Milan Playing the Waiting Game with Another Key Contract Renewal

Milan are focusing primarily on the extension talks with Franck Kessié these days. The directors would like to sort the situation of Alessio Romagnoli by the end of 2021 as well to avoid what happened with Gianluigi Donnarumma and Hakan Calhanoglu. But there is another integral member of the club whose contract is up in 2022: Stefano Pioli.

Top teams rarely start a season with the coach on an expiring deal, but Milan elected to go that route. The gaffer has been with the Rossoneri since October 2019. He successfully led them back to Champions League in his first full season at the helm. He has managed 90 total matches, recording 50 wins, 24 draws, and 16 losses.

According to, both parties desire to continue together. However, there is no meeting on the horizon, as the Milan brass and the gaffer are dealing with more pressing matters. Pioli currently makes €2.3M per year, plus a €500k bonus for qualifying to the Champions League. It is considerably lower than the other elite Serie A managers. He ranks eighth in the chart, behind Massimiliano Allegri (€8.5M), José Mourinho (€7.5M), Simone Inzaghi (€4M), Maurizio Sarri, Luciano Spalletti (€3M), and Gian Piero Gasperini (€2.6M). He is on a par with Sinisa Mihajlovic and Ivan Juric.

In the meantime, Milan are gearing up for the clash with Lazio. The boss has decided that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is ready to play one half, an hour tops. Rafael Leao or Ante Rebic will lead the attack when the Swedish star is not there, SportMediaset informs.