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Aug 25, 2011

Aquilani thrilled by Milan move

Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani is looking forward to making a big impact at the San Siro as his loan move to AC Milan nears completion.

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Aquilani, 27, underwent a medical in Milan on Thursday morning to pave the way for a deal that could result in a permanent switch at the end of the season.

The Italian, who was plagued by injury at Roma and Liverpool, must make at least 25 appearances this season if he wants to remain with Milan when his loan deal expires.

"I am delighted to have arrived here,'' said Aquilani. "This is a leap in my career. I have come to Milan to do well.

"The clause of making at least 25 appearances? It's not a problem for me and I'm not thinking about it. I will do everything possible to earn the trust of the club.''

Aquilani has been signed to plug the gap left in midfield by the exit of Andrea Pirlo, who joined Juventus on a free transfer in the summer, but the two-time Coppa Italia winner insists it is not a like for like swap.

"I have different characteristics to Andrea Pirlo but this is a further responsibility for me. I believe I can play in all positions in midfield,'' he added.

Aquilani, who spent last season on loan at Juventus before returning to Anfield earlier this summer, is under contract with Liverpool until June 2014.

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