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Merkel: ´Milan have certainly become weaker´

16 August 2012 17:37

Genoa starlet Alexander Merkel believes AC Milan have lost a lot of quality, but insists the club will continue to compete at the highest level.

Both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva left San Siro for Paris Saint-Germain in July, but while the former Milan midfielder lamented their departures, he said the side were too big to struggle without the prized pair.

"Milan have certainly become weaker. They've lost two fundamental players in Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva," Merkel told Sky Sports.

"However, we should not forget that Milan are a big club. They will also do well without these two players."

Merkel left Milan for Genoa on a permanent basis earlier in the year, but admits he would have been happy to stay put.

"It would have been great to stay at Milan, but now I'm only thinking about Genoa," Merkel said.

Merkel is a product of the Stuttgart youth academy, but left the Bundesliga side for Milan in 2008.

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