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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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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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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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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Every top player in the world wants to be able to compete in some of the biggest competitions in the world and Ac.Milan is not the same Italian powerhouses that they were some time ago. A number of managers have stepped up and taken charge of the club but the team still continues to struggles and this has started a string of rumors that have linked Silvio Berlusconi with the possibility of selling a big part of his stake in the Italian club.
There also are rumors emerging concerning the future of certain players as they were linked with a move away from the Italian club and one of these players is Stephan El Shaarawy who has been going through a tough time trying to surgery, he was ruled out of action for a further 10 weeks. However, even with all of these injuries that has affected the 22 year old player he has still managed to display what he has to offer and he is being considered to be as one of the most promising and talented young Italian players.
Shaarawy has attracted the attention of: Arsenal, Inter Milan and Liverpool as they are all interested in signing the youngster but according to the agent of the player, Manuel has announced that Shaarawy will not be leaving in the approaching summer transfer window.
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