A.C. Milan

  • Milan vice-captain Abate out for season ...

    AC Milan vice-captain Ignazio Abate will miss the remainder of the season due to an eye injury. Alexis & Ozil to resume talks in summer The 30-year-old was injured in Milan's 1-0 win over Sassuolo last month, suffering what Milan describe as a "blunt force trauma" to his left e...

    Milan vice-captain Abate out for season with eye injury

    AC Milan vice-captain Ignazio Abate will miss the remainder of the season due to an eye injury. Alexis & Ozil to resume talks in summer The 30-year-old was injured in Milan's 1-0 win over Sassuolo last month, suffering what Milan describe as a "blunt force trauma" to his left eye and has travelled to the United States for treatment. Abate made 23 Serie A appearances this season, most of them as skipper due to the injury of regular captain Riccardo Montolivo. A club statement read: "The results of the visit are positive and the recovery is proceeding smoothly. Therapies will give Abate the opportunity to resume during the summer preparation phase for the 2017-2018 season." Mattia De Sciglio has taken Abate's place at right-back and as captain in his absence in their last three games.

  • I would lose my mind! - Deulofeu not thi...

    Gerard Deulofeu says he would lose his mind if he began to think about the prospect of returning to Barcelona. The winger joined AC Milan on loan from Everton until the end of the season in January and has made an impressive start to his Serie A career to earn a recall to Spain'...

    I would lose my mind! - Deulofeu not thinking about Barcelona return

    Gerard Deulofeu says he would lose his mind if he began to think about the prospect of returning to Barcelona. The winger joined AC Milan on loan from Everton until the end of the season in January and has made an impressive start to his Serie A career to earn a recall to Spain's squad for the matches against Israel and France. Deulofeu, 23, has immediately settled with Vincenzo Montella's side, but it is Barca - who maintain a €12million option to buy the player from Everton as part of his 2015 Camp Nou exit - who will determine his long-term future. Alexis wins Arsenal respite in Chile And rumours of a Camp Nou return were fuelled this week when Robert Fernandez, the Catalans' technical secretary, welcomed Deulofeu's form, stating that holding an option to re-sign him is a positive thing for Barca. "Barcelona's interest? I expected that question!" Deulofeu told reporters.  "It is great to hear these things, but if I didn't think in the present I would lose my mind. "In football, I have learned to forget the past, think about the present and the future will come as it may - thinking about it would be a mistake. "Currently I'm on loan at Milan, I'm owned by Everton and Barca have a buyback option. Right now I'm only thinking about Milan and the Spanish national team." Deulofeu welcomed the positive impact his move to Milan has had on his career. He continued: "If I had not accepted Milan then I definitely wouldn't have been called to the national team. "It is a great club and right now I am not thinking about anything else. I am very happy at Milan, the coach and his staff have given me a lot of confidence and I'm also happy with the relationship with my team-mates. "When I learned of the interest from Milan I didn't think twice about it. If I'm in this form then it is thanks to the trust everyone at Milan has placed in me." Deulofeu only has one Spain cap - picked up in May 2014 - and is relishing the chance to return under Julen Lopetegui.  "I'm a more intelligent and consistent player over 90 minutes," he said. "I am now preparing for matches much better beyond training and I have found the consistency Lopetegui and I were after. "It was a big surprise to get the call and it makes me very proud to be with the national team. I want to help them."

  • 'His dad said no' - Sir Alex on Man Utd ...

    Family loyalty prevented Italy great Paolo Maldini from moving to Manchester United from AC Milan, according to Alex Ferguson. 'Mourinho & Conte's fight was so funny!' Two towering figures of football's modern era, Maldini won seven Serie A titles and five European titles durin...

    'His dad said no' - Sir Alex on Man Utd missing out on Maldini

    Family loyalty prevented Italy great Paolo Maldini from moving to Manchester United from AC Milan, according to Alex Ferguson. 'Mourinho & Conte's fight was so funny!' Two towering figures of football's modern era, Maldini won seven Serie A titles and five European titles during a 25-year Milan career, while Ferguson's 13 Premier League crowns and two Champions League triumphs established United as a dominant force at home and abroad. Speaking at the launch event for the International Champions Cup in New York, Ferguson spoke on stage alongside Maldini and said his father – former Italy boss Cesare – gave the prospect of the all-time great left-back moving to Old Trafford short shrift. "I did try [to sign Maldini] but when I met his father he was quite formidable, I got a shake of the head," Ferguson explained in a light-hearted exchange. "He said, 'My grandfather is Milan, my father is, I am Milan, my sons are Milan. Forget it'." Ferguson bowed out having secured his final Premier League title at the end of the 2012-13 season and concedes to still missing the thrill of the big occasion. "I must admit, I miss the big games – the cup finals. They are fantastic," he said. Mourinho: Modern players are brats! "The year after I retired, I went to the Atletico Madrid versus Real Madrid final and I said to [his wife] Cathy, 'these are the games'. "It turns inside your stomach for an hour before the game. When the players are out for their warm-up, you're on your own. "You're looking for someone to talk to, you just can't wait for the game to start. The excitement is boiling up in you and I really miss that." Barcelona Man City Real Madrid LA Galaxy Real Salt Lake Full details of #MUTOUR, presented by @Aon_plc: https://t.co/qGQjvFWlHb pic.twitter.com/fkWOJ3mE2o — Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 21, 2017 United will face local rivals City on July 20 as part of the ICC, which will also feature Real Madrid, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Tottenham, Juventus and Roma in its Stateside leg. Ferguson helmed pre-season tours to the United States during his later years in charge and believes such occasions add an extra intensity to a side's preparations for the forthcoming campaign. "Many years ago, our pre-season was probably done in a less intense way," he added. We'd go to Scandinavia and places like that for a gentle build-up until the matchdays started in the league. "When we went to the States it became more serious. Sir Alex: Man Utd should focus on Europa League "The difference is that we can't afford to lose to Barcelona or Real Madrid or Manchester City or Milan. The expectation is too big. "That's why you always get the full product when Manchester United play in these games."

  • Barcelona director refuses to rule out D...

    Barcelona could welcome a couple of familiar faces back to Camp Nou this summer, with club director Robert Fernandez admitting to tracking Gerard Deulofeu and Hector Bellerin. Both men took the first steps in their respective careers as part of the famed La Masia academy system ...

    Barcelona director refuses to rule out Deulofeu and Bellerin deals

    Barcelona could welcome a couple of familiar faces back to Camp Nou this summer, with club director Robert Fernandez admitting to tracking Gerard Deulofeu and Hector Bellerin. Both men took the first steps in their respective careers as part of the famed La Masia academy system in Catalonia. Deulofeu future 'depends on Barca' Deulofeu made the step up to the senior fold, but was sent out on loan to Everton and Sevilla before making a permanent switch to Goodison Park. He is now taking in a loan stint at AC Milan, with his performances in Italy earning him a recall to the Spain squad. His efforts have not gone unnoticed, with Barca retaining a buy-back option in the deal which took the 23-year-old winger to Everton. Fernandez told Cadena Ser on a possible homecoming for Deulofeu: “We have the possibility and that is good, we have the possibility to do it and I am very happy of what is happening. “He was at Everton and wasn’t playing. He made the transfer to Milan, is playing and has been called up for the national team. We will wait for events. It is good news to have the possibility. I think it’s €12m to recover him.” While Deulofeu has already graced the first team at Barcelona, Bellerin left for Arsenal in 2011. He has developed into a proven Premier League and international performer with the Gunners, with his performances sparking speculation of a possible return to his roots. Bellerin: Barca interest is special Bellerin is tied to a long-term contract at Emirates Stadium, but Barca continue to monitor his situation. Fernandez added: “He is a good player and he is playing very well at Arsenal. He is young and very interesting.”

  • Juventus target Donnarumma wants to stay...

    Gianluigi Donnarumma has reiterated his desire to stay at AC Milan for the foreseeable future. The 18-year-old goalkeeper is regarded as one of the biggest talents in the game and has been linked with a move away from San Siro on numerous occasions. New Messi record amazes Barc...

    Juventus target Donnarumma wants to stay at AC Milan

    Gianluigi Donnarumma has reiterated his desire to stay at AC Milan for the foreseeable future. The 18-year-old goalkeeper is regarded as one of the biggest talents in the game and has been linked with a move away from San Siro on numerous occasions. New Messi record amazes Barca boss Juventus reportedly see the Italy international as the long-term replacement for Gianluigi Buffon, while a number of Premier League clubs have also been credited with an interest in Donnarumma. But the shot-stopper has made it clear a transfer is not on his mind at this stage in his career. "I hope to stay at Milan," Donnarumma told Sport Mediaset. "I want to stay because I am a Milan fan." The youngster's contract is due to expire in 2018 and there has not yet been an agreement in talks over a new deal. Donnarumma sees no reason for concern just yet, though, and will let his agent Mino Raiola handle the matter. "My contract is something my agent will deal with," he added.

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