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6 Juli 2008

Galliani To Milan Fans: Stop Complaining

The Rossoneri faithful have been very critical over the limited spending during recent seasons, and earlier this week, fans staged a protest demanding that owner Silvio Berlusconi sells the club to someone willing to spend money.

Galliani, however, believes that these protests are ridiculous, particularly when you consider that the likes of Marco Borriello, Gianluca Zambrotta and Mathieu Flamini have already been signed this summer.

“We do not have a transfer kitty stashed away here,” the transfer guru told La Stampa.

“Despite failing to qualify for the Champions League, the club is strengthening the squad and increasing the wages. This means we’ll be £35m in the red without Berlusconi’s help.

“The fans should be happy, as all we’d need to do in order to wipe out or debts is sell Kaka and Andrea Pirlo. Instead they won’t move, so if that’s not a show of love for this side, I don’t know what is.

“It is incredible that the supporters are not celebrating the arrival of Marco Borriello, who scored 19 goals last season, the fact Alexandre Pato can finally play a full campaign, Mathieu Flamini from Arsenal and World Cup winner Gianluca Zambrotta.

“As a fan, I too hope something else will happen, but Milan have already reinforced their squad.”

Galliani also commented on the latest situation regarding targets Ronaldinho and Emmanuel Adebayor, and he confirmed that while a deal for the former is possible, the latter won’t be arriving at San Siro.

“Ronaldinho is not in Pep Guardiola’s plans for the new season, so that cuts the cost down a little, but the problem is his wages,” he explained.

“In order to meet those demands we’d have to pay next to nothing for the player himself. It all depends on Barcelona.

“I can say that Ronaldinho rejected an offer from Manchester City, who were proposing twice as much as Milan.

“[As for Adebayor] Arsene Wenger booked an appointment, but there is no point me going to Nice when he has already said he wants £32m. These are impossible figures,” Galliani concluded.

Roberto Rossi