Monday February 3 2020
Sala: 'Steps forward for new San Siro'

Mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala confirmed they have “made significant steps forward” with Inter and Milan over the stadium project.

The two clubs put forward two ambitious designs for a new stadium, to be built essentially in the car park of the current Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, tearing down the iconic existing structure.

This was considered too extreme for the council and local residents, so they have been in negotiations to find some common ground on how to progress.

“I was really not convinced by the idea of knocking down the stadium, because let’s be honest, it’s tough to think you’ll be remembered as the Mayor who gave the all-clear to demolish an icon like San Siro,” Sala told reporters at a charity event.

“The clubs are putting forward a proposal that is more elaborate, more constructive and with San Siro remaining in a different way, so it can be dedicated to other sports and remain at the centre of the city.

“Around that area, the clubs can then build hotels, offices, everything that allows them to get back the investment for the stadium.

“I don’t want to go overboard with the optimism, but it does seem to me that the project is taking the right direction now. It’s more convincing, but we still need to discuss the issue of volume and coverage. It’s not about being generous or not, but following the rules and clubs kept to the same limitations as other business projects in the city.

“Considering where we started from, it seems to me there have been significant steps forward with collaboration from all involved.”

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