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  • Dolberg: Real Madrid would be fine but I...

    Ajax striker Kasper Dolberg is tempted by the thought of playing for Real Madrid but insists he is in no rush to leave the club. Bet on Madrid to win the Champions League The 19-year-old scored 23 goals across all competitions in an outstanding 2016-17 season, including six in ...

    Dolberg: Real Madrid would be fine but I won't leave Ajax yet

    Ajax striker Kasper Dolberg is tempted by the thought of playing for Real Madrid but insists he is in no rush to leave the club. Bet on Madrid to win the Champions League The 19-year-old scored 23 goals across all competitions in an outstanding 2016-17 season, including six in 13 appearances during his side's run to the Europa League final. The Denmark international was linked with a move to the Premier League but talk of interest from Madrid has increased in recent weeks, with the Spanish and European champions in need of attacking reinforcements after selling Alvaro Morata and Mariano Diaz. Dolberg sees the appeal of following a similar career path to team-mate Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who played for Madrid, AC Milan and Schalke before returning to the Amsterdam club this year, but the younger man is happy to commit to Ajax for now. "It might be somewhat strange in modern day football, where everyone appears to be for sale, but [director of football Marc] Overmars made a statement with his comment that I am not for sale," Dolberg told De Telegraaf. "And I am fine with it. I want to stay and will not be leaving." Barca wait for Neymar as Messi steps in Asked if he would like to go on a similar trajectory to Huntelaar, Dolberg insisted he will go his own way. "Real Madrid would be alright. Milan and Schalke are nice clubs as well," he added. "And everyone dreams about finishing second and third at a World Cup. I will just follow my own path, though."

  • 'I can't put a gun to his head' - Higuai...

    Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain is eager for Paulo Dybala to ignore reported interest from Barcelona but admits that he "can't point a gun at his head and tell him to stay". Bet on Juve to win the Champions League Dybala has been linked with a move to Camp Nou as a replacement...

    'I can't put a gun to his head' - Higuain wants Dybala to snub Barcelona

    Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain is eager for Paulo Dybala to ignore reported interest from Barcelona but admits that he "can't point a gun at his head and tell him to stay". Bet on Juve to win the Champions League Dybala has been linked with a move to Camp Nou as a replacement for Neymar, should the Brazil star complete a world-record €222 million switch to Paris Saint-Germain. Higuain, who spent six years in La Liga with Real Madrid, understands the attraction of joining one of the country's top clubs but insists that his team-mate would be better served by staying in Turin. "Dybala is at a delicate age," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "I went to Real Madrid at 19 and I was there until I was 25, but I was at an important club for a long time. "Everyone wants to play with great players and I can't point a gun at his head and tell him to stay. Everyone should do what makes them happy, just like he is here. We all want him to stay. "Last year we were convinced we could win [the Champions League] and we got to the final; this year will be tougher because other teams have strengthened. "He shouldn't just stay to win the Champions League, but for the seventh Scudetto and a fourth Coppa Italia in a row. If we then get that particular trophy, so much the better. "He's been at Juve for two years, he has consistency here. He's young, he's very happy here, the club and the fans all love him, as do we, and Juve helped him grow. "Paulo will know what's best for him to do." Juve have already suffered the loss of a high-profile first-team star, with centre-back Leonardo Bonucci having made a shock move to AC Milan. Kenedy removed from Chelsea tour Higuain is confident his side can cope without the Italy international, though, and has warned his old team-mate that he will not prevent him from scoring. "Bonucci helped Juve to win for many years," said the Argentina forward. "Now he's gone to a direct rival but we are still very strong. We have the players to make sure we won't feel his absence. "Bonucci will be hungry but we will have the same determination to try to win a seventh title in a row. When he plays against me, I'll score."

  • Maldini hails Bonucci capture and backs ...

    AC Milan icon Paolo Maldini has welcomed the audacious signing of Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus and hopes the Rossoneri are now equipped to return to the Champions League. Milan's squad has been comprehensively overhauled in the off-season, Italy international Bonucci joined by...

    Maldini hails Bonucci capture and backs Milan for Champions League challenge

    AC Milan icon Paolo Maldini has welcomed the audacious signing of Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus and hopes the Rossoneri are now equipped to return to the Champions League. Milan's squad has been comprehensively overhauled in the off-season, Italy international Bonucci joined by the likes of Franck Kessie, Lucas Biglia and Andre Silva in moving to San Siro.  Get Milan at 6/1 to win Serie A One of the best defenders in the history of the game, Maldini is certainly qualified to assess the merits of Milan's marquee signing and the 49-year-old, who hung up his boots in 2009, is a fan of his Azzurri successor.  "It's certainly difficult to find [good] centre-backs and Bonucci's one of the best," he told Sky Italia. "Bonucci's certainly an excellent buy. "It seems a bit early for them [Milan] to go for the Scudetto, but they'll fight for a place in the Champions League." According to Maldini, the full impact of Bonucci's departure from Juve will not be known until the end of next month and may depend on the Scudetto holders' own recruitment activity. "First of all, we have to say the transfer window is still open and that we have to wait until it's closed before we can pass judgement on any team," he said. "But Juve's strength is their group, which has been in place for several years now."

  • Bonucci reveals why he left Juventus for...

    Leonardo Bonucci has revealed that he felt "the bond had faded" at Juventus and says that was a key reason he elected to move to AC Milan this summer. Milan 6/1 to win Serie A The centre-back had established himself as a cult figure in Turin, playing two Champions League fina...

    Bonucci reveals why he left Juventus for Serie A rivals AC Milan

    Leonardo Bonucci has revealed that he felt "the bond had faded" at Juventus and says that was a key reason he elected to move to AC Milan this summer. Milan 6/1 to win Serie A The centre-back had established himself as a cult figure in Turin, playing two Champions League finals, but though Juve fell at the final hurdle again Madrid in May, he felt things had gone as far as they could for him at the club. “When you are part of a group for seven years, you leave something - I hope - beautiful inside each of your former team-mates. I had intense seven years with Juventus, in which I gave so much to them and vice versa,” he told Milan TV . “In the last part of the last season, this bond had faded a bit on both sides and thus it was decided for us to go our separate ways. I was lucky enough to have this offer from Milan, which intensified quickly. “From now on, I’ll think only of Milan.” Additionally, there were many players at San Siro that the 30-year-old looked up to as a youngster. Alessandro Nesta, for example, was the player who inspired him to become a defender. He pinpointed Nesta as a player who has particularly influenced him, citing the former Lazio and Italy ace as one of his boyhood heroes. “The players who played for Milan when I was a child are legends for what they’ve won and given to football. Then, when I got bigger, Nesta became my idol and I went on to become a defender,” he told Milan TV. Pique: Neymar is starting “That being said, they’ve written important pages in the history of football and this club.  “I’m at the beginning of my Milan career and I hope to do my bit in helping this jersey back to its previous heights.” Having finished sixth in Serie A last season, Milan again missed out on Champions League football.

  • 'I sent 10 messages a day!' - Montella p...

    AC Milan coach Vincenzo Montella has claimed he was the driving force behind the stunning capture of Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus, having convinced the club to move for the Italy international. Bonucci joined the Rossoneri from the Serie A title-holders this month for a report...

    'I sent 10 messages a day!' - Montella pestered Milan chiefs to sign Bonucci

    AC Milan coach Vincenzo Montella has claimed he was the driving force behind the stunning capture of Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus, having convinced the club to move for the Italy international. Bonucci joined the Rossoneri from the Serie A title-holders this month for a reported fee of €40 million, announcing Milan as a force to be reckoned with in the transfer market following a takeover by Chinese investors. Milan are 6/1 to win the Serie A title Despite suggestions of a rift with Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri, few expected the Azzurri centre-back, a key man for club and country, to leave Turin. Montella, though, having received a tip-off, ensured his team did not miss an opportunity to stage a major coup. "I was convinced it was achievable, I trusted those who told me, while my leaders had a different perception," he was quoted as saying by Gazzetta dello Sport. "I sent [sporting director Massimo] Mirabelli at least 10 messages a day, with only three words: 'Good morning, or good night, director: Bonucci'." Montella is not concerned about Bonucci disrupting the dynamic among the squad and acknowledged his arrival may prompt a change to a three-man defence in 2017-18. "It intrigues me as an idea," he said of the potential for a switch in formation. "But I must say that with these players we can really use so many systems. "Bonucci is a highly-competitive professional, he will be an example for young players. I do not know if without him Juve has been weakened, but we certainly have strengthened ourselves.  "[And] I do not think he will be too big of a presence in the locker room." Having spent big to overhaul the team, Milan are expected to allow several players to depart before the transfer window closes next month. Among those seemingly at risk of being offloaded is M'Baye Niang, but Montella indicated the French forward could yet earn a reprieve. All the latest transfer rumours "Niang against Bayern made a brilliant match," he said of Milan's 4-0 International Champions Cup victory over the Bundesliga title holders. "He can become a top player, but he needs to improve himself in managing himself when things are fine. There is no reason not to believe in him, it depends more on M'Baye."

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