Milan President Silvio Berlusconi has seemingly conceded defeat in trying to sign Pep Guardiola to the club for next season.
The Spaniard is on a year-long sabbatical from the game after a trophy-laden spell in charge of Barcelona, but did admit on Monday of his intention to return to the game for 2013-14.
However, whilst he has been linked with a host of clubs including Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, Milan have seemingly slipped by the wayside.
“The chances of him arriving are very low,” admitted Berlusconi in an interview to Antenna 3 today.
“I’ve always wanted to take him to Milan because Barcelona have played the best football over these years.
“I contacted him, but he wanted to take a sabbatical. He showed his admiration for Milan and Lake Como, where I offered him a nice house, but right now the chances of him going to Milan are very low.”
Even so, the President was less-than forthcoming when given the chance to suggest that the club will keep Massimiliano Allegri in charge for next year.
“A President must always tell the truth. Therefore, let’s go to the next question…”