De Sciglio open to Milan departure
AC Milan full-back Mattia De Sciglio has not ruled out leaving the club at the end of the season, if it were in their best interests to sell him.
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The 21-year-old has featured in only two of the Rossoneri's last 10 Serie A matches, yet he remains a candidate for Italy's World Cup squad and could put himself in the shop window in Brazil.
Real Madrid, coached by former Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti, are reportedly monitoring his progress, and he is keeping his options open.
"I hope I do get to carry on playing for Milan and that we can get back to being more competitive, like we were in recent years, and to winning things again," he told Sky. "But you can never tell in football. If the club were to decide to sell me for financial reasons, then I would evaluate the offers which arrive."
Selling a home-grown talent such as De Sciglio is not entirely out of the question either with Milan struggling to balance their books. Despite making profits on the sales of Thiago Silva, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Pato, a financial injection from club president Silvio Berlusconi was recently needed to cover the club's losses.
Barbara Berlusconi, daughter of Silvio and in charge of the club's marketing and commercial activities, admits there is still a lot that can and must be done to boost the club's revenue.
"This is a segment which is expanding and there's still a lot to do," she told Spain's edition of Vanity Fair magazine. "There are numerous collateral activities which can generate huge profits, like the sale of shirts and sponsorships. It's not only important to win titles, but also to make money."
Selling De Sciglio this summer would be one way to make a handsome profit on a player who cost the club nothing, and is now worth in excess of 10 million euros.