Moretto: Months of talks evaporate quickly – the reconstruction of the Lopetegui-Milan saga

By Oliver Fisher -

A few days ago Julen Lopetegui was thinking about booking flights to Italy and getting ready to sign his contract with AC Milan, but now everything has changed.

According to Relevo, Milan have asked for time to reflect on the choice, something strongly influenced by the reaction of the fans and especially the Curva Sud. Gerry Cardinale has been ‘shaken’ by the response and ‘is ready to take a step back and turn to another coach’.

The owner’s change of direction is not shared by the entire board, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, which implies the Swede still believes Lopetegui is the right man. Last week all the parties involved, including Lopetegui, met in London to verbally define all the details of the contract.

The sensations suggested that the agreement was a matter of time and yet the great pressure from external voices has caused the Rossoneri to reflect and back down, something which deserves analysing in a separate piece.

Lopetegui is ‘upset by Milan’s attitude’ and now feels ready to talk to other clubs. He had spoken for weeks about the plans for the future with Milan and several ideas about the summer mercato were also discussed.

What next for him? Saudi Arabia tempted him a few months ago, but his priority was to remain in Europe, with a special preference for the Premier League but without closing doors to other avenues, like Milan.

Milan were working on Lopetegui for weeks and now ‘do not have a ready candidate with whom they are already negotiating concretely’. Different names have been mentioned, but they had focused on the Spaniard until they decided to stop the negotiations.

Tags AC Milan Julen Lopetegui


  1. Mashes zero sense that Milan abandon talks with Lopetegui based on fan pressure.

    The only way this happens is, if all of a sudden there’s a better coaching option available that Milan is entertaining.

    Conte stalling. Motta hasn’t signed anything?

    When I want to know, is what was Ibra’s option? Who was he pushing for? And if they negate his option, will he stick around? Of all people, Ibra is not a yes-man.

  2. Hhhh ibrahimovic is ass-*ole he is more than yes man he will do anything for money don’t forget he played inter juventus and milan he is snake with two faces all he care is money soon people will realize what I’m talking

    1. Careful on calling him a snake. Even though he was forced to leave Milan, never once he spoke badly about us. And Milan is the only club he ever came back to.

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