No, I'm not buying Milan, says Tunku Ismail
KUALA LUMPUR: Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim has denied reports that he plans to buy Italian Serie A club AC Milan, the Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) football club owner said in a statement on Sunday.
Singapore’s Straits Times newspaper reported on Saturday that Tunku Ismail was looking to purchase the club from its current owner Silvio Berlusconi.
The report also claimed that Tunku Ismail was in the “research and discussion” stage with Milan.
However, Tunku Ismail clarified that his answer was to a hypothetical question and reiterated his commitment to JDT and development of football in Johor.
“Recently I was interviewed by the Straits Times Singapore regarding my accomplishments with JDT and other goals in life in general,” Tunku Ismail said on the Johor Southern Tigers Facebook page.
“I was also asked if I have any interest in buying a foreign club. My exact answer was yes. If I have to pick a club, it would have to be Milan.
“That’s one of my dreams. But it doesn’t mean I’m going to buy it. It’s just a club that I’ve adored since I was young. That’s all.
“So to answer any speculation, the answer is no. I’m not buying Milan. I don’t have money to buy Milan. I’m not rich like other Malaysian businessmen. I’m just a young man with a dream and big ambitions that’s all.
“My club JDT can’t even beat Kedah and other Malaysian teams. I’m not going to take Milan having to go head on with Juventus and other Italian giants. I simply dare not. My club is only JDT. A small club with big ambitions.”