GdS: Gazidis wanted next Milan boss Rangnick at Arsenal – why it didn’t happen

By Oliver Fisher -

Ralf Rangnick will be Milan’s next head coach in what will be a summer revolution, barring surprises. 

That is according to La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanLive), who claim that CEO Ivan Gazidis has already been in contact with the German for some time, and for this reason Zvonimir Boban and Paolo Maldini are set to depart.

The paper adds that Rangnick is ready to return to the bench, leaving his current position of Head of Sport for Red Bull. He trained practically uninterrupted between 1983 and 2011, then he held mainly managerial roles. He returned to being a head coach only in the 2015-16 and 2018-19 seasons at RB Leipzig, a club that thanks to him has grown a lot and has launched many talents.

Maldini called Rangnick a profile not from Milan, but Gazidis strongly believes in the 61-year-old. In fact, the South African even wanted him at Arsenal in 2018 for the post Arsene Wenger era, but the opposition of other director led to the choice to focus on Unai Emery.

It seems too that Rangnick is already moving to put together the staff to bring to the Rossoneri at the end of the season. La Repubblica cited the names of Moritz Volz and Lars Kornetka, who both now work in Leipzig. In recent days there has also been talk of the possible arrival of Paul Mitchell, a scout who has been working with Rangnick for years.

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