AC Milan manager Vincenzo Montella has laughed off suggestions that he could be dismissed from his managerial role in the near future.
The Italian said that he has been watching his funeral for a while after his side drew blank in the Europa League game against AEK Athens on Thursday night.
The Rossoneri won just one of their seven games in October including defeats to Roma, Inter Milan and Juventus. Milan also drew their doubleheader against AEK without finding the scoresheet, and this is a cause of concern for a side, who appear to lack cohesion among their players.
Speaking to Sport Italia, Montella assured that the club’s hierarchy are still behind him with the club still in pole position to achieve progress to the last 32 of the Europa League, he said: “It was a delicate match today, the next ones probably will be too. Suso had a muscular problem, so I didn’t want to risk him, but he’ll probably play at the weekend. I’ve been watching my funeral for a while. It gives you a new perspective on things. All joking aside, the club has faith in me and we’ll see.” Read more… »
Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has admitted that there was indeed transfer interest from AC Milan over the summer.
The Gabon international started his professional career with the Rossoneri, and he was understood to be keen on a return to San Siro.
In a report covered by Football Italia, Aubameyang confirmed that the Rossoneri had lodged an approach for his services, but the deal could not materialise due to different reasons, he said: “It’s true, Milan contacted me and offered me something. I was very interested in their project, but it didn’t go through for many different reasons.”
The Rossoneri had made contact for Aubameyang in the early part of the summer transfer window, and the failure to recruit him led them to the signing of Andre Silva. The ex-Porto graduate has already proved a huge hit for the Rossoneri with five goals in seven appearances including an impressive hat-trick in the 5-1 thumping of Austria Vienna in the Europa League opener.
Meanwhile, Aubameyang has also clarified that he no longer dreams of a Real Madrid move after the European champions showed no interest in his services. The Gabon international has established himself as the leading marksman for Dortmund following Robert Lewandowski’s departure to Bayern Munich in 2014, and he is now eager to end their Bundesliga drought which has now lasted for five seasons. Read more… »
AC Milan head coach Vincenzo Montella insists that the Rossoneri are still on the right path despite their disappointing 2-0 defeat to AS Roma on home soil.
The Rossoneri are said to have the ambition of securing a Champions League spot for the campaign after having coughed up more than 160 million pounds on 11 players including Leonardo Bonucci, Andre Silva and HakanCalhanoglu.
Edin Dzeko and Alessandro Florenzi bagged the goals for AS Roma, who are now six points adrift of leaders Napoli with a game in hand. As a result, Montella’s side have suffered back-to-back defeats to Sampdoria and Roma respectively, and this had led to murmurs across social media that Carlo Ancelotti could make a surprise return to Milan, where he enjoyed most of his success a decade ago. Read more… »
AC Milan captain Leonardo Bonucci has lifted the lid on why he made the controversial switch to San Siro from Juventus during this summer’s transfer window.
The Italy international has made a good start to his career with the Rossoneri after having won the first two games of the Serie A season.
Speaking from Italy’s training centre on Tuesday, Bonucci admitted that he had to move on from the Serie A holders due to decisions made from the club’s hierarchy, he said: “I left Juventus because of some decisions made by the board. One must have balls to do what I did. They told me I am traitor, a mercenary and other stuff even if I always gave the best for Juventus. I did get along with Juventus until the end. I was not doing the difference in the defence of Juventus, I played alongside great champions and without them it wouldn’t have been the same for me.” Read more… »
Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches has opted to snub advances from Premier League’s Chelsea in order to pursue a move to AC Milan this summer.
The Portugal international is likely to join the Rossoneri on a temporary basis with Bayern hoping that the player will evolve into a top-class prospect in the future.
Sanches, 19, struggled to make a regular appearance in the German top-flight last season, and he was restricted to just six starts through the campaign. Following last week’s 3-2 friendly win over Chelsea, Sanches admitted that he would prefer to join AC Milan, where he would get more of an opportunity to progress, he said: “Of course, I would like to play more that’s why I want to change and go to a club where I would play more. AC Milan is an interesting option. If the opportunity emerges and the clubs can agree, I would like to know. I’m young, I want and I have to play a lot. I think the chance to do so is greater in Milan than in Munich.” Read more… »
Former Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has admitted that he chose Lazio above many other clubs this summer. The Brazil international had been linked with the likes of AC Milan, Newcastle United and Gremio during the transfer window before he decided to link up with the Rome-based outfit.
Leiva spent 10 seasons with Liverpool, where they were mostly in a transition phase, and he thereby did not get the chance to celebrate the success achieved prior to his arrival. Overall, the Brazilian made 344 appearances for Liverpool across all competitions, while bagging seven goals in the process. Read more… »
AC Milan have secured the services of defender Leonardo Bonucci on a five-year contract.
The £37.45m deal was finalised as early as last week, but the transfer was being held up due to the player’s medical tests. Bonucci spent seven seasons at Juventus where he earned the reputation of being one of the best defenders in the world.
At 30 years of age, the centre-back was expected to remain pivotal to the Bianconeri’s future success, but he made a surprise decision to join the Milan giants following Juventus’ decision to offload him. Bonucci had a bust up with manager Max Allegri during the backend of the previous campaign, and this appears as one of the key reasons why the club decided to part ways with his services.
On his arrival to Milan, manager Vincenzo Montella was full of praise for the central defender and he is looking forward to working with him during the upcoming campaign, he said: “He is a player with international experience. Technically, I think that he and Sergio Ramos are the strongest central defenders in the world. Coaching him is a dream come true.” Read more… »
AC Milan reportedly have a deal in place to Argentine midfielder Lucas Biglia, his representative has revealed.
The former Anderlecht man has agreed personal terms with the Rossoneri nearly a month ago, and he will not waiting on a solution on his future. The Rossoneri have already signed the likes of Mateo Musacchio, Ricardo Rodriguez, Franck Kessie and Andre Silva on a combined £69m fee, and they look set to continue their spending spree with Sunderland’s Fabio Borini currently undergoing his medical examination.
Biglia has been constantly linked with a move elsewhere with Manchester United previously holding an interest in his services, and according to agent Enzo Montepaone, his client has set his sights on a move to San Siro. The Rossoneri have already shown their transfer ambitions under the new Chinese consortium, and Biglia’s capture may not be the end of it with several other high-profile players also on their radar. Read more… »
Amidst all the rumors and issues that are going on involving the future of the 18 year old superstar Gianluigi Donnarumma, something significantly big has emerged involving a retiree that used to perform in Ac.Milan.
Christian Abbiati used to perform for Ac.Milan from 1998 until 2016, during this period of time; he was able to life the UEFA Champions League and 3 Serie A pieces of silverware as well as a few other trophies.
In that time-lapse of 30 years. Abbiati managed to make over 250 appearances with the Italian club. There was a point in time when he was the undisputed 1st choice shot-stopper of Ac.Milan but his influence in San Siro was slowly diminishing as other players such as: Gianluigi Donnarumma and Diego Lopez were making more appearances in the first team.
During the Serie A season of 2015-16, Abbiati only performed for 71 minutes while Gianluigi Donnarumma enjoyed being at the pitch for 2,629 minutes and even Diego Lopez had a much more active role than Christian Abbiati who decided to retire at the end of the season.
It has recently been announced that the retiree has made his return to Ac.Milan as the club manager.
Ac.Milan confirmed it as they released a statement which read: “He will report directly to the club’s sporting and technical director Massimiliano Mirabelli and will be the liaison between the team and the club,” Read more… »
Cash-rich AC Milan have reportedly sealed personal terms with Atalanta right-back Andrea Conti ahead of his proposed move to San Siro during the summer transfer window.
The Italian was a key performer for the Serie A club who performed above their expectations to finish fourth in the league standings. Conte has agreed to a five-year deal on a £1.8 a year contract, and all is left for the clubs to come to terms over a transfer price.
The Rossoneri have been quite busy in the summer after having already the likes of Mateo Musacchio, Franck Kessie and Ricardo Rodriguez to their ranks. The San Siro outfit have failed to maintain a regular Champions League spot since their league triumph six years ago with a host of key players most notably Andrea Pirlo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic parting ways with the club. Read more… »