The name of Hendrik Almstadt is one which has cropped up repeatedly in the Italian media over the past few days.
It was recently reported by il Corriere dello Sport that the German is the root of some of the recent disagreements happening it Milan, which seem to have linked directly to the departure of CFO Zvone Boban.
They reported that Gazidis as CEO gave more credit to the Almstadt than to Boban and Maldini when it came to decision making in the recent transfer window, triggering more than some misunderstanding.
Specifically, Almstadt blocked some operations in the mercato for both financial and technical reasons, because the intent is to totally change the Rossoneri’s philosophy.
Today’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport – as cited by MilanNews – gives a brief outline of Almstadt’s role at Milan as Ivan Gazidis’ right-hand man.
The pair already worked together at Arsenal for several years, and the paper claims that his work is based on cost analysis, sector productivity, on risk management and the efficiency of the whole club from an operative point of view.