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Marcel Desailly: Milan Need To Sign Leaders

AC Milan great Marcel Desailly insists his former side need to sign ‘leaders’ if they want to return to the top of the game.

The San Siro club have splashed out this summer following a takeover by a Chinese consortium, bringing in the likes of Lucas Biglia, Leonardo Bonucci and Franck Kessie.

Those signings have come as Milan look to return to the top of the European game after several seasons spent in mid-table in Serie A.

But Desailly, who won the Champions League with the club in 1993-94, believes Milan need to add a certain profile of players and warned issues may arise if they do not.

They’ve been buying quite lot of players, but it will not be enough for the next two seasons.

‘To create a foundation for the club you need leaders,’ he told Mihaaru, as reported by Goal.com.

‘You need a lot of elements to be able to get the Milan — the big Milan — of the 90s.’

Even with those doubts in mind, Desailly expressed his delight at seeing how the club have operated this summer.

‘I’m happy again,’ he said. ‘You should not be scared about money. We were scared because my former president [Silvio] Berlusconi gave up the club.

‘So we were hoping for the club to be active and now we’ve seen them.’

Milan begin their Serie A campaign with a visit to Crotone on August 20 but have already reached the first play-off round of the Europa League after beating Cracovia in both legs of the third qualifying round.