Milan president confirms ‘trust’ in Pioli, Maldini; discusses Rangnick rumours and new stadium

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan president Paolo Scaroni has given in insightful interview discussing the rumours surrounding Ralf Rangnick plus the new stadium project.

There continues to be persistent speculation in the media regarding Rangnick’s possible arrival at Milan as both head coach and director, a role unprecedented in Italian football.

CEO Ivan Gazidis appears to be the man spearheading the move as the club’s ownership Elliott Management Corporation look to implement a project built around young players who will bring positive results on the balance sheet.

Scaroni spoke to Radio Anch’io Sport on Radio Rai 1 about a number of different topics, and his words were transcribed by MilanNews.

He began by discussing the resumption of the season, expressing displeasure at the hectic nature of the proposed restart, which involves having the Coppa Italia done within a few days.

“I was hoping that the Italian Cup would be played in August for a sweeter restart, two adrenaline-pumped games immediately after the break are stressful for the players,” he said.

“In the end a compromise came out, on June 12, I remain optimistic. In the League we vote unanimously for the restart, we are united in wanting to play as soon as possible.”

On Rangnick: “For the moment we have confidence in Pioli, I don’t know if the German manager will arrive. Gazidis makes the choices, I don’t even know if he is talking with other candidates. We have confidence in Pioli and Maldini.”

On AC Milan’s accounts: “We have made a great effort to cut costs. Our CEO has focused on this, in the future we are looking for young players with reasonable prices.

“We do not want to take any more strings from UEFA. Milan are coming out of a long time of crisis, it is utopia to think that rebirth can happen quickly.”

About Ibra’s injury: “I hope that Ibra can be seen again soon. I hope that he can start playing again, I have read comforting news from Sweden.”

On the consequences of the coronavirus: “I am convinced that we will have the virus behind us relatively quickly. Financial Fair Play prevents madness, from there we could see a less insane world.

“We want to keep costs down and increase revenues. And the priority goes to the new stadium in Milan and I hope to have positive news soon.

“The stadium is not a historical monument, we will keep the vestiges of the Meazza, it will not disappear from the Milanese geography, but we will build a stadium suitable for our times. There are two shareholders who want to make the most beautiful stadium in the world, it seems to me a miracle.”

On Europe: “I hope to arrive in Europe with the Italian Cup but if it doesn’t happen we will fight in the championship.”

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