Adriano Galliani assures Milan won’t sell Stephan El Shaarawy, but confessed Clarence Seedorf could be an option as Coach.
This morning La Gazzetta dello Sport claimed Seedorf is President Silvio Berlusconi’s favourite to replace Massimiliano Allegri next season, even though the Dutchman has no management experience.
“All those who made Milan history enter the conclave the day Allegri leaves,” said Galliani this evening, using the metaphor of cardinals electing the Pope.
“After that, who knows why will emerge as the new Pope? We should leave Allegri to get on with his work. I won’t confirm or deny anything.
“The passion of the President for his great former champions is absolutely real and that applies to Seedorf as well as the other players who took this club to the top of the world, like Christian Panucci and Billy Costacurta.”
The Milan fans unveiled a banner ahead of tonight’s match with Catania that read: ‘More respect for our Coach Allegri.’
Galliani was also asked to comment on reports that Manchester City had offered €35m for El Shaarawy.
“There may or may not be something... Clearly this is a 20-year-old player who is already in the senior Italy squad and has scored numerous goals, so he is hot property on the transfer market.
“We have absolutely no intention of selling him. We have the two strikers who represent the future of the Italy side, so we are keeping a tight grip on them.”