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Rossoneri Round-up for 25 June: Zapata says nice things about Milan fans on his way out

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Cristian Zapata says nice things about Milan fans as he announced his departure from the club.

Zapata wrote on Instagram:

I want to thank the club for giving me the chance to play for one of the most prestigious teams in the world.

I want to thank all the teammates I had during this long and intense period, the Coaches who helped me grow as a footballer and as a man, all the guys at Milanello, my real friends and, above all, the fans: simply fantastic, you’ve always supported me and shown me incredible affection.

Thank you everyone. That closes a chapter in my career, which will remain forever in my heart.

He played pretty well for a guy who usually came off the bench or came in to play when one of the starters at central defense was out. It’s not easy to ride the bench and stay content, but Zapata managed to do that for years. Another important veteran has left, but the current crop of talent will make up for it, right?

On to the links.

AC Milan and Italian Football Links

Maldini met with Real Madrid’s Theo Hernandez, is a deal on the way? [AC Milan Offside]

Milan is going to have to sell to buy this transfer window. [AC Milan Offside]

Italy U21s are out of the Euros after France and Romania drew 0-0. []

Luigi Di Biagio will now resign as manager of the Italy U21s after failing to advance. []

World Football Links

Rafa Benitez confirmed that he will leave Newcastle United at the end of the month. [Coming Home Newcastle]

The United States beat Spain 2-0 at the Women’s World Cup. [Stars and Stripes FC]

Sweden beat favored Canada at the WWC. []

Tactical analysis of Mexico’s 3-2 win over Martinique in the Gold Cup. [FMF State of Mind]