Adriano Galliani identifies the moment where it all went wrong for Milan, Carlos Tevez regrets and why Mino Raiola was generous on Gianluigi Donnarumma.
The former vice-president is now the CEO at Silvio Berlusconi’s other club, Monza, in Serie C.
He spoke to Top Calcio 24 about his time at San Siro and when the world beaters lost their way.
“Let’s not beat around the bush, Milan collapsed after the sale of the big stars,” said Galliani, referring to the 2012 departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva towards PSG.
“We won the Scudetto in 2010-11 and came close in 2011-12, but lost it towards the end. It’s our own fault, as we wanted to win the Coppa Italia and strained Thiago Silva too much. If we hadn’t played him in the semi-final, it might’ve gone differently.
“Of course, if we’d signed Tevez then we definitely would’ve won the Scudetto in 2012. I was dreaming of a front line with Ibrahimovic and Tevez, but that’s football, it didn’t happen.”
Galliani is good friends with agent Raiola and defended the man who represents goalkeeper Donnarumma.
“I always worked well with Raiola. It’s true, he earned a lot of commission, but always behaved fairly with me. He twice had the opportunity to take Donnarumma away from Milan as a free agent, but he didn’t do it.”
There were two questions that Galliani refused to answer: Did Marco van Basten give an ultimatum over coach Arrigo Sacchi and are Juventus favoured by referees?
“I plead the fifth.”
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