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AC Milan midfielder wants West Ham move

Antonio Nocerino has said he wants to make his loan move to West Ham United permanent this summer.

 

Talking to TuttoSport, Nocerino spoke fondly of English football. While he admitted he will never forget the fans in Milan he loves how Hammers fans get behind the team ‘even when we are losing.’

The 29-year-old moved to Upton Park on loan in January. Despite only making two starts so far for Sam Allardyce’s side he has enjoyed his time in England. He spoke of the differences between the game in both countries;

“Here [in England] there is infinitely less pressure. It’s just another type of approach. Here, for example, we don’t retreat in home games,” he said.

“Compared to British stadiums, ultra-modern and almost all club owned, Italy is a kind of “Third World.” I hope that, soon, in our country, each club may have its own stadium.”

 

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Inter ready to offer Torres a lifeline

Inter Milan are ready to offer Chelsea striker Fernando Torres an escape route from his Stamford Bridge nightmare.

 

Torres has struggled since his £50 million move from Liverpool in 2011. Despite many false dawns has only managed 4 goals in 21 Premier League appearances this season. This piles on the despair only netting 8 times in 36 last season.

 

The forward, who turned 30 today, has previously stated his desire to prove his worth at Chelsea. But with manager Jose Mourinho favouring Samuel Eto’o this season Torres may finally be ready to accept his fate. Likewise it appears the Portuguese manager’s patience with the Spain international is wearing thin.

 

Inter Milan have struggled in Serie A this season, currently occupying 5th in Italy’s top tier. They have scored the fewest goals in the top five too, forcing them to look at strike options for next season. The only… Continue reading →

In pictures: Weekend round-up

What would we do without football, and what a weekend it was? From Arsenal’s humiliating defeat at the hands of Liverpool to Mario Balotelli crying (you heard it right Mario Balotelli crying). In Germany, Borrusia Dortmund turned on the style by beating Weder Bremen 5-1, while Bayern continued their dominance by defeating Nurnberg 2-0.

Manchester United and David Moyes continued their poor season in a 2-2 draw against bottom placed Fulham. Fulham went ahead in the first half through Steve Sidwell, but Robin Van Persie’s 78th minute equalizer settled any fears of defeat before Michael Carrick fired home moments later to put United ahead. But it was Darren Bent who had the last laugh as his 94th minute header left United 9 points off the Champions League places in 7th position.

This season’s La Liga could definitely be labelled as the tightest in recent years with Real Madrid, Barcelona and… Continue reading →

Italian to make summer switch to Arsenal

Mario Balotelli could be set for a summer switch to Arsenal as the Gunners look to bolster their attacking options for the new season. The Guardian, a few days ago, ran the story of Mario Balotelli to Arsenal. The idea is that, because of Balotelli’s affiliations with Puma, Arsenal will be looking at him as an option and could even go as far as bidding for him.

It was announced, within the past couple weeks, that Puma will be sponsoring Arsenal and will paying a huge amount of money every season to do so. Completely dwarfing everyone else’s sponsors except Manchester United. Balotelli is one Puma’s members and rumours have been born from this fact. Some seem to suggest that Puma will even pay some of the transfer fee in order for Balotelli to go to Arsenal.

Balotelli to Arsenal makes sense. His current club are struggling and Arsenal… Continue reading →

Michael Essien: Milan Bound

Michael Essien with Milan CEO Adriano Galliani

Ghana international Michael Essien has joined AC Milan after signing an 18-month contract.

Essien has been on the fringes of the Chelsea squad for the last two seasons, and was given permission to leave the London club as he prepares for the 2014 World Cup.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was full of praise for his long-serving midfielder, and sad to see him leave.

“We would have been happy had he stayed, because he is a fantastic player for the team, but he’s given everything for the club and a great chance arrived for his future,” said Mourinho.

“To show Michael respect is to not stop him going.”

Essien enjoyed a trophy-laden career at Chelsea, winning the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup in 462 matches; after joining from Lyon in 2005.

Yet Essien has only managed seven appearances for Chelsea… Continue reading →

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