Roma have cancelled their preseason training camp in Pinzolo, fuelling speculation that Milan will withdraw from the Europa League.
The camp was scheduled to take place between June 29 and July 7, with Roma starting preseason early due to their participation in the Europa League second qualifying round, which kicks off on July 25.
However, the Giallorossi announced on their official website: “Following discussions between the new coach Paulo Fonseca, the football staff and the club’s senior management, a decision has been taken to postpone the start of preseason, due to the ongoing uncertainty over the date of the first competitive fixture of the 2019-20 campaign.”
CEO Guido Fienga added: “First and foremost, we want to sincerely apologise to those Roma fans who have already made plans to follow us throughout the training camp, and all the people of Pinzolo.
“This was not an easy decision to take but following discussions with the coach and the football department, it has been decided to postpone the start of preseason preparations to ensure our players are in the best possible shape for the first game of the new campaign.
“We understand the inconvenience this will cause fans who had booked travel and accommodation in Pinzolo to attend the training camp and we are looking into what we can to do alleviate the disappointment this late cancelation has caused.
“We also apologise to the town of Pinzolo, to the tourist board of Pinzolo/Madonna di Campidoglio, to Trentino Marketing, and all those who had prepared everything for our arrival in record time in order to be able to accommodate our players, staff and fans.
“Trentino is a long-standing partner of AS Roma, and we sincerely hope we are able to come back very soon.”
Tuttomercatoweb speculates this is linked to Milan possibly giving the Lupi their place in the Europa League group stage.
The Rossoneri want to take a year out of European competition so they have more time to balance their books.