Krystian Bielik confirms AC Milan while speaking about Arsenal departure

Polish footballer Krystian Bielik has acknowledged that AC Milan were one of the clubs interested in signing him before he joined Derby County in the Championship. The young centre-back failed to make a single league appearance for Arsenal despite impressing for the development side and he eventually made the move to the Rams this summer.

In a report covered by Goal.com, Bielik said that he was hopeful that he would break into the first-team under Unai Emery but that was not the case. He added that there was interest from the Rossoneri prior to the European Under-21 Championship but the deal did not materialise beyond the opening stretch.

He told: “I was hoping that I would get a chance under (Arsenal boss) Unai Emery but it turned out that he couldn’t see me in his plans. At the Euros, I wanted to show myself well and hoped that I was watched by the club and I could do a lot with good performances. Then, before the Championships, Milan’s offer appeared, but ultimately nothing came of it.”

At Derby, Bielik has the opportunity to compete for regular first-team football and he is confident that he can raise up to the Premier League challenge next season, he added: “I don’t want to say it’s a shame now. I love Arsenal and playing for this club was my dream. However, it was necessary to stray from this path. I came to the club from the Championship, where I will play and gain experience. I think that after the next season, if I play regularly, I will be ready for the Premier League.” The Rams had a good season under former boss Frank Lampard last term and they nearly got promoted through the Championship playoffs before losing to Aston Villa in the final. Under new boss Phillip Cocu, they started the season with a victory but they have since gone winless for five matches with just three points gained. The Dutchman surely needs to transform the team or else he could face the sack before the halfway stage of the season.

Torreira’s agent confirms Arsenal rejected advances from AC Milan

The agent of Lucas Torreira has confirmed that Arsenal turned down an approach from AC Milan to sign the Uruguay international. The 23-year-old had previously been linked with a return to the Serie A with the Rossoneri this summer with reports suggesting that he would favour a reunion with former Sampdoria coach Marco Giampaolo.

However, that has certainly not happened and his representative has now revealed that the Gunners rejected the prospect of selling the midfielder, he told Tuttosport: “There was the possibility. Giampaolo is in the heart of Lucas, but Arsenal said he had no intention of selling the boy. Lucas is fine, the club are happy with him. This will be the year of consecration. With the Arsenal shirt. Milan is Milan, it will always be an important team, even if today it has some economic problems.”

Torreira made a sublime beginning to his Gunners career last season and he was one of the favourites during the opening half of the campaign where he produced a number of top-notch displays. However, his form deteriorated during the backend of the season and he produced a forgettable performance during the 4-1 Europa League final defeat at the hands of Chelsea.

With the start of the new campaign, Torreira has been positioned on the bench with Matteo Guendouzi and Joe Willock getting starts ahead of him. As such, things don’t look bright for the Uruguayan at the moment, but he has been offered with an entire season to prove that he can become a regular with the Gunners.

Torreira was an unused substitute during the season opener at Newcastle United but he was handed with a cameo off the bench against Burnley at home. Next up, the Gunners face Liverpool on the road and Torreira may have to adjust with another reduced role. Guendouzi, Willock and summer signing Dani Ceballos seem the likely midfield combination to start unless Granit Xhaka makes his injury comeback.

Piatek does not believe in the curse of the number nine shirt

AC Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek has said that he does not believe in the curse of the number nine shirt. The Poland international was handed with the number 19 jersey after joining the Rossoneri from Genoa during the previous transfer window and he managed to make an instant impression with nine goals from 18 league matches.

Despite this, Piatek has opted to change to the number nine shirt with which the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Andre Silva and Gianluca Lapadula have struggled of late and he is confident of overcoming the so-called curse mentioned by the fans and media, he said: “The curse of 9? I don’t believe in superstition and this curse. For me 9 is normal, everything will be fine as with the 19. I’ll be in great shape, you’ll see. It doesn’t scare me.”

The Rossoneri appeared on course to make the top four of the Serie A last term but a poor run of form between March and April meant that they eventually failed to qualify for the Champions League by the single point. That has already impacted their transfer business for the summer amid the Financial Fair Play concerns and they have recently opted to bow out of the 2019/2020 Europa League in an agreement with the CAS such that they have another two years to break-even.

So far, the club have recruited the services of Theo Hernandez and Rade Krunic while they have signed Franck Kessie on a permanent basis after a two-year loan from Atalanta concluded. They have been linked with some of Europe’s top targets over the past few weeks but any future purchases could be dependent on potential departures from the club. Andre Silva, Fabio Borini, and Diego Laxalt have been mentioned as candidates, who could be shown the exit door.

AC Milan confirm the recruitment of Theo Hernandez from Real Madrid

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 outfit.

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.

Marco Giampaolo announced as the new AC Milan head coach

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 website read.

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.

Paulo Maldini to evaluate Gennaro Gattuso’s managerial position at AC 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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Alessio Romagnoli focused on winning the remaining Serie A matches

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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Lucas Biglia’s agent talks up new contract for midfielder at AC Milan

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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Gennaro Gattuso Admits Milan Have To Improve More

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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