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Galliani: Silva, Ibrahimovic staying in Milan

7 May 2012 18:36

AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani says the club has no intention of allowing either Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Thiago Silva to leave San Siro.

Sweden striker Ibrahimovic has been linked with Real Madrid in recent weeks, while Brazil defender Thiago Silva has been courted by Barcelona for the best part of a year.

However, when asked by reporters on Monday about Milan's plans to bring in world-class players during the off-season, Galliani said those two stars will remain at the club.

"We already have two, Thiago Silva and Ibrahimovic, who'll both be staying with us," he said.

The Milan chief was quizzed on the future of the 10 members of Massimiliano Allegri's squad out of contract at the end of the season.

"We will start on them this week," he said. "The door to my office will be open from tomorrow (Tuesday) onwards.

"With our Champions League spot already secured, we have the entire summer ahead of us to think about next season."

The inquest into Milan's failure to hold onto their Serie A title this season has already begun, after Juventus capitalised on their defeat by rivals Inter on Sunday to secure their 28th Scudetto with a 2-0 victory over Cagliari.

But Galliani insisted the club can be proud of their campaign.

"We were the best Italian side in the Champions League and we were only knocked out of the Coppa Italia in extra time in the semi-finals (against Juve)," he said.

"Obviously we would have preferred another outcome to second place, but Juve have won and credit to them. I phoned (Juventus president) Andrea Agnelli yesterday evening and gave him my compliments.

"We're in second place now after winning last year and we're in the Champions League, so life goes on and we'll be fighting for the title next season.

"Now we look to the next season without remorse or regret. It’s acceptable to go from first to second place. Over the last two seasons with Allegri we've picked up more points than anyone in Italy."

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