Liverpool have officially confirmed the departure of Italian midfielder Alberto Aquilani to AC Milan on a season long loan.
The deal includes an option for the Serie A champions to take purchase Aquilani on a permanent basis at the end of the season.
“I want to pay tribute to the way Alberto has conducted himself during these discussions,” explained Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli.
“Throughout the entire process, his only desire has been to play football and he has put this ahead of any other considerations and at personal cost to himself. We wish him well for the season ahead.”
While Liverpool will be pleased to get Aquilani off the wage bill, he will still prove to be a colossal waste of money should AC Milan not elect to buy him outright.
That is little fault of Aquilani’s of course, as he has rarely been given a chance at Anfield, and proved his worth back in Serie A.
He also has won back his place in the Italy national team, recently scoring the winning goal against world champions Spain.