Japanese playmaker continues to impress for Russian champions.
CSKA Moscow president Yevgeny Giner has warned AC Milan that they can’t “treat us like losers” over the signing of Keisuke Honda.
The 27-year-old has been of interest to the Italian giants throughout the summer, with speculation suggesting that personal terms have already been agreed and the star will join the Rossoneri in January as a free agent.
However, Milan are understood to prefer to sign the Japanese international before the new season starts, but negotiations have proven difficult between the two clubs as vice-president Adriano Galliani has failed to satisfy the demands of the Russian club.
While Giner has suggested that other clubs are still interested and remain options for Honda, it is understood that the CSKA playmaker has his heart set on a move to San Siro, and will await an agreement between the two parties.
“We’ve had better offers for Honda compared to the Milan one. Certainly more interesting and economically viable,” said President Yevgeny Giner as reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“The issue regards both the sum payable to CSKA and the player’s wages. Milan are an important club and Adriano Galliani is an excellent director.
“However, they have to understand in Italy that they can’t treat us like losers, nor will we let ourselves be conditioned by the newspapers.
“Honda has not lost any motivation. He is a CSKA player and has a contract with CSKA.”
Honda was in fine form on Sunday, scoring a fantastic free-kick in a 2-1 win over rivals Lokomotiv Moscow as he continues to prove himself as a vital part of the team.
However, it would appear that it is a matter of time until he departs to join Milan, although with the two clubs at loggerheads it seems as though he may have to wait until January.