Olmo’s father, Miquel: “We met with Milan when Leonardo was there but the interest has cooled, he wants to leave”

9
Dani Olmo celebrating during Spain U21-France U21 at Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore on June 27, 2019. (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)

Dani Olmo’s father has spoken about what’s next in the career of his son, claiming the midfielder feels it’s time to leave Dinamo Zagreb and he wants a club where he will play a lot.

Milan’s number one target for the attack is Ángel Correa of Atlético Madrid but the club has also been linked recently with a move for Dani Olmo of Dinamo Zagreb.

Olmo was the star of Spain U21 team in the last European competition which they won earlier in the summer, beating Florian Neuhaus’s Germany U21 in the final. It is believed that Milan Chief Football Officer, Zvonimir Boban, is a big fan of Olmo and the player’s father has stated that it would take €40m to sign Dani, who scored 12 goals and assisted 3 more in 44 games in all competitions.

“How is Dani living this great moment after the triumph in the U21 EURO’s? It was definitely the most important season in Dani’s sporting life,” Miquel said in an interview with Calciomercato.com. “Not only because of the EURO’s, but he was also elected the Best Player in the Croatian league by all the coaches and captains of the opponents. He was included in the Best XI, he won the award for the Best Young Player. He also had a great season in the Europa League, securing several important wins with Dinamo Zagreb who had not qualified for the next round for almost 40 years.

“The ending was beautiful: a great EURO’s with Spain. As you know, he hadn’t started well against Italy, we had lost 3-1 and in that game Dani hadn’t played. And after those 90 minutes there were changes, my son joined the starting XI and was able to maintain a great level; he ended up being the best Spanish scorer of the EURO’s, scoring a goal in the final and entering the Best XI of the competition. I believe, without a doubt, that he could not write a better story for his family and for those around him.

Dani Olmo and Junior Firpo celebrating during Spain U21-Germany U21 on June 30, 2019 at Stadio Friuli. (MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

“The relationship between the Olmo family and football, considering I was also a player and coach? Dani has lived this sport with great passion and participation. He started as a child with his older brother, playing on his own squad. Dani has always seen his brother as a point of reference. We are a family of sportsmen, not only have I had a professional career but also his uncle, my brother, is a coach. Dani’s godfather is an athletic trainer and he was in Italy in the ranks of Udinese. When he was very small, we always took care of making him learn other sports like tennis. Especially in the summer, when football was stopped, Dani played other sports like swimming or basketball. We always thought that he should know more than just football.

“Who is his favorite athlete? Nadal, without a doubt. Nadal is the best Spanish athlete of all time. He is an icon, a reference point for everyone. I always say that to get to the level where Dani arrived, you must have talent. But the best of Dani is in head and that’s why he has Nadal as a reference point.

Dani Olmo and Adrien Trebel during Anderlecht-Dinamo Zagreb at Constant Vanden Stock Stadiumon October 4, 2018. (JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

“The decision to leave Barcelona for Dinamo Zagreb at age 16? Making this decision, and Dani often stressed it, was the most difficult of his life. I was coaching in the Spanish second division and they massacred me, they told me I was crazy and they told me that I was ruining the career of my son, that I was responsible for it. Today everything has changed, they say that we were brave, courageous and that was the best decision; everything depends on the outcome, while I have always taught my children that in life not everything depends on it. One must be able to make choices in one’s life. Now we are very happy with how Dani is doing. Leaving Barcelona was not easy, especially if you are the captain. He was in the national team. He left to go to the best Croatian club but to a small league, it’s not easy.

“The rumours about Olmo returning to Barcelona? At Barcelona there are two schools of thought: the first is that if a player leaves he must not return, the second understands that a player like Dani may have the chance to return to a football that he knows, that created him, as an athlete and a footballer, which can still give so much. Now it’s difficult because Barcelona is a great club and this is a transcendental moment in Dani’s career. More than the size of the club, Dani needs a club with a sporting project that is based on his qualities. He must have the chance to play and grow.

Dani Olmo and Junior Firpo with the U21 EURO’s trophy at the end of Spain U21-Germany U21 on June 30, 2019 at Stadio Friuli. (MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

“If Milan is one of the possible teams for Dani? It’s true, we met Milan when Leonardo was there. I don’t know if his farewell, the change of sporting director or the fact that they couldn’t reach an agreement with Dinamo has cooled the interest. If there are no more chances with the Rossoneri? I honestly don’t know, it’s not a question for me. What I can say is that Milan is one of the biggest clubs and for any player of level it must be a pride and a chance to play with that shirt.

“If Dani will stay at Dinamo Zagreb or leave the club? Right now I don’t know, he has a contract with Dinamo. The club knows our will to leave, we believe it’s the right time. Not only for Dani’s objectives but also for Dinamo themselves, they can do a good and interesting economic operation. Dani must have the chance to go to a top-level league. There are many clubs that are interested but I cannot make names or list then out of respect for them.

Dani Olmo and Dominik Livaković at the end of Benfica-Dinamo Zagreb at Estádio da Luz on March 14, 2019. (PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

“If in Italy only Milan were interested? We had two meetings in Italy, one with Milan and one with another big club. To reach an agreement, you need to find an agreement with Dinamo Zagreb. If the assessment of Dinamo is €40m? Yes, that’s right.

“What would be the ideal league for Olmo? More than a league, we are looking for the project. What the club thinks, or the coach. We want a similar project to the one Dinamo proposed to us five years ago, but projected to the dimension that my son has conquered in the football scene.

“My son wants to play: if Real Madrid or Barcelona came arrive but without the possibility of playing then it wouldn’t be a good stage for him.”

9
Leave a Reply

avatar
3 Comment threads
6 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
5 Comment authors
deryaMilan10TedA.R.The Big Dog Recent comment authors
  Subscribe  
Notify of
The Big Dog
Guest
The Big Dog

From the article: “What I can say is that Milan is one of the biggest clubs and for any player of any level it must be a pride and a chance to wear that shirt… More than a league, we are looking for the project. What the club thinks, or the coach. We want a similar project to the one Dinamo proposed to us five years ago…” My take on it: They are throwing themselves on Milan and the fact that Leonardo wanted to sign Olmo shows he was the better sporting director. Who in the world would pick Correa… Read more »

A.R.
Guest
A.R.

While I agree with you on everything you say about Olmo, I am less inclined to dismiss Correas attributes than you are. It seems to me Giampaolo really wants Correa in the team for the way he would fit in with Giampaolos philosophy and style of play. You should not discard our Managers opinion so off-handedly as you do. That being said, I would really like to see Milan secure the signing of Olmo. I believe he is one of the purest talents out there, and I also feel that he wants to join us. The question is: Is the… Read more »

derya
Guest
derya

But why have the Rossoneri decide to focus on Correa? Because he is young, but not very young, writes La Gazzetta dello Sport. Angel Correa has a long experience with Atletico Madrid and a complicated life with many dangerous curves overcomed without going astray. The former San Lorenzo star won the battle with a tumor and lost his father and brother when he was young. AC Milan are looking for a leader and according to the Rossoneri management Correa can be one, even if he is only 24 years old. It’s true that he hasn’t scored many goals so far… Read more »

Ted
Guest
Ted

Leonardo already had two exciting players lined up, which I am sure would lift Milan to a different level – Dani Olmo and Everton Soares

Combined they would cost as much as Leao and Correa and while Leao is a mystery I am interested to see, Correa is nothing special for 50 millions

Also, the market will be soon closed, they are wasting their time waiting. They’re negotiating already a month or so and Atletico won’t lower their demand. Move on already!

The Big Dog
Guest
The Big Dog

Spot on Ted. Milan seems to like taking gamble. They have lost their bet on Silva, Rodríguez, Laxalt for 60m. If Leao and Correa doesn’t turn out good that will be 70m wasted. We may recoup some of that money but we lose the very targets that we should have signed when we had the chance. Two years from now both Soares and Olmo would be certifies world class players who nobody can afford unless PSG, Barca and the likes.

Milan10
Guest
Milan10

Olmo is young and fantastic yes and it would be great to sign him but the truth is milan mf roster is already loaded, while the st roster is still a bit lacking now that cutrone is gone. Therefore, unless one of kessie, hakan or suso leave it would be overkill to sign yet another (expensive) mf, especially when milan only have 2 st ready (no, borivaldo and castillejo aint st and andre silva is leaving).
Correa will be fantastic because hes like tevez/cassano hybrid; fast, technical, creative, decent shot accuracy. Perfect ss/3/4ista material

The Big Dog
Guest
The Big Dog

Who is this if not the infamous Milan10. Correa won’t be as good as Olmo. I told you that Cutrone was better than Silva who would be a waste. And that Calabria was the better player than Conti. You said Otherwise. Guess what Cutrone was snapped up by Wolverhampton quicker than a fought disappeares. Silva is our biggest liability. Calabria has cemented the right back position. And Conti is on his way out. Conti and Calabria have had their injury crises. But Calabria has show his qualities and intelligence. The Roma and Napoli goal will soon become something to get… Read more »

Ted
Guest
Ted

I won’t not say Correa wouldn’t be better then Olmo but in my eyes Correa is overpriced until proven differently. Olmo would be available for less and he was amazing for Spain U21 but we do not know how either of them would cope in Serie A. And Olmo is more of an attacking midfielder/winger than second striker

Milan10
Guest
Milan10

First of all, cutrone is 20m rated st wanted by wolves while silva is at least 25m rated st.
Second of all, acl injury or any other serious knee joint injuries isnt just ordinary injury. Ive mentioned several times the players whose careers had to end abruptly or otherwise decline because of it. Conti of atalanta was much better rb than calabria.
Lastly, so ur l’midtable who claimed calabria’s too big for milan, locatelli’s better than busquets etc? Lol
Before u jerk off to calabria poster tonite please remember how rashford owned him