RIBERY, VULIC PUNISHED FOR DIVING

 

Two Italian Serie A players have been punished for diving by the football body’s Disciplinary Commission. Veteran Fiorentina winger Frank Ribery and Crotone midfielder Milos Vulic were found guilty of trying to engineer a penalty in the opposition’s penalty area.

Ribery and Vulic were both fined by a sporting judge to the tune of €2,000 as punishment for trying to cheat the referee into awarding a spot kick for their respective teams.
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Zlatan making good recovery from injury, say Milan

 

AC Milan announced on Thursday that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is recovering well from his injury. There have been speculations regarding his future and the contract with AC Milan is coming to an end the doubts regarding his future has only increased. He was transferred from the American club LA Galaxy to AC Milan in December 2019 for a six-month contract. He made his first appearance on January 2020. He has scored four goals from 10 matches. He has been contributing well to the club and his teammates have praised him for his support to the club.


Ibrahimovic has been faced with many injuries since his arrival at the club. He has been injured in the calf during last month which raised doubts on his future. The club has recently stated that he is recovering from the injury. He has undergone hospital checkups and they have confirmed that he is on the path of recovery.
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Kessie’s penalty saves Milan from losing their unbeaten run

 

AC Milan manages to have a tie against Napoli. On Sunday both the teams met as Milan was looking forward to extendingtheir unbeaten journey after the resumption of the league. They have been doing great since the team has been back from lockdown. Their previous two matches which were against the top two spots of Serie A and Milan had secured victory against both of the team. Even though in the match against Napoliit seemed like the club was going to end their unbeaten run but was saved by the penalty goal from Franck Kessie.


Milan, with the victory, is closer to qualifying for the Europa League in the next season. For Napoli manager Gennaro Gattusothis was the first time he was meeting his old team in the field. He has spent in Milan as a player for 12 years and as manager of the club for one and half a season. He was enthusiastic on the field constantly shouting firing up his players during the game.
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Donnarumma describes Ibrahimovic as a phenomenon

 

AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has described a phenomenon and also thinks that his own future will be at Milan. The player has been surrounded by speculations regarding interests from several other clubs. The player has been exceptional and with him emerging into the senior team during his teen days have grabbed him enough attention. There are many doubts whether the player will stay at the club or leave.

Milan has been quite struggling out on the pitch and they are no longer on the trail to victories. But they have somehow managed to bring back Ibrahimovic for his second spell to the club. He was transferred from LA Galaxy on the January transfer window. Even though his term with Milan has expired, he has extended it till the end of the current season.
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Asmir Begovic heaps praise on Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s personality

 

AC Milan goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has praised the personality and leadership of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and believes the Swede makes everyone around him better. The 38-year-old returned to the Rossoneri on a short-term deal at the turn of the year following the expiry of his contract with Los Angeles Galaxy.


He has since bagged four goals and one assist from 10 outings for the club and talks are already underway over the possibility of extending his stay for another season. Speaking to Corriere dello Sport, Begovic said that the veteran strives to be the best everyday despite approaching the final hurdle of his professional career.
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Pioli praises Superstar Ibrahimović by comparing with Federer

 

Stefano Pioli, head coach of AC Milan, has compared Zlatan Ibrahimović with the tennis star Roger Federer. The Swedish player joined Milan in January transfer window and has scored four goals this season before the suspension of football activity in Europe. He in the initial games itself has put forward the best game. Ibrahimović is one of the best strikers in the world and he has been the part of Ajax, Barcelona, Juventus, Inter Milan, Manchester United, and PSG in his career.


The 38-year-old has signed the deal to stay for the 2019–2020 season and his place at AC Milan for the next season is unclear with all the matches suspended due to coronavirus. Pioli has compared the striker with Federer because of the similarity of talent. He said that talent is an innate ability that needs to be developed. All the great sportspersons and artists have developed their talents. Roger Federer is one such example who is blessed with talent and has worked every day to become one of the greatest tennis players of all times.
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Fulvio Collovati says Mauro Icardi is not a fantasy signing for AC Milan

Former AC Milan ace Fulvio Collovati believes Mauro Icardi could be lured to AC Milan from arch-rivals Inter but the progress won’t be a straightforward. The Argentina international is currently on a season-long loan at Paris Saint-Germain but he is expected to return to the Nerazzurri amid the dispute between Les Parisiens’ board and his agent.

Speaking to SportMediaset, Collovati, who made 193 appearances for the Rossoneri, insisted that a move for Icardi can’t be ruled out but admitted the process could be tedious with the financial impact due to the coronavirus pandemic. He added that football teams can no longer afford massive sums to recruit players and the market could be dominated with swap deals.
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Pepe Reina speaks on his future after Aston Villa loan

Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina has said that he is unsure regarding his future when his loan contract with Aston Villa concludes in the summer. The shot-stopper joined the Villains on a short-term loan from AC Milan during the winter transfer window after goalkeeper Tom Heaton was ruled out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury.


Reina has since made six league appearances for the west Midlands outfit where he has yet to keep a clean sheet. While the Spaniard has stood out with his performances in a couple of games, he has also been susceptible to making mistakes, which have cost the club in the form of goals. As such, it is unclear whether the Premier League club will sign him on a permanent deal this summer and when asked about his future, Reina quipped: “The loan expires on June 30 then I have one more year with Milan. But in football you never know, do you?.”
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AC IN FOR SOUMARE

Highly rated Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare is holding out for an offer from one of Liverpool or Manchester United this summer, after rejecting a move to Newcastle in January. According to report, the Magpies submitted a substantial offer for Lille only for the player to reject the offer.

Magpies boss Steve Bruce admitted on deadline day that the club had come close to a transfer that would have broken the club’s £40m record – only for the player in question to knock back the move. Read more… »

AC Milan chief says Zlatan Ibrahimovic will decide his future with the Rossoneri

AC Milan sporting director Ricky Massara has said that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will decide his own destiny with the Serie A outfit. The former Sweden international joined the Rossoneri on a free transfer at the turn of the year but he only signed for the season with the option for a further 12 months.

 

Speaking to RAI Sport, Massara said that the Milan giants won’t decide the future of Ibrahimovic, who made his comeback with the Rossoneri after nine years, he told: “It’ll ultimately be up to him, how he feels and how long he wants to continue. He truly is a phenomenon, and we are very happy with his performance.”

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