Thursday June 4 2015
Mihajlovic: 'Milan adventure'

Sinisa Mihajlovic said Milan is “a stimulating adventure” and he was “never really close” to joining Napoli.

The tactician had a dinner meeting with President Silvio Berlusconi and CEO Adriano Galliani last night, but no formal announcement has been made.

The delay may well be to first convince Pippo Inzaghi to terminate his contract by mutual consent, therefore saving a legal battle and a year’s worth of wages.

“Milan is a stimulating adventure that I could really enjoy,” ex-Sampdoria boss Mihajlovic told Sky Sport Italia.

“The dinner at Arcore was informal and pleasant. At the start of the year I did not expect to be there, but we got to know each other. I’ve always had respect for them, even when I was on the other side at Inter.

“We ate well and drank even better, but that’s it. Do I feel ready for this? I felt ready last year and two years ago. I always feel ready.”

Yet a few years ago Mihajlovic said he’d never take the Milan job due to his Inter past.

“People change. When I was young, I tended to divide us and them, so I needed enemies to motivate me. I learned a lot, understood many things and gained experience.

“It’s easy to be loved at a club where you played, but an even greater challenge to convince the sceptics. I don’t know what will happen, but it’s only natural I’ve changed my way of thinking when close to 50 years old.

“Am I the new Coach of Milan? It’s not up to me. If it was up to me, then I’d have been the Coach of Milan or some other big club 10 years ago.

“You’d have to ask the directors about that. Will Milan be built around Italian players? I will reply if I become their Coach, otherwise I don’t have a crystal ball.”

Mihajlovic also denied reports he had already lined up a move to Napoli.

“I only had contact with Napoli, but was never really close to going there. People showed a lack of respect, because I never signed for Napoli.”