Milan CEO Ivan Gazidis has claimed Stefano Pioli, who will stay in charge until June 2022, was his ‘first choice’ for the job at San Siro.
Pioli was confirmed last night, as the proposed move for Ralf Rangnick never materialised, and Gazidis explained that the current coach was ‘always a candidate for the future’ in Via Aldo Rossi.
“As we have said several times before, Stefano Pioli has always been a candidate for the future, to implement our vision of a competitive and modern Milan,” Gazidis told news agency ANSA.
“Of course, as CEO of the club, I have the duty to evaluate all the possible options for the good of Milan, but I have an excellent relationship with Stefano and I have always considered him an extraordinary professional, a true leader and therefore an absolute candidate to coach Milan.”
But Gazidis confirmed the talks with other candidates for the position.
“I have been in touch with other possible candidates in the past, but I think there has been too much speculation in the media.
“We have never signed any agreement or pre-agreement with any other coaches besides Stefano Pioli.
“I deny that there are economic commitments for the club. I repeat, no agreement has ever been signed with other possible candidates.
“Pioli is my first choice as a coach and I’m happy we secured his abilities for the project we have ahead. Now, we must concentrate on ending the season in a positive way and then we can prepare for the next season in the best possible way, with the limited time available.”
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