A.C. Milan

  • Milan leaving Ibrahimovic return call in...

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be “free to choose his new team”, says AC Milan president Paolo Scaroni, with transfer decisions being left in the hands of others. A return to San Siro for the former Rossoneri and Inter striker has been mooted on the back of his impressive exploits in M...

    Milan leaving Ibrahimovic return call in the hands of 'fantastic' Swede

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be “free to choose his new team”, says AC Milan president Paolo Scaroni, with transfer decisions being left in the hands of others. A return to San Siro for the former Rossoneri and Inter striker has been mooted on the back of his impressive exploits in MLS with the LA Galaxy. Despite being 37 years of age, the enigmatic Swede is showing no sign of slowing down and is considered to have more than enough to offer a leading side in Europe. Ibrahimovic has sought to quash talk regarding a second spell with Milan, with it his intention to remain in America, but speculation continues to build as a number of sides explore the option of landing a proven performer. Scaroni is among those who would welcome a deal, but he is not pushing for one as he considers Gennaro Gattuso to already have plenty of attacking talent on his books. “Ibrahimovic will be free to choose his new team,” Scaroni told Gazzetta dello Sport. “He’s a fantastic player. I love him as a fan for how he combines his height with agility, but I don’t make decisions with regards to transfers. “Besides, my absolute favourite player is already in our team: Suso. Leonardo and [Paolo] Maldini have been our great success. “They’ve given stability and competence to a club who, in recent years, had lost direction.” Milan have endured a turbulent period of late, with inconsistent results on the field mirroring the problems being experienced off it. A successful takeover by Elliott Management Corporation has helped to steady the ship, with it possible that further investment could be welcomed as familiar faces from the club’s past also offer assistance to those now at the helm. Scaroni added: “There are no negotiations with investors, there aren’t any in sight and neither are we looking for any. “If a fantastic buyer comes up then who knows, but right now there isn’t scope for one. Gordon Singer carefully monitors investments, purchases and sales. “[Silvio] Berlusconi calls me from time to time. He has his own ideas and is very decisive with them. “[Adriano] Galliani is a real Rossoneri fan and a great expert of football. If he speaks then I listen to him.”

  • 'I don't like being whistled!' - Chelsea...

    Tiemoue Bakayoko believes he can silence his doubters at Milan after struggling to make his mark following a loan switch from Chelsea. The France international midfielder moved to Stamford Bridge for £40 million ($51m) in the summer of 2017, but failed to convince during a one-s...

    'I don't like being whistled!' - Chelsea flop Bakayoko out to turn Milan jeers into cheers

    Tiemoue Bakayoko believes he can silence his doubters at Milan after struggling to make his mark following a loan switch from Chelsea. The France international midfielder moved to Stamford Bridge for £40 million ($51m) in the summer of 2017, but failed to convince during a one-season stint in England. Maurizio Sarri deemed him surplus to requirements after taking the Blues reins, with Bakayoko allowed to move to San Siro on a deal which includes a permanent purchase option. Milan have looked unlikely to trigger that clause, with a summer addition enduring a tough time in Serie A, but a much-maligned performer retains full confidence in his ability to turn things around. Bakayoko told Sky Sport Italia: “I don't like being whistled, but I understand it. I hope they applaud me soon. “I have done good things but I am only at the beginning. I hope to be decisive and to help Milan re-enter the top four in Serie A.  “Franck Kessie? He has helped me adjust a lot, above all with the language. I hope to speak Italian soon.” Changing systems in Milan have done little to aid Bakayoko’s cause, but the 24-year-old claims he can alter his game to meet the demands of his manager. He added: “The 4-4-2 is the formation I prefer, but even in a 4-3-3 I found myself playing well in the last game.  “My position has changed, but I believe that I have done well. I have been able to help the team more.  “I am upset about the result against Juventus, but this is football. I am happy with how I played.” Bakayoko hopes that working with Gennaro Gattuso can help him to rediscover his form, with there similarities to be found between the Rossoneri boss and his former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte. He added: “Conte and Gattuso are somewhat similar, they give a lot and ask even more from the players, during training and in games. “They have the same style of training, bringing along ideas of great value.” Bakayoko has made 12 appearances for Milan so far and is yet to open his goal account for the club.

  • Milan defender Strinic 'never thought ab...

    Ivan Strinic insists he never considered retiring from football despite a heart problem which has delayed his debut at Milan. The 31-year-old moved a step closer to making his first appearance for the Rossoneri after doctors passed him fit to begin training with the club on Mond...

    Milan defender Strinic 'never thought about retiring' despite heart problem

    Ivan Strinic insists he never considered retiring from football despite a heart problem which has delayed his debut at Milan. The 31-year-old moved a step closer to making his first appearance for the Rossoneri after doctors passed him fit to begin training with the club on Monday. Strinic took an indefinite break from football after routine medical testing found he was suffering from a heart problem shortly after signing for Milan on a free transfer from Sampdoria. His hiatus was used for tests on his condition while he rested in the aftermath of a World Cup in which he featured in all but one of runners-up Croatia's matches. But, despite the uncertainty over his health, Strinic says he never once thought about quitting football and is keen to return to the pitch as soon as possible. He told 24sata: "During the last 10 years I've always imagined how would it be to have two to three months' rest, but now I just want to get back on the pitch as soon as possible. "I never thought about retiring, especially not after the World Cup and everything that happened to us after Russia. It gave me new energy and belief that my career can still go up. "But now I am looking at everything a little differently, I will pay more attention to my eating habits and rest. "I agreed with the club to work on a special programme, we'll see for how long and what are the coach's plans. "My aim is to return as soon as possible but I am aware it will take a few months to reach top physical condition and shape. "If everything will be okay, it should be by the time Euro 2020 qualifiers will start. "I want to thank doctors and I don't blame them for being too cautious. It's better to be cautious than wrong!" The left-back's impending return comes as a boost to Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso, whose side are currently fifth in the Serie A table after a mixed start to the season. A statement on the club's official website said: "During the last few days, Ivan Strinic has undergone a series of medical examinations at the Cardiology Clinic in Padua coordinated by Prof Domenico Corrado, one of the leading international experts in sports cardiology. "The diagnosis is 'athlete's heart' reversible hypertrophy. Therefore, the footballer may immediately resume sporting activities after three months' suspension. "The Croatian defender will start training again at Milanello sports centre from next Monday."

  • Dybala 'not thinking about the transfer ...

    Juventus forward Paulo Dybala has rejected the notion that he could leave the club next year and has pledged to help the team fight for major trophies. The Italian champions are on course to retain their crown after just three-and-a-half months of the new season, having already ...

    Dybala 'not thinking about the transfer market' as Man Utd rumours resurface

    Juventus forward Paulo Dybala has rejected the notion that he could leave the club next year and has pledged to help the team fight for major trophies. The Italian champions are on course to retain their crown after just three-and-a-half months of the new season, having already moved six points clear of second-placed Napoli. Massimilano Allegri's men are unbeaten in Serie A after 12 matches and are also exerting their dominance on the European stage, sitting top of their Champions League group ahead of Manchester United. Dybala has played a vital role in Juve's recent success, contributing six goals in 14 games so far this term, and at 25 years of age he appears to be approaching his prime. The Argentine playmaker sat down with the Daily Mirror to discuss his life in Turin and took the opportunity to dismiss rumours linking him with a move to Old Trafford. "I’m not thinking about the transfer market," Dybala said. "Right now I’m really happy at Juventus and the focus is simply winning all the titles here." Dybala went on to discuss his relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo, who arrived at the Allianz Stadium during the summer from Real Madrid and has been an instant hit in Italy. It had been suggested that the Portuguese maestro's presence might overshadow his own ability to make an impact on the pitch, but the Bianconeri star is adamant that they work well in tandem. "Ever since Ronaldo arrived, we have been, and we are, really happy together," Dybala added. "I think we have been doing well. We have scored really important goals for Juventus together. "Cristiano arrived only recently, but we all know the importance that he has on everyone and we knew his style from before. "We know how he plays and how he works. Of course, you have to make small changes, but we are happy and we are going to score a lot of goals together." Next up after the international break for Juventus is a home game against SPAL on November 24, before a Champions League showdown against Valencia three days later.        

  • Suso: Who wouldn't want Real Madrid inte...

    AC Milan winger Suso admits he is flattered by rumoured interest from Real Madrid. The former Liverpool forward is in glittering form for Milan, having recorded five goals and eight assists in just 15 games in all competitions this season.  And Suso believes that the links to L...

    Suso: Who wouldn't want Real Madrid interest?

    AC Milan winger Suso admits he is flattered by rumoured interest from Real Madrid. The former Liverpool forward is in glittering form for Milan, having recorded five goals and eight assists in just 15 games in all competitions this season.  And Suso believes that the links to Los Blancos are proof that he is performing well and that it is normal to be proud of such interest. "When the best teams in the world are interested in you, it is normal to be proud that things are going well," he said to Radio Marca.  "Who would not be happy for Real Madrid to be interested in you? To make the jump to one of the biggest teams in the world is always a happy thing." Suso reiterated his contentment with life in Italy and with Milan despite the links to Madrid, however, reserving particular praise for his club coach Gennaro Gattuso. "Playing at home [in Spain] is always beautiful, now I am in a country whose culture is very similar to the Spanish one and at the moment I am very happy there. "I feel important in the team, I am very comfortable, I am happy and I get along quite well with the coach. "It's like when [Gattuso] played, the intensity he had as a coach has not lost it, when he finishes training he's the nicest and friendliest person you can find, he's the perfect man for the club we're in." The forward has been called up to the Spain squad with regularity by Luis Enrique since he took over as the head coach of the national team, and Suso is happy to be joined by Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba for the first time in Enrique's tenure. "The coach knows what he has to do, on this occasion he believes it is fair to bring [Alba] and I am very happy for him. We know he is one of the best." Spain take on Croatia in the Nations League on Thursday knowing they can seal top spot in the Group with a win. 

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