Ivan Gazidis, CEO of AC Milan, gave Sky Italia a long interview on a variety of different topics relating to the Rossoneri.
It took a while, but it appears that Milan is finally in the right direction for the future. Many were against the project principles pitched by Gazidis and Elliott Management founders, but with the team currently top of the table in Serie A, it went well.
Initially, only young players, keen on creating a Leipzig-squad, wanted to be brought in by the Rossoneri. They overlooked one significant aspect, however, and that was the experience brought to the squad by Simon Kjaer and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in January 2020, and this has been added.
Gazidis assume Milan is on the right track for a comeback, but they are at the beginning of the journey.
With his words transcribed by MilanNews and translated below, Gazidis talked to Peppe Di Stefano of Sky about his vision for Milan going forward, as well as some anecdotes about the past.
Thank you for being here. Welcome to Milan’s new studios. We’re just proud. This is the first time I’ve talked Italian. Let’s try that,’ he said.
Regarding Milan: “I’m in love with Milan.” City Special. I saw the intensity and feelings of the Italians during the lockdown, and I felt ‘Milanese’ after this point. Lovely town and people. The world has changed, but we are all stronger now, and Milan is an international city with a rich history and culture. It’s a town that’s looking ahead. It is a town that is alive.
True! It is true! One day, my instructor told me, ‘I have to give you a challenge: you must find San Siro.’ I walked from Navigli to San Siro, on the first day in Milan, on foot: it took me three hours.
“They’re different. Three careers I’ve lived through. We had the concept of forming a new league, the MLS, the first one in the United States. It was a terrific challenge. Then I became the league’s technical director.
The players in the MLS signed up for the league and it was a technical role. Then I went with Wenger to Arsenal: a fantastic coach and also a technical director as well as being a great man, but I worked on the ‘off-field’ for them. I was in charge of the commercial part of the production. Now Milan, on and off the pitch, needs an absolute vision. A clear vision, shared by everyone.