AC Milan have announced that CEO Ivan Gazidis, formerly chief executive of Arsenal, has been diagnosed with throat cancer.
The 56-year-old, who stepped down from his position at the Emirates to join the Serie A giants back in December 2018, is expected to make a full recovery.
Gazidis will remain operational in his role while receiving treatment over the coming weeks and months and the South African has received the full support of his colleagues at Milan.
‘Everyone involved with the club wishes Ivan all the best for a full and speedy recovery. We are all with you,’ the club said on their official website.
In a short statement, Gazidis said he was ‘confident’ of making a full recovery and underlined the importance of regular check ups and prioritising health before everything else.
‘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,’ he said.
‘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.’
The former Arsenal chief backed Milan to have a strong summer and pre-season as they look to close the gap between themselves and champions Inter Milan ahead of the new Serie A campaign.
‘We have a strong team, both on and off the pitch,’ he added.
‘I have full faith in their ability to drive our club forward over the coming weeks.
‘See you soon and always Forza Milan.’