AC Milan right to focus on the midfield this summer

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According to the latest reports from Italy, AC Milan have decided to allocate a majority of their summer budget to reinforcing the midfield: an area which has been lacking true quality in the last few years. Therefore, it is only right that the Rossoneri are aiming to fix the issue. 

Thus far, various media outlets have linked them to several midfielders, with the new manager Giampaolo having a say in who would fit into his 4-3-1-2 system. In just a matter of days, concrete links with the likes of Pellegrini, Praet, Sensi, Torreira and Veretout have emerged, making it tough to separate the facts from fiction. Continue reading

Two scenarios behind AC Milan’s decision to keep Suso

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Just a few weeks ago, it seemed like Suso would be on his way out of AC Milan this summer. Instead, following a meeting between the Rossoneri and the player’s agent on Thursday, it looks like the Spaniard will remain. However, what is behind this sudden change in strategy?

Of course, no one can question the decision to keep Suso if you look at his quality. In recent years, he’s been one of the best players for the Rossoneri, getting good numbers despite his usual ups and downs during the course of a season. However, will he even be usable in Giampaolo’s 4-3-1-2 formation next season? Continue reading

AC Milan’s summer revolution: taking a look at the new management

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In the last few weeks, a lot has changed for AC Milan. After missing out on the Champions League once again, although this time they came really close, it was obvious that a revolution was needed.

To make a long story short, the decision of both Gattuso and Leonardo to leave the club had a significant impact on the outcome of the Rossoneri’s new management, which after weeks now seems to be as good as done. In addition to these departures, with UEFA and FFP bearing down their throat, a change in strategy was needed.

With CEO Ivan Gazidis at the helm, the new management was formed. Paolo Maldini, who during the past season worked alongside Leonardo, was officially named as the club’s new technical director yesterday. In addition to the former captain, yet another legend was appointed by the Rossoneri: Zvonimir Boban. The Croatian was favoured by Maldini, taking the role as the Chief Football Officer, leaving his job at FIFA.

In other words, Elliott (the owners) are not messing about, giving it a second go after their first season with the club nearly ended in glory. Obviously, the departure of Leonardo wasn’t ideal, especially with regards to the transfer market, though his honest approach will also be missed.

So, what can AC Milan expect from his replacement, Boban? Well, as it seems, he’s very straightforward and direct in his approach, which often reflects in his work. This is something that the San Siro side certainly needs: clarity. In addition to this, his friendship with Maldini will hopefully keep them on the same page, avoiding any internal conflicts.

Of course, the management is far from complete, with at least two important positions left to fill: the manager and the sporting director. As it seems, however, Milan have already found their men, and only the official announcement is missing. For the managerial role, it’s expected that Giampaolo will be revealed on Monday, as he was officially let go by Sampdoria today.

In regards to the sporting director role, former Roma director Frederic Massara is in pole position for the job, having left the Giallorossi earlier this month. Perhaps, as Milan decided to announce two new additions to the management in Boban and Maldini, they might do the same on Monday, thus revealing both Giampaolo and Massara.

For once, the entire Rossoneri management seems to be on the same page, which is a huge relief, to say the least. Furthermore, it consists of qualified people, something which Milan have lacked over the years. Given how things are developing on the transfer market, which will be looked at in a separate piece, one can only hope that the San Siro side are actually on their way back.

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Handanović relieved to secure Champions League berth

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Samir Handanović spoke to Inter TV in the immediate aftermath of the Nerazzurri’s crucial 2-1 victory over Empoli last night. The Nerazzurri captain once again turned in a superb performance, making several critical saves before Radja Nainggolan scored a typically late winner in front of a packed San Siro. Here is what the Slovenian had to say: Continue reading

Nainggolan thanks Inter fans for their unwavering support

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Radja Nainggolan spoke to the media in the immediate aftermath of Inter’s 2-1 victory over Empoli last night, which secured their passage to the group stage of next season’s UEFA Champions League. Indeed, the Belgian scored the goal which ultimately allowed the Nerazzurri to achieve their main objective, but reserved special praise for the club’s fans for their support throughout the match. Here is what he had to say: Continue reading

Spalletti delighted by Inter’s never say die attitude

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Luciano Spalletti spoke to the media in the aftermath of last night’s 2-1 victory over Empoli, which allowed Inter to secure a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League group stage. The Tuscan coach was very pleased by his players’ willingness to fight until the end and overcoming the nerves and tension within the confines of San Siro. Here is what he had to say: Continue reading

Spalletti warns Inter players to roll up their sleeves against Empoli

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Luciano Spalletti spoke to the media in the aftermath of Inter’s 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Napoli last night. While keen to stress that qualification for next season’s UEFA Champions League group stage remains in the Nerazzurri’s hands, the Tuscan tactician did not hold back when asked what went wrong for his side at the Stadio San Paolo. Here is what he had to say: Continue reading

Spalletti full of praise for Icardi and Lautaro ahead of Napoli showdown

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Luciano Spalletti held his traditional pre-match press conference ahead of Inter’s crucial Serie A match against Napoli tomorrow night. It is clear the 60-year-old Tuscan is under no illusions about how tough an encounter it will be, while he was also full of praise for Argentine duo Mauro Icardi and Lautaro Martínez. Here is what he said to the journalists who gathered at the Suning Training Centre earlier this afternoon: Continue reading

Škriniar happy and proud to extend Inter contract

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On the day he extended his Inter contract until the summer of 2023, Milan Škriniar spoke of his delight to Sky Sport and Inter TV. Here is what the Slovak defender had to say: “It’s a great milestone for me, I’m very happy to have extended my contract with Inter and I’m proud that I’ll be able to wear this shirt in the future. I want to thank the club and the fans for the confidence that they’ve always shown in me. Continue reading

Spalletti insists Inter are fully-focused on securing Champions League berth

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Luciano Spalletti spoke to the media ahead of Inter’s crucial Serie A match against Chievo tomorrow night. Here is what the 60-year-old said to the journalists who gathered at the Suning Training Centre earlier this afternoon: Continue reading