Mayor Sala believes future of San Siro project will be decided ‘within a few weeks’

By Oliver Fisher -

Milan mayor Beppe Sala believes that a decision regarding AC Milan and Inter’s new stadium project will be reached in the next few weeks.

The two clubs want to construct new state-of-the-art stadium as was revealed late last year, with Italian firm Manica and American giants Populous having pitched their respective designs.

However, widespread reports have suggested that the Rossoneri and Nerazzurri are struggling to proceed with their plans as the City Council are playing hard ball over the existing Meazza structure, one they wish to protect.

It was confirmed last week that the two clubs would present two hypotheses regarding the repurposing of the current San Siro to the Council. Indeed, Milan and Inter pitched their idea to maintain part of the stands of the current facility and transform the pitch into a space for football and basketball fields, plus athletics and climbing.

Speaking in an interview with Italian radio station Radio Deejay earlier on Tuesday, Beppe Sala provided another update on the stadium situation, and his words were transcribed by MilanNews.it.

“San Siro? It’s going a little better. The teams understood that the theme of saving San Siro is not habitual,” he said.

“Keeping that space in part also as a vestige because it is a monument of the city, but above all dedicating it to a series of free sports that today have no place in the city.

“Now the thing I like is that they came to me and showed me solutions for which the area could be very green and very dedicated to sport. Now, if it becomes the citadel of sport, taking into account the fact that I know very well that to get back the investments they have to make hotels and offices, if it is something that satisfies them and the city a little more, you can do it. 

“I see a path that is improving, I don’t want to stop progress but it must be in the interest of the whole city. Deadline? I think there is a formal one, but I believe that within a few weeks now. If something is decided, it is decided.”

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