Juventus president Agnelli sees ‘affinity’ with Milan and Inter ‘for first time in ten years’

By Oliver Fisher -

Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has revealed that he feels aligned with the views of both Milan clubs for the first time in a decade.

There have been quite tense relations historically between Juve, Milan and Inter particularly over the past few years with regards to various bureaucratic issues in relation to Serie A.

However, there are signs that there is a common goal developing. For example, the three clubs voted in favour of the idea of foreign investment in Serie A’s TV rights, which has seen CVC Capital Partners and Advent International win the backing of the league in a rights deal worth over €1.6bn.

CVC and Advent have now secured a four weeks exclusivity period in which they will conduct negotiations with Lega Serie A to iron out the remaining details.

Agnelli spoke during a Shareholders’ meeting about relations with Milan and Inter, who are both rising back to become protagonists in Serie A after difficult recent times.

“It is the first time in ten years that I see affinity and alignment of interests with Milan and Inter that are real, not just on the face of things,” he said (via MilanNews).

“We share the strategy creating value for Serie A. If we work together, the growth of the system is more likely. I am particularly grateful to Zhang, the Elliott fund and the management that the two companies have in Antonello and Gazidis, with whom I have had an excellent relationship since the days of Arsenal.

“If we combine our brands, our fan base and our strategy in the service of Serie A, the road to growth can only be more successful in general. I hope that this sharing will continue but I have no doubts.”

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