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may have sold their star player Kaka to Real Madrid, but right-back Massimo Oddo is confident that the side are still strong enough to be competitive, comparing them to Italy's World Cup winning outfit in 2006.

"I always remember the year of the World Cup, when there was so much criticism, but the squad pulled together to do something truly unique," he explained to Milan Channel.

"I am convinced the fans will continue to cheer on these colours and these players, despite the absence of Ricky."

The veteran spent last season on loan at Bayern Munich, but has returned to the Rossoneri after failing to make an impression for the Bavarians.

"I've returned after a year on-loan and will try to give my contribution to the team if possible," he concluded.