Massimiliano Mirabelli talked about Donnarumma, André Silva, Falcao and Thiago Silva and picked Croatia to be the surprise in the upcoming World Cup.
Milan have already signed Pepe Reina and Ivan Strinić but the mercato has not truly started for them yet, as they are waiting for UEFA’s ruling regarding their breach of the FFP rules. And with each passing day an exclusion from the Europa League seems more and more likely.
In the meantime, Massimiliano Mirabelli and Gennaro Gattuso will be in Russia to watch some of the World Cup games, as the director of sport and coach prepare for the next season.
“The presence in Russia? It’s an important opportunity for us to keep our contacts alive. We certainly won’t be watching any players: we already know all of them well,” Mirabelli told Premium Sport on Tuesday. “Who will win? I agree with everyone’s predictions and then Brazil and Argentina are also my favorites, but I think people should be wary of Croatia, there’s always a surprise.
“Donnarumma [who last year signed a four-year extension]? Now there’s silence around him. It’s a good thing considering everything that’s been said. He’s an asset for Italian football and we think we’ll keep him for a long time. Raiola’s also quite calm, there are no problems with him.
“A possible André Silva-Falcao exchange? It seems unlikely. The Colombian’s a great player but in the final part of his career, while ours is a young guy who struggled in his first year, but he needs time to adjust to Serie A. But we’re convinced he’ll become one of the best in the world.
“We haven’t received any mouth-watering offers for him. Thiago Silva [who in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport said it would be ‘beautiful’ to return to Milan in order to end his playing career]? He’s a great player, many dream of joining Milan. This club retain a special charm.
“The objectives of Milan? We want to keep our best players, even if they are in demand. We are sure that we’ll have a team of value and have assets. UEFA’s ruling? We won’t be caught unprepared. We hope no-one will take away the Europa League, which we earned on the field. They also know that without Milan, the trophy would lose some of its charm. The fans must know that we’re working 24 hours a day to improve the squad. We have to at least qualify for the Champions League next season.
“Gattuso? He repaid us in a great way. We put faith in him and we’re happy with him. He’s gone full circle: he was a great player and is a great person and coach. How he feels about the UEFA verdict? He’s not quiet, but it’s not out of fear. Generally speaking, he doesn’t know the word ‘tranquility’.”