Serie A giants AC Milan have confirmed that
they have landed the signature of defender Theo Hernandez on a permanent deal
from Real Madrid. The Frenchman struggled to make much of an impression during
his time at the Bernabeu and he has now been offered with a fresh opportunity
to revive his career with the Rossoneri.
Speaking to the club’s official website,
Hernandez expressed his excitement after making the switch to the San Siro heavyweights.
He added that he will do everything within his reach to take the club to the
top and has the ambition of winning the Champions League crown with the Serie A
He said: “I’m really excited and happy to
be joining AC Milan. I hope I can make history with this club.I’ll give my very
best for this club. AC Milan is a great club – that is why I have come here, to
reach the very top and win the Champions League with the Rossoneri. I would
like to tell you [the fans] that I’m here to make history and do my very best
for you all. I’m delighted to be here. Forza Milan!”
The Rossoneri have already omitted themselves from the forthcoming Europa League campaign as a means of extending the break-even period to the summer of 2021. Nonetheless, they have the players within their ranks to make the top four push and it remains to be seen whether they can sustain the challenge over the course of an entire campaign.
Milan are under a new head coach in Marco
Giampaolo for the 2019/2020 season and the 51-year-old could make a few changes
to the current squad. The club have already sanctioned the sales of Manuel
Locatelli and Gustavo Gomez this summer and reports have emerged that Diego
Laxalt could also head through the exit door to balance the books.
AC Milan have confirmed that Marco
Giampaolo will be the new manager of the club after signing a two-year contract
with the option of another 12 months. The 51-year-old has spent the past three
seasons with Sampdoria and he has now accepted a bigger challenge with the
Rossoneri, who are aiming to make the push for Champions League football.
“Milan announces the appointment of Marco
Giampaolo as the new coach of the first team with effect from July 1st 2019.
The agreement runs until June 30th 2021 with an option to extend the contract
to June 2022. Most recently, Giampaolo has been at the helm of Sampdoria. Marco
Giampaolo will now coach Milan’s First Team on the first day of the new
season’s training at Milanello on July 9th,” a statement on the club’s official
The Rossoneri are currently facing concerns
with the Financial Fair Play and they are scheduled to know their fate during a
CAS hearing this month. As per UEFA, the Rossoneri have been told to pay around
€12m as fine while seeking to break-even by 2021, but the San Siro want the
break-even point to be extended for another 12 months while excluding
themselves from next season’s Europa League.
Regardless of this, the club are likely to make a few signings during this summer’s transfer window and reports have emerged that the Rossoneri could make a raid on Giampaolo’s former club Sampdoria. The Rossoneri are understood to be keen on pursuing a central midfielder this summer and Dennis Praet has been earmarked as one of the prime targets, given he could be available for around £25m.
The Rossoneri had been in the fourth
position for most of the backend of the campaign but a poor run of form between
March and April meant that they could not secure the final Champions League
spot despite a four-match winning streak at the end. Atalanta peeped ahead of
them and eventually finished in the third spot ahead of Inter Milan.
AC Milan director Paulo Maldini has said that he will review the position of manager Gennaro Gattuso when the season comes to a close. The Rossoneri legend has previously shared the dressing room with Gattuso during their playing days but he has indicated that won’t become a factor to evaluate his work at the club.
Speaking to reporters, Maldini acknowledged that he has plenty of respect for his compatriot but he cannot have any sympathy towards him, given they are in different roles, he said: “Gattuso and I? You must have respect for the person in front of you. Views can be different but our relationship helps overcome the difficult moments. We have different roles, we are not teammates. I have to evaluate his work in a cold way.
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AC Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli has said that the Rossoneri should remain focused on winning the remaining two games of the season in order to enhance their prospects of making the top four. The Rossoneri are currently three points behind fourth-placed Atalanta but the latter have a game against Juventus to contend before the end of the campaign.
Speaking to DAZN, Romagnoli indicated that the Rossoneri could yet secure Champions League football for next season and they need to win their remaining two games whilst hoping that the other results go in their favour, he said: “We have to focus on winning every game, then we’ll see what happens. It was a great performance tonight, especially in the first half, while we defended well in the second. We have to win both remaining matches and hope some other results go our way.”
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The agent of Lucas Biglia has indicated that the Argentine is keen on extending his contract with AC Milan beyond the 2019/2020 season. The midfielder has endured an injury-plagued campaign with the Rossoneri this term, but he has recently returned to the mix with the occasional start under Gennaro Gattuso.
In a report covered by Calciomercato, the representative of Biglia revealed that he would be arriving to Milan on Wednesday to discuss the future of his client. He added that the player does hold hometown club Boca Juniors in high regard but a return to Argentina does not regard on the agenda in the near future, he quipped: “I will arrive in Italy on Wednesday to talk to Milan. Boca Juniors is a very important club that has my and Lucas’s respect but it’s not the time to go back to Argentina.”
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AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso has admitted that there is plenty of work to be done at the Italian club before starting to make progress in the league table. It has been a year campaign for AC Milan as they have gone through spells of struggle and elation in equal measure. The club are currently in the top four and Milan are looking to finish in this position for the first time since the 2012-13 campaign. The club has been out of the Champions League in all these years and it has been a major problem when it comes to attracting the top players to the San Siro – despite having all the prestige in the world.
Gattuso came in as the replacement for the Vincenzo Montella in the middle of the 2016-17 campaign. Even though he results have not been exactly consistent, Milan were able to register their highest points tally (64) in six campaigns. Now, they are looking to finish in the top four places for the first time in a very long time. All these are positive attributes, but it may be a while before Milan are back in the title race considering the strength shown by Juventus over the last five years. In the last two seasons, there are situations whenGattuso looked like being sacked but he has been able to cling on to the job.
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AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso has indicated that he is only concentrated on the team’s performances and won’t indulge into a discussion regarding his future. The Italian tactician has managed to maintain the Rossoneri’s Champions League push over the course of the season and they are currently occupying the third spot after leapfrogging arch-rivals Inter, who have experienced a slump in form since the winter break.
Speaking to reporters, Gattuso refused to speak about the plight of the Nerazzurri, whose top-four credentials have come under question in recent weeks. He added that the focus is solely on the Rossoneri for the remainder of the campaign and he would avoid discussing his future with the club at the current point of time.
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AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie has praised the performances of Tiemoue Bakayoko following the club’s 3-0 triumph over Empoli in the Serie A. The Frenchman had a quiet beginning with the Rossoneri following the loan move from Chelsea last summer but he has transformed his fortunes over the past few months to become an integral part of the starting lineup.
Speaking after the recent win over Empoli, Kessie said that the Rossoneri need to continue keeping their focus on the matches in hand as they seek to return to the Champions League via a top-four finish this term. He added to reserve special praise for Bakayoko, who has been orchestrating the proceedings in the midfield under Gennaro Gattuso.
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AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso is pleased with the performance of the Rossoneri during the 1-1 draw against AS Roma on the road. The Rossoneri opened the scoring through winter signing Krzysztof Piatek in the first 30 minutes but they were pegged back shortly after the interval with Nicolo Zaniolo levelling the scores for the hosts.
Thereafter, Roma were the better team in terms of creating changes and ultimately, the Rossoneri were left to thank goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma for making a string of impressive saves to keep out the Giallorossi threat. Speaking after the game, Gattuso admitted that the club produced a mixed bag in terms of performance but remains pleased to have come out with a point which sees them maintain the fourth position on the table for another game week, he said: “In the first half we didn’t play a good game. We saw the quality in the second half, we used the ball more. This Roma side has a lot of important players who are going through a negative moment. I’m happy with our performance.”
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Former AC Milan star Andriy Shevchenko believes Gennaro Gattuso is the right man to take the Rossoneri forward despite the recent speculation regarding his future. The 40-year-old’s position at San Siro has come under scrutiny over the past month amid the Rossoneri’s poor league run but he has managed to get himself sometime after the club’s 2-1 comeback triumph over SPAL before the winter break.
Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Shevchenko has been supportive of his former Rossoneri teammate and believes the San Siro are in good hands for the second half of the campaign, he said:”It is important to keep supporting Rino, because he’s giving the team an identity and a sense of belonging. He’s the right man for this Milan. I’m happy that the club is keeping faith in him. I like this attitude of the club. There are people who have clear ideas, who are not shaken in times of difficulty. [Sporting director] Leonardo and Paolo Maldini are working calmly and competently. With Leo, Paolo and Rino, we’re in good hands.”
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