Tuesday September 12 2017
Fassone: ‘Disappointed by Raiola’

Milan CEO Marco Fassone is disappointed that Mino Raiola “said certain things”, and reassures fans over the ownership.

Raiola, the agent of Gianluigi Donnarumma, has repeatedly said that he doesn’t trust the project of the Rossoneri’s new Chinese owners, even if the goalkeeper signed a new contract in the summer.

“I’m sorry that he said certain things,” Fassone admitted in an interview with Corriere dello Sport.

“Raiola is the agent of Donnarumma but also of [Giacomo] Bonaventura, [Ignazio] Abate and some youngsters.

“I will admit though that Mino has been consistent, and he’s expressed this mistrust since April because he sees the future of the club as obscure and nebulous.

“I’ve told him that our project will develop over four or five years. From his words I deduce that, despite the investments, he still has some perplexity but I’m glad Gigio stayed, it means he believes in us.”

New owner Yonghong Li had to borrow from U.S hedge fund Elliott Management, and if that money isn’t repaid the fund will take over the running of the Diavolo.

“I’ve said that the club will 99 per cent remain with the same owners. I could even go to 99.9 per cent but, as a manager in the face of a refinancing which isn’t yet certain, there’s still a minimum margin of doubt.

“I hope that I can say 100 per cent in the spring of 2018, maybe even February-March, six months before Elliott’s due date.

“My words were designed to reassure the Milan fans, to let them know that Milan will never have to take the books to court and will continue to have solid ownership, even in the most distant and remote hypothesis.

“Are we tired of the insinuations? A little bit, yes. In the world of football the oriental owners can often be seen as unobtrusive and uncommunicative.

“Where we can we’ve answered with facts and numbers.”

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