his heart set on new adventures.

“My main objective is to be in good shape. Beating the record for European goals is also important after everything I’ve done and I am happy with the renewal.

“Our compliments go to Inter for their deserved Champions League victory, but now we hope that Milan can get back to winning ways too.”

Allegri impresses Berlusconi
23.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

The meeting between Massimiliano Allegri and Milan President Silvio Berlusconi reportedly secured his status as the new Coach.

The former Cagliari boss travelled to the Arcore homestead for a special lunch with Berlusconi and Vice-President Adriano Galliani this afternoon.

That meeting has now concluded and, according to Sky Sport Italia, Berlusconi was impressed with Allegri’s credentials.

Allegri won the Panchina d’Oro award for manager of the year, beating Inter’s Jose Mourinho.

Although Berlusconi preferred an internal option like current youth team boss Filippo Galli or former Milan star Billy Costacurta, it is Galliani who put forward Allegri’s candidacy.

“He has the physique du role to be Milan Coach,” declared the Vice-President this week.

The official confirmation of a contract to replace Leonardo on the bench could come as early as this evening.

The Rossoneri are heading out to North America for a brief tour this month, but will be led by assistant manager Mauro Tassotti.

Inzaghi: 'I love AC Milan too much'
23.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Pippo Inzaghi explains why he penned a new contract with Milan. “I can’t see myself celebrate a goal with any other shirt.”

The veteran has barely featured over this season, but opted to extend his stay until June 2011, which will be his 10th campaign at San Siro.

“I accepted to stay only because, as always, I feel I can still be useful and competitive,” he told the Corriere dello Sport.

“I will be the one to decide when I retire. I need one goal to be the top scorer in European competition, three to equal Marco Van Basten’s tally with Milan and seven to reach Roberto Baggio in the all-time record of Italian marksmen.

“I feel that this next year will be the one to achieve this incredible hat-trick of records.”

SuperPippo has scored 68 goals in UEFA competition – although some records say 67 due to a deflection – 48 of them in the Champions League.

He is also the only player in the world to have scored in every international club tournament and netted 153 Serie A goals.

“It didn’t seem right, especially after beating Gerd Muller’s record, to join another club. I love Milan and its fans too much.

“The other night, as I was about to sign the contract, I realised I really can’t see myself celebrate a goal with any other shirt.”

Allegri set for AC Milan meeting
23.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Massimiliano Allegri is reported to be meeting Milan President Silvio Berlusconi today as he closes in on the San Siro job.

The Coach was fired by Cagliari a few weeks before the end of the season because he was ‘distracted’ by interest from other clubs, according to patron Massimo Cellino.

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani publicly confirmed he would pick Allegri this week and the matter is moving up towards the top of the Rossoneri hierarchy.

Reports today suggest Allegri will travel to the Arcore home of President Berlusconi for a meeting that should secure his spot as successor to Leonardo.

In the last two years Allegri has helped Cagliari to mid-table safety, often despite disastrous starts to the season.

The other main candidate for the Milan job is current youth team Coach Filippo Galli.

Berlusconi: 'I should be the Coach'
20.5 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

President Silvio Berlusconi launched a manifesto to the Milan fans, reiterating Leonardo’s faults. “I ought to be the Coach...”

The patron – and Prime Minister of Italy – was criticised by supporters last week for a small transfer budget and his incompatibility with Leonardo.

“Milan need to focus on playing good football now and not drawing games like the one we were winning 2-0 against Napoli at the 90th minute,” Berlusconi told Milan Channel.

“Nor should we fail to realise the danger posed by Douglas Maicon in the second derby against Inter. At times I really ought to be the Coach...”

That was yet another public snipe at Leonardo’s tactics, having reproached him during yesterday’s sponsorship dinner for “never doing what I told him to.”

Berlusconi also had words of warning for the fans who have been complaining about his lack of investment.

“It is not true that I don’t spend money. In the last five seasons I’ve spent an average of £54m a year,” continued Berlusconi.

“To those fans who urge me to sell up the club, I reply that I love Milan and will never sell this club to someone who is unworthy or couldn’t make it even greater.

“The famous emirate who could make Milan better than it already is simply doesn’t exist. In times of economic crisis, it isn’t even easy to imagine a buyer and I would never sell to the first person who came along.”

Ronaldinho urges AC Milan buys
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Ronaldinho has joined the fans in urging President Silvio Berlusconi to reinforce the squad. “We want to win and play in a great team.”

The supporters have been critical of the club’s transfer policy, especially as this summer Berlusconi already hinted that more players will be brought up from the youth sector.

“I don’t even know if I will stay on at Milan. I can say that these two years at San Siro have been very happy ones,” the Brazilian told Radio Montecarlo.

“The fans don’t have the patience to wait for youngsters to grow and would like more champions? Well, we don’t have the patience either.

“We want to win and play in a great team. This is the truth.”

Ronaldinho confessed that seeing rivals Inter in the Champions League Final, where they can complete the Treble, only adds to that impatience.

“I am happy for our Nerazzurri cousins, but at the same time also said, because Milan cannot reach certain targets. Our hope is to start doing it again from next season.”

Meanwhile, Milan have announced the squad travelling to America and Canada for a tour in May and early June.

These include ‘borrowed’ players Cristian Brocchi, Davide Di Gennaro, Marcus Diniz Paixao, Roberto Colombo, Gennaro Delvecchio, Claudio Terzi and Manuele Blasi.

The Rossoneri will face Washington DC United on May 26, Chicago Fire on May 30 and Montreal Impact on June 2.

Galliani backs Allegri for AC Milan job
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Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani says Massimiliano Allegri has the 'physique du role' to replace Leonardo at San Siro.

The Rossoneri are on the lookout for a new Coach after Leonardo left by mutual consent at the weekend.

Milan patron Silvio Berlusconi is said to favour an in-house appointment with Filippo Galli and Mauro Tassotti tipped for the role.

However, Galliani holds Allegri in high esteem, as he is the reigning Serie A Coach of the Year.

Interviewed on Sky Sport Italia, Galliani was asked if Milan's new boss would speak Bergamasco, acknowledging reports linking Roberto Donadoni with the job.

“He speaks Milanista,” Galliani replied.

When asked if Donadoni is being considered for the role, Galliani said: “I don't think so. At the moment no.”

Galliani then turned his attention to Allegri.

“I have always said that he has the physique du role. I said it two years ago and I continue to think it. We'll see what happens.

“We will take a decision with President Berlusconi in a week or a little more.”

Berlusconi: 'Leonardo was pig-headed'
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Milan President Silvio Berlusconi reveals why Leonardo had to leave. “He was pig-headed and never did what I told him to.”

The Coach resigned after just one season at the helm and confessed he was “incompatible” with the very hands-on patron.

“Leonardo is a great man and a real professional, but he was pig-headed,” declared Berlusconi in a dinner with sponsors.

“He never did what I told him to. Never.”

It was this tense rapport that prompted the San Siro crowd to cheer on Leonardo and criticise Berlusconi during his last game in charge, a 3-0 victory over Juventus.

Although there are cuts to be made to the budget, the President – who is also Prime Minister of Italy – rules out reports he’s ready to quit.

“I will never sell Milan. It belongs to me and is stuck like glue along with my nearest and dearest. Continue to believe in me.

“As Prime Minister, I cannot spend a penny more than I already do. For now the future will begin again from the youth sector, as those are the qualities we need in moments of economic crisis.

“The young also bring enthusiasm and we must all roll up our sleeves to build that future together.”

Ronaldinho backs Tassotti for AC Milan job
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Brazilian star Ronaldinho has given Mauro Tassotti his backing to replace Leonardo on Milan's bench.

Leonardo announced his decision to leave the club on Friday after just one season in charge of the Rossoneri.

Tassotti is one of the frontrunners to take the job, although he could also be an assistant to Filippo Galli.

Speaking at the Golden Foot awards in Monte Carlo, Ronaldinho said: “Mauro worked with Carlo Ancelotti for many years.

“He knows Milan well. He has been here for years and if this opportunity were to arrive for Mauro, he has everything to do well.”

Ronaldinho then reflected on Leonardo's decision to leave the club.

“He is a friend and I respect him a lot as a Coach. There is something special in him because he played for many years and knows how to deal with a footballer.”

The 30-year-old former World Player of the Year also spoke about his own future.

“I don't know what will happen in a year or so, but I am happy here.

“I have spent two wonderful years here in which many people, not just those from Milan, have given me a lot.”

Finally Ronaldinho gave his reaction to being left out of Brazil's squad for this summer's World Cup in South Africa.

“I will not watch Brazil. I will support Brazil. But I like playing not watching,” he concluded.

Inzaghi set for AC Milan renewal
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Milan's veteran striker Pippo Inzaghi is set to sign a new contract at the club, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The 36-year-old only made four starting appearances in Serie A this season and often questioned his future at San Siro.

Parma were reportedly interested, but Inzaghi said he would stay at Milan if given the chance to play in Europe.

La Gazzetta understands Inzaghi will sit down with Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani on Friday to finalise an agreement.

The appointment of a new Coach is unlikely to change anything, as Milan are almost certain to go in-house and announce Filippo Galli as Leonardo's replacement.

Berlusconi hints at Coach Galli
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Milan President Silvio Berlusconi practically announced Filippo Galli will be their new Coach.

The rumours that the current youth team tactician would take over from Leonardo have been swirling around for some time, but this evening the heaviest hint yet was dropped.

“Those at the top of the Milan hierarchy consider an experience with the youth sector to be very important for a Coach,” Berlusconi told a group of sponsors.

“It also helps to form a manager in a psychological sense.”

Mauro Tassotti, who acted as assistant manager to both Carlo Ancelotti and Leonardo, was the youth team Coach, but not since 1997.

President Berlusconi also pledged to supporters he would not be scaling down his transfer targets too much.

“In a moment of economic crisis that affects the world and particularly Europe, I cannot afford exorbitant spending.

“Milan will be reinforced by four or five youth team players, but seeing as I have supported this club since childhood, I won’t pull back if there is the chance to buy a real champion who can give us that step up in quality.

“By champion, by the way, I mean someone like Ronaldo.”

Galliani: 'AC Milan fans were spoilt'
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Adriano Galliani understands Milan fans were “accustomed to caviar and champagne,” but stands by President Silvio Berlusconi.

The supporters used the last game of the season, a 3-0 victory over Juventus, as an opportunity to protest Berlusconi’s policies.

Their banners unmistakably cheered on Coach Leonardo and criticised the patron’s transfer tactics.

“Berlusconi will be at the club dinner this evening and nobody considers this season to be a failure,” insisted Vice-President Galliani.

“Of course Berlusconi is upset at the protest. It was not a fierce show of dissent, but when you are accustomed to caviar and champagne for 26 years, going back to a less prestigious brand may lead some to grimace.”

The Rossoneri finished in third place and will go directly into the Champions League.

Antonini grateful to Leonardo
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Milan full-back Luca Antonini is grateful to Leonardo for the faith he showed in him this season.

The 27-year-old has made 20 starting appearances in Serie A this year and feels he has done enough to keep his place next season.

“The mister gave me a lot. I am happy with the continuity that he has given me. I have repaid him and I embraced him because I owe him a lot.

“He focused on me this season, so it was a gesture that I owed him.

“Next year I hope to have the same continuity as this season and play all the time.

“This season I showed that I am able to play calmly at Milan and I hope to start again in the same way next year.”

Finally Antonini reacted to the fans' protests at the team.

“At the beginning of the year the objective was to finish in the top three. We managed it. Against Juve there was a wonderful support. It should be like this every Sunday. Even the fans understood that they should perhaps give us an extra push.

“When the stadium is half empty it's awful to play in, like we saw against Genoa. Sometimes, here at San Siro, there were people but it was as if there was no one.”

Galliani ties Ronaldinho
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Ronaldinho will not be leaving San Siro this summer, according to Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani.

There have been plenty of rumours surrounding the Brazilian ace's future, as he could reportedly see his salary reduced by 25 per cent.

However, Galliani has been quick to play down any suggestions of a falling out with the two-time World Player of the Year.

“There is no problem between Dinho and Milan,” claimed Galliani.

“Our relationship is good. We already have an agreement with his brother and there is no doubts that he will be a Milan player next season.”

The supporters will certainly be hoping Ronaldinho stays in Milan despite a season full of ups and downs with the Rossoneri.

However, his occasional stunning displays were not enough to earn him a place in the Brazil squad ahead of the World Cup.

Meanwhile, Oguchi Onyewu has extended his contract with Milan until June 2011 but has agreed not to receive any wages from the club since he was out injured for most of the past campaign.

Galli available to AC Milan
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Filippo Galli says he is willing to replace Leonardo should Milan want him to take charge of the first team.

The 46-year-old former centre-back, who is currently responsible for Milan's academy, is the favourite for the top job.

Speaking on Controcampo, Galli said: “I am a professional and I am a Milanista. I am part of Milan's environment every day being responsible for the youth sector.

“But it's a decision that the President or the administrator delegate must make.

“Anyway, I am carrying a project forward and I am happy for the results that we are getting with the Primavera and the entire youth sector.

“But being a Milan employee, I am at their disposition for any role,” he concluded.

Galli faces competition from Serie A Coach of the Year Massimiliano Allegri, but it's more than likely that he will be on the bench together with Mauro Tassotti.

Ronaldinho wants reassurances
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Milan star Ronaldinho would like reassurances about the club's future after Leonardo quit on Saturday.

The former World Player of the Year has thrived under Leo's tutelage, but his future seems uncertain as he enters the final year of his contract at San Siro.

La Gazzetta dello Sport understands that aside from losing an ally, Ronaldinho is concerned about Milan's cost-cutting exercises.

Until a couple of months ago, the 30-year-old Brazilian looked set to end his career at Milan or at least the European phase before returning home.

However, Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani would reportedly like to slash Ronaldinho's wages by up to 25 per cent.

The former Barcelona playmaker doesn't plan on renouncing his €8m salary and would now consider a lucrative move to Manchester City.

Galliani met with Ronaldinho's brother who also acts as his agent last week, but insisted that they only spoke about other players.

Nevertheless, it remains to be seen whether Ronaldinho will sign a new deal.

AC Milan in no hurry to replace Leonardo
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Milan are in no hurry to replace Leonardo, although it seems increasingly likely that Filippo Galli and Mauro Tassotti will take charge of the first team.

Leonardo said his last goodbyes to the players yesterday having already revealed his decision to leave on Friday.

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani had hoped to persuade the Brazilian to stay, but his efforts were in vain.

The fans protested at Silvio Berlusconi's ownership this weekend, arguing that he should sell the club if he doesn't intend to spend any money.

Sky Italia claimed a Russian consortium had bought part of Milan, but the club firmly denied the report in an official statement.

As for the future, Berlusconi is said to favour an in-house solution, focusing on Galli and Tassotti.

However, Galliani and Milan's directors would like to sound out Allegri, the reigning Serie A Coach of the Year who Cagliari sacked because he became 'distracted'.

Galliani intends to speak with Berlusconi about the matter this week, but the news that Tassotti will be leading Milan on tour this summer has only increased speculation that no one will be appointed from the outside.

Galliani: 'AC Milan fans are ungrateful'
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Vice-President Adriano Galliani blasted “ungrateful and ungenerous” Milan fans for protesting against Silvio Berlusconi.

The supporters unveiled a series of banners during last night’s 3-0 win over Juventus that thanked Leonardo and the players, but bitterly criticised their President.

“The fans were very ungenerous, as when we took over Milan the club was bankrupt and thanks to 25 years of heavy investment we have experienced eight Cup Finals,” insisted Galliani.

“I’d hate to see what would happen if we had a season like the one Juventus just had. This is the most successful club in the world and that cannot be ignored.

“I don’t know why the fans took this approach. I just tell them they ought to be very grateful to Berlusconi for these wonderful years together.

“Without Berlusconi, Milan would’ve vegetated as they had been before we took over. He took this side from a bankruptcy tribunal to the top of the world. Any neutral observer has to acknowledge that.

“I know how much money he has poured into this club. I still leap like a lunatic in the stands when the youth team score, so my love for Milan goes beyond everything. Until I am literally thrown out of the club, I won’t leave here.”

This was the final match with Leonardo in charge and the supporters blame Berlusconi’s public criticism for pushing him to quit.

“I understood all Leonardo’s potential, hiring him as an assistant, then as technical director and finally recommending him as Coach.

“We’ll see, it’s too early to discuss the new tactician and there will be all the necessary time to confirm the name.”

Leonardo: 'Affection is beyond words'
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Leonardo has thanked the Milan fans for their extraordinary show of affection and urged them not to protest President Silvio Berlusconi.

“I cannot deny this is a special moment for me. I am here trying to use words to explain something that is beyond speech,” he said after a 90-minute standing ovation from San Siro in his final game, a 3-0 win over Juventus.

The banners praised Leo, but criticised President Berlusconi, who repeatedly undermined his Coach in public this season.

“What happened happened, everyone knows that and the club knows what I think. That is the important thing and I speak only about what I feel. Everything else is the frenetic nature of football.

“I want to thank the fans and I'm convinced Milan will always find a new path. This club has been around for 110 years with great success and that won't stop now. I have experienced more or less everything in Italy and can only thank this nation for all it has given me.”

Leonardo said in yesterday's Press conference that after acting as player, director and Coach, he would not work with Milan again.

“There comes a moment when you have to make a decision and change direction. Do not seek a reason, it's nothing to do with the President. Things happen and I've been at Milan for 13 years.

“I always try to face everything in life with positivity and joy. Everything I've experienced here has been wonderful. You face new situations, discuss and adapt, just as you do in any job.

“This never felt like work to me. It was simply an extraordinary rapport with everyone at Milan.”

Leonardo insisted he would not work as a Coach again for at least a couple of years, while there are reports he has been offered a directorial role at Flamengo.

“I really don't know what happens next. I haven't spoken to anyone or considered anything. A year ago I decided to find out what it would be like to be a Coach and I am glad that I had this experience.”

Ronaldinho: 'I don't know if I'll stay'
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Ronaldinho thanked Leonardo for their year together at Milan and admitted he isn't sure whether he'll stay next season either.

“Leo is a friend and it has been wonderful working with him,” said the star after his brace in a 3-0 win over Juventus.

“Of course we must all respect his decision and thank him for the time we had together.”

The Coach has announced his departure, but Ronaldinho's contract has not been renewed yet either.

When asked if he was 100 per cent staying with the Rossoneri next season, Dinho replied: “I don't know.”

He confessed he was disappointed at missing out on the World Cup squad, as Carlos Dunga did not pick him or teammate Alexandre Pato for Brazil.

“My response is on the field with a performance like the one this evening. There is nothing else I can do about that.

“I continue to think this has been a great season for me and I don't want to compare myself with any of the other players in the Selecao. I can only respect Dunga's decision.

“If he saw my work this season and judged it not to be enough, that really is up to him.”

Serie A: AC Milan 3:0 Juventus - match report
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Scorers: Antonini 14 (M), Ronaldinho 29, 68 (M)

Ronaldinho bagged a brace as Milan crushed Juventus 3-0 and a touched Leonardo waved goodbye to San Siro.

The Bianconeri have amassed 15 defeats in a single Serie A season, a club record matching the 1961-62 run.

There was only pride at stake here, as both teams were already secure in third and seventh place respectively. Leonardo and Alberto Zaccheroni waved goodbye in their final games after confirming their exits. Mathieu Flamini sat out a ban, while Daniele Bonera, Massimo Ambrosini, David Beckham, Momo Sissoko, Sebastian Giovinco and Antonio Chimenti were injured. Diego and Felipe Melo were not 100 per cent fit, so Antonio Candreva took the trequartista role.

Juve were unbeaten here since a 3-1 result in October 2005, but lost 3-0 at home earlier this season. Milan supporters held up a large banner before kick-off thanking Leonardo and the players for their efforts, but blaming President Silvio Berlusconi for the poor campaign.

Vincenzo Iaquinta should've given Juve the lead after four minutes when he sprung the offside trap and rushed towards goal, but he pulled the angled drive across the face of goal.

Antonio Candreva also broke through the Rossoneri defence to fire over. At the other end Luca Antonini's cross found Alexandre Pato at the back post, but he couldn't get enough power to the free header to beat Gigi Buffon, while the goalkeeper parried at the near post from Ronaldinho.

Nelson Dida beat away a Claudio Marchisio snapshot in messy fashion, as it bounced off his chest.

It was Milan who struck against the run of play with a classic counter-attack. Antonini exchanged passes with Clarence Seedorf in the final third to surge into the box, where his shot took a deflection off Fabio Cannavaro to leave Buffon stranded at the near post. There were touching scenes after the goal, as Antonini rushed to the byline to lift up Leonardo.

Juventus fans repeatedly threw fireworks from the stands, prompting warnings from the officials and the threat of suspending the game.

Hasan Salihamidzic curled just wide of the top corner with Dida rooted to the spot.

Milan doubled their lead with Ronaldinho. The Brazilian started the move through the middle and - thanks in part to a clumsy Fabio Grosso attempt at an interception - Pato was able to prod it back into his path to drill home the daisy-cutter at the near post. It was a special goal for Dinho, who has been left out of Brazil's World Cup squad.

Alex Del Piero received from Jonathan Zebina 20 metres out and unleashed a screamer that Dida palmed out from under the crossbar. Cannavaro had a free header from a set play, but couldn't steer it on target.

Just before half-time the Milan fans unfurled a banner that read: 'Leo - quite simply, thank you.' The Coach stood and waved to the supporters, clearly moved by their affection in his final game.

Pato went on a blazing slalom through the Juve defence, eventually closed down for a corner by Giorgio Chiellini.

Zac made a double change at the break with Alex Manninger and Mauro Camoranesi coming off the bench, as Buffon is suffering from a back problem.

Manninger's first test was having his palms stung by a powerful Pato free kick. Alessandro Nesta made his comeback after a long injury lay-off, replacing Giuseppe Favalli.

Marco Borriello's shot was charged down when he perhaps should've passed it to Pato.

Milan made it 3-0 with a Ronaldinho brace, confirming his strong record against Juventus, as he also netted two in Turin. Zambrotta's long cross found an unmarked Dinho down the left side of the box and his snooker-shot flashed across Manninger into the far bottom corner.

Ronaldinho was also visibly moved as he made way for Pippo Inzaghi and accepted the standing ovation from San Siro, then held Leonardo in a long hug on the touchline.

Dida took two touches to get a Claudio Marchisio snapshot under control, while on the counter Thiago Silva had to put the ball out for a corner under pressure. Dida also waved goodbye, as he is expected to leave Milan this summer.

Milan: Dida (Abbiati 86); Zambrotta, Thiago Silva, Favalli (Nesta 62), Antonini; Gattuso, Pirlo, Seedorf; Pato, Borriello, Ronaldinho (Inzaghi 71)

Juventus: Buffon (Manninger 46); Zebina (Caceres 74), Cannavaro, Chiellini, Grosso; Salihamidzic (Camoranesi 46), Poulsen, Marchisio; Candreva; Iaquinta, Del Piero

Ref: Trefoloni

You can watch match highlights on Free Soccer Highlights.

Albertini surprised by Leonardo exit
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FIGC Vice-President Demetrio Albertini admits he “did not expect” Leonardo’s Milan career to be so brief.

The Coach announced yesterday that his final game in charge would be against Juventus this evening.

“I did not expect Leonardo to leave,” said former Rossoneri hero Albertini.

“He did very well and was able to bring back together a squad that became competitive again, achieving something perhaps they did not even expect.”

The favourite to take charge next season is current youth team manager Filippo Galli, but some reports suggest Marcello Lippi could be hired by Milan.

“I think that at the moment Lippi is concentrated only on the World Cup, then he’ll see.

“He has always said that he will not go back to club football, so I see no reason not to believe him.

“It’s unlikely, but when someone is a great Coach like Lippi, he can go to a great club.”

Meanwhile, Leonardo stated he does not want to work as a tactician again for at least a few years.

However, the Brazilian media today insist that Flamengo have made an offer for him to become either their Coach or a director of sport.

Leonardo: 'I won't work for AC Milan again'
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Leonardo reveals he’ll “never work for Milan again” after 13 years at the club and “will not work as a Coach for a few years.”

The tactician officially confirmed his departure from the club in yesterday’s Press conference, so his final match in charge will be against Juventus tonight.

“We have bid a consensual farewell,” he explained. “I cannot live with sadness. I cannot set aside 13 years.

“Now the time has come to close this chapter in a relaxed way, just as we did everything else. It isn’t easy to break away from Milan, as this club gave me the chance to do anything. All that I learned, I got it from here and from Adriano Galliani.”

Leo had been in the Rossoneri squad, then acted as talent scout and director before he was appointed Coach last summer.

“I will not be working with Milan again, though. When you leave a directorial role to become a Coach, you can’t go back. A year ago I knew that when my experience as a tactician was over, it would also mean the end of my rapport with Milan.”

There were reports Leonardo would be offered the Seleçao job, but he primarily wants to return to Brazil to spend more time with his family.

“The most difficult period for a sportsman is after his career has ended. It was Galliani who gave me every opportunity and I am a product of Milan.

“I didn’t know what it meant to be a manager. It has been an extraordinary experience, but I don’t know if I’ll work as a Coach again in future.

“I certainly won’t take on a similar role for a few years. I have no fear of the future, no worries and no offers. There is nothing to discuss.”

OFFICIAL: Leonardo will leave AC Milan
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Milan have announced that Leonardo will leave the club after the last game of the season against Juventus tomorrow.

It's no secret that Leonardo wanted to leave San Siro after just one campaign.

The Brazilian is believed to want to spend more time with his family who still live in Rio de Janeiro.

His relationship with Milan patron Silvio Berlusconi has also become strained in recent months.

Earlier in May, Leonardo revealed his belief that they were 'perhaps incompatible'.

Speaking at a Press Conference, Leonardo said: “It's all very clear, we have come to the end.

“We met this morning and made a decision.”

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani then hastened to add that he has yet to find a replacement.

“Up until today Milan have not contacted any Coach; there is time. It was already agreed that Tassotti would take charge of the team on tour set for July 12.

“There is no urgency. We have not made any kind of decision on the future.”

Borriello enjoys Manchester United talk
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Marco Borriello’s links with Manchester United are “just rumours. Later on we’ll see,” noted the Milan striker’s agent.

Reports from the English media today suggested that the Italian international was on United’s wish-list for next season.

“I too read this story about Manchester United and these things are always pleasing,” Tiberio Cavalleri told

“The fact he is considered overseas to be an ideal partner for someone like Wayne Rooney is further proof of how well he has done this season with Milan.

“Having said that, I have had no concrete information or official news on this matter, so at the moment it remains just rumours. Later on, we’ll see.

“I have not yet spoken to the Rossoneri directors. Marco is now focused only on the last game of the Serie A season and then to the Nazionale.”

Ancelotti tips Tassotti for AC Milan
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Carlo Ancelotti has tipped Mauro Tassotti to replace Leonardo on the Milan bench and looks back over “good work” at Chelsea.

The future of the Rossoneri is in doubt with Leo expected to walk away at the end of the season, while the likes of Massimiliano Allegri, Marco Van Basten and Filippo Galli have been linked with the job.

“I say that in terms of experience and knowledge, Tassotti is the best choice,” Ancelotti told Sky Sport Italia.

“He has been working with this team for 10 years and knows everyone’s good and bad points so well.”

Tassotti was his assistant manager at the club and fulfilled the same role for Leonardo this year.

Ancelotti went on to Chelsea, where he won the Premier League title and is in the FA Cup Final against Portsmouth.

“I feel that I have done good work here in my first season. I settled into a nice atmosphere and so am very happy to have achieved an important objective.

“Every victory gives you confidence and optimism, especially against the big clubs.

“My first time at Wembley was special for me, especially as I got to experience the atmosphere that you feel in English stadiums.”

Pato accepts World Cup snub
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Alexandre Pato accepts “it has not been a good year for me,” and is already looking forward to the 2014 World Cup.

The Milan striker has been out injured since March and consequently did not earn a spot in Carlos Dunga’s 30-man preliminary Brazil squad.

“I believed in my chances right to the end. It’s a shame, but I am still young and will work even harder to make sure I am ready for the 2014 World Cup, especially as the hosts are Brazil.”

There have been reports Pato is on his way out of San Siro this summer, as interest from Chelsea remains high.

“I want to assure the fans that I will always do everything I can to help Milan win something.

“It has not been a good year for me. I was on the sidelines for two months, but I’m happy that I returned to the field against Genoa at the weekend and did not feel pain.”

The teenager has been suffering from a recurring thigh problem all season.

Zac sees exciting AC Milan vs. Juventus
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Alberto Zaccheroni is confident Saturday’s Milan-Juventus match will be “the kind of fixture being a Coach is all about.”

Neither side has anything to play for, as their qualification for the Champions League and Europa League preliminary round respectively is secure.

“It is true that the San Siro match is not as important as it would’ve been in other years, partly because the fixture comes right at the end of the season,” claimed Zac.

“That is not a positive situation for making Serie A intriguing. My advice for drawing up the next calendar would be to keep Milan-Juve in the thick of the campaign.”

However, Zaccheroni denies the two teams will be lacking in motivation for a clash you can watch LIVE on ESPN from 19.45 UK time on Saturday.

“On the field we’ll still have top class players and quite a few will want to prove a point. In many senses it doesn’t feel like the final round of the season.

“Perhaps considering Juve’s situation, you could suggest we don’t ‘feel’ this match, but that is not the case.

“I have always thought that this is the kind of fixture being a Coach is all about. World class meetings are why you go into this line of work.

“In my view the best feeling is not necessarily having a contract, but being a part of these games. They are among the biggest fixtures in the world, it’s impossible not to be motivated.”

Galliani: 'Allegri is a Milanista'
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Adriano Galliani hasn't exactly discouraged reports linking Serie A Coach of the Year Massimiliano Allegri with the Milan job.

Leonardo is expected to leave San Siro this summer to be closer to his family who still live in Brazil.

Mauro Tassotti and Filippo Galli are the favourites for the job, but Allegri is constantly mentioned in the same breath as the two in-house candidates.

Cagliari fired Allegri in April after he apparently became distracted by stories linking him with other higher profile jobs.

Speaking outside the Lega Calcio's offices in Milan, Galliani was asked about the Rossoneri's coaching situation and Allegri in particular.

“He is a Milanista, because he went on tour with us,” Galliani said.

Galliani is referring to when Allegri was invited to go on a tour of the United States with Milan while playing for Cagliari in the 1990s.

Milan's Coach at the time, Fabio Capello, decided against signing him after he was allegedly caught partying with some of the other players.

Galliani was also asked if Italy boss Marcello Lippi was under consideration.

“He is not a Milanista, but he is a friend,” Galliani concluded.

Ronaldinho contract yet to be extended
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Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has revealed that Ronaldinho's contract has yet to be extended.

The former World Player of the Year who was conspicuous by his absence from Dunga's World Cup squad will be a free agent next summer if a solution isn't found.

Galliani would like Ronaldinho to stay at Milan, but is also asking him to take a 25 per cent pay cut in line with his efforts to slash the club's wage bill.

“I have seen Roberto De Assis [Ronaldinho's brother and agent]. We didn't speak about his brother's contract, but other players,” Galliani said.

“Ronaldinho has a contract until June 2011 and we will speak about an extension from January onwards.

“We don't intend to spread his existing deal out over more years.”

When asked for his take on the news that Ronaldinho won't be going to the World Cup, Galliani said: “I won't comment on Dunga's choices.

“Everyone makes their own decisions. The pitch will tell us who's right,” he concluded.

AC Milan's Onyewu in World Cup squad
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Milan defender Oguchi Onyewu is in America’s 30-man preliminary World Cup squad despite barely playing all season.

The player, who turns 28 in two days, only joined the Rossoneri from Standard Liege last summer.

He suffered a devastating injury on international duty during a World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica on October 14 2009.

Onyewu ruptured the patellar tendon in his knee and is yet to make his comeback at club level.

Nonetheless, he has been included in manager Bob Bradley’s 30-man preliminary World Cup squad.

USA squad: Tim Howard (Everton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton Wanderers); Carlos Bocanegra (Stade Rennais), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hanover), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Onyewu Oguchi (Milan), Heath Pearce (Dallas), Jonathan Spector (West Ham); Da Marcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers), Alejandro Bedoya (Orebro SK), Michael Bradley (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Jose Torres (Pachuca); Jozy Altidore (Villarreal), Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Tobbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Herculez Gomez (Puebla), Eddie Johnson (Aris)

AC Milan vs. Juventus moved to Saturday
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This weekend's match between Milan and Juventus has been moved from Sunday afternoon to Saturday evening for public order reasons.

The National Observatory for Sporting Events explained its decision as one that allows the forces of order to better manage the celebrations that naturally follow a final game of the season.

Lazio's home match against Udinese has also been moved from Sunday afternoon to Saturday evening for the same reason.

Tassotti: 'Leonardo will explain everything'
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Mauro Tassotti insists that Leonardo's future will become clear over the next week and then appeared to put himself forward to replace him in charge of Milan.

Leonardo is expected to leave San Siro this summer to be closer to his family who still live in Brazil.

His relationship with Milan patron Silvio Berlusconi has also become strained.

Tassotti is among the favourites to succeed Leonardo having worked under him and his predecessor Carlo Ancelotti.

Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, Tassotti said: “I don't know what Leo's decision will be, but let's wait a week.

“At that point everything will be explained. Right now there is no hurry.”

When asked if he would consider stepping into Leonardo's shoes, Tassotti said: “Who wouldn't like to train Milan?

“Trainers who don't have their coaching badges dream about it, as do those who have it and have been at this club for 30 years.

“I have been here for 30 years and my relationship with this club will not change.”

Van Basten rejects AC Milan talk
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Marco Van Basten has distanced himself from reports linking him with the Milan job this summer.

The Dutch legend, who starred for Milan in the late '80s and early '90s, is said to be Silvio Berlusconi's favourite to replace Leonardo.

However, the ankle problems that prematurely ended Van Basten's playing career still plague him to this day and make it difficult for him to focus on coaching.

“I am still not ready. I still have an ankle problem and I must resolve it,” Van Basten said.

“I can't do a big job like that of a Coach as for that your mind has to be clear.

“I am here at the moment and I enjoy myself playing golf, then we'll see what will happen. I have always had a good relationship with Silvio Berlusconi but this is another thing entirely.

“Sure I have read the stories about Milan and I. It's a wonderful idea. Milan and the people of Milan are kind to me, but right now I have this problem with my ankle and it doesn't seem right to see a Coach limp on the pitch.

“Now I am thinking about the ankle, then everything is possible. I am convinced that Tassotti would be a great Coach. He is a man with a lot of experience who knows Milan's culture and its fans well.

“He would certainly be in a position to train a team like Milan and the same goes for the other names that I have read like that of Filippo Galli.

“Leonardo has done very well up to now. The club sold many players but still managed to conquer third place. His performance has been great, then he made his decision, of which I don't know anything.”

Finally Van Basten was asked to describe what Milan lack.

“It depends on what their objectives are. If they are focusing on winning the Scudetto or the Champions League, they are missing a lot. It's not the Milan of 10 years ago.”

Zambrotta: 'Third place is important'
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Milan full-back Gianluca Zambrotta believes his team-mates can be satisfied with finishing third this season.

The Rossoneri came under fire at the weekend after their 1-0 defeat away to Genoa.

Milan can't be caught in third place after Sampdoria drew with Palermo, but sections of the media have judged their season to be a disappointment.

Leonardo's side looked as if they could challenge Inter for the title earlier this season, but faded away and were overtaken by Roma.

Speaking after yesterday's game, Zambrotta said: “In the course of the game, Leonardo wanted us to pass the ball more because we were a little in difficulty.

“Aside from the defeat, the important thing was to finish the season in third place and we managed it. For this reason, we are satisfied.

“Sure, we aren't satisfied with our performance today, no one likes to lose, but our objective recently has been qualifying for the Champions League and we managed it with a game to spare.”

Zambrotta then revealed what it was like to play behind closed doors out of fear of clashes between rival sets of supporters.

“Today, here in Genoa, the atmosphere was surreal. It was really strange. We are not used to playing without fans.

“Now we want to close the season well against Juventus at San Siro on Sunday and we will honour the game,” he concluded.

Moggi: 'AC Milan and Juve need rebuilding'
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Disgraced former Juventus general manager Luciano Moggi believes that Milan and his old team both need rebuilding this summer.

Juventus lost 3-2 at home to Parma on Sunday and have never been so bad for 48 years.

Milan also suffered defeat away to Genoa, but will finish third this season.

Speaking on Studio Stadio, Moggi said: “In next Sunday's match between Milan and Juve we will see two teams who are worn out and almost completely in need of rebuilding.

“Juventus have by now beaten all the negative records. Andrea Agnelli's arrival is necessary to take some of the power away from Blanc, but considering how much the Frenchman knows about football he doesn't even deserve any.”

Moggi was then asked to reveal when he feels Juventus will return to being a great team again.

“If they continue to buy holding midfielders in place of playmakers and people like Andrade, Poulsen and Tiago it will take at least another 20 years.”

Leonardo: 'Unjustifiable performance'
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Leonardo was “sad” to play behind closed doors, but “that doesn't justify Milan's poor performance.”

The Rossoneri lost 1-0 at Genoa in a game with no fans, after fears over crowd trouble made the authorities act late last night.

“It was so sad to play in an empty stadium. It was a surreal atmosphere, so experiencing a Sunday like this is not helping the players,” said Leo.

“Having said that, it doesn't justify Milan's poor performance. We kept the tempo so very slow.

“We hoped to hit Genoa on the counter, but we were far too slow to possibly surprise them.”

Alexandre Pato made his comeback from the start and had a goal ruled offside.

“The real Pato still has a while to go before he can return, but with him all it needs is a single push to decide the game.”

Despite this disappointing result, Milan are mathematically secure of third place thanks to the 1-1 between Palermo and Sampdoria.

“It is a very important objective that we have achieved by getting into the Champions League without a preliminary round. This is not to be underestimated.”

Serie A: Genoa 1:0 AC Milan - match report
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Scorer: Sculli 57 (G)

Giuseppe Sculli added to Milan's crisis with a free header, but at least the Rossoneri are mathematically safe in third place.

The authorities made a last-minute decision to play this game behind closed doors, as tension was sky high. The Rossoneri supporters hadn't travelled here for 15 years since Genoa fan Vincenzo Spagnolo was stabbed outside San Siro.

At least there was someone in the stands, as Rossoblu Coach Gian Piero Gasperini sat out a ban along with the injured Bosko Jankovic, Houssine Kharja and Marco Rossi. Milan welcomed back Alexandre Pato and Alessandro Nesta from long lay-offs, but Massimo Ambrosini was suspended.

Domenico Criscito's sliding tackle stopped Pato running clear on a Gennaro Gattuso through ball, but it was difficult for the two teams to raise the tempo in an empty stadium.

Marco Borriello's shot was charged down and the Mathieu Flamini follow-up whistled wide.

Pato did get the ball in the back of the net with his header from Ronaldinho's assist, but the goal was ruled offside.

Marco Amelia beat away another Borriello effort following good build-up play from Andrea Pirlo.

After the restart Amelia pushed Borriello's shot round the post and did the same with an acrobatic volley from the former Genoa hitman.

It was Genoa who broke the deadlock thanks to some woeful defending. A corner kick was floated in and Borriello completely lost his man, leaving Giuseppe Sculli with a free header from six yards.

The Rossoblu nearly made it 2-0, as Robert Acquafresca had acres of space to smash a snapshot from distance that cracked against the underside of the bar to bounce back out.

Milan should probably have drawn level in the second half, but Borriello and Klaas Jan Huntelaar wasted several golden opportunities.

Flamini saw red at the death for a second bookable offence.

Genoa: Amelia; Tomovic, Papastathopulos (Fatic 46), Bocchetti; Mesto, Zapater, Juric, Criscito; Palacio (Palladino 89), Acquafresca (Suazo 65), Sculli

Milan: Dida; Abate, Thiago Silva, Favalli, Antonini (Zambrotta 57); Flamini, Pirlo, Gattuso (Huntelaar 65); Pato (Seedorf 74), Borriello, Ronaldinho

Ref: Damato

Sent off: Flamini 85 (M)

You can watch match highlights on Free Soccer Highlights.

Van Basten hints at AC Milan job
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Marco Van Basten has hinted he could be the next Milan Coach. “We’ll talk about this when it is the right time.”

The Dutch legend has been tipped to take over from Leonardo at the end of the season and, when asked about these reports, remained extremely vague.

“We’ll talk about this when it is the right time, but now is not the right time,” said Van Basten.

“Milan still have work to do in Serie A this season. I won’t say anything, as it is not right.

“I have always been happy in Milan, but the fans must focus on the campaign at hand. It’s just not right to discuss next season at this juncture.”

Leonardo has all but admitted he will walk away at the end of the season following a series of rows with President Silvio Berlusconi.

“I am pleased to be linked with Milan, but nobody has contacted me,” assured Van Basten.

Genoa vs. AC Milan behind closed doors
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In a last-minute decision, Sunday’s Genoa-Milan match will be played behind closed doors due to security fears.

The fixture was considered very high risk, as these two clubs have a bitter rivalry stretching back to a tragic incident.

Ever since Genoa supporter Vincenzo Spagnolo was stabbed to death outside San Siro 15 years ago, the Rossoneri fans have been barred from travelling to Marassi.

That ban was lifted this season, but increasing tension around the game and talk of reprisals from the Genoa ultras prompted a rethink.

Late Saturday evening the local security chiefs ordered the match to be played behind closed doors.

Kick-off is on Sunday at 15.00 local time, 14.00 in the UK.

Leonardo: 'First Genoa, then future'
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Leonardo welcomes back Alexandre Pato and Alessandro Nesta, but prefers to focus on the Genoa game before discussing his Milan future.

“Tomorrow we can put an end to the matter of third place and we must do it,” said the tactician.

“Only once we have achieved our objectives can we then think about what comes after. The game with Genoa is too important to think about the future now.

“The best thing about my season has been the rapport with the players. It’s also the most intriguing, both good and bad, as it allowed me to know people better and experience the locker room atmosphere before a game.

“The worst thing? I don’t think there has been one. I consider things to be bad only when you experience them the wrong way and this year I always tried to think positive.”

There is tension around the fixture, as for the first time in 15 years Rossoneri supporters are allowed to attend Marassi following the stabbing death of fan Vincenzo Spagnolo.

“I am aware of what is happening around this game and that it’ll see Milan supporters return after 15 years. I hope there will be no problems tomorrow,” continued Leonardo.

“The time has come to look at what’s going on in Italian football now, because it seems every day provides security problems. Off the field issues could have an influence, but I feel Genoa are a great side who’ll want to perform for their fans in the last home game of the season.

“I expect Milan to have the same attitude as against Fiorentina. We want third place and know it’ll be mathematically possible to secure that tomorrow. It’s all down to us.”

Pato and Nesta are back in the squad, although only the Brazilian is considered fit enough to start.

“Alexandre trained all week with the full team and is available. The only absentees are David Beckham and Oguchi Onyewu, as well as the suspended Massimo Ambrosini.

“I saw Pato very disappointed during this lay-off. It might be the longest injury of his career and it’s not easy to go through a situation like that.”

Baresi backs Van Basten
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Milan legend Franco Baresi has backed his former team-mate Marco Van Basten to replace Leonardo this summer.

Leonardo is expected to step down at the end of the season and return to Brazil to be close to his family.

His relationship with Silvio Berlusconi has also become strained, as demonstrated in his comments last week when he said that they are 'perhaps incompatible'.

Berlusconi is known to favour Marco Van Basten's candidacy as Leonardo's replacement, even though Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani would like to give Filippo Galli the role.

Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Baresi was asked who he would choose to succeed Leonardo, to which he replied: “Van Basten because he already has high level experience. He knows Milan and it's a name of great prestige that would give the atmosphere a spark.”

Looking to the future, Baresi said: “Milan still have many good players and others will arrive. I think Milan can be the only team in a position to compete with Inter. “

Baresi then gave his opinion of Jose Mourinho's Inter.

“They are a team that has quality and strength, but my Milan was much more spectacular. It's enough to think about the 4-0 win over Barcelona in the Athens final or the 4-0 win over Steaua in the first final, because we weren't just good at defending.”

Otamendi closer to Real Madrid than AC Milan
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Argentina international Nicolas Otamendi is closer to a move to Real Madrid than Milan, according to his agent Gustavo Mascardi.

The 22-year-old Velez Sarsfield youngster, who can play across the defence and even in midfield, is set to be the subject of much speculation this summer.

He is already a lynchpin for the Albiceleste and should feature heavily at the World Cup in South Africa next month.

Speaking to Tutto Mercato Web, Mascardi said: “I have mandate to sell Nicolas. We will see who is interested in the player.

“I believe that a Spanish club is favourite. I will be in Spain next week to speak to them.”

When asked about reported interest from Milan, Mascardi said: “I have not heard anything at the moment, but we will know more in the next few days.”

Inzaghi wants AC Milan extension
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Pippo Inzaghi hopes to sign a new contract at Milan despite the lack of playing time afforded to him this season.

“I have started just nine games this term but I did manage to feel important,” the 36-year-old stated.

“I accepted whatever decision the Coach made, but I want to feel even more important next term. My hope is to remain in this shirt.”

Inzaghi’s contract expires in June but Milan have intimated that they will extend that as soon as they have mathematically qualified for the Champions League.

“I have a special relationship with this club,” continued the former Juventus striker who still has goals that he wants to achieve.

“I want to stay because I want to score one more goal in Europe to beat a 35-year-old record and I also don’t want to miss out on scoring more goals than Marco Van Basten did here.

“I’m only three short of that…”

In an odd twist, the Dutchman could actually be Inzaghi’s boss next season given that current tactician Leonardo is expected to leave.

Ronaldinho: 'I've had a great season!'
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Milan may have struggled to third place, but Ronaldinho feels “I have personally had a truly wonderful season.”

The Brazilian looks set to miss out on a place at the World Cup, but is eager to earn a contract extension at San Siro.

“I have personally had a truly wonderful season,” insisted Dinho in an interview with Sky Sport Italia.

“I hope that this campaign can be a launching pad for the future. I have been happy at Milan from my first day.

“I have many great memories, among them of course my first goal against Inter.

“On Sunday our game with Genoa is very important for the Champions League and we are preparing for it as best we can.”

The Rossoneri are not yet certain of a top three finish, as Sampdoria and Palermo are not too far behind.

It has already been reported that the club is only willing to offer a contract extension if Ronaldinho’s wages are reduced.

He has scored 10 goals in Serie A this season, but mentor Leonardo is set to leave.

Milan shortlist Leonardo replacements
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Milan have drawn up a shortlist of three names capable of replacing Leonardo who is expected to leave San Siro at the end of the season.

Leonardo has a strained relationship with Silvio Berlusconi and would like to return to Brazil to spend more time with his family and take up other coaching opportunities in South America.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Filippo Galli is still the favourite for the post, primarily because of his time in charge of Milan's youth sector.

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani wants to see more young players coming through and feels that Galli would deliver on that promise.

Serie A Coach of the Year Massimiliano Allegri is also being touted for the job after being sacked by Cagliari for becoming 'distracted'.

Allegri 's enthusiasm and good football makes him a candidate for every top job in Italy, but La Gazzetta understands that not all Milan's directors like his style.

The final name for consideration is that of Marco van Basten, the legendary former Milan striker, who is looking for a new challenge after resigning from Ajax this time last year.

It's no secret that Berlusconi dreams of seeing van Basten on the bench and La Gazzetta understands that Milan have put some feelers out to the 45-year-old Dutch master.

Last chance to convince Leonardo
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La Gazzetta dello Sport understands that Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani intends to make one last attempt to convince Leonardo to stay at San Siro.

After last week's comments in which Leonardo revealed that he is 'perhaps incompatible' with Silvio Berlusconi, a separation by now appears inevitable.

However, Galliani would like one final sit down with Leo to discuss his future before going ahead with plans for next season.

If, as expected, Leonardo insists that his mind is already made up and that he is returning to Brazil, only then will Galliani push to replace him with Filippo Galli and Mauro Tassotti.

Silvio Berlusconi has other ideas for Leonardo's successor, though. He apparently dreams of seeing Marco van Basten on the bench or even Frank Rijkaard.

Pato '100 per cent staying at AC Milan'
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Alexandre Pato is back in training for the first time since March and Adriano Galliani is adamant “he will not leave Milan.”

The Brazilian hitman has been out of action since March 21 due to a recurring right thigh problem and could be on the bench against Genoa this weekend.

Pato has been heavily linked with a bid from Chelsea, who are also showing interest in teammate Thiago Silva.

“I can reiterate that it is 100 per cent certain Pato will remain with Milan next season,” Vice-President Galliani told Sky Italia television.

Real Madrid are also keeping a close eye on the situation, having taken Kaka from the Rossoneri last summer.

Chelsea prepare Pato and Silva raid
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Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti will try and tempt Alexandre Pato and Thiago Silva to leave Milan this summer, according to Il Corriere dello Sport.

Ancelotti is still very close to his two former protégés and hopes to launch an €80m bid for them at the end of this season.

Il Corriere understands that Ancelotti will get the all clear to go on a massive spending spree if he wins the Premier League and FA Cup.

Ancelotti tried to take Pato with him to Stamford Bridge last summer, only for Milan to resist Chelsea's overtures after selling Kaka.

Speaking of Kaka, Chelsea are also being linked with a bid for the former Milan fantasista as his troubles at Real Madrid show no sign of abating.

AC Milan prepare bid for Otamendi
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Milan are drawing up a bid for Velez Sarsfield centre-back Nicolas Otamendi, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The 22-year-old who is already a regular for Argentina is widely regarded as the next Walter Samuel.

Milan are ready to pay €12m for the player, but face significant competition from Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.

However, with a list of suitors as long as their arm, Velez are asking for a figure closer to €20m, something that could end Milan's interest.

Adriano Galliani is said to have backed the move primarily because Otamendi can play in more than one position across the defence and midfield.

The Rossoneri are particularly looking to reinforce their defence this summer after several injuries revealed it to be quite threadbare this season.

They have already agreed to sign Chievo centre-back Mario Yepes on a free transfer at the end of the campaign.

AC Milan line up Van Basten
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Milan are seriously thinking about hiring Marco Van Basten to replace Leonardo this summer, according to a report in La Gazzetta dello Sport.

It's no secret that Leonardo has a difficult relationship with Milan patron Silvio Berlusconi.

Berlusconi reportedly told a group of senators that Leonardo will leave at the end of the season, partly because he is too headstrong.

Leonardo hit back by saying that they are perhaps 'incompatible' and now looks increasingly likely to return to Rio to be with his family amid interest from Flamengo and the Brazilian national team.

Filippo Galli remains the favourite for the job, but nothing is decided yet and Berlusconi is said to like the prospect of Van Basten sitting on Milan's bench.

The Rossoneri were linked with Van Basten this time last year, although they ended up handing the reins to Leo instead.

La Gazzetta understands that Van Basten has told his friends that he is looking to return to coaching just over a year after he quit Ajax following a poor season in the Eredivisie.

Leonardo: 'So few understand football...'
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Leonardo made it clear he’s unlikely to patch up his differences with Milan President Silvio Berlusconi. “So few people understand football.”

The Coach is ready to quit at the end of the season after he was repeatedly criticised for his tactics, training and approach by the patron.

He confessed that they may well be “incompatible,” but made another sideswipe after last night’s 1-0 win over Fiorentina.

“In this year as a Coach I have realised something,” commented Leonardo. “So few people understand football.

“Really, there are very few who can say they understand this sport. It’s not an easy thing to do.”

Meanwhile, striker Marco Borriello hopes the tactician can resolve his problems and stay on.

“Leo is someone who is good for a squad like Milan. I hope he can soon make peace with the President and continue working with us,” said the striker.

Leonardo: 'Do I still want to be a coach?'
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Leonardo refused to discuss his future or President Silvio Berlusconi, but admits he might not necessarily still want to be a Coach.

The tactician confessed this week that perhaps he and the patron were “incompatible” after Berlusconi reportedly declared Leo would be leaving Milan at the end of the season.

“I want to talk about the match, also out of respect for what we have achieved,” commented the Brazilian.

“There are still two games left and I care so much about ending the season well. What’s done is done, what has been said has been said.

“Do I still want to be a Coach? That’s a good question, but quite honestly I do not know my future and just want to focus on finishing what we started this term.

“I must thank Milan for letting me do so many things during my career, but this is not the right time to think about my future.”

The 1-0 victory over Fiorentina effectively secured Milan’s spot in the Champions League, earned through a late Ronaldinho penalty.

“We beat a very good side and faced this game with real toughness. It was an extremely important win. It’s a big step forward for the Champions League, but there are still another two rounds to go.

“We knew Fiorentina would put pressure on us and be dangerous on the break, so it took us a while to find the best place to start our moves from.”

Ronaldinho's 'most important goal'
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Ronaldinho claims his goal against Fiorentina was “the most important of the season,” as it takes Milan into the Champions League.

The Rossoneri’s recent poor form meant even third place was in doubt, but that looks to be under lock and key now.

“It is a crucial victory, so this is my important goal of the season,” said the Brazilian after converting his penalty for a 1-0 result.

“Qualifying for the Champions League is essential, so it’s a great day for me and my teammates.”

Dinho’s career has been revived by the guidance of Leonardo, but the Coach has hinted he’ll quit Milan in the summer.

“We are thinking about this moment and not next season. Let us focus on the next two games, then we can consider the future.

“Leonardo is a great friend and a great Coach.”

Serie A: AC Milan 1:0 Fiorentina - match report
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Scorer: Ronaldinho pen 78 (M)

A late Ronaldinho penalty mathematically secured a Champions League spot for Milan thanks to a 1-0 win over Fiorentina.

Both giants were struggling to stay afloat and ending the campaign with a whimper. Leonardo admitted this week he was "incompatible" with President Silvio Berlusconi and likely to leave. He adopted a 'heavy' trident attack with Clarence Seedorf in support, but missed David Beckham Alexandre Pato, Alessandro Nesta, Ignazio Abate and Oguchi Onyewu. Fiorentina changed system by dropping Juan Manuel Vargas for an extra midfielder. Mario Alberto Santana, Manuel Pasqual, Alessandro Gamberini, Dias Felipe and Gianluca Comotto were out of action.

The Viola had the first chance, as Riccardo Montolivo won back the ball in midfield and combined with Stevan Jovetic before his low strike was fingertipped round the post by Nelson Dida. From the corner Alberto Gilardino's acrobatic scissor-kick was well held.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar controlled a cross to strike against the side-netting on the volley.

Milan had a great chance after 15 minutes when a corner came to Ronaldinho's header from six yards, but it was kept out by a desperate Cristiano Zanetti goalline clearance.

Huntelaar had penalty appeals for a tussle with De Silvestri, but play continued and Marco Borriello drilled wide. At the other end Gilardino couldn't quite squeeze a shot away from close range when surrounded by three defenders.

Ronaldinho's mazy run forced a save from Sebastien Frey's outstretched foot at the near post. From the corner, Huntelaar got a nasty cut to his eye in an accidental clash with Massimo Gobbi.

The Rossoneri should've gone in front after 41 minutes. A corner came out to Gianluca Zambrotta, whose shot turned into an assist for Ronaldinho's header, but Frey flew to palm it out from under the bar from point-blank range in a sensational save.

Frey punched away a Ronaldinho free kick from the outside corner of the box, but Dinho was rightly booked for a dive in the penalty area.

After the restart Seedorf blasted off target, while Ronaldinho's cross flashed past Huntelaar in the six-yard box.

Vargas replaced the ineffective Marco Marchionni, but lost Jovetic to injury for Adem Ljajic moments later.

Seedorf was tripped just outside the box and Ronaldinho's free kick went round the wall, forcing a great flying save out of Frey.

Fiorentina introduced striker Keirrison for midfielder Zanetti, returning to a more attacking system.

The Rossoneri continued to dominate in terms of chances, as Ronaldinho rolled the ball between two defenders for the on-rushing Seedorf to fire a screamer over the bar from the D.

As a last throw of the dice, Leonardo threw on Amantino Mancini and Pippo Inzaghi for Seedorf and Huntelaar. Within minutes it paid off, as the referee pointed to the spot for a Per Kroldrup two-footed tackle on Borriello, although it could be argued he got the ball. Ronaldinho stepped up and converted at the near post despite Frey getting a fingertip to it.

Vargas attempted a long-range snapshot that almost surprised Dida, who punched it away.

Milan ended the game with 10 men, as captain Massimo Ambrosini picked up a second yellow card for bringing down Gilardino on the edge of the box. Vargas thumped the resulting free kick over the bar.

Luca Antonini got the slightest of touches to take a cross away from De Silvestri deep into stoppages. Dida smothered a dipping free kick from Vargas in the last chance of the game.

Milan: Dida; Zambrotta, Thiago Silva, Favalli, Antonini; Ambrosini, Pirlo, Seedorf (Mancini 75); Huntelaar (Inzaghi 75), Borriello, Ronaldinho (Flamini 81)

Fiorentina: Frey; De Silvestri, Kroldrup, Natali, Gobbi; Zanetti (Keirrison 67), Bolatti, Montolivo; Marchionni (Vargas 56), Jovetic (Ljajic 59); Gilardino

Ref: Russo

Sent off: Ambrosini 87 (M)

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