A.C. Milan

  • Deulofeu loves AC Milan but future 'depe...

    Gerard Deulofeu has been surprised by his brilliant start to life at AC Milan but Barcelona will determine whether he stays there permanently, his agent says. Why you must embrace Pep's Man City The winger joined Milan on loan from Everton until the end of the season in January...

    Deulofeu loves AC Milan but future 'depends on Barcelona'

    Gerard Deulofeu has been surprised by his brilliant start to life at AC Milan but Barcelona will determine whether he stays there permanently, his agent says. Why you must embrace Pep's Man City The winger joined Milan on loan from Everton until the end of the season in January and he scored his first goal for the club in last week's 2-1 win over Fiorentina, capping a fine start to his Serie A career. Deulofeu, 22, has immediately settled with Vincenzo Montella's side, but it is Barca – who maintain an option to buy the player from Everton as part of his 2015 Camp Nou exit – who will determine his long-term future in Italy. "So far nobody from Barcelona has contacted us, but clearly his future does depend on what they want because they do have this option," Gines Carvajal, Deulofeu's representative, told Calciomercato. "His partner is staying in Barcelona - she is pregnant and can't really travel at the moment, so their daughter will be born in Barcelona. Griezmann becomes Atletico's all-time leading scorer in Europe "But I wouldn't be so sure that [re-joining Barcelona] is going to happen.  "Right now Barcelona have other things to think about. They need to get back on their feet in LaLiga and overturn the 4-0 Champions League defeat to PSG. "Deulofeu is very happy to be at Milan, so I certainly wouldn't rule out him pushing to remain here after the loan spell. "We often speak and he seems almost surprised at how well he has settled in at Milan. The squad welcomed him, he likes the city, the club infrastructure and the fans. "I was certain of Gerard's quality as he is a great player, but I did not expect him to have such a good start at Milan. "It took a long time for him to arrive, but the determination of Rocco Maiorino, president Silvio Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani had a decisive role.  "Vincenzo Montella really wanted him and it was the right choice to make. Gerard immediately felt the confidence of him and that is fundamental to doing well."  

  • 'It's logical Perez is unhappy' - Arsena...

    Lucas Perez's agent has suggested that it's "logical" that the Arsenal striker is unhappy with his situation at the club, but denied quotes attributed to him suggesting he could join AC Milan. Goal reported last week that Perez had grown frustrated with his lack of playing time ...

    'It's logical Perez is unhappy' - Arsenal striker's agent confirms discontent

    Lucas Perez's agent has suggested that it's "logical" that the Arsenal striker is unhappy with his situation at the club, but denied quotes attributed to him suggesting he could join AC Milan. Goal reported last week that Perez had grown frustrated with his lack of playing time and will look for a way out of the Emirates Stadium soon. Dani Alves slams Barca board Though Rodrigo Fernandez Lovelle has denied quotes in Italian outlet CalcioMercato.com saying that a move could happen this summer to Milan, he says Perez's frustration is justified. "Lucas has a contract with Arsenal. We haven't spoken to AC Milan," his agent told Goal. "It's logical that someone is unhappy if they do not play - that's why he's a professional." The Spaniard has scored a goal every 133 minutes this campaign having made just eight starts. https://t.co/vL74xLzXkq pic.twitter.com/6FDmTllDHp — Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) February 16, 2017 Perez has ambitions of working his way into the Spain national team squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and told manager several months ago Arsene Wenger that he was unhappy at his lack of gametime.

  • Montella dedicates AC Milan win to Berlu...

    AC Milan coach Vincenzo Montella dedicated Sunday's 2-1 victory over Fiorentina at San Siro to outgoing club president Silvio Berlusconi. Deulofeu keeps Milan's European hopes alive All three goals came in the first-half of a compelling contest, with Nikola Kalinic cancelling o...

    Montella dedicates AC Milan win to Berlusconi

    AC Milan coach Vincenzo Montella dedicated Sunday's 2-1 victory over Fiorentina at San Siro to outgoing club president Silvio Berlusconi. Deulofeu keeps Milan's European hopes alive All three goals came in the first-half of a compelling contest, with Nikola Kalinic cancelling out Juraj Kucka's headed opener for the hosts before Gerard Deulofeu curled home what proved to be the winner just past the half-hour mark. And with Berlusconi possibly attending his final home game before a takeover by Chinese investors is completed next month, Montella was particularly pleased to see his side secure what was just their second win in seven outings. "I don't know if it's the last game, but on behalf of the squad I dedicate this victory to president Berlusconi and the director," he told Mediaset Premium. "We are happy to have given them this small gift. "I can only say that the world of football owes a great deal to Berlusconi. His Milan was the most successful Italian club and known all over the world. "I don't know what will happen, but I do know we must thank the president, his ideas and his history." Despite the visitors enjoying plenty of possession and arguably looking the more dangerous going forward, Montella felt that his team were good value for the victory, which moved them to within four points of the final Europa League place. "This is a deserved success, as we created more scoring opportunities than they did," he said. "We could've finished it off in the first half. In the second, it's true that Fiorentina forced us to go deep, but I don't remember a real shot on target from them. "We decided to invite the Viola forward so we could hit them on the counter, but we didn't manage to take those chances. "It's a victory that fills us with pride and keeps us in the running for Europe. In the head-to-head clashes we now have the advantage against both Lazio and Fiorentina, while we still have to play Inter and Atalanta again." Next on the agenda for Milan – who sit four points behind fifth-placed Atalanta – is a trip to Sassuolo next Sunday, while Fiorentina face Borussia Monchengladbach in the second leg of their Europa League tie Thursday ahead of a home clash with Torino next Monday.

  • AC Milan 2-1 Fiorentina: Deulofeu strike...

    First-half goals from Juraj Kucka and Gerard Deulofeu helped AC Milan keep their Europa League qualification hopes alive with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Fiorentina at San Siro. Kucka rose highest to nod home a Jose Sosa free-kick on 16 minutes, only for Nikola Kalinic to get the...

    AC Milan 2-1 Fiorentina: Deulofeu strike keeps Milan's European hopes alive

    First-half goals from Juraj Kucka and Gerard Deulofeu helped AC Milan keep their Europa League qualification hopes alive with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Fiorentina at San Siro. Kucka rose highest to nod home a Jose Sosa free-kick on 16 minutes, only for Nikola Kalinic to get the visitors back on level terms almost immediately as he bagged his 11th goal of the season from close range. RUMOURS: Inter want Vidal But on 31 minutes, Deulofeu claimed what proved to be the winner, bending home his first Serie A goal from the edge of the box. The victory was a welcome one for Vincenzo Montella's side who had picked up only eight points from their previous seven games and were seeking to avoid a third successive home defeat. The result moved the hosts to within four points of Atalanta who currently occupy the final Europa League place. Fiorentina, in contrast, had come into the game in decent form having lost only one of their last five games in all competitions but they missed the chance to climb above the home side. The visitors looked lively going forward right from the off, but it was Milan who took the lead with what was their first meaningful effort on goal. Sosa delivered the outswinging free kick and Kucka took advantage of some slack marking to glance an unstoppable header past Ciprian Tatarusanu. The hosts were to enjoy that lead for just four minutes, however, before Kalinic deservedly got the visitors back on level terms. Borja Valero fed Federico Chiesa down the right, he checked inside to deliver a left-footed cross and Kalinic reacted quickest to prod the ball home at the far post. REVEALED: Serie A FIFA ratings refresh Having played a key role in his side's opener, Valero then undid his good work by giving possession away cheaply in the build up to Milan's second goal on 31 minutes. The Spaniard allowed himself to be robbed by Mario Pasalic who duly found Deulofeu and the on-loan Everton midfielder surged to the edge of the box before beating Tatarusanu with a superb curling shot. And Milan came very close to taking a 3-1 lead into the break, Tatarusanu doing brilliantly to keep out a rasping drive from Pasalic. It was the Tuscan side who began the second half on the front foot and Carlos Sanchez really should have made it 2-2 on 55 minutes, but instead, the Colombian blazed wastefully over from close range having been picked out by Valero's free-kick. And although the hard-working Chiesa then dragged two cross-shots across the face of goal as the home defence continued to creak, the visitors faded a little in the final quarter, perhaps feeling the effects of Thursday's Europa League trip to Borussia Monchengladbach. They were unable to seriously test Gianluigi Donnarumma late, allowing Milan to hang on for a battling win against Montella's former charges.

  • Montella backs Donnarumma for Ballon d'O...

    AC Milan coach Vincenzo Montella believes Gianluigi Donnarumma has the potential to win the Ballon d'Or at some stage in his career. The 17-year-old has developed into a key figure at San Siro since making his first-team debut last term and has already represented Italy at senio...

    Montella backs Donnarumma for Ballon d'Or

    AC Milan coach Vincenzo Montella believes Gianluigi Donnarumma has the potential to win the Ballon d'Or at some stage in his career. The 17-year-old has developed into a key figure at San Siro since making his first-team debut last term and has already represented Italy at senior level despite his tender age. WATCH: Klopp's first 500 days at Anfield No shot-stopper has won the Ballon d'Or since the legendary Lev Yashin in 1963, but Montella has backed Donnarumma to emulate the Russian if he makes the right choices. "For me, Gigio has the potential to win the Ballon d'Or," Montella told Milan Channel. "A lot will depend on which team he chooses, he will have a bigger chance to win it at a big international club like Milan. "It will depend on which club he plays for and his performances for the national team." Donnarumma's contract with Milan is due to expire in June 2018 and a number of clubs are believed to be keeping a close eye on the youngster's situation. He has been linked with Juventus, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool among others over the past few months.

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