Paquetá asked to not be called-up for tomorrow’s game, the Brazilian’s agent was at Casa Milan on Wednesday

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Lucas Paquetá during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)

Lucas Paquetá has requested to not travel with the squad to Brescia as he seemingly pushes for an exit.

After six very positives months, high expectations were in place for Paquetá ahead of the 2019/20 campaign. However, in the first half of the season, Lucas was one of the most disappointing players.

Paquetá has no goals and just one assist in 15 appearances (in 727 minutes) and he has lost his place in the starting XI.

Today, the squad list for tomorrow’s game against Brescia for published and the name of Paquetá did not appear on the list. As reported by Sky, the 22-year-old doesn’t have any physical problem – he wasn’t called-up because he specifically asked to be left out of the squad due to not feeling serene.

Yesterday, Eduardo Uram, who represents Paquetá, was at Casa Milan for a meeting which lasted about an hour; it’s possible that during it Uram has told the club that Paquetá would like to leave. Paris Saint-Germain, led by Leonardo, are the only club to have shown any kind of serious interest in Paquetá, but it remains to be seen whether they’ll make an offer that matches Milan’s request.

In today’s pre-Brescia press conference, Pioli stated that Paquetá must become more decisive in the final third, score goals or create them. There’s still a week left on the transfer market.

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Gaetu
Gaetu
7 months ago

If thats true and he doesnt want to stay then sell him just for the money we dont have a negative balance! We dont need players they dont want to be here. Rebic got fewer chances to impress and he scored 2 important goals, that is will to fight for ur place in starting 11 and dont think Paqueta has it.

nick
nick
7 months ago

For once I agree with Pioli. Paquetá needs to be more decisive in the final third. I’m pretty annoyed by him showboating on the pitch. He’s definitely no Kaka or Ronaldinho so he can be transferred along with Suso, Calhanoglu and Kessie.

However, Piatek must stay at Milan and we should start prepare for Rebić signing after his 2yr loan deal is up.

Milan653
Milan653
7 months ago
Reply to  nick

WHats your obsession with piatek
He’s bang average like the rest u mentioned
Even when he gets service he can’t score
Football has changed
U need strikers that are mobile and can be involved with play something that he can’t do
Howver I hope he proves me wrong and I think he will eventually

nick
nick
7 months ago
Reply to  Milan653

In case you didn’t know every striker goes through a poor run of form. It doesn’t mean that they are not good. Higuain couldn’t score at Milan because of our coaches playing him as a lone striker in a 433 formation with grossly underperforming players. Does that mean Higuain is not a good striker? Smh. Piatek is a good striker that was being deployed in a formation that wasn’t working. Getting a quality striker is not easy. Just ask Man United how it’s going since they sold Lukaku. Now can’t even score against Burnley FC let alone beat them at… Read more »

Valo12
Valo12
7 months ago
Reply to  nick

He is ok, nothing special. His off the ball moves are not good, he doesn’t move smartly to attract defenders with him, and he doesn’t have a good sense of playing with the back to the goal. He has a powerful shot, that’s all about him. And for the physic he has, he goes down a lot for fuks sake. He can be good at a mid table or lower team, agains whom the other teams play openly, allowing opposing strikers to have a few chances a game. Once the others take you seriously and you score, that is when… Read more »

nick
nick
7 months ago
Reply to  Valo12

That’s what they said about Filippo Inzaghi when he was at Atalanta. People said the same about immobile as well when he left Torino for Borussia Dortmund. The same thing was said about Lukaku when he left Man United. Many people thought he would fail in Serie A. Smh As for Piatek movement on and off the ball? LOL. You guys can’t be serious with such ludicrous comment. Majority of the goals Piatek scored was because his good movement on and off the ball. Did you forget the goal he scored against SPAL? What about the 2 solo goals he… Read more »

Milan653
Milan653
7 months ago
Reply to  nick

Stop mentioning spal
They’re one of the worst teams in the league and were shocking that game
Also higuain is just crap
He couldn’t even score with hazard next to him for Chelsea
Which tells u a lot
Also rashford has scored 14 goals in the premier league being one of the top scorers

Valo12
Valo12
7 months ago
Reply to  nick

Movement and positioning are related, but different though. His movement off the ball it is LOL indeed. I cannot find any video of Piatek moving without ball, opening space, combining and linking quickly with any winger or midfielder. Everytime he gets the ball, he shoots way off target, tries to pass the ball but obviously fails, or falls. Does the goal against Chelsea makes Papiss Cisse a wonderful finisher? Of course not. So one goal or one random movement doesn’t make Piatek what you say. And don’t bring other names to the argument. Especially Lukaku and Immobile who are completely… Read more »

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
7 months ago
Reply to  nick

@nick you already know I don’t care too much for piatek so no need to discuss this really. But paqueta can def leave. I can’t remember the last time we bought a Brazilian that was as slow on and off the ball as paqueta is. We need speed, skill, creativity and quickness and he lacks those as a atm

nick
nick
7 months ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

@Nathan…. No worries on Piatek:-) However, I agree on Paquetá. My issue with him is that he still seems a bit immature in the way he plays football. The game is about results not flair. Paquetá tries to hard be too flashy, call it Brazilian or whatever but if it doesn’t result in goals and assists then it’s pretty much useless showboating. Giampaolo was right Paquetá doesn’t score goals and very rarely provides any assists. He needs to have more impact on the game and he doesn’t. Milan can sell him and get Rodrigo de Paul who is ready to… Read more »

Terry
Terry
7 months ago
Reply to  Milan653

I think Piatek is definitely an excellent finisher. Giampaolo destroyed his confidence and it will take a little bit of time to regain it. Besides Ibra is a temporary solution. Piatek can fill in more long term. It’s not like I am not open to selling him.
However if we sell him, it means we have to go for another big man like Ibra who has excellent hold up play.

nick
nick
7 months ago
Reply to  Terry

@Terry….Definitely. That’s exactly my point but if Milan sell Piatek I wish Maldini luck with getting a better striker to replace him as it would be a poor decision.

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
7 months ago
Reply to  nick

At nick and terry. We don’t need a big man like zlatan. Look at the top 10 teams right now. How many have a big man and are top of the table? Only psg if you want to count icardi as a big target man. Everyone else has a player the size of Suarez, Benz, firmino etc. fast, skillful players that can score as well as link up. I don’t have to explain what happens to a def when you have that type of forward. And as for a replacement, timo Werner has a release clause of like 30 mil.… Read more »

nick
nick
7 months ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

Hard to argue with the possibility of signing Timo Werner but surely if we just have some faith in our players they will come good. All season until now no one gave Rebić a chance and look how much difference he’s making now?

We keep faith in our players. Sometimes it takes awhile for new players to settle and it’s shocking to me that less than one full season and already we are giving up on Piatek. Smh.

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
7 months ago
Reply to  nick

The prob with rebic is that we all know how good he is with Croatia. We know he has skill, is fast and can score with both feet. The prob was the coach and his selections. As for piatek, modern football teams rarely play with and are successful with a big target man. Only bayern and psg can do that bc the rest of the team is soo ridiculously skilled, they can afford a striker to not be involved and still score 2-3 goals a game. Milan don’t have that lvl of skill around piatek. That means piatek has to… Read more »

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
7 months ago
Reply to  nick

Last Jan I knew we should have gone for wingers, a real atm and maybe timo Werner after getting the other positions filled first. Higuain and cutrone were scoring goals reg between the 2 of them with the crap service they were getting. Our mids and wings have always been our prob. No creativity or speed. Now we are stuck with what we have. Gotta sell suso and hakan and paqueta and invest in wingers and a real atm. Then worry about our forwards. Neres, saint max, Everton, traore, chiesa for wingers. Draxler, ziyech, isco(prob good expensive) and anyone else… Read more »

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
7 months ago
Reply to  nick

The kid got talent, and a good eye for football. Also he’s good at defense, with decent fighting spirit. I think he’s problem is mental.

Milanfan4ever
Milanfan4ever
7 months ago

Good riddance dead wood.

tcl00
tcl00
7 months ago

What a charm life these footballers have!! You don’t feel like you can tell your boss you’re not coming to work. You can shit about your employer and boss whenever you want in public with immunity, this guy is too fragile to be in Milan!

Raven
Raven
7 months ago

Yes, he was a bit overpriced but it’s also another example of Milan’s confusion.

He was perfect for Leonardo’s Milan, who relied on two good mezzala attackers, Bona and Paqueta. Could be perfect, but for a 442 he has no room unless is a diamond formation.

Still, Paqueta is a man who plays with Brazil FFS we don’t need to let those go. I rather sacrifice Kessie, some serious people claims Kessie is our best midfielder but I rather have quality than muscle.

Gbenga AJOSE
Gbenga AJOSE
7 months ago

I raised my doubts about Paquaeta last season but people said i was too hatch with my comments. When Giampaolo said he should be less Brazilian we wanted to go for his head. Now everyone has seen things by themselves. He is not result oriented and always like to play to the gallery. A good player should fight for a Place in the team and prove people wrong but our Paqueta wants to chicken out because of Surmountable challenges. Shame on him !

Valo12
Valo12
7 months ago

“Play him here, play him there, play him with him, play him with that. Stupid coaches that don’t know how to play him. Too brazilian, too much samba.”

And he lost almost every ball he touched.

I hope this guy works harder and takes things seriously, since he has the talent to play in a big team. But I don’t believe he is going to be the star the stories sold us.

Pelle80
Pelle80
7 months ago

Overrated from day one!

Raven
Raven
7 months ago
Reply to  Pelle80

Yes, but when he arrived Bonaventura’s absence was attenuated. Says a lot for a kid with no European experience.

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
7 months ago

There were reports that he was having mental issues like panic attacks and depression; apparently he’s alone in Milano with very little social life. It’s a pity and a shame, the kid has definitely got the talent. Maybe someone senior can take him under his wing?

Raven
Raven
7 months ago
Reply to  Baresis Dream

What he needs to do is follows Bennacer’s example. He is always serious.
Paqueta is just a spoiled brat. Milan is the perfect place for him. If he follows Leonardo to PSG Neymar and his partying life will ruin him.

Asy
Asy
7 months ago
Reply to  Raven

Its unfortunate that there are a lot of people in this world who have little, or worse, no empathy and understanding towards people with mental illness.
Mental illness is no joke. He could end up with suicide if he’s surrounded by people like you.

nick
nick
7 months ago
Reply to  Baresis Dream

I read that as well. Usually players are paired up with teammates to help them adapt to their new environment. I feel for him. I saw a video once of him and Piatek riding together and singing in his car. So I don’t know

I’ve moved to a new city before due to work so I know it can be hard to get settled and make new friends in a new environment.

Asy
Asy
7 months ago
Reply to  Baresis Dream

He needs medical help. Please refer him to a psychiatrist.

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
7 months ago
Reply to  Baresis Dream

Exactly guys; I hope our club has built in mechanisms that help newcomers settle in; especially sout americans and africans which I imagine have an even harder time to adapt.

Ted
Ted
7 months ago

He has psychological problems according to other reports, he has not settled well in Milan and has no social life

Better for him to leave if that’s the case. I’m sure he’ll turn out as we expected but not in this jersey.

anom
anom
7 months ago
Reply to  Ted

Or get him help. That would be the sensible way. But I’m sure the management will take the easier option: sell him. For a ridiculous discount price. Because that’s what Milan does. SMH

Raven
Raven
7 months ago

We missed Olmo because no one wants our garbage.

Italian journalist Nicolo Schira tweeted out moments ago that an agreement has been found between the two (Inter and Spurs) clubs at €20 million, €15 million to be paid up front and €5 million in add-ons.

According to the Schira, Eriksen will earn €10 million net per season and will sign a contract that expires at the end of June 2024.

FOR FUCKS SAKES MALDINI GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER!

Stefan
Stefan
7 months ago
Reply to  Raven

For the moment, Milan can’t afford to give a salary of €10 million. This is not Football Manager 2020.

Hanson
Hanson
7 months ago

People seem to overlook he’s been playing out of his natural or preferred position Since He’s been here. he is better at the role that Kaka was playing. Which is attacking mid. He even stated that’s the role he best at. All of the coaches asked him to play outside mid and track back. People say he is no Kaka, well Kaka was not ask to run deep into the box and play defense. Atleast he is will to look for the strikers with some deep passing. Unlike The current # 10 always looking to shoot everytime he touches the… Read more »

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
7 months ago
Reply to  Hanson

I gotta disagree with this. Paqueta has played multiple positions and in each one he does not spark anything whether it be out wide or more central. He doesn’t control the tempo, he doesn’t dribble forward, he doesn’t make teams think oh shit if we push to much, paqueta will get the ball and blitz us. Can he pass? Yes, but we bought him to attack the goal. He’s slow, not quick. We need a player that can walk past ppl like they aren’t there and leave them in the dust. Paqueta hasn’t show that this year

Milan10
Milan10
7 months ago

wow, the amount of “milanisti” who lack empathy really staggers me. anyone with basic medical training/knowledge knows that pro athletes generally have lower heart rate than avg people, due to having stronger trained hearts able to pump more blood per beat/contraction thus higher vo2 max. thus, the fact that paqueta, a pro football athlete, suffered from tachycardia/abnormally fast heartbeat means he has real, serious problem. tachycardia is a result of abnormal heart conditions, hyperthyroid (graves disease) or serious mental conditions like anxiety, panic attack/disorder or full blown clinical depression. so, instead of bitching about him or saying milan should sell… Read more »

asy
asy
7 months ago
Reply to  Milan10

only those who are committed to fight for the cause should be welcomed to ac milan. that’s probably why maldini and boban didn’t sign todibo. by insisting for a buyback clause to be included for his signature, he showed he was more interested in playing for barcelona than milan.
milan do not need more mercenaries in the squad, we already have or had a few of them. they are/were one of the reasons we’re in this rut.

anom
anom
7 months ago
Reply to  asy

Regarding players that aren’t Milan players yet, I agree. If a guy shows hesitance in joining Milan then it’s better (for all parties) to forget him.

However, we’re talking about a Milan player now. They have invested a lot in Paqueta and should do everything to get him well again. That is in the interest of everyone’s and it’s the humane thing to do anyway.

ForzaMilan
ForzaMilan
7 months ago
Reply to  Milan10

THIS IS WHY..YOU’RE MY FAVOURITE COMMENTER IN THIS BLOG..

Milan10
Milan10
7 months ago
Reply to  ForzaMilan

why thank you mate

anom
anom
7 months ago
Reply to  Milan10

Funny how Boban & Maldini were absolutely crushed over their summer signings. That was just 1-2 months ago. Now that Rebic, Bennacer and especially Theo have been given a real chance to show what they can do, people are actually thinking those were good signings.

But one thing is totally unforgivable and I will never forget that: selling Cutrone. FFS! It still makes me furious…

Milan10
Milan10
7 months ago
Reply to  anom

i always thought boban/maldini did good enough job in summer mercato; rebic, bennacer, theo, krunic and especially leao were good catch.

nick
nick
7 months ago
Reply to  Milan10

@Milan10…I did a heart surgery a few years ago for tachycardia, it’s called catheter ablation. So I know exactly what you’re talking about.

I had to stop playing soccer in college because of it. Even though I am cleared to play football, I just prefer to run 10ks and half marathon or go to the gym and workout.

anom
anom
7 months ago
Reply to  nick

Oh, sorry to hear that… I started playing when I was 6 and will never stop playing. Even in a wheelchair I’d still be going on to the pitch to chase the ball. 😀

But I _hate_ running. So damn boring…. 🙂

nick
nick
7 months ago
Reply to  anom

LOL. No worries mate:-)

Milan10
Milan10
7 months ago
Reply to  nick

oh wow, so sorry to hear that mate. i hope u feel better now

anom
anom
7 months ago

Two options: 1) Leonardo or his agent has suggested starting to use the health issues as a way out (lower the price) 2) His mental strength is like Suso’s: the boy isn’t cut out to be a professional footballer. The stress is too much for him when things aren’t going as they should. Either way… It doesn’t look like he’s Milan material after all. Obviously you could provide him help (mental coach) to train his head but I don’t think the club has the patience to choose this route. And there is always the possibility that he’s faking it to… Read more »

anom
anom
7 months ago

Interesting (and great!!) news if true: “AC Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek has decided to accept a reduced role at the club and will not leave this month, according to a report.” Every good club has decisive players on the bench too. Milan needs Piatek (or a striker with his scoring abilities). But I’m not that confident that he’d still be a Milan player after the 31th Jan. ——- EDIT (1h later): OK, and now’s the reality: “#Piatek’s father: “He wants to play, if he can’t do it at #ACMilan he will do it elsewhere. Next week his future will be… Read more »

Ted
Ted
7 months ago

Piatek’s father said he is ready to leave Milan if he is not guaranteed a starting spot. I say here’s the door my friend.

He had whole preseason and first half of the season to pick it up where he left it last season. And he wasted most of his chances. Till this day he remains nothing more than a one season wonder, so yes, leave if you are not able to compete and reclaim your spot.

nick
nick
7 months ago
Reply to  Ted

Piatek wasted his chances to pick up where he left off? Really? No offense Ted but can’t blame Piatek for playing in badly organized team. How about we had two incompetent coaches that didn’t even know the best formation to use for the players we have in the squad and that led to Piatek’s deep in form? 433 was so ineffective I’m shocked that it took so long for Pioli to switch to a 442 formation. And it took an injury to Calhanoglu and two poor games by Bonaventura to play Rebić who is a natural winger. The team was… Read more »

Ted
Ted
7 months ago
Reply to  nick

With all due respect, we begged, all of was begged for coach to leave Piatek on bench but week in week out he was in starting 11 along with Hakan and Suso. The desperate trio. Week in week out it was painful watching Piatek dragging himself up and down the field, looking totally uninterested, out of position, out of pace and when the ball suddenly appeared at his feet (yes suddenly cause I agree with you the distribution of our supporting players to him was equal zero) he couldn’t even do the simple, basic tap in. He missed the ball… Read more »

nick
nick
7 months ago
Reply to  Ted

@Ted…I get it that sometimes changing formation is challenging but if a coach understands the players he has in the team then he can easily see the right formation to get the best out of his team. How long did it take Conte to switch from 433 to 343 at Chelsea when he won the premier league? He made that switch after 2 games that he lost to Liverpool and Arsenal. This is what top coaches do. They don’t need an entire half a season to make important changes. They don’t need injuries to underperforming players to drop them. They… Read more »

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
7 months ago
Reply to  nick

the prob with piatek is he doesn’t look comfortable when the ball comes for him when not in a scoring position. He looks lost when the ball isn’t coming to him. Plus his scoring touch isn’t there right now. Why should we treat him any diff to other underperforming players. Rebic and leao have suffered all season with little to no game time even when performing good. I say allow them to continue playing if their form is better. This is a team game and if the team performs better with piatek coming off the bench then so be it.… Read more »

MilanEstonia
MilanEstonia
7 months ago

If Paqueta is unsettled and wants to leave then he can for the right price. He either gets himself together and fight for a spot or just leave. there’s nothing much we can do. He’s definitely a talent but maybe just couldnt do it here. Not every matches are made in heaven. I really think Maldini should go out and get Bakayoko right away. it wont be a hard deal to make considering how Chelsea really dont care much about him. Even today he admitted that he prefers Milan over chelsea. Him and Bennacer together in 4-4-2 would be awesome… Read more »

anom
anom
7 months ago
Reply to  MilanEstonia

There is no backup to Bennacer. He’s the only creative midfielder in the team. And even he isn’t creative enough. We need someone like Tonali there. Perhaps Pirlo could start playing again? Couldn’t do worse than Biglia… 😀

MilanEstonia
MilanEstonia
7 months ago
Reply to  anom

Pirlo will do much better than any midfielder in Milan and Inter combined LOL.

Asy
Asy
7 months ago
Reply to  MilanEstonia

I’d go with tonali or nikola moro for cdm, rotate bennacer with paqueta for lcm, kessie or someone better with krunic at rcm in a 442 diamond. De paul, olmo, or zaracho at the tip.

Rossi
Rossi
7 months ago

Paqueta should be given a chance next to Bennacer in the mid. But i think the problem is that Leonardo is pushing for a move for a low fee, and he probably asked Paqueta to push for a move as well since Milan wont accept a low fee after paying 35mil for him. Its really unprofesional if he refuse to play in order to push for a move to PSG.

anom
anom
7 months ago
Reply to  Rossi

I fear this is the case. Leonardo has given him tips on how to get price lowered and get their dreams come true. Unprofessional? Yep. Surprising behavior from Leonardo? Nope.

Eighteen99
Eighteen99
7 months ago

Why not also ask not to be paid the wages for this week! Anyway…please for live commentary in Eng. and Italian you can join the 90’Milan on Telegram [https://t.me/joinchat/LlZHBhbCEAhgUxnxTzT2Uw]

Hafeez
Hafeez
7 months ago

Its really sad seeing him going through this….i wish him all the best.

cruli
cruli
7 months ago

Paqueta is pissing me off for so long…He is extremely mediocre.Couple of fancy moves doesn’t make you better player.I hate leonardo being so bad because i am pretty sure he insisted on this guy……We payed 34+ million for this clown srsly,.,, and now he cries like the bitch he is.You dont deserve to play and thats it.NO PLACE for unstable little girls in AC Milan.If you try to defend Paqueta – just fuck off. Sorry for rude manner but if u cost us so much money you should show something possitive.And now this moron Leonardo is trying to pay for… Read more »