AC Milan Stadium Plan Emerges As Zlatan Ibrahimovic Visits The Team For The First Time

Written By Onyeka Daniel

Inter Milan recently revealed more plans on their new stadium plans, and it looks like their city rivals, AC Milan will be following suit. Despite the fact that no substantial news has arrived on the project for a few weeks, the new stadium continues to be one of the hottest subjects for the Milanese clubs.

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According to a report from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Rossoneri have updated fans on the progress of the project which will be built in the San Donato area. The shape of Milan’s new stadium is increasingly changing. A 70,000-seat stadium will be built in the shape of a rectangle with rounded curves.

Even if this type of external structure now seems to be the chosen one, official decisions are expected ‘in the coming months’. Along with the stadium, a new club headquarters, a hotel, an arena for live music and a theatre for 3000 spectators will be built, in addition to the store, restaurants and shops.

A separate report further confirmed the idea of ’a 3,000-seat auditorium for shows and cultural events’, also adding the detail of the ‘ Milan Museum, with a gallery of images and memorabilia’. The latter state that the stadium itself will have a capacity of 72,000 while the former state it will be 70,000.


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Both agree it will have two tiers and will be built on a ‘podium’, i.e. a raised structure where there will also be bars, restaurants, shops and a hotel. There will also be a theme park for children and families, and under the ‘podium’ there will be a two-storey above-ground car park. With regards to the more bureaucratic issues, the report states that ‘the preliminary investigation phase has now reached the final stages in the Council, i.e. the examination of the documentation presented by Sportlifecity for the request for an urban planning variant on the San Francesco area’.

After the conformity checks it will be necessary to pass through the council: the local executive will have to determine if the project can proceed and at that point the technical-political process begins, meaning an information campaign will be launched among the population to illustrate the contents and objectives of the plans.

Recently, the newspaper concludes, the project for the new AC Milan stadium was presented to the mayors of southern Milano, especially the parts that have to do with the rethinking of roads and transport, including ring roads and railway services. In addition to the meeting with the mayors, the mayor of San Donato Milanese Francesco Squeri also recently met Giuseppe Sala, mayor of Milan.

On the sporting side, Zlatan Ibrahimovic finally had his first official meeting with the Milan squad today, over a week after returning to the club as a Senior Advisor. The plan had been for the former striker to visit the training ground for talks with the players and coach Stefano Pioli last week, but it was delayed while the Swede recovered from a bout of flu.

Ibra met up with many of his former teammates at the Milanello camp, as the team returned to training after their 3-0 Serie A victory over Monza. Following his retirement over the summer, Ibrahimovic seemed destined for another swing round to the Rossoneri, the club he fully admits meant more to him in his career after two different spells as a player.

He was named Senior Advisor to AC Milan Ownership and Senior Management. There have already been suggestions Zlatan is being lined up as a potential caretaker manager along with Primavera youth side boss Ignazio Abate should Pioli be sacked.

“My love for the Rossoneri will never die, and the opportunity to be a part of its future in a meaningful way is something I could only have dreamed of,” said Ibrahimovic when his role was announced. “For me and my family, this is truly a homecoming with the cherished Club where I ended my playing career and am now starting my next chapter.” He further added.


There seems to be no end to the injuryand woes at AC Milan as two more players enter the treatment table. Two midfielders Tommaso Pobega and Yunus Musah may have picked up something recent. For Pobega, he will see a specialist today and will likely undergo surgery after sustaining an injury against Monza on Sunday.

The Italian midfielder sustained damage to the tendons of his rectus femoris muscle in his left leg during Milan’s 3-0 win over Monza last weekend and will likely undergo surgery in the coming days. According to Sky Sport Italia, the former Torino midfielder will see a specialist on Thursday.

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Correspondent Peppe Di Stefano claims it will be an ‘important’ visit to determine the injury’s treatment, but it will likely be decided to send the 24-year-old under the knife. The decision has already been made, so Pobega will undergo surgery and remain out of action for over a month. For Musah, he missed the game against Monza, but his injury is not expected to be serious.

Reports have it that Milan are not expected to sign a new midfielder, instead a centre-back remains their transfer priority next month. Davide Calabria will return from suspension but at least one of either Simon Kjaer or Jan-Carlo Simic will play in the centre of the defence, while Theo Hernandez can also play there too.

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