AC Milan are set to keep Stefano Pioli beyond this season, with the head coach putting pen to paper on a two-year contract extension at the club.
They have cancelled the previously agreed deal to hire Ralf Rangnick for the head coach job.
AC Milan Extends Stefano Pioli’s Contract
Links With Ralf Rangnick
According to the Guardian, the Italian side had reached an agreement with RB Leipzig’s Ralf Rangnick to become the club’s manager for the 2020-21 season, .
The 62-year-old German was expected to replace newly hired coach Stefano Pioli; meanwhile also taking charge of Paolo Maldini’s role as Sporting Director’s for the Italian side.
Pioli’s Contract Extended
AC Milan announced on Tuesday that current head coach Stefano Pioli was to remain at the helm.
According to Kicker, he signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him at the club till June 2022.
With the club’s recent surge in form in the Serie A, the Rossoneri have shown good faith in Pioli.
Ivan Gazidis, Chief Executive of AC Milan, said he was delighted to retain Pioli.
He said: “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.”
Technical director Paolo Maldini has also backed the club’s decision to extend the 54-year-old’s contract.
He added: “Stefano has become our coach in a very difficult moment.
“We have always maintained that it would take time to see the results of his work and we have confirmed that quality and professionalism always pay.
“He is the right man to lead the team we want: a successful team, young and hungry for victories.”
AC Milan sit in fifth place with 59 points in the Serie A after a 2-0 win on Tuesday night.
Stefano Pioli would hope to instantly reward the club’s decision by securing a place in next year’s Europa League.