Tuesday February 18 2014
Inzaghi: Future down to Milan

Pippo Inzaghi says that he realises he will one day leave Milan’s primavera, but he isn’t thinking about it now and, the club will have their say.

The 40-year-old has been working since retirement as a Coach in the youth levels of the Rossoneri and yesterday successfully took the primavera outfit to victory at the Viareggio Youth tournament.

Previously linked with replacing Max Allegri as senior Coach, the former striker was also the subject of interest last month from Sassuolo, only for Milan to reject their advances.

For the learning tactician, Il Diavolo will continue to have a say in his future.

“Milan did not want me to talk and it was closed,” responded Inzaghi on the issue once more to today’s edition of the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I have not forced anything. Milan has given me everything. I would never go against them. I have accepted a plan of work - a year with the juniors, two with the primavera.

“Faced with a major project, if Milan agree, then I would consider it. Otherwise, I will complete the plan. Milan cares also about my professional growth. When I am convinced of something, I do it regardless of everything else.

“I’m not afraid of anything, I know that sooner or later I will leave my boys, but today I do not want to imagine that. You must be joking…I’ve only just won the Viareggio.

“Clarence [Seedorf] was a teammate, a friend. One minute after the call [of congratulations yesterday] from Galliani came those from Seedorf and Tassotti.

“We have a wonderful relationship. Clarence is a great, he just needs time.

“Who is my role model on the bench? I do not forget that Mourinho phoned me to give me courage when I was injured, I did not expect that.

“But my first model remains Ancelotti. He was loved by the players.”

Inzaghi reflected on yesterday’s success with his team.

“My joy is to see them happy and especially to see them grow. The greatest satisfaction was not the Cup, but that I found a team of adults. They demonstrated desire and their availability was impressive.

“Messages of congratulations? I received a call from Galliani and also from the President Berlusconi and from Barbara. On the phone I had 150 messages.”