Yesterday afternoon Italian giants AC Milan finalised the signing of former Chelsea defender Alex on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain. The 31-year-old has enjoyed an illustrious career and has managed to lift league titles in Holland, England and France, plus two league titles in Brazil before making his move to Europe as a 22-year-old promising defender. Now the experienced centre-back wants to help get Milan back to the top of Italian football.
Alex: "I'm very happy tp be at Milan. I can't wait to step onto the pitch with the Milan shirt and work hard."— AC Milan News (@Milanello) June 5, 2014
Alex: "I want to thank all the Milan fans. I will work hard to win titles with Milan." #ForzaAlex— AC Milan News (@Milanello) June 5, 2014
Alex: "We have to bring Milan back to where they belong. We have to fight for the Scudetto and return to the Champions League."— AC Milan News (@Milanello) June 5, 2014
Alex: "I had the chance to join Milan when @MrAncelotti was the coach. He is a fantastic person, and he is like a father to me."— AC Milan News (@Milanello) June 5, 2014
This season Alex was a part of the successful PSG side that lifted the Ligue 1 title, starting beside Brazil captain Thiago Silva for the majority of the season. The Parisian club were reluctant to let the veteran leave Paris, but the signing of David Luiz from Chelsea pushed Alex back to third choice, and he has taken the chance to sign for Milan and begin a new challenge.
The move to Italy leaves PSG with just four centre-backs, and it casts a shadow over the future of fellow Brazilian Marquinhos. The 20-year-old is regarded as one of Europe’s most promising defenders and was set to gain more playing time this season, but David Luiz’s arrival has put a stop to that and the young defender is interested in moving away this summer.
If Marquinhos was to leave in the same window as Alex, it would leave a huge hole in the champions defence. Alex would have been the perfect back-up, and Milan have got themselves a very capable defender and someone who still has a few years left at the top of his game.
French international Philippe Mexes hasn’t been a great success since his move from Roma to Milan, and now the 32-year-old will see his place come under-threat.
This is a great move for Milan, but maybe not so much for the French champions.