Italian tactician can see improvement in youngsters.
AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri believes the club will benefit from allowing their young players to grow at the club as they will ultimately continue to improve as a team.
The Rossoneri are likely to begin the new season without any notable new arrivals aside from the signings of Riccardo Saponara and Andrea Poli.
Having decided to implement a new transfer strategy whereby they would target promising Italian talents as opposed to spending significantly in the market, Allegri believes that the squad will benefit from being relatively unchanged as they continue to develop as a team.
Milan finished third in Serie A last season and secured Champions League football on the last day of the campaign away at Siena.
However, they are hoping for a much brighter future as they continue their path towards becoming a more sustainable and potentially profitable organisation.
Allegri was first asked for his reaction to the speculation at the beginning of the summer where the media in Italy were certain that he would eventually be sacked by owner Silvio Berlusconi.
“We talked. Me, [Adriano] Galliani and the president, and we decided to continue. For me this is a new challenge,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Our advantage next season? I have a team with quality that compared to last August has the advantage of being together for a year.
“I think it will be a more balanced league, but Juventus have two championships, they bought good players and so are the favourites to win.”
Allegri went on to comment on how he’ll probably be quieter in his press conferences this season as he doesn’t want to risk upsetting his rivals. He claimed that Juventus officials have taken his jokes too seriously in the past and perhaps it would be better if he refrained from making them in future.
The 45-year-old also revealed that both Andrea Petagna and Bryan Cristante had impressed him most thus far in pre-season, but he would have to find the balance with players so young while Mario Balotelli remains a “big kid” at just 23 years of age.
It has been well documented that Milan will adopt a new formation next season as they look to re-introduce the trequartista role. Allegri revealed that he will field four offensive players at all times, while also dismissing the option of using a three-man defence that is so widely used in Serie A.