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Galliani uncertain of landing Keisuke Honda this summer

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News 21 Jul 2013, 15:16 IST
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AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani understands that CSKA Moscow forward and Japan international Keisuke Honda will not arrive at the club until January.

The Rossoneri have been linked with a move for some time now, but the 68-year-old vice-president says he cannot come to San Siro until the expiration of his contract unless there is an ‘external intervention’.

Talking to Sky Sports Italia, Galliani said: “Unless there is an external intervention, such as from one of his sponsors, Honda will only arrive in January.

“The player’s entourage, including his brother, are in Moscow to discuss the move to Milan, but only because he is out of contract on December 31.

“CSKA are a rich club who asked for a lot of money to release him early, so it seems difficult for us to meet their demands unless a sponsor contributes.”

On Robinho, Galliani says he needs to prove himself at the club after a disappointing  last year.

“Robinho agreed to cut his wages and extended his contract. I told him: ‘you didn’t do much last season, so you are basically a new signing and have to prove what you can do’.

“It’s not that Robinho wanted to leave Milan, he just wanted a return to his ‘home’ Santos, but as it wasn’t possible we all decided to begin again,” he added.

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