Monday July 9 2012
Milan targeting the title, says Galliani

Milan kicked off their pre-season preparations on Monday with the intention of battling Juventus for the Scudetto – even if they admit that money is tight.

The Diavolo lost their title crown to the Old Lady last term and their transfer campaign so far has been low key with swoops for the likes of Francesco Acerbi, Kevin Constant and Riccardo Montolivo.

“Our objective is to fight to win the championship,” Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani noted on Monday afternoon.

“We also want to reduce the number of injuries because there is a direct correlation between injuries and obtaining results.

“There are still a few players missing from training, but there are new faces like Acerbi and Constant.

“We think we have a squad which is good enough to fight for the objectives which we have set ourselves.”

The Rossoneri will have a new look for the campaign after numerous veterans – such as Pippo Inzaghi, Gennaro Gattuso, Alessandro Nesta and Clarence Seedorf – quit the club.

“Today there is only Massimo Ambrosini left from the starting XI from the Athens Champions League Final,” Galliani continued.

“I’d like to say goodbye to all those players who have had to leave us because of their age. But the captain is still here…

“A young side? I don’t understand this age thing. There are big players and small players, age is irrelevant.”

Galliani again took the opportunity to maintain that the club’s best two players would stay, while he admitted that new faces could still arrive.

“Thiago Silva and Ibrahimovic will stay, but the market is still long and anything can happen in life,” he added.

“I’m not suggesting they will go by saying that, but last year I didn’t expect to sign Antonio Nocerino and Alberto Aquilani. I’ll be able to tell you the Milan squad at 7.01pm on August 31.

“All the transfer decisions have been taken along with the Coach. There is not just one leader here, everything is agreed as a club.

“There have been a lot of changes, the nucleus of the squad has gone and we have changed skin. This is a new Milan.”

However, Galliani underlined that Milan – nor any other Italian club – were in the financial position to make a significant capture.

“Once upon a time great players arrived in Italy, but that is no longer possible. Certain players with big transfer fees and big salaries are no longer available to Milan, Inter or Juventus.

“Twenty years ago we made more money than Real Madrid and Barcelona, now we net half of what they generate in revenue.

“Italy has changed as a country and the economy has changed. The problem is not Milan, but all of Italian football.”