Krzysztof Piatek winner gives AC Milan fifth straight Serie A win

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Krzysztof Piatek fired a 57th-minute winner as AC Milan made hard work of beating bottom club Chievo to claim their fifth straight Serie A win.

Piatek stretched to shoot past home keeper Stefano Sorrentino from close range for a 2-1 win which ensured his side would strengthen their grip on third place.

Lucas Biglia had given Milan a 31st-minute lead but the hosts, without a win in their previous seven games, equalised 10 minutes later through an impressive header from Perparim Hetemaj.

Parma ended a run of six games without a win as a 78th-minute strike from Juraj Kucka gave them a 1-0 victory over Genoa.

The former Genoa midfielder got the final touch after a wild goalmouth scramble in which the ball bounced back off the woodwork twice.

The result ended Genoa’s six-game unbeaten run and moved Parma up to 11th place in the Serie A table ahead of the Sunday action.

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New Roma boss Claudio Ranieri claims it was "impossible" to turn down former club

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Claudio Ranieri is back in management after taking over at Serie A side Roma.

The 67-year-old Italian was sacked by Fulham last week after recording just three wins from 17 Premier League games in charge.

But Ranieri has been handed a swift return to the dugout for what will be his second spell in charge of Roma.

He replaces Eusebio Di Francesco, who was sacked on Thursday following their Champions League exit against Porto.

Ranieri, who was born and raised in Rome and supported the club as a youngster, previously had an 18-month spell as head coach between 2009 and 2011 and steered them to a second-place finish.

He told the club’s website: “I’m delighted to be coming back home. When Roma call you, it’s impossible to say no.”

Ranieri memorably led Leicester to the Premier League title in 2016 but his reputation nosedived following his struggles with Fulham.

However, Roma director Francesco Totti has backed the former Chelsea, Valencia and Monaco boss to ensure they qualify for next season’s Champions League.

“Claudio’s from the city, he’s a Roma fan but more than that, he’s one of the most experienced coaches in world football,” said Totti.

“What we need now is a safe pair of hands to guide us back into the top four and ensure that we are playing Champions League football again next season.

“We have 12 games left and we need to win as many of them as possible.”

Roma are currently fifth in Serie A, three points outside the top four.

Earlier in the day Roma announced that their sporting director Monchi had left the club by mutual agreement.

The 50-year-old was strongly linked with a move to Arsenal prior to his exit from the Serie A club.

Roma chief executive Guido Fienga said: “I want to put on record our thanks to Monchi for his dedication during his time at the club and we wish him all the best for his future endeavours in football.”

Frederic Massara will look after the club’s sporting operations following Monchi’s departure.

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'I'll tell you when I feel ready to play': Mauro Icardi's standoff with Inter Milan continues

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Mauro Icardi remains out of action.

Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti has revealed that Mauro Icardi has ruled himself out of training despite being cleared to play by the club’s medical staff.

Icardi, who was stripped of the club captaincy last month as a contract dispute between club and player drags on, has missed Inter’s last six games, including Thursday’s Europa League draw with Eintracht Frankfurt in the first leg of their round of 16 tie. He initially complained of knee pain after Inter’s win over Rapid Vienna on February 13, the day he was replaced as captain as goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, and has not played since.

Speaking after the 0-0 draw in Frankfurt, Spalletti said the club had spoken to their star striker and inquired about his fitness.

“The truth is that we asked Mauro if he felt like resuming training,” the manager told reporters.

“The doctor said that in his view the necessary period for treatment had terminated. He replied: ‘No, I still feel pain. I’ll tell you when I feel ready to play’.

“I acknowledged what he said and went back home. The director [Beppe Marotta] will tell you the rest.”

Icardi was the leading scorer in Serie A last season, the second time he’d won the Capocannoniere, and is Inter’s leading scorer in all competitions this season as well. However, with negotiations over a new contract stalling and getting increasingly acrimonious, he has been linked with a move away, with Chelsea, Juventus, Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Barcelona all thought to be interested.

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