The Mayor of Sesto San Giovanni has said that only one club out of Inter and AC Milan would be needed to build a new stadium in that part of the city, according to a report in the Italian broadcast media.
Speaking during an interview with Sportitalia, via FCInter1908, Roberto Di Stefano explained that despite not having any direct contact with the two football clubs yet, even just one club would be allowed to make their home in Sesto San Giovanni rather than both.
“Direct contacts? No, we haven’t formally met yet. I think the problem lies with the clubs, deciding if they want to have the immediate investment or to stay in Milan. I see that there are critical issues with that.
“This is the difference between a publicly owned and a privately owned area. Just one club is enough? Sure. If Mayor Sala loses the new stadium it is because he is unable to hold back Milan and Inter who need to make the investment quickly, whether it is in Sesto San Giovanni or Milan or in another municipality.”
He explained that there are three bodies that must agree on the situation if the new stadium is to be built in Sesto San Giovanni.
“There must be three subjects involved. The municipality, the property developers and the clubs. The Municipality has given the availability and also the planning tools allow it. The PGT allows the use of the abandoned areas where a stadium with related services such as commercial activities and hotels can go.”
That suggests that should Inter and AC Milan choose to move to Sesto San Giovanni, they would be able get the work started on the new stadium in the way they want, very quickly. They are currently stuck in delays with the city council over the San Siro project.
Roberto Di Stefano also explained that it is not the first time that his municipality has been linked with the project.
“This is not the first time the name of Sesto San Giovanni has come out, in the past it has always been used more than anything else to put the Municipality of Milan under pressure but now I think they have reached a crossroads: either they take the road to Milan and deal with uncertain timeframes or come to Sesto.
“It’s a crossroads because this is an area in transformation, where many construction sites have started and the whole strategic vision is drawn today by including the stadium.”