Costacurta: “Milan have a way to go, but they have ideas…”

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan legend Alessandro Costacurta believes the club are on the right track with Marco Giampaolo at the helm.

The Rossoneri begin their season on Sunday against Udinese at the Stadio Friuli, and Costacurta – who made 663 total appearances for Milan – thinks things are heading in the right decision.

There were rumours that ‘Billy’ could even join up with former team-mates Paolo Maldini and Boban as part of the new-look setup, but nothing ever came of it.

Starting with the mercato, he revealed his thoughts on the upcoming Serie A campaign.

“I’m curious, very curious. Many things have changed and there are still about 10 intense mercato days that can further change the balance. Interesting,” he told Tuttosport.

“Should there be an ‘infinite’ mercato period [no transfer window]? I believe there must be a limit. I experienced many pre-seasons with teammates said to be transferred and it’s never pleasant. When the league begins, the negotiations should be closed.

“More optimism over Inter than Milan? But it’s wrong because Milan must go in the direction set by Maldini and Boban: they have ideas, I know it well, and they want to realise them to aim for the Champions League.

“They have players with excellent potential – Leão, Paquetá, Bennacer who was the best in the African Cup of Nations – but they are young; Giampaolo will be very important for their growth.

“However, I repeat, Milan have a way to go.”

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