This interview is entirely a work of fiction. The views presented are straight out of the author’s fantasy and carry no relevance whatsoever to the actual views of the person in question.
Adriano Galliani (AG hereafter) was reached by THT after a prolonged, extensive effort put for months together. At the time of the telephonic conversation THT finally managed with the wily old man, he was learned to be dealing with Daniel Pancu of Rapid Bucuresti as a potential replacement for Ibrahimovic whose move to PSG along with that of Thiago Silva is believed to be imminent. On a ‘totally unrelated’ note, Pancu is currently a free agent since his contract with the Romanian outfit has not been extended since the end of last season.
During the conversation, Galliani elaborately explained both the immediate and long term future plans of AC Milan and has also promised to land at least ten more players at San Siro who are not in a contractual association with any professional club or have been deemed too mutinous to continue by their manager or club owner.
Ibrahimovic leaves AC Milan
Ibrahimovic leaves AC Milan
THT: Thank you for your time Adriano. Let’s get straight to the point. Reports suggest it is only a matter of time before AC Milan loses its two most influential players after a collective exit of iconic stars earlier in the summer. Do you concede the club has clearly failed to make a statement of intent and that ambition is certainly not the order of the day?
AG: I am not sure where did you come across the news of Antonio Nocerino and Luca Antonini leaving the club. Mind sharing your sources with me?
THT: Well, of course Adriano. Perhaps it was an overestimation of the said players rating them as the two with highest influence on this squad, but both were reasonably important players nevertheless. Don’t you think their parting will significantly affect the football Milan will play next season? Quality reinforcements will not be easy to grab.
AG: Perhaps you are not aware that AC Milan is the most successful club in the world. Players come and players leave. Ours is too big a club to be unsettled by a few players leaving. Ibrahimovic did enjoy two productive seasons with Milan but you might have noticed I am inching closer to signing Daniel Pancu who will add a dimension of invaluable experience to our attack. We will face no real troubles finding replacements for the players in discussion. And I see no real reason to press panic buttons already. A fully fit Mario Yepes will certainly add as much quality to this roster if not more than what Thiago Silva did. Keep calm, things will change for the better.
THT: I wish the fans shared your optimism, Sir. But that looks far from the case. There’s an apparent uproar among the club’s faithful circles at this decision of selling top players and then not investing the money into replacements of required merit to match to a club of Milan’s stature.
AG: Well, I disagree. Although we left no stone unturned in holding on to Thiago Silva, we always saw this coming and hence we acted proactively and secured the services of Acerbi, you see. We are currently also tracking the Brazilian full back Guilherme who can be a deputy to Antonini.
THT: What is his contract status with Corinthians again, Sir?
AG: Well, that’s no point now, is it?
THT: Certainly not. However Adriano, it must be noted here Milan are living in denial mode and are reluctant at admitting the shortcomings of this squad. The lack of depth was certainly evident on the European nights last season. So far, you have been pretty confident the club needs no big signings to challenge for the highest honours but now with this news do we expect you to announce plans to land at least one big name?
AG: You must be knowing I am not a big fan of ‘names’ so to speak. I prefer pseudonyms.
THT: Pretty sure we do, Sir. So rephrasing the question, do we expect a real ‘Mr X’ arriving at San Siro this summer – a player that matches the hype you prefer to create around the name.
AG: Is it just me or are you actually trying to imply Alberto Aquilani was not up to the mark?
THT: Well, let us keep Aquilani out of the scope of this interview for now. Do you say this with conviction – Milan will invest the money generated from this mega-sale actually into players who can be considered befitting to the historic might of the club? The question cannot be stated in a more direct manner, I’m afraid, Sir.
AG: Not even for a moment, did I try to avoid your question, or did I? Of course, we will invest the money into buying quality players but what I fail to understand is the necessity to state that explicitly. We have been doing the same every season. Last season we promised to bolster the midfield and we delivered the marquee signings of Nocerino and Muntari. It is beyond me why do people consider a transfer good enough only if it is secured at an inflated price. I mean, how many more Fernando Torres’ will it take for us to form a better perspective on transfers?
Galliani AC Milan
Galliani AC Milan
THT: You definitely got a point there Adriano but come to think of this scenario. Had the Copa Libertadores final turned out to be only slightly different than the way it actually did, yours would no longer have remained the most successful club in the world. Would that have been a good enough wake-up call to start taking quick measures? Rather, the fact that Boca Juniors failed to leapfrog you will continue to let you live under the laurels of glorious past.
AG: You are clearly off the mark. We do not rely on any other club’s result to act as a catalyst to our plans of action. We do have a very stringent, systematic approach in place following which we have already secured the signing of the potential world beaters of Kevin Constant’s like. And regarding Copa Libertadores, it is a competition that is organized by another federation altogether and is played at different levels of quality and competition so it is slightly unfair to place clubs from leagues as distant on the same yardstick to measure their relative success.
THT: But is that not exactly the same yardstick that rates Milan as the most successful club in the world?
AG: I’m afraid we are digressing here. You were saying?
THT: Last season as Milan were keen on Ganso, you particularly followed the Copa Libertadores but the deal never materialized after building much hype around it. After the conclusion of this year’s tournament, do Milan have any specific player under their radar from Latin America? Ibrahimovic’s replacement perhaps?
AG: I could not follow the entire tournament but the champions Corinthians were by far the best side. There’s no player I can say is under Milan’s radar at the moment but Emerson did impress everyone, scoring a brace in the final. However, we do not intend to speak much of him at the moment as he still has one more complete season to go in his contract. Not that it is a matter of consideration to us, but, if you know what I mean!
THT: Well, it wouldn’t take a rocket scientist to know what you said there Adriano but the point still remains unanswered. The popular opinion is, Milan will fail to reinvest the money generated from this dual sale and the club will fail to meet the promise of delivering quality signings. The panic among the fans is fairly apparent. What is the one thing you would like to convey to the fans in this moment of apprehension and fright?
AG: The message is clear. The fans must maintain their trust in the management and I declare this publicly – we won’t disappoint them or let them down. And who knows, if everything goes well, another forward with a pony-tail may replace Ibrahimovic at the commencement of the next season. Continue to be hopeful, is the only message I wish to convey. Not for nothing is AC Milan the most successful club in the world.
THT: That should definitely ease things off for fans, Sir. That definitely should. Thank you for taking out time and speaking to TheHardTackle.