Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani says he has no regrets about hiring Massimiliano Allegri after revealing talks with Luciano Spalletti.
"There was a very secret meeting between myself and Spalletti at my house," Galliani said to Sky Sport 24 of the present Zenit boss.
"In order to not get recognised he wore a hat! Then destiny wanted things to go differently. When was this? I can't say…"
While the timing of that meeting remains a mystery, Milan opted to hire Leonardo in 2009 and Allegri in 2010.
"The idea is always the same," continued Galliani. "The most important thing is that our Coaches get the team playing well.
"It happened with Arrigo Sacchi, Fabio Capello and Carlo Ancelotti.
"Allegri did this with Sassuolo and Cagliari, that was the biggest factor. We at Milan don't just think about winning, but convincing too with a tradition of good football."
Turning to transfer matters, the Rossoneri chief was inevitably asked to comment on the Marek Hamsik rumour.
"Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis is right, we have never asked for Hamsik," Galliani noted. "We have a good relationship with him and don't want to be rude."
The Azzurri chief yesterday reacted angrily to the claims, suggesting that his club is not a shop but an expensive jewellery store.
"Yes," smiled Galliani. "That's why we are shopping at the supermarket…"
The official continued by dismissing links with Javier Pastore, Kaka, Ganso, Miroslav Klose and Rafael Van Der Vaart.
He also went into detail as to why his club wouldn't be making an offer for Fiorentina's Riccardo Montolivo.
"He would be a perfect replacement for Andrea Pirlo, but a Pirlo who plays in front of the defence," he continued.
"We want a left-midfielder and Montolivo is not one. We are looking for a player with legs, a player who is good at coming from deep."
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