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AC MILAN OFFICIAL STATEMENT

Juraj Kucka has sustained an injury to one of the muscles in his front left thigh. The midfielder’s fitness will be reassessed in 7 to 10 days. As for M’Baye Niang, a medical report will be made in the coming days. Giacomo Bonaventura is continuing with his treatment for an injury to his right hip.

GALLIANI: "We will fight for third place until the very end."

MILAN – Joint-CEO Adriano Galliani has reflected on the Rossoneri’s performance against Udinese over the weekend in an interview with Radio Onda Libera: "It’s a shame we drew yesterday. We missed a great chance to close the gap to the other teams battling for third place, but there is still a long way to go this season. The team are in good shape. We didn’t play very well in the first half but we did well after the break. I think the first two spots in the table are between Juventus and Napoli, even if I am still unsure in what order. As for third place, there are four of us but we are currently behind the others. But we will try right until the end."

Galliani also took the time to pay tribute to football agent and Milan consultant Ernesto Bronzetti who sadly passed away last week: "He was a fantastic person, a friend and a connoisseur of the game. He had this ability to be liked by everyone, this was one of his great qualities, along with his immense knowledge of the game and the ease with which he was able to relate with everyone. I remember a lot of transfer negotiations. One of these was a really long one in 2002 for the transfer of 4 players to Atletico Madrid: Albertini, Josè Mari, Javi Moreno and Contra. I started to get to know him in 1983 when we floated the idea of a swap deal between Monza and Cavese, Mitri from Monza to Cavese and Stanzione from Cavese to Monza. A friendship was born from then and when I became CEO of Milan in 1986, he became our man for Spain. He was sent in 1994 for the first time to Espanyol to sell one of our players, Raducioiu, and later for others. He was involved in deals for Redondo in 2000, Rivaldo in 2002 and then Ronaldo, O Fenômeno. I could name many more right the way through to Rami from Valencia. The last transfer involving Ernesto was for Honda. I don’t want to offend anyone, but I haven’t come across anyone else with his personal qualities in the transfer market sector."

TORNEO DI GALLIPOLI: ESORDIENTI 04 THROUGH TO SEMI-FINALS

MILAN – The Esordienti 2004 have booked their place in the semi-finals of the Torneo di Gallipoli after overcoming Roma 4-0 in the quarter-finals of the tournament. Speaking last week to the Milan Channel, head of grass roots for the youth sector Mauro Bianchessi said the following:

"The standard of this group is very high. The players are all very skillful, determined and mentally strong. We have also been playing against teams with players who are a year older. I think this tournament can be likened to the Viareggio tournament
(prestigious U19 tournament, editor’s note). It is for Giovanissimi, but we have entered a team of Esordienti, against teams of a national and international level as well as amateur clubs but with older players. The organisation is excellent with a good turnout from the public while it is also a chance for the players to improve. This is a great squad with a fantastic coach from our youth sector, coach Bertuzzo, and I steered him towards this team because they have a lot of ability. Nobody likes to lose. If a team is strong, it has to show it. This is an important squad and we’re expecting a lot from them."

YOUTH SECTOR ROUND-UP: 7 WINS FROM 9

MILAN – Click here to read about how the teams from the Milan Youth Sector got on over the weekend.

FIGC ORGANISE MEETING IN ROME

MILAN – The meeting organised by the FIGC between Serie A referees, coaches and players will begin at 11.30 local time at the press-room at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Milan will be represented by head coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, club skipper Riccardo Montolivo and team manager Vittorio Mentana.

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