Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Milan make space for Gourcuff return

AC Milan vice-President Adriano Galliani has told Yoann Gourcuff that he has a future with the Rossoneri.

Yoann GourcuffThe 22-year-old has been a revelation during his loan spell with Bordeaux and again showed his potential class with a stunning goal in the 4-0 win over PSG in the French Ligue 1 on Sunday.

But Milan are in no hurry to offload the attacking midfielder so the French outfit will have to reach deep into their pockets and exercise their option of signing him for 15million euros if they want him to stay beyond the end of the season.

"Yoann belongs to us," Galliani told French sports daily L'Equipe. "[Bordeaux fans] Cross your fingers that you'll get him back.

"If Bordeaux won't pay the right ransom of 15million euros, Yoann will return to us."

Galliani ruled out the possibility of a third party making a move for the player, stating he would spend next season "at Bordeaux or Milan, but not elsewhere".

And he believes Gourcuff, who is being touted in France as the successor to Zinedine Zidane, would find more playing time in the Rossoneri team than previously should he choose to return.

"If he didn't play much between 2006 and 2008 it is because he has had to contend with monstrous competition, that is to say (Gennaro) Gattuso, (Massimo) Ambrosini, (Andrea) Pirlo, (Clarence) Seedorf and (Ricardo) Kaka," Galliani said.

"Yoann is an excellent player, and is proving it with Bordeaux and the French national team. There will be space for him at Milan."

Source: Sporting Life

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