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Wednesday May 23 2012
Milan will reject Thiago Silva bids

Italian giants Milan insist that they will resist the bombardment of offers for key defender Thiago Silva.

The Brazilian is again being linked with an exit after Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini was spotted at the Diavolo’s HQ this week.

“There is an assault on him,” stated Vice-President Adriano Galliani. “All of the big Spanish and English clubs want Thiago Silva.

“He’ll stay at Milanello though. We’ll resist all of the temptations and there are strong ones which exist.

“All of Europe want him, including clubs with great economical power. We’ll do all we can to keep him.”

Silva is seen as a vital figure at San Siro given the departure of Alessandro Nesta, as is star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

“After the Novara game on the last day of the season, Ibra came to my house,” Galliani continued when asked about the Swede’s future.

“I spoke to him for two hours and I hear from his agent on a daily basis. I’ve not been told that he wants to leave.

“Like Thiago Silva, Ibra will stay at Milan.”

Mancini’s visit, however, did also spark suggestions that Milan could again be interested in January target Carlos Tevez and City left-back Aleksandar Kolarov.

“The Tevez train has gone,” Galliani added. “We have never been interested in Kolarov – especially as we have four left-backs already…”

The former Lega Calcio President was also questioned on the futures of Clarence Seedorf, Mathieu Flamini, Maxi Lopez and Alberto Aquilani.

“I’ve still not seen Seedorf, while Flamini has to tell us whether or not he will accept our renewal offer. Maxi Lopez and Aquilani won’t be signed.”

The first pair are out of contract this summer, while Lopez and Aquilani are on loan from Catania and Liverpool respectively.

Galliani added that Milan are not looking for a new striker, while a defender is an objective. He also declared that Stephan El Shaarawy would be signed outright from Genoa, while the Rossoblu would take full ownership of Alexander Merkel.

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