Fassone: “We intend to strengthen the team and we need to increase capital, Montella has our esteem, Europe…”

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Marco Fassone before Milan-Empoli at Stadio San Siro on April 23, 2017. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
Marco Fassone before Milan-Empoli at Stadio San Siro on April 23, 2017. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Marco Fassone said the desire is to get players ‘who will raise the technical level’ but also claimed ‘we can’t make the equation that all the money will be used for the transfer market.’

The Milan CEO and Managing Director was in Milanello today (Wednesday) along with Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux representative Han Li, and he spoke to MilanTV about several topics.

“The first few weeks at Milan? These 15 days have passed rapidly,” said Fassone, who was chosen for this role by President and Owner Yonghong Li. “I’m starting to operate the machine, we don’t have time to lose. It’s challenging but exciting at the same time.

“Plans to increase capital? We’ve read a bit of confusion in the newspapers [each day there are rumours about Milan’s plans, both in the market and in the financial and commercial sector]. What is of interest to our fans is that this is a very important signal. Since the first shareholders’ meeting on April 14 we’ve submitted the new ownership and the new shareholders.

“Because of the important investments, we intend to strengthen the team, and to compete as soon as possible, we need to increase capital in a way which is already planned and scheduled. The President has accepted the request of the Board of Directors and has pledged to provide the company with a major capital contribution; we can’t make the equation that all the money will be used for the market.

“Because we’ll have an activity of around €120m; we’ll have funds to support the transfer campaign and then there’s the running of Milan, which will still be making losses next year. These losses, which we already know the extent of, will be covered by the shareholders. That allows us to sleep easy and sends the signal of an ownership which wants to invest and have a strong Milan in the short-term.

“The transfer market? The risk is that there will be distractions due to the mercato, but this team has done well. It’s based on very young players who definitely need experience but there’s a lot of room for growth. We’re lucky to have them, then it’s clear that we’ll make some signings to bring in experienced players, quality players who will raise the technical level. In a demonstration of the work which has been done in the past, many of the bases for this club come from the youth sector.

Marco Fassone, Han Li and Massimiliano Mirabelli at Milanello on May 5, 2017. (@acmilan.com)
Marco Fassone, Han Li and Massimiliano Mirabelli at Milanello on May 5, 2017. (@acmilan.com)

“If the Europa League is a goal? I’ve already said this, but it bears repeating. For some clubs the Europa League is more of a burden than an advantage. We think that it’s an obligatory step to get used to playing in that context, to get back into the habit of having a midweek match. If we want to get into the Champions League for 2018-19, the Europa League is a crucial step for us.

“Montella? The boss has the total esteem of the directors and the owners. We talk with him on a daily basis. We’ll go to the table the next time with no doubts about the technical guidance of the club.”

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Don baba

I hope Montella get this team to qualify for Champion’s league cause I really want to see what these Directors are capable of achieving before I know what to say # fingers crossed

gallo

you are right @Don baba because is really obvious to critise now ,but if we don’t qualify for europe i still hope to see the them display in the coming market that will make us a fight force in seria a and hope to qulify for europe

Don baba

You’re on point gallo that’s it and with AS Roma and Atalanta ahead us I doubt if Montella will get 3 point out of the 2 matches

Pelle80

Mark my words, we are beating roma and atalanta. It would be a surprise!

dageneralaji

You think like me bro

Law

Will be interesting to see who they target in the market. Hoping they invest in some midfielders who can distribute or make plays to feed our strikers. Maybe have 2 playmakers on the field wouldn’t be a bad idea either. Maybe somehow we could buy Marcelo to give us some great attack in defense and run the counter attacks as a build up with our 2 playmakers like Dimitri Payet, Alexis Sanchez, Fabregas or James. Those are who I would want to target to take the reins of Milan in midfield. And invest in some younger talents for the future.… Read more »

Sanoske_the_boss

Maybe in fifa career mode lmao

Don baba

@ Pelle80 I will also be glad if we did cause I will be the happiest man on this earth if we do beat them but till then I will keep quiet and cross my fingers

Pelle80

Yes mate, i just have this feeling that we gonna gun them down. This team pulls it always against top sides…so i expect a victory on sunday!

Breel MammaN

If ac Milan brings one Central defender just like kessie, Marco Assenio, Alvaro Morata & Anthony martial My Milan will be winn to much trophies for sure,
4:3:3
Donneruma

De sceglio A. Laporte. Romagnoli, Gloulam

Kessie . Locatelli.Bonaventura

Assenio. Morata. Suso

Bench

Plizzari. Calabria. Sead kolosanic. Gomez
Anthony martial. Zanellato. Correa. Luciano Vito

Trainer Diego Simone
Then ac Milan will become the world icons team

O'Gabbs

@breelmamman. I was thinking that your back four could have comprised of kessie, assencio, Alvaro morata, and martial. Loving it already. In between there seems to be trouble in paradise. Donna’s parents are feed up with riola’s antics and want their son sign the contract already. Wish they get another agent

Pelle80

I warned you about haitian weed but you wouldnt listen.

Milan10

Theres no such thing as bad weed mind u, only bad smokers

nick

Milan should rethink confirming Montella. Many will disagree with me but I don’t believe he is not capable of bringing success to Milan. Montella can’t even get the best out of Bacca. A top class striker. Yes, he’s a proven winner and his record at Sevilla proves that. Sarri is not on good terms with DeSanctis so we can get him. We have a limited budget. Therefore we should spend “wisely” and focus on strengthening the midfield and defence. Bacca is a proven striker who has a great strike record in Europe. He just needs the creative support from a… Read more »

Xiangfu

Comment: serie a defence is different from laliga defence. Bacca cannot score a volley ball. In italy defenders defend with all part of their body. Milan should sell bacca and buy,
vinicius jr/ druissi/ lukasz teodorysk/ we can even buy belloti d clause is for foreign team

Darko

too much football manager my friend. Sell everybody and bring entire new squad is a recipe for disaster……

Pelle80

You made my day@darko 🙂

nick

A.C. Milan is only second to Real Madrid when it comes to European trophies yet only 2 of our current players would be starters for any of the top clubs in Europe.

Only Donnaruma, Romagnoli, Locatelli, Bonnaventura, Bacca and Suso are worth keeping. Everyone else is pure garbage.

The majority of our current players wouldn’t even make the bench at Juventus, Real Madrid, Barcelona, or Bayern Munich.

The squad needs a major overhaul.

Gman

None of our players would be starters for a top club

Shevonar

Donnaruma

VICEROYMHZ

Comment:for strikers, two among morata,belloti,abumeyang are okay. i prefer a fluid formation not a static one. midfield; fabregas,isco,n 1 strong mf
we need 1 more rb in case of injury and 1 nore lb to make 3 full backs each. cb;roma,paletta,gomez,musachio..
I believe plizzari could play in cup games
and some europa matches to rest dona. so as to other players so they won’t look useless or play only when others are injured.

sobig

Comment: Let us pray 4 de team,hopefully we will beat Roma and Atlanta,rememba de success de team de hapier we are.Forza Milan.

Vince

Mussachio de vri romgnoli

Calabria Kessie locatelli Bonaventura

Suso Morata Keita

3 4 3

ted

I would rather have then 3412

Donnarumma
Musacchio De Vrij Romagnoli
Calabria Kessie Locatelli Jack
Suso
Bacca Keita

Oh sweet dreams…

Mr.g

Maybe change this stupid formation that does not suit us…

Shehu mustapha

Pls guys don’t blame montella, he has done his best considering the limited options and the unrest in the sale of the club, he works well with young players. Look at allegri, we all wanted him out when he was clueless in his last season but look at what he is doing with juve, look at d wonderful work mihajlovic is doing with a small side like Torino. So its not always the coaches fault, so let’s be patient pps.

Pelle80

Well said bro! I believe if not for injuries we would not be in this tight position.

Suso817

You guys play to much FIFA and Football Manager!! But yea, you can believe, you have all right to that… realistically Kessie and Musacchio can happen!

gazonga

serie A had couple of games left and here we already talk about summer problems. the club need europe for pete sake!! and the team hardly get 3 points lately. last couple of games show that the team get all distracted by all this speculation. they play for themselves not for the better of the club. if the management could make it quiet for a second then i think the team will get back on track. thats what the team need for now.

Donremie

Its really interesting reading all d posts…So many players linked to Milan! But first, I support Milan keeping montella, though I will also advise him to reduce squad rotation for now since we have only d league to play, fans wanted allegri out, but look at what he is doing at juve, beat team in d ucl so far n d league, more dynamic Dan even Conte! As for d defense, I’m sure with musachio n one good lb, it’s ok. Then in d midfield, we need a fabeegas n one other creative MF, then upfront 2 more players. To… Read more »

CGT

For 3412 Formation:
Donnarumma

Musachio De-vriJ Romagnoli

Abate Kessie Kovacic Bonaventura

Suso

Keita Morata

Suso817

I can support the 3412 system if Milan try it!!

dapito

good coach, good squad, good condition…. milan with fabio cappelo, milan with ancelotti, milan with sachi
good coach, good squad but wrong condition…. milan with fatih terim, milan with cesare maldini, milan with allergi
good coach, medium squad, wrong condition… milan with leonardo, milan with inzaghi, milan with seedorf
medium coach, medium squad and good condition… milan with zacherroni
medium coach, medium squad and bad condition… milan with montella, milan with miha, milan oscar tabares

Pa ibra

Vangioni Zapata DeSciglio Bertolacci Mati Pasalic Honda Niang Ocampus Lapadula should not be kept if offers arrives. I think it would be a spot wasted with keeping both Montolivo and Sosa together when they are the same age and play same role with same style( Especially if Fabregas joins too). One should leave and look for a younger version of their characteristic. I have always supported Montolivo and still value him but I think Sosa have better a chance.

Gman

Some parts of this interview is both confusing and lol: The transfer market? The risk is that there will be distractions due to the mercato, – So there will be problems in the transfer market because of the transfer window? But this team has done well. It’s based on very young players who definitely need experience but there’s a lot of room for growth. We’re lucky to have them, then it’s clear that we’ll make some signings to bring in experienced players, quality players who will raise the technical level. – Is pellegrini and Kessie expirienced players? Are they really… Read more »