Thursday, June 21, 2018

Milan swoop for Bertolacci; West Ham sign Cresswell to new five-year deal

Milan swoop for Bertolacci

AC Milan have completed the signing of midfielder Andrea Bertolacci from AS Roma on a four-year deal, according to the club’s official website.

The Italy international, 24, was co-owned by Roma and Genoa before the Giallorossi  purchased the his player rights from Genoa for a fee of €8.5 million earlier this summer.

Bertolacci will now take his talents to the San Siro in a deal reportedly worth €20 million.

“I have always said to CEO Adriano Galliani that I wanted to come here and it’s a great feeling to see it happen,” Bertolacci said.

“I’m ready to prove myself.

“It was always my first choice to come here. Galliani showed great enthusiasm to sign me. Now it will be up to us on the pitch to show we can win the Scudetto.

“I spoke on the phone with new coach Sinisa Mihajlovic and he has a great desire to bring back a Milan side of true greatness.

“I have excellent confidence after last season and at Milan I already have great friends. It’s really good to be here.”

Bertolacci, who has won three international caps for Italy, tallied six goals and eight assists in 34 Serie A appearnces for Genoa last season.

West Ham sign Cresswell to new five-year deal

West Ham United have rewarded left-back Aaron Cresswell with a new five-year contract, with an option for a further two years, after an impressive debut season in England’s top-flight.

Cresswell, 25, joined the Hammers from Ipswich Town for a fee believed to be in the region of £4 million last summer and was named Hammer of the Year and the Players’ Player of the Season after playing every minute of English Premier League action in 2014/15.

“It’s exciting times for me to pen a new deal at West Ham,” Cresswell told West Ham TV.

“It’s nice to finally commit my future to West Ham. I was at Ipswich 12 months ago and when West Ham came in for me there was only one place for me.

“I jumped straight in the car, down the A12 and signed for West Ham. These are exciting times.”

Cresswell, who had been surprisingly linked with UEFA Champions League contenders Chelsea and Manchester City in recent weeks, bagged two goals and four assists in 38 league appearances for the Hammers last term.

West Ham, having finished in 12th-place in the league table last season, are best-priced at 2/1 to secure a top-10 finish in the Premier League 2015/16.


Shawn Etemadi



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