Monday May 9 2011
Allegri: We have Mexes and Taiwo

Milan have signed Philippe Mexes and Taye Taiwo for next season, boss Massimiliano Allegri has revealed ahead of their Coppa Italia semi-final.

Speaking before Tuesday's Italian Cup encounter against Palermo, Allegri made the revelation when asked about the club's summer plans.

"We'll be fine in defence as we've signed Mexes and Taiwo," he noted on Monday afternoon.

Both defenders will arrive on Bosman free deals and will join from Roma and Marseille respectively.

Mexes may not be fit enough to start the campaign though as he is currently recovering from knee ligament surgery.

Turning to Tuesday's game in Sicily, after the first leg ended 2-2, Allegri insisted his side are hungry and ready to win following Saturday's clinching of the Scudetto.

"Does a possible Final with Inter fascinate me? I'm just fascinated by the Final," continued the former Cagliari Coach.

"The side is mentally prepared for the game against Palermo and I'm sure we'll play a great match.

"There was euphoria at training today after winning the title, but the squad then trained as normal.

"Mentally they are ready. We know that we are Milan and we can't go to Palermo and play poorly.

"When you are at Milan you can't stop when you win something because after the Scudetto there is the Coppa Italia, after the Coppa there is the Super Cup…

"You have to always look ahead, that's a rule of life for me."

The tactician does have his selection problems though for the Cup clash, with star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic just one man who is struggling with fitness.

"We have to evaluate the condition of Ibrahimovic who we hope to recover and Kevin Prince Boateng too, as well as Gianluca Zambrotta and Alessandro Nesta."

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