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AC Milan recently signed Fernando Torres on a two-year loan deal from Chelsea. The striker will become a free agent after two years since he has the same time frame left on his contract with the Premier league outfit. It is highly expected that Torres will sign for Milan on a permanent basis after the end of the loan spell. The 30-year-old has just brought an end to face difficult spell at Chelsea where he struggled for form consistently since 2011. Prior to the move to West London, Torres was one of the most feared strikers in world football.
However, a return of just over 20 goals in almost 100 league matches for Chelsea shows the kind of form that he experienced at Stamford Bridge. Jose Mourinho, who has been saying throughout the summer transfer window that he saw Torres as part of the plans, says that he would have preferred to see the striker at Inter Milan rather than AC Milan. Mourinho has a special relationship with Inter after having won several titles including the Champions League during his two years at the club. Inter were thought to be in the race to sign the 30-year-old a few weeks ago, but there was no concrete offer on the table like that of Milan.
“I’m an Interista and I would have preferred if he’d gone to Inter. However, I hope that he does equally well at Milan. What I can say about Fernando is that as a person and a professional, there is nothing to doubt about him. He’s a fantastic boy and a great professional. However, he needed a change of scenery,” said the Chelsea manager, who finally appears to have signed a good striker in the form of Diego Costa. The Spaniard has made a great start to his Chelsea career with three goals.
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The AC Milan defender Philippe Mexes is not that much worried about the poor performance of his team in the pre season games. He reckons that things will start falling in place for the Rossoneri once the main season starts.
Milan, after having a horror of a last season, is looking for revival this summer under a new manager, but, the kind of football that they have played against the English club Manchester City and the Greek club Olympiakos recently; it seems they have a lot of work to do before they go into the league matches.
City has a fantastic squad and they have emerged as one of the best teams in the world in the last few years. So, defeat against them can be understandable, but, the defeat against Olympiakos would have left the Milan fans concerned.
Mexes didn’t appear to be even slightly concerned though while talking to the reporters in the evening yesterday.
The veteran centre back said, “Look, the results have not been the greatest and we are disappointed about it, but, I would still say that the team is moving forward. The boys have been working their hardest in the training sessions and everyone is willing to do well.”
“I don’t think it would be right to put the responsibility of our pre season failures on the new manager. He hasn’t spent enough time with us to be expected to make a difference.”
“You are never comfortable with the defeats especially when you are playing for a team like Milan, but, what’s important is to understand which areas you need to improve in and we totally understand that.”
Milan’s first match in the upcoming Serie A is against Lazio. That’s a home game for them.
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For the past few weeks Thomas Vermaelen has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United as the Belgium defender is a summer target of Louis van Gaal but the transfer has been stalled. In the previous season Arsene Wenger opted to play with Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny for the majority of the campaign which forced Vermaelen on having to sit on the sidelines of the team for a significantly long period of time.
Following the departure of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic from Old Trafford, the new coach of Manchester United wants to reinforce his defensive department and Thomas Vermaelen has turned into a top target. The Belgium defender can be used as a left-back or at the heart of the defence as a centre-back and that’s one of the main reasons on why Louis van Gaal is attempting to secure his services.
Having already signed Luke Shaw just demonstrates the importance that Van Gaal is setting into the backline of his team and a versatile player such as Vermaelen will improve it even further.
If Vermaelen does remain being an Arsenal player for the upcoming season, he will likely have to settle once more on a place in the sidelines of the squad considering the superb partnership of Mertesacker and Koscielny which allowed Arsenal on having one of the best defences of the previous season having only conceded 41 goals.
A move to Manchester United will allow Vermaelen to play a pivotal role in the club at Old Trafford as a first team player but the transfer will ultimately depend on whether or not Arsene Wenger is going to allow the Belgium defender on joining a rival club and how much Louis van Gaal is prepared to offer for his summer target.
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AC Milan are set to make former striker Filippo Inzaghi as the next manager of the club. This is likely because Clarence Seedorf is expected to be sacked from his role at the end of the season. Said offers appointed as the manager of Milan only a few months ago, but he has struggled to live up to their expectations. He failed to take Milan into the European qualification positions. Milan will be without both Champions League and Europa League next season. Seedorf has been at loggerheads with the club’s board over the last few weeks.
Former Milan manager Carlo Ancelotti, who recently won his third Champions League title as a manager, stated that he believes Inzaghi will be a good manager for Milan. Ancelotti knows Inzaghi and Seedorf extremely well after having managed both players during his time at the club. Both these former players do not have much managerial experience, but they know the club extremely well after having played for several years. If Seedorf is expected to leave the club in the next few weeks, Inzaghi will be a good appointment.
Ancelotti has also stated that he is interested in becoming the manager of Italy at some point in the future because it is the dream of every manager from the country.
“Pippo has an extraordinary enthusiasm, a great desire, and has prior experience in the youth area. He certainly has all the features to [do well at Milan]… If he becomes coach, I wish him good luck. Coaching your country’s national side is always a goal. But [for the time being] I still want to be on the [training] field every day, I very much enjoy the daily relationship with the team. When I am no longer having fun … I’ll call the Italian Football Federation [FIGC]. When Prandelli’s contract expires [in 2016],” said Ancelotti.
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Botafogo captain Jefferson has stated that current Milan manager Clarence Seedorf was a huge influence on his club during the short time he spent at the Brazilian outfit. Seedorf finished his playing days playing for the Brazilian club Botafogo. He had arrived in Brazil with a big reputation of having won numerous trophies with big clubs like Real Madrid and AC Milan. Botafogo, meanwhile, were struggling to assert their superiority in the domestic league. Following his arrival, Seedorf reportedly did several changes to the club and this started with minor aspects like the dressing room chair layout according to Jefferson.
Jefferson admitted that Seedorf tried to change things a little too quickly, but he said that Botafogo did improve a lot and became much more of a professional club after he arrived. The club have been struggling in the league since Seedorf left the club a few months ago. The Dutchman took over at AC Milan as the manager of the club. He had played for Milan for almost a decade during which time he won league titles and Champions League. As far as their relationship goes, Jefferson stated that it had always been very professional.
He has thanked Seedorf for the time spent at Botafogo.
He said: “Our relationship has always been very professional. Seedorf arrived here at Botafogo and revolutionised us with his attitude and professionalism. The motivation in him at times was very strong. He sometimes tried to change things too fast. I think in three or four months he tried to change things that would last maybe years. Seedorf certainly added a lot to the Botafogo, Botafogo has grown with his arrival.”
“Seedorf has changed our way of getting to the locker room, we could not have music, the chair had to be the way he thought it had to be, things like that he wanted to change,” said the captain.