AC Milan has revealed that the striker will be out of action until at least the Autumn after undergoing an operation on a knee injury.
AC Milan has confirmed that Giampaolo Pazzini faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after undergoing knee surgery in Belgium.
The 28-year-old featured for 45 minutes in his side’s 2-1 win over Siena that sealed third spot in the Serie A table last weekend, but went under the knife this week to resolve a knee problem.
“AC Milan wishes to communicate that Giampaolo Pazzini has undergone surgery on his right knee,” a statement on the club’s official website reads.
“The operation took place in Namur, Belgium and was successfully completed by Prof. Martens. The player is expected to return to action within four to six months.”
Pazzini joined Milan from Inter at the start of the 2012-13 campaign and netted 15 goals in 30 league appearances for the Rossoneri.
On this day, May 23, in 2007 AC Milan won the UEFA Champions League in Athens, Greece against Liverpool.
AC Milan have completed the permanent signing of defender Cristian Zapata from Villarreal for an undisclosed fee.
The Colombia international, 26, moved to the San Siro on a season-long loan last summer and his performances for the Rossoneri - who finished third in Serie A - have earned him a three-year contract in northern Italy.
A statement published on acmilan.com read: “AC Milan wishes to communicate they have made the signing of Cristian Zapata from Villarreal permanent.
“The defender’s contract will run to June 30, 2016.”
Zapata, who previously spent five years in Italy with Udinese, has made 28 appearances in all competitions for Milan.
DANIELE BONERA is set to stay at Milan for two more season as he’s signed a new deal and cut his wages by 50%.
After Christian Abbiati, who extended his Milan contract to 2014, Bonera met with the Milan management on Wednesday and the defender and Vice President Adriano Galliani have come to an agreement: Bonera has signed for 2 more years.
Bonera reportedly had a three-year offer from Serie A champions Juventus, but the 31-year-old will stay at Milan after all and he is very happy with the new contract and claims his intention has always been to stay with the Rossoneri club.
“This morning I had an appointment with Dr. Galliani, it was a nice chat, we found this deal and I’m happy because I wanted to continue wearing this shirt. During this pleasant chat we talked about the experience that I have gained in the past seven years Milan which can be important in the dressing room,” Bonera, who joined Milan from Parma, told the Milan Channel.
“It is clear and evident that with Christian Abbiati and Massimo Ambrosini I am bound to the club for seven years now, I understand that this team needs points of reference and I think Ambrosini can give so much to this team on and off the field. I found Dr. Adriano Galliani motivated more than ever in view of this preliminary round. The will of the club is to create a group that can get charged up for the preliminary round in August. The team is developing but ended this season well, there is a good mix of young and experienced players and it will endeavor to return to the top in Italy and Europe.
“If I had the feeling that I would be here only as a reference figure in the dressing room I would not have stayed. I really want to play, certainly my experience will be put to the service of these young players, but I am not satisfied and want to win so much with this shirt. We never talked money, my intention was to stay. Milan is one and will always remain what it is.
“I’m happy to even be part of this club.” It appears that Bonera has also reduced his Milan wages by 50% and his current salary, which is believed to be €2 million, will be spread over the next 2 years. Massimo Ambrosini meanwhile could leave.
Reports in Italy suggest Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has left the club with former Rossoneri midfielder Clarence Seedorf a surprise candidate replace him.
Allegri, who is under contract until 2014, was summoned to a meeting on Tuesday morning by vice-president Adriano Galliani where it is believed he was relieved of his duties and is now negotiating a severance package on his annual salary of €2.8 million
After leaving the meeting he told reporters: “I’ve got nothing to say. I just enjoyed a long good coffee with Galliani…”
When asked if he remained in charge of Milan, Allegri carried on walking without giving a response.
Seedorf, 37, has been installed as the early favourite for the job. Currently in the middle of a two-year contract with Brazilian side Botafogo, he spent a decade with Milan between 2002 and 2012.
Allegri led Milan to a third-placed finish in Serie A this season meaning qualification for the Champions League. However, they finished 15 points behind champions Juventus to the displeasure of club president Silvio Berlusconi.
Internacional coach Dunga has revealed his club has “made contact” with AC Milan in an attempt to sign forward Robinho in the summer.
Robinho, 29, was linked with a return to Brazil in January after attracting interest from former club Santos and atraining ground bust-up with Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri earlier this week fuelled rumours he will seek a release from his current contract.
Dunga, who coached Robinho while in charge of the Brazil national team, insists Internacional is the right club for the former Manchester City star leading into next year’s World Cup.
“Many clubs have tried to bring him back to Brazil,” Dunga said. “Milan want to keep him, but we have made contact to assess the situation.
“This may be the right time for him to come home. A lot of players want to return to Brazil for economic reasons and for the World Cup. Everything is here for him to do well.”
But we’ll probably need to start seriously looking for a replacement. Abbiati is brilliant, but his days are numbered.
Amelia is good as well, but I still prefer Abbiati.
And Gabriel is good and promising. He needs more experience though.
AC Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati has put pen to paper on a new deal that will keep him with the club for another year.
Abbiati, 35, who would have been out of contract next month, said he was delighted to have extended his stay for a further season.
“I’ve renewed for one more season,” he told Mediaset Premium. “I’m very happy that I will be able to continue my adventure here. Milanello is my home.”
Abbiati, who joined from Monza in 1998, has been a regular for this season, playing in 28 of the 38 Serie A matches and seven Champions League games.
THE SERIE A handed – Juventus are champions, Milan go to the Champions League and Inter finish 9th! Full table.
Another Serie A season had come to an end as on Sunday the last games were played and there were some surprises along with a big drama at the end in the Champions League race, with Milan getting the spot thanks to a late comeback.
Juventus are the champions, Napoli the runner-ups, while Palermo, Siena and Pescara will all be playing in Serie B next season. Milan are third while there are eight teams above Inter. Check out the final standings of the 2012/2013 season.
Serie A 2012/2013: Final standings