Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Allegri hints at Robinho stay; Lescott rubbishes exit speculation

AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri has hinted that Robinho may not leave the San Siro until the summer.

AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri has hinted that Robinho may not leave the San Siro until the summer amid reports that Santos are only willing to offer €7 million for the Brazilian, with the Rossoneri valuing him at €10 million, Sky Sports understands.

Milan vice president Adriano Galliani flew out to Brazil this week to discuss a potential deal with Santos, but those talks have reportedly halted after the two clubs failed to agree a transfer fee for the 28-year-old.

Despite Robinho willing to take a pay-cut, a return to his homeland seems increasingly unlikely in January, as confirmed by Allegri.

“For what I know Robinho will be an AC Milan player until the end of the season,” said Allegri.

“I’m glad he stays, but he hasn’t trained for 20 days so it will take a little time to put him back into shape.

“He is happy to stay, even though he had a desire to return to Brazil.”

Robinho, 28, has been out of training for three weeks, and is subsequently nowhere near full fitness.

The former Santos FC talisman has made 14 competitive appearances for AC Milan this season, tallying two goals and three assists, but has been kept out of the first-team by Italian sensation Stephan El Shaarawy, who has bagged a league-leading 14 goals in 18 league games this term.

Lescott rubbishes exit speculation

Manchester City centre-back Joleon Lescott has revealed that he has no desire to leave the club during the winter transfer window, despite heavy interest from Aston Villa, Everton and Queens Park Rangers, Sky Sports reports.

Lescott, 30, has only started eight English Premier League fixtures for Roberto Mancini in 2012-13, with the Italian boss preferring to start 19-year-old Serbian international Matija Nastasić alongside captain Vincent Kompany.

Despite his lack of matches, Lescott’s spokesperson released a statement insisting that his client does not want to leave the Etihad Stadium.

“Joleon Lescott has ruled out the possibility of any loan move during the January transfer window,” said the statement.

“Despite speculation linking him with several Premier League clubs, Joleon has no desire to leave Manchester City.

The aforementioned statement will surely not be welcomed by Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp, who is in desperate need of strengthening his back four heading into the second half of the Premier League season.

With that said, Harry has plenty of time — not really — to sort out the Super Hoops’ defensive frailties. Can ‘Arry pull off the improbable and keep QPR in the Premier League? Only time will tell.


Shawn Etemadi



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