The mayor of Milano – Giuseppe ‘Beppe’ Sala – has requested clarity from both Milan and Inter regarding the stadium situation.
Reports from a number of sources over the past few months have suggested that the two Milan clubs are seeking a resolution to the complex future surrounding San Siro.
The current stadium is ageing and in need of repair, and both clubs are aware that the cost of bringing it up to the standard of other modern stadia will not be cheap.
La Repubblica first reported back in March (via SportsProMedia) that the possibility of building a new stadium next to the current on is being touted.
However, city mayor Beppe Sala instantly hit back at those claims in an interview with Sky (via Calciomercato.com), suggesting that the current San Siro is here to stay until at least 2026.
Now, Sala has addressed the media once again, urging that Milan and Inter reach clarity regarding their plans.
“What I want is for the two clubs to better clarify the situation in relation to the new stadium,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I believe that it will be necessary for them to display their plans to the public, otherwise the option between a new stadium and renovating San Siro will remain.
“I hold San Siro close to my heart and if I do not see what the alternative is, it makes things difficult. I am therefore inviting the teams to have an open and transparent meeting with myself.
“The clubs have given us documentation that aims to clarify their project regarding the stadium and what is happening around the stadium.
“So in fact they are not only talking about the stadium but about a complex around it, partly because this area could be well served by such a development, but also because it is clear that the economic return of an investment in the stadium is not easy and it can grow if there are other developments.
“We have taken note, but what they are asking today is not in line with our rules, but we will leave the decision to the city council if we can accept exceptions to our standard rules.
“Should the new stadium remain owned by the council? It is not about that.
“The problem is that today we have a stadium with a value of some tens of millions on the books.
“We need to find a formula where the courts do not come and ask me if I have lowered the price of it. This is an administrative issue that I believe can be sorted.”