Elliott have made their plan very clear: the next squad will be even younger, despite the fact that experience has proven to be healthy. Milan are preparing for a future in which youngsters truly will be the team’s backbone.
As today’s edition of Gazzetta Dello Sport highlights (via MilanNews.it), in addition to Zlatan Ibrahimovic (38 years), Lucas Biglia (34) and Giacomo Bonaventura (30) will also say goodbye this summer.
Together, they will take away a huge slice of experience from Milanello, both on and off the pitch. Furthermore, it remains to be seen if the Rossoneri will redeem Asmir Begovic (32) and Simon Kjaer (31) at the end of the season.
Paolo Maldini and Zvone Boban have always been very clear on the matter: young players, no matter how good they are, aren’t good enough on their own. However, evidently the leaders of Elliott and Ivan Gazidis have different ideas.
The average age of Milan, therefore, is destined to drop even further. Taking a look at the under 21s, the Rossoneri have five players: Donnarumma, Leao, Gabbia, Saelemaekers and Maldini.
Extending it to under 23s, they have ten players: Hernandez, Bennacer, Paquetà, Kessie and Calabria. However, for the leadership, this isn’t enough.