Gazidis defends plan to demolish San Siro for £590m stadium

Date published: Tuesday 7th December 2021 5:56 - Jason Soutar

Ivan Gazidis looking appreciative of the AC Milan fans

AC Milan chief executive Ivan Gazidis has defended plans to demolish the iconic San Siro, with a new, £590million stadium, being “fundamental” to the club’s future.

The project has divided opinion throughout the fanbase, with former owner Silvio Berlusconi saying the demolition “would be a deep wound”.

However, Milan CEO Gazidis believes that moving to a new stadium is important for Italy’s top clubs.


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“I understand the doubts, because San Siro is a special place, but it’s necessary to have courage,” Gazidis told the club’s official website (via the Daily Mail).

“Feelings exist and cannot be questioned. The memories of San Siro will be there forever, no one will be able to erase them, it’s impossible.

“Every League in the world that has been successful has done so by building new stadiums, with an incredible and inclusive experience for the fans.

“We have everything that is needed: the football, the people, fans. I see a brilliant future, you just need to have courage.

“Creating new stadiums is a fundamental step if we want to be at the top of the football world again.”

Elsewhere, Paul Ince believes Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo would be “knackered” if Ralf Rangnick asked him to press constantly.

Ronaldo’s ability to press opponents has been a big topic of conversation so far this season.

“Listen, let’s put this right. Ronaldo is one of the greatest players to grace a football pitch and if it wasn’t for him Man United wouldn’t be where they are in the table or in the Champions League,” Ince told the Mirror.

“He’s been the main man, he’s scored the important goals. We need to get away from this ‘Ronaldo pressing here, Ronaldo pressing there’.

“Ronaldo is 36 years of age, he still has a great physique but you can’t ask him to press from one centre-half to another.

“If he did that when he gets the ball, he would be too knackered to do anything.”

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