Massimiliano Allegri prepares Milan for tomorrow’s clash with Juventus and won’t rule out Antonio Cassano’s departure. “We’ll see what happens.”
The Rossoneri take to the field at San Siro in Sunday evening’s traditional Trofeo Berlusconi encounter, but the newspaper talk is all about their unimpressive transfer strategy.
“As President Silvio Berlusconi said, in a moment of economic difficulty for the country we made the right choice,” noted the Coach in his Press conference.
“We adapted to the situation with some targeted sales of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva. We have to adapt, without losing sight of the objectives for a good side like Milan – fighting for the top three in Serie A.
“Juventus are certainly favourites for the Scudetto and a step above Inter, Roma, Napoli and Milan. Don’t forget we also have to stay within the budget for the Financial Fair Play rules, but despite all that I am satisfied with the squad.
“Ours is a project for the future, even if we hope to get results straight away. We are capable of having a good season.”
The high-profile exits have left Cassano extremely unhappy and today there were reports he could join Inter in exchange for Giampaolo Pazzini.
“Antonio is a Milan player and can do well here,” said Allegri. “There are 15 days left to the transfer deadline and we’ll see what happens. He is our player, so has to be a professional and work to give his best.
“I wanted to speak to Cassano to understand the situation, confirming to him that he is an important player who is technically gifted. I wanted him to give me the all-clear that he’s staying here voluntarily and is convinced of our project.
“We did great things for him – we helped him heal from his heart surgery, got him back to fitness and ready to play at Euro 2012. We showed all our interest in keeping him here with us.”
Among the candidates for the role of striker are Kaka, Alessandro Matri and Roma’s Marco Borriello.
“This squad is good and that is what we must work on. If then by August 31 we can bring in a striker, a midfielder and a left-back... We’ve got these players right now and I am happy, as we have the strength to challenge the biggest teams while aware of our limitations.
“Juve won’t give Matri away, as he was one of the prime figures behind the Scudetto. Borriello has already been here, then two years ago was sold to make room for Ibrahimovic, so it’s a situation that needs to be evaluated. Pazzini is a good player, but he belongs to Inter. They will decide where to send him.”