Paolo Scaroni has spoken to the media about AC Milan’s decision to focus fully on the stadium project, leaving San Siro behind after so many years. Even though it’s more expensive, it will benefit the club.
Milan mayor Beppe Sala is desperate to get Milan and Inter – or at least one of them – to stay at San Siro and this has become clear in his interviews. However, the Rossoneri have now more or less made their decision.
Speaking to Sky Italia, Milan president Scaroni admitted that staying in the San Siro area would have been less expensive. However, due to the city council’s unwillingness before, they are now focused on San Donato.
“A solution at San Siro would have been less expensive, but it wouldn’t have given us that sense of identity. We will make a billion-dollar investment [in San Donato] with part of our own capital, about a third of the total, and two-thirds borrowed.
“If in 2018 we had managed to convince the city council that there was a need for a new stadium, and had the mayor embraced that idea, it probably would have been under construction by now. Sometimes obstacles turn into opportunities, I hope that San Donato becomes as iconic as San Siro.”
It remains to be seen what will happen in the next few months, but the political process is already underway in San Donato. For each day that passes, San Siro is looking more and more like a closed chapter for Milan.