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“I don’t have the money to buy AC Milan” – TMJ backtracks on initial statement

Tunku Ismail ibni Sultan Ibrahim has squashed speculations linking him with a takeover of Italian Serie A side AC Milan, claiming that he doesn’t have the financial might to be able to do so.

Speaking to Johor DT’s official Facebook page, TMJ said: “Recently I was interviewed by the Straits Times regarding my accomplishments with JDT and other goals in life in general. 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 speculations, the answer is No. I’m not buying Milan.

Photo Credit: Johor Southern Tigers
Photo Credit: Johor Southern Tigers

“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,” he added.

This comes as a minor shift from his initial statements, with Straits Times claiming that the Regent of Johor was already plotting plans to initiate a collaboration between AC Milan and Johor DT, should the move go through.

“I’m planning to buy AC Milan but we’ll see how it goes. I love Milan and I have always loved Italian clubs since I was young… The (focus) is always JDT but if I can buy a club in Europe it’ll be AC Milan,” he was quoted as saying by Straits Times.

“Hopefully we (can) have the link with Milan and JDT in the future, who knows. And that will be direct collaboration, not just a very small collaboration. That will be very direct.”

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