MN: Milan must remember lessons from 2012 when temptation arises to sell stars

By Oliver Fisher -

With the farewells of Simon Kjaer and Olivier Giroud, AC Milan also said goodbye to two players who can be considered leaders within the squad, something the management must be wary of.

As MilanNews writes, the presence of the centre-back and the striker has always been very important for the many young players who have arrived at Milanello in recent seasons but now the club and the new head coach will have to do without them.

In addition to that, there are a lot of rumours suggesting that Milan will listen to offers for some star players including Mike Maignan, Theo Hernandez and Rafael Leao when the window opens, a trio who have become cornerstones of the side in recent years.

Both Stefano Pioli and Giroud spoke to Sky and gave their last interviews as coach and player after the 3-3 draw against Salernitana last Saturday, and they preached the importance of Maignan.

Pioli responded as follows: “Milan is losing depth but the guys who are here have grown. In terms of impact, I think Maignan can be a point of reference for the dressing room.”

Giroud echoed his sentiments: “I see players like Mike [Maignan] doing it well. He has personality, for me he must continue to be the leader on and off the pitch.”

Even Antonio Mirante – who was in the same department and is also departing – reinforced their words in an interview with Radio Serie A.

“Mike is an incredible professional, a total goalkeeper who is destined to improve even further in the coming years. His charisma can be felt just by looking at him in the dressing room you know he’s there, he conveys certainty and this quality is essential for his role.”

Milan do not need to sell any players unlike rivals and yet – as happened last year with Sandro Tonali – if huge offers arrive the club is willing not only to listen to them, but also to accept them. Many, including Maignan, Theo and Leao, would be ready to possibly sacrifice the French goalkeeper if they had to choose.

But then the issue comes full circle and the question must be asked, is it really worth giving up another leader of the dressing room? It is undeniable that signing a new reliable goalkeeper is easier than replacing one of the strongest left-backs in the world like Theo or a winger like Leao, but sometimes value goes beyond transfer fees and statistics.

With a new head coach arriving too, losing a key piece could be further destabilising. The summer of 2012 showed this when Milan struggled for years to come after Gennaro Gattuso, Pippo Inzaghi, Alessandro Nesta and Clarence Seedorf all said goodbye.

Tags AC Milan Olivier Giroud Simon Kjaer


  1. But Mike needs to remain fit, that’s the whole point. Because it doesn’t matter if he’s the most charismatic leader of all in the locker room if he cannot play!

    1. This, and also he has to agree to a salary realistic to the league he plays in and his position. No one in serie A will pay their goalkeeper 8 mil. 8 mil is the salary inter is offering to the best player in the league.
      If Maignan doesn’t agree to a new contract, leader or not, he has to leave this summer. Practices from the past where you lose top players for free cannot happen again.

  2. the whole 2012 thing was way more than legends saysing bye. no strategy and buying deadwood summer after summer

    1. There was also Zlatan and Thiago Silva leaving. Thiago Silva is still playing and at some point was one of the best center backs of the last decades.
      And yes, all of them were replaced by deadwood.

  3. The difference then and now is that the money earned from selling players is not used to pay off the club’s debts.
    Last year, the money from Tonali’s sale was also used for the transfer market.

  4. It’s nothing like 2012. Galliani was an absolute buffoon and ran the club into the ground. Even as far back as the Capello era there was no succession plan, no idea to bring in younger players to eventually phase out the older stars, which is why after 1995, there was a rapid decline and the same thing happened in 2012. Both Elliott and Redbird have done the smart thing and built around younger players. If they go on to be sold for huge profits, so be it. It’s going to take a long time for Milan to be in a position to compete with the salaries offered by Real Madrid, PSG, Man City and the EPL clubs.

  5. sell maignan! better today than tomorrow, thats crucial for salary structure, keep Theo for same salary then leao, you cannot replace theo – even real madrid could not

Comments are closed

Serie A Standings

Live football scores . Current table, fixtures & results.