Football agent Enzo Raiola has made a comparison between former AC Milan chairman Adriano Galliani and former executives Paolo Maldini and Frederic Massara.
Speaking during an interview with Tuttosport (via Calciomercato.com) which centred on Gianluigi Donnarumma’s departure from Milan, Raiola also mentioned the player-handling of Giacomo Bonaventura and Alessio Romagnoli.
Whilst praising PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi, Raiola mentioned that there is a similarity with how Galliani used to treat players and ensure that they felt wanted despite being injured.
“He reminds me of Galliani, it’s hard to find managers like that. By the way, before the Chinese owners left, Bonaventura had been promised a renewal but he had injured his knee. Here, Galliani, when a player got injured, the first thing he did to make the club feel close to him, was to renew his contract,” Raiola explained.
He then goes on to explain that Maldini and Massara did not operate in the same way and this was shown with the departures of both Bonaventura and Romagnoli, who are now very important players for Fiorentina and Lazio respectively.
“Instead, the Maldini-Massara duo did not give him that opportunity. The same applies to Romagnoli. Bonaventura is on the national team and Romagnoli is a pillar of Lazio,” he said.
The case of Romagnoli is interesting given Milan find themselves in a position where more defensive depth would be preferable, meaning they may need to enter the market in January.