Ralf Rangnick addresses AC Milan rumours; reveals ‘great admiration’ for Rossoneri

By Oliver Fisher -

Ralf Rangnick has issued a response to speculation that he is being considered for a role at AC Milan.

Rangnick is the current head of sport and development at Red Bull, and German outlet Bild (via Goal Italia) recently stated that the Rossoneri have taken ‘concrete steps’ towards trying to bring him to the club.

They stated that Milan would like the German to start officially in June and become both the head coach and sporting director in a revolutionary role, adding that they would also like him to start unofficially in January as a consultant.

However, denials then arrived from inside the club and rumours about Rangnick’s arrivals were branded ‘baseless’ – however now the man in question has been asked about the potential rumours.

Rangnick denied having held talks with Milan, but hinted that it is a club he would be interested in joining and that he may even become a head coach again if needed.

“I have never had contact with Milan. But when I was at the beginning of my career, I looked at the Rossoneri with great admiration,” he told Calciomercato.it.

“It was the 1980s, Arrigo Sacchi sat on the bench, who managed to set up a team capable of dominating European football for a long time.

“I followed with AC Milan and Sacchi’s work with great attention, they played exactly the type of football I loved and it is probably the team and the coach who have influenced the development of my job and my career the most.

“In recent years I have coached and maintained my position as sporting director, but now I’m happy of my current position. However, in football never say never: I am still young enough to be on the bench.”

The 61-year-old started his managerial career in Germany all the way back in 1983, and he has coached the likes of Stuttgart, Schalke, Hannover, Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig.

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