Thursday, May 24, 2018

Boateng staying at AC Milan; Rosell lashes out at Man City

AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has rubbished reports linking him with a move to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, insisting that he is very happy at the San Siro, Sky Sports understands.

Boateng — formerly of Hertha BSC (2005-07), Portsmouth (2009-10) and Tottenham Hotspur (2007-09) — has featured in six of the Rossoneri’s seven league matches this season, but has yet to find the back of the net after netting a career-best nine goals, in all competitions, for Milan last term.

Milan, 2-1-4, are currently in 11th place in the Italian Serie A table after a slow start to the new campaign, but Boateng is still not ready to pack his bags.

“I am not the source regarding this gossip, but I definitely have been made aware of these rumours,” Boateng told German sports magazine Sports-BILD.

“I am able to say I am very happy at Milan and am clearly not packing my bags.

“Milan is a club I owe a lot to. I am clearly not intended to think about Bayern Munich or what other club ever.”

Boateng’s young brother Jerome, 24, is a centre-back who currently plays for none other than Bayern Munich after securing a move from Manchester City to Bavaria in June 2011, just one season after he agreed to terms on a five-year deal with City, who signed the Germany international for a transfer fee of £10.4 million from Hamburger SV.

The former Ghana international has two years remaining on his current contract at the San Siro.

Rosell lashes out at Man City

FC Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has berated Manchester City for their reported involvement in unsettling the Spanish giants’ players after the English Premier League outfit were linked with a lucrative move for Sergio Busquets, according to Sky Sports.

City are being linked with the Catalonia and Spain international shortly after Yaya Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk revealed that the Ivorian is seeking a new challenge away from the Etihad Stadium.

The Premier League champions parted ways with Nigel de Jong in the summer transfer window, replacing the Holland international with 21-year-old England international Jack Rodwell.

In addition, Roberto Mancini also signed defensive midfielder Javi Garcia, a product of the Real Madrid youth system, from Portuguese outfit Benfica for a reported transfer fee of £15.8 million in the summer transfer window.

That raises the question, do City really need another defensive-minded midfielder?

Probably not, but that does not mean that they will not pursue, or sign, one when the transfer re-opens in January.


Shawn Etemadi



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