NEWS
Friday May 20 2011
Galliani talks stars, transfers and Mr X

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has discussed transfers and spoken of his desire to beat Inter to a second Scudetto star, in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Rossoneri official was questioned on numerous topics following the club's Scudetto success this term.

"We have to get the second star before Inter," he remarked. "This Scudetto was important because it put a stop to Inter after their five in a row."

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Friday May 20 2011
Pirlo pushed towards Juventus

Andrea Pirlo is likely to be playing for Juventus next season after leaving Milan, his agent has commented.

The midfielder this week confirmed that he wouldn't be remaining with the Italian champions once his contract expires in June.

A switch to Juventus has been rumoured for months and it indeed now looks like such a transfer will occur.

"A final decision will be made in the next few days, but I think Juventus are the prime candidates," Tulio Tinti noted.

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Friday May 20 2011
Milan counting on Seedorf bond

Milan director general Ariedo Braida believes it will be difficult for Clarence Seedorf to leave the club.

The Dutchman is out of contract next month and he's currently pondering his options for the future.

He held talks with Vice-President Adriano Galliani this week where a one-year deal was offered to him.

Seedorf refused to sign though, instead he asked for a little time and requested talks with boss Massimiliano Allegri.

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Friday May 20 2011
Boateng '90 per cent' staying at Milan

Genoa President Enrico Preziosi is “90 per cent” sure Kevin-Prince Boateng will stay at Milan and admits Diego Milito won't be returning either.

The Grifone signed Boateng from Portsmouth in the summer to then immediately loan him to the Rossoneri, but details of a permanent transfer are still up in the air.

“We'll meet with Adriano Galliani on Tuesday. If we don't resolve it then, it means we have serious problems,” explained Preziosi.

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Friday May 20 2011
Pirlo farewell at Milan barbecue

Milan's end-of-season barbecue also gave Andrea Pirlo the opportunity to say goodbye after 10 years at the club.

The whole team came together after today's training session for a barbecue in the Milanello training ground, complete with champagne to celebrate the Scudetto.

The team travels to Udine tomorrow to prepare for Sunday night's final Serie A game.

It was therefore the perfect opportunity for Pirlo to say goodbye to his teammates, as he has confirmed he won't renew his contract when it expires on June 30.

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Friday May 20 2011
Protection rather than Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo is leaving Milan after a decade shaping attacks. Rob Paton reflects on the playmaker's development and decline of his unique role

Whilst Andrea Pirlo's final season with the Diavolo has perhaps been his most frustrating, it is important to reflect on more than wage demands and injury concerns when discussing the significance of the playmaker's decision to leave San Siro.

It was Carlo Mazzone who first put Pirlo in the deep-laying regista role he has since become famous for, in order to accommodate the originally up-and-coming trequartista in the same team as Roberto Baggio. Then arriving at Milan as Manuel Rui Costa did, Carlo Ancelotti decided to continue the tactical realignment.

NEWS
Thursday May 19 2011
Pato targets Milan symbol status

Alexandre Pato has committed his entire career to Milan. "I want to be like Paolo Maldini," he said.

Interviewed by the Gazzetta dello Sport following the club's Scudetto success, Pato insisted that he'd be happy to stay at the club for some time to come.

"I don't look at it like Zlatan Ibrahimovic," he said. "I want to stay here and become a flag bearer for this club, like Paolo Maldini. However, to become a symbol of a team you have to win a lot."

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Thursday May 19 2011
Oddo wants Milan future

Massimo Oddo maintains that he still has a part to play in the future of Milan. "I hope to stay."

The veteran defender has only made seven Serie A appearances this term, a figure which has raised doubts over his future.

However, the 2006 World Cup winner is confident that he is still worthy of the Rossoneri jersey.

"I'm happy at Milan," he noted. "Physically speaking, I think that I can continue to give quite a lot at high levels.

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Thursday May 19 2011
Van Der Vaart in Milan link

After links with Napoli's Marek Hamsik and Javier Pastore of Palermo this week, Milan are now being paired with a move for Rafael Van Der Vaart.

The Corriere dello Sport claims that the Tottenham player is one of the club's top priorities on the transfer market.

Milan are looking to build a side that is competitive enough to fight for the Champions League and see Van Der Vaart as a useful addition.

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Thursday May 19 2011
Milan reveal transfer target

Milan chief Adriano Galliani has revealed that the club want to sign a left-sided midfielder this summer.

"If none of our top players leave, which I don't think they will, then Milan will make just one signing – a left-sided midfielder," he noted on the day that the club were linked with Rafael Van Der Vaart.

"We are sorted in defence with Philippe Mexes and Taye Taiwo. And fine in attack if nobody departs."

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