Milan president Scaroni discusses Rangnick rumours, Maldini’s future and new stadium

By Oliver Fisher -

Milan President Paolo Scaroni has been interviewed by Corriere della Sera regarding a number of topics related to the club.

It seems as though Milan are heading towards another revolution this summer, one which will see Ralf Rangnick take over as head coach and head of recruitment in a position not yet seen in Italy.

However, there have been some who have expressed doubts about such a decision given how well the team are playing and how much the club were left to regret extinguishing Gennaro Gattuso’s progress.

Scaroni spoke about many issues related to the Rossoneri such as the future of Pioli, Maldini, Rangnick and the stadium issue, and his comments were transcribed by MilanNews.

On the victory against Juventus: “Do you know what I say? When you wake up after winning, you feel much better. A memorable game, the one we will remember for years.

“I spoke with Pioli: I congratulated him, even those he didn’t play very well, he gave the impression of being part of a motivated team that enjoys playing football. It seems to me that Pioli managed to create a real team.”

Could he stay, perhaps together with Ralf Rangnick?

“On these choices I have total confidence in Gazidis, which on the other hand has the total trust of the shareholder, and who, logically, will bear responsibility for them. Gazidis meets me, but not on technical matters, rather on how to manage certain situations.”

Another revolution just now that the team have hit their stride?

“I don’t think Gazidis has already decided on any revolution. Having said that, it is only right that he will explore new horizons.”

Will Paolo Maldini stay? “I have excellent relationships with him. You should ask him if he remains.”

On the stadium: “I think we are on the right track. The Council has made us a proposal that we don’t like very much because it has reduced our requests for construction, but that we accepted because it should resolve the political part of the matter.

“Today I am reasonably optimistic, it seems to me that the Council accepted the plan to have a new stadium and also the Council sees it with favour.

“It is hard to say no to a project that employs 3,000 people in such a hit city. Then it will be the most beautiful stadium in the world.”

What time do you expect it to be open? Will the 2026 Winter Olympic Games be inaugurated there?

“The stadium will be ready for 2024. There will be a phase in which the new stadium will be completed and San Siro will still be standing: the mayor will decide where to perform the ceremony, it would seem strange not to use the new facility.

“Then the refunctionalisation of San Siro will begin, which will cost us 74 million and will allow parts of the old stadium to be saved in a sports park. “

Tags AC Milan Paolo Maldini Paolo Scaroni Ralf Rangnick Stefano Pioli