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For Milan, hope springs eternal even if they gave up bid on Rodriguez


AC Milan wound up sixth in the Serie A last season.

For the club big bosses, that was not enough, and nowhere near the aura that made them champions and solid contenders in the past.

And one of the remedies they had in mind to improve on that position, errr situation, next season is to tap new faces, more importantly the classy ones.

They found that trait on Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez.

Rodriguez became a highly-sought addition to various teams after he made it known he wants to leave the Spanish giants and play somewhere else in the new term.

Milan were one of those who got interested in getting his signature.

But acquiring him will come with a huge amount.

The Colombia international impressed during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, paving the way for him to gain a mega-move to Real Madrid from Monaco.

But Rodriguez has played sub-par for the Los Blancos as well as not being able to strike a good relationship with club managers.

So he was billed to be for sale. And In comes Milan to the picture.

However, as Milan were deemed to be on the inside track to get Rodriguiez’s signature, they backed out.

That surprise move gave boost to the bid of Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester United.

Money seemed to be the reason why Milan gave up their chance to get Rodriguez.

The transfer fee being demanded by Real is 50 million pounds but Milan said they are not ready to splurge on that amount.

But all is not lost for the Italian side.

They failed in getting Rodriguez but now they have added firepower in the person of young Portuguese striker Andre Silva.

The 21-year-old Silva, who formerly played for Porto, recently inked a five-year-contract worth 38 million euros, sending optimism to the Turin side.

He gained added fame after performing well in Portugal’s campaign in the Confederations Cup in Russia despite the squad losing to Chile in the semifinals via penalty shootout.

Milan are not an 18-time Serie A champions and seven-time European champions for nothing.

Championship blood runs in their vein and losing this bid on Rodriguez is just but temporary.

You win some, you lost some. That’s the way things go in football.

Surely, I Rossoneri will bounce back strong next season.