Former club CEO Adriano Galliani has admitted he wanted to bring Antonio Conte, Maurizio Sarri and Marco Giampaolo to Milan.
Galliani is celebrating his 75th birthday on Tuesday and looked back at his time with the Rossoneri, hinting at regret over the way managerial appointments were made in 2016.
He has revealed that while he asked for Conte and Sarri, the Chinese owners had one man in mind.
“I had courted Conte a great deal, but was never able to get him,” Galliani told Sport Mediaset.
“Sarri too was very close to Milan, but unfortunately didn’t come. In the summer of 2016, I was pushing to get Giampaolo for the Milan bench and he even came to my house for talks.
“I consider him to be a great teacher of football, plus he plays with Berlusconi’s favourite system, the 4-3-1-2. However, the Chinese owners wanted Montella, while I pushed for Giampaolo.”