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June 2005

Inzaghi promises to be decisive again
30.6 || Seamus

The Italian striker is looking forward to the new season.

Following an unlucky year, marred by injuries which only allowed him a handful of games and just one goal to show, Filippo Inzaghi is now preparing for the new season with a lot of conviction.

“I hope to play just 20 games every year, but to be decisive in all of them for my team.”

Inzaghi is not worried by the possible arrival of Gilardino, which could put in jeopardy his first team place.

“He’s a good and young player and when these important players arrive we are always happy because they can help us win.”

Kaladze pens Milan extension
30.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Kakhaber Kaladze’s proposed move to Chelsea is definitely off after he signed a new deal with Milan on Thursday.

The Georgian international had less than a year left on his previous deal but is now tied to the Rossoneri until 2010.

Kaladze was confident of completing a move to Stamford Bridge this month but his transfer collapsed.

He had agreed terms with the London club but Milan’s £8m asking price was deemed as too steep for the left-back.

Kaladze opened the door to a San Siro stay this morning, during an interview with the Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper.

"I’m happy in Milan but my problem is only a technical one – the fact that I haven’t played too much," he said.

"My contract expires in 2006 but I hope to find an agreement with Milan, possibly even for a renewal."

Kaladze has struggled for a first team place with stiff competition coming from Paolo Maldini and Giuseppe Pancaro.

In other transfer news, Siena have signed Paolo Negro on a two-year contract this afternoon.

The defender has arrived on a free transfer after his agreement at Lazio expired this summer.

The Tuscan outfit have also netted youngsters Matteo Paro and Daniele Gastaldello from Juventus in a co-ownership deal. Both spent last term at Crotone.

Rossoneri turn to Ruud
28.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

With Alberto Gilardino’s price-tag still too expensive, Milan have reportedly turned their attention towards Ruud van Nistelrooy.

There are claims that the Dutchman has already given his verbal consent to the move after a disappointing and injury-ravaged campaign at Old Trafford.

Sir Alex Ferguson would allegedly be willing to part with van Nistelrooy for £10m, though that figure could be lowered by the inclusion of Jon Dahl Tomasson (pictured) as part of the deal.

Italian newspapers suggest that the former PSV Eindhoven hitman’s agents travelled to Milan in order to propose the switch and the Rossoneri are content with the financial package – considerably smoother than the £25m Parma have requested for Gilardino.

A new striker is needed at the San Siro, as Hernan Crespo is increasingly unlikely to extend his Serie A stay. Chelsea are finding it difficult to sign a replacement for the Argentine and are selling Mateja Kezman to Atletico Madrid.

“I am not relaxed at all,” revealed Crespo in the ‘Gazzetta dello Sport’. “I am trying not to think about it and wait to see what happens. I want to talk to Chelsea over the next few days, but my agent has told me to stay calm and is trying to set up a meeting.”

Crespo begs to stay
28.6 || webmaster


Chelsea may order on-loan striker Hernan Crespo to return to Stamford Bridge in order to boost their attacking options. Milan deputy chief executive Ariedo Braida said that Chelsea want the Argentine back.

Braida said: "Milan and Chelsea have an agreement for the renewal of the loan, but Chelsea are trying to convince him to stay in London."

Chelsea have been desperate to sign some quality up front, but their major European rivals have been unwilling to let their strikers sign for the wealthy Londoners.

Abramovich's millions have thus far been insufficient to lure Real Madrid's England striker Michael Owen, AC Milan's Shevchenko or, most recently, Juventus' David Trezeguet. The Turin giants turned down a &euro40 million bid for their French hitman.

To make matters worse, Atletico Madrid are reported to have rebuffed an inquiry for Spanish international striker Fernando Torres.

Crespo is worried.

The Argentine fears that since Chelsea dropped their interest in Milan's Kaladze, the negotiations over his permanent transfer to Italy have stalled.

"I'm not tranquil. I try not thinking and I wait to know what my future will be," Crespo said.

"I want to talk with Chelsea, I don't know when, maybe in these next days.

"I wait for my agent to define a meeting, he is trying to tell me to be calm.

"Surely Kaladze's negotiation has been involved in mine and something went in a bad way.

"But I'm absolutely confident in my agent Fernando Hidalgo who is working in a really good way to convince Chelsea."

Ancelotti denies exit claims
28.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti insists there was no chance of his departure following the Champions’ League loss to Liverpool.

The tactician was linked with both Real Madrid and Roma after his club’s Istanbul nightmare, but maintains he wants to stay at the San Siro for some time to come.

"There was never any truth in the stories," said the Coach. "It is my idea to remain past my current deal which is set to expire in 2007."

The Rossoneri looked like certain European Cup winners this term, but somehow threw away a 3-0 lead to lose on penalties against the Premiership side.

"The Champions’ League remains the most important trophy," added Ancelotti. "The disappointment of Istanbul stays with us but we must look ahead.

"It was a horrible incident at the end of a really good season. We want to repeat that next term but with the aim of ending it differently."

The club are desperately trying to strengthen Ancelotti’s squad for the new season but are finding it tough to sign Parma’s Alberto Gilardino.

"He is an important and good player," said the tactician. "We want to sign him but if he doesn’t come then we will still be strong.

"Buying players is very tough now as it seems that all clubs have only limited resources. Only Chelsea have money which allows them to sign anybody – apart from Andriy Shevchenko…"

Meanwhile, director general Ariedo Braida has confirmed that there is nothing new to report in the Gilardino chase.

"We are working on it," he stated. "We will do all we can and even the impossible to bring him to Milan. Especially as that is what the player wants."

Milan have bid £18m but Parma are hoping to net around £25m for the Italian international striker.

Crespo deal this week
27.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

The wrangling over Hernan Crespo's proposed loan extension at Milan should end this week, say the rossoneri. Talks with Chelsea had stalled after seeming to be on the verge of completion following a row between the two sides over the Premiership champions' bid for Milan left-back Kakha Kaladze.

But with Chelsea now having signed Asier del Horno from Athletic Bilbao instead, negotiations appear to be again moving in the right direction.

"We are still on track and are doing everything that we can in order to keep Crespo," said Milan director general Ariedo Braida.

"The player wants to stay and I think the situation will be sorted out this week. He'll either stay here or rejoin Chelsea. The two parties have agreed details of the loan. It either happens this way or nothing occurs at all."

Crespo moved to the San Siro on loan at the beginning of last season after falling out with Stamford Bridge boss Jose Mourinho and has repeatedly stated he does not want to go back to London.

"I'm not enjoying my holidays very much," Crespo admitted. "I'm waiting for my agent to call but it's not easy. It's a real shame, because it seemed as if everything had been sorted out."

He added: "All I know for sure is that I'm a Milan player up to June 30. I hope I can say the same in July."

Milan get back in to Gilardino race
26.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Alberto Gilardino’s move to Milan could still be on after all, explains Vice-President Adriano Galliani, though Chelsea’s competition remains.

This week patron Silvio Berlusconi told journalists that he believed Parma’s new owners would keep hold of their top scorer, even if someone were to meet his £25m price-tag.

“It is true that Gilardino is too expensive right now, but Berlusconi does not know for sure that the new Tardini owners are against his sale altogether,” pointed out Galliani. “All he was talking about was a hunch rather than any insider information.”

This means that the door is still open for developments in this on-going transfer saga. Gilardino and his agent have made it perfectly clear for some months now that his preferred destination is Milan – this could prove decisive.

While Chelsea are distracted by the chance of signing Juve’s David Trezeguet or even Atletico Madrid starlet Fernando Torres, the Rossoneri will continue to whittle down the difference between asking price and offer.

They cannot afford to wait around, however, as Hernan Crespo is increasingly likely to be recalled by Chelsea and Pippo Inzaghi’s injury worries mean he cannot be relied upon to take the strain of an entire season.

Italian newspaper ‘Corriere dello Sport-Stadio’ claims this morning that Milan are instead turning their attention towards Antonio Cassano and have offered cash plus Christian Abbiati and Jon Dahl Tomasson to seal the £13m deal, but it’s believed that if Berlusconi is to bring in one major new signing it will be Gilardino.

Sheva once "offered to Real Madrid"
25.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Transfer guru Ernesto Bronzetti has revealed that Milan once offered Andriy Shevchenko to Real Madrid, while Walter Samuel is on the verge of joining Inter.

“I was on the boat on the coast of Ibiza with Real President Florentino Perez and Rossoneri Vice-President Adriano Galliani when Shevchenko was offered to us,” revealed the consultant. “The striker was coming off a difficult period of his career, but Perez preferred to sign Ronaldo instead.”

As Ronaldo left Inter in 2002 and Shevchenko had scored just 14 Serie A goals that season, it is easy to track back to the time of this sensational offer.

Real and Chelsea have repeatedly made £30m bids for the Ukrainian in recent years and all have been rejected out of hand by Galliani. There were even reports that Ronaldo was interested in a return to Serie A football.

“It’s all talk! Ronaldo and David Beckham are the only players they will never sell because they are talented and precious commodities on a media level.”

Bronzetti continues to work for Madrid and gave the ‘Corriere dello Sport’ newspaper some insight into the rumoured double move for Walter Samuel and Santiago Solari.

“The deal to bring Samuel and Solari to Inter should be completed on Monday or Tuesday. We are waiting for the Confederations Cup to end, as Samuel is a consummate professional and wants to concentrate on Argentina’s campaign.”

The Santiago Bernabeu outfit has also been linked with a bid for Antonio Cassano, but again Bronzetti believes otherwise.

“The only Coach who can control Cassano is Fabio Capello, so he’ll go to Juventus. I expect Roma’s Amantino Mancini to do the same.”

Berlusconi shuts door on Gilardino
25.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan patron Silvio Berlusconi says he won't spend £25m for Alberto Gilardino, but warns even Chelsea might not be able to afford him soon.

“Gilardino is too expensive and at that price I really wouldn’t buy him,” said the Italian Prime Minister.

This is replicating what Rossoneri Vice-President Adriano Galliani had explained earlier this week following a meeting with Parma directors.

Gilardino and his agent have made it clear that they would prefer a move to the San Siro, but the Tardini outfit are in a tricky financial condition and refuse to lower his price-tag.

Milan’s position on this matter could push the star striker towards Chelsea, who have also confirmed there interest in him, but Berlusconi suggests there could be a twist in this transfer tale.

“In any case, I don’t think he’s on the market any more because Parma’s new owners will want such a valuable player to stay with them,” said the club patron.

There have been strong newspaper reports over the last couple of days that a Swiss IT company is in the final stages of takeover talks and will revolutionise the Parma squad with the arrival of Coach Zdenek Zeman and former Roma director of sport Franco Baldini.

If Parma’s financial difficulties are resolved and the new owners wish to build a successful side, then even Chelsea’s millions might not be enough to tempt them into parting with Gilardino.

AC Milan to open football school in Syria
24.6 || webmaster


Damascus, 24 June (AKI) - Paolo Maldini, captain of Italian football powerhouse AC Milan, will be in Damascus on 1 July to inaugurate a football school the club has founded in the Syrian capital, Syrian news reports said Friday. Other Milan stars will also be present at the ceremony, the reports said. When contacted, an AC Milan spokeswoman said that she could not confirm the report.

The school which is equipped with three football pitches - grass, astroturf and a roofed venue - will cater for up to 400 youngsters between the ages of six and sixteen with all equipment supplied by Milan. Italian coaches will be flown over regularly to help the school's Syrian staff, the report said.

Ace defender Maldini and his teamates will also tour some of Syria's major sports facilities during their visit, it added.

AC Milan, one of Europe's most successful and storied clubs reached the final of this year's Champions League in Istanbul where the team lost in a penalty shoot-out to Liverpool after the thrilling match ended 3-3.


Inzaghi determined to return
24.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Filippo Inzaghi is looking ahead to the new season after his recent injury ravaged campaign.

The former Juventus striker has endured a torrid time over the last two seasons with several serious injuries putting his career on hold.

He did manage a return for Milan’s run-in, but was controversially left out of the Champions’ League Final squad.

“My disappointment for this season is not that I scored just one goal,” the 32-year-old stated.

“It is more to do with that I didn’t help Milan, of whom I am now a big fan and not just a player. I don’t want to live on memories – I’m preparing to be at my best and return as a key player.”

Whispers around the peninsula suggest that Milan would be tempted to sell the prolific hitman if an offer came in, but Inzaghi’s injury problems suggest that there would be few takers.

Gilardino unlikely to join Viola
24.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Alberto Gilardino’s agent has played down reports of Fiorentina’s interest in signing the Parma striker.

The Gazzetta dello Sport today claims that the Viola have joined the chase, given Milan’s reluctance to meet Parma’s £25m asking price.

But Beppe Bonetto, talking to the website, insists that his client is desperate to wear the Rossoneri shirt.

"I’ve heard about the Viola interest but it is a matter between Fiorentina and Parma," he stated. "We don’t want to get involved.

"It is clear that the club have great plans and (former Parma boss) Cesare Prandelli is more than just a Coach to Alberto, but Milan are Gilardino’s first choice.

"If that move doesn’t happen then anything can occur but I don’t want to comment on a possible transfer to Fiorentina."

Milan and Parma started talks for Gilardino yesterday, but nothing was agreed and that is likely to remain the case for some time.

"Gilardino has now gone on holiday," added Bonetto. "We decided that was the best option as it would be useless just waiting around."

Meanwhile, Fiorentina are believed to have reached an agreement with Parma over goalkeeper Sebastien Frey.

The French shot-stopper is ready to accept a cut in salary in order to complete his move to the Stadio Franchi.

In other transfer news, Albanian striker Erjon Bogdani has returned to Reggina after spending last season at Verona.

Gilardino fee rocks Milan
23.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Alberto Gilardino’s move to Milan is again in doubt as a result of Parma’s asking price for the striker.

Gialloblu transfer chief Luca Baraldi met with Adriano Galliani this morning, but the latter admitted there was one major problem blocking the swoop.

"Gilardino wants to join Milan and we want him," the Vice-president stated. "But there is some difference between their request and our offer.

"Nothing has been resolved for now. At this moment in time, the figures being mentioned are out of our reach."

Parma are believed to have lowered their initial valuation of £35m to £25m, but that is still seemingly too high for the Rossoneri.

That may now let other clubs join the race, with Chelsea, Real Madrid, Inter and Juventus also keen.

"I don’t think this transfer will be resolved quickly," Baraldi stated. "We had this meeting with Milan today so you can say we have started negotiations.

"But we will now speak to other clubs, who have asked to remain nameless, after making initial enquiries for our player.

"Chelsea? There has been contact on a number of occasions but that is the case with other clubs too."

Gilardino was hoping to have his future resolved by the end of this week, but Baraldi has warned that his transfer could turn into a saga.

"This is a very complicated move because Parma do need to build a new side for next season," he added.

Meanwhile, Milan have reportedly agreed to sell Vikash Dhorasoo to Paris Saint-Germain. PSG will pay £2m and offer the midfielder a two-year contract.

Parma open Gilardino auction
22.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Parma have played down widespread reports that Alberto Gilardino will definitely be sold to Milan this summer.

Some stories in the peninsula have even claimed that the striker could complete his move on Wednesday.

But Luca Baraldi, Parma’s chief operating officer, has insisted that nothing has yet been decided regarding Gilardino’s next destination.

"I can exclude that the Gilardino transfer will be completed tomorrow," Baraldi told the media. "Milan are interested in him but so too are a host of other clubs.

"Up until Saturday we were concentrating on surviving relegation, we will now think about the transfer market."

Chelsea, Real Madrid, Juventus and Inter are other teams who are interested in the £25m-rated international.

The Gialloblu have been linked with Brescia’s Andrea Caracciolo today as Gilardino’s replacement, but Baraldi again stalled.

"Caracciolo is an excellent player but Parma will firstly need to look at the finances involved," he added.

The Tardini outfit are also looking for a new Coach but there is a chance that Pietro Carmignani may remain.

"We will look at the coaching situation this week," he added. "I personally think that Carmignani has done enough this season to be confirmed in the job."

Carmignani replaced Silvio Baldini during the last campaign, keeping the club in the top-flight after a survival play-off win against Bologna.

Samp net Borriello loan
22.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan are making room in their squad for Alberto Gilardino after Marco Borriello joined Sampdoria on loan.

The former Under-21 international forward has moved to Doria following last season’s loan spell with southern minnows Reggina.

Milan are in the middle of reorganising their offensive options for the new campaign given the likely arrival of Gilardino (pictured).

The Italian international is expected to complete his move to the Rossoneri this summer, possibly by the end of this week.

Latest whispers in the peninsula claim that they will offer Parma £18m and the services of three players.

One of them could be Brescia striker Andrea Caracciolo, 12 goals this term, as Milan do have an option on his capture.

Gilardino may not be the only new attacker at the San Siro though as Fabio Bazzani is also being linked.

The target man could arrive from Sampdoria on loan after spending the last six months at Lazio.

Boss Carlo Ancelotti wants five attackers for the new campaign and they could be Andriy Shevchenko, Pippo Inzaghi, Hernan Crespo, Gilardino and Bazzani.

Danish international Jon Dahl Tomasson, a free signing from Feyenoord three years ago, is set to be sacrificed.

Gilardino wants Italian job
20.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan transfer target Alberto Gilardino is ready to snub Real Madrid and Chelsea in order to stay in Serie A.

The Parma striker will be sold this summer but he’s seemingly ruled out a foreign switch in the interest of his international future.

"I want to remain in Italy because I want to be a part of the 2006 World Cup," he told the Corriere dello Sport newspaper.

"If I moved abroad, I would run the risk of compromising that possibility."

Stories in the peninsula insist that Gilardino is San Siro bound and he has no problems with a Milan switch.

"I hope everything can be sorted out quickly and with no problems," continued the former Piacenza youngster.

"Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti is a stupendous person and they have some extraordinary players there.

"I’ll be going on holiday from Wednesday and I would like to know by then what team I will be playing for next season."

Gilardino, who helped keep Parma in Serie A by scoring in the survival play-off against Bologna at the weekend, is hungry for silverware.

"I want to win my first trophy with a club," he continued. "Winning the Scudetto or the Champions’ League will remain with you for the rest of your life."

Gilardino concluded by asking his unknown future club a favour. "If possible, I would ask them to sign (Parma teammate Domenico) Morfeo," he remarked.

Milan promise Gilardino swoop
20.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Parma striker Alberto Gilardino will sign for Milan this summer, says Rossoneri Vice-president Paolo Berlusconi.

The latter, brother of owner Silvio Berlusconi, has publicly told fans to expect the arrival of the Italian international. "I think we will be able to give ourselves this gift," he stated.

Gilardino has been linked with a move to the Rossoneri for some time even if talks over his transfer were delayed by Parma’s survival play-off.

But negotiations will now resume after Gilardino’s goal helped Parma beat Bologna on Saturday, thus ensuring their Serie A status.

"It was only right to not disturb the player before Parma’s last game," added Berlusconi. "We’ll now let our friend Adriano Galliani get to work.

"However, let us not forget that all of these presents are concluded with the signature of our President (Silvio Berlusconi) who puts up the money."

Milan are set to meet with Parma officials on Wednesday in an attempt to agree a fee, especially as they have reportedly already agreed personal terms with the striker.

The Stadio Tardini outfit initially valued the former Verona player at a massive £35m but that figure has since been reduced.

Milan are understood to have had an £18m bid rejected and they will up their offer to around £23m.

The San Siro giants will be keen to wrap up the deal as soon as possible given that Chelsea, Inter and Juventus are also monitoring the situation.

Crespo calls Chelsea crisis talks
20.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Hernan Crespo has reiterated his desire to stay at the San Siro, but concedes the matter is now out of his hands as Milan and Chelsea work out terms.

“Next week I will speak directly to Chelsea for the first time,” revealed the Argentine. “This is a little frightening, but it’s my last hope to stay at Milan.”

The striker arrived on loan last summer and has impressed, scoring 11 Serie A goals and six in the Champions’ League. He hopes to either renew the deal or make the move permanent, but the Stamford Bridge outfit is unwilling to release him without a price.

“I have faith the matter will be resolved, but I am far from relaxed. I hope to meet with people who understand my position and I have made my intentions clear for some time now. I want to stay at Milan. It’s not an issue of football or money, but of environment and heart. I’ve agreed to take a pay cut, but I don’t see what else I can do.”

Crespo found it difficult to settle in to the Premiership during his brief stay, but insists that even Parma, Lazio and Inter cannot compare to the Rossoneri.

“A year ago I had even considered retiring,” confessed the 30-year-old, “but then came Milan. The club, its staff and the doctors made me into a player again. I was then able to prove to the whole world that I was worthy of Milan. I’m a member of their squad at the moment and I hope to maintain that situation.”

There are suggestions that Chelsea are dragging their heels over Crespo’s future in a bid to lower Kakha Kaladze’s £5m asking price.

“I don’t know what’s going on and everyone has a different view of the situation,” added the hitman. “I will meet with Chelsea and discuss this element as well.”

Samp talk baffles Tomasson
19.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan striker Jon Dahl Tomasson says he is unaware of the reported transfer interest from Sampdoria.

The Danish international has been associated with Doria given that Milan are likely to sign Alberto Gilardino from Parma in the near future.

But the former Newcastle flop says he has no interest in a summer switch to the Stadio Marassi.

"I don’t know anything about Sampdoria," said the forward. "Milan are one of the best clubs in the world and I’d like to stay."

The Genoa outfit have also missed out on another Milan player, Cristian Brocchi, after he joined Fiorentina.

The wide midfielder was wanted by boss Walter Novellino but has today opted for a move south instead.

One Rossoneri man who they should get is Marco Borriello. The forward spent last term on loan at Reggina but is likely to be wearing the Blucerchiati shirt in the new campaign.

Fiorentina net Brocchi loan
19.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Cristian Brocchi is now officially a Fiorentina player after he today completed his move from Milan.

The midfielder, who had asked to leave the San Siro, joins on loan with an option to buy in 2006.

"It is an honour for me to be a part of this squad," said Brocchi. "I’m coming to Florence to give my best."

The 29-year-old becomes Fiorentina’s first signing of the summer following four seasons at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

"There are three reasons why I came here," added the former Inter man. "This club is ambitious, they have great support and a super Coach who I know well."

Brocchi will team up with new boss Cesare Prandelli again after they spent time together at Verona in the past.

"I can play in any position in which the Coach wants," continued Brocchi. "That can be on the left, right or in the centre of midfield.

"It will be up to Prandelli to decide where he wants me to contribute and I have total faith in his plans."

Abbiati keen on Fiorentina
19.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Goalkeeper Christian Abbiati says he would have no objection to leaving Milan for Fiorentina this summer.

"My possible move to Florence depends on my current club," said the Italian international. "If it was up to me then I would be there already.

"Florence is a splendid city, they have great fans and an important project for the future already in place."

Abbiati has been with the Rossoneri since 1998, but is keen for an exit after spending the last three seasons as No 2 behind Nelson Dida.

"Milan want to sell me but they are now considering loan proposals too," continued the shot-stopper. "I want to prove my worth again after my struggles over the past few years."

The Viola need a new goalkeeper after the problems encountered by both Cristiano Lupatelli and Cristian Cejas this term.

But the Stadio Franchi outfit do face competition for a number of clubs as Abbiati has confirmed.

"I have a variety of offers which is very pleasing," he continued. "Apart from Fiorentina, there is a foreign side plus Genoa and Palermo.

"I hope that an agreement can be reached by the end of next week."

Abbiati is hoping for regular first team football in the hope of making the 2006 World Cup squad.

Shev is ‘untransferable’, says agent
18.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Andriy Shevchenko’s agent has categorically denied whispers that his client could leave Milan.

The Ukrainian is of interest to Premiership giants Chelsea, but a switch to Stamford Bridge isn’t on the horizon.

"Shevchenko is a Milan player and is untransferable," Oscar Damiani told Spq Radio.

"Chelsea’s interest? They made a move last summer but Andriy responded by extending his contract.

"I’ll say again that Milan have absolutely no intention of letting go of their most prized possessions."

Shevchenko is one of the world’s top strikers and was named as the European Footballer of the Year in December.

He’s caught the eye of Chelsea as the English club have openly admitted that they are looking for a new attacker this summer.

Meanwhile, Damiani has poured cold water of rumours suggesting that Christian Panucci will leave Roma for Juventus.

"There is a great feeling between Panucci and (Juventus boss Fabio) Capello," he admitted. "However, there is a long way to go before a move could happen.

"There has been no contact between the clubs at the moment and Panucci wants to stay in the capital."

Oddo in no rush to leave Lazio
17.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan target Massimo Oddo assures fans he is not desperate to leave Lazio, though he admits a move would help his international chances.

“I think I should say that right now I am 100 per cent a Lazio player,” he told SpqRadio. “I cannot give odds on my departure, but I am happy at this club and glad that I have become an important element of the squad.”

The full-back has long been linked with the Rossoneri, but a deal has not been struck and it’s reported the price-tag is considered to be too steep.

Oddo has made no secret of his desire for a step up in his career and is disappointed at the lack of silverware.

“When I arrived here there were different ambitions and objectives for the club and we all faced a difficult financial situation, but that is not a problem for me,” he insisted. “I have a long contract with Lazio and the club will decide my future. I’m sure the outfit will be challenging for honours again soon enough.”

The arrival of new Coach Delio Rossi has also reassured the players of a new era for the Biancocelesti.

“I don’t know him personally, but seeing what he achieved at Lecce and Atalanta I consider him the right man to start again with talented youngsters. Rossi has precise ideas on football and wants to put them into practice.”

Lazio’s problems have seen Oddo slip out of the Azzurri set-up and he could put pressure on for a move to Milan in order to be ready for the 2006 World Cup.

“It’s easier to make your mark with a big club, especially as playing alongside world class teammates raises your game and aids your professional development. In any case, I think Italy Coach Marcello Lippi prefers other players who suit his tactics more than me.”

Brocchi in, Chiellini out?
17.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Fiorentina are on the verge of signing Milan’s Cristian Brocchi but doubts remain over the Viola future of Giorgio Chiellini.

The Tuscan club made their move for Brocchi after he made it clear that he was looking for a new club.

The winger is tired of sitting on the bench at the San Siro and a Fiorentina switch is on the horizon.

"No contract has been signed but Brocchi would welcome the chance to work with boss Cesare Prandelli again," stated his agent Davide Lippi, referring to their time together at Verona.

"Milan and Fiorentina are talking and there is a desire to reach an agreement. I can confirm we are close."

While Brocchi is set to come into the side, left-back Chiellini (pictured) may be on his way out as Juventus – who are in control of his contract – want him back at the Delle Alpi.

"Unfortunately my agent hasn’t been able to tell me too much," the Italian international told Violanews.

"I don’t think that the two clubs have met up yet to discuss the matter. I think something could happen next week.

"All I want is the chance to play regularly as I have this season with the Fiorentina shirt."

Chiellini would be guaranteed a starting place in Florence but would be in battle with Gianluca Zambrotta in Turin.

Meanwhile, Fiorentina will start their pre-season campaign on July 12 at Folgaria before flying out to Japan between July 25 and August 2.

D.C. United & Chicago Fire to take on soccer powers Chelsea and A.C. Milan
16.6 || Seamus

NEW YORK - Two of the world's most prominent soccer clubs will take on two of Major League Soccer's top teams when English Premier League Champion Chelsea and 2005 UEFA Champion's League runner-up A.C. Milan travel to the United States in late July to take on reigning MLS Cup Champion D.C. United and the three-time Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup champion Chicago Fire in the 2005 World Series of Football. Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), in conjunction with Soccer United Marketing (SUM), announced that the four-match World Series of Football will take place in Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C. and the New York/New Jersey area from July 24 through July 31, 2005.
The first game of the 2005 World Series of Football will feature Chelsea taking on A.C. Milan on Sunday, July 24 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA. Milan will then head to Chicago, IL to face 1998 MLS Cup champion Chicago Fire in Soldier Field on Wednesday, July 27 at 9:00 p.m. The following night, July 28, D.C. United will host Chelsea in Washington D.C.'s FedEx Field in a battle of the champions of England and the United States in a match that will be televised live on ESPN2 at 8:00 pm ET. The series comes to an end on Sunday, July 31 when A.C. Milan and Chelsea square off in a re-match, this time at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

"American soccer fans around the country will eagerly look forward to this opportunity for MLS clubs to match up against two of the world's superpowers," said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. "With the Sierra Mist MLS All-Star Game on Saturday, July 30 against English Premier League club Fulham, the last week of July will prove to be a historic one as MLS takes on the world."

"With A.C. Milan and Chelsea FC we have arguably the two best and most important football teams in the world," said AEG President Tim Leiweke. "As they both have been extremely competitive at the highest level of professional soccer this should be a fantastic World Series of Football."

In anticipation of their celebration of their 100th year, Chelsea won the 2005 English Premiership with 95 points on the campaign, posting a record of 28 wins, eight ties and only one loss during the regular season. The 2005 crown was Chelsea's first League title in 50 years, having last claimed the honors in 1955. Among the club's international stars are English national team regulars Joe Cole (M), John Terry (D), and Frank Lampard (M), Ireland's Damien Duff (M), Arjen Robben (F) of Holland, Iceland's Eidur Gudjohnsen (F), France's Claude Makelele (M) and Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba (F). Chelsea is owned by Russian businessman Roman Abramovich and is led by manager Jose Mourinho, who managed FC Porto to the Champion's League title prior to joining the English club in June of 2004. In his first season at the helm, Mourinho led Chelsea to the 2005 Carling League Cup title and the UEFA Champions League Semifinals.

A six-time European Champion, A.C. Milan is owned by Fininvest, the holding company of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, and managed by Carlo Ancelotti. In 106 years of existence, the storied franchise has won 17 Serie A titles, most recently winning the 2004 League title. The Italian superpower finished second in the 2005 UEFA Champion's League, falling to Liverpool in penalty kicks after tying 3-3 during regulation this past May. Milan also has a star-studded international lineup featuring current and former Italian national team standouts Paolo Maldini (D), Alessandero Nesta (D), Filippo Inzaghi (F), and Andrea Pirlo (M), Brazil's Dida (GK), Kaká (F), and Cafu (D), Holland's Jaap Stam (D) and Clarence Seedorf (M), and the current holder of the Golden Ball as the 2004 European Most Valuable Player, Ukrain's Andriy Shevchenko.

D.C. United and the Chicago Fire, both owned by AEG, have combined to win five of Major League Soccer's first nine MLS Cup championships and four of the nine Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup titles since MLS started in 1996. Between the two, the teams have played in seven of the nine MLS Cups and have captured three Supporters' Shields, a trophy established by the fans to recognize the teams with the best overall record in regular season play.

As a charter member of Major League Soccer, United won the first ever MLS Cup by defeating the Los Angeles Galaxy 3-2 in the League's inaugural 1996 season. D.C. dominated the early years of MLS, making four consecutive appearances in the MLS Cup Championship game, also winning in 1997 and 1999. In 2004, United won their League-record fourth MLS Cup, defeating Kansas City 3-2 under the direction of former Poland international Peter Nowak. Led by the club's all-time leading scorer Jaime Moreno, United also features U.S. national team pool players Ben Olsen, Alecko Eskandarian, Nick Rimando and rising star Freddy Adu on the current squad.

Since 1997, D.C. United has traveled across the globe and battled 25 clubs from 13 countries. The list of clubs is an impressive one, including Germany's Bayer Leverkusen, Mexico's Club America, Toluca, and UNAM Pumas, Vasco da Gama of Brazil, and Argentina's Boca Juniors among others. D.C. United has also played five friendlies against teams from England and has yet to lose: 1-1 vs. Leeds United (May 16, 1997); 3-1 vs. Newcastle United (July 22, 2000); 1-0 at Tottenham Hotspur (October 17, 2002); 1-0 vs. Tottenham Hotspur (May 14, 2003); and 1-1 vs. Blackburn Rovers (July 23, 2003 - DC won on penalty kicks).

In only its third year of play, D.C. pulled off what is arguably the greatest triumph ever for American club soccer in international competition. D.C. won the 1998 CONCACAF Champion's Cup as the best club in the region and went on to defeat South American Champion Vasco de Gama of Brazil to win the InterAmerican Cup.

MLS Cup Champions in 1998 and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup champions in 1998 and 2003, the Chicago Fire feature long-time U.S. national team midfielder Chris Armas and goalkeeper Zach Thornton, Slovakia's Lubos Reiter, Honduras' Ivan Guerrero and Samuel Caballero, and Costa Rica's Andy Herron.

Similar to D.C. United, Chicago has a successful track record against international opponents, posting a 10-5-1 record with victories against clubs such as Germany's Hamburg (5-1 in 2001), Poland's Legia Warsaw (3-2 in 1999), England's Derby County (1-0 in 2001) and Mexico's Pumas (1-0 in 1998). Among other teams they have played against are Mexico's Toluca, Chivas de Guadalajara, and Morelia, as well as clubs from Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Guatemala.

Sunday, July 24
AC Milan vs. Chelsea FC
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA - Time is TBD

Wednesday, July 27
AC Milan vs. Chicago Fire
Soldier Field, Chicago, at 9 pm ET

Thursday, July 28
Chelsea vs. D.C. United
FedEx Field, Washington D.C. at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2

Sunday, July 31
AC Milan vs. Chelsea FC
Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ - Time is TBD

Crespo out, Gilardino in?
16.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Rumoured tensions with Chelsea suggest Hernan Crespo might not remain at Milan, though Parma admit the Alberto Gilardino move is coming to a head.

Argentine hitman Crespo told newspapers last week that he was confident of renewing his loan spell at the San Siro with the aid of a pay cut, but it’s claimed problems have hit the deal.

Milan are said to be angry at Chelsea’s persistent interest in Andriy Shevchenko and Gennaro Gattuso, while the Stamford Bridge side considers the £8.6m asking price for Kakha Kaladze to be too high.

The end result could be to bring Crespo back to the Premiership, a blow that would be smoothed over for Coach Carlo Ancelotti by the arrival of Gilardino.

This is another sticking point, as the other main contenders for the Parma top scorer are Chelsea, so the two clubs are duelling on the market.

“Next week we will sit down around the table with Gilardino and discuss everything,” revealed Parma technical director Oreste Cinquini on Radio Radio.

The Italian international and his agent have repeatedly confirmed that their number one choice is Milan, but that a considerably better financial offer from Chelsea will not be dismissed out of hand.

“Alberto has expressed a clear preference for his future, but he is prepared to evaluate other options so as not to penalise Parma. The clubs interested in him are world class and we’ll try to make him happy.”

Sheva rules out Milan revolution
15.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Andriy Shevchenko claims Milan have no need to revolutionise the squad following Istanbul, but Carlo Ancelotti admits he’d welcome Alberto Gilardino’s arrival.

“I think the club should base next season on the same 11 players who started in the Champions’ League Final,” insisted the Ukrainian.

“This side has done great things and it’s only right that the same people should have the opportunity to try again after learning from their mistakes.”

The Rossoneri were leading 3-0 at half-time only to concede three goals in the space of six minutes and lose the trophy to Liverpool.

There have been strong reports of massive changes to the line-up, as Marek Jankulovski of Udinese and PSV’s Johann Vogel have already signed, while Kakha Kaladze is set to complete a £4m move to Chelsea over the next few days.

“Kaladze made a decision dictated by his heart and we must respect that,” explained Sheva on Milan Channel. “In these two years he has spent a lot of time on the bench and just wants to play regularly. This team loses a great player, but above all else I am losing a true friend and that is what disappoints me the most.”

If Shevchenko does not believe Milan need reinforcements, then Coach Carlo Ancelotti has other ideas. The strong links between the Rossoneri and Parma hitman Alberto Gilardino are intensifying with each passing day.

“We reached the Champions’ League Final without Gilardino and can reach the next one in Paris without him as well,” said the tactician. “Of course, with him in the squad it’d be a bit easier to get there.”

Ancelotti was put under pressure following that defeat in Istanbul, but insists the talk of a resignation was pure speculation.

“I have never considered quitting because of that loss and, despite what some reports say, I wouldn’t have left Milan if we’d won either. We are looking to next season and will experiment further with the three-man defence, though our basic system remains the one used this term.”

Gattuso not off to United
15.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Gennaro Gattuso will stay with Milan after the club told Manchester United that he was not for sale.

The Premiership giants were linked with a swoop recently and the player’s agent has confirmed that they made an enquiry.

"If I have to be honest, Manchester United did make contact a few days ago but it all ended pretty quickly," Claudio Pasqualin told La Citta' del Goal on SpqRadio.

"Milan don’t even want to consider the sale of the midfielder. He is untransferable for the club."

Gattuso has developed into a key figure at the San Siro and the outfit do think very highly of him.

"(Milan chief) Adriano Galliani sees him as the future captain of the side when Paolo Maldini finally retires," added Pasqualin.

The former Rangers player has been watched by some time by Manchester United, who are looking for Roy Keane’s heir.

Meanwhile, Pasqualin also warned Lazio to make a move for Cesare Natali or miss out on the Atalanta stopper.

"I’ve heard of their interest but there is nothing official," he added. "However, I have to say that Genoa like him too."

Kaladze claims Chelsea chance
14.6 || webmaster


AC Milan's Georgian defender Kakha Kaladze is heading for Moscow on Wednesday to talk to Chelsea officials about a transfer to the London club. Kaladze can play on the left or centre of defence or midfield.

The 27-year-old fullback told sports newspaper Sarbieli on Tuesday that it would be his first face-to-face meeting with the London club.

"I'm going to Moscow tomorrow and I'd like to find out finally whether Chelsea want to get me or not. This meeting will clarify the situation," Kaladze said.

"Milan do not want to let me go."

The English champions are reportedly ready to pay 4 million pounds (5.6 million euros) for Kaladze, significantly less than Milan's valuation.

Oddo prefers Milan switch
13.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Lazio full-back Massimo Oddo says he would rather join Milan than title rivals Inter or Juventus.

The defender is expected to be sold this summer and he’s happy that the Rossoneri seem to be in pole position for his signature.

"I would pick Milan given the option," said the Italian international. "I grew up there as a youngster and everyone knows it.

"I’ve read about their interest in me and that is reward for all of the good work that I have done in these years."

However, Oddo is by no means certain that a San Siro switch beckons for him in the near future.

"I still don’t know what will happen," stated the former Verona ace. "I have a contract with Lazio and it depends on the club’s plans.

"I would firstly like to be told of Lazio’s ambitions before I make a decision on whether to stay or go."

Meanwhile, Giuliano Giannichedda has waved goodbye to Lazio after he joined Juventus on a free transfer.

"I would like to say goodbye to everyone," said the midfielder. "I have spent four marvellous years in Rome.

"They were tough but very satisfying at the same time and they’ll always remain in my heart.

"I want to say thank you to my teammates in particular, with whom I shared the honour and privilege of wearing the Biancoceleste shirt."

Sampdoria tempt Tomasson
12.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Jon Dahl Tomasson’s time at Milan seems to be at an end and he is evaluating interest from Sampdoria and Liverpool.

The Dane has always been a squad player at the San Siro, but disappointed this season with just six goals in 30 Serie A appearances.

With the Rossoneri making no secret of their bid for Alberto Gilardino and Hernan Crespo likely to renew his loan spell from Chelsea, there would be precious little room for the former Feyenoord man.

Sampdoria are looking for a striker with international pedigree for their UEFA Cup campaign and have set their sights on Tomasson as the ideal replacement for Fabio Bazzani should he make his loan period at Lazio a permanent move.

However, it’s reported that Tomasson has other offers, including one from the newly crowned Champions of Europe. Liverpool would give him an opportunity to make his mark on the Premiership after a dismal experience with Newcastle in 1997-98, where he scored just three goals in 23 games.

Meanwhile, Milan teammate Crespo has rediscovered his form with a brace in Argentina’s 3-1 World Cup qualifying victory over Brazil.

“These goals have given me back the strength to keep fighting,” revealed the striker. “I thought my season had ended on a low point with the Champions’ League Final defeat, but instead I can go on my summer holiday refreshed and reinvigorated.”

Gila puts pressure on Milan
11.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Alberto Gilardino's agent has reiterated the player's desire to snub Chelsea in favour of Milan, but also pointed out he wants a decision made quickly.

“Gilardino has asked for some guarantees before the relegation play-off with Bologna is completed,” warned representative Beppe Bonetto on Telelombardia television. “He doesn’t want to face this match with such uncertainty.”

Parma will fight for their Serie A status in this local derby on June 14 and 18, so the pressure is on the Rossoneri to secure the striker.

It’s a particularly complex situation, as Gilardino – who has scored 46 Serie A goals in the last two seasons – is also a major target for Chelsea and their representatives were in Italy this week to discuss his future with Parma.

“Gilardino would prefer to stay in Italy and he has already expressed that Milan are his first choice,” confirmed the agent. “However, we realise the club is in a financially difficult situation and we cannot totally ignore a serious offer that would give him guarantees of first team football at the highest level. His preferences are just that, not demands.”

Meanwhile, Milan and Chelsea have other matters to discuss. Hernan Crespo has stated that he will take a pay-cut in order to renew his loan spell at the San Siro.

Kakha Kaladze was quoted earlier this week claiming that he was set to complete his move to Stamford Bridge, but now reveals nothing is cast in stone.

“I never gave an interview saying I would be a Chelsea player by Monday,” insisted the Georgian international defender. “I am still in the Milan squad and have expressed my opinion, so now it’s up to the clubs to reach an agreement. I am confident it’ll be sorted out.”

Weah waves goodbye
10.6 || webmaster


George Weah, the former FIFA World Player of the Year and candidate in Liberia's presidential election, will hold a farewell match in Marseille on Saturday.

The 1995 African, European and World Footballer of the Year, who reached his peak with AC Milan between 1995 and 2000, ended his European career four years ago with Olympique Marseille after spells with Monaco, Paris St Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City.

He then played for Al Jazirah in the United Arab Emirates. " I'm no longer a professional player but football is still part of my life," said the 38-year-old, who plans to contest the presidential election due in Liberia by October.

France's Zinedine Zidane, 2004 European Footballer of the Year Andrei Shevchenko and Chelsea's Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba all accepted Weah's invitation.

"He's an example all over Africa," said Drogba. "I was too young to play with him so this farewell match is a dream come true for me."

Crespo confirms Milan deal
10.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Hernan Crespo has confirmed that he will still be a Milan player next season.

The Chelsea striker will sign a season-long loan when he returns from international duty with Argentina, where he scored twice in a 3-1 win over Brazil. The result confirmed their place at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

“Everything's done with Milan. All that is missing is my signature,” he said. "When I return from my holidays, I will do what is left. I am happy and I wanted to stay.”

It has also been alleged that the former Lazio striker will receive £1.67m next season, compared to the £2m he earned last season. After taking a while to settle down, Crespo eventually showed his worth and scored twice in the Champions’ League Final defeat to Liverpool.

“It has been a fantastic season and I'm happy,” he added. “First of all I have to thank Milan, but I know that the result has been the fruit of my efforts and my hard work.”

It is likely to be the first of two deals between the clubs this summer, with Kakha Kaladze expected to join Chelsea. The Georgian international claims that there is a deal in place to take him to Stamford Bridge next week.

Pirlo linked with Madrid
10.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan have reportedly turned down a bid from Spanish giants Real Madrid for Andrea Pirlo.

The Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Madrid have offered Spanish international midfielder Guti as well as a hefty fee for the Rossoneri’s influential playmaker. But Milan have rejected the offer as Pirlo is an integral part of Carlo Ancelotti’s plans next season.

However, Guti could still arrive at Milan in a straight money deal, but any negotiations will have to wait until the player returns from his holiday.

The San Siro outfit have also been linked with Lazio defender Massimo Oddo. It is rumoured that the player has received an offer of a four-year contract from Milan and that officials from the two clubs will be meeting later in the week to negotiate the transfer itself. Despite the increasing rumours in the Italian Press, neither club have commented.

I’m joining Chelsea, says Kaladze
9.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan defender Kakha Kaladze expects to complete his move to Chelsea sometime next week.

The Georgian international has been linked with the Stamford Bridge club for some time and claims a deal has been done.

"I have agreed everything with the Chelsea management," said the former Dynamo Kiev player.

"Now it is necessary to wait for them to reach an agreement with Milan and I think I could become a Chelsea player next week."

Kaladze, who can play as a left-back or in midfield, wants out of the San Siro after failing to break into the first team.

"I spent a lot of time on the bench last season and I do not want that with any team," he added.

"I have won many trophies with Milan, now it would be desirable to make it with Chelsea.

"I have got used to this city but I would like a change and London is probably the main city in Europe at the moment."

Kaladze also highlighted the importance of Hernan Crespo, whose spent this season on loan at Milan from Chelsea, in the move.

"When Chelsea made their bid to Milan, they did not wish to sell me and offered me a new deal," he revealed.

"But I am not in the team and have to sit on the bench and I refused to stay.

"They won't keep a player who does not want to stay and Milan want to keep Crespo as well - who is a Chelsea player."

Crespo deal done, says agent
8.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Hernan Crespo’s agent has revealed that the striker will definitely remain on loan at Milan next season.

Chelsea have refused to confirm that the deal is done but Fernando Hidalgo, who was present at a meeting between the two clubs earlier today, has no doubts.

"He’ll stay with Milan," he stated. "We’ll sort everything out next week. Chelsea want to wait until then to confirm the move."

It was widely expected that Crespo would stay but Hidalgo has surprised many by revealing that the player will remain on loan.

"Milan have netted another great deal," he added. "Crespo will extend his loan period for one more year, then we’ll see what happens after the World Cup."

Crespo has insisted for months that he didn’t want to go back to Stamford Bridge and his desire has proved key in negotiations.

"When a club wants a player and a player wants a club then there are no problems," continued his representative.

"Crespo’s desire was decisive. That is why he has agreed to take another pay-cut, which means his wages will now be entirely paid my Milan."

The former Inter and Parma striker, who initially struggled to settle at the San Siro this season, was a key figure in their failed attempts to win Lo Scudetto and the Champions’ League.

Chelsea could sign Gilardino
8.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan have been warned to make their move for Alberto Gilardino or risk losing him to Chelsea.

The Parma striker is a known target for the Rossoneri but his agent has suggested that the London club could pip them for his services.

"Chelsea are a danger to all Italian clubs because they can spend big on the transfer market," Francesco Romano told Radio Radio.

"People are saying that Gilardino is already a Milan player but that isn’t the case until an agreement is reached with Parma."

The Italian international has openly admitted that he would like to remain in Italy, but Parma’s financial problems may force them to sell to the highest bidder.

"The player’s desire is important but Parma will also take into account whatever bids are tabled," added Romano.

"There are a number of solutions to evaluate even if his asking price won’t be affected should the Gialloblu be relegated."

Whispers suggest that Milan have offered £18m but that bid was rejected as too low by the Tardini club.

They are hoping to net around £25m instead for the former Piacenza and Verona hotshot.

Chelsea would easily be able to afford that figure even if they are unlikely to risk ruining their ‘friendship’ with Milan by commencing a bidding war.

More should be known about Gilardino’s future once Parma have played their survival play-off games against Bologna.

I’m leaving Milan, says Brocchi
8.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Cristian Brocchi is ready to leave Milan after growing increasingly tired of sitting on the bench.

"This is the right time to say goodbye with a handshake," the midfielder told the Radio Italia Network.

"It is hard to play well in a game and then be told that you will not feature in the next match. You can live with it for a while but then it becomes tough."

Milan have admitted that they will sell all those players who want to leave, even if Brocchi doesn’t know where his future lies.

"Where will I go? I want to join a club in which I will be considered as an important player," he added. "I don’t care where."

The 29-year-old joined the Rossoneri from city rivals Inter in the summer of 2001 but has never been a first team regular.

Brocchi actually started his career at Milan before enjoying spells at Pro Sesto, Lumezzane and Verona.

Brocchi is set to be joined through the exit by goalkeeper Christian Abbiati, who has had enough of being Nelson Dida’s No 2.

Italian government to implement more anti-violence soccer measures
7.6 || webmaster


ROME (AP) - Italian authorities will implement new anti-violence controls at soccer matches next season.

Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu authorized three measures Monday - tickets with holders' names printed on them, video surveillance at stadiums with more than 10,000 seats, and mobile fan barriers.

Already, matches in Italy will be abandoned if fans throw objects and penalize the offending team with an automatic 3-0 loss.

The new measures come after a violence-filled season. A Champions League match was suspended when an AS Roma fan threw an object that hit the referee. A Champions League quarter-final was cut short when a flare thrown by an Inter Milan fan hit AC Milan goalkeeper Dida.

Milan to open Crespo talks with Chelsea
6.6 || webmaster

Source: Reuters (South Africa)

AC Milan will open talks with Chelsea on Wednesday aimed at resolving the future of Argentine striker Hernan Crespo.

Crespo spent last season on loan to Milan from Chelsea and scored 18 goals in all competitions for the Serie A club.

Milan said on their website that they would be meeting with Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon to discuss Crespo.

The Italians have made clear that they wish to sign Crespo, who remains under contract to the English club, on a permanent basis.

Crespo is in Buenos Aires and expected to lead Argentina's attack against Brazil in their World Cup qualifier on Wednesday.

Before moving to Chelsea in 2003, Crespo played in Italy for Parma, Lazio and Inter Milan.

Gilardino wants Milan, says father
6.6 || webmaster


The father of Parma goal monster Alberto Gilardino claims his son has determined that no less than an AC Milan move will do – a declaration sure to upset management types at Chelsea and Real Madrid.

The father of Parma goal monster Alberto Gilardino claims his son has determined that no less than an AC Milan move will do – a declaration sure to upset management types at Chelsea and Real Madrid.

"Alberto already decided, he likes Milan although he has never said it officially," he told Corriere dello Sport. "Only the agreement of Parma is missing, they rightly ask a sum compared to Adriano's valuation.”

"The only thing I told my son is to stay in Italy, should they allow him to leave it will be a big mistake,” he added. "I'd like him to go to England, but after five or six years to learn a language.”

“Now it is better he stays in Italy."

Abbiati pushes for Palermo
4.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Christian Abbiati is prepared to complete an exchange deal with Palermo goalkeeper Matteo Guardalben, bringing his Milan career to an end.

The Rossoneri shot-stopper has spent almost the entire campaign on the bench due to the fine form of Dida and it has been clear for some time that he will be moving on in the summer.

There was talk of a switch to Arsenal, Chelsea and especially Villarreal, as it was reported the Spaniards had offered a four-year contract worth just under £2m per season.

However, the latest from the Italian Press maintains that a deal with Palermo has been struck to exchange goalkeepers, so Guardalben will come to the San Siro as Dida’s understudy.

27-year-old Abbiati made his Serie A debut on January 17 1999, having been promoted from third choice to regular starter in the Scudetto-winning season due to Jens Lehmann’s poor form and a ban for Sebastiano Rossi.

Ukraine Yushchenko appoints Shevchenko presidential aide
4.6 || webmaster


Ukraine’s President Viktor Yushchenko has appointed the soccer star Andriy Shevchenko as his aide, the presidential press-service reported Thursday.

Gilardino snubs Chelsea bid
4.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

After Adriano’s refusal, now Alberto Gilardino has also distanced himself from Chelsea’s £30m bid, insisting he wants to join Milan.

Yesterday it was reported that Parma had accepted an offer for the Italian international, though a deal cannot be completed until the relegation play-off with Bologna.

“Chelsea have not lodged any official bid for Gilardino,” announced the 23-year-old’s agent Bonetto. “In fact, we don’t even know of any negotiations. What I can say is that the player would prefer a move to Milan.”

This is the second snub that the Stamford Bridge outfit has received in the space of a few days, as fellow Serie A star Adriano has also publicly dismissed a switch to the Premiership.

“Gilardino would like to stay in Italy and his first choice is Milan, but we shouldn’t rule Chelsea out entirely. I would consider Real Madrid an unlikely solution, though. We hope everything can be sorted out as soon as possible without waiting until the end of August.”

However, Parma’s financial difficulties mean that they could try to push Gilardino towards Chelsea if faced with an offer that is £10m higher than Milan’s.

“I will go to dinner with patron Silvio Berlusconi on Monday evening and try to convince him that we need to spend money to create a winning team,” revealed Rossoneri Vice-President Adriano Galliani.

“I’ve heard that Chelsea’s Peter Kenyon will go to Parma on Wednesday to discuss an important player. That means I’ll have to trip him up!”

Gilardino has scored 46 Serie A goals in the last two seasons, but will miss tonight’s World Cup qualifier in Norway due to injury.

Milan close in on Crespo
3.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan will meet with Chelsea next week in an effort to resolve the future of striker Hernan Crespo.

The Argentine has spent this season on loan at the San Siro and the Rossoneri want to sign him on a permanent basis.

"We’ll meet with Chelsea on Wednesday," revealed Milan chief Adriano Galliani. "We will discuss Crespo, a player who we absolutely want to keep."

Milan have been linked with a host of targets recently, but the official insists that there will be no revolution this summer.

"It is our objective to keep the 11 players who started the Champions’ League Final as our point of departure," he added.

"Our summer transfer campaign is almost complete after the arrivals of Johann Vogel and Marek Jankulovski. We’ll make just a few changes."

The Italian giants are supposedly interested in Real Madrid’s Ronaldo and Barcelona ace Ronaldinho. A claim denied by the outfit.

"That is not the case," explained Galliani. "The first is a road we won’t go down. The second is an important player but we have Kaka, an individual we want to focus on."

Galliani also underlined yet again that boss Carlo Ancelotti would not be shown the door before the start of the 2005-06 campaign.

"We want to continue with our Coach," he stated. "I can assure you that our President has never thought about the idea of interrupting our relationship with Ancelotti."

Chelsea turn to Gilardino
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Source: Football Italia

Chelsea are in pole position to sign Alberto Gilardino after Parma reportedly accepted a £30m offer for the player.

It was believed that Milan were favourites to sign the striker, closely followed by new champions Juventus.

However, speculation suggests that the Premiership outfit are now leading the race, after they turned their attention to Gilardino following Inter’s refusal to sell Adriano.

Milan were hopeful of concluding a deal for the 23-year-old once Parma’s survival play-off games against Bologna were over.

They are believed to have already agreed terms with the player, while they were hopeful of reaching a deal with the Gialloblu over a transfer fee.

However, the Rossoneri are seemingly only prepared to offer around £20m – substantially lower than Chelsea’s alleged bid.

Gilardino himself has stated on many occasions that he would prefer to remain in Italy, but the London club are ready to offer him £5m-a-season for the next five years.

More should be known next week once Parma chief Luca Baraldi returns from his mini-holiday on Sunday evening.

Chelsea have admitted they want a new centre-forward and Gilardino’s record of scoring 23 League goals in each of the last two campaigns hasn’t gone unnoticed.

PSG confirm Dhorasoo desire
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Source: Football Italia

Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Fournier has confirmed he wants to bring Milan’s Vikash Dhorasoo to the Parc des Princes.

The France midfielder has put in some impressive displays during his one season at Milan, but is considering a return to Ligue 1 after failing to gain regular football at the San Siro.

"We don't turn away top players," said Fournier. "Dhorasoo proved his quality at Lyon. Today he is proving his quality with Milan.

"If you don’t take a player like that, it’s like saying you don’t want men with character. He could bring a huge amount to the club and would therefore be welcome."

However, Milan director Leonardo claims that the midfielder will not be sold by them in the summer.

"I have heard nothing of his supposed departure," said the former Brazilian international.

"Dhorasoo didn't play a lot this season, but was always available for the team. Milan do not want to sell him."

Jankulovski living the Milan dream
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Source: Football Italia

Marek Jankulovski has spoken of his “dream move” to Milan, while Udinese have already spent the money from his sale on three new players.

“I am at the San Siro and my dream has come true,” said the Czech midfielder in today’s presentation Press Conference. “I can’t wait to embrace my new fans.”

The international has been linked to Carlo Ancelotti’s side for several months, but the switch was only made official this week. Although there is no confirmation on the financial details, it’s believed the move cost £8.5m.

Udinese have already spent much of that income on three new signings. The Friuli outfit today announced it had captured Livorno midfielder Jose Luis Vidigal, promising 20-year-old Brazilian striker Paulo Vitor de Souza Barreto and his Treviso teammate Antonino D’Agostino.

“I am 28 years old and this is the right time to make the leap up to a big club like Milan. I want to thank Udinese for having given me the chance to mature as a player and preparing me for this important step in my career.”

However, he won’t be able to begin this new adventure for another three months, as he underwent surgery for a fractured ankle following a clash with Leandro Cufre.

“I am sorry to start my Milan experience like this, but I want to think positive,” said Jankulovski, who suffered the injury during a Coppa Italia semi-final against Roma.

“The medical went well and the stitches were removed, so we can already see that the fracture is on the way to a full recovery,” added Rossoneri doctor Massimiliano Sala. “The operation perfectly resolved the bone fracture, though we have to let nature take its course.”

There are other considerations for Jankulovski to mull over while he is sidelined by injury, such as his tactical role within the Milan framework.

“My position is out wide on the left, though I concede I can be versatile,” said the new signing. “For the Czech Republic I am a left-back, whereas with Udinese I started further up into midfield. My positioning is up to Carlo Ancelotti.”

Gilardino talks on hold
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Source: Football Italia

Milan say they won’t make a move for Alberto Gilardino until after Parma’s survival play-off with Bologna.

The Gialloblu will sell the striker in the summer but they are still trying to secure their Serie A future after finishing level on points with the Dall’Ara outfit.

"Parma have two very important games with Bologna coming up and we will not disturb them until after those games," said Milan chief Adriano Galliani.

The Rossoneri are understood to have already agreed terms with the player but no fee has been ironed out between the two clubs.

There were suggestions that Milan were no longer interested in the Italian after Parma slapped a £35m price tag on him.

But Galliani’s comments today suggest that the former Piacenza and Verona player is a primary objective.

The official also confirmed that boss Carlo Ancelotti would still be sitting on the Milan bench next term.

"I can’t do anything to block all of this Ancelotti talk but he will stay," he said. "I’m ready to put my hand in the fire to prove it."

Milan have also been associated with Lazio full-back Massimo Oddo, as a valid alternative for Marcos Cafu.

"Oddo? Who knows? We’ll have to wait and see," responded Galliani. "There is still plenty of time, three months in fact, for transfers."

Palermo or Viola for Abbiati
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Source: Football Italia

Palermo and Fiorentina are set to fight it out for Milan reserve ‘keeper Christian Abbiati this summer.

The Italian, fed up of being Nelson Dida’s reserve at the San Siro, will quit the outfit in the summer and he has numerous admirers in Italy and abroad.

Palermo and Fiorentina are his most likely destinations with both clubs looking for a first class shot-stopper.

The Sicilian giants were already linked last summer but Milan refused to sell the Italian international.

They are ready to offer this year’s Champions’ League finalists cash and goalkeeper Matteo Guardalben – who will then become Dida’s new No 2.

Yet the Viola have joined the chase given their difficulties with Cristiano Lupatelli and Cristian Cejas this term.

The Rossoneri are ready to sell Abbiati, whose contract expires in 2008, and the Artemio Franchi team are prepared to meet his £2m-a-season wages.

The former Monza and Under-21 international is keen for first team football in an effort to make the 2006 World Cup squad.

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