Emerson has Milan contract cancelled

MILAN - AC Milan midfielder Emerson had his contract cancelled on Tuesday after the Brazilian asked to leave the San Siro following an unhappy two-year spell.

The former AS Roma and Juventus player joined Milan from Real Madrid in 2007 but failed to secure a first-team place.

"AC Milan announces that footballer Emerson asked for and obtained an immediate resolution of his contract with the club, due to personal reasons," a Milan statement said.

The departure of the 33-year-old was widely expected and came on the same day as Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso returned to full training after having knee surgery in December.