Maldini: “This is the beginning of an adventure, Donnarumma? Our paths are splitting and I wish him the best”

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Paolo Maldini before Torino-Milan at Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino on May 12, 2021. (Nicolò Campo)

Paolo Maldini spoke on Milan’s official Twitch channel, confirming the exit of Gigio Donnarumma and talking about qualifying for the Champions League.

Milan finished their best season in years earlier this week, with a 2-0 win over Atalanta which sealed second place and got them qualified for the CL.

Now the ball is at the court of Paolo Maldini and Frederic Massara who have the task of building a squad that can compete in the Champions. A major decision has already been made as Gianluigi Donnarumma will leave the club as a free agent, with Mike Maignan replacing him.

Milan director and legend Paolo Maldini was a guest on AC Milan Talk on the Rossoneri’s Twitch channel and he spoke about a variety of topics, as reported by Milannews.it:

“The joy of the team and of the coach after the final whistle in Bergamo? It was great, it was emotional. It’s a season that lasted two years, the coach since arriving did two consecutive seasons, he’s had no vacations, and there was the COVID that turned our lives upside down. We had this dream, we got second place because of our unity of intent. It was right to celebrate together, these images are very significant.

Paolo Maldini celebrating at the end of Atalanta-Milan at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia on May 23, 2021. (Daniele Buffa)

“How did I experience it compared to when I celebrated as a player? It’s different times, objectives and club. As a player, I was lucky enough in my third year as a pro to have President Berlusconi, who did something exceptional in the world of football. Emulating that team will not be easy for any club, so we celebrated the Champions League like this. There must be a beginning for everything; this is the beginning of an adventure that will continue and lead us to compete at the highest level. We are very happy but Milan must be ambitious, we must lay the foundations and then improve every year and have bigger and bigger ambitions. The difference between being a player and being a director is huge – as a player you have tension but then you play and you are so tired that you don’t feel a lot. As a director you keep everything inside and it becomes difficult.

“What were the key moments of the season? The real key moment was when the coach and I were confirmed and it was decided to continue with the group that was doing so well in the post-lockdown league campaign. That I think was the key moment, we only had 3 weeks off where we tried to improve the team and then the Rio Ave qualifier was the hardest moment with so many players out between COVID and injuries and the true spirit came out. It was a sign that it was going to be a positive season.

Paolo Maldini celebrating at the end of Atalanta-Milan at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia on May 23, 2021. (@acmilan.com)

“What emotions am I getting from getting into the Champions League? Going to the Champions League obviously has an economic aspect to it, we very tied to the spirting side. You go to compete with the best teams in the world and you try to be at their level, there is an even higher challenge than in the league, it holds surprises – both positive and negative – but when it comes to Milan it’s almost always positive.  It raises the level of the club not only at an economic level but also of the players themselves; Ibra asked in the locker room who’d played in the Champions League before and only Çalhanoğlu raised his hand. This makes you understand how difficult it is to be a protagonist in such a competition.

“Club symbols in modern football? It was difficult to have then and now it’s even more difficult. To be able to find a player who has quality and ambition and to find an environment that makes it possible for him to fulfill his ambitious demands is difficult. The mercato overseas and young guys, when they sign their first contract, is so wide that effectively there are beautiful stories but they are increasingly more difficult.

Paolo Maldini, Ivan Gazidis and Stefano Pioli during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)

“What group would I say this year’s squad resembles? It’s hard to say. I’ve always been part of groups with experienced players. This is the youngest squad in Italy so the similarities are few, but hopefully the results will be similar.

“Donnarumma? I think we have to thank all the players who’ve made this incredible season. Gigio was a leader and often a Captain. People have a hard time understanding what it means to be a professional, who must be ready to change shirts. I know that this is something difficult to accept, it is increasingly more difficult to find careers that start in one place and end in the same place. We must have respect for those who gave so much to Milan, Gigio did it, and he never disrespected us. Our paths are splitting, I can only wish the best to a sensitive guy like him.

Gianluigi Donnarumma before Atalanta-Milan at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia on May 23, 2021. (@imago-images)

“The fans? Milan was the first team to get demonstrations from their fans during the pandemic, they amazed and surprised us. Before Bergamo we knew that the fans would come, we saw the intensity and the desire to achieve certain results and they made us go back to what matches with fans were, they are the essence of football. The guys tried to be professionals at the maximum but without fans at the stadium many things are missing. The idea of restarting in the most important competition, having as a foundation the second place which was deservedly achieved, with at least 50% of our fans back, certainly makes us happy.

“How do I discover a talent? We have a very capable scouting department with Geoffrey Moncada at the head. Scouts and statistics match up the needs of the club and the tastes of whoever is in charge of the sporting area, which is me and director of sport Massara. There are many exchanges of ideas based on how the team plays and what the coach wants, what that department needs at the moment… there is a lot of work behind it, being infallible is impossible, you have to be creative and bet on young players who – I must say – when they put themselves to the test, they give a lot of positive responses.

Paolo Maldini and Zlatan Ibrahimović during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)

“Today’s Primavera derby and the Women’s Coppa Italia final? I’ll go see the Primavera, we want to qualify for the playoffs and go as far as possible. They suffered a lot from being stuck for months and months, they lost the habit of relating to one another. The girls are fantastic this year, they dragged us with their ambition. There will be the first trophy to win, we’ll to the Mapei Stadium to watch the final hoping to bring home the first women’s trophy.

“A greeting to finish? Thank you and always Forza Milan!”

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Gbenga AJOSE
Gbenga AJOSE
3 months ago

Only a bastard would leave his boyhood club in such an ignoble state

Elliotazzuri
Elliotazzuri
3 months ago

What is happening to serie a, inter won the league yet they are still broke, Milan took 2nd yet they don’t have cash to spend, even juventus can’t afford to spend, this is really bad they is no money in this league, we can’t achieve big things if we don’t change to a rich owner because depending on performance money is not enough, this mercato has been bad so far we are not strengthening our squad the only thing we are going to be doing is replacing players, I was expecting us to do well in cl, but now am… Read more »

Forzamilan
Forzamilan
3 months ago
Reply to  Elliotazzuri

Football in Italy is dying, the league is far behind premier League and before we can close that gap something epic has to happen, worst part is Italian club are not producing world class youngsters like French, Spain, Germany or England, I would say also the thing that can help us is a rich oil owner like psg or man city owner who don’t rely on sporting performance to spend

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
3 months ago
Reply to  Elliotazzuri

You have to take into account that we’re in the midst of a huge financial depression due to covid.

Elliotazzuri
Elliotazzuri
3 months ago
Reply to  Baresis Dream

I know, but the covid is not affecting psg even though their league is way worst than ours, they don’t need to sell they gave neymar a new contract and would have done same for mbappe if not for the fact he wants to leave, they plan on spending in the summer do you know why because of their owner the money is coming from is pocket, compare to our shit owner, please let him sell our club to a oil tycoon, our owner is using covid 19 as a bailout even if the economy was not like this Elliot… Read more »

Jon blund
Jon blund
3 months ago
Reply to  Elliotazzuri

The league is actually improving tho Inter and Juve have had very bad strategy on the market for a couple of years. Inter have spent 200m Napoli 100m etc

Mickey
Mickey
3 months ago

Fuck the management, what will happen to Milan if kessie, Calabria and the rest players whose contract are expiring ask for a pay rise, will Milan let them all leave what is happening to inter is also happening to Milan, we both achieve something and are not planning to build on what we achieve, first Donna then hakan and romag is this how to strengthen a club, if only we had a owner willing to spend please any rich person come and buy Milan and save us. I predict that no Italian club will make it pass the round of… Read more »

Gbenga AJOSE
Gbenga AJOSE
3 months ago
Reply to  Mickey

Strangely the owner of Milan is stupendously rich. Its just that he doesn’t want to risk so much money in Milan

Mickey
Mickey
3 months ago
Reply to  Gbenga AJOSE

He should fucking sell the club now, before we become the next arsenal

Milan oldtimer
Milan oldtimer
3 months ago
Reply to  Mickey

Its not as bad as you are outting it kid. First, donna good riddance to him. Yes he is a great goalie but thats all just a crazy expensive goalie. With that kind of money that him and his rat agent were asking we can reinforce other department. Hakan can leave too. The money that he is asking he doesnt derserve it. Get someone better with that monry. Calabria and kessie that u mentioned are not going anywhere. They are our backbone. And whats important they dont have that mercenary mentality. Yeas they will get their raise as they progress.

Mickey
Mickey
3 months ago
Reply to  Milan oldtimer

Then tell me why kessie and Calabria haven’t signed a new contract yet, by next season they will be entering the free agent market pool

Sempremilan
Sempremilan
3 months ago
Reply to  Milan oldtimer

I can bet you that krunic will be a Milan player next season and he will be pioli attacking option of the bench

Gems
Gems
3 months ago
Reply to  Milan oldtimer

Well said , I agree
Hakan & dollarumma can both go ….
I’m just angry about the free transfer situation,
When we should be getting 40 mil for Gigio to buy vlahovic

SempreMilan
SempreMilan
3 months ago

Am so disappointed giroud of all striker is who we are link to is ibra not enough why must we have 2 old striker with a market value of 0 millon, why is Diaz not being plan to be bought outright what is this tonali rumours going around, why are not getting our attackers e.g ikone, belotti e.t.c why have attention on vlahovic died, why are loan players returning to their club, why are we not renewing contract, why is maldini bad at buying attack, why is this management acting broke, please someone give me a good answer that can… Read more »

Nesta1
Nesta1
3 months ago
Reply to  SempreMilan

Got to admit I didn’t realise giroud was 34,like u said zlatan 40 then we buy a 34 year old who’s going to get paid 4 million a year. OK for squad depth but I hope we going to get a striker in his prime as well.

ZionTrain
ZionTrain
3 months ago
Reply to  SempreMilan

Yep. I am disappointed about that too. Giroud is old and we don’t need two old strikers. Tammy Abraham and Belotti are better options and Milan should go for both of them.

Ibra really should retire. He won’t last a full season with that knee injury at his age. I’m disappointed that we decided to continue with Ibra next season.

Milan need to know when to move on from certain players. He did is part in helping the team grow but he’s no longer useful on the pitch due to his age and injury problems.

Gems
Gems
3 months ago
Reply to  ZionTrain

Yes he’s to old to stay fit
Always injured
Rarely can play more than 3or 4 games in a row
I thought it was ridiculous going to play for Sweden when u can’t even stay fit for Milan

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 months ago
Reply to  SempreMilan

Bro I have been saying it over and over and over again. Milan take too long to actually improve the attack. Maldini should going all in for ikone, daka, belotti, vlahovic, Brandt, hakimi, dybala, Antony, neres and many more! But as usual that’s not gonna happen. I keep saying these guys have no clue how to build a attacking team. Look how fast we get cdm’s, cb’s or a gk. But look at rw, cam and cf. guarantee we get more inexperienced youngsters as back ups for the champions league instead of getting ucl ready players.

ZionTrain
ZionTrain
3 months ago

I’m curious to see the players Milan will bring in to strengthen the squad. I would really like to see Maldini stick to the youth project and avoid players like Giroud and Illicic. These players are too old and will like most likely be injury prone regardless if they are free agent. Loic Balde – CB to replace Romagnoli. Tammy Abraham on loan with option to buy is needed. We also still need Belotti. Ibra will not play a lot of games next season. His injury means he’s finished. He should really retire now. Waste of money to pay him… Read more »

Rruudboy
Rruudboy
3 months ago
Reply to  ZionTrain

Tammy Abraham?? Come on buddy

Milan10
Milan10
3 months ago
Reply to  ZionTrain

atalanta with ilicic vs milan: 5-0, 3-0. atalanta without ilicic vs milan: lost 2-0 at home.

giroud scores 1 less goals than uber cool, fast and quick, fresh from bundesliga “turbo” timo werner despite only playing for 1/3 of werner’s minutes.

andriy “the giant” silva is better than any st except for lewandowski, messi and cr7.

#FACHTS

ZahidHossain
ZahidHossain
3 months ago
Reply to  Milan10

True mate

dan
dan
3 months ago
Reply to  ZionTrain

as much as we love the youth project, we do need some experienced guys. Not advocating for Grioud, but perhaps Illicic is not so bad. As talented as they are, we cannot realistically rely on pessina, Zaccagni  etc. Our squad is young as hell. I would not mind a few veterans, as long as they are quality.

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 months ago
Reply to  dan

Ya but the word veteran doesn’t have to mean guys who are 34/35. A person who is 25-28 can also be a veteran with great experience and energy to give for another 5-8 years. We need ppl with experience or who has undeniable skill and can be pivotal for more than just 2 years.

Elliotazzuri
Elliotazzuri
3 months ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

Well said mate, all this dumbass think veteran must be an old geezer are people like mane,Salah,Kane not veteran

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 months ago
Reply to  Elliotazzuri

Exactly, we can get a lot of good players for 30-35 mil or less and we are acting sooo slow. We have no cams and we desperately need a rw and cf. all we have are links but no action except for 34 yro injury prone giroud

Rosso Joburg
Rosso Joburg
3 months ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

Be realistic. We can’t afford quality players in their prime. It’s either youth or older guys with lower transfers.

Dwaynek27ism
Dwaynek27ism
3 months ago

You guys are overreacting a lot. This is good we get rid of Gigio. Mike is a beast between the posts and Milan were monitoring him for a long time. Granted he asked to leave Milan, it’s Gigio’s choice. It shows that no one is untouchable. If we can let Gigio go easily then do you think we can hold on to those who play bad any further? We still have one Donnarumma left so that’s not bad right?

ZionTrain
ZionTrain
3 months ago
Reply to  Dwaynek27ism

Both Donnarumma’s are leaving Milan. Trust me on that. It would be stupid for Milan to pay Antonio Donnarumma 1m contract for a 3rd choice keeper.

Niels8
Niels8
3 months ago
Reply to  ZionTrain

It is even more stupid if we think Antonio’s contract will be extended.

Cocor
3 months ago

Spend money in a young player, benefits agents tomorrow

JaRossoneri
JaRossoneri
3 months ago

My humble opinion… -GG for Mike was brilliant. We have spent years without UCL revenue. Just because we qualify for the first time in forever doesn’t mean we can splash 10-12 mil/year on a goalkeeper. -Giroud, for free, on descent wages? Why not? Paolo is simply upgrading the role Mandzukic was meant to fulfill. This checks so many boxes. Allows us to keep Ante and Rafa on the wing when Ibra is out, I’m tired of seeing Rafa lose every 50/50 ball when forced to play up top by himself. Even with Giroud I suspect we will go after Belotti… Read more »

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 months ago
Reply to  JaRossoneri

Your points are very good and well thought out my guy. Good comment. Umm I think in terms of giroud, it’s the fact if we get him, it would be pointless to get belotti. This coach won’t play with 2 up top. And neither of them will be starting over zlatan for sure. Belotti is similar to both but he would be better bc he’s more mobile. If possible I think Milan should get belotti and daka just to give us the option of playing 2 up front or provide something different from a big target forward. Then allow a… Read more »

JaRossoneri
JaRossoneri
3 months ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

Agreed, if Romagnoli doesn’t renew soon he should be sold this summer for at least 30mil.

I view Giroud and Belotti as having very different styles. If I had to pick one it’s easily Belotti, guess I’m just hoping for both. It all depends on Belottis price tag though.

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 months ago
Reply to  JaRossoneri

Ya I feel you on that. No way should belotti be more than 30’mil. My only problem with belotti is he’s injury prone. That’s a big issue. I think we should also look at Tammy Abraham. He’s younger, faster, taller, and in terms of skills and goal scoring he’s the same as the other 2. Either way getting daka for 20 mil to help one of these new forwards is a must

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 months ago
Reply to  JaRossoneri

Also don’t forget inter and juve has to sell big so Martinez and hakimi could be on the radar as well as dybala

Milan10
Milan10
3 months ago

WE NOW RETURN TO LIKE MILAN10 SAID “Kaka22 3 years ago I’m waiting for Milan10 to come and make some funny comments about donnarumma saying he learns from neuer Reply Milan10 3 years ago Reply to Kaka22 donna was having a tantrum yesterday saying he wanted to watch neuer in training. So neuer, being flawless gentleman that he’s, invited him to watch bayern’s training session, saying “son, to be half as good as me u have to watch my every move in training, capiche?” later mueller found donna lurking in men’s restroom so he asked, ”wtf r u doing here… Read more »

SJF
SJF
3 months ago
Reply to  Milan10

Yawn

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 months ago
Reply to  Milan10

You seriously need help.

Milan10
Milan10
3 months ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

and you seriously need to learn so much more about football

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 months ago
Reply to  Milan10

Lmao ya ok buddy, says the person who thinks hakan is the sole reason Milan are in the ucl now

Ac milan
Ac milan
3 months ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

Seriously, Hakan is pretty bad. I’d take Bonaventura over Hakan any day.

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 months ago
Reply to  Ac milan

Exactly, we let the wrong atm leave

Milan10
Milan10
3 months ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

“says the person who thinks hakan is the sole reason Milan are in the ucl now”
who said that? ur schizophrenic brain?

Ink
Ink
3 months ago

Buy why Giroud?

Milan10
Milan10
3 months ago
Reply to  Ink

isnt it obvious mate? because even eibar’s and valencia’s gk scored more league goals than milanisti’s darling cutrone. *wink
i mean, because giroud is perfectly complete #9 who can pass the ball thus very suitable for lone st role. remember THAT fantastic team goal by arsenal?
oh, and andriy “the giant” silva finished 4th in european golden shoe race with 28 goals, only below usual suspects like lewi, messi and penaldo. *double wink

Ink
Ink
3 months ago
Reply to  Milan10

I see your point but I think he would be too slow.
Already this season, Milan had been slowing down attacks in the matches we lost points.
And I see Cutrone only played 101 mins in La Liga.
Also with Giroud, injury concerns would be there imo. If Giroud comes, he should be third choice, behind someone younger at second choice I think.

Milan10
Milan10
3 months ago
Reply to  Ink

well, leao is fast, rebic is fast. also, prime ibra and lewi aint fast attackers. football about how u fast pass the ball around not how fast u actually sprint, except if ur an outside player. a striker needs to have good goalscoring prowess not mere speed. old ibra scored more than young and fast leao, why is that?

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 months ago
Reply to  Milan10

Lmfao it’s simple, leao isn’t a good player, leao isn’t a striker. Leao barely is a winger due to his laziness and lack of stamina. Zlatan and lewy back in the day had decent speed. Fast enough to beat most cb who weren’t that fast back then. Your comparing 2 eras smh. Wingers do need to be fast so they can provide the team with counter attacks. Why do you think it’s hard for Milan to counter down the right? They simply don’t have the speed to get away from defenders lol

Milan10
Milan10
3 months ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

lol so 24 yr old neres who had 8 goals and 5 assists in eredisivie is good player but 21 yr old leao who had 7 goals and 6 assists in much better serie a is not? not another “neres > sancho” bs again please. “Zlatan and lewy back in the day had decent speed.” lol u know someone doesnt watch football when he spews bs like this. btw, leao is much faster than both of them so according to ur bs logic he must be better player than them right “Wingers do need to be fast so they can… Read more »

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 months ago
Reply to  Milan10

Lmao yes neres and Antony are miles better than leao. You seem to forget goals and assists are just one area a winger needs to be good at. His overall game play needs to make teams focus on him. Your knowledge of football is beyond limited. When a team is focused on on a player, they lose shape, no team worries about leao. If you think zlatan and lewy were slow in their physical prime years, it is you when has no clue what your talking about. Hell if you watched Bayern this year, you would see him outrunning cb’s.… Read more »

Milan10
Milan10
3 months ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

“Your knowledge of football is beyond limited.” yeah, as in unlimited. “Lmao yes neres and Antony are miles better than leao. You seem to forget goals and assists are just one area a winger needs to be good at.” oh yeah they did so well vs roma, the weakest defense in serie a’s top 7. if they joined serie a now they’d flop like kluivert jr. “If you think zlatan and lewy were slow in their physical prime years, it is you when has no clue what your talking about. Hell if you watched Bayern this year, you would see… Read more »

Milan10
Milan10
3 months ago

WE NOW RETURN TO MILAN10 MUSINGS “ The Sweden international with the most single-season La Liga goals is no longer Zlatan Ibrahimovic It’s 21-year-old Alexander Isak, who scored 17 times this campaign for Real Sociedad Learned from the best” – GOAL.com remember when i said 2 yrs ago that milan should definitely get isak, among others? well, apparently he’s made his mark in la liga. imagine how good milan firepower would be if they had isak, andriy “the giant” silva and leao under ibra’s wings, supported by hakan, de paul/draxler and bennassie + renato in the middle and theo +… Read more »

Ink
Ink
3 months ago
Reply to  Milan10

Isak is a great talent mate. He definitely will be snapped up by some “Elite” club. I do have high hopes for Emil Roback though! I’d still argue about Silva not going to have success in Serie A unless he changes his play style (no clue how he plays now, haven’t watched Bundesliga). Maldini and co. deffo doing much better than the transfer bosses on the previous decade. They will build up a top class team I am sure. Leao… somehow I am never convinced by him! I mean, whenever he has the ball I feel like I am mentally… Read more »

Milan10
Milan10
3 months ago
Reply to  Ink

“I do have high hopes for Emil Roback though!” so do i. like i said i hope he’ll be a henry 3.0. but he’s still so young. i saw him vs inter primavera on milan app and he’s just not ready net. maybe 2-3 yrs from now. not anyone can shine at 17 like messi or ronaldo fenomeno. “I’d still argue about Silva not going to have success in Serie A unless he changes his play style” all he needs are playing time and trust from the coach. his record of 28 goals speak for itself. “Maldini and co. deffo… Read more »

milan4lyf
milan4lyf
3 months ago
Reply to  Milan10

I absolutely agree with Milan management’s reluctance to start negotiation early. We should’ve learned that from Pirlo. But oh well, same thing keeps happening with our club for some reason. We are just bad at negotiating. May it be contracts or new players.

Milan10
Milan10
3 months ago
Reply to  milan4lyf

“We should’ve learned that from Pirlo. But oh well, same thing keeps happening with our club”
correctamundo mate. goddamn was pirlo to juve for free a grave mistake.

“We are just bad at negotiating.”
milan are extremely stingy. now they ask for discounts on tonali and tomori. they even have the audacity to ask atalanta to let ilicic go for free or for mere 4m. dammit nazidis + eldiott, oy vey!

Valo12
Valo12
3 months ago

I really liked how Maldini handled this situation. He kept both Donna and Calha not to risk the group midseason, sacrificing them leaving on free transfer, but having the continuity. Even though we qualified for CL the very last day, we made it.
Raiola bluffed, expecting they would pay with CL money, he didn’t call it. Now good luck finding a team matching or exceeding the 8m, especially with this financial crisis.
All in all, Maldini’s message was “Milan before all”. You can say everything about him, but he showed balls again.
Now hopefully they will reinforce smart in summer.

Coach Seedorf
Coach Seedorf
3 months ago

You guys are just ranting here, have you forgotten that despite the huge recession due to covid there is still something called FFP? Even rich owners can’t spend at will without putting the club in trouble. Don’t also forget that Milan has a healthier balance sheet than PSG and other top clubs in Europe, football clubs should be self sustaining not dependent on owners. Giroud is replacing Mandzikic, we will definitely get another striker maybe Vlahovic. Al’s I support our management on this, Gigio is demanding 12mil per season, for what exactly? Did he perform better than Mike Maignan this… Read more »

ZionTrain
ZionTrain
3 months ago
Reply to  Coach Seedorf

Good point Giroud replacing Mandzukic. I really hope we get Belotti because his finishing is top class. He reminds me of Shevchenko. Even Sheva mentioned that Belotti is his heir at Milan and Milan should get him.

milan4lyf
milan4lyf
3 months ago

The way I see it.. -Clearly our squad isn’t ready for UCL. With the time we have and the budget available, we cannot build a squad competitive enough for UCL. Its gonna take at least 100M+ to build a squad for UCL which we don’t have due to covid and bad economy. The only viable choice is to focus on Serie A and ensure UCL qualification again next season. Maldini’s transfer seems to suggest that as well so so I am not expecting much from Milan in UCL. I will be happy if we reach round of 16 because we… Read more »

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 months ago
Reply to  milan4lyf

Bro Milan spent 15mil last summer and that’s it for 2 transfer markets. Add what we got for finishing 2nd and for making the champions league, we should already be at 100 mil. The add on for selling players like Roman, conte, Laxalt, krunic, samu, and hopefully leao, that’s weeeeellll over 100 mil. Don’t forget psg really wants bennacer(money talks as we all know). If Milan say we don’t have the funds that’s bs. We are going to be embarrassed badly in ucl. We have needed a rw for a loooooong time and I’ve been saying since last summer to… Read more »

milan4lyf
milan4lyf
3 months ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

You are right. we didn’t spend much. But it doesn’t mean we had surplus budget. Fassobelli really screwed up our club finances and due to FFPs really complicated regulations, we couldn’t spend more than that. The problem is, only way out of FFP mess is ensuring UCL qualifications for multiple seasons. And yes this years UCL we are definitely gonna be embarrassed. But UCL is not our priority this season because I know, you know, the fans know that we aren’t going very far in UCL anyway. So UCL results won’t matter much. What matters this season is qualification to… Read more »

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 months ago
Reply to  milan4lyf

You make good points for sure, but come on, we were ready to get ragnick and give him money to spend. Where did that go to. There’s no way we only had a budget of 15 mil. Bro the bottom, last place teams have more money to spend than that. I do buy that for a sec. and if that really is the case then we need to sell this club ASAP. All these other clubs owners also use their money, no way clubs like psg and Manc before they got all of those good players(and this is during when… Read more »

milan4lyf
milan4lyf
3 months ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

I think the owners can spend money actually if they want. But I am sure they won’t spend 20m+ for any mediocre player anymore. management has learned their lessons. Our target has to be either a young high potential one or really costly veteran. I don’t think we will see any 20m+ deadbeat transfers like Samu again. So Maldini and Messara is gonna make sure the player joining our squad is effective and good profiles like Mike. I have a feeling management will only go all in if any fantastic opportunity such as Dybala rises. Other than that, I think… Read more »

Rosso Joburg
Rosso Joburg
3 months ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

Milan lost 195m last year. So take that 100m made up figure and we are still at -95m for this year. Now get realistic.

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 months ago
Reply to  Rosso Joburg

Lol last I checked, everyone else but Bayern are damn near 500+ mil in debt and still buy players. It’s called operating on a profit despite being in debt. Milan can afford to go out and spend 90 mil on 3 players. We will make it back in sales and insuring we get back in the top 4. I hope you don’t think this same team will make it again without upgrades. Or do you want us to get embarrassed in ucl and in the league. We lost 1st place and almost lost out on ucl bc the management have… Read more »

Rosso Joburg
Rosso Joburg
3 months ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

The difference is the book value of those clubs and the turnover generated. Way above us. No one is going to give us loans that we can’t pay back. Almost all of those other clubs also own their stadium that they own to use as collateral. It’s not a question of whether I want us to buy players or not it’s about economic reality. You can’t overturn a decade of incompetence by ownership/management in one year. I don’t expect us to win UCL. The real goal is to get top 4 again next year and qualify again. After 3-4 years… Read more »

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 months ago
Reply to  Rosso Joburg

I agree with what your saying for sure. Problem is, our owners not willing to spend their own money. These other clubs like psg and manc never made that money on their own. Their owners paid that. So why can’t ours do that when they are for a fact billionaires. I’m not saying to drop 500 mil but surely they can drop 90-100 of their own money along with whatever the club makes to get us to the top. Our first team literally needs 3 players to be complete. All the forwards except for vlahovic are 30/35 mil or less.… Read more »

milan4lyf
milan4lyf
3 months ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

Lets say owners drop 100M+ this season. For what? Are we gonna win UCL? or scudetto? We aren’t gonna win either because we don\t have the squad and with even a 100M, we won’t have a squad because we would have half of our team made of new players who aren\t used to italian football or tactics. If I was the owner of Milan, the logical choice would be to allow Maldini to do his thing and when the squad is ready, splash 150/200+ mil to get a proven coach like Conte/Hansi and the players he would want to get… Read more »

Rosso Joburg
Rosso Joburg
3 months ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

I like the plan but I think it’s not feasible for us. Doesn’t FFP stop owners from doing this now? Although PSG seems to be immune from the rules. It’s all based on profit clubs make and we haven’t seen a profit in a long time. With us under the FFP microscope I think we would be penalised if this happened. Owners have paid off a lot of our debt in last couple of years. Until we become profitable we have very little wiggle room. PS: I don’t particularly like the current FFP rules but can’t blame the management for… Read more »

Rosso Joburg
Rosso Joburg
3 months ago
Reply to  milan4lyf

We are just at the starting point. We need 3-4 years of UCL qualification before we actually can compete for something.

Forzamilan
Forzamilan
3 months ago

The management should go all out for jordan Sancho we can pay the money in installment, no need for giroud we can use Colombo and roback as backup, our attack will be complete imagine CF zalatan/leao/Colombo RW Sancho/salemakers LW rebic/hauge/leao. CAM Hakan/Diaz maybe de paul

Sempremilan
Sempremilan
3 months ago

Broke ass club, giroud is coming to Milan fuck shit; whether he performs or not they is nothing to be happy about let say giroud and ibra score 40 goals between them is it exciting, fuck the management, so useless at buying attack from mandzuki to giroud fuck fuck fuck!

Nesta1
Nesta1
3 months ago
Reply to  Sempremilan

It seems to me the priority is balancing the books, which it would be with being owned by Elliott that’s what they do. Turn loss making buiseness into a profitable one or in this case a football club. There goal is top four for champions league money every season, and then when financial records look healthy, club worth more then sell.

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 months ago
Reply to  Nesta1

I was about to say the same thing. You can’t tell they aren’t serious about making this team great. Someone said it would take 100 mil to make this team better. I said we should already have that. We only spent 15 mil between 2 transfer Windows!!! Add the rest of the money from last year to what we got for making 2nd and for making the ucl. That’s def got to be 100 mil. Then add our sales and that should easily get us to at a min 120-130 mil. Our attack should look like this: lw: rebic/hauge cf:… Read more »

Nesta1
Nesta1
3 months ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

That looks spot on, but for some reason I’m hesitant about letting leao go because on his day he can do it all but he’s just not consistent, reminds me of martial. With those players with the ones we have already we would defo win league titles and be strong in Europe,over to you elliott.

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 months ago
Reply to  Nesta1

Ya Ik, if we were in the Europa league I would understand keeping him but we are in ucl. We can’t afford to have players who after 2 years hasn’t even had 3 games of consistency. We need players that get the job done and if selling him helps with getting one of the above players, then so be it. But that’s just me though.

rich16
rich16
3 months ago
Reply to  Nesta1

that’s their plan. superleague was a short cut. if that happend, milan value would sky rocket. but it didn’t, so they will do this this way instead. They will not spend a lot of money. tomori, tonali and mike, it’s already around 60 spent. casti and roma is leaving.

Forzamilan
Forzamilan
3 months ago

Why was no profit made from donna,hakan and romag= 0 millon we could have gotten 100millon from them, why are Milan management so quack, now we have to buy garbage and extend loan when we could have slash cash on ikone, vlahovic/belotti e.t.c. and why are Milan link with ligue 2 players why do we like buying lower league players first tonali and krunic now adii and lens midfielder, Milan are lucky pioli does not have a reputation like Conte if not he would have leave Milan already with this nonsense transfer attitude

Nesta1
Nesta1
3 months ago
Reply to  Forzamilan

I know makes me so mad, to say all we here is its financially trying times thats 100 million missed like u say. So loans, extended loans, free transfers, bargain bucket again no doubt.

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 months ago
Reply to  Nesta1

Problem is these players made it seem like if we made the ucl they would have no problems signing. We finally made it and now instead of agreeing to a more than reasonable offer, they want more. Donna is worthy of 8, hakan idc about but still

Nesta1
Nesta1
3 months ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

Yeah it stinks of make them think we will sign with champions league in bag and we will run contact down because that’s what I’ve told club u are joining, and they get you for free and I get big commission because no signing fee.

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 months ago
Reply to  Nesta1

Yup. The fact that zlatan hasn’t been in gigi ear letting him know the mistakes he’s making is interesting. No way could Donna think he should get more than gk that have won all the major trophies. That’s the sign of a kid that has no clue how the world works. His dad should be ashamed how he’s raising his son

dan
dan
3 months ago
Reply to  Forzamilan

i am sure if management had sold Donna or Romag last year, a lot of ppl wouldve cried that we are selling our best players, we are becoming a selling club (a-la Arsenal), etc etc etc. They have to do their best with what they got. They really thought (me included) that Donna would renew and show his “love for the club”. Reality is he is asking a LOT of money. it happens. I mean Juve is the king of free-agent singing, sometimes it doesnt work out but that’s another topic. Heck, even messi is leaving as free agent. I… Read more »

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 months ago
Reply to  dan

Exactly, I thought Donna would sign once we made it into the top 4 but he wants to be paid the most out of any keeper right now??? Like come on man, that’s just not realistic for a player who hasn’t won a league title European trophy. Even gk that have aren’t on 10-12. He’s a child and has no clue how things work and that’s why he listens to raiola. Problem I have to is zlatan should have been telling him he’s making a mistake.

Elliotazzuri
Elliotazzuri
3 months ago

Why are Milan not producing quality attacking youngsters like, Sancho, greenwood,mbappe,foden, Hudson odoi, fati, Saks e.t.c we got none Colombo ain’t good enough am jealous at how others club are having the next Ronaldo, Messi we got none

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Nesta1
Nesta1
3 months ago
Reply to  Elliotazzuri

Good point,

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 months ago
Reply to  Elliotazzuri

It’s in the training and scouts. Other teams like Dortmund, Ajax, Atalanta, sassuolo etc get players with athletic ability. Those players are quick, skillful and fast. It’s like Milan don’t focus on that when it comes to the primavera team. You can teach and improve on all of the above except speed. Our youth arent even that quick tbh

Simonsays
Simonsays
3 months ago

#FREE PALESTINE

K.caesar
K.caesar
3 months ago

It will wise for Milan to go for a striker like Simy who played with a very poor team but yet managed to score 20 goals with 2 assists. Belloti will be too expensive regardless of the fact that Torino is relegating, plus he is injury probed too. Simy and Zlatan should be almost the same height, he is hardly injured, and is a major threat in the box. With a player like Simy; Harlan and Diaz can be much more effective. Leao can’t fill up the CF role. Rebic as we know is also friends with injury.

Elliotazzuri
Elliotazzuri
3 months ago
Reply to  K.caesar

Simy are you for real, you should have said kalinic instead, he is also the same height with ibra and he also has had a good season before where he hit double digit, lol
What Milan really need is a proven game changer ST who is good with the ball at is feet and outside the box not only on finishing or tapping go and watch all simy goal this season and see whether he can play cl football

Nesta1
Nesta1
3 months ago
Reply to  Elliotazzuri

I’m sure we could get 20 million from samu, krunuc and put 20 to get tammy abraham. Yes I know he still young but he has all the qualities to become a top striker for us. His age is a positive I think in line with our young squad, and a good replacement for zlatan and who better to learn off next season. He’s got height and strengh tp play lone striker but also quick. Tomori being with us I’m sure would help him moving to Italy

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 months ago
Reply to  Nesta1

Tammy has the most promise as well as big team experience. A point was brought up about belotti being injury prone and I think that’s correct. Either way, I think daka should also be bought along with belotti or Tammy or whoever just so we can have something different in attack and being able to play 2 up top

Nino
Nino
3 months ago
Reply to  Nesta1

To pay 40m for Tammy Abraham?! No. Never. Not gonna happen. He’s not even as good as Simy.

In any case, Krunic is not leaving. Pioli has blocked his exit several times. You really think Samu has a value of over 10 million? You guys think this is Playstation?

Nino
Nino
3 months ago
Reply to  Elliotazzuri

Was Inzaghi a ball player or a goal scorer? If Simy can score 20 goals for a relegated team – more than any of Milan’s strikers – then he must have a nose for goals. That’s being at the right place – positional sense is important. All Milan needs is to get quality on the rw and an excellent am. Get playmakers who can deliver the balls. Simy will be a cheap but efficient and effective option. He won’t have a problem playing second fiddle to Ibra and he will certainly make the most of his chances. A top option… Read more »

K.caesar
K.caesar
3 months ago
Reply to  Elliotazzuri

Kalinic failed when he played for Milan so why should we sign him again? Simy is cheaper, younger, faster and as a matter of fact has better goal sense. Any player that could score 20 goals with a relegation team in a league like seria A is worth looking into.

Oluwashevy
3 months ago

The thing is Milan will make a good signing this mercato let’s just be optimistic am very sure next season it’s our season the god of soccer as finally turn his eyes on us so we ride on glory next season better players are coming because we are Milan

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 months ago
Reply to  Oluwashevy

Ya that’s if Milan don’t take a decade to finalize deals. Ikone needs to be bought for sure, that and a striker need to be bought with the same urgency as us getting a new gk.

Nesta1
Nesta1
3 months ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

Jesus, just read theo in talks with psg, wtf

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 months ago
Reply to  Nesta1

Yes I read that shit. Ain’t no way Milan can be that dumb as to get rid of Theo. There isn’t another left back/wing back as good as him. And we only have 1 fucking lb and we aren’t linked with another world class lb. not only that but to set a price of just 40 mil is criminal by every sense of the word! If we were to sell him it should be for 80 mil!

Nino
Nino
3 months ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

Get real. No one is buying Theo for more than 45 million, at most. He’s not even good enough for the Les Bleu. You don’t know all these things count.

I don’t think he’s going to be sold anyway, except he wants to go. PSG can tempt him with a higher salary…

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 months ago
Reply to  Nino

Lol France fucked up and everyone knows this. Trust me, if we switched Theo to a lw in a 343 or 352 formation, you’d see how much better he could get. As for being a lb, no left back performed better than him this year

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 months ago
Reply to  Nesta1

That’s one of my other problems with maldini and co. When it comes to selling our best players, we always under sell. Cutrone for only 25 mil when he was scoring 10+ from the bench! Roman being listed for 25 mil. Now theo for just 40. There’s just no way this can happen. I’d rather sell bennacer before Theo bc we have back ups in bennacer position. Lb, just like cf, cam and rw, on this team is a endangered species

Nesta1
Nesta1
3 months ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

Yes agreed we let players go for cheap or nothing at all. The more I think about this Donna and hakan situation the more pissed I’m getting. To be honest when I heard glazidis was coming to milan I was worried. He did the same at arsenal, it was all about operating costs and I read earlier milan has actually lost value! If theo goes that will tell us the blueprint this club is all about, smh

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 months ago
Reply to  Nesta1

Yup your right, Milan has indeed lost value, which honestly could be a good thing bc we need a billionaire to come in a speed his and the clubs money. I understand we gotta watch our financial situation but we are pretty much at Bayern’s level where we have almost no debt. It’s time to come out and spend. Both inter and juve have to sell players and will be weaker than even this year. We need to capitalize on this and make our team undeniably stronger than theirs. We have the money and after selling a few players, to… Read more »

rich16
rich16
3 months ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

debt is not a problem. income is. milan is nowhere near to bayern, real or barcelona in revenue. that is the problem, cazzidis needs to solve.

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 months ago
Reply to  rich16

You hit the nail on the head my guy. There’s literally only one way to bring in more revenue. It’s to spend money on players that can get you in the spot light. Everyone knows Milan are back but let’s be real, this team won’t perform like we did with the same players. Better players bring better results. Better results brings you to the top tournaments and league standings. And that brings more awareness, and that brings in more money. Those teams you mention all follow this. Milan simply don’t. Now that player prices have come back to earth, we… Read more »

Suracho
Suracho
3 months ago

WE ALL SHOULD FORGET ABOUT THE SNAKE. HE IS NOT PART OF OUR GLORIOUS MILAN FAMILY.

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 months ago

Well we might as well say goodbye to ikone. Dortmund will probably get him before us. Jesus we seriously take forever when it comes to improving the attack. Maldini and co wake the fuck up!