Tuesday June 18 2019
Sabatini: My final challenge

Walter Sabatini says Bologna will be ‘my final challenge’ after being unveiled as their new technical coordinator.

Sabatini will oversee the technical areas of Bologna and sister club Montreal Impact and brings with him a vast amount of experience, having previously worked at the likes of Lazio, Roma, Inter and Sampdoria.

“This is my final challenge,” the 64-year-old said at a Press conference.

“It was very generous of Joey Saputo to call me a legend. Someone pointed out that I put on a tie, but for me it’s a day of celebration.

“I believe Bologna’s the best city for me to live well and achieve sporting success. I was convinced by Bologna’s performances in the second half of the season.

“Our objective is to transform the exceptional into ordinary and, if we succeed in doing so, that’ll be wonderful. I’d like everyone to feel comfortable working with me.

“Sinisa unleashes adrenaline in players, which can change them for the better. He’s also life insurance for us.

“He’ll take the players who arrive, and will arrive, by the arm and accompany them. He’s shown that already.

“We want to create a parallel market between Bologna and Montreal Impact so we can finance the first team here. And we’ll succeed in doing so.”

Sabatini then discussed the state of play with regards to Juventus loanee Riccardo Orsolini, midfielder Erick Pulgar and striker Mattia Destro, as well as accidentally revealing a deal for Sint-Truden’s Japanese defender Takehiru Tomiyasu.

“Players young and old will come in. We absolutely want to keep Orsolini. Tomorrow the terms for our option to buy expire and we’ll have to meet his camp.

“We’ve already invited him to Casteldebole [the club’s complex] to review his contract. We also want to keep Pulgar at all costs.

“He scored for his national team, but who marked him, our Japanese player? Ah... we can’t announce him yet.

“I signed Mattia when he was 22 and it was a perfect deal. I’m ashamed of what’s happened to him at Bologna.

“I’m ashamed because he’s lost momentum, his ruthless streak and confidence. Certainly won’t just throw him away and we’ll handle him in the best possible way.

“Mihajlovic will decide, he has the keys to this house and we’ll trust his evaluations.”

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