Former AC Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli has claimed that he and the old management are responsible for half of the team seen at the moment.
Mirabelli joined Milan back in 2017 when Yonghong Li bought the club from Silvio Berlusconi, and oversaw a transfer campaign which saw Milan bring in a number of high-profile players for over €100million.
He has previously been outspoken about his time with the Rossoneri – such as having an agreement in place to sign Cristiano Ronaldo and the huge fine he gave to Leonardo Bonucci.
Mirabelli gave an interview to the newspaper Tuttosport about a number of topics related to the current Milan team, beginning with his opinion on the negotiation for the renewal of Gianluigi Donnarumma’s contract.
“I hope he stays, like Calhanoglu, but he has had the knife on the handle for some time. Furthermore Raiola is a very tough nut to crack. The timing leaves me amazed: assuming that an agreement is found, renewing the contract so few months before the deadline will certainly cost dearly,” he said (via MilanLive).
“I got to the extension well before. I tore it out with my nails and it was all in favour of the club, economically. Milan today, on the other hand, waited a long time. Too long. Maybe in the end they still manage to renew him, but you get hurt on the balance sheet.”
Mirabelli also then revealed his belief that he is responsible for half of the success that the club are seeing at the moment.
“Even today 5 or 6 key players are from our management. But I would never have sold 2 important young talents like Locatelli and André Silva. A nice Milan was being born with us, young and strong. We created the basis. If today the team is at the top, a good 50% derives from our work.”