AC Milan director Massimo Mirabelli has warned UEFA that the Europa League would lose some of its charm if the Rossoneri were expelled.

Despite finishing sixth in the Serie A standings, Milan could be denied participation in next season’s competition due to ongoing concerns over the club’s financial state.

Mirabelli discussed various topics including the Europa League, coach Gennaro Gattuso and the upcoming UEFA verdict in a recent interview.

“UEFA? We want to keep our best players, even if they’re in demand,” he told Premium Sport.

“We’re confident that we’ll have a team of real quality. We won’t be caught unprepared. We hope no-one will take away the Europa League, which we earned on the field. They also know that without Milan, the trophy would lose some of its charm.

“The fans must know that we’re working 24 hours a day to improve the squad. We have to at least qualify for the Champions League next season.

“Gattuso repaid us in a great way. We put our faith in him and we’re happy with him. He’s gone full circle: he was a great player and is a great person and coach.

“How he feels about the UEFA verdict? He’s not quiet, but it’s not out of fear. Generally speaking, he doesn’t know the word ‘tranquility’.”

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