AC Milan Director clarifies position on Conte

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AC Milan Director of Football Massimiliano Mirabelli talked to Radio Rossonera about how the campaign is going so far. Here you have the highlights of Mirabelli’s interview.

BONUCCI – “We hadn’t plan to sign him because we had no idea Juve could sell him. [Bonucci] agent Lucci used to talk to me about him but I didn’t want to lose time. One day I talked to Bonucci and I understood the deal could be closed. I talked to Fassone and I told him: We can sign him in 24-48 hours or we don’t sign him at all.”

RAIOLA – “He is one of the most important agents in the world. We fought hard for Donnarumma’s contract extension, he [Raiola] is a bit of an actor, he likes to have his name on papers, he knows he has more chances to have his name there if he talks about A CMilan. Donnarumma has never told us he wants to leave.”

CONTE AND BELOTTI – “We already have a manager and we are not thinking of Conte nor about other managers. Belotti? Everyone knows we wanted to sign him. He is a strong player and an AC Milan fan. Maybe he will join one day.”

The Blues boss recently alerted clubs in his native Italy by revealing he was missing the country and looking to return one day.

His admission comes at a time where the Rossoneri are struggling in the league.

Milan sit seventh in Serie A despite overhauling their squad with big names in the summer.

But although boss Vincenzo Montella is under pressure, the club’s director of football, Massimiliano Mirabelli, has dismissed the talk of him being relieved of his duties.\

Conte signed a new deal in the summer, which improved his wages but did not extend the length of the deal, which only fuelled speculation that he may move on before long.

Chelsea fans will be hoping they can persuade the former Juventus boss to remain London, after the immense impact he’s had in his short spell at the club.

Conte won the Premier League title and reached the FA Cup final in his first season.

However, the 48-year-old enjoyed even greater success in Italy, winning three consecutive Serie A titles before becoming Italy manager.

He won 102 of his 151 games as manager at Juventus.

Chelsea currently find themselves fourth in the league, six points behind the two Manchester sides.

The Blues travel to struggling Crystal Palace this weekend.

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