AC Milan Chief executive Adriano Galliani has claimed that Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel resisted the lure to join the Italian club on a season-long loan deal. The Dutch midfielder moved to Chelsea last summer for around £ 8 million, but he missed most of last campaign due to an anterior crucial ligament injury. He has regained his fitness during pre-season and was part of several friendly matches in the summer. However, the presence of players like Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic ahead of him in the pecking order may see first team opportunities limited for the 21-year-old.
Manuel Pellegrini, the manager of Manchester City, is not sure whether he would be able to play his full fledged starting XI in the first league match against Newcastle United on 17th of this month.
Quite a few regular City players including the captain Vincent Kompany have not joined the squad for the pre season. They are likely to be at Etihad next week which means that they won’t have even 15 days to get themselves in shape for the Newcastle game.
Filippo Inzaghi, the manager of AC Milan, is happy to have been able to finalize Diego Lopez’s deal with Real Madrid. He reckons that the joining of the veteran shot stopper would be beneficial for the Rossoneri.
Lopez was the first choice goalie for Real Madrid in La Liga last season, but, with Keylor Navas coming in this summer, the Los Blancos decided to offload the Spaniard who has already crossed his thirty.
The Brazilian superstar Kaka is no longer a part of AC Milan. The veteran midfielder has left the club a year prior to the expiry of his contract.
The main reason behind Kaka’s exit is believed to be Milan’s failure to qualify for the UEFA Champions League last season.
There have been a lot of reports of Kaka planning to make his way to America this summer. The club which he is rumoured to be close to signing for is the MLS new boys Orlando City.
Former Chelsea defender Alex recently completed a move to AC Milan, which brings his two-year spell at Paris St Germain to an end. Alex has been at PSG for the last two years after moving to the French capital for € 5 million from Chelsea. However, his first-team place has come under increasing threat in recent months and the French outfit recently brought in David Luiz from Chelsea for £ 50 million. This has been made with an exit from PSG, but Alex has quickly moved to another big team in the form of Milan.
AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong, who scored the only goal of the game in the latest Milan derby, said that the club need to retain the services of Clarence Seedorf into next season as well. The Dutchman was appointed as the replacement for manager Massimiliano Allegri midway through the season. However, his appointment has not exactly worked according to plan after the team crashed out of the Champions League in the quarter-final stage, while they have also been slipping down the league table as well.
After making over 160 appearances for Chelsea, Michael Essien was signed by Ac.Milan on January 27 but the Ghanaian footballer has suffered a thigh injury which will be leaving him out of action for at least 2 weeks.
"AC Milan wishes to communicate that Michael Essien has picked up an injury to his right thigh. The player will undergo further tests in 10 days' time." This was the statement released by the Italian club’s official website.
New AC Milan manager Clarence Seedorf says that Real Madrid can once again become a dominant force in European football after the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti has transformed the club in the last few months.
Ancelotti replaced Jose Mourinho in the summer, but results were not excellent almost immediately. In fact, the club trailed Barcelona by six points before the winter break, but they have totally turned around the situation in the last few months. They now lead the Spanish league table by four points with only 11 matches remaining.
Ac.Milan initiated their Serie A season by claiming 1 victory out of the opening 5 matches. The arrival of Ricardo Kaka to the Italian team did give a boost to the team of Clarence Seedorf as the Brazilian player has displayed flashes of brilliance, minor samples of the player he once used to be.
The 1st signing of Ac.Milan in January was CSKA Moscow’s Keisuke Honda who was agreed to make a move to the Italian club even before the transfer window had opened. The Japanese player signed a contract that will be seeing him staying in Serie A with Ac.Milan until 2017.
Since joining Ac.Milan, Honda has had nothing but praise concerning his new club as he has already stated that it was one of his dreams and he wants to become a champion.