September 28, 2021

Tottenham’s Aurier not a priority for AC Milan now – Massara

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AC Milan sporting director Fredric Massara has stated that the Rossoneri at not prioritising Serge Aurier at the moment but are focused on other targets.

The Italian giants have popped up as a destination for the Ivorian right-back who has been with Spurs since 2017, making 83 competitive appearances, scoring six goals and providing 14 assists.

There was an earlier indication of Milan’s interest in Aurier when club legend Paolo Maldini admitted the Rossoneri had been in contact with his agent last year.

“We had talked to [Aurier’s] agent last year, there was a chance,” Maldini previously told Sky Sports Italia.

However, that stance seems to have now changed with Massara’s admission.

“There are many names associated with Milan, some realistic and others not,” he said in a press conference that kicked off Milan’s pre-season. “He [Aurier] is an excellent player but there are no conditions to think about him, he cannot be a priority for now.”

Massara went to state that Milan have intentions of bolstering their midfield despite the solid combination of Ivory Coast and Algeria internationals Franck Kessie and Ismael Bennacer.

Both Africans played a key part in ensuring the Rossoneri made it into the European qualification places and went unbeaten after the restart of league fixtures and Massara says reinforcements will be needed in that area as the season will be tightened due to the 2020-21 season starting a month past the usual August slot.

“Kessie and Bennacer did excellent things not only after the lockdown, but also before. They have grown exponentially, not only individually but also as a couple,” Massara continued.

“[Stefano] Pioli’s intuition of the double midfielder has made them to the great, but surely in midfield we will have to intervene to help the team in their commitments, given that the one we have ahead of us is a very long but compressed season. We are already evaluating our options.”

The new Serie A season is set to commence on September 19, however no fixture schedules have been released yet. Juventus are the reigning champions having won the title for the eighth consecutive season which is a record.