Serie A: Stefano Pioli indicators Milan extension as Ralf Rangnick talks finish

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The German coach had been anticipated to take over at San Siro, however the Rossoneri have stored religion with the present boss after a robust post-lockdown run

Stefano Pioli might be staying accountable for Milan after signing a contract extension with the Serie A membership.

It was anticipated Pioli would get replaced by Ralf Rangnick, who had been in talks with the Rossoneri a couple of deal that would have seen him grow to be head coach and successfully sporting director.  

Nevertheless, Rangnick’s consultant confirmed on Tuesday that talks had been known as off as a result of “it isn’t the correct time in the intervening time and there’s no momentum for working collectively”. Marc Kosicke additionally pointed to “the great improvement and outcomes underneath Pioli” as a motive for the transfer not happening.

Milan later confirmed their present coach had agreed to a brand new contract that may preserve him at San Siro till June 2022. 

“I’m glad and pleased with the belief I’ve obtained from AC Milan,” Pioli mentioned in an announcement.

“I wish to thank everybody, together with our followers, who we’re actually lacking on the stadium, however are at all times shut and supportive. As I’ve mentioned many instances, our future is at the moment: we should be centered and decided, be united and play as one. We’re originally of a rare path. If we preserve working this manner, we’ll develop and be an increasing number of aggressive.”

CEO Ivan Gazidis mentioned: “Stefano has proven he can ship the imaginative and prescient of soccer we have now for our membership – thrilling, progressive and passionate.

“This isn’t a choice primarily based on latest victories, however one primarily based on how Stefano has constructed crew spirit and unity of function, the best way he has improved the performances of the person gamers and the collective crew, the best way he has embraced our imaginative and prescient and the best way he has represented himself and the membership’s values.” 

Pioli had been publicly backed by gamers, together with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, as hypothesis continued he would get replaced by Rangnick, who was mentioned to be eager on a twin position that may have seen technical director Paolo Maldini seemingly compelled to depart the membership. 

There are stories negotiations broke down as a result of Rangnick, who leads Purple Bull’s sports activities and improvement part, was not ready to simply accept a brand new proposal that may have seen him be part of as a director however with Pioli nonetheless accountable for the primary crew. 

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Milan have loved a robust run of type for the reason that season resumed final month, their 2-1 win at Sassuolo on Tuesday making it 10 video games unbeaten in all competitions.

The win lifted them to fifth within the Serie A desk, some extent above Roma and three above Napoli, having performed a recreation extra. 

It was additionally the ninth recreation in a row Milan had registered at least two objectives, their finest scoring run within the league since 1964. 


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