Dutch midfielder Nigel De Jong has
been included in the AC Milan squad to face Bologna after
joining the Serie A side on a three-year-contract from English
champions Manchester City on Friday.
"Nigel de Jong, much to the satisfaction of the Milan
faithful, is now one of our players," the Italian club said on
The 27-year-old joined Manchester City in 2009 and made 104
league appearances for the club.
The signing of De Jong and Spain winger Bojan Krkic, who had
been on loan at AS Roma from Barcelona, meant Milan should now
challenge for the title, vice president Adriano Galliani said.
"With the arrival of Bojan and De Jong, [coach Massimiliano] Allegri should be worried, because our objective is no longer
third place," he said.
"Now we have to fight to win like we have for the last two
years. With these two signings Milan have closed the gap.
"I believe that, among the players that have arrived from
abroad, Milan have taken the one with the biggest name.
"Maybe some unknown will become Messi, but at the moment,
the big-name player is definitely De Jong," Galliani added.
Milan have had a troubled time recently, selling last
season's top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to Paris
Saint-Germain in a bid to balance the books while Alessandro
Nesta and Gennaro Gattuso left the club.
They also lost their opening game of the Serie A season at
home to promoted Sampdoria.
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