Milan CEO Ivan Gazidis explains how Serie A could return to the top and provides updates on Milan’s new stadium: ‘We moved to a new phase.’
“Serie A is a league that has been in decline for a while, which is unfortunate, because when I grew up in the ’90s that was the league to follow. That’s where all the stars were,” Gazidis told The Athletic.
“I think there’s been some disorganisation, lack of co-ordination at the team level, at the league level, to really follow the growth of the media-rights deals that other leagues have been able to pursue successfully.
“I don’t think that something like that is impossible to revert. I think it requires professionalisation of the league, which I think is slowly happening by outside investors coming in and buying teams — people that are sophisticated, that are professional, that are ethical, and that want to see a return on the investment.”
The former Arsenal director provided updates on the new Milan stadium which won’t be ready before 2027.
“There are always individual opinions, but what I would say is the main hurdle has been overcome,” he said.
“Now we move to a new phase in the stadium project which is the detailed construction drawings and plans. This takes time with the architects to get ready for construction itself, and we’re now on that. It’s a very dramatic and significant step forward.”