Tuesday February 11 2020
Sabatini on Zlatan: 'Friendship never prevails in football'

Director Walter Sabatini has admitted that they tried to lure Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Bologna through his “friendship” with Sinisa Mihajlovic.

Bologna fought Milan for the former Sweden international’s signature this winter, as he decided to return to Europe after a stint at LA Galaxy in the MLS.

He has inspired Milan after his comeback for the Rossoneri and was again important when he helped them to a 2-0 lead at half-time in the Derby della Madonnina against Inter.

And despite the 38-year-old being close to another goal in the second half, the Rossoneri couldn’t cope with the intense pressure from the Nerazzurri and it eventually ended in a 4-2 defeat to their arch-rivals.

Sabatini has revealed that Bologna were hoping to bring the influential forward to the Renato Dall’Ara and used the “friendship” between the current coach and the former Inter and Juventus striker.

“He spoke to the coach,” Sabatini told ETV. “We hoped the friendship would prevail.

“But in football it’s never like that.”

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