Stefano Pioli handed two-year Milan contract after Ragnick deal breaks

Stefano Pioli has been handed a new contract with AC Milan. The news arrived after it was claimed that a potential deal with German coach Ralf Ragnick had been broken off. The RB Leipzig technical director was reportedly close on joining Milan on a double role as head coach and sporting director. After the deal collapsed Milan decided to hand Pioli a new contract.

The Italian is happy that he will be staying on at Milan: “I am happy and proud of the trust I have received from AC Milan. I want to thank everyone, including our fans, who we are really missing at the stadium, but are always close and supportive. As I have said many times, our future is today: we must be focused and determined, be united and play as one. We are at the beginning of an extraordinary path. If we keep working this way, we will grow and be more and more competitive.”

“I am delighted with this agreement,” said the Club’s CEO Ivan Gazidis in an official statement on the Milan website. “Stefano has shown he can deliver the vision of football we have for our club – exciting, progressive and passionate. This is not a decision based on recent victories, but one based on how Stefano has built team spirit and unity of purpose, the way he has improved the performances of the individual players and the collective team, the way he has embraced our vision and the way he has represented himself and the club’s values.”