AC Milan hand Stefano Pioli two-year deal to stay on at San Siro after Ralf Rangnick performs sensational U-turn to stay on at RB Leipzig after German club convince 62-year-old to stay on
- Ralf Rangnick will not be joining Italian giants AC Milan this summer
- Rangnick was set to take a unique role as both manager and director of football
- He became unsure of Milan’s willingness after they would not pay his release fee
- Leipzig used the opportunity to convince him to sign a 24month renewal deal
AC Milan have handed manager Stefano Pioli new terms on his contract after seeing Ralf Rangnick make a sensational U-turn on his decision to join the club.
Milan have confirmed Pioli has put pen to paper on an extension which will see him remain with the Serie A club until 2022, despite widespread anticipation that Rangnick would be joining from Leipzig, where he holds a head of sport and development role.
According to Sky Sports Leipzig and the Red Bull company have used the last few days to convince the German manager to sign a 24-month renewal at the club and spurn the advances of Milan, who have courted his attention for several months.
Ralf Rangnick has been persuaded by Leipzig to turn down the advances of AC Milan
Milan have confirmed Stefano Pioli has put pen to paper on an extension running until 2022
This news was communicated to the viewers of the Sassuolo – Milan match directly during the television commentary, citing close sources to Rangnick that he had decided to continue with Leipzig.
However, Milan would not have been willing to pay the £6.4million (€7m) release clause to bring Rangnick on board in advance of the natural expiry of his contract with the German club.
Rangnick at Milan would have been an innovative market operator, taking on a unique role comprising three elements: coach, technical supervisor of the transfer market and responsible for the communication of all the technical staff.
Rangnick was set to take a unique role in Milan as both manager and director of football
The excellent results obtained by Pioli and the unconditional esteem of many players including Gianluigi Donnarumma, Alessio Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ante Rebic would have put Milan in difficulty in choosing a new coach.
The news from Germany has however facilitated Gazidis’ choice, with Pioli now tied down for the long term.
Following Pioli’s confirmation, Ibrahimovic could also now have new incentives to sign a renewal that initially seemed unlikely.
At the age of 38 the Swede is still doing the business for Milan, and has been a stand-out performer this season.
When recently asked about the links with Rangnick, Ibrahimovic caused an uncomfortable moment on ‘Sport Week’, simply replying: ‘Rangnick? I do not know who he is’.
Pioli appears to have the backing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who said he did not know who Rangnick is when asked recently on Italian TV
Pioli was brought in during the middle of the Italian championship season to replace the struggling Marco Giampaolo, who was fired by Ivan Gazidis.
Milan currently find themselves some way off returning to the peak of Italian football, and have gone through 11 different managers in the past decade.
With Serie A reaching its climax Milan find themselves in fifth place, ten points off a top four finish with three matches left to play.
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