AC Milan president Paolo Scaroni has once again discussed the importance of qualifying for the Champions League.

Scaroni started by saying that he wont “make a drama” if the club don’t qualify for the tournament next season, but the club must stay where they are in the medium term.

Following last weekend’s 3-0 win against Cagliari, AC Milan sit in fourth place, however the race to qualify for Europe’s top club competition is crowded.

Scaroni insisted that qualifying for the Champions League will help take some pressure off the squad both on and off the pitch, as well as Gennaro Gattuso.

“Only the Champions League can allow Milan to achieve economic results that, consequently, lead to sporting results,” he told reporters.

“In the medium term, Milan must stay there. I wouldn’t make it a drama [if they failed to qualify], but it would certainly be a nice goal to achieve, otherwise it will be for next year. We always have medium-term targets.”

Meanwhile, the Milan President also spoke of his belief that they are the best supported Italian club around the world, as he insists that it is built on Champions League glory rather than domestic success.

“Milan is by far the Italian club with the most fans around the world,” he added.

“The number of fans is proportionate to the Champions League victories a club has, it has nothing to do with the Scudetto.

“We haven’t participated in it for a few years and so that’s our aim. We have two mountains to climb, that of sporting results, which must come, and we must also prioritise merchandising and using social media to reach our 403 million fans worldwide.

“The fundamental ingredient is the stadium, and I’ve dedicated myself to that. Milan must have a new stadium in order to adapt to the times that we live in.”

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