Rebic arrives in Milan after leaving Frankfurt

first_imgEintracht Frankfurt attacker Ante Rebic has left the Bundesliga club to join AC Milan on a two-year loan deal, with Andre Silva leaving Serie A to replace him in Germany.Earlier in August, Eintracht had voiced hope Rebic would remain despite the interest from the San Siro side, with sporting director Bruno Huber claiming they were “still optimistic” of retaining his services.However, the Croatian international had come in for criticism following a poor performance in the first leg of the Europa League qualification play-offs against Strasbourg, in which he was yanked at half-time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? After the match, Rebic was told by Eintracht head coach Adi Hutter that if he wished to remain with the club, he needed to show it on the field.Rebic did not feature at all last weekend in a 2-1 loss to RB Leipzig, as he was left out of the squad.He was returned to the XI in the second leg against Strasbourg, and though Eintracht came away with a 3-0 victory, Rebic himself was dismissed just before the half with a straight red card.That sending off will be his final action for the club.Another Frankfurt sporting director, Fredi Bobic, spoke with Sy Sports to confirm the deal.”The clubs have an agreement. If everything goes fine Silva is a Frankfurt player tomorrow and Rebic in Milan,” he saidAfter his arrival in Milan, Rebic spoke briefly to reporters.”I’m very happy to be here. Forza Milan,” he said as he walked to his hotel.Hutter seemed relieved the saga had come to an end.”It was Ante’s wish to join a big club, and all involved are happy about the situation,” he said after Frankfurt’s 2-1 win over Fortuna DusseldorfRebic will make a return to Serie A, having first featured in the Italian top-flight with Fiorentina after a €4.5m move from Croatian slide Split in August 2013.However, Rebic struggled to break into the Fiorentina squad, and ended up spending time on loan with Hellas Verona before heading to Eintracht on a temporary basis in 2016.The forward has spent the last three seasons with Eintracht, the loan being made permanent in 2018. He has 17 Bundesliga goals during his time there, with his high of nine coming last season.Eintracht have already suffered heavy losses in their attack this transfer window, having previous lost Luka Jovic to Real Madrid and Sebastien Haller to West Ham.last_img read more

Klopp: Napoli can win Champions League

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Napoli can win the Champions League, while backing the Reds to bounce back from their opening defeat in the competition.Defending champions Liverpool were beaten 2-0 by hosts Napoli in a controversial Group E opener on Tuesday.Dries Mertens converted an 82nd-minute penalty after Jose Callejon appeared to go down under minimal contact from Andy Robertson at Stadio San Paolo, where the referee’s decision was ratified by a VAR check, and Fernando Llorente sealed the win in stoppage time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Klopp, whose side lost 1-0 to Napoli in last season’s group stage, was frustrated with the penalty decision afterwards and when asked about the Champions League chances of Carlo Ancelotti’s side, he said: “They can win the competition, that’s how it is.”If you have a good plan, if you have good players, which is what they obviously have, then they can win the competition. We experienced that you don’t have to be the best team in the world to win the Champions League.”You have to be in the right moment, you need to be lucky in some situations and when there’s only two guys in the room that think it’s a penalty you still have to accept that’s a penalty, but that’s all. They can win the competition, of course.”Klopp was pressed as to whether Napoli were fresher and finished stronger than Liverpool due to Serie A starting later than the Premier League, and the German was not happy.”Tonight, the questions are really a challenge, to be honest,” Klopp said. “I think the guy from Sky Italia asked me or told me Napoli was much better than us. I didn’t see that game, so I don’t know exactly where he was when the game happened.”But now you say we were tired. Who had the cramps? Who was on the ground? Liverpool players or Napoli players? After the 2-0 they looked fresher than us, after the 1-0 they looked fresher than us – that’s normal. You have a boost. But there was no fresher team on the pitch. There was no physical problem apart from the normal physical problems in a game like this, which is very intense [because] both teams fight hard and all that stuff. It’s not a physical problem tonight.”We have to finish the situations off. How everybody is in life, you need positive moments and you can run forever. We didn’t have really positive moments tonight. They obviously got the second air, so they could go again. That’s normal, but that was not the reason.”Klopp added: “I hope it [the result] is not decisive. Give us at least a few more games to change the table. In the moment it looks like Napoli’s through, but we still will be playing. We will not stop.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more