Wednesday February 28 2018
Mirabelli: 'When Milan talk to Reina...'

Milan director Massimiliano Mirabelli is confident of their “long-term project” under Gennaro Gattuso and didn’t deny Pepe Reina thoughts.

The Rossoneri face Lazio in the Coppa Italia semi-final this evening after the first leg ended goalless.

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“There are so many games against important clubs, one after another, but we are reassured that the team has found itself,” Mirabelli told Rai Sport.

“When we chose Gattuso, we were aware it was an important decision. You in the media always treated him as an interim manager, but we could choose anyone and we picked Gattuso.

“He convinced the players to follow his ideals and instructions. Let’s not forget we have one of the youngest squads in Europe and this is a long-term project.

“We told Patrick Cutrone that he would be part of this project. He might be a pleasant surprise to you, but he isn’t to us.”

Mirabelli was asked about the potential of selling Gianluigi Donnarumma for a huge profit, considering reports they have a deal with Napoli goalkeeper Reina to join as a free agent next season.

“We are working to improve the squad, not lose our best players. We have always said that and we are trying to make this project better every year. It’s the first year, so it wasn’t easy to put so many new faces together in a short period of time.

“The moment we want to talk to Reina, we’ll alert Napoli and talk to Reina. We’re keeping an eye on all the free agents on the market, because we are Milan and we are always looking out for quality elements to add to the squad.”

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