Galliani: “Mihajlovic? Coaches all depend on results, Honda? He gives 100 percent – unlike other players…”

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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.

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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.

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Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

“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!”

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I play football in Japan and the work effort is out of this world. Honda a little slow but work ethic is on point

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There are 2 things i really like about japan: their work ethic and their porn

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galliani should take responsibility for his own mistakes of signing players, think about it we have spend 30 M on poli and bertolacci, it will be more wise to sing one good players with stable performance, not playes who played well for 6 months or a year. now they want to cash in becouse they miss CHL, and they want to sell those only players who made a change, and keeps those flops, if they sell bacca bonaventura and romagnoli donnaruma they are the only 4 players you can build a team around right now, i belive milan should sell… Read more »

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“All coaches depends on results.”
And CEOs dont, right? u bald fvck

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I agree with you ardi but I think montilvo should stay Ely and mauri should be given more playing time. These is why miha is failing he not using is young talents just to promote them to the first team and let them sit on the for rest of the season look at calbbara confident young man still on the bench after two excellent matches

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Failing? Lol how?
And your job is in question, which, for Milan coaches nowadays, it always is, would you really bet on Rodrigo Ely? It’s a great gamble if it pays off like Donnarumma. It’s a stupid and costly mistake otherwise.

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It won’t ever happen because firstly, we don’t have enough depth at RW. But why couldn’t Honda play in the center of the midfield of the 4-4-2. Last match Honda got stuck on his weak foot out wide way to much, he’s done an outstanding job adapting to that position but in the end it’s just not meant for him.

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to let miha stay or employ conte is better than employ francesco