Pioli explains happiness over Mirante signing and gives fitness update on crucial trio

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli has thanked the club for going out and signing free agent Antonio Mirante after Mike Maignan’s injury.

On their official website, the Rossoneri released a statement in which they confirmed the signing of Mirante on a one-year deal. The 38-year-old veteran left Roma in the summer and has been a free agent since, and he brings a wealth of experience when Milan need cover after Mike Maignan’s surgery.

Pioli spoke at his pre-match press conference at Milanello on the eve of tomorrow’s match at San Siro against Verona and he discussed a variety of different topics including Mirante’s arrival, with MilanNews relaying his comments.

“Mirante needs an extra week of preparation, but I’m happy with his arrival. I thank the club, we needed another player. He’s a serious guy and a great professional,” he said.

Speaking of condition, Pioli also spoke about how Zlatan Ibrahimovic is getting on as he continues to battle back from Achilles inflammation.

“He’s better, he started working on the pitch, he’s been in the group since yesterday. Tomorrow’s training will be important, then we’ll decide whether to call him or not. His condition is improving.”

A positive update arrived too on the fitness of striker Olivier Giroud, who has been out with back pain.

“He trained well, he overcame the back problem. Tomorrow he will be there.”

On Calabria, Pioli added: “He’s fine, he’s been training with us for three days. He’ll be there tomorrow.”

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Tags AC Milan Antonio Mirante Davide Calabria Olivier Giroud Stefano Pioli Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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