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Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani said the Rossoneri have an 'extraordinary' squad this year during the presentation of new arrivals Andriy Shevchenko and Philippe Senderos.

It was an important day for Milan, as coach Carlo Ancelotti gave his first official press conference of the new season ahead of their Serie A debut against Bologna tomorrow, and manager Adriano Galliani presented the club's new purchases Andriy Shevchenko and Philippe Senderos.

Concerning the Ukrainian star, who makes his return to Milan after two forgettable years at Chelsea, Galliani said: "Sheva is the player who has scored the most goals for Milan in the last 50 years, he's remained in our hearts just like we have remained in his. Senderos, meanwhile, is a player we strongly wanted, he's a player like [Jaap] Stam, let's hope he can do as well as the Dutchman."

On the Rossoneri's lavish transfer campaign, he said: "It was our biggest transfer campaign ever, with 10 new arrivals and 11 players leaving. The fact we found ourselves in the Uefa Cup only gave us more impetus to make some changes. I thank [president Silvio] Berlusconi, who has maintained his promises, even though I'm disappointed some fans demonstrated their annoyance [at the initial lack of transfer news].

"On paper we have an extraordinary team with three Golden Ball winners, we have to compete for the Scudetto, this is what we have told the coach. Last year our first objective was the Club World Cup and we won it," Galliani concluded.

Shevchenko has been assigned the number 76 shirt, meaning Alexandre Pato will keep the number 7 shirt which used to be the Ukrainian's. Senderos, meanwhile, will play with the number 24 shirt.

Danilo Pochini

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