Bologna director Riccardo Bigon welcomed Sinisa Mihajlovic back to the bench against Milan and confirmed they are “waiting” for Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s response.
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This is Mihajlovic’s first match back on the bench since his bone marrow transplant, having been in hospital on and off since his leukaemia diagnosis in July.
“Clearly, it means a great deal to us that the coach is back with us after four and a half months. We feel great joy at seeing him, we help him day by day to overcome various difficulties,” the director told Sky Sport Italia.
“It’s also fair to say his presence means a lot to the team in a sporting way, as well as emotional, because he really helps us to work and develop.”
Both Bologna and Milan – along with Napoli – are interested in signing Ibrahimovic as a free agent after his LA Galaxy contract ran down.
“The contact was directly between Mihajlovic and Ibrahimovic. The striker said he’d make his decision in December, we are ready and happy to discuss the situation if he should choose to take this path, but we are currently waiting to see what happens.
“It’s a complicated issue, because we had the fourth most prolific attack last season with the same forwards that we have now. The team has produced many chances, but not finished as many of them,” continued Bigon.
“Of course, there are players like Ibrahimovic who anyone would want. If we have to think of alternatives, it’s about the type of transfer, who would make way and various other things.
“Ibrahimovic is a separate situation entirely, mainly due to the rapport the coach has with him. We live in a world that thinks you can solve all problems by throwing money at the situation. Bologna spent a great deal over the summer, investing in young players who can flourish in the future and could not expect them to make the difference straight away, especially in our rather unusual circumstances.
“Having said all that, if we can improve the squad in January, then we will certainly try.”
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