Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has claimed that he is still backed his former club to win the league title this season. United lost on opening day of the season to Swansea at Old Trafford. This is in addition to manager Louis van Gaal saying after the match that the team’s confidence has been shattered following this defeat. Ferdinand has been part of numerous title winning teams with Manchester United after moving to the club for a then club record £ 30 million in 2002. The experience of having won these titles appears to have thought him that the title is not lost after the opening game of the season.
AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani has confirmed that Brazilian striker Robinho wants to leave the club and join Orlando City in the footsteps of Kaka. Milan recently released Brazilian superstar Kaka from his contract and it allowed the former Real Madrid midfielder to join newly formed MLS franchise, Orlando. The club will not be playing until the start of 2015. As a result, Kaka will be spending the next six months on loan at Brazilian club São Paulo where he started his career. Robinho has been long linked with a move away from Milan and it appears that it will materialise this summer.
The vice president of Flamengo, Mr. Wallim Vasconcellos, has said that the Brazilian forward Robinho who is currently a player of the Italian club AC Milan is unlikely to make a move to Estadio do Maracana this summer.
Robinho had not been prolific for Milan in the last season and in all likelihood, he would be put on sale by them in the upcoming transfer window. There were reports that Flamengo is interested in the 30-year old and he might be making his way back to his motherland Brazil, but, now after Vasconcellos’ statement, it doesn’t seem to be happening.
Robinho is also believed to have been approached by the American club Orlando City which is going to start participating in Major League Soccer from the next season.
Ac.Milan was the last European top club that Ronaldinho played in before returning to Brazil as he joined Flamengo and now is a performer in Atletico Mineiro. The Brazilian midfielder wanted to finish the last few years of his career playing in some of the local clubs of his native country and it seems like Robinho is going down the same path.
Robinho made his way to Ac.Milan on August of 2010 as the Italian team offloaded €15 million in order to secure his services and during his debut season in Serie A, he made 34 appearances but ever since then Robinho has been featured in less and less matches.
The former Manchester City player has never really made a significant impact in Ac.Milan which is why a large number of his appearances come as a substitute player as he is not the first choice option not only for Clarence Seedorf but for the previous manager Massimiliano Allegri.
Former Manchester City forward Robinho has stated that he is hoping to be part of the Brazil squad for the World Cup 2014. The AC Milan striker has been going through a poor spell – as well as his club – in Italian Serie A this season. As a result, he is in danger of losing his spot in the national team. His position is currently occupied by Barcelona superstar Neymar, who could be there for the next decade. As a result, even if Robinho goes with the team, he will only be a substitute or second choice striker to Neymar.
Robinho went from being praised as the next Pele to a player that is fortunate if he is just able to get a place into the starting lineup of any club he joins. This was the case when he played for Manchester City a few years ago and now that he is an Ac.Milan player things aren’t very different.
After not being able to perform at the same level of what his expectations were, he was offloaded from Manchester City to Ac.Milan with a price tag of £15 million and now with Clarence Seedorf in charge of the Italian club, Robinho has not secured a spot in the starting lineup of the new coach.
Rumors started spreading around since last season regarding the future of the Brazilian player as he has already stated that he would like to make a move back to his childhood club Santos and finish the last few years of his career in Brazil.
The star player of AC Milan- Robinho will unfortunately miss the UEFA Champions League match against Atletico Madrid which is going to take place next week because he has sustained a thigh injury.
Robinho suffered through a thigh knock during a Serie A match between AC Milan and Napoli on the 8th of February, 2014 at San Paolo. After Robinho got injured, Kaka replaced him during the 2nd half of the football match. However, AC Milan embarrassingly lost the match against Napoli.
Clarence Seedorf (coach of AC Milan) might have to work without Robinho’s services this time in the match between Bologna and AC Milan which is going to be held on the 14th of February, 2014. Along with that, there is a high possibility that Robinho will miss the much awaited clash between Atletico Madrid and AC Milan at the Champions League on 19th of February, 2014.
French giants Monaco has been a lot of interest in signing AC Milan forward Robinho, who has been looking for a move away from the club for the last few months. He has been heavily linked with a move away from the San Siro in the January transfer window.
Santos were really interested in him during the summer, but talks between the Brazilian and the Italian outfits did not progress sufficiently in order for the transfer to take place. Robinho has ended up staying at Milan, who have endured a terrible run of form in the first half of the season.
This led to the sacking of Massimiliano Allegri, who has been replaced by Clarence Seedorf a few weeks ago. The former Milan midfielder has returned to the club with his first managerial, but it could see the departure of Robinho. The former Manchester city man has been made as the number one transfer target for Monaco boss Claudio Ranieri, who has seen enough of Robinho during his time at Inter Milan.
Real Sociedad striker Carlos Vela has said that Mexican international Javier Hernandez should follow his example and consider leaving Manchester United in January or in the summer. Carlos Vela made his name at Arsenal, but he found first-team opportunities limited at the Premier league outfit.
Hence, after spending a few seasons on loan at various levels, he decided to make the loan move to Real Sociedad permanent. This has proven to be a great decision for the player, as he has been able to get regular first-team football and retain his place in the Mexican national team.
Hernandez is currently struggling with a similar situation at United. Even though he is extremely good and has a great goal record at United, he has constantly been preferred to the likes of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie up front. Even the youngster Danny Welbeck is ahead of him in the pecking order.
The future of AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri has been speculated a lot in the last one year. It has been recently reported that the manager may offer his resignation even though this season is only a few matches old. He is thought to have fallen out with the higher-level officials at Milan over several issues like finances and budget. Allegri, though, has rejected any rumours by confirming that he will be a Milan manager going into the Champions league campaign.
The group stages of the Champions league will see Milan competing against usual contenders like Barcelona, Ajax, and Celtic. This is one of the toughest groups in this year's competition. Milan managed to qualify for the group stages after a convincing 4-1 victory on aggregate over Dutch club PSV Eindhoven. They came into the second leg match after a 1-1 draw in the first leg, but the performance in Milan was great. Milan scored three goals and won the match 3-0.