Ex-AC Milan director reveals they wanted to sign Cristiano Ronaldo

‘With the current owners CR7 would have been a Milan player’: Former AC Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli reveals they wanted to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid

  • Cristiano Ronaldo moved to Juventus from Real Madrid for £100m last summer 
  • However Mirabelli claims AC Milan were in talks with his agent beforehand 
  • He claimed Milan’s former owners rejected the deal as too expensive 

Matthew Smith For Mail Online

Former AC Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli claims Cristiano Ronaldo could have joined the club last summer, but the former owners rejected the deal. 

Ronaldo ended his trophy-laden, nine-year stint at Real Madrid and joined Serie A champions Juventus in a £100million deal. 

However Mirabelli says AC Milan spoke to Ronaldo’s agent and were ready to complete a deal, only for it to be kiboshed by then-owner Li Yonghong.

Ex-AC Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli claims Cristiano Ronaldo nearly joined

Ex-AC Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli claims Cristiano Ronaldo nearly joined

Mirabelli claimed Milan's former owner Li Yonghong rejected the deal as too expensive

Mirabelli claimed Milan’s former owner Li Yonghong rejected the deal as too expensive

Speaking on TV channel Sportitalia, Mirabelli said: ‘It was something we talked about with Jorge Mendes.

‘We knew there could be problems with Real and Ronaldo. We did everything, but then the Chinese owners blocked the deal because it was not sustainable. With the current owners CR7 would have been a Milan player.’ 

American hedge fund Elliott Management took over AC Milan in July, with Mirabelli sacked shortly afterwards.

He also revealed the club were in talks to appoint Antonio Conte after sacking Vincenzo Montella in November 2017.

Mirabelli also revealed the club were in talks to appoint Antonio Conte in November 2017

Mirabelli also revealed the club were in talks to appoint Antonio Conte in November 2017

Conte was still at Chelsea and the talks went nowhere, and the former sporting director said he was pleased Milan chose to appoint Gennaro Gattuso instead.

Mirabelli said: ‘I was proud to have made this choice [appointing Gattuso] because of his professionalism, his seriousness and the love he and his staff put into their work.

‘The Chinese owners did not agree because they thought from the outside it would look like a backward step, but I explained that for me Rino was the coach of the future. He has worked in Greece, Serie C and B and for me this is a positive.

‘We listened to [Conte], we talked directly. It was a chat that didn’t result in anything.’ 

Milan are currently fifth in Serie A as they attempt to return to the Champions League for the first time since 2014.



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