so far, in the minimal time Van Bommel has had, he showed he can be depended on and this is without even speaking the language or understanding his team mates... if you ask me today then I say I would definitely renew Van Bommel's contract for 1 more year. However, I'd rather give him another month or two to decide if we want him or not. Ambrosini - before his injury I was 50/50 on renewing his contract, I don't think he's been as good as he has been recently, alot of clumsy and late tackles, he usually is inexistent in games despite him being our central midfielder... I don't know. Personally I don't see a need for Ambrosini any more given that Prince/Merkel/Strasser are in the team. Gattuso and Flamini's contracts expires in two years, so they're definitely going to be here next year, it's going to be Ambro/Van Bommel leaving for sure if not both.
I am very worried about Seedorf, I'm afraid they might decide to keep him on for longer. Seedorf must not be kept even if he takes a substantial way cut. We need a new #10. Pirlo I would have extended his contract for sure, but he's been out injured for 3 months already and is going to be out for another 2..and none of those are relatively serious injuries. He was already slow the way he was, one can only wonder what'll happen after all this time out. Age is also not on his side, and even when Pirlo was in his best form for us in recent years, he and Seedorf were the reasons we were not playing well. If we want to start a new era, we need to get rid of the old one.
I am worried though about the lack of Italians in the new and upcoming era. We will need someone like Poli (even though I don't think he's good enough), but we need at least one Italian in our lineup. Aquilani might be worth keeping an eye on. Personally my favorite is Fabregas but I doubt he wants to go anywhere else but Barca (and that'll dent his career and development for sure). I saw Erik Lamela play vs Boca Juniors like 10 days ago, he was amazing for an 18 year old.... Could be a new Riquelme.
U20 Brazil beat Uruguay 6-0 and Lucas (Marcelinho) had an assist and scored a hat-trick, two beautiful goals. Maybe we can sell Pato for 70m and get Lucas for the reported 4m?