AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani moots rumours of Van Bommel acquisition
AC Milan Vice-President, Adriano Galliani, in a press conference has mooted the rumours surrounding Mark Van Bommel’s transfer to Milan.
"Van Bommel is an important player, but we are interested in him," Galliani said while talking to Italian media "We are not interested because of his advanced age”
The 33-year-old Dutch footballer joined Bayern Munich in 2006, and was named the captain in 2008. Van Bommel extended his contract with Die Roten last year, and will remain the skipper for the team till the end of 2011.
Van Bommel scored two goals for the club in the 2009/10 season and one goal for the Netherlands National team in a friendly match in 2010. However, first team opportunities have been hard to come by this season.
As things stand, AC Milan sit atop the Italian League charts; four points clear of second placed SSC Napoli. Earlier in the summer, Rossoneri signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho from FC Barcelona and Manchester City respectively, and were expected to challenge for multiple honours.
AC Milan faced the tragedy of losing the legendary Filippo Inzaghi because of his season ending left knee injury while playing against UC Palermo. However, Vice President confirmed that Inzaghi will return to first team action in March.
“As for the attack, everything is settled as is and Inzaghi will return in March from injury.” Galliani said to the press.
It can be seen that the club was concentrating on building a quality offense. Antonio Cassano was acquired earlier this month. Il Talento di Bari was previously playing for UC Sampdoria.
The offense might not require reinforcements but the midfield of the club is not getting any younger. The Diavolo should be worried about the aged midfielders; the likes of 34-year-old Clarence Seedorf and 33-year-old Gennaro Gattuso. Seedorf is yet to open his scoring account for the season.
It does not end at this. The back line of the team is also in need of dire attention. Majority of the Rossoneri defenders are aged above thirty three. The likes of Alessandro Nesta, Massimo Oddo, Gianluca Zambrotta and Mario Yepes are not getting any younger, thus putting the team's defence in jeopardy.
With the acquisition of Kevin-Prince Boateng, Rossoneri have added a youthful touch to their mid-field. Although he is on loan at AC Milan from CFC Genoa, he brings new hopes to the club and has already scored two goals for the Casciavit.