Former Milan CEO Adriano Galliani praised Leonardo and Gennaro Gattuso, while revealing Carlos Tevez is his biggest regret.
Galliani left the club after President Silvio Berlusconi sold it to Yonghong Li, ending over 30 years at San Siro.
The pair are back working together at Serie C outfit Monza.
“I’ve been busy in January, bringing in 16 new players and selling 14,” Galliani told Radio Deejay.
“I was born and raised in Monza, went to see this team as a child, so I’ve always been a fan. I said no to a thousand clubs, but I have such infinite affection for Monza. I don’t get paid here, it’s all done out of passion.”
He has effectively now been replaced by Leonardo, the man Galliani had hired to be a talent scout and then Coach at Milan, with Gattuso on the bench.
“Milan have reinforced more than any other side in Europe during the January transfer window, as Leonardo changed the face of Milan with Krzysztof Piatek and Lucas Paquetá.
“I honestly didn’t expect Gattuso to become a Coach, as I thought his character was so strong that this career path wouldn’t work for him.
“I speak to Leonardo often, as we are friends, but I’m sure he doesn’t need my advice on the transfer market.”
When asked about his biggest regret while in charge of Milan, Galliani pointed to Argentina.
“Carlitos Tevez is the regret, as we were so close.”