Ralf Rangnick refused to be drawn on previous comments made by Paolo Maldini and Zlatan Ibrahimovic suggesting he is not right for Milan.
For months it seemed that Rangnick would be arriving in a role as head coach and technical director, leading the Rossoneri on another revolution based on his way of operating at RB Leipzig.
However, things seemed to very quickly fall apart. As Milan went on a fantastic run of results, reports broke during the first half of the 2-1 win over Sassuolo claiming Pioli would be staying on as boss and that the proposed arrival of Rangnick was cancelled.
The German has given another interview to La Gazzetta dello Sport offering more background on talks with Milan, and he discussed the reasons that Pioli was deserving of his new deal.
“The team was the best post Coronavirus. Changing would not have been wise or respectful,” he said (via MilanNews).
“Pioli deserved confirmation, even for the person he is: I appreciated it in the interviews, always focused on the objectives. If it is the right choice in the medium and long term is another question.”
Maldini and Boban had talked about Rangnick, the former questioning whether he is the right profile for Milan and the latter giving an explosive interview to the same paper that saw him dismissed.
“In life, one of my rules is: don’t talk about those you don’t know personally,” Rangnick continued.
“And for my part, a half word has never been said about Milan, never. I can talk about Maldini as a former player: he was extraordinary, a real legend. But I can’t say the same as a sporting director: I simply don’t know him in this role.
“As an outsider, you can ask yourself if the owner is happy of the results in relation to the money invested in recent years. Am I due to the divorce between Zvone and Milan? You have to ask who represents the club.
“When Ibra said he didn’t know me, he wasn’t wrong. I’ve never met him.”