Italian football legend Andrea Pirlo has revealed that he could have lined up for the best team in the world in Barcelona if he wanted to.
The AC Milan legend said he rejected a potential move to join Pep Guardiola’s ‘perfect’ team.
Pirlo started his pro career through a host of Italian football clubs like Brescia, Inter Milan, and Reggina before he developed into a superstar at Milan following his big-money move. He was with the Rossoneri for a decade before he decided to leave. He moved to Serie A giant Juventus as he left in the pecking order at the San Siro.
Pirlo said that before his move to play for the Bianconeri, he could have moved to Nou Camp.
“When I was at Milan, we played a friendly game at the Camp Nou and after the game, Pep Guardiola called me into his office inside the stadium. He asked me if I would like to play under him at Barcelona. It was very nice for me, to have been asked to his office and told that. At that time, Milan would never have allowed me to leave though,” Pirlo said recently in an interview with L’Equipe.
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Sergio Barilla, the agent of AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca has denied the reports which suggest the 30 years old Colombian international is on his way to leaving the club.
The agent reiterated that his client is fully committed and happy in AC Milan and does not intend to leave the San Siro
Bacca, who joined AC Millan from Sevilla for a transfer fee of €30 million, was a subject of transfer speculations all summer with top clubs in Europe like Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain and West Ham all gunning for the signature of the prolific AC Milan attacker.
At the beginning of the season, the 30-year-old striker revealed he almost completed a move to Paris Saint-Germain, with West Ham united manager claiming Bacca favored a move to Arsenal.
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After reports that the Spanish midfielder might be making a switch to AC Milan during the January transfer window, it is now believed that the Italian club is not interesting in going forward with the deal.
Cesc Fabregas who has lost his place in Chelsea’s first team apparently wants to remain to London in order to fight for his place.
There have been media reports last week that AC Milan’s representatives have traveled to London in order to join Chelsea’s representative. It was believed that the Italian club was trying to convince their London counterpart to allow Fabregas to come on loan.
But it is now believed that the Italian club is no more interested to sign the player and that they are considering other options. There are rumors that the Italian club considers Fabregas salary as a major stumbling block for the deal and that they are now considering cheaper options to boost their squad.
AC Milan has made a good start to their Serie A season this year, and their coach Vincenzo Montella is putting his trust in a group of young players. They were looking to add more experienced in the side and considered Fabregas as an ideal candidate to help boost the team in the center of the park.
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AC Milan coach Vincenzo Montello has stated that AC Milan should win their fans back. He said that the club is nothing without its supporters, and it is up to the players to win them back to the team.
He was speaking after the match that saw AC Milan beat Torino 3-2. Although AC Milan managed to win the game, it was by no means an easy game and they could have ended up the match with a defeat. It is only because of some poor defending by Torino that the team managed to score 3 goals.
Vincenzo Montella believes that the only way for AC Milan to get back to the top of the Serie A will be to get the fans back behind the team. He said that this is not a new problem and that it is up to the players to change that. He said that fans are not angry with the team or with the coach, but they are just disappointed with the way the club has been playing for a few seasons now.
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Vincenzo Montella had a desire to wear AC Milan shirt when he was playing the game, but, he could not have that desire turning into reality as the Rossoneri did not come to him seeking his services at any point.
However, now that it has been quite a long time since he hung his boots, he is going to be in Milan shirt, not playing, but, coaching the team and in his first interview he joked that even though his hairs are starting to change their colouring and become slightly greyish, he can still be useful to the Italian giants. Montella says he got himself into coaching post retirement because he was pretty curious about how the coaches work and what sort of pressure comes with the job. According to Montella, the coaches who are his role models have worked at AC Milan and they have set great benchmarks and he would also want to touch that level and get Milan dominating at the country level and at the continent level.
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AC Milan is all geared up with preparations for the Series A season on the final weekend, although it’s been a busier week with progress that is being made to find new ownership.
There has been a Chinese consortium granted specially for sale and there will be negotiations which will take place over the coming weeks for an agreement before 15th
of June. It is indeed promising and also had opened the door for Milan as it has become a good proposition as far as the target for summer transfers is concerned. The rise in investment as well as financial power in the market can let the Rossoneri to look for high profile names that include the former player Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Swedish footballer recently expressed his desire to join back San Siro. He said that he had a good relationship with AC Milan and has a genuine concern for them as the club has been the biggest one that he has played for. He said that he was reluctant to leave Milan and it was due to other people that he had to take the extreme step. He is very keen to return and has said the news will soon be revealed.
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Former AC Milan player Cesare Maldini has died at the age of 84. The football world, in general, has paid tribute to one of football greats on Tuesday morning. There were many former team-mates as well as club representatives that were present at the ceremony. Cesare Maldini has made more than 400 appearances for AC Milan and scored three goals during the period 1954 to 1963 and has won 4 League titles during that time.
He also won the European Cup in 1963. He was considered as being one of the best defenders of his generation. He also had a managerial career after his retirement as a player where he managed several clubs such as AC Milan, Foggia, Ternana, and Parma. His best accomplishment as a manager will be to win a Copa Italia and Cup Winners Cup double with AC Milan. He will also help Parma get their promotion to the Serie B.
On the international level, Cesare Maldini will manage the Italy senior team during the period 1996-1998. He will help the team qualify for the 1998 World Cup in France. Despite having a host of talented players at his disposal, he will only make it to the quarter-finals where Italy will be eliminated by the host and future winners France. The former AC Milan defender will be criticized in Italy for his defensive tactics that led to the elimination.
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The summer transfer window reached its conclusion on September 1st and in that day there was a transfer that almost took place but fell short at the last minute and this failed transfer still continues to have an effect in the world of football. Just as everything appeared to be clear and ready for David de Gea to make his move to Real Madrid, reports emerged claiming that the deal could not be completed in time due to some documents not being delivered in time to the proper authorities.
David de Gea was the man that Real Madrid has been attempting to sign for some time now and failed to sign him in the summer transfer window which recently shut down. If this deal had indeed been completed then David de Gea would have joined Real Madrid for a transfer fee of around €30 million. Keylor Navas was also involved in this transfer as the Costa Rican shot-stopper was going to be transferred to Manchester United as part of the transaction. €30 million and Keylor Navas was the price that Real Madrid was willing to pay in order to sign David de Gea. The 28 year old Costa Rican player was being used as bait to lure in another player.
The transfer never got completed and now Keylor Navas will continue his career with Real Madrid and even though he was an expendable player for Real Madrid, Florentino Perez stated that Navas is highly regarded and praised in the team. When Perez was questioned about the current situation involving Keylor Navas, the president of Real Madrid replied by saying: ‘I have no doubt that he will be very good for us, this season too. The fans love him very much; he’s highly regarded by the club and the coach. He’s in a condition to play“.
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Paris St Germain have finally confirmed their interest in star winger Angel di Maria. The Manchester United man has been widely linked with an exit at just 12 months after his arrival at Old Trafford. Di Maria is the club record signing at United. Despite starting his life at Old Trafford in the best possible circumstances, his form began suffering in the second half of the campaign.
Towards the end of the season,Di Maria was relegated to being a bit part player in the team. The situation does not seem to have improved even into the pre-season. Manager Louis van Gaal has failed to quell the speculation around Di Maria. In fact, he has stated that the future of the winger still remains uncertain, but he is hoping that he remains at Old Trafford. PSG have been credited as the only club interested in the Argentine. They were interested in signing him even before he moved to Manchester.
Now, though, the French champions are keen on taking advantage of the uncertainty by offering United a substantial transfer fee. Even though it would represent a loss on the £ 60 million that they paid to Real Madrid, United would rather sell him than keep an unhappy player.
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AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has tried to win back fans by saying that he is once again ready to invest in big-name players and managers. The club has limited its investment over the last couple of years and has consequently slip down the table. After two poor campaigns under their former players – Clarence Seedorf and Filippo Inzaghi, Milan find themselves outside the European elite after a long time. One of the most successful clubs with seven European cups to their name, Milan will even be without the second-tier Europa League for the upcoming season.
In order to revive the club’s ailing fortunes, Berlusconi says that he is ready to bring back former manager Carlo Ancelotti. A move for getting former player Zlatan Ibrahimovic is also underway according to the former Italian president. Ancelotti left Milan in 2009 and has since managed clubs like Chelsea, Paris St Germain, and Real Madrid. He is on the verge of being sacked at Madrid and this would leave him free to discuss terms with a new club.
Ibrahimovic, meanwhile, is the mainstay at PSG despite being almost 35. His age could allow PSG to let him leave and return for Milan for a nominal figure.
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