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Cairo admitted that AC wanted to sign Belotti

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Andrea Belotti was pretty close to becoming an AC Milan player but the Torino president, Urbano Cairo, insisted that he wasn’t willing to accept the offer of the Rossoneri the previous summer.

The club’s president admitted that AC Milan asked about Belotti and they were heavily interested in signing him but he insisted that he wasn’t willing to sell him as he didn’t have a release clause for the Italian clubs.

Cairo spoke about Belotti’s situation as he said, according to Football Italia:

“I had spoken to the Milan directors last year about Belotti.”

“I didn’t want to sell the player and he didn’t have a release clause valid for Italian clubs. Andrea just had an unlucky campaign, mainly due to injuries, so obviously his numbers aren’t as impressive as the last term, but he’s a player I want to relish for next season.”

“I doubt they’d ask me for him again.”

“He has this injury and can’t play. Niang had some excellent moments, such as when he replaced Belotti as a centre-forward. Perhaps that is his true role, but he can also do well as a winger.”