AC Milan will sell 'top players' if it misses the Champions League

Champions League qualification is vital for AC Milan and the future of some of ITS "top players", according to CEO Marco Fassone.

Leonardo Bonucci and Lucas Biglia were among the big name arrivals at AC Milan.   -  Getty Images

AC Milan chief executive Marco Fassone has acknowledged the Serie A giant would have to sell star players if it fails to qualify for next season's Champions League.

Vincenzo Montella's side sits 10th following a difficult start to the season, with a 3-2 defeat in a dramatic derby against Inter last time out marking its fourth league defeat of the campaign.

Milan - which takes on Genoa on Sunday - spent big in the off-season, with Ricardo Rodriguez, Andre Silva and Leonardo Bonucci among its high-profile additions.

However, Fassone has hinted some key players may have to be sold to balance the books should it fail to finish in the Champions League places, though he assures it would not be the end of the club's long-term project.

"It is a plan and an obligation [to qualify]," Fassone told La Stampa

"The Champions League is fundamental to our project. To miss it, however, does not block the plans.

"We will delay a year and find the system to balance the failure to enter the Champions League with the sale of one or two top players."

Milan's disappointing start has led to the pressure mounting on Montella, and Fassone did little to ease the scrutiny on the former Sampdoria boss.

"We're all under pressure," he added. 

"It is needless to think about it though. Here we have to work all in the same direction to find a way out of this.

"The spark is missing. But I'm convinced we will do it."

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