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By ESPN Staff
Aug 26, 2011

Milan confirm Aquilani capture

AC Milan have confirmed Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani has joined the club on loan until next summer, with an option to extend his stay until June 2014.

• Aquilani to complete Milan move

The Rossoneri can make Aquilani's move permanent if the Italy international makes at least 25 appearances for them this season.

A statement from AC Milan read: "AC Milan announces it has acquired Alberto Aquilani on loan with an option to buy the player's rights from Liverpool. Aquilani has signed a contract until June 30, 2014.''

Aquilani, 27, spent last season on loan at Juventus before returning to Anfield earlier this summer. Milan had been looking to reinforce their midfield line following the departure of veteran Andrea Pirlo to Juventus earlier this summer.

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish told Liverpoolfc.tv: "It's a great move for Alberto. He's got his wife and kid over there. It was difficult for him here.

"When he came back his pre-season training was excellent. We gave him a few games, he did well in those games. But the problem for us was trying to get him in the team. We couldn't get him in the team.

"Obviously everybody wants to play and Alberto is moving over to a fantastic football club. He goes there with the best wishes of everyone and we hope it works out for him, because he was never a problem in any way, shape or form."

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