Thursday January 10 2013
Milan: 'Boateng and Abate stay'

Adriano Galliani assured “Kevin-Prince Boateng is going nowhere. We want Francesco Lodi, have no interest in Maarten Stekelenburg, while we rejected Zenit’s offer for Ignazio Abate.”

The Milan Vice-President emerged from a series of meetings at the club’s headquarters and spoke to Sky Sport Italia.

The first questions were obviously about Boateng, who had a surprise two-hour meeting with Galliani, Coach Massimiliano Allegri and his agents in Via Turati this afternoon.

“I can say that Boateng is going nowhere, even if there have been rumours of a Galatasaray offer. He is only 25 years old and will not be leaving here,” assured Galliani.

“Boateng is a part of the present and the future of Milan. Galatasaray were here to talk to us for different reasons. Nobody has asked us for Boateng and if an offer were to come in, we would say no.”

Zenit and Galatasaray have reportedly made bids for full-backs Abate and Luca Antonini.

“I don’t think Abate and Antonini will leave. Zenit made an offer for Abate, but we rejected it. Cristian Zaccardo from Parma? Zaccardo will absolutely not join Milan.”

He also commented on reports that Milan are battling Inter with bids for Catania creative midfielder Francesco Lodi.

“We want Lodi and he is of interest to us, but this is a difficult negotiation process. We made a proposal after Nigel De Jong’s injury, but Catania turned us down.”

A potential swap of goalkeepers with Roma was suggested, sending Marco Amelia to the Olimpico in exchange for Stekelenburg.

“Stekelenburg is of no interest to us. Mattia Destro is impossible to get from Roma.”

Milan have made one deal, as they signed Empoli’s half of Italian Under-21 international Riccardo Saponara. The other 50 per cent still belongs to Parma.

“I am happy that we got Saponara, who will be with us from July. Don’t call me crazy here, but he reminds me of Kaka.”