Date: 22nd June 2021 at 9:09am
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After almost ten years of troubles, 2020 was the beginning of a new decade and, seemingly, a new era for AC Milan. Led by Stefano Pioli and driven on by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and others, I finally started to look as though they have what it takes to compete in again.

Ibrahimovic’s mid-season arrival in January 2020 sparked a resurgence. Pioli’s side were one of the form teams in the second half of the 2019/20 season, and that carried into 2020/21, possibly helped by the shortened off-season.

Crowned winter champions and eventually ending the season second only to city rivals Inter, there was every reason for fans to be excited about what the club were building, spearheaded from upstairs at the Stadio by Paolo Maldini.

Loose threads

Despite the excitement about the rebuilding project, there were some loose threads that needed to be resolved before the summer’s and, unfortunately for Milan, they weren’t.

played more minutes than anyone for them last term, and accumulated the fifth-most minutes, but both are now on their way out of the club.

The Italian goalkeeper’s future always looked likely to be away from Milan, particularly with Mino Raiola’s handling of his renewal talks. Having insisted on a higher salary time and again, eventually said enough was enough and refused to go any higher. He’s now likely to join Paris Saint-Germain.

Calhanoglu, though, saw more optimism around his situation as the season neared an end. Again, though, no agreement was found and he has confirmed that he’ll join Inter on Tuesday.

Losing two players of such importance won’t be easy for Milan, and Ibrahimovic is going to be another year older with injuries having already been a problem.

Pioli might have yet another rebuilding project on his hands next season.