Milan Coach Sinisa Mihajlovic warned Philippe Mexes “has to change his attitude” and would welcome Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The tactician spoke to Mediaset Premium after a 5-1 friendly win over local side Alcione.
“We had seven or eight days of very tough training, I liked the spirit and the attitude, regardless of the result. We must put what we tried out into practice. I’m happy, but we need to improve a lot and have plenty of time to do that.
“We are Milan and must always try to take control of the game. In certain areas of the field we’ve got to play it simple, while in others we can put our talent on show. The lads are listening and that’s important.”
Mihajlovic was asked about the decision to give Mexes another contract, which was reportedly made by President Silvio Berlusconi.
“It’s not true that I didn’t want Mexes and I explained that to him. He is a player of character and did well. He has to change his attitude, but he knows that too. He can be of use, but we know that we’ll have to buy someone for the defence.”
The prime target is Roma centre-back Alessio Romagnoli, though a reported €18m offer has been turned down.
“I won’t talk about players I do not have at my disposal. Romagnoli is an important player with great potential, but he is not Milan’s.”
Miha was more open when discussing PSG striker Ibrahimovic.
“He is an important player who has always done well. We’d have to see what happens, I don’t know if he’ll leave Paris or not. That’s not up to me. I am here to be a Coach, not to work on the transfer market.”
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