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Milan CEO Gazidis has cancer, expects to make full recovery

July 20, 2021 GMT
FILE - In this Thursday, May 21, 2009 file photo, Ivan Gazidis speaks during a press conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. AC Milan chief executive Ivan Gazidis has been diagnosed with throat cancer, the club announced Tuesday, July 20, 2021.The Serie A club said that doctors expect the 56-year-old Gazidis to make a full recovery and that he will remain operational during his treatment. (AP Photo/Nousha Salimi, FILE)
FILE - In this Thursday, May 21, 2009 file photo, Ivan Gazidis speaks during a press conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. AC Milan chief executive Ivan Gazidis has been diagnosed with throat cancer, the club announced Tuesday, July 20, 2021.The Serie A club said that doctors expect the 56-year-old Gazidis to make a full recovery and that he will remain operational during his treatment. (AP Photo/Nousha Salimi, FILE)

MILAN (AP) — AC Milan chief executive Ivan Gazidis has been diagnosed with throat cancer, the club announced Tuesday.

The Serie A club said doctors expect the 56-year-old Gazidis to make a full recovery and that he will remain operational during his treatment.

“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,” Gazidis said in the statement.

“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.”

Gazidis joined Milan in December 2018 after occupying the same position at Arsenal in the 10 years prior.

Milan finished second in Serie A last season, qualifying for the Champions League for the first time since 2013.

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