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Sampdoria 1-2 Milan: Kessie and Castillejo clinch gritty win
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Sampdoria 1-2 Milan: Kessie and Castillejo clinch gritty win

Goals from Franck Kessie and Samu Castillejo gave Milan a 2-1 win over Sampdoria to strengthen their position at the top of Serie A. Milan strengthened their grip on top spot in Serie A with a 2-1 win over Sampdoria on Sunday thanks to goals from Franck Kessie and Samu Castillejo. Ivory Coast midfielder Kessie gave the Rossoneri the lead from the penalty spot after Jakub Jankto handled inside the area. Spaniard Castillejo scored with his first touch of the game to notch Milan's second before Albin Ekdal ensured a tense finish when he bundled in from a corner.
Milan 0-3 Lille: Ibrahimovic subbed off as Yazici hat-trick halts Rossoneri’s unbeaten start
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Milan 0-3 Lille: Ibrahimovic subbed off as Yazici hat-trick halts Rossoneri’s unbeaten start

  Zlatan Ibrahimoavic was taken off after an hour as Milan slumped to their first defeat of the season, with Yusuf Yazici starring at San Siro. Milan's unbeaten run came to a shuddering halt after 11 games as Yusuf Yazici's hat-trick secured an emphatic 3-0 victory for Lille in the Europa League. Inspired by the form of Zlatan Ibrahimovic – who already has eight goals to his name – Stefano Pioli's side have made a wonderful start to 2020-21. But Ibrahimovic, who was subbed off in the 62nd minute, failed to lift the Rossoneri in a dismal showing at San Siro, with Yazici running the show.
Ibrahimovic makes everyone around him better’ – Begovic salutes Swede & Milan keeper Donnarumma
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Ibrahimovic makes everyone around him better’ – Begovic salutes Swede & Milan keeper Donnarumma

The Bosnian, who linked up with the Rossoneri in January, is enjoying working with two stars at opposing ends of their respective careers Zlatan Ibrahimovic remains as competitive as ever at 38 years of age and continues to make “everyone else better”, says AC Milan team-mate Asmir Begovic. Two experienced performers made their way to San Siro during the winter transfer window, with the Rossoneri eager to bolster their ranks. Bosnian goalkeeper Begovic was taken on loan from Bournemouth, while the familiar face of Ibrahimovic was returned to Italy after bringing a spell in MLS with the LA Galaxy to a close.
‘Ibrahimovic gave me balls I dreamed of at AC Milan’ – Kevin-Prince Boateng
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‘Ibrahimovic gave me balls I dreamed of at AC Milan’ – Kevin-Prince Boateng

The Ghanaian and Swedish forwards featured prominently during the Rossoneri's Serie A title-winning campaign in 2011 Kevin-Prince Boateng has hailed the influence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic at AC Milan, claiming the Swede gave him the "balls he dreamed of." Ibrahimovic is at Milan for the second time after shining during the 2010-2011 Serie A-winning season alongside Boateng. Both men were summer recruits that year, and had a hand in a combined 31 top-flight goals. Boateng has advised Milan to keep hold of Ibra who is on a short-term contract. "Milan must keep him [Ibrahimovic], he knows how to make a difference," the 33-year-old Ghana international told Sky Sports Italia. "It was easy for me to play with him, I understood it immediately. He asks a lot of his teammates, but he g...
Ex-AC Milan president Yonghong Li blasts Elliott and Singer: Fans deserve better!
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Ex-AC Milan president Yonghong Li blasts Elliott and Singer: Fans deserve better!

Former AC Milan president Yonghong Li has slammed the running of the club by Elliott Management. Li was controversially forced out of the club by Elliott in July 2018. The businessman is no fan of how the Rossoneri have since been run, declaring on social media: “This is not good. "Why did he wait all this time to supposedly start caring for the team?" he declared, referring to Elliott boss Gordon Singer. “It should be treated with passion, not as an emotionless investment. Look at Singer's track record. The club deserves better."
Ibrahimovic Breaks Serie A Win Record
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Ibrahimovic Breaks Serie A Win Record

The 38-year-old needed just 222 games to reach the milestone of 150 victories, overtaking former Inter star Esteban Cambiasso, Zlatan Ibrahimovic reached a mileston 150 Serie A wins and set a new record in doing so when he helped AC Milan beat Udinese 3-2 on Sunday. The San Siro outfit are unbeaten in the three games in which the 38-year-old striker has appeared since re-joining the club at the start of January. An Ante Rebic double and a goal from Theo Hernandez edged the Rossoneri past Udinese for a second straight league win. While Ibrahimovic was not among the goals, it was a special result for the former Sweden star, as he became the fastest player to reach 150 wins in the Italian top-flight since the three points for a win era began. The former Inter and Juventus hero needed just ...
AC Milan manager Giampaolo demands attacking improvement after losing start to Serie A campaign
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AC Milan manager Giampaolo demands attacking improvement after losing start to Serie A campaign

Rodrigo Becao scored on his league debut to down the Rossoneri, with their manager disappointed by his side's attacking display Marco Giampaolo demanded an attacking improvement from AC Milan after a 1-0 defeat at Udinese in his first Serie A game in charge of the team. Rodrigo Becao scored on his league debut, with Giampaolo not selecting any of the Rossoneri's new signings in his starting side on Sunday. Giampaolo sent on new faces Ismael Bennacer and Rafael Leao from the bench, but Milan could not break down Igor Tudor's side at the Dacia Arena.
AC Milan confirm €35m Leao signing from Lille
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AC Milan confirm €35m Leao signing from Lille

The 20-year-old replaces Patrick Cutrone in the Rossoneri squad after spending just one season in Ligue 1 with Lille AC Milan have signed Rafael Leao from Lille for a reported €35 million (£32m/$39m) fee. The 20-year-old striker, who can also play on the wing, arrived in Italy on Wednesday to undergo a medical and subsequently signed a five-year deal with the Serie A side. The Rossoneri had been linked to the Portugal Under-21 international for weeks and reports suggested they would send Tiago Djalo to France as part of the deal, but the 19-year-old centre-back has not been included.
Failure to make Champions Leaague must spur AC Milan on, declares Donnarumma
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Failure to make Champions Leaague must spur AC Milan on, declares Donnarumma

The young goalkeeper is desperate to return the Rossoneri to the Champions League 'where the club deserves to be' AC Milan must harness the bitter experience of missing out on a top-four finish last season and focus on making amends in 2019-20, according to Gianluigi Donnarumma. Goalkeeper Donnarumma was injured in Milan's 3-2 victory over SPAL on the final day of the 2018-19 campaign, a result that was not quite good enough to see them pip rivals Inter to fourth place. The Rossoneri will not play in Europe at all in the upcoming season, the club reaching an agreement with UEFA to serve a ban after breaching Financial Fair Play rules.
Gattuso thanks penalty hero Donnarumma for bailing AC Milan ‘out of trouble’
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Gattuso thanks penalty hero Donnarumma for bailing AC Milan ‘out of trouble’

The 20-year-old goalkeeper came to the Serie A side's rescue against Frosinone and the head coach was eager to express his gratitude Gennaro Gattuso was thankful for Gianluigi Donnarumma's spot-kick heroics after AC Milan secured a crucial 2-0 win over Frosinone on Sunday. Donnarumma saved a 50th-minute penalty from Camillo Ciano as part of an electric start to the second half at San Siro. Krzysztof Piatek and Suso went on to score to wrap up the points for the Rossoneri, whose battle for fourth place in Serie A will go down to the final round of games.
Chelsea Loanee, Tiemoue Bakayoko Set To Return After €35M Rejection
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Chelsea Loanee, Tiemoue Bakayoko Set To Return After €35M Rejection

Tiemoue Bakayoko will be heading back to Stamford Bridge, with AC Milan opting against purchasing the Frenchman on a permanent basis. This information comes from Italian outlet Calciomercato, who report that after much deliberation Milan have come to the decision to let Bakayoko leave. Bakayoko has been impressive for the Rossoneri this term, but with the report noting that Milan’s buy option stood at €35M, they clearly felt it was a little steep. Bakayoko is not the same player we saw during his debut season at Chelsea. He was a shell of the midfielder he was for AS Monaco. However, Maurizio Sarri did have the chance to see him play during our pre-season campaign, and Bakayoko subsequently went out on-loan. Whether Sarri believed his confidence was too low for him to be...
Gonzalo Higuain told not to “Show His Face in Milan again” by Italy’s Deputy PM
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Gonzalo Higuain told not to “Show His Face in Milan again” by Italy’s Deputy PM

Italy’s deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has labelled Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain a “mercenary” and says the Argentine won’t be welcome back in Milan. The outspoken right-wing politician made his comments in the wake of the 31-year-old’s move to Stamford Bridge, which came just half a season after his arrival at San Siro on loan from Juventus. Salvini had already spoken of his happiness at seeing the back of the Argentina international, who scored six Serie A goals in 15 games for the Rossoneri this season, and hit out again on Monday. “I hope Higuain doesn’t show his face in Milan again,” Salvini said to Corriere della Sera. “He behaved disgracefully and I don’t like mercenaries, but we’ve become very competitive without him.” Higuain made his Ch...
AC Milan Manager Gennaro Gattuso Hails Players Performance After Dudelange Scare
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AC Milan Manager Gennaro Gattuso Hails Players Performance After Dudelange Scare

AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso commended his players for having the character to conquer their “fear” during a testing Europa League victory over Dudelange. Milan scored four times in the second half to prevail 5-2 on Thursday, but not before falling behind to their modest opposition. Dominik Stolz and David Turpel silenced San Siro as they overturned Patrick Cutrone’s 21st-minute opener with well-taken finishes either side of half-time. The Rossoneri eventually recovered with two own goals and one apiece from Hakan Calhanoglu and Fabio Borini establishing a strong position ahead of their final Group F fixture away to Olympiacos, where a point or one-goal loss would be enough to advance. “After the equaliser a bit of fear took over,” Gattuso told Sky Sport Italia. “We star...
Arsene Wenger To Replace Gennaro Gattuso As AC Milan Coach
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Arsene Wenger To Replace Gennaro Gattuso As AC Milan Coach

Arsene Wenger is reportedly set to be appointed as AC Milan manager, his first role since departing Arsenal at the end of last season. According to France Football (h/t ESPN FC's Jonathan Johnson), the Frenchman, who spent over two decades in charge of the Gunners, will replace Gennaro Gattuso at the San Siro. Gattuso has been in charge of the Rossoneri for just under a year. He oversaw a sixth-place finish in Serie A last term, and after 11 matches of 2018-19, Milan sit fourth. Milan's recent form has been good, with three victories in a row propelling them into the UEFA Champions League qualification spots. See tweet below..
Ghanaian Footballer, Thomas Partey To Leave Atletico Madrid
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Ghanaian Footballer, Thomas Partey To Leave Atletico Madrid

Thomas Partey who is a tough-tackling player in Spain has been relegated to the bench following the signing of new players.   Thomas Partey Thomas Partey is considering a January move away from Atletico Madrid, according to Marca. The Ghana international midfielder has seen his game time limited this season and could be about to open the door to suitors such as Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has an offer from AC Milan, reports Calciomercato, and is now weighing up his options. The Rossoneri are convinced they have the finances to do a deal, but they are unable to offer a man currently turning out for MLS side the LA Galaxy any guarantees that he will be first choice at San Siro. Alexandre Pato has admitted to receiving “some offers from Serie...
BREAKING: Robinho Sentenced To Nine Years In Prison For Sexual Assault In 2013
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BREAKING: Robinho Sentenced To Nine Years In Prison For Sexual Assault In 2013

The 33-year-old Brazilian was playing for the Rossoneri at the time of the incident, which took place on January 22, 2013. The Tribunal in Milan this evening found Robinho and five other men guilty of the gang-rape of a 22-year-old Albanian woman. Although this is a guilty verdict and a nine-year prison sentence awarded, the Italian justice system includes several levels of appeal. Because of that, the verdict is effectively put on hold until the appeals process is completed and no sentence will be enforced until then. Robinho is currently in Brazil playing for Atletico Mineiro.
Montella’s Future As Milan Boss Will Reportedly Be At Stake
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Montella’s Future As Milan Boss Will Reportedly Be At Stake

The San Siro side visit the Neroverdi on the back of a run of just two wins in nine matches in all competitions. They sit in eighth place in the Serie A table and are in danger, even at this early stage of the season, of falling out of contention for European qualification for the next campaign. The pressure has been growing on Montella in recent weeks and, according to Corriere dello Sport, he will be sacked if Milan fail to win tonight’s match. The former Fiorentina boss insisted in his pre-match Press conference that he ‘feels the full trust of the club.’ However, the Italian daily claims that the ‘truth’ is that Montella will be fighting to save his job tonight. Should the Rossoneri fail to deliver the required result, the Rossoneri hierarchy will use the international break to rem...
Paolo Maldini Urges Milan To Have Patience Especially Against Juventus
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Paolo Maldini Urges Milan To Have Patience Especially Against Juventus

It kicks off at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT). “It’s going to be a tough one because Juve are the strongest squad in Italy,” the Rossoneri legend told Sky Sport Italia. “Milan have revamped the squad and it’s going to require a little patience. After so many changes, results never come immediately. “They are not worthy of the top four now, but it’s a long season ahead. So far other teams have played better and deserve to be above them.”
Montella: I See A Higher Quality Of Play From Milan
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Montella: I See A Higher Quality Of Play From Milan

The Rossoneri have lost their last three Serie A games in a row, putting pressure on the Coach ahead of tomorrow’s Europa League clash with AEK Athens. “When things go wrong it’s everyone’s fault, we have to accept the criticism, even when it’s exaggerated,” Montella said in his pre-match Press conference. “Against Roma we got closer to the quality of play we need, we lost the game on a rebound. The club made choices for the here and now, but above all for the future. “Everything is going to plan aside from a few defeats, which I take responsibility for, but if they hadn’t happened we’d be talking about a balanced situation. “I see a higher quality of play all the time, it takes time to do these things and that’s proving to be the case. “We have players who can and must grow, it’s a g...
Milan Could Bring Lucas Lima In From Santos As A Free Agent In January
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Milan Could Bring Lucas Lima In From Santos As A Free Agent In January

The 27-year-old Brazilian creative midfielder’s current contract is due to expire on December 31. He is believed to be considering other offers as well, most notably from Chinese club Hebei China Fortune. Lima has never played outside of Brazil, as his previous clubs are Internacional and Sport Recife. The Rossoneri already spent over €200m to bring in 11 new players over the summer.
Inter Centre-Back Milan Skriniar Insists “Milan Are Not In Crisis”
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Inter Centre-Back Milan Skriniar Insists “Milan Are Not In Crisis”

The two sides meet on Sunday night in the Derby della Madonnina, with the Rossoneri having lost their last two games in a row, but the Slovakian international doesn’t expect a team in disarray. “I’ve been thinking about Milan since I finished Slovakia’s match with Malta,” Skriniar told Gazzetta dello Sport. “I’ve been focusing on it for days now, it’s a big match for us and for the fans. “Milan are not in crisis, we can’t trust their latest results. They have great players who are used to getting out of these kinds of situations. “The derby is a game to itself, so for that reason it’s extraordinary. There are no half measures, we have to win, not least for our growth. “On Sunday there is only victory.” Inter have only dropped points in the draw with Bologna, but their style of play h...
‘Derby All Or Nothing For Milan’ Says Shevchenko
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‘Derby All Or Nothing For Milan’ Says Shevchenko

Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport for its Wednesday edition, Shevchenko also discussed Milan’s competitors for the Serie A title and reflected on his favourite derby experience against Inter. “Juve are the best in terms of in corporate structure, squad and experience,” continued the former Rossoneri striker. “Immediately after them, I can see Napoli, who haven’t stopped growing. Inter? They have Spalletti, who is technically prepared, meticulous, never gives up and puts his heart in his work. “Spalletti’s a guarantee for Inter, and the Nerazzurri will be there until the end. “Criticism of Milan’s transfers? I was concerned about them and I’d like to clarify what I said. “I just said what I’d personally have done in the market, which was to sign 3-4 top players, but the road c...
Montella Meets Milan Again To Decide On A New Fitness Coach
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Montella Meets Milan Again To Decide On A New Fitness Coach

It was announced last week that Emanuele Marra had been fired by the Coach, reportedly because he didn’t agree with several of his methods, including a vegan diet. Following yesterday’s meeting, Montella is once again meeting with CEO Marco Fassone and sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli. It’s good timing for a new appointment, as the Rossoneri have several players away on international duty.
Milan Are Interested In Chelsea’s Conte For Next Season
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Milan Are Interested In Chelsea’s Conte For Next Season

The Rossoneri have lost their past two Serie A games, and face Inter in the Derby della Madonnina after the international break. While it’s not a case of win or bust for Montella, SportMediaset reports that the Coach would be in serious danger of being sacked if his side were to lose. A draw would likely be enough to extend his reign, with games against AEK Athens, Genoa and Chievo to follow before Juventus come calling on October 28. Nonetheless, it’s thought CEO Marco Fassone and sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli are drawing up plans in case they deem a change necessary. Rino Gattuso would be a possible replacement as caretaker until the end of the season, though it must be said his coaching career has been patchy so far. The idea though would be to get through this season wi...
Carlo Ancelotti And Antonio Conte Were Considered For Milan
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Carlo Ancelotti And Antonio Conte Were Considered For Milan

The Rossoneri lost 2-0 to Sampdoria at the weekend, putting the Coach under pressure after a big summer spending spree. While an immediate change on the bench has been ruled out by the club’s hierarchy, this morning’s Gazzetta dello Sport believes Montella’s long-term future is far from secure. It’s possible both Conte and Ancelotti will be available next summer, with both having been contacted by the Diavolo in the past. Chelsea manager Conte admitted yesterday that he misses Italy, and that he’ll return to Serie A one day, and Milan could look to him to turn them into Scudetto winners as he did at Juventus. However, there’s also the shadow of Ancelotti hanging over Montella, with the Rossoneri legend almost certain to leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season. Former CEO Adriano ...
Milan Full-Back Abate Admits He Thought About Retiring After His Eye Injury
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Milan Full-Back Abate Admits He Thought About Retiring After His Eye Injury

Abate only returned to fitness over the summer, having taken a blow to his left eye against Sassuolo back in February, but the 30-year-old assured he had “started over”. “It’s difficult to remember that moment in Reggio Emilia,” he told Milan TV after the Rossoneri’s 2-0 win against SPAL on Wednesday. “I won’t deny that for a time, I thought I’d stop and not come back. Instead, everything’s going well and my eye is recovering. “I must thank the club’s medical staff, old and new. Now I’ve started over and I’m happy to have started a game at San Siro. I was tense and excited. “We could’ve done better in the last 20 minutes, we wanted to score a third goal, but I think we’re on the right track. “The obstacles start now because there’s no time to even lift your head, playing every three d...
Diavolo Legend Boban: ‘Milan Have No Superstars Now’
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Diavolo Legend Boban: ‘Milan Have No Superstars Now’

The Rossoneri completely overhauled their squad over the summer, thanks to the investment of new Chinese owners Yonghong Li. “The favourite for the Scudetto is still Juventus,” Diavolo legend Boban told Blick. “Milan have taken a lot of good players, but no superstars. It won’t be easy to win with so many new players, but I hope I’m wrong. “Milan was the best team I played for, there were the three Dutchmen, [Ruud] Gullit, [Frank] Rijkaard and [Marco] Van Basten; but also [Jean-Pierre] Papin, [Dejan] Savicevic and Boban. “Then there were the best Italians of that era, [Franco] Baresi and [Paolo] Maldini.” Boban famously kicked a policeman during a Dinamo Zagreb v Red Star Belgrade match, with the riot in the stands proving to be one of the triggers for the Yugoslavian civil war. “It ...
Seedorf: Italian Football’s Very Lucky To Find A Talent Like Pietro Pellegri
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Seedorf: Italian Football’s Very Lucky To Find A Talent Like Pietro Pellegri

Pellegri scored twice in Genoa’s 3-2 defeat to Lazio on Sunday, despite being just 16 years of age, but Seedorf demanded caution over the attacker’s development, even if Italian football was “very lucky” to have him. “I think Italian football’s very lucky to have found a talent like him, but for his sake, I ask people not compare him with this or that player. You must let him grow in peace,” he told Calciomercato.com. “I saw a good Lazio and Genoa a bit too deep, looking to counterattack, in the first half. “In the second half, Genoa became more proactive going forward and were able to press more than Lazio. “The draw would’ve been great for Genoa’s morale, but unfortunately an individual mistake cost them the game. “However, I saw a team that had spirit and willingness. They only nee...
Milan eye Barca Outcast Aleix Vidal For January After Andrea Conti’s Injury
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Milan eye Barca Outcast Aleix Vidal For January After Andrea Conti’s Injury

The former Atalanta defender was one of their most important signings over the summer, but tore his anterior cruciate ligament in training yesterday. Conti is expected to undergo surgery over the next 24 hours and will be out for four to six months. With this in mind, the Rossoneri need a replacement and Mundo Deportivo suggest an approach for right-back Aleix Vidal. He is not part of Barcelona’s plans and would therefore be available on loan. The Blaugrana invested heavily in Nelson Semedo for the right-back role and Vidal had already been linked with Milan a few months ago.
Kalinic Is Expected To Make His First Start For Milan In The Europa League
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Kalinic Is Expected To Make His First Start For Milan In The Europa League

The Croatian striker joined the Rossoneri this summer from Fiorentina, on loan with an obligation to buy. However, he missed most of the Viola’s pre-season so has yet to to make his first start for his new club. This morning’s Corriere della Sera expects Kalinic to play from the start tonight in Vienna, and the newspaper points out the Croatian’s fantastic record in the competition. He has scored 13 goals in the competition, seven for Dnipro and six for Fiorentina, putting him just outside the top 10 goalscorers since the Europa League format was launched. Radamel Falcao leads the way with 20 goals, but Kalinic has some way to go to reach the top if UEFA Cup goals are counted. Celtic legend Henrik Larsson scored 40 goals in 56 UEFA Cup games, for the Bhoys, Feyenoord and Helsingborg, ...
Clarence Seedorf: ‘I Want To Coach Again’
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Clarence Seedorf: ‘I Want To Coach Again’

The former Dutch international replaced Massimiliano Allegri as Rossoneri boss, but was sacked in favour of Pippo Inzaghi after the 2014-15 season. “I already was [a Coach] in Italy and we did fine,” Seedorf said at the presentation of Sky’s schedules for 2017-18. “Unfortunately it didn’t last long. We’ll see if there’s an opportunity, I’m looking for an interesting project. The world of football is always moving faster, I hope I can go back to the bench. “The start of the Serie A season has been positive, the big sides are all there. In a little bit we’ll understand the true balance, we’ll see who can have a great season and who will struggle.”
Austria Wien-Milan: The Rossoneri Squad
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Austria Wien-Milan: The Rossoneri Squad

Andrea Conti, Matteo Gabbia, Gustavo Gomez, Gabriel Paletta, Ricardo Rodriguez, Jose Mauri, Niccolò Zanellato and Fabio Borini are out of the squad; the right back is injured while the others are out due to technical choices, Rodriguez and Borini have been left out due to squad-rotation reasons. Goalkeepers: Antonio Donnarumma, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Marco Storari Defenders: Ignazio Abate, Luca Antonelli, Leonardo Bonucci, Davide Calabria, Mateo Musacchio, Alessio Romagnoli, Cristian Zapata Midfielders: Lucas Biglia, Giacomo Bonaventura, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Franck Kessié, Manuel Locatelli, Riccardo Montolivo Forwards: Patrick Cutrone, Suso, Nikola Kalinić, André Silva
FIFA Under-17 World Cup: Marco Van Basten To Grace The Final
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FIFA Under-17 World Cup: Marco Van Basten To Grace The Final

India is all set to host the sporting extravaganza of FIFA U-17 World Cup next month and one of the true legends of the game is expected to grace the final on October 28 in Kolkata – Marco Van Basten. The 52-year-old last served as the assistant coach of the Netherlands national team. He famously won the European Championship in 1988 with a gem of a goal against Soviet Union and was named Player of the tournament. He was part of the legendary AC Milan team which won back-to-back European Cup, now known as the Champions League, in 1989 and 1990. The former Ajax striker has also won the UEFA Best Player award on three occasions. He also went on to win four consecutive Serie A titles with the Rossoneri with him winning the Italian league’s Golden Boot twice. The lanky frontman scored an i...
Marco Fassone Admits Milan “Will Have Constraints From UEFA”
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Marco Fassone Admits Milan “Will Have Constraints From UEFA”

The Rossoneri spent big on the transfer market this summer, and will be assessed by UEFA’s Financial Fair Play board in November in relation to a voluntary agreement. In addition, the takeover by Chinese businessman Yonghong Li was funded by a U.S hedge fund, Elliott Management, which must be repaid. Today the CEO of the club has spoken to Corriere dello Sport, and expects to grow revenues hugely in China. “The top clubs bring in 10s of millions of Euros there,” Fassone explained. “Even Manchester United, the absolute market leader, make €20-25m. Our bet is to get to €60-70-100m in the coming years. “We have a local company in China, not just a simple office, and Chinese managers who can develop our culture with knowledge of the culture and what moves to make. “There’s a financial pl...
Raiola: Ventura Too Scared To Drop Buffon For Donnarumma
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Raiola: Ventura Too Scared To Drop Buffon For Donnarumma

Buffon is almost certain to retire after the 2018 World Cup, with the Milan goalkeeper expected to be his heir for the national team. However, some have claimed he should be elevated to first choice sooner, something his agent says the Coach won’t do. “As Donnarumma’s agent I’d obviously be happy if he became the starter for the national team,” Raiola admitted, speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport. “I could hardly say the opposite, that would make me a hypocrite. “What do I think of Ventura? I’m not going to conceal it, I think he’s losing his orientation. He’s in a total panic, I can’t understand what he’s doing anymore. “I don’t think he has enough character to launch a youngster like Donnarumma and cast aside a totem of the national team like Buffon. Ventura also has other rogues to th...
Milan CEO Fassone: Milan Aiming For Top Four
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Milan CEO Fassone: Milan Aiming For Top Four

The Rossoneri were thrashed 4-1 by Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico yesterday, putting an early dent in hopes of a Scudetto challenge. “I think [sporting director Massimiliano] Mirabelli and [Coach Vincenzo] Montella gave the right explanations,” Fassone told Corriere dello Sport. “We’re aware that this is a team under construction, we were surprised by the proportion and size of the reaction to this defeat. “Our objectives don’t change, this year we think we have the cards to play and compete for a top four place, which gives access to the Champions League. “That’s our stated goal, we’ve always said that. Stumbles like the one against Lazio are important to get rid of excuses and to start, from Thursday, with a different spirit. “The Europa League? We’ll play with good ambition, with the...
Donnarumma: Lazio Defeat Helps Milan Grow As A Team
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Donnarumma: Lazio Defeat Helps Milan Grow As A Team

Questions were quickly asked of Milan after they were comprehensively beaten by Lazio, but Donnarumma insists the result will serve to improve the Rossoneri going forward. “It’s a defeat that burns, but it’ll help us grow as a team,” wrote the teenager on Instagram. The Diavolo’s next game is against Austria Vienna in the Europa League on Thursday.
Torino Director Gianluca Petrachi – ‘Milan Wanted Belotti In Niang Deal’
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Torino Director Gianluca Petrachi – ‘Milan Wanted Belotti In Niang Deal’

The two clubs did eventually do business, Niang joining the Granata on transfer deadline day after weeks of tense negotiations. “It was a bit of a soap opera,” confessed Petrachi on Torino Channel. “He always wanted to join us, partly because of the bond he has with Sinisa Mihajlovic, and he even turned down an offer from Sampdoria. “(President Urbano) Cairo gave me the all-clear to negotiate with the Rossoneri, but they tried to use Niang as part of their bid for Belotti. The offer was unsuitable. “I was the one who insisted on keeping the two issues separate. We are trying to build a stronger Torino and selling Belotti for €50-60m would not have achieved that. “We want Belotti to be paid for what he is worth. If the lad wants to challenge himself at Champions League clubs,...
Milan And Inter Set To Do Battle For Bayern Midfielder Arturo Vidal Next Summer
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Milan And Inter Set To Do Battle For Bayern Midfielder Arturo Vidal Next Summer

According to Tuttosport newspaper, the Rossoneri have aimed their sights squarely on the Chile international. His contract with Bayern Munich is due to expire in June 2019 and he would leave next year if there was no renewal. Vidal would be one of the added bonuses to Vincenzo Montella’s squad to celebrate Champions League qualification. However, Inter have already tried to sign Vidal in recent months and are expected to make another attempt in the summer of 2018. It would be a return to Serie A for the veteran who already won the Scudetto at Juventus.
Bonucci & Higuain Are ‘Biggest Earners’ Of Serie A
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Bonucci & Higuain Are ‘Biggest Earners’ Of Serie A

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Bonucci’s Milan salary is less than the €8m previously reported but on par with the €7.5m also earned by Higuain. However, the Italy international’s agreement contains bonuses, which could propel his earnings in one year to €10m. In third place would be Juve forward Paulo Dybala (€7m), followed by colleague Douglas Costa (€6m) and Rossoneri goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma (also €6m) in joint-fourth. As for the Coaches, Gazzetta claims Old Lady boss Max Allegri is leading the way by some distance, pocketing a salary of €7m. Inter’s Luciano Spalletti comes second after signing a contract worth €4m a season over the summer.
The New Milan Double Their Amount Of Season Ticket Holders
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The New Milan Double Their Amount Of Season Ticket Holders

The new playing acquisitions (costing approximately 200 million euros) have boosted the morale of the Italian giants' fanbase, while the board have managed to secure the contract renewals of Gianluigi Donnarumma and Suso.Everyone involved with the Rossoneri seems ready to embrace the new future of the club, while team legend, Franco Baresi, was quoted on advertisement billboards saying; "For Milan I have done everything, even being a ball boy," to promote the season tickets campaign.
Milan Keep Eye On Chelsea Winger Danilo Pantic
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Milan Keep Eye On Chelsea Winger Danilo Pantic

According to Mediaset Premium, Rossoneri director Massimiliano Mirabelli is watching his progress carefully ahead of a January offer.He turns 21 next month and plays primarily on the left wing, but can also do a job on the right or behind the strikers.Partizan do have an option to buy at the end of the season and he started out at the Serbian club before moving to Chelsea in 2015.Pantic also had loan spells at Vitesse and SBV Excelsior in the Netherlands.
Suso Is Reportedly On The Verge Of Extending His Milan Contract
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Suso Is Reportedly On The Verge Of Extending His Milan Contract

The winger’s current deal expires in the summer of 2019, and talks have been ongoing for several months over a renewal.Now La Repubblica is reporting that Suso will soon sign a new deal which ties him to the Rossoneri until 2021 or 2022.The new deal will see the Spaniard triple his wages from €1m per season to around €3m, though that figure is likely to include performance-related bonuses.
Milan Have Reportedly Reignited Their Interest In Keita Balde
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Milan Have Reportedly Reignited Their Interest In Keita Balde

The Senegal international has handed in a medical certificate to excuse himself from training, and his contract with the Biancocelesti expires next summer.His preferred destination is Juventus, but their first offer, believed to be €15m, was rejected and so far no higher bid has been made.According to Gazzetta dello Sport, there is also interest from Inter and Monaco, with the latter offering €19m, a figure which Aquile President Claudio Lotito still considers to be too low.In addition, it’s not clear if Keita would accept a move to the principality, as it appears he wants to stay in Italy.The newspaper believes Milan have also rekindled their interest in the forward, having failed to get him in the deal which took Lucas Biglia to San Siro.However, the Rossoneri aren’t offering money but r...
Aubameyang Admits He Wants AC Milan Move On Social Media
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Aubameyang Admits He Wants AC Milan Move On Social Media

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has raised fresh doubts over his Borussia Dortmund future after saying he wants to move to AC Milan on social media. The Gabon international had been linked with a switch away from the Bundesliga side earlier this summer, with Chelsea, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain interested in a move for the striker, before Dortmund announced that he would be staying with the club. Aubameyang, who started his career at Milan, scored a hat-trick against Rielasingen-Arlen in the first round of the DFB-Pokal Cup on Saturday before holding a livestream on Instagram where he was asked about a return to the Rossoneri. He said: “I want to go back, but they are sleeping. What do I have to do?” The 28-year-old followed that up by doing an impression of the San Siro announc...
AC Milan Report 1,000% Increase In Season-Ticket Sales For New Campaign
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AC Milan Report 1,000% Increase In Season-Ticket Sales For New Campaign

AC Milan have reported a tenfold year-on-year increase in the number of season tickets sold on the opening day of sale on Monday. Season tickets for the 2017-18 campaign went on sale on Monday morning and by the close of business an increase of 1,000 percent compared to the first day of sales a year ago was being reported by the club’s ticket office, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. Last season, a total of 16,450 season tickets were sold for Milan’s home fixtures at the San Siro. The target this year is 30,000, although the record of 43,140 from 2007-08, the year after the Rossoneri last won the Champions League, is also within their sights. The decline in the sale of season tickets which saw fewer than 20,000 sold for the first time in over 30 years for the 2014-15 campaign, an...
Donnarumma Made Right Choice With AC Milan Stay – Montella
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Donnarumma Made Right Choice With AC Milan Stay – Montella

AC Milan boss Vincenzo Montella has welcomed the positive ending to the Gianluigi Donnarumma “soap opera” after the goalkeeper committed to a new contract at the San Siro. After initially informing the Rossoneri via his agent Mino Raiola that he would not accept a new contract, Donnarumma signed a new deal until 2021. He will therefore remain Montella’s No. 1 next season, and the former Roma, Fiorentina and Sampdoria coach said after Tuesday’s 4-0 friendly win over Lugano that the 18-year-old had made the right call. “It’s been a long soap opera but it was important we got this final result,” Montella said. “He’s totally one of our players now — in fact, he is already a key player. “I’m happy and I think this is the right choice for him. I don’t know what I will say to him — ma...
New Deal For AC Milan’s Donnarumma Imminent – Fassone
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New Deal For AC Milan’s Donnarumma Imminent – Fassone

AC Milan general manager Marco Fassone has said it will just be a matter of days before Gianluigi Donnarumma commits to a new contract for the Serie A club. Last month the 18-year-old goalkeeper turned down Milan’s offer of a new contract beyond the expiry of his current deal in 2018 but, after drawing an angry reaction from fans, he has reportedly had a change of heart. Reports in Italy suggest he will become the third highest-paid goalkeeper in Europe by agreeing to a deal worth €6 million-a-year plus bonuses and Fassone confirmed that an agreement is imminent. “I had always said that the doors to Milan would be reopened if Gigio ever reconsidered,” Fassone told Il Corriere della Sera. “There has been some reconsideration and I have the feeling that we are very close to an agree...
Donnarumma Will Not Sign New AC Milan Deal – club
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Donnarumma Will Not Sign New AC Milan Deal – club

AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma will not be signing a new contract, the club confirmed on Thursday. The 18-year-old’s agent Mino Raiola held talks with Milan officials today, but no fresh contract deal has been reached. In a statement, the club CEO Marco Fassone said: “Raiola informed us that Donnarumma has made a definitive decision not to renew the contract with Milan. “We had made a strong proposal. The player evaluated it and made some evaluations that were not just economic, but he told us that he does not wish to renew the contract and his time with Milan will therefore conclude by June 30, 2018. “We were taken by surprise, as we had hoped Donnarumma would be the goalkeeper taking Milan into the future. Naturally, the decision leaves a bitter taste in the mouth, ...
Montolivo Has ‘Spoken’ To Belotti About Joining AC Milan
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Montolivo Has ‘Spoken’ To Belotti About Joining AC Milan

Riccardo Montolivo has told Andrea Belotti to join him at AC Milan, amid reports that the Rossoneri may up their bid for the Torino striker. Belotti, who scored 26 goals in Serie A last season, has been linked with a move to Milan since a €100 million clause in his contract with the Granata is only valid for foreign clubs. Milan are reported to have made an offer of €70 million for his services after apparently missing out on Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata, who has refused a return to Serie A, but Torino are hoping to keep hold of the Italy forward next season and are said to have already received rival bids from abroad, although none yet high enough to trigger that release clause. Montolivo has spent the past few days training with Belotti while on international duty and he told Sky...