Antonio Cassano began training with AC Milan after signing for the club recently. The 28-year-old, who joins officially on January 3, started training on Tuesday morning at the Rashid stadium, home to Al-Ahly. Massimiliano Allegri gathered his players at 09:00 local time and all the focus was on Cassano.
The club’s official website reported Andrea Pirlo, Mathieu Flamini and Thiago Silva began the day in the gym as they continue their recoveries from injury.
Alexandre Pato seems to have overcome his injury woe as he took part with the rest of the players. Robinho was missing though. He is expected later after missing a flight from Brazil on Monday.
Carlos Tevez and Roque Santa Cruz have been linked to AC Milan.
Ronaldinho has confirmed that he will stay at AC Milan for longer. The Brazilian’s future with the Rosseneri has been the subject of much speculation after failing to secure a new deal at the San Siro till date.
Liverpool and Palmeiras, among other clubs, been linked with a move for the former World Player of the year.
But the 30-year-old has quashed the possibility of leaving Milan as he does not want to miss out on trophy-winning season with the club.
“I am tranquil in terms of staying,” he told the Italian press.
As AC Milan extended their winless run to 5 matches, manager Sinisa Mihajlovic confirmed that he is not planning to offer his resignation to the club.
There have been calls for the manager to step down from his role following this disappointing form. This poor form has led to the club sliding to sixth in the table. There is a distinct possibility of the club missing out on a European spot once again if this poor run continues. The club’s last victory in the league came towards the end of February.Mihajlovic was praised for his managerial powers only a few months ago after managing to guide a very poor Milan team closer to the Champions League qualification spots.
Now, though, the Croatian is finding it hard to keep his position after less than 12 months in charge of the club. Milan have had a tendency to part company with managers much sooner like other Italian clubs. Mihajlovic handing the resignation would be a perfect scenario for Milan since the club would not have to pay any compensation for ending his contract sooner than agreed. Yet, the true reason for the 47-year-old hanging onto his job is the belief that he can turn the situation around.
After all, Milan are only seven points away from a European spot with six games left.“I can’t confirm myself, but I won’t resign.I never have and I never will, that much is certain. To have a clean conscience and be safe in the knowledge that you’v tried everything is the key thing, but then maybe it isn’t enough like maybe it was somewhere else.These things don’t depend on me. I can’t confirm myself, but nor can I sack myself because it doesn’t depend on me,” said Mihajlovic after the loss against Juventus.
AC Milan failed to go six points clear at the top of the table after being held to a draw. Robinho gave Milan the lead in the 43rd minute with a superbly taken volley after he’d exchanged a neat one-two with striker Zlatan Ibrahimovich.
But after the break it was Sampdoria who were making all the running and their perseverance was soon rewarded with a goal — Daniele Gastaldello setting up Giampaolo Pazzini who shot past keeper Christian Abbiati from close range in the 59th minute.