Frederic Massara spoke briefly about the situation off the pitch, before last night’s match with Atalanta.
Milan have been one of the best teams in Italy since returning from the Coronavirus lockdown: in 10 games since Calcio returned, the Diavolo got 7 wins and 3 draws, the latest arriving last night at Stadio San Siro against the most in-form team in the peninsula, Atalanta.
Before the match, which ended in a 1-1 draw, Milan director of sport Frederic Massara spoke to the press about the future of the Diavolo.
Massara, along with Paolo Maldini and Coach Stefano Pioli, seemed one step away from leaving the club – with Ralf Rangnick coming to take over the technical side of Milan. However, Elliott decided to not make another revolution, giving Pioli a two-year renewal while keeping Maldini and Massara.
“The confirmation of Pioli? In reality, not many people believed in it,” Massara said to Sky Sport Italy last evening. “We have always believed in the value of the coach, who has done an excellent job. He’s given identity to the team, he’s made many players grow and he has given entertaining football. There has been an exponential growth of the whole team even before the lockdown and there were also many victories. It’s a well thought-out, well-deserved and fair choice.
“A meeting with Ibrahimović? We are here every two days. As soon as we have time, we’ll talk seriously to Zlatan, we. We will talk to him. Now he is serene, determined and fierce. He is Ibra, he is a Champion and he is giving us an indisputable contribution. It cannot be ignored.
“The mercato? We are making some evaluations. Now we’ll be doing them in more depth with the coach; some evaluations have been made but it’s still a bit early. Now let’s focus on our own players and then we’ll see what happens.
“The budget and revenue from sales? These are things that will be defined in the next few days. We are convinced that we can do well and build an even more competitive team. We started a path last year, we’re trying to return to a way that is winning but also highly competitive.
“We’re very confidence we can make the right investments that are needed.”