The divide at AC Milan between those at the director level appears to be growing deeper, according to a report.
It was reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport on Wednesday that the January transfer window was heavily affected by one man – Ivan Gazidis – who blocked a number of operations that Zvone Boban and Paolo Maldini were keen to complete.
Now, according to Alberto Cerutti of Calciomercato.com, Boban and Maldini have tried their best to save the season – such as convincing Ibrahimovic to return – Gazidis continues to have a different vision.
Cerutti claims that the former Arsenal chief ‘leaked’ to German outlet Bild the news of the interest in Rangnick as a replacement for Pioli, in the week before the derby.
Gazidis himself has never publicly defender Pioli or his work, so it is clear that in Milan there are two parties with dangerous differences between them: one with the passion of Boban and Maldini, the other cold and invisible – without any technical experience – of Gazidis.
For this reason Maldini came out into the open not only to defend Pioli, but above all to distance himself from Gazidis’ wishes with a clear and sensational phrase: “Rangnick is not suitable for a club like ours.”
Rumours regarding Pioli’s exit are likely to filter through to the players, who will have even less incentive to fight and save the season after a disastrous start.
The report concludes with the statement: “Even Boban and Maldini at the club are not enough if they are battling against equally overrated leaders, better at destroying than at building.”