Ralf Rangnick has revealed that contacts with AC Milan began at the end of October when the club were in a difficult moment.
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 around poaching and developing young talent.
Kicker then claimed during the first half of Milan’s 2-1 win over Sassuolo towards the end of the season that Stefano Pioli would continue as the head coach of the Rossoneri into next season and will in fact extend his contract.
The news was confirmed on the club’s official website, and Rangnick went on to reveal that he did not end up at Milan due to the fantastic run that the club were enjoying after the league resumed.
Now, the German has given an interview to La Gazzetta dello Sport, of which the complete version will be released on Thursday.
“The first contacts? End of October, when Milan were in a complicated situation,” he said (via MilanNews).
“If Milan turned to me it was because, perhaps, they were looking for a turning point. Ibra? It is not my style to insist on players who are 38 years old.”
On Milan’s current situation, he added: “It will be paradoxical but the example is 30km away in Atalanta, a club that has 1/3 of the turnover of Milan but finishes ahead.
“They make smart investments, they have one of the best youth sectors in Europe. Gasperini is great. You win as a team. I greatly esteem Conte too.”