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
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.
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.
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 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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Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero believes Gonzalo Higuain has been angered after the way he was ousted from the Bianconeri and this has helped him adjust quickly to the surroundings at AC Milan. The Argentina international proved an influential performer for the Turin giants over the past two seasons with over 50 goals across all competitions but he was loaned out to the Rossoneri for the campaign after the club-record signing of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Since then, Higuain has adjusted brilliantly with six goals from the space of seven league matches and Del Piero feels the marksman is seeking revenge after the unceremonious summer departure from Juve, he told Sky Sport Italia, he said: “AC Milan need him so badly, both for his goals and for his leadership.
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The representative of Ricardo Rodriguez has stressed that the Swiss had never expressed the desire to leave AC Milan during the recent transfer window. A number of elite clubs were said to be monitoring the left-back during the summer but agent Gianluca Di Domenico has indicated that his client was never interested in parting ways with the San Siro outfit.
Speaking to reporters, he said: “Interest in Rodriguez? I do not want to go into detail about clubs, but I received many calls from intermediaries and operators of various clubs. But Ricardo never thought of leaving Milan. He is happy here and happy to play for such an important club. In a recent interview he said that he would have stayed even without European competitions, because Milan remains a team more important than others playing in Europe. Even if people continue to write that he has to leave, he will stay at the club.”
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Croatia international has slammed teammate Nikola Kalinic who was sent home for disciplinary reasons during the ongoing World Cup. The AC Milan refused to come on as a second half substitute during the 2-0 win over Nigeria earlier this month and shortly after the game, the Croatian FA decided to release him from the squad after he refused to apologise.
Speaking after the situation, Badeljsaid: “What happened didn’t affect us. The team comes first, you have to put your ego aside when you talk about your national team. The situation is different with the national team compared to the club. The same respect is needed but with the national team, you need even more, because don’t play in it as often. The important thing is to maintain unity and a good spirit in the locker room.”
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Italy international Alessio Romagnoli has ended the ongoing speculation over his future by signing a fresh four-year contract with AC Milan. The centre-back had attracted strong interest from Juventus in recent weeks but the Rossoneri have managed to convince the defender to prolong his stay until 2022.
Speaking after the extension, Romagnolisaid: “I thank Fassone and Mirabelli. We hope it will be a renewal that brings us great satisfaction, both next season and also in the years to come. I will honour this agreement and this jersey every day.Thank you again everyone. Now we will enjoy the holidays and come back fired up for a new season.”
AC Milan have expected to challenge for the Champions League positions at the least after their €200m plus spending during the previous summer transfer window. However, they could not find the cohesion within the team to enhance their prospects and they eventually ended the campaign in sixth position, eight points behind fourth-placed Inter Milan.
Since then, the hierarchy have had to deal with issues regarding the Financial Fair Play and reports suggest that they could be handed a huge fine from UEFA. Nevertheless, they have the future of one of their brightest talents secured and the San Siro outfit will be hoping for better promise under Gennaro Gattuso next term.
The former Champions League winner was the key to reviving Milan’s campaign, shortly after Vincenzo Montella’s dismissal last year and he has since been rewarded with a fresh contract for his efforts. Despite the financial troubles, Milan continue to be in the market for players ahead of the summer transfer window and they are particularly looking for recruits in the midfield and forward departments.
Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini has been recently touted as a possible candidate to join the club on a free transfer whilst Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata is also on their radar after an average showing during his debut campaign in the Premier League.
Marco Materazzi believes his former Italy teammate Gennaro Gattuso has done an incredible job in transforming AC Milan’s second during the second half of the season. The Rossoneri appeared done and out of the quest for Champions League football, but the appointment of Gattuso as the permanent head coach in November has scrapped a brilliant comeback for the club.
Speaking on Omnisport, Materazzi was full of praise for his compatriot despite Milan’s rivalry with his former side Inter, he said: “I believe that when a coach steps up from being in charge of the B team and asks to keep the same contract, while trying to prove himself with the first team, he has proved he can be treated as a top coach. They’ve produced an incredible come-back. Credit to Rino, who was able to create a good atmosphere and a solid group. We’ll see if he gets the job next year too.”
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