Galliani offers thoughts on Tonali signing for Milan and Ibrahimovic’s renewal

By Oliver Fisher -

Former AC Milan director and CEO Adriano Galliani has backed Sandro Tonali’s signing to be a big success for the Rossoneri.

Galliani oversaw the most successful period in the Rossoneri’s history from 1986-2017, when they won five European Cups/Champions Leagues and eight Serie A titles.

He is still working with Silvio Berlusconi, who owned Milan for over 30 years, and his current side Monza have dreams of reaching the top flight following promotion into Serie B last season.

Galliani gave a long interview to newspaper Libero and was questioned about a variety of different topics, starting with his success in the world of football.

“The secret of our successes? Berlusconi is an absolute champion. I lived his four lives: the first, when he was a constructor, the second at the head of the Mediaset group, the third at Milan and finally the fourth in politics. In all these years I have had the good fortune to be at his side and the chemistry has worked,” he said (via

On the appointment of Vincenzo Montella as manager towards the end of his tenure, Galliani revealed an interesting background.

“We didn’t choose him. The negotiation with Yonghong Li provided that the old club, that is us, would manage Milan, but that the final decisions would be taken by the new buyer.”

On Ibrahimovic’s renewal, he added: “10 years later he returns to Milan, a great anniversary. He is a player who has shown that he can make a difference on the pitch and in the locker room. I love him very much.”

Finally, the 76-year-old added a word on Sandro Tonali, who looks set to become a new Milan player.

“A very good player, but he doesn’t seem like the new Pirlo to me. If he were to arrive I would be very happy, being a Milanista from an early age would give added value to the team.”

Tags AC Milan Adriano Galliani Sandro Tonali Zlatan Ibrahimovic

1 Comment

  1. Roy Ano. says:

    Watching Tonali video highlights makes me rank him at per with Pirlo. He has potential to be better than Pirlo considering his age, energy and nastiness.

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