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Friday June 24 2011
Milan respond to Fabregas link

Massimiliano Allegri has refused to confirm or deny speculation that Cesc Fabregas is Milan's Mr X transfer target.

The Arsenal man is again being linked with the Rossoneri, but the tactician isn't giving anything away.

"We've not just discovered Fabregas this morning," the former Cagliari tactician noted on Friday. "Having lost Andrea Pirlo [to Juventus], Milan need a player of important technical qualities.

"There are two months of the market left and Adriano Galliani knows perfectly what this side is missing. If a player arrives then he will have an important value and will certainly be Milan level."

The Italian champions have only made minor adjustments to their squad so far, but the Coach is happy with the progress.

"Milan's market has been excellent up until now," he insisted.

"We've strengthened on the left with Taye Taiwo, we've signed Philippe Mexes who is a world class player and Stephan El Shaarawy who is a kid with great quality.

"He'll stay at Milan as he has a lot to prove.

"Antonio Cassano will remain too. He joined us after two months of inactivity at Sampdoria, he scored four goals and laid on eight assists. He'll be an extra value to us next season.

"Thiago Silva? Barcelona are not the only side who want him. He's one of the best defenders around, two or three levels above the rest, but he extended his contract just a month ago.

"Our squad will be made up of 25 players this time around and not 32 like in the past term. I can only choose 11 to play at once. Our strength this term was that every player was ready when called upon."

Allegri was then asked what the main aim of the 2011-12 campaign would be for the San Siro giants.

"We have no priority even if the first target is the Italian Super Cup," he added. "When we start the season we have to be competitive in all three competitions.

"The League and the Champions League are two different tournaments. You need consistency in Serie A, while you have to be ready at the right time in the Champions League.

"Last season we were knocked out of the latter a little bit too soon. In Europe Barcelona are superior to everyone, but we will be competitive with everybody else."

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