Adriano Galliani says he doesn’t think about other coaches or the transfer market and talked at length about ‘model professional’ Keisuke Honda.
Milan are heading towards the end of another disappointing season as they won’t be in the Champions League next year (they will most likely be in the EL).
President Silvio Berlusconi said that everyone is at fault for this season’s relative failure as indicating that in addition to the coach and players, the club also perhaps acted wrong on the transfer market, which is of course handled by joint-CEO and Vice-President Adriano Galliani, who the Curva Sud and many other fans consider to be responsible for Milan’s poor results in recent years.
Galliani made some brief statements to SportItalia on Friday about several topics, including the future of coach Sinisa Mihajlovic who is still playing for his future.
“Our objective is to do as well as possible over the next eight games and we also want to win the Coppa Italia,” Uncle Fester said to the Italian press this weekend. “Mihajlovic? Coaches all depend on results. Sinisa has a contract with us until 2017 and we are not thinking about other Coaches at this moment.
“Bacca? He scored three goals in two games with Colombia, all of them wonderful. He is an acknowledged hitman and always proved that, whether at Club Brugge or Sevilla. He is confirming his qualities as a great marksman. The mercato? We are not thinking about it either, because that is closed until July 1.
Galliani was also asked about Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is leaving Paris-Saint Germain this summer and naturally has been linked with Milan. Adriano simply replied with ‘Goodbye’ and left.
The Monza-born also gave an interview to Japanese outlet www.sponichi.co.jp, speaking about Keisuke Honda who has really turned his season around, becoming one of the most important players in Sinisa Mihajlovic’s line-up and finally after over a year seems settled in.
“Honda’s contract expires on June 30, 2017,” he stated. “There is no rush to renew. We will talk about it in good time and at the right moment. We will be focusing first of all on those players whose contracts expire this June. It’s rare that Milan renew a contract a long time before it expires. With that in mind, it isn’t the moment to talk about Honda’s contract. There is no reason to rush a decision that can be taken calmly.
“Honda has never asked to leave Milan. He is happy in the city of Milan and at the club. I guarantee it. Forget everything that is written in the Italian papers. A month ago I met up with Keisuke’s brother, who is his agent, and there are no problems. We agree on everything and we are happy with Honda’s performances. He is always playing and he is a permanent fixture in the team.
“I want to reassure the fans in Japan: there is no rush. We are very happy with him. He is a model professional. The Japanese are like that. They are soldiers, they are precise, punctual, professional. They always give 100%. No one at the club has a bad word to say about him. He may play one match well and another one not as well, because it’s hard to always be at your best over the course of the season, but you can rest assured he will always give his all. Honda embodies the Japanese spirit: he gives 100% in everything that he does. He chases after opponents, he battles, he never stops.
“Unfortunately, you cannot say that about other players. What Honda says in Japan is misrepresented in Italy. His comments are translated from Japanese into English and then from English into Italian… and the meaning changes. I was never angry with him for his comments. We understand that if he is critical, he does so with good intentions and not to create problems for the team or the club.
“Of course, I spoke to him after that incident, and we’re often in contact. I explained to him that if he speaks to the press in Japan he has to be careful because his words in Italy will be misinterpreted. We have always wanted to keep Honda. No one has asked about buying him. During the transfer windows, there is always contact with international agents. But when you explain to them that a payer is not for sale, generally they don’t take it further. Honda has had a very positive season.
“He has played a lot, nearly always. Let’s hope his good season can coincide with a positive end for the club too and by winning the TIM Cup. Honda is like a robot… and there is no gossip to report about him!”