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AC Milan CEO Ivan Gazidis announces he has a curable form of cancer

Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis in the stands at Anfield (Photo by Mike Egerton - PA Images via Getty Images)
Mike Egerton - PA Images via Getty Images

AC Milan informed their fans of Ivan Gazidis’ diagnosis with an official statement published on their website. They also published quotes from a direct message they received from him, reassuring them that he would completely recover.

Of course, there is never a good time for a diagnosis of cancer. But I have a very curable form of cancer and a positive diagnosis. I have world class medical expertise, and the support of so many loved ones and everyone at the Club, and I am confident based on all advice that the cancer will be treated successfully, with a full recovery. My diagnosis demonstrates the importance of regular medical check ups, even if you don’t have symptoms.  I would encourage everyone to prioritise their health and to make sure, even in the day to day obligations of life and work, that they have their regular medical checkups.”

We have a strong team, both on and off the pitch and I have full faith in their ability to drive our Club forward over the coming weeks. See you soon and always Forza Milan.

Gazidis’ message to the entire AC Milan community

However, Gazidis will remain operative as he is treated at specialized clinics. AC Milan’s owner Li Yonghong, club president Paolo Scaroni, and the club management have offered him their full support.

His influence on AC Milan and World Soccer

English Football fans will recognize Gazidis for his role as the ex-chief executive of Arsenal. Gazidis spent a little over 10 years at the club. He was a valuable member and helped recruit former club manager Unai Emery after Arsene Wenger’s retirement. Gazidis joined AC Milan at the end of 2018, after which he gained promotions quickly. In his first season as club CEO, the team finished 5th, which was their best result in over five years. Gazidis is an instrumental part of the team’s signings, the latest of whom could reportedly be Philippe Coutinho.

Gazidis is an Oxford graduate and also a part of Major League Soccer’s founding management team. In 2001 he took over as the deputy commissioner of the MLS and oversaw the league’s strategic and business decisions as the President of its marketing arm.

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