Massimiliano Mirabelli has warned UEFA that the Europa League ‘would lose some of its charm’ without Milan.
Milan will discover their fate with UEFA in the coming weeks, amidst reports they could be excluded from the Europa League after their settlement agreement was rejected by the governing body.
“UEFA? We want to keep our best players, even if they’re in demand,” continued the sporting director to Premium Sport.
“We’re confident that we’ll have a team of real quality. We won’t be caught unprepared. We hope no-one will take away the Europa League, which we earned on the field. They also know that without Milan, the trophy would lose some of its charm.
“The fans must know that we’re working 24 hours a day to improve the squad. We have to at least qualify for the Champions League next season.
“Gattuso? He repaid us in a great way. We put our faith in him and we’re happy with him. He’s gone full circle: he was a great player and is a great person and Coach.
“How he feels about the UEFA verdict? He’s not quiet, but it’s not out of fear. Generally speaking, he doesn’t know the word ‘tranquility’.”