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West Ham in talks with Ambrosini

12 June 2013 12:12

Massimo Ambrosini's agent has confirmed they are in discussions with West Ham after the midfielder was released by Milan.

Ambrosini's departure from Milan was confirmed by vice-president Adriano Galliani on Wednesday and the player's agent, Moreno Roggi, revealed he was already in negotiations with the Premier League side.

Sam Allardyce has been looking at his options in midfield after a mid-table finish last season and the experience of Ambrosini is likely to appeal.

The 36-year-old has spent 18 seasons at Milan, winning four Serie A titles, but with his contract coming to an end a decision was made not to offer him a new deal.

And Roggi revealed that the player was keen to extend his career, with a move to England a possibility.

"Massimo wants to continue playing," he told Calciomercato.it. "There are some negotiations in place and we are evaluating every type of proposal.

"His preference would be overseas clubs, but if an offer did come in from an Italian side, we would not ignore it completely.

"At this moment we are in talks with West Ham, while we have already ruled out Major League Soccer.'

Galliani was full of praise for the midfielder for the service he has given Milan during his career, he joined from Cesena in 1995 aged 18, and admitted to the club's official website that it was an emotional decision not to retain the player.

"I am sorry to have to say goodbye to Ambro, it is a decision that involves me emotionally," he said.

"He is also disappointed but in the end the question of age overpowered any emotional ties.

"Ambrosini has been a great Milan player – playing 18 seasons with us is incredible. Over 18 years a child goes from birth to becoming an adult and in that same space of time he has achieved so much.

"I think it is a record that he has won four league titles under four different coaches."

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