AC Milan sporting director Ricky Massara has shed light on a number of topics, including the futures of a key trio heading into the summer.
There is an abundance of speculation doing the rounds at the moment concerning a number of key figures attached to the Rossoneri, the main one being that Ralf Rangnick is set to arrive as manager, that being the dual role of head coach and sporting director.
That has led to rumours that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will leave the club when his contract expires come the end of the season, while there have also been reports that Gianluigi Donnarumma is closing in on a renewal and that there is optimism regarding signing Ante Rebic on a permanent basis.
Massara was interviewed by Sky Italia before the game against Sassuolo, and his words were transcribed by MilanNews.
On Donnarumma and the meeting with Raiola: “We will keep the promise, we must celebrate a prodigious goal, a fantastic player, on which we must try to build the present and future history of Milan.”
On Ibrahimovic: “He is focused and determined to make a difference also tonight, in this period the players have to be managed, literature has been made, Ibra is calm and wants to help the team.”
On the future: “We try to read as little as possible and focus on the things on the pitch, on a very important season finale, trying to finish as well as we are doing. The test tonight is very tough, we meet a team with an excellent organization.”
Who carries out the operations: “These are AC Milan operations, we are fully operational, the matches absorb the club’s energy, it is an unusual end of the season. The market can wait except for those operations that had to be closed due to peremptory terms and the club have chosen well.”
On Rebic and the possible purchase: “The timing is less stringent, we have Ante also for the next season, there are different urgencies, the Donnarumma contract is one of those.”
On the future of Ibra: “With Zlatan we will meet immediately after the end of the season, he too is focused on these games.
“There will be a conversation and we will see if there are the conditions to continue, the contribution he has brought is unquestionable, he has transformed the team and helped the growth of these guys.”