Galliani reveals how close he was to hiring Conte, Sarri; discusses Ibrahimovic return

By Oliver Fisher -

Former AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has revealed that he tried to bring both Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri to the club during his time in charge.

Galliani spent over 30 years at Milan as Silvio Berlcusoni’s right-hand man, a period in which the Rossoneri won 28 major trophies including three European Cups/Champions Leagues and eight league titles.

The pair are now at the helm of Serie B side Monza who are not based too far from Milano, but both still have a lot to say about their former club.

Milan were linked with a number of different managerial appointments towards the end of their tenures though in the end never managed to get any of the ‘big names’ that were mentioned.

Speaking to Tiki Taka, Galliani revealed two background stories on Conte and Sarri, revealing that he came close to hiring both but never managed to get the deals over the line.

“I tried to bring Conte to Milan. I tried, I courted him for a long time, but I couldn’t,” he said (via

“Also Sarri. I was very close with Maurizio. If I had stayed at Milan, I would have tried to take Icardi, because I think he is an extraordinary striker. Ibra is a phenomenon, I hope he is well.”


Tags AC Milan Antonio Conte Maurizio Sarri Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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