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 Post subject: Re: Meeeeeelan
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:04 pm 
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Bit weird Kaka decides this on the 30th August.


Maybe the transfer window in Brazil doesn't close at the same time as the European one?

A move back home seems like the most logical solution.


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Keisuke Honda has admitted that he is not committed to joining AC Milan in January, when he becomes a free agent.

The Japan international is out of contract at current club CSKA Moscow in December, meaning he can join a club for free in January.

AC Milan held talks over the summer, and appeared firm favourites to seal the 27-year-old's signature come 2014 - but Honda admits that they are not his only option.

"Milan? They are an option, but not the only option. When the time comes, I will make a decision," Honda was quoted as saying on Football Italia when quizzed about his future destination.

"I have now decided I will leave my club at the expiry of the contract."

A host of Premier League clubs are reportedly keeping tabs on the 27 year-old, who scored in Japan's 3-1 friendly win over Ghana on Tuesday night.


The Milan deal looked done but with Kaka coming in he might be forced to look elsewhere as Kaka will be playing.

Can see a few Premiership clubs going for him whenever I see him play for Japan he looks a good player but we don't see a lot of him in action for CSKA.


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AC Milan striker Kaka has told the club not to pay him any wages until he makes a full recovery from the adductor muscle injury sustained at the weekend.

The Brazilian hurt his left thigh during Saturday's game at Torino, which was his first competitive outing since quitting Real Madrid to return to Milan.

Kaka, 31, is expected to be out of action for a few weeks at least and will miss this Wednesday's UEFA Champions League fixture at home to Celtic.

He told the Italian club's website: "Yesterday was a tough day for me as I found out about my injury.

"I certainly didn't expect this type of injury at this time. It has been hard and difficult.

"I have decided that I don't want anything from Milan except their moral support and affection.

"Until I am fit again and ready to play, I have decided not to receive my wages.

"I have already started the recovery process. The affection I have felt in recent days gives me the added motivation to get fit as soon as possible."

Kaka moved back to Milan on a free transfer earlier this month, having accepted a hefty reduction in salary.

This week's match between AC Milan and Celtic, at the San Siro, will be shown live on Sky Sports 2.

Meanwhile, Milan defender Matias Silvestre has undergone surgery to solve the meniscus problem he suffered last month.

Initially, doctors decided to avoid an operation but with the 28-year-old Argentinian's situation not improving, it was decided to carry out the procedure.


Fair play to Kaka but it still seems crazy that they've taken him back


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2-2 against torino , juve inter match 1-1 vidal with crisp finish but once juve drew level they looked the team to get all 3 points.

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So true mate ...he is consistently inconsistent throughout his united career ..but what if he turns consistent ..he will get around 40 goals...ATM im waiting for that time as his age is 24/25 :wait: ... :|
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AC Milan must play their next home match behind closed doors after fans were found guilty of "insulting" chanting towards Juventus fans.

Serie A bosses issued the punishment on Monday following the Rossoneri's 3-2 weekend loss at the Juventus Stadium.

Milan, who were also fined 50,000 euros (£42,000), immediately announced they will appeal against the decision.

If unsuccessful, the San Siro will be shut for Milan's next match against Udinese on 20 October.

Serie A has clamped down on racist and discriminatory chants this season, with three other clubs - Roma, Lazio and Inter Milan - receiving partial stadium bans after their fans abused black players.

Meanwhile, Milan defender Philippe Mexes has also been banned for four matches by league authorities.

The France international received three games for punching Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini and an additional one match for being sent off later in Sunday's defeat.


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As Kaká stood on the balcony of Milan's offices in Via Turati in September, clutching a familiar red and black shirt and contemplating a new beginning in an old setting, the fans in the street beneath him began to sing. "Siam venuti fin qua per vedere segnare Kaká," they bellowed – "We came here to see Kaká score."

Taken literally, their chorus did not make a whole lot of sense. Kaká did not have space to juggle a ball up on that balcony, much less a net to kick one into. But those words made his heart skip a beat. This was his song, the one that Milan's fans had always sung for him and the one that he loved to hear them sing. The one that told him everything he needed to know: after four unhappy years away, he was finally back home.

It was easy to get swept up in the romance of that moment. Kaká had never asked to leave Milan, famously weeping on the balcony of his own home when the club first considered selling him in early 2009. His affection for this team and this city were sincere, and he eventually left only because the Rossoneri needed the money. His €8m per year salary had become unsustainable, and the €64.5m transfer fee offered by Real Madrid was too big to turn down.

He took a substantial pay cut in order to return, accepting €4m per year this time around – barely 40% of what he had been earning in Madrid. If nobody's heart was exactly bleeding for Kaká over such a financial plight, then his actions nevertheless reinforced the sense that he was moving for love, not money.

But affection cannot turn back clocks, and many believed that Kaká's time as a top-level footballer was already at an end. Although the player was still only 31, he had been a colossal disappointment in Madrid, undermined by recurring injuries and underwhelming when he did get on to the pitch. Somewhere along the way he had lost the change of pace that once defined his game – the ability to accelerate past a defender despite lacking brilliant top-end speed.

In Italy the sceptics dismissed Kaká as minestre riscaldate – reheated soup. Milan's supporters knew from experience that it usually tastes worse the second time around. Andriy Shevchenko had failed to recapture past form when he came back on loan from Chelsea in 2008, just as Ruud Gullit did when he returned briefly from Sampdoria in 1994.

Kaká's first game back reinforced all of the most negative expectations. Despite working hard, the Brazilian made no significant contribution to Milan's cause in a 2-2 draw away to Torino, before hobbling off in the 64th minute. Gazzetta dello Sport awarded him a five out of 10 in their player ratings – the joint-lowest score on either team.

He was subsequently ruled out of for a month with what turned out to be a thigh injury. Kaká was devastated, and immediately announced that he would take no wages from the club for the duration of his absence. But still many people rolled their eyes. The consensus was that Milan had been sold a crock – a player whose body could no longer withstand the rigours of playing at this level.

Kaká knuckled down and got on with it. Despite the injury, he was, according to team-mates, the first man to arrive at their Milanello training base each morning, and the last to leave at night. By the time he returned to action, coming on as a late substitute in Milan's 1-0 win over Udinese, the player looked fitter, stronger and sharper than when he arrived.

His manager, Massimiliano Allegri, took a gamble, starting Kaká in his team's Champions League game against Barcelona three days later. He was rewarded with a decisive performance, the Brazilian setting up his compatriot Robinho for Milan's goal in a 1-1 draw. Kaká would contribute significantly to the team's defensive efforts thereafter, running himself into the ground before his late substitution. "If it helped the team," he said, "then I would even play at full-back."

Anxious not to overwork the player, Allegri left Kaká on the bench for the team's next fixture, away to Parma, but wound up introducing him early in the second half, with Milan down 2-0. Within 12 minutes, the Rossoneri were level, Kaká galvanising their team along with his fellow substitute, Alessandro Matri. But a free-kick conceded in the fourth minute of injury time meant that they still lost, 3-2.

By now Kaká had heard his song many more times, Milan supporters imploring him at each game to give them the goal that they craved. On Wednesday he finally obliged, reopening his account for the club with a sensational strike against Lazio at San Siro. Receiving a pass on the edge of the box near the left-hand touchline, Kaká cut inside before whipping a venomous shot into the far top corner.

If this was indeed reheated soup, then Lazio had tasted it before. Kaká scored a remarkably similar goal against them at San Siro back in 2008. Both were breathtaking finishes; Gazzetta's Nicola Cecere opined that: "Even [Marchetti] would have joined in the applause if he could."

Instead Kaká made do with being hailed by Shevchenko, who had been watching from the stands. "Ricky is amazing," said the Ukrainian. "I'm so happy that he is back."

Milan's joy, though, would soon be tempered by a Lazio equaliser. Kaká's goal had given Milan the lead nine minutes into the second half, but barely a quarter of an hour later Michaël Ciani headed home for the visitors from close range. The game finished 1-1.

It was the latest setback in a deeply disappointing start to the season for Milan, who have collected just 12 points from their first 10 games. They have conceded 17 goals. Only once since the second world war (in 1983-84) have they posted a worse defensive record at this stage of a season.

So exasperated are the club's fans that one of them even tried to sell Allegri on eBay this week, listing the manager at a price of just €1. "We hope you will do us the pleasure of letting us offer you a useless manager who does not know how to manage, does not know how to motivate his players and makes absurd substitutions," ran the product description. "He specialises only in matches against Barcelona. Buy now and receive a free [Mauro] Tassotti."

There have been reports that Allegri will be fired if the club does not climb back into the European places by the end of November – no small task when you consider that they sit seven points outside of the top five (and 13 behind the top three). But it remains to be seen if Milan would actually pull the trigger. Allegri has supposedly been on the verge of losing his job for the best part of two years, and yet he remains in place.

His prospects of surviving this latest round of speculation, though, will certainly be improved if Kaká can continue taking steps towards recapturing his best form. "I went through some difficult moments in Madrid," said the player at full-time on Wednesday. "Now the moment has come for me to rediscover the joy of playing football and having fun on the pitch.

"I'm happy right now, it is a special emotion to be here. I am only sad about the result. The people, the stadium, my chant – these things all give me a special lift, a little something extra."

The feeling is certainly mutual. Milan's fans came to see Kaká score, and he did. Next, they would like to see him win.



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AC Milan chief Adriano Galliani says calm heads must prevail after the club's poor start to the current season.

The Rossoneri are 11th in Serie A with 10 points after 12 games, the club's worst start to a campaign for 32 years, and the Italian media had reported that Galliani's position was in question.

Club director Barbara Berlusconi, daughter of club president Sylvio, was said to be considering dismissing Galliani but has denied the rumours.

Berlusconi says she spoke to her father about a "change of business philosophy at Milan," leading to Galliani making a public response.

"It is a difficult time because the results don't seem to be coming. We will move on and hope that things get better," said Galliani, who has been involved with AC since the mid-1980s.

"Today I only intend to speak about footballing issues, I have no intention about commenting on anything else; there is no comment.

"The chief executive is responsible for everything - transfer policy, revenue, accounts, everything. I have spoken a lot to the president, including last night.

"There have been other difficult times in 28 years. Sport is a cycle. I want to remind people that we come off the back of a Scudetto, a second place and last year we finished third, and we are the only Italian club side that has been present in the Champions League for the past five consecutive seasons. Sport is made up of these cycles that alternate."

Galliani also backed under-fire coach Massimiliano Allegri following the 2-0 defeat by Fiorentina on Saturday, Milan's fifth defeat in the league this season.

"There is absolute confidence in Allegri," he added. "Naturally, all coaches are dependent on results. If a coach constantly loses, then obviously that isn't good enough, but I don't think that this will be the case for us."

Balotelli 'indispensable'

Club vice-president Galliani also reiterated how important he feels Mario Balotelli is to the club. Reports had linked the enigmatic striker, who joined Milan from Manchester City in January, with a move to Chelsea but Galliani feels the 23-year-old will be key to improving fortunes.

He added: "He came in February and in 13 league games - at the time he couldn't play in the Champions League - he scored 12 goals. Without Balotelli, we would never have even qualified for the Champions League.

"His first season was fantastic, and now we will wait and see how his second season goes. Is he indispensable to the side? Absolutely."


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Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi, Frank Rijkaard, Ruud Gullit, Roberto Donadoni, Carlo Ancelotti and Marco van Basten.

The AC Milan side built with the money of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in the late 1980s would go on to become known as 'The Immortals' after collecting 10 major honours in nine years, including three European Cups. They remain the last team to successfully defend that trophy.

But their run of dominance in Europe was almost curtailed before it had begun.

Twenty five years ago, Arrigo Sacchi's star-filled side found themselves facing defeat by Red Star Belgrade in the second round of the 1988-89 European Cup.

With half an hour of the second leg remaining, Sacchi's men were 2-1 down on aggregate and reduced to 10 men after striker Pietro Paolo Virdis was sent off.

The Serie A champions needed a saviour, and found one in unlikely circumstances as a thick fog enveloped the Red Star Stadium, forcing referee Dieter Pauly to call the game off.

"It was almost the end of the dream for Milan," then Red Star captain Dragan Stojkovic told BBC Sport.

"After the game, Milan recognised they were very, very lucky. Maybe it was an act of God! Even today when I talk to Milan director Adriano Galliani he laughs about it and says 'Thanks to the fog in Belgrade we became a big team!'"

Under Sacchi, Milan pipped a Napoli side containing Maradona and Careca to the Serie A title in spring 1988 - their first championship in nine years.

Chasing a first European Cup triumph since 1969, the Rossoneri waltzed through the first round, thrashing PFC Levski Sofia 7-2 on aggregate, with Van Basten scoring four in the second leg.

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•Dragan Stojkovic won 84 caps for Yugoslavia and then Serbia, scoring 15 times
•He starred in both the 1990 and 1998 World Cups, scoring in both
•During a 20-year career he played for Red Star Belgrade, Marseille and Grampus Eight


Second-round opponents Red Star would prove much tougher to crack though, as the champions of the former Yugoslavia took a 1-1 draw home from the first leg at the San Siro, with Stojkovic opening the scoring after a jinking run in from the right flank.

"That was one of the most beautiful moments in my career," the 48-year-old remembers.

"It was a really big challenge for us to play in a full San Siro but we put in a fantastic performance.

"For my goal, I dribbled past the entire defence, especially Franco Baresi, to score a goal and it was an amazing moment. Red Star then showed strong mentality and strong character not to raise the white flag. We surprised a lot of people that night but we knew it was not over."

The second leg, on 9 November 1988, started badly for Milan as Dejan Savicevic, whose summer move to Red Star had been disrupted by a call-up for 12 months' mandatory military service, smashed in an opener after another surging run from skipper Stojkovic.

Virdis then saw red after a clash with Goran Juric to leave Sacchi's side with 10 men just after half-time.

"Milan were on their knees," says Stojkovic.

"But then everything happened very quickly. After 10 minutes of the second half the fog came in and, in one moment, suddenly it was invisible. The referee wanted to let us play but he had no choice, it was impossible.

"At half-time the visibility was fine, but minute by minute it got worse, First, I couldn't see the stand. Then I couldn't see the goal. Then I couldn't see the penalty area. Then I couldn't see the ball!"

Referee Pauly had no option but to postpone the game in the 57th minute and hand Milan a lifeline.

It was one they would take 24 hours later.

Sitting in the dressing room after the fog closed in, Stojkovic and his team were shocked to see coach Vladimir Petrovic agree to Milan's wish to replay the game the next afternoon.

"We knew it was a bad idea, we needed a rest," he says.

"Savicevic was in the military, he was not a full professional footballer and the advantage was now with Milan. They were monsters physically, with many good players on the bench who could help them. They had Gullit back for the second game! I felt like I was playing alone."

A few months earlier Gullit had scored alongside Van Basten in the Euro 1988 final, but had been struggling with injury. An extra day's rest allowed Sacchi to name another of his prize assets on the bench for the replay.

With the fog fully cleared and the stadium again packed, Van Basten got the better of a static defence to head Milan ahead before Stojkovic replied, latching on to a pass from the tiring Savicevic to lash into the roof of the net.

Gullit came on early in the second half but could not inspire Milan, with the game going on to penalties. Stojkovic scored from the spot but Savicevic missed as Milan won 4-2 in the shootout.

After their scare in Belgrade, Milan went through the gears, destroying Real Madrid 6-1 in the semi-final before Gullit and Van Basten scored twice each to thrash Steaua Bucharest 4-0 in the final at the Nou Camp.

They defended their title in Vienna 12 months later, Rijkaard's goal enough for a 1-0 win against Benfica, before a third win in six seasons was sealed in 1994's 4-0 demolition of Johan Cruyff's 'Dream Team' at Barcelona - with Savicevic on target.

"That Milan team was not one of the best, it was the best from my point of view. The best ever," says Stojkovic.

"When we lost on penalties, after the game as captain I said to my team-mates be happy, don't cry.

"Rijkaard came to me and told me to be proud, he said 'you are a really big player.' That was a big compliment for me to receive from a big star. He told me Milan were very lucky.

"Everything was even in the three games. We played very good football so who knows what the limit of that Red Star team was. Maybe we could have reached the final if we beat Milan? Blame the fog for that."

Red Star would have their night in the spotlight in 1991, when a side containing fresh talent such as Darko Pancev, Sinisa Mihajlovic and Robert Prosinecki lifted the European Cup, beating Stojkovic's Marseille on penalty kicks.

And Stojkovic, who claims that Milan tried to sign him as he penned a move to Marseille, would finally earn his European Cup winner's medal in 1993, beating Milan in the process.

"I have no regrets, it is just great to be part of footballing history," he says.

"But Milan will never forget those two games in Belgrade. They were born in the Belgrade fog."


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It was when a newly flush Manchester City were fluttering their eyelashes and wallet at him that Ricky Kaká politely replied that he wanted to "grow old" at Milan. The club were overwrought about what to do. Bids of £100m don't come along all that often, and at clubs whose finances are corset tight it was understandable that they felt torn down the middle. Heart said keep Kaká. Bank balance said sell. In the end, they renewed their vows and Milan's thankful fans flooded to the Brazilian's house to serenade him with song.
And then, six months later, he was gone. To Real Madrid, it was a sum not quite as staggering as what Manchester City offered but it was still not to be sniffed at. Football doesn't often veer into the realms of the romantic novel, but here was our hero, sacrificing himself for the supposed good of his true love. Now, after a four-year haitus in Spain, he is back at his spiritual home. He is in the place he wants to be for his footballing dotage. But the growing old process is more turbulent than he might have imagined.
Milan are not enjoying the best of times. They are languishing in Serie A mediocrity, a whopping 22 points off Juventus at the top. They are nine points off even a Europa League spot. That's profoundly uncomfortable. Boardroom politics have been spicy and troublesome. The coach, Massimiliano Allegri, contends with waves of criticism. The team is modest compared to the Rossoneri selections Kaká grew up with. The fans are easily irritable.
It all came to a head last month, when an angry group of ultras blocked the exits of San Siro in furious protest after a tame 1-1 draw against Genoa. Who better to calm the situation than Kaká? He was sent, along with his fellow veteran Christian Abbiati, to defuse the situation.
His hashtag of choice, which he sends with regularity to a band of global disciples that number well over 17 million, is "#togetherwearebetter." It might seem saccharine sweet, but if anyone at Milan can spread that message, Kaká has the best possible chance of pulling it off.
"It is definitely a challenge to put off-field problems aside," he said. "We have to try and put together a good season and do as well as we can on all fronts."
The vignette symbolised how important his homecoming has been. On the pitch as well as off it with his flawless image he has made a difference, bringing a touch of class and calmness. There were questions about whether he could scale the kind of heights he managed in his first spell with Milan – understandable considering his years at the Bernabéu had been underwhelming. Kaká has summoned moments to make Milan hearts soar. He was brilliant during a comprehensive Champions League win at Celtic Park, where he was even granted an ovation by the opposition fans. A sweet bending shot against Lazio – his first goal since coming back to the club – was another highlight.
Kaká and Mario Ballotelli, with their moments of individual quality, are dragging a struggling team through a difficult period. The current side bears little comparison to the XI which he came into as a kid in 2003. Kaká's first Champions League game was against Ajax, who Milan face this week with a place in the knockout stages at stake. A decade ago, he lined up alongside a string of luminaries: Dida, Cafu, Nesta, Costacurta, Maldini, Seedorf, Gattuso, Pirlo, Shevchenko and Inzaghi. What Allegri wouldn't do to call upon such a group.
Milan's current crop all look up to Kaká, and are grateful to have such a figure back at the club to lead and absorb some of the pressure. His return in September encouraged everyone. "He's my idol," cooed Stephan El Shaarawy. "He's like a captain," declared Urby Emanuelson. Allegri was hopeful that his good habits and positivity would rub off on everyone. "Kaká is a great who can help his team-mates grow," said the coach. "Off the pitch he is an example to all – he's educated, meticulous, serious and very tied to this club."
To reach the Champions League knockout stage Milan must avoid defeat against Ajax. The Dutch team were close to beating the Italians when they drew 1-1 earlier this season in Amsterdam. A fortuitous penalty in the fourth minute of stoppage time, scored by Ballotelli, salvaged a draw. Ajax were buoyed by a win against Barcelona last time out, but Milan are hoping to build on one of their most cohesive displays at Celtic. Kaká expressed his desire for that to be a turning point.
This game against Ajax will be the first time they play in front of their home fans since the episode when Kaká was required to calm the post-match protests. Milan have not lost since. But it remains a challenge to keep on an even keel as the upcoming games include the visit of Roma and the derby against Internazionale.
Kaká recently admitted that he had missed Milan during a four-year stint at Real Madrid. It was not the happiest time as he was dogged by injuries and only sporadically able to show flashes of form. Even though life back at San Siro is not perfect he feels better to be needed at the club he adores. He wants to lift both himself and his club. Ideally, as well as rescuing Milan, he can revive his international career this season. "I'm following Kaká very closely," says Phil Scolari. "World Cup chances? He is a Brazilian player, so his chance is as good as any other."
Now 31, he is not too far over the age scale to suggest he cannot recapture enough form to persuade Scolari of his worth in a yellow shirt. "I thank Milan for this second opportunity and I want to do well in order to have a great World Cup in Brazil."
The efforts of a wise old head in Milan might just work out beautifully after all.



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AC Milan have sacked coach Massimiliano Allegri, a day after a 4-3 league defeat by minnows Sassuolo.

The 18-time Italian champions are 11th in Serie A, 30 points behind leaders Juventus.

Allegri, 46, who was due to leave the San Siro when his contract expired at the end of the season, departs along with his backroom team.

Assistant coach Mauro Tassotti, a former Milan player, has been put in temporary charge of the side.

A club statement read: "Massimiliano Allegri and his staff have been relieved of their duties.

"AC Milan would like to thank Mr Allegri and his staff for their time with the club and wishes them the best for the future."

Former Cagliari boss Allegri led Milan to the Serie A title in his first season in charge after replacing Leonardo in June 2010.

They finished as runners-up to Juventus the following year but ended last season 15 points behind Juventus, who won the title again.

Following Sunday's defeat to Serie A newcomers Sassuolo, club director Barbara Berlusconi - the daughter of owner Silvio Berlusconi - said it was "a disappointing evening, like others, which confirms that a change is both necessary and urgent with the contribution of everyone concerned.

"It's no longer tolerable that our fans participate in performances like these."

Tassotti, 53, spent 17 years as a player at the San Siro and has been on the coaching staff since he retired from playing in 1997.

A second Serie A club dispensed with their manager's services on Monday as Livorno sacked Davide Nicola with the side in 19th place.


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Clarence Seedorf has been appointed as the new coach of AC Milan, according to Sky sources.

Milan sacked Massimiliano Allegri on Monday, and they will replace him with the 37-year-old Seedorf, who won two Champions League titles with the Italian giants.

The Dutchman is currently playing in the Brazilian league with Botafogo, but his agent has claimed that he has a release clause in his contract.

Former Milan defender Thiago Silva, speaking at the Ballon D'Or gala on Monday night, said Seedorf is the right man for the job.

"If Seedorf arrives, he will do a great job because he's a great person and very serious - he will change the mentality of the players," he said.

"I'm sorry for the situation Milan are in, but if Seedorf arrives, something will certainly change. I'm sure big names will arrive."

Carlo Ancelotti was Seedorf's boss at the San Siro and he agrees the former Holland international midfielder has what it takes to succeed.

"Seedorf was my player, he has a very big personality," said Ancelotti, now in charge of Real Madrid. "He has the capacity and knowledge to do everything in the world of football. He is going to get experience in an atmosphere he knows very well.

"Milan have often made this type of decision, first Arrigo Sacchi who had no experience, then Fabio Capello... now Seedorf. Every time that decision has gone well for him. I wish him a lot of luck."


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Michael Essien has confirmed that he is close to joining Milan from Chelsea after completing a medical - and also took a swipe at 'haters' who have questioned his form and fitness. On his official Twitter feed, Essien remarked "haters will broadcast your failure but whisper your success. Medicals done, looking forward to start (sic) my new life with AC Milan".

It is unclear whether the remark was aimed at current club Chelsea or manager José Mourinho - but the Ghanaian has disappointed since returning to the club from a loan spell at Real Madrid. Essien followed Mourinho from the Bernabéu to Stamford Bridge this summer, but has made just five league appearances this term - including a disastrous display at home to Southampton, when his errant back pass allowed Jay Rodriguez to score in the first minute.

Essien, who joined the Blues from Lyon in 2005 for a then club record £24.4m fee, has spent over eight years at Chelsea, winning the Champions League in 2012, two Premier League titles, four FA Cups and one League Cup with the club. The Ghanaian was a key figure in Mourinho's first stint at Chelsea, but struggled to regain his place following a cruciate ligament injury in 2008.

Despite initial speculation in Italian media that he had failed his medical, the midfielder looks set to be confirmed as a Milan player on Monday, and will join the Rossoneri on an initial eighteen-month deal. He will become Milan's third signing of the January transfer window, following the arrivals of Adil Rami and Keisuke Honda.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 8:19 pm 
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Milan have looked more disorganized than we have..and their transition has been going on two years now :(

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There transition involved letting the entire first team be sold and keeping the manager whereas our was down to a manager leaving.

They've had a horrendous season will be interesting to see how long Ballotelli hangs around without CL football next season he might move on if he doesn't think they can be more competitive next season. I think they managed to creep back into the top half this weekend after turning around a 1-0 deficit to win 2-1.


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Yeah Seedorf has always been a smart player - hopefully he has an effect like Conte has had at Juve.

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Adel Taarabt has described himself as the "Balotelli of Morocco" after joining former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli at AC Milan.

The 24-year-old midfielder, who spent the first half of the campaign at Fulham, is on loan with the Rossoneri from QPR until the end of the season.

"I thought 'they've got the Italian Balotelli and now they're going to have the Balotelli of Morocco'," he said.

"I can't wait to get to know Balotelli better and to become his friend."

Taarabt has scored seven goals in 79 Premier League appearances, compared to Balotelli's record of 20 in 54 top-flight games during his time at Etihad Stadium.

However, like 23-year-old Balotelli, he has had several high-profile disagreements with managers.

After being substituted at half-time when QPR were 3-0 down away to Fulham in October 2011, Taarabt left the ground early as his side slid to a 6-0 defeat.

He retired from international football in June 2011 after a disagreement with then-Morocco coach Eric Gerets. before reversing his decision four months later.

But Taarabt denies that he will cause any problems for Clarence Seedorf, who is only a few weeks into his first coaching job after taking on the AC Milan role in January.

"I haven't got a difficult character. Perhaps some find it hard to accept direct and sincere people," said Taarabt.

"I'm really the complete opposite. I like to joke and this can be misinterpreted."

Taarabt could make his debut for Milan, who are 10th in Serie A, in their away match against Napoli on Saturday.


I sort of get what he's saying in terms of clubs signing him to a contract knowing what he's like and expecting him to change his ways as he's obviously got a very give a f*ck attitude towards life and has no intention of changing the way he is.

It's really more fool on the club for giving him a job in the first place because he isn't going to behave like a model professional probably because for most of his life he's been better than everyone else at his level and has been allowed to get away with it.

In terms of this deal Taarabt's advisor (you can't call him an agent because he isn't licensed) Kia Joorabchian has blatantly done a deal to park this lad at Milan for a few months hoping that he does a couple of flashy things and someone else signs him because QPR want him out and I'm guessing if Kia finds him a new club he gets a nice little bonus for doing it.

As far as Milan are concerned if it keeps the agent advisor sweet it's win win as they're probably paying him next to nothing for a few months if he does f*ck all they stick him in the reserves away from the first team if he does well it helps them pick up some points.


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AC Milan captain Riccardo Montolivo hopes Brazilian playmaker Kaka will remain at the club next season.

Kaka revealed last week that he would like to play in the United States and he will consider his future with Milan at the end of the campaign.

His current deal expires in June 2015 but the former Real Madrid player has a clause in his contract that allows him to terminate his relationship with Milan early if the Rossoneri fail to qualify for the Champions League.

The Rossoneri already know their chance of doing so has gone as, with seven games remaining, they are 22 points behind Napoli, who sit in third place - the last of the Champions League places.

"Kaka will evaluate his situation but only at the end of the season," Montolivo told Milan's website. "We will try to qualify for the Europa League in order to give him a further motivation to remain at Milan, even though I'm certain that he is aware of the prestige this club has."

Kaka returned to Milan last summer after playing four years at Real Madrid.

The 31-year-old scored his fifth league goal this season while making his 300th appearance for Milan in last weekend's 3-0 victory over Chievo Verona.

The Rossoneri, coached by Clarence Seedorf, are seven points adrift of city rivals Inter Milan, who are fifth and hold the last Europa League qualifying spot.

Milan visit Genoa on Monday.


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AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has confirmed that playmaker Kaka is set to remain at the club next season.

The Brazil international is under contract with Milan until June 2015 but has a clause which gives him an option to terminate the agreement this summer after the Rossoneri's failure to qualify for European competition.

"Kaka wil stay here," Galliani said to Milan's official website. "There is a 99 per cent chance that he will remain with us."

Kaka had been strongly linked with a move to Major League Soccer in recent months having only returned to the San Siro on a free transfer last summer after four years at Real Madrid.

The 32-year-old, who won a Serie A title and the Champions League in his first spell at Milan, scored seven goals in 30 league appearances for the Rossoneri this season.

Galliani also revealed that he will begin talks with Spanish side Valencia this week in order to sign French defender Adil Rami on a permanent basis.

Rami joined Milan on a six-month loan deal in January and scored three goals in 18 league appearances.

"I have spoken to Rami and I have told him that we have informed Valencia that we are interested in signing him," Galliani said. "We will meet Valencia executives in Lisbon on Friday in view of the Champions League final and we will start negotiations.

"He wants to stay and we hope things go well."

The Rossoneri are also keen to keep Moroccan forward Adel Taarabt.

Taarabt joined on loan from QPR in January and the Italian giants have an option to buy the player this month.

"We have until May 31 to decide on Taarabt," Galliani said.

Taarabt has scored four goals in 14 league appearances for Milan.


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AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi says no decision on the future of Mario Balotelli will be made until they have a new coach in place.

Balotelli has been strongly linked with a return to the Premier League, with Arsenal and Chelsea both reported to be showing an interest in the former Manchester City star.

Berlusconi refused to rule out the prospect of selling the 23-year-old - who is currently with the Italy World Cup squad ahead of the finals in Brazil.

"Will Balotelli stay? We have not decided about the market yet, neither for signings or for sales," Berlusconi told the Italian media.

"We are evaluating, anyway, new players, but to take decisions we must wait for the new coach", he added.

Milan are widely expected to announce former striker Pippo Inzaghi as their new coach.

And on a new managerial appointment, Berlusconi added: "We have convened the board of directors of AC Milan and there we will decide who will be our new coach."

Current coach Clarence Seedorf has stated that he has not been told that he is leaving.

"I read things like you," Seedorf told Sky Sport Italia.

"But I haven't information from the club and so I have nothing to say. I feel good and I'm trying to live these days with the family and friends, and I reaffirm to have not had indications from the club."


Classic Silvio talking about the new manager before he's bothered sacking this one.

From what I saw they definitely improved under Seedorf but I know he wasn't everyones choice for manager in terms of the board but it would be a shame if he was sacked after 6 months.

I feel a bit for Mario everyone expects him to be super human every time he plays and carry the team not only at Milan but with the national side for me he needs some help at Milan a few more guys who'll step up and make the difference when he is having an off day.

His behaviour and antics probably have helped put that pressure on himself but he does seem to have calmed a bit recently and might be starting to mature


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AC Milan have sacked head coach Clarence Seedorf after less than five months in charge, and named Filippo Inzaghi as his successor.

Former Italy striker Inzaghi, 40, has signed a two-year deal to step up from his role as a youth-team coach.

Seedorf, 38, replaced Massimiliano Allegri in January with the club struggling in 11th in Serie A.

He won 11 of his 19 league matches in charge, but Milan finished eighth, 45 points behind champions Juventus.

Former Netherlands midfielder Seedorf joined Milan as a player in 2002, a year after Inzaghi.

Both left the playing staff in 2012, with Inzaghi retiring to become youth-team coach and Seedorf signing for Brazilian club Botafogo.

Milan secured two Serie A titles and two Champions League crowns while 2006 World Cup winner Inzaghi and Seedorf were players.


I don't follow Serie A that closely but you've got to feel a bit sorry for Seedorf gave up playing to come back and manage Milan 11 wins out of 19 isn't bad when you consider the mess they were in when he took over.

I seem to recall the decision to appoint him over Inzaghi in the first place was down to some senior management issues which I'm guessing the power shift has changed again at that club which is why they're changing it again. Inzaghi was at least doing some coaching working in the youth structure whereas Seedorf was still playing.

That club is a right mess though years of poor investment and allowing a golden era of players to age then all leave at once has back fired massively especially when you consider Pilro in the 2/3 seasons since he's left has been arguably the best midfielder in the league every season winning titles year after year


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