Away from the field for several months, Mike Maignan is back at AC Milan. And very soon, the goalkeeper will take the place left vacant by Hugo Lloris with the Blues.
Mike Maignan’s crossing of the desert seems well and truly over. Hit in a calf during the gathering of the Blues last September, the goalkeeper was prevented from playing for more than five months. Returning to business on February 26 during an AC Milan match against Atalanta Bergamo, the Frenchman has finally found the lawns, and is now aiming to recover a starting position… in the France team. A big change, certainly expected on the side of the Blues, but all the same!
Because since the international retirement taken and announced in January by Hugo Lloris (and Steve Mandanda), the place of goalkeeper is free with the Blues. And logic would dictate that it is Mike Maignan who inherits the position. Before he was injured, the former Lille resident was already a favorite in the succession of his illustrious predecessor. It probably remained so in the mind of Didier Deschamps. The latter, if he considers that the Milanese is suitable for his new mission, should select him and give his name on March 16, the date when he will reveal his list for the first two qualifying matches for Euro 2024 that France will argue.
The Champions League first
While waiting for the handover to be effective with the Blues, Mike Maignan has other closer objectives to fulfill with AC Milan. Starting with the round of 16 second leg of the Champions League that he will play this Wednesday with his team on the lawn of Tottenham (9:00 p.m.). Winners in the first leg (1-0), the Rossoneri will be looking to qualify for quarter-finals they haven’t seen since 2012. Mike Maignan will likely have a big role to play. What better to prepare for his future in the France team.