Football-AC Milan not distracted by takeover talks, says Pioli

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(Reuters) – AC Milan will not be distracted by a possible takeover of the club and the players are focused on Tuesday’s Coppa Italia semi-final second leg against Inter Milan, manager Stefano said Pioli.

Sources said on Friday that Bahrain-based asset manager Investcorp had started exclusive talks to buy Milan.

“We haven’t talked about it and nothing will prevent us from concentrating on the semi-final of the championship,” Pioli told a press conference on Monday.

“The club is very close to us. I can say that Milan’s present is very solid and the future could be even better.”

Milan failed to take advantage of several chances in the first leg, which ended 0-0.

The neighbors are also in contention for the Serie A title with leaders Milan two points ahead of Inter, who have played one less game. Pioli said the outcome of Tuesday’s cup game would have no impact on the title race.

“We know what our path is, whatever,” Pioli said. “It’s clear that tomorrow is important because there’s a final, we’re going to do our best. But we will have to try to win every game, no matter tomorrow night.

The manager added that defenders Davide Calabria and Alessio Romagnoli could return on Tuesday.

“Calabria and Romagnoli, let’s see today, Calabria had some difficulties,” Pioli said. “Romagnoli is a little better but today will be decisive. (Matteo) Gabbia came out tired but I think he will be there tomorrow.

The winner of Tuesday’s contest will meet either Fiorentina or Juventus in the final.

(Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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