Stefano Pioli will leave AC Milan at the end of the season after five years in charge as the Serie A giants prepare to finish almost 20 points behind rivals Inter.

Stefano Pioli will leave his post as AC Milan manager at the end of the season, despite still having a year left.

The 58-year-old is leaving the club after five years at the helm, in which he led them to the Serie A title in 2022.

Milan are guaranteed to finish second in Italy’s top flight, but trail their bitter rivals Inter Milan by a massive 19 points going into the final game of the season.

The Milan faithful will be able to say goodbye to Pioli for the last time when the 19-time Italian champions take on Salernitana in their final game of the campaign on Saturday evening.

In a statement, the club said: “AC Milan would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Stefano Pioli and his entire team for leading the first team over the past five years.

Stefano Pioli will leave AC Milan after five years in charge when the Serie A season ends

Pioli, 58, led Milan to their first Scudetto in 11 years when they triumphed in 2022

Pioli, 58, led Milan to their first Scudetto in 11 years when they triumphed in 2022

It continued: “Securing an unforgettable league title and re-establishing AC Milan’s consistent presence in Europe’s top competition.

«Stefan’s professionalism and human approach have contributed significantly to the team’s growth and have embodied the club’s core values ​​since day one.»

Pioli arrived at the Rossoneri after spells as boss at Lazio, Fiorentina and even their arch-rivals Inter – whom he managed between 2016 and 2017.

In his second season at the club, Pioli led Milan back to the Champions League for the first time in seven seasons after finishing second in Serie A.

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The following season they went one step further and won the Scudetto with 86 points, their best points total since 2006.

The following year, the club reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, but lost over two legs to rivals Inter, who lost to Manchester City in the final.

Despite the loss and their poor fourth-place finish in the league that season, the club stuck with Pioli.

However, their performances this season have left a lot to be desired, with fans in particular expressing their displeasure with the campaign.

Milan club Ultras confronted the players after they were knocked out of the Europa League by fellow Italians Roma.

Roberto De Zerbi is said to be interested in the Milan job

Roberto De Zerbi is said to be interested in the Milan job

Gazzetta have already reported that the Rossoneri are interested in bringing in Roberto De Zerbi following his decision to leave Brighton.

According to the Italian media, the possibility of joining Milan ‘fascinates’ De Zerbi and now that he has left the Seagulls, it could open the way for him to return to his native country.

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