Pioli explains multiple exclusions from Bologna squad: “I don’t want unhappy players”

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli has hinted that a few players are unhappy about being left out of his plans entirely and confirmed he wants to offload some if not all of them.

A pretty big clue came regarding the fate of three players as Divock Origi, Alexis Saelemaekers and Fode Ballo-Toure were all not called up by Pioli for the first match of the season against Bologna last night.

According to MilanNews journalist Antonio Vitiello, Pioli was asked about some more movement before the window closes including the sales of those players who have been excluded from his plans entirely.

“I think we have to let some more players go because I absolutely asked the club to have fewer players,” he said.

“I want players who can play, [who are] happy, available. I don’t want unhappy players who have known since Tuesday that they won’t play on Sunday.

“Then, if there’s an opportunity to improve the squad, the club has shown a lot of willingness.”

Vitiello also reported that Saelemaekers was gutted to not be making the trip with his team-mates to Reggio-Emilia. In fact, the journalist says that he is ‘very hurt’ by being excluded entirely.

After three and a half years at the club, things could be heading for quite a sad parting.

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  1. Better to bring Saelemaekers than having 2 GKs on the bench. He might not be the best in his position, but he always plays with his heart on the field. He deserves better.

    1. SO what? Somebody who plays his heart out but isn’t technically good should play??? What kind of logic is that?

      This isn’t the Sunday league. Milan upgrading on it’s existing players. Not taking steps backwards. Alexis can move on to another club and play his heart out.

      1. I didn’t say he should play, I said it’s better to bring him instead of having 2 GKs on the bench.

        Please read carefully before complaining. It’s embarrassing.

  2. I’m not happy with how Alexis is bring treated! This guy gives his heart for Milan. He loves the team. I’m surprised Pioli could do this to him. Too bad

    1. Why are u surprised, Pioli recently backstabed Maldini who was the only one who believed in him,protected him and keep him as a coach when everyone wanted Ragnick to replace him.

  3. There is too many player on RW & RB . Well he is fallen due to his atribute defensive winger. The best option for him find other club that can give him playtime, last season junior messias even more dangerous in atacking compared to saladmaker

    1. @Reccaman, u know this guy as always served us to hus best abilities. Even if they want him to leave he shouldn’t be treated in this manner…. More like a gentleman’s agreement

    2. He has given his all to milan and he is very popular in the squad.
      He would be a better option to have in the squad than Florenzi. He can do well at RB and covers other roles too.
      I don’t want to see Milan become overly mercenary, those clubs never win

      1. Florenzi are homegrown and no club want to buy old player. Saladmaker must leave for his career, he cannot growing in AC Milan . RW : romero,samuel ,pulisic. RB : calabria,kalulu,florenzi
        LW : Leao,okafor,chaka traore
        There is no room for him this season. Even last season junior have more goal + asist than him

    1. Nope , they plan signing striker. Beside LW already 3 player : leao,okafor,chaka traore. With 433 you need agresive winger not defensive winger

      1. Technically Pulisic is a natural LW. If Leao goes down I’d rather Pulisic start at LW with Chukwueze at RW than, Okafor or Traore until either of those two show me they’re better than Pulisic. AAMOF, I think Traore should go out on loan to get Serie A minutes.

  4. Saeleamaekers is not too bad, imo. He is sort of like another Krunic as in he’s reliable when called upon. I hope he can accept that he is not the MVP of Milan and be thankful to have a supporting role. If not then yeah I guess he should leave.

  5. To me, this how we let kessie leave. Pls Mr. Pioli, we need Salemeakas in the team. This guy has done nothing wrong. Remember, we’re in the champions league and we need matured players. Wat if pulisic should’ve injury, who will play that role .You’ve sold enough players, so let him be.

  6. Saelemaekers was almost identical to Castillejo.

    Saele got the nod over Samu because he was Pioli’s boy and was loved in the locker room.
    but they were both just holding down the position until we found a real upgrade

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