Friday March 2 2012
Galliani: My heart bleeds, no Ibra deal

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani says his heart is still bleeding after the 1-1 draw with Juventus. He’s also ruled out an extension for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Galliani was left fuming last weekend after Sulley Muntari’s ghost goal was not awarded, with the score already at 1-0, in the Scudetto clash with the Old Lady.

The game eventually ended 1-1, but that controversial incident and a few more have led to a week of arguments.

“I am a great Milan fan, my heart belongs to Milan and I am their director,” he told Sky Sport Italia on Friday.

“I reacted in the way that Milan fans reacted. My heart continues to bleed. Peace with Juve? It’s not a question of peace, let’s look ahead.”

The Italian football world today awoke to news that the Italian champions were apparently in talks with star striker Ibra about a new contract – a claim denied.

“There will be no renewal for Ibrahimovic, absolutely not,” the former Lega Calcio chief continued.

“We are only at the start of 2012 and he still has two years to run on his present deal. It’s a long deal and agent Mino Raiola was here yesterday to talk about some youngsters.”

And what about reports suggesting that European champions Barcelona could perhaps tempt Thiago Silva into a move?

“Thiago Silva has a long contract with us until 2016, so I don’t think he can be abducted by Barcelona.”

Galliani was also questioned on the fitness issues surrounding Alexandre Pato, a player who has picked up his 13th injury since 2010 this week.

“I don’t know the precise details of the problem, it is up to the medical staff to evaluate and then we’ll see.”

Milan, one point clear of Juventus in the standings, are next in action on Saturday when they travel to Palermo.

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