Thursday, May 24, 2018

Robinho staying at Milan; Meier open to signing extension at Frankfurt

AC Milan forward Robinho will not be leaving the San Siro when the transfer window reopens in January despite recent reports linking the 28-year-old with a sensational return his boyhood club Santos FC, according to the Brazilian’s agent Gilvan de Souza.

Rossoneri boss Massimiliano Allegri has already dismissed this speculation, but now it’s Gilvan de Souza’s turn to rubbish reports linking his client with a January move away from the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

“It’s all speculation, every day the media invents new destinations – Atletico Mineiro, Santos, Sao Paulo, but Robinho won’t leave Milan, he has a contract until 2014 and wants to respect it,” insisted De Souza.

“Robinho is happy when he plays for Milan, and recently he has been playing. He likes the club so for now he will not return to Brazil.

“They always talk about his intentions, but it’s up to me and his lawyer to on his behalf.”

This news comes just one day after Santos submitted a formal bid for Robinho, with ESPN Soccernet reporting that the Brazilian could leave the Italian giants for a fee of €10 million.

Rumours are also swirling that 19-year-old Brazilian starlet Felipe Anderson could move to Milan as part of the deal, but don’t hold your breath.

After starting the 2012-13 Serie A season on dismal form, Milan have won three consecutive Serie A matches and are unbeaten in their last four league fixtures, including a 2-2 draw against Napoli in Naples and a 1-0 home win over table-toppers Juventus.

The 28-year-old Brazil international has featured in all four of the aforementioned matches, tallying two goals and three assists, including the controversial match-winning penalty against Juve on 25 November.

Meier open to signing extension at Frankfurt

Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Alexander Meier — who is the joint top goal-scorer, along with Stefan Kießling (Bayer Leverkusen) and Vedad Ibisevic (VfB Stuttgart), in the German Bundesliga with 10 goals in 16 games — is willing to ink a new deal at the Commerzbank-Arena, Sky Sports understands.

Meier, 29, is happy to stay at the newly promoted club, who are currently fourth in the Bundesliga table, but he would not mind a bumper deal, especially since he has earned the same weekly wages since arriving at Frankfurt from Hamburger SV in 2004.

That’s one…two…three…four…five…six…seven…eight years without a raise. Astonishing.

“I am well able to imagine signing a new deal, but still I feel (executive chairman) Heribert Bruchhagen has to decide that first,” revealed the 29-year-old.

“I am on the same wages as I was eight years ago. But I am absolutely keen to know what Heribert Bruchhagen and (general manager) Bruno Hubner want to offer me next.”


Shawn Etemadi



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