Inter CEO Alessandro Antonello has admitted that AC Milan are looking at building a new stadium alone, adding that Inter too have a potential back-up plan in mind.
La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Calciomercato.com) reported over the weekend that Inter have been working in secrecy for some time to build a stadium on their own, in the event that there is a split with Milan and the current project cannot be carried out.
The paper even claimed that Inter have picked a location which is top secret and don’t want to risk ruining agreement already signed with the entrepreneur who owns the private land, adding that relations with Milan are now tense.
Now, Inter’s CEO Antonello spoke to MilanNews after this morning’s meeting between Inter, Milan and the mayor of the city Giuseppe Sala in which the new stadium issue was once again discussed.
“It was an official meeting, the atmosphere was cordial. The main option remains the San Siro stadium together with Milan, but today the Rossoneri officially communicated their formal interest in the La Maura area,” he began.
“In the coming weeks, appropriate assessments will be made. Then we will meet again to understand if that area will be the object of development or if we will go ahead with the original project, therefore together with San Siro. Inter have always been consistent in recent years. If Milan were to go to another area, Inter also have an alternative plan.”
On the San Siro project: “The idea of building the new stadium together remains alive. Now we have to wait for Milan’s analysis of this new area. As far as the conditions expressed by the City Council are concerned, we are ready to respond, but at this point we have to wait for Milan’s analysis.”
On the alternatives for Inter: “If Milan go to La Maura, Inter have a plan B in another area and not at San Siro. The area has already been identified, but we can’t reveal it. It’s an area outside the city of Milan.”
On the choice of Milan: “Are we surprised? No. What surprises us is that we were proceeding together on this project, but when there is a change of ownership there can be different visions. We are very clear on what we have to do.”
On the future of San Siro: “We can’t answer, you have to ask the Council.”
On the timing: “Two or three weeks to allow Milan to carry out their analyses on the area, then we’ll meet again.”
On the area chosen by Inter: “There are few areas inside Milan, one of these is La Maura. It’s easier for it to be outside.”