Marco van Basten returned to the Stadio San Siro last night as a selection of former Milan stars defeated the Real Madrid ‘veterans’ 2-0 in a charity match played in honour of Stefano Borgonovo, who is suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
And van Basten could not shy away from commenting on the Diavoli’s poor start to the season and the difficulties that could lie ahead for new boss Leonardo.
“I must admit to being surprised by [Milan owner Silvio] Berlusconi’s policy,” he is quoted as saying in the Corriere dello Sport.
“I remember that Milan ruled the market twenty years ago. The truth is that if you don’t buy, improving the squad becomes difficult.
“If the club does not go back to spending, it’s hard to be competitive.”
Van Basten resigned his post as Ajax coach in May and many observers believe he is destined to lead the Rossoneri sometime in the future.
“I don’t know how to answer that at the moment,” he smiled.
“I don’t know what will happen in the future. But, if Leonardo will not win, it won’t be his fault.”
Milan have been conspicuously sluggish in the transfer market this summer, but did sign Dutch international striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar from Real Madrid., a move that his fellow countryman said would prove to be a success.
“He has always scored and I believe, and hope, he will do plenty here too,” said van Basten.
“After all, he is exactly what Milan need.”
Vince Masiello, Goal.com