Van Basten says Milan are too old

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Former Netherlands coach Marco van Basten believes the current AC Milan squad is too old to challenge for honours.

The 44-year-old Ajax boss spent six years of his playing career with the Rossoneri, helping the club win successive European Cups in 1989 and 1990.

However, he finds it sad to see Milan currently having to play in the Uefa Cup, telling Corriere dello Sport: “From the bottom of my heart I can honestly say that it is always nice to see Milan play.

“However, having seen them lately, I get the impression that they are a little too old to dominate like we used to.

“It’s a Milan side that are completely different to when I played. Back then we were always favourites for the championship.

“Nowadays it is Inter that commands the championship, and that is very disappointing to see.”

Meanwhile, Atalanta have threatened an agent with legal action after he said Sergio Floccari was heading to Juventus.

Vincenzo Morabito was quoted as saying Juve wanted Floccari to replace Vincenzo Iaquinta in the summer, but Atalanta have been angered by the suggestion.

“Mr Morabito is not the agent of footballer Sergio Floccari - his representative is Claudio Vigorelli,” read a statement on the club’s official website.

“Mr Morabito does not occupy any position within Atalanta. He does not have any say in the club’s transfer policies.

“Atalanta reserve the right to take action in the proper places and warn him not to release statements that can interfere with affairs he has no right to deal with.”

However, Morabito has denied making the comments, saying: “I never said that the player will join Juve. I never uttered those words.

“But it is evident that Atalanta’s transfer campaign will revolve around his departure.”