No Balotelli talks planned – Galliani

The Rossoneri chief executive insists there is no meeting scheduled with the Reds to discuss a potential transfer for the striker, conceding he has not yet done enough to impress

Mario Balotelli has not yet done enough to convince AC Milan to make his loan move from Liverpool permanent, according to the Rossoneri’s chief executive Adriano Galliani.

Balotelli has suffered from injury and a lack of form during his time at San Siro, scoring just once in 18 league games.

And with the Italy international likely to command a hefty price tag, and considerable wages, Milan have plenty to ponder at the end of the season.

Galliani told Premium Sport ahead of Monday’s last-gasp 2-1 defeat at Verona – a match Balotelli missed through suspension: “We’ve never talked with Liverpool.

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“Leave us to finish the season. From May 22 onwards we’ll talk about the transfer market. There is no meeting scheduled with Liverpool.

“Mario has yet to win his chance to stay, he needs to do very well in the next four games.”

The defeat at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi was a significant setback in Milan’s bid to qualify for European competition next season.

Galliani added: “We have to defend sixth place to make sure we qualify for the Europa League, potentially improving our position by winning the Coppa Italia.

“Going directly into the [Europa League] group stage would mean a lot, that we could start playing in Europe in mid-September, do the American tour and so on.

“We have to put some distance between ourselves and Sassuolo, as they’re only a point behind.”

'Mandzukic, Balotelli, Diego Costa or Zlatan will be going to China'

The Chinese club’s physio gave a special look inside life at the Super League leaders, and affirmed that those in charge of the team were considering a blockbuster signing

The physiotherapist at Jiangsu Suning has revealed that the Chinese Super League sideare planning to bring a big-name striker to the club next season, with a world-class shortlist already planned. 

Croatian Zoran Rajcic was tempted to move east after a spell with Dinamo Zagreb, and currently works under former Romania international Dan Petrescu. 

And he affirmed that the Chinese club have big plans for the future, including the signing of one of four strikers currently starring in Europe’s top leagues. 

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“The Suning company that owns the club has global ambitions, it is planning to buy a 20 percent holding in Inter Milan,” he told Sportske Novosti

“Here is a snippet of information to show what they are going for. This summer we are going to get one of these four attackers: Zlatan Ibrahimovic; Diego Costa; Mario Balotelli or Mario Mandzukic. 

“Someone will have to go, without a doubt, but it will not be [Brazil-born Croatia international] Sammir, he is one of our key players and in the form of his life.”

Jiangsu currently lead the Chinese Super League, with four wins and a draw from their opening five fixtures.

AC Milan must show courage against Carpi, says Brocchi

The new coach says he is relaxed ahead of the clash against the Serie A strugglers but insists his team must take the game to the opposition and show their quality

Cristian Brocchi has called on AC Milan to overcome their mental barriers when they take on Carpi at San Siro on Thursday.

Brocchi led Milan to their first win in six games in his first match in charge at Sampdoria on Sunday, having replaced Sinisa Mihajlovic.

Milan now meet Carpi as they look to cement Europa League qualification and Brocchi has called for a brave performance against relegation-threatened opposition.

“The first test is mental,” Brocchi said at a news conference. “Milan must show courage. It is in our DNA. We have to take the game to the opposition.

“We have to be ready for battle. There are no excuses. It could be difficult or a bit easier if we continue on the same path as against Juventus and Sampdoria. 

“I am pleased for the players and they look eager and motivated. That has relaxed me. It is all a matter of focus and understanding what you can achieve. We did that against Sampdoria and I want to see it again against Carpi. 

“From our point of view we must have the same hunger and quality. We have to show a desire to win.

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“I want to make progress which will help us from here to the end of the season. I want the team playing positive football. It is also a mental thing and the players need to believe in themselves and go out there to win.”

Brocchi also had his say on the situation of Mario Balotelli, who has expressed his desire to remain at the club once his loan deal expires, and the coach has high hopes the Liverpool loanee can shine in the weeks to come.

“As with the other players I have spoken to Balotelli to get to know him and for him to get to know me,” Brocchi added. “I need to understand what players can give me.

“He is different from the person who arrived in the summer, when you look him in the eye he has something real and profound. A look says a lot, I expect positive things.”

AC Milan v Carpi preview: Brocchi keen for strong finish

After a victory over Sampdoria at the weekend, the Rossoneri are seeking to continue their push for European football next season

AC Milan interim coach Cristian Brocchi hopes his team can prove they are better than many give them credit for as they continue their push for a European place with a clash against Carpi.

Brocchi replaced the sacked Sinisa Mihajlovic at the helm on April 12 and led Milan to a 1-0 win at Sampdoria in his first game in charge.

A second-half goal from Carlos Bacca saw the club end a five-match winless run, leaving them sixth in the Serie A table, seven points adrift of Fiorentina.

Brocchi, a former Milan midfielder, hopes to see his team finish the season strongly to prove their doubters wrong.

“My players are not as poor as many would believe,” he told Tiki Taka.

“I hope that from now on they can give 110 per cent.”

Milan host Carpi, who are in a relegation fight and sit a point clear of 18th-placed Frosinone with five games remaining, on Thursday.

Brocchi is still without M’Baye Niang, who suffered ankle and shoulder injuries in a car accident in February.

Mario Balotelli partnered Bacca up front at Sampdoria, but the on-loan Liverpool forward is without a goal since early March.

He has just one league goal this season, scored in September, and Bacca – with 15 – has had to shoulder most of the load for Milan up front.

Luiz Adriano is sidelined for the Italian giants, who were held 0-0 at Carpi earlier this season but won their Coppa Italia clash 2-1 in January.

Fabrizio Castori’s men have staged something of a resurgence with three wins from their past five league matches.

They beat Genoa 4-1 on Saturday to boost their survival hopes, but Castori knows a far greater challenge awaits in midweek.

“On Thursday we go to San Siro against Milan,” he said after his side’s latest win.

“On paper it is a tough match but we’ll try to bring a positive result. The team is fine and has a great physical condition that enhances the way we play.

“[We need] so much running to try to keep up with the higher technical level of the Rossoneri.”

Balotelli: I do not want to return to Liverpool

The Italian forward is on loan at Milan from the Anfield club and despite troubles in front of goal he is adamant that he will not be coming back to Merseyside

Mario Balotelli has made it clear that he has no intention of returning to Liverpool once his loan spell with Milan comes to an end this June.

The Italy international joined Liverpool from Milan in August 2014 but failed to make an impact at Anfield and returned to the Serie A after just one season.

Balotelli is due to return to Liverpool again at the end of the 2015-16 campaign, but he is adamant he does not want to move back to the Premier League side.

“I want to stay at Milan,” the 25-year-old told Mediaset Premium.

“I do not want to return to Liverpool. I was never happy at Liverpool.

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“Plus Milan have the money.”

Balotelli has scored just once in 17 league games this season – partially due to physical problems – but he believes he is slowly on his way back to form.

“I am finally starting to feel better again,” he said.

“I have been in fine shape physically for two or three weeks and my performances on the pitch have been proof of it.”

Balotelli is contracted to Liverpool until the end of the 2017-18 season.