Franco Baresi spoke in a long interview with Sportweek, during which he addressed many topics.
Earlier today we brought you the first part of the interview in which the AC Milan legend and former captain spoke about the influence of the Elliott ownership on the current positive cycle of the club.
In another section of the interview, Baresi spoke about various other issues, including the unsuccessful contract renewal of Gianluigi Donnarumma, who went on to join Paris Saint-Germain last summer, as well as the talks with Franck Kessie and his agent.
“I think everyone who plays for Milan knows the club’s story. Either you feel it deep inside, or it is logical that you make choices other than staying. Choices that must be respected,” he told Sportweek (via MilanLive).
Baresi went on to talk about how he addressed Milan’s relegation to Serie B in 1982 and spoke about the rumours that he was refused by Inter before later joining the Rossoneri youth academy.
“Serie B relegation with Milan? In my day there were no agents and the club decided to invest in me. They called me and told me clearly. I had no hesitation to stay.
“Inter followed me, but I never did any audition because the observer who followed me passed away and I was not called up. I went to Linate to try for Milan, who then invited me to Milanello for the definitive test, after which they signed me. I have always been a Milan fan.”
Finally, the Milan legend spoke about Sandro Tonali and his positive start to the season as well as his sacrifice during the summer transfer window to guarantee his permanence at the San Siro.
“Can Tonali become the new Baresi? He has a Rossoneri heart. In the first season, he struggled, now he gets the satisfaction he deserves also because he did everything to stay,” Baresi concluded.
Thus, the former Milan captain sent a clear message. To Donnarumma, Kessie but also to Sandro Tonali, who is experiencing a wonderful start to the campaign.