Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda has confirmed his departure from fallen Serie A giants AC Milan at the end of the season, Kyodo news agency reported. The 30-year-old playmaker has barely played this campaign but came on as a substitute against Bologna on Sunday and curled in a free kick in a 3-0 win that secured Vincenzo Montella's team sixth place and a berth in the Europa League qualifiers. "My dearest Milan supporters, thank you.
Juventus's path to a record sixth consecutive 'scudetto', and a possible treble of trophies, has been a steady work in progress but the Turin club's recruitment policy, particularly last summer, was key. Although coach Massimiliano Allegri picked his targets, most of the credit will go to general director Beppe Marotta, who thanks to some shrewd negotiating added quality to the squad -- and at a cut-price cost. Snapping up Paul Pogba on a free transfer from Manchester United in 2012 and then selling the emerging French star back to the Premier League giants for 105m euros, an all-time record, last summer helped balance the books.
Ever since AC Milan left the Vicente Calderón after a thrasing by Atletico Madrid in the knockout stages of the 2014 UEFA Champions League, European football is something that has been missing from the lives of the Rossoneri. Today, Milan secured their place in the UEFA Europa League for the 2017/18 season with a win against Bologna. Milan will enter the 3rd qualifying round of the 2017/18 UEFA Europa League and will need to win that to progress to the playoff. If Milan win the playoff, they are put into the group stage of the Europa League, where the fight will truly begin. It’s not a given though and Milan will need to be at their best to succeed in the competition, which serves as a route