Milan mayor Sala ‘not against new stadium’ despite previous comments

By Oliver Fisher -

City mayor Giuseppe Sala has revealed his openness to the idea of a new stadium being by Milan and Inter despite previously being vocally against it.

Sala has always maintained his desire for the two clubs to stay at San Siro, and it was even revealed that Milan and Inter had been offered the chance to buy the current San Siro for €70m.

However that report – from Calcio e Finanza – revealed that the two clubs agreed to reject the offer for one main reason.

Instead, the plans to proceed with a new structure next to the current stadium remain, and we have begun to see more leaks of the two competing designs.

Il Corriere di Milano, as cited by, described it as a battle of ‘cathedral versus wedding rings’ – with the former being the concept of American giants Populous and the latter the work of Italian firm Manica-Cmr.

Sala recently commented on the situation by claiming it would be ‘impossible’ for a new stadium to open next to an empty San Siro, but now he appears to have backed down on that stance.

“I have campaigned in recent weeks also for the protection of San Siro, but I would suggest to municipal councillors to wait to understand what the real problems are,” he told ANSA, via
“I repeat that San Siro is an important place for the city, but I would never go so far as to say that a new stadium is not good, so let’s think technically.

“The designs? I have not seen them but, at this moment, I don’t want to see them because I want to wait for the summary from the councillors and the local government.”

Milan confirmed via an official statement on Wednesday that they will present designs for the new stadium along with Inter on Thursday at 11am CEST.

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