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» Albertini may still be a Barca player

Barça have said they will only renew Demetrio Albertini's contract if he cannot find a club to stop him from retiring from football.

» Barcelona call for Albertini

Barcelona hopes to close engages it of the centrocampista Demetrio Albertini.Secondo sources near the Catalan square, the former Milan giochera' the last contest with the mesh nerazzurra Sunday against the C#lecce. The club of Laporta that would have to close to short and without problems the negotiation would take the player with the formula of the loan until fine season with option of redeems.

» Albertini says goodbye to Atletico

Lazio completed the signing of AC Milan's former Italy international DemetrioAlbertini on a two-year contract. In exchange Milan receive defender Guiseppe Pancaro on a two-year loan.

Albertini spent last season on loan with AtleticoMadrid and was looking forward to returning to the club with whom he had spent 14 seasons.

But the 31-year-old midfielder was told he was surplus to requirements by coach Carlo Ancelotti on his return from Spain and placed on the transfer list.

"I came back from Madrid convinced I could end my career at Milan but I was told there was no space for me," said Albertini.

"I bring to Lazio enthusiasm and a great will to win. I would like to thank Lazio coach Roberto Mancini for believing in me and hope to repay his faith by helping the club win something."

» Albertini says goodbye to Milan

With his usual smile Demetrio Albertini said goodbye to Milan after 20 years there. He'll go out on a one-year loan to Atletico Madrid, being out of contract with Rossoneri in 2004. He hugged his team-mates during the morning training session and then, during the press conference, he explained the reasons of his choice to the supporters. 'It could have been a dream to finish my career at Milan, but it was impossible and so I decided to try this new experience. Nobody has ever assured me first-team football, I've always had to fight for a place in the team as the othe mates. This year it would have been different, that's why I took this decision in accordance with Milan.

Something has changed, so after talking with the club, which is my family, we both agreed the time was ripe for a new experience abroad. I felt I couldn't be important for the team here and I knew there was another club which really wanted me. That's what convinced me it was the right choice. It was a well-pondered decision. After 20 years here, it couldn't be any different. Then Demetrio emotionally focused his attention on the present of the team: Milan are throwing out the veterans? I'd rather say it's a turning point: life goes on and it's time to make important choices for Milan good.

I've never though of moving before, I had always renewed my contract with Milan. Maybe I could have also stayed here but I wanted to have another chance. I'm not disappointed, neither angry, but only moved because I'm saying goodbye to Ac Milan. It was a hard decision, the team-mates tried to convince me to stay. I spoke with Paolo Maldini and Alessandro Costacurta, but it was yesterday evening with Massimo Ambrosini that I was close to tears'.

His eyes turned bright again when he spoke his last sentence: 'Yesterday evening, as Galliani called me to say the deal was clunch, I realized it was over. It's hard to say if I am coming back because there's nothing sure'.

» Albertini to Atletico

Milan have agreed to loan veteran midfielder Demetrio Albertini to Atletico Madrid for next season. Albertini, who made his Rossoneri debut back in 1989, has been told he is surplus to requirements at the San Siro.

The 30-year old has struggled with injuries in recent seasons - playing just 36 League games in the last two seasons - and a recent lay-off forced him to miss Italy's World Cup where he would have been a certain starter. The emergence of Gennaro Gattuso, Andrea Pirlo and Massimo Ambrosini in Milan coupled with the arrival of Clarence Seedorf have forced Albertini out of Coach Carlo Ancelotti's plans. Atletico are keen to add the experienced midfielder to the roster after winning promotion back to the Primera Liga this summer.

Albertini won five Italian titles and a European Cup while with Milan and has spent his entire career at the San Siro bar a year's loan at Padova. He is expected to meet Atletico officials over the weekend to discuss the deal.

Milan have also loaned Spanish striker Jose Mari to the Madrid club having previously sold Argentine defender Fabio Coloccini and forward Javi Moreno to Atletico. Talks are ongoing between the Spanish side and Lazio over veteran midfielder Diego Simeone.

» Albertini vs Ancelotti

I just wanted to say something about Carlo Ancelotti and his treatemnt of Albertini. I thought that there was something personal about Carlo's reluctance to have Demetrio in our squad. I suspected that it may have had something to do with Albertini replacing Ancelotti in the Milan midfield in the early nineties. Obviously this is just speculative.

Anyway, to get to my point and in light of DM's performances this season, I think Carlo was right. And I just wanted to say that because Carlo does get a lot of crap and a lot comes from me as well; and I was angry about the way Albertini was snubbed, but to get rid of someone like that, a popular figure at the club, takes some balls. And I just wanted to say that for this situation alone I admire Ancelotti for making such a decision.

Albertini made a decent start to Lazio this season but I think he is no longer at the lvel we expect from a player


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