Friday November 26 2010
Allegri happy to depend on Ibra

Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri insists there is no problem in relying so heavily on Zlatan Ibrahimovic – although he hopes the club will sign a new striker in January.

The Rossoneri are top of the League in Italy, a position they hold in part thanks to the brilliance of the Swede.

However, they have been accused of being far too dependent on their summer signing from Barcelona.

"I don't see the problem," Allegri noted in an interview with the Gazzetta dello Sport on Friday. "We signed him because we needed a player like him.

"And now that we are without [the injured Alexandre] Pato and [Pippo] Inzaghi, who are we supposed to depend on?

"It happens to all sides, Inter for example with Samuel Eto'o."

Milan are now short of options in attack given that Inzaghi is out for the season, just months after the club sold Marco Borriello and Klass-Jan Huntelaar.

"We made decisions," the former Cagliari boss added. "Borriello and Huntelaar are important players and nobody here doubted their value.

"However, nobody could have predicted the injuries to Pato and Inzaghi. We also found a solution that suited them.

"January? The priority is to sign a great striker because, as [Vice-President] Adriano Galliani says, we either sign a high level player or stay as we are."

Allegri was also asked for his opinion on enigmatic Brazilian duo Ronaldinho, who he has benched recently, and Robinho.

"I like Ronaldinho because he is very positive, he's always smiling and that helps his teammates," he added.

"Robinho is dong well as a second striker. For now I am happy, although it is logical that with time I want him to get better. That's the same for everyone."

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