Gerry Cardinale will not have regretted his decision to make the trip to Bologna to watch AC Milan’s opening game of the season, and he said some rather striking words before the game.
La Gazzetta dello Sport (seen below) recall Cardinale’s statement prior to the match – which you can read in full here – and the key parts from it, including about a desire to win for a long time.
“Our goal is to keep improving to win, but we can’t do it without being open to changes and new approaches. I didn’t want to miss out, for a start of the season that promises to be more challenging than ever,” h esaid.
“In the current scenario, our ability to successfully achieve a positive evolution, on and off the pitch, can only materialise through shrewd and sophisticated financial management.
“Let’s not misunderstand though. It must be very clear that RedBird is here to win. But we are here to win ‘smartly’ because we want to win for a long time, not just once. We may not always do well, but we won’t stop trying until we’ve won everything we can.”
It has been a rocky summer for Cardinale, who made the decision to fire Paolo Maldini and promote CEO Giorgio Furlani and chief scout Geoffrey Moncada to take care of transfer business.
Eight signings followed the sale of Sandro Tonali with a ninth to follow soon in Marco Pellegrino, but the feeling is that the management are not done there because a striker could arrive.
In the last few days Andrea Petagna was proposed to Milan but the negotiation did not take off and Petagna seems to be heading for Cagliari. Milan are thinking above all of Hugo Ekitike, who PSG would like to sell.
Where? Maybe Eintracht Frankfurt as part of the Randal Kolo Muani deal, or maybe to West Ham. The end of the mercato will be a question of opportunities and exits two, but signing another No.9 is a priority.