Luca Biglia is a wanted man, as his agent has revealed that Boca Juniors and a top French club want the AC Milan midfielder.
The 33-yr-old’s long run with the Rossoneri is a issue mark immediately after studies on Monday advised the Serie A side are not ready to focus on a new contract with the Argentine at this time.
That does not mean Biglia is with no suitors nonetheless, as his agent Enzo Montepaone discovered his player is being tracked by two clubs.
“The player only has the Rossoneri on his intellect, and he desires to end the season strongly,” he explained to Sportnews.eu. “Next week I’ll be in Milan to chat to the club and we’ll fully grasp issues a minor far better.
“The rumours about Boca are genuine. They questioned about him, but I replied that we are waiting around for the close of the season and then we’d see what is most effective.
“It’s the second time Boca have asked me about Lucas, but suitable now I never assume Biglia can go again to Argentina. “It’s true we have also received an give from an vital French club. I just can’t say who, but they’re a top rated club in Ligue 1.”
On Sunday night, a new Serie A document was set for the most profitable game in Serie A historical past in phrases of receipts acquired at the gate through Inter’s 3-2 derby win ‘away’ to AC Milan.
Nevertheless, when accounted for all competitions, the Rossoneri aren’t the greatest grossing team and are in actuality behind their fellow San Siro tenants, who took best place for a Champions League come across that proved particularly well-known.
Of the top 9, six of the games have in reality taken place in Milan, although the identical number have also been played this season, a indicator of the expanding prices in the sport these days, with two taking place in the past 7 days.
5 of the fixtures have also taken place in the Champions League, with the other five being domestic fixtures in Serie A action.
We acquire a nearer glimpse at the richest games ever to take place in Italy. Milan 2-3 Barcelona (Champions League 2011/12) Attendance: 76,169 Receipts: €4,689,255 Juventus 1-2 Manchester United (Champions League 2018/19) Attendance: 41,740 Receipts: €4,900,000 Inter 1- Milan (Serie A 2018/19) Attendance: 78,725 Receipts: €5,027,166 Milan -2 Juventus (Serie A 2018/19) Attendance: 74,729 Receipts: €5,106,398 Inter 2-3 Juventus (Serie A 2017/18) Attendance: 78,328 Receipts: €5,297,508 Juventus 3- Atletico Madrid (Champions League 2018/19) Attendance: 40,884 Receipts: €5,500,00 Roma 4-2 Liverpool (Champions League 2017/18) Attendance: 61,889 Receipts: €5,545,187 Milan 2-3 Inter (Serie A 2018/19) Attendance: 77,479 Receipts: €5,874,176 Inter 1-1 Barcelona (Champions League 2018/19) Attendance: 73,428 Receipts: €5,919,864
AC Milan conquers Empoli 3- in Serie A on Friday evening at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, cementing their fourth place in the Serie A table. It was business as typical at the San Siro, as Krzysztof Piatek broke the deadlock for the Rossoneri at the start of the next 50 %. Franck Kessie scored the next moments, later on, Franck Kessie scored the second times afterwards, then Samu Castillejo sealed the win for Gennaro Gattuso’s team, who are now just a point behind Inter. Our pretty very own Vieri Capretta was at the Giuseppe Meazza.
Roma go into Friday’s significant match with resurgent AC Milan with a point to prove. The Giallorossi conceded three goals and sixteen pictures to Atalanta’s reserves ahead of at some point blasting again to draw 3-3 on Monday evening, which adopted a gritty season-opening win at Torino that was a worthless indicator of the rest of the season.
For the last 5 yrs Roma have together with Napoli been the only two teams able of getting within just binocular range of Juventus, but in the summer time Milan determined to get really serious. Fresh from wriggling no cost of disastrous Chinese ownership and now basically with some funds, the club is producing a bid to return to the top rated — and Roma are squarely in their way.
Roma comfortably gained their last three at the San Siro, and even though it truly is only the third week of the season Friday’s match will be an indicator of exactly where both teams are at in their growth.
Milan impressed for large chunks of their 3-2 defeat at Napoli last weekend, searching considerably a lot more like a team prepared to drive for Champions League football than they have in a really prolonged time. Rino Gattuso has moulded a rugged aspect in his image and has the fantastic fortune to have Gonzalo Higuain — Serie A’s most lethal striker — bestowed upon him.
It will be down to Higuain — and fellow new arrival Mattia Caldara — to halt the Rossoneri‘s appalling record against Serie A’s significant guns that has witnessed them win only 10 and lose more than half of the fifty one matches they’ve played against Juve, Inter, Napoli, Roma and Lazio because the start out of the 2013-fourteen season.
Milanisti are dreaming of greater matters following their liberating summer time, whilst Roma proceed to flog the loved ones silver in the hope of uncovering diamonds somewhere else and maintaining their place in the funds-spinning Champions League.
Roma’s sale of considerably-cherished midfielder Kevin Strootman on Tuesday — the bete noire of Lazio fans all over the place thanks to two episodes of high-class chicanery in recent Rome derbies — arrived as a different blow to fans fearful about a decline of character in their team.
Strootman and former teammate Radja Nainggolan have been adopted Romans, players who connected with supporters and who gave a feeling of identity to a team that each and every yr sees a raft of adjustments. In his goodbye Strootman stated that it was time for a alter, but any person who saw the expression on his face as he sloped off to Marseille could not assistance but believe that this was a move desired a lot more by the club than the player, particularly offered the timing and the reality that a tidy financial gain was made on his sale — anything Roma have obtained really fantastic at executing more than the earlier several yrs.
“He desired to make a alter and try out anything new … I want players that have the wish to have on the shirt and give all the things,” stated coach Eusebio Di Francesco. “When a player asks for a alter I don’t keep any person again mainly because the crucial detail is that a player wants to stay.”
Almost as unpleasant as the Dutchman’s expression as he whizzed earlier reporters was the general performance on Monday of the two players earmarked to switch him. Lorenzo Pellegrini and Bryan Cristante stood stunned as Atalanta’s hyper-intense urgent hemmed Roma in like a flock of bewildered battery chickens, whilst ageing Daniele De Rossi did his finest to halt the cost with a pair of large last-ditch tackles. Issues changed once new signing Steven N’Zonzi arrived on at half-time, next his outstanding debut at the Stadio Olimpico.
Whether or not Di Francesco decides to stick with the 4-2-3-1 development that permitted N’Zonzi to connection so nicely with De Rossi and Javier Pastore and keep on being ahead is a different make any difference completely, while if centre-backs Kostas Manolas and Federico Fazio arrive out in their flip-flops like they did on Monday then Higuain will be just as brief to punish them as Atalanta’s children have been.
You will find a sense-fantastic variable up in Milan these days. In excess of sixty,000 fans are expected at the San Siro for the clash, as fans hope for a return to former glories and swat Roma again down to the place of presumed inferiority the flashy northerners have often assumed for the reviled money. It’s down to Roma to present them that they’re nonetheless a power to be reckoned with.
AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso has likened Wednesday’s Coppa Italia closing to a World Cup closing as his side search to protect their place in Europe next season with a victory.
The Rossoneri face Juventusat the Stadio Olimpico in Rome for Gattuso’s to start with closing because taking cost, and the 40-year-old did not mince his text when stating the importance of the fixture.
“For us, this is like a World Cup closing,” Gattuso claimed at an informal conference. “Juve is a good side, but they’ve obtained their problems. I hope it is a good game, and let us hope we never dedicate the similar mistakes we did in the closing fifteen minutes in Turin.”
These two sides have by now competed for a trophy this season, with Milan lifting the Supercoppa final August. Vincenzo Montella was in cost that day, but Gattuso has made use of it as inspiration to his team.
“I celebrated mainly because it experienced been years because Milan won the main trophy,” Gattuso claimed. “There was such an incredible enthusiasm in the summertime and you could feeling everybody’s want to win something.
“It does not get a great deal — you just need that spark to gentle a fairly firework. I have not needed to inspire my players, they can inspire themselves. We’re taking part in against a side who have been in two Champions League finals just lately. They’ve obtained a good mentality and good players.
“We have obtained to test anything to reach something amazing. If we thrive on overcoming this extremely tough obstacle then we can do something seriously good.”
If they do not, Gattuso is probable to present his angry side, which is something his opposite number Massimiliano Allegri hopes to see.
“Rino receives passionate about football and he is obstinate,” Allegri claimed. “It’s not uncomplicated to sit on the Milan bench soon after such unique activities and he is accomplished seriously very well.
“Viewing him, he is improved a lot and he even appears to have pacified a minimal, and this is a great signal. But I hope he receives a little bit wound up mainly because that usually means there are factors which are not going very well. Milan has yet been obtaining great effects less than him.”
Juve have won a Serie A and Coppa Italia double in each and every of Allegri’s a few previous seasons in the cost of the Bianconeri and they can this time clinch the cup just before the league, which is almost theirs in any case.
“Right until we are mathematically champions, we are not going to rejoice the Scudetto,” Allegri claimed in view of his side’s 6-point benefit above Napoli with two games of the season remaining. “Now we are considering the closing. We need to be enthusiastic mainly because we’ve experienced several shakes in our final several games.
“We know we are up against an extremely challenging side to face. Juve-Milan games are usually extremely even.”
Victory for Milan would generate them a place in the group stage of the Europa League next season, while a win for Juve would imply fifth and sixth in Serie A would carry Europa League group stage qualification, with seventh place enough for a place in the qualifying rounds.
The Rossoneri are currently sixth, just 1 point ahead of Atalanta, whom they face at the weekend and a few ahead of Fiorentina.
In the most anticipated tie of the Serie A weekend, Juventus defeated Milan 3-1 to extend the gap at the top of the Serie A table and prove their efficiency.
Despite scoring an early goal, Juventus were mediocre at best for much of the match, relying on individual moments of brilliance as opposed to working as a team to overcome a well-organised side.
Milan reacted well to going down a goal in the sixth minute and proved better for much of the game thereafter as they pressed Juve, pushed them back and stopped them from going forward as a team. When they finally scored their well-deserved equaliser, the home fans began to worry.
However, the Bianconeri boast experience, depth and intelligent players who can always change the face of the game. Massimiliano Allegri opted to throw on Douglas Costa and Juan Cuadrado in the second half and together they brought energy back to the attack while Sami Khedira’s intellect ensured superiority.
Another three points for the Old Lady.
The squad depth is proving important. Juventus can start matches with the brilliance of Paulo Dybala, the sacrifice of Gonzalo Higuain and still have the option to introduce the likes of Cuadrado and Costa, who have the pace and skill to change the face of the game.
Barring the fact that Juventus are less reliant on playing as a team and more dependent on individual play, the more worrying aspect of their performance is that they once again lost control and interest in the match after scoring an early goal. Juve continues to invite sides back into the game and lose the will to attack and control if they score early. While they are good enough to win a game in 20 minutes against sides like Tottenham Hotspur and Milan, they cannot always take such risks, especially since their next opponents might not be so inefficient with their scoring opportunities.
Manager rating out of 10
6 — Allegri’s substitutions changed the game while he kept faith with Khedira, keeping him on despite a poor first half. More importantly, his players never give up and always look to win. However, Allegri’s side is struggling to play with fluency and unity to keep control of the match throughout the 90 minutes. Milan looked better as a unit and had they boasted better individuals, may have well won the match.
Player ratings (1-10; 10=best; players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating):
GK, Gianluigi Buffon, 6 — Had to be alert, as he never knew what Milan would try from distance. There was nothing he could do on the goal but was always focused and authoritative between the post to ensure safety at the back.
DF Andrea Barzagli, 6 — Troubled by the opponent and was part of the blame for Leonardo Bonucci’s goal. Wasn’t offered much support from the midfield and was often left exposed but had a great moment in the second half when he ran back to stop Suso in his tracks.
DF Mehdi Benatia, 6 — A mature and important performance at the back from the Moroccan, who proved the best at the back. Played with authority and proved composed in the vital moments.
DF Giorgio Chiellini, 5 — An emotional performance from the player who was also at fault for Bonucci’s goal and looked out of sorts. Aggressive, dramatic and not as composed as usual, but he can still be relied upon even when he’s not at his best.
MF Stephan Lichtsteiner, 4 — He conceded the corner that led to Bonucci’s goal and looked overwhelmed whenever Milan pushed forward. Could not produce accuracy or even get the basics right under the pressure.
MF Sami Khedira, 7 — A bizarre performance. Poor for much of the game to provoke jeers from the crowd, he didn’t do enough to help support the team defensively, often leaving Barzagli exposed. However, he sprang to life when it mattered, reading the moments well to change the face of the game with his positioning and decisive play. Delivered a sublime assist for Cuadrado and scored the third Juve goal.
MF Miralem Pjanic, 5 — Where did the real Pjanic go? Another game and another disappointing performance from the player, who is struggling to play with character and authority. A few good moments here and there, both in attack and defence, but looked lost and void of confidence on the whole, destabilising the team in midfield.
MF Blaise Matuidi, 5 — Barely completed any passes, poor in possession and incapable of helping the midfield assert itself. Not the usual Matuidi and we hope we see a better version against Real Madrid.
MF Kwadwo Asamoah, 6 — Had many moments of difficulty and inaccuracy but also played with determination, always trying.
FW Paulo Dybala, 7 — What a sensational goal to open the scoring! Dybala played with character and with intelligence in an important match. He looked to create danger, always looked to relieve the pressure when pushing forward and delivered the assist for Khedira’s goal.
FW Gonzalo Higuain, 6 — Well-guarded and defended against but Higuain tried, combined well with Dybala and always attempted to break away and create danger but struggles when the side doesn’t play as a unit.
FW Douglas Costa, 7 — Showed off his sublime ability to evade his markers but struggled initially to produce decisive actions thereafter. However, his accelerations and determination eventually produced the results. He never gave up on a ball and was always looking to provide a key pass or an accurate cross, helping to change the face of the game.
FW Juan Cuadrado, 7 — What a performance from the player who announced his return to the side. He read the game well, showed composure and played with character, scoring the goal to relieve the pressure off his team.
MF Rodrigo Bentancur, N/A — His arrival ensured greater balance in the midfield and he played with determination.
AC Milan Manager, Gennaro Gattuso has hailed Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere who only has three months left on his Arsenal contract, and the club aren’t close to a new agreement with him.
The England international could be on his way out of the Emirates come end of the season, and a host of top European club are showing their interest in the talented midfielder.
Ahead of tonight’s clash between Gattuso’s Milan and Wilshere’sArsenal in the Europa League Round of 16 second-leg clash at the Emirates, the Milan legend spared some words of praises for the 26-year old after his display in the Gunners’ 2-0 victory in Milan last week.
He said: “I think he can play in any league. He’s a very different sort of player.
“He’s got the personality of an English footballer, but the same quality of a Spanish player – two different cultures, which I like a lot.
“He might not be super-fast but he has great skills, he’s very technical.
“When he gets the ball, he knows exactly where to send it, he gets the right pace, he can change a game.
“He can play central midfield or further out. He had a few physical problems, but he’s got great talent. He can still express a lot and give a lot.”
AC Milan verify fascination for Napoli’s Pepe Reina
Milan‘s sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli confirmed current rumours prior to his side’s 2- defeat to Arsenal in the Europa League on Thursday evening, expressing that talks are staying arranged with the Spanish goalkeeper’s agent.
“We have spoken with Napoli to advise them that we want to converse with Reina’s agent, Mirabelli informed Sky Sport Italia. “This is how the rules operate. We want to see if there are the disorders to sign this participant.”
Milan’s transfer for Reina casts doubt above the foreseeable future of Gianluigi Donnarumma, who dedicated his foreseeable future to the club till 2021 previous summer season but carries on to be connected with a departure in the summer season.
Reina, 35, could, as a result, come to be Milan’s new No. one subsequent season with reports in Italy suggesting a three-year contract is to be supplied to the previous Liverpool and Bayern Munich goalkeeper.
For that reason, Napoli are staying connected with a transfer for Bayer Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno or Liverpool‘s Simon Mignolet to swap Reina, who appears to be like significantly established to leave Naples when his contract expires this June.
Gattuso has proven himself as a talented Manager – Fassone
Milan Managing Director, Marco Fassone has showered a load of praises on former Milan midfielder turn Manager, Gennaro Gattuso, who has had an incredible impact on the team. The Rossoneri parted ways with their former Coach, Vincenzo Montella in November after a consecutive run of disheartening results. Sunday’s victory away at Roma has taken Milan’s winning run to five in all competitions as they are now back in pole position to compete for Champions League places. While speaking with Radio Anch’io Sport, the Football administrator said: “Gattuso has done the simple things that a Coach with more experience than him would have done.” “Maybe even we didn’t expect this and we can only take our hats off to his work. I also have to congratulate [sporting director Massimiliano] Mirabelli, who pushed me to make this choice. “Will Gattuso stay on? In the end, the results will take us forward. There’s an agreement with Rino and a very nice relationship, especially with Mirabelli. “At the moment, for superstitious reasons, we don’t want to talk about the future. We’ll focus on Lazio and then Inter. “He’s proven himself to be a talented coach, and to have the great technical features. That being the case, it would be very difficult to lose him. “We had been hoping to go ahead with Montella, but there was a moment in November when we realized the investments weren’t living up to what we expected. “We strongly believed in this squad though, and we didn’t intervene in January. After a long discussion with Mirabelli, we decided Gattuso could help us. “The most surprising thing, however, is the speed of Gattuso in making the team motivated and able to achieve results. The lads believe in him, things have changed, winning helps you win. “The top four? We must always believe because in football you can never say never. Fassone also spoke about the futures of Alessio Romagnoli and Gianluigi Donnarumma. “I think Donnarumma’s future is here. He loves Milan and he’s the future of Italian football. Yesterday he celebrated his 19th birthday with 100 Serie A appearances. “We want to keep him, we hope that’s what he wants too. “Romagnoli? In the coming weeks we’ll sit down with his agent, it’s not a priority but we’ll talk about it [a renewal] soon.”
Lazio Manager, Simone Inzaghi described allowing Milan’s Patrick Cutrone’s goal to stand as simply “incredible” as it condemned his side to a 2-1 loss to rival, AC Milan.
Cutrone was well positioned to poach in Hakan Calhanoglu’s delivery into the box to break the deadlock. However, replays made it clear that the goal was scored through his arm rather than his head.
Giacomo Bonaventura headed in later to cancel out Lazio’s Adam Marusic equalizer to give the Rossoneri all three points thereby sealing their third Serie A victory in a row.
The former Italian footballer, Inzaghi has earlier protested in December that VAR had denied his side valuable seven points due to contentious decisions in their games with Inter Milan, Fiorentina, and Torino and now allowing Cutrone’s goal to stand is the latest of the 41-year old displeasure.
While speaking with Mediaset Premium, he said: “It’s incredible. Honestly, I didn’t notice it [at the time]. They’ll have to explain this one to us, too,”
“They told me on the touchline and I asked Cutrone after the final whistle. He said it was deflected but it obviously wasn’t.
“It’s a shame. Once again, we have to deal with this situation. The pictures speak for themselves.
“I saw a very good performance in the second half and one that merited at least a point, but that’s football, you have to put the ball in the net. Milan did, and we didn’t.”
When Milan’s Manager, Gennaro Gattuso was also questioned about the controversial goal, he said: “I’ll be honest, I thought it was a header at first glance. Seeing it again from that angle, it was a goal that should’ve been disallowed. Having said that, it’s reductive to talk only about one incident. There were many chances and we rode our luck at times.”
AC Milan team manager Christian Abbiati has guaranteed forward Andre Silva that his time will come and he will soon get his chance after he was again left out of the Serie A matchday starting XI away to Cagliari. The 22-year old has not started a league game for Gennaro Gattuso’s Milan side, his last starring role was in their 3:0 Coppa Italia victory over Hellas Verona early in December as he can only make the bench in the team list for this weekend’s game. His inability to get game time has prompted rumours of a probable move away from San Siro as he was linked with Arsenal and some few other top clubs earlier this month. Championship leaders Wolves have also been reported to be interested in Silva but Abbiati insists the Portugal International’s future lies at San Siro. “Andre Silva is an amazing player, a top-class talent and he works very hard,” he said while speaking with Mediaset Premium of the striker, who joined Milan from Porto last year for a €38million fee. “He is improving a great deal and will get his opening during what is a very intense part of the season. “He came from Portugal and the football there is not as tough and physical as Serie A, but we have great respect for his qualities.” Silva has not found the back of the net in his 12 Serie A appearances so far although he scored six goals in six games in the group stage of the UEFA Europa League It appears Manager, Gattuso prefers Nikola Kalinic to the Portuguese in leading the Rossoneri’s attack since his appointment in November.
Former AC Milan Captain, Riccardo Montolivo has said while speaking with Il Corriere della Sera that he believed former Manager, Vincenzo Montella got some decisions wrong. “I think nobody expected us to struggle so much. We were not ready at the beginning of the season, we thought it would have been easier for us but we didn’t have the basis.” “Everybody is failing to match expectations, we know we can do more. Each one must focus on how to improve, we need to focus on how each one of us can help the team.” “Bonucci captain? The club wanted a new identity and a new captain. I have a good relationship with Leonardo but it is not true that I play better without the captain armband.” “Montella wanted to change our identity, I think that it was a mistake to change the system because we had been working on a different formation during the pre-season. We’ve lost time and self-confidence. I think Montella is very prepared on the pitch but needs to improve the empathy with his footballers” Montolivo concluded.
Reports in England has stated that Manchester City and Chelsea [now managed by former Bonucci’s Manager at Juventus, Antonio Conte] are interested in the securing the service of the former Juventus defender but AC Milan director of sports, Massimiliano Mirabelli has insisted that he [Bonucci] is not for sale while speaking with Gr Parlamento on Monday afternoon.
“He [Bonucci] is not for sale”, Mirabelli said.
“We signed many players last summer and we don’t want to lose them. We made several sacrifices to sign them and we are aware that a team can’t be built in a single transfer window. We are a very young squad. The transfer window is also made by new contracts just think of Cutrone, Donnarumma, and Calabria.”
“We went through a tough moment but the new year began pretty well. We are improving and players are fit now. Bonucci did struggle at the end of the season, but everybody did. We didn’t spend too much to sign him compared to other players.”
Milan legend turn Manager, Gennaro Gattuso has insisted that his side is gradually becoming the team he wants them to be after their hardly-fought 1:1 draw at Fiorentina in the league on Saturday.
Gattuso, who played in a Milan side with intense grit and composure explained that he was glad to see his side avoid defeat after going behind for the first time in the league this season. He was appointed in November to replace underperforming Manager, Vincenzo Montella after a busy summer in which Milan brought in 11 new players.
Gattuso is only getting involved in football management for the first time and in his words, “We are certainly not pretty to watch yet but at least we are starting to do things as a team the way I want it,”
“The first half was not good enough but we were far better after halftime,” said Gattuso who is bringing the touchline passion and restlessness of Conte back to Serie A. “It wasn’t great but at least we got a point.”
“Some players weren’t at their best but we played the match the way we had to. We ran very few risks and for the first time, we did well by reacting and equalizing.”
Former A.C Milan Vice President, Paolo Berlusconi says himself alongside his family feel pain whenever they watch the team play. Even as his brother, Silvio had sold out the club to foreign owners in April, the emotional bond that they share with the club still remains and the struggles of the Rossoneri on the pitch only bring pain to them. “As true fans, we’re all feeling pain,” Berlusconi said while speaking with Tuttomercatoweb. “After the club was sold I wanted to see if my suffering would be different but nothing changed. After a big transfer campaign, we have fewer points than this time last year with a team which hasn’t proven to be competitive yet. “They shouldn’t take this criticism as condemnation though; the new owners need time. You can’t blame my brother because the new owners invested quite heavily in the transfer market. “Instead of great players, the new directors decided to take 11 new players. We have to be patient though, after many years of success there can be years of transition. “Now there’s a new directorship which must try to revive Milan. It makes me smile, this hypothesis that this was a fake sale and just my brother’s manoeuvre to bring back money from abroad. “That is bad faith and stupidity,” Berlusconi concluded.
Italy Legend, Gennaro Gattuso after guiding A.C Milan to their first victory under his watch has some words to say as he spoke with the Media after the game.
“Bologna put us in difficulty, we still have a long way to go but I have to appreciate the guys for their display today although we have some work to do defensively”
“I have massive respect for this club as a player and now as a Manager. It is a great privilege for me, I am always “in tension” even while playing with my son”
On Bonaventura’s brace and his Predecessor, Vincenzo Montella, he said “Bonaventura is an amazing player with tremendous quality, he can play everywhere. If he keeps his fitness, he will go on to be one of the best Italian midfielders. He puts in a lot of work and having him is a big advantage for us”
“Montella is a man I have remarkable respect for, he left a good team with high pressing spirit, although for me, we need to add more intensity”
“We are not in a good spot on the league table” Gattuso concluded
The Switzerland international signed a four-year contract and has laid out his plans to help the club return to their glory days.
“I saw Milanello [training facilities] and the club’s museum today and I was so impressed,” Rodriguez told Milan TV.
“We need to do well in the league and get back into the Champions League — we will do everything to get there. I watched this club as I grew up and they are a truly great club, and we want to get back to the very top.
“I love this shirt and I’m delighted to be here to play for this club. [Franco] Baresi is a true legend and an amazing player, but I didn’t only admire him and [Gennaro Gattuso], I also went crazy about Ronaldinho, [Paolo] Maldini and many others.
“I’m truly delighted to be here and I hope to make people happy. I’ve played at the San Siro once before and I can’t wait to experience those feelings in a splendid stadium again.”
Rodriguez has selected the No. 68 shirt — the year of his mother’s birth — and will meet his new teammates after a brief summer holiday.
Milan are due back for preseason training earlier than their Serie A rivals as they prepare for the third qualifying round of the Europa League in July.
“I want to do the best we can in the Europa League,” Rodriguez added.
Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.
Full-back Ricardo Rodriguez has signed a four-year deal with AC Milan after completing a €17 million move from Wolfsburg, the clubs announced on Thursday.
The 24-year-old becomes the Rossoneri’s third new signing this summer, and third since the end of Silvio Berlusconi’s near 31-year reign as club owner, joining Mateo Musacchio and Franck Kessie at the disposal of coach Vincenzo Montella next season.
Since his arrival at AC Milan in January, Gerard Deulofeu has been a breath of fresh air at the club as he has become a focal point in Vincenzo Montella’s side. The Italian tactician made it his task to identify why the 23-year-old hasn’t fulfilled his potential as of yet, and he’s gradually bringing it out of him.
A single goal and three assists in nine Serie A outings doesn’t scream out as being a game-changer as such, but the Spaniard has added so much to the team. From being left frustrated time and time again by M’Baye Niang in that spot on the left wing, the decision to effectively replace him this season with Deulofeu has proven fruitful.
From his tireless displays and constant tracking back to help out his teammates, to the direct running, technical skill, clever movement and ability to pop up in dangerous positions in the final third, it’s been a really impressive first couple of months at the San Siro.
With the Rossoneri desperately pushing on to stay in the hunt for a Europa League spot this season, the Everton loanee will play an integral role in bringing short-term “success” to the club by guiding them back into Europe.
Further, a series of unfortunate injuries around him have made him even more important too. Giacomo Bonaventura was lost for the season before Suso picked up an issue earlier this month, and so the creativity in the side was ripped out. Up stepped Deulofeu, though, as he has taken on more responsibility, which is reflected in his performances and willingness to get on the ball and make things happen. Admittedly, it hasn’t been flawless, but he’s certainly produced more positive moments than negative.
As he now revels in the fact that he has returned to the Spain squad for this international break, he was keen to thank Milan for the role that they’ve played in getting him back into this position.
“I’m very happy in Italy and with the support that the coaching staff and my teammates give me,” he told AS.
“When Milan showed an interest in me, I was left in no doubt. The confidence and the way I have been treated has helped so that now I am performing well.
“If I hadn’t gone to Milan on loan I don’t think I would be with the national team now. Milan is a great club but I don’t want to think any further ahead than that.”
As with everything else at the club currently it seems, a possible permanent move for Deulofeu will be put on hold until the takeover picture becomes clearer. With further delays and more question marks, it leaves Milan in a vulnerable position with regards to various individuals.
This is where the problem lies. The Rossoneri have no option to buy in the agreement with Everton, so ultimately the Spanish winger will return to Goodison Park at the end of June. Further, Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez has now dropped the first hint that the Catalan giants could be set to re-sign Deulofeu as part of their agreement with Everton.
Ultimately, this all means that Milan are the ones who could miss out. Essentially, they are helping to develop and improve a player who will in all probability stay no longer than six months at the club with Barca possibly being the main benefactors if their interest is genuine, or even if they then decide to sell him on for a profit.
The counter-argument to that of course is that Deulofeu is helping Milan reach their objectives this season. A return to Europe, potential investment from new ownership and the strengthening of the squad could all follow on from a successful campaign this season.
However, it’s certainly a shame that the likelihood of Deulofeu not being at the San Siro next season is growing and that in turn will leave the club with a fresh headache as to who then fills the role next year.
On another positive note, it’s just another indication of Montella’s coaching skills. While he has improved others in the squad too, Deulofeu is clearly benefiting from the confidence, trust and approach that the Milan boss has with him and it bodes well for the future.
In an ideal world, Sino-Europe Sports will complete their takeover and provide reassurances over their finances and promises for the club.
Failing that, it could mean Silvio Berlusconi remains at the helm. Either way, contract renewals for key players must be a priority this summer, and if the possibility is there, signing Deulofeu on a permanent deal should arguably be on the to-do list as well.
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The Italy international, however, appears to be more open to extending his stay at the San Siro than his representative does.
“I hope I can stay here because I’m an AC Milan fan,” he was quoted as saying by Gazzetta dello Sport upon his arrival for international duty at Florence’s railway station. “My agent will deal with the renewal.”
Donnarumma’s current Milan deal is due to expire in 2018, although he is still on youth terms and has yet to sign a professional contract, despite turning 18 last month.
His consistent performances since becoming Milan’s first-choice goalkeeper 18 months ago have led to parallels being drawn with current Italy No. 1 Gianluigi Buffon.
The man who launched the 39-year-old’s career at Parma over 20 years ago says he can picture Donnarumma enjoying a similar career.
“When I look at the Milan goalkeeper, it feels like I am going back 20 years,” former Parma coach Nevio Scala told Gazzetta dello Sport. “They are so similar and he is going to be Buffon’s successor.”
That succession, at least for the Italy national team, is likely to happen following the 2018 World Cup, when Buffon is expected to retire.
Donnarumma is, however, set to play in one of Italy’s upcoming games against Albania in World Cup qualifying or Spain in a friendly, coach Giampiero Ventura announced at a news conference on Monday.
“Young players need to be managed and fed in drop by drop,” Ventura said. “We need to prepare for everything. Donnarumma and [Daniele] Rugani, for example, are going to play one or two games.”
Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.