AC Milan keen to stay at San Siro despite mayor comments

AC Milan has insisted they have no desire to leave San Siro after the city’s mayor Giuseppe Sala raised the possibility of building a new stadium.

San Siro — with a capacity of just over 80,000 — is home to Serie A rivals Milan and Inter, with the Rossoneri based at the iconic Italian stadium since 1926 and their co-tenants sharing the pitch since 1947.

While talk of a move away from the stadium erupted on Tuesday when Milan’s mayor Giuseppe Sala claimed Gennaro Gattuso’s side were considering their own stadium.Milan swiftly denied those reports.

In a statement posted on the club’s official accounts, Milan said:“In relation to the statements released by the mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala, who stated that AC Milan has expressed the will to think about having their own stadium and that the City Council would have given the club time to consider alternative areas of the cities, estimating in two to three months the time-frame to find a summary of options, AC Milan states that the Club has never expressed the desire to leave San Siro.”

Sala has since responded via Twitter, saying: “I note Milan’s statement on San Siro. Let’s just make this simple: I think that for Milan, for the fans and the tourists, the stadium needs to be modernised.”

“When will Milan be able to tell me if they are available or not to invest along with us in our stadium? Let it be clear, the invite also goes out to Inter, because this is the stadium of Milanese people.”

Inter — third in Serie A and 14 points above 11th-placed Milan — also weighed in by replying to Sala’s tweet.

“Dear Sala, as you might recall, we invested time and resources in the stadium of Milanese people. Our plans have been clear to everyone and have not changed for 18 months,” Inter said on Twitter.

“We await a round table discussion with all the actors involved to speak about this with clarity.”

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