Marco Fassone, AC Milan’s general manager, has said that he is “disappointed” with agent Mino Raiola for not believing in the team’s project.
In a recent interview with RAI television Raiola said that he doesn’t believe in Fassone and sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli’s project. The pair came to the team after the club’s takeover by Chinese investors.
Raiola also said that they went back on an agreement to give Gianluigi Donnarumma, his client, the captain’s armband.
Fassone has responded by saying that he is sorry that he wasn’t able to convince the agent that the team are serious about returning to the top of European football.
Speaking to Il Corriere dello Sport he said, “I’m disappointed that he’s said certain things. Raiola is the agent of Donnarumma, but also of Bonaventura, Abate and other youngsters. I have to admit, though, that Mino has been coherent and he expressed this lack of faith since April, because he could see an unclear, foggy future for the club.”
He said that he explained the club’s plans to the agent and pointed out that despite Raiola’s doubts it is clear that Donnarumma has faith in the club as he decided to stay.
“I don’t want to fuel controversy, but all I will say is that [Donnarumma] married our project and we can imagine Gigio becoming Milan captain. Giving him the armband now would have been premature, but he’s going to be with us for a long time, so let’s hope.”
Over the summer Milan spent over €200 million on eleven new players including the Italy centre-back Bonucci from Juventus.
“We started out with a fundamental idea of what we were building here and Leo was not initially in that plan,” he said. “At the start of June, Montella and Mirabelli came up with the idea of Bonucci, saying that he would have been the player who would have completed our squad.”