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Massimiliano Allegri has been told his Milan side must challenge for the Serie A title following the capture of Netherlands international Nigel De Jong.

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The new campaign got off to the worst possible start for the Rossoneri who have lost not only Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva, but also a raft of senior players such as Alessandro Nesta, Clarence Seedorf and Pippo Inzaghi.

Following their opening day loss to newly promoted Sampdoria, there has been a lot of negativity surrounding the club and the prospect of Allegri lasting the whole season looks increasingly bleak amid rumours of a continued dispute with owner Silvio Berlusconi.

Allegri's departure now looks even more likely now following an interview with Adriano Galliani in La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"Now Allegri has no more excuses as Milan, thanks to our last four signings, are now back in the Scudetto race. De Jong is one of the strongest players in Europe in his role and he will, without a doubt, do very well for us. "The gap between ourselves and our rivals has decreased and Allegri can no longer hide. We need to play to win the league, not to just finish third," the Milan vice-president told the sports daily.

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