Milan deny fresh sale talk
AC Milan's owners have reiterated that the club is not for sale after Rezart Taci revealed his interest.
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 07/10/09 2:58pm
AC Milan's owners Fininvest have reiterated that the club is not for sale.
Albanian oil magnate Rezart Taci, who withdrew with a bid for Bologna earlier this year, has revealed he would like to buy the Italian giants.
Taci says he has held talks with owner Silvio Berlusconi, but admitted he has no plans to sell his stake.
"There is a deep friendship with Silvio Berlusconi and Adriano Galliano, in addition to a collaboration program fot the future," Rezart Taci told Guerin Sportivo.
"I have the 700million euros to buy Milan and I intend to strengthen them.
"I have already talked about it with Berlusconi. He told me he didn't intend to sell, but I know that if I came into the matter he would take my offer into consideration.
"The money wouldn't be a problem. My company is used to taking on relevant
commitments and seeing them through to the end."
Taci even suggests that he withdrew from his bid for Bologna because he found out Milan could be available.
"You have to be careful of mistakes," added Taci.
"Everything was done for Bologna, but I didn't change my mind because of financial reasons.
"Did someone advise me to wait for Milan? Let's just say that as a Rossoneri fan I considered it best to be patient for a bit longer.
"Why should I mess around the Bologna fans if in the meantime a bigger door could open?"
Fininvest - who are Berlusconi's holding company - have now issued a statement that they are not looking to sell Milan or any part of the club.
"In relation to the repeated indiscretions in the press, Fininvest see themselves forced once again to deny, in the most peremptory and absolute way, that there exists any talk of sale, even partial, of their shares in AC Milan," said the statement.
Meanwhile, the club have also confirmed that goalkeeper Marco Storari has agreed a new three-year contract.
Storari has emerged as No.1 this season after returning from a loan spell from Fiorentina, holding off competition from new signing Flavio Roma.