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Name Zvonimir Boban
Gender Male
Ethnic Croatian
Job Croatian Football Coach
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Org Croatia National Team
Club as Player Ac Milan
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2013 11 30 Retrieve

[Zvonimir Boban on Balotelli] There’s way too much talking about Balotelli. All he has achieved in his life is sitting on the bench at other clubs. He would have been carrying the bags of players such as Marco van Basten, George Weah and Andriy Shevchenko in my days. He does not understand what it means to wear the Milan jersey. Milan will always be bigger than Balotelli. His poor attitude is only further proof that he doesn’t understand the value of playing for Milan. People like Marcel Desailly, Paolo Maldini and Franco Baresi would have slapped him for showing up late

2014 11 22 Retrieve

[Zvonimir Boban on Fellaini] Fellaini cannot play football. He seriously cannot play football. It’s unthinkable that Radja Nainggolan doesn’t play instead of him

2019 07 10 Retrieve

[AC Milan chief football officer Zvonimir Boban believes goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma will remain with the Serie A giants] [Paolo] Maldini said that we are happy to have probably the best goalkeeper in the world, surely the best talent in the world in that role. For the moment, he remains. He can change, but it is not said that he will leave

He is one of the few coaches that makes you clearly understand how he wants to play, in every situation. Giampaolo will find the right path, with the players but also with the game

2019 08 08 Retrieve

[Zvonimir Boban has repeated Paolo Maldini’s statement that AC Milan will not be able to sign Luka Modric from Real Madrid] Twenty days ago, Paolo Maldini declared that Luka Modric will not be a Milan player. But since we continue to talk about it and write about it without any basis, I would like to repeat that the best player in the world of last year will not be our player. As far as I can see, he will still be in Madrid. Obviously, it would be great to have him, but this is the only truth

[Images have previously circulated of a young Modric in Milan colours] Luka is a person and a player of the highest level. We thank him for his good wishes for next season and we are pleased that he has liked our club since he was a child, but it is right to clarify things – out of respect for our fans, too

2019 08 25 Retrieve

[Zvonimir Boban is confident that Gianluigi Donnarumma, along with Suso and Franck Kessie, will not be leaving San Siro before the deadline] We want to keep them, absolutely. I don’t want to compare the operations, let alone discuss the market of other clubs, but time and results will tell us who has worked well and who has not. In our opinion, we are doing our best considering the various problems, which are real. It will take time, but we will return to the top. We are all aware of this. The low profile [of the signings] should not be mistaken for low ambition. Did anyone know Kaka when he arrived? We are doing our best considering the various challenges. I am convinced that in the end the fans will be happy with our choices. We are not looking for senseless fireworks, like a few years ago. We need to make the most logical footballing decisions

2019 09 03 Retrieve

[Zvonimir Boban says Luka Modric remains on the books at Real Madrid because he didn’t want to leave after a bad season] He is a big Milan fan, and has been ever since he was a child, so he had the passion to join us. However, we never got into concrete talks, he didn’t want to leave Real after a bad season

[While Milan were unable to prise Modric from Madrid, they did lure his countryman Ante Rebic away from Eintracht Frankfurt on a two-year loan] He has so much character and strength. In addition, he knows how to play in different roles. He can be deployed on both flanks or elsewhere. We are happy that he is with us because he is a serious boy, who has grown technically in recent years

[Another target that slipped Milan’s net was Angel Correa, with no agreement reached with Atletico Madrid for the Argentine winger before the deadline passed] For Correa, we didn’t find ourselves on the same economic basis, and that is okay. There were also other good players that we didn’t sign. We have a good squad, we made good signings and we will see over time how well we did

[Boban admits that he would like to see changes made to the summer transfer market] It was a heavy window, I hope that FIFA will shorten the time. With the current dates, the teams and managers are stressed. Players come and go. Our strategy? Young players, but they have to be accompanied by experienced ones as well, perhaps it would be better to have a few more of those

2019 12 15 Retrieve

[Boban admits AC Milan signing Ibrahimovic becoming less likely] [Will we get] a gift from the transfer market? I don’t know. I spoke with [fellow director Paolo] Maldini, we are following several areas and we’ll see what it’s necessary to do. A dream of Ibra? I am on the same lines as Paolo. Is he becoming less likely? Yes, that’s the reality.

[Milan stumbled to a goalless draw against Sassuolo which added to the tensions as the ex-midfielder who lit up San Siro in the 90’s admitted] The party would have been better with a win today but the players did as much as they could and we deserved to win. Today was a bit tense and I couldn’t enjoy my old friends and team-mates in the best of ways, but tonight it will be nice to party with everyone who has been a part of the history of this club. I have been privileged to be part of that history

2020 01 03 Retrieve

[were humbled 5-0 at Atalanta in their final match of 2019, ending the year 11th in Serie A] I would not like to forget the horrendous and unacceptable defeat in Bergamo. Nobody on the team has to hide behind Zlatan’s very broad shoulders. We are proud to have him with us and we are sure he will give the team a great hand

2020 02 05 Retrieve

[Zvonimir Boban says Milan will be forever grateful to Zlatan Ibrahimovic as he had nothing to prove and everything to lose by returning] Ibra is a very charismatic player and he is super professional. He joined the team with a very humble approach despite he is a player with a great strength under many aspects. He had a real impact on his young team-mates and his arrival was a huge boost to their confidence. It was not easy, but he just found the perfect way to understand the delicate moment our players were going through. We will be grateful to him for this forever because he had nothing to prove coming to Milan and everything to lose

2020 02 29 Retrieve

[Chaos at AC Milan as Boban publicly slams CEO Gazidis for approaching Rangnick behind his back] Until a few days ago, I thought it was true that there were not two souls within Milan, albeit taking into account all the thousand initial difficulties, cultural differences and very different passions for the Rossoneri cause. The fact we’re having to talk about this is not good for anyone. The worst part is that this destabilising event is happening during a moment when the team is improving and you can see Stefano Pioli’s hard work. Not even warning us was disrespectful and inelegant. It was not the Milan style. At least not what we remembered the Milan style as being. The way I see it, unity means sharing, unity means respect. At the end of the day, we need that approach, it is the only way to work and feel good. We’ve already talked to Gazidis. For the good of Milan, it is certainly necessary that a meeting with the ownership happens as soon as possible.

The owners must be clear both in terms of the budget and their objectives. In essence, we must respect the needs of the club to balance the books, while the owners must respect leaving the sporting results to those who represent the history and values of a great club. At this moment, despite the efforts we made in the January transfer window, making many cuts and sales to lower the wage bill, we still don’t know what margins we’ll be working with for the summer. We were asked to lower the average age of the squad and we did that, but always maintaining the need for the right mix between youth and experience. The January transfer window shows we were right, you can see how quickly the younger players improved with more senior figures by their side

2020 03 05 Retrieve

[Civil War at Milan: Boban the first victim in Gazidis’ Rangnick revolution] Until a few days ago, I didn’t think it were true that there were two souls within Milan, albeit taking into account all the thousand initial difficulties, cultural differences and very different passions for the Rossoneri cause. The fact we’re having to talk about this is not good for anyone. The worst part is that this destabilising event is happening during a moment when the team is improving and you can see Stefano Pioli’s hard work. Not even warning us was disrespectful and inelegant. It was not the Milan style. At least not what we remembered the Milan style as being. We’ve already talked to Gazidis. For the good of Milan, it is certainly necessary that a meeting with the ownership happens as soon as possible

At this moment, despite the efforts we made in the January transfer window, making many cuts and sales to lower the wage bill, we still don’t know what margins we’ll be working with for the summer. We were asked to lower the average age of the squad and we did that, but always maintaining the need for the right mix between youth and experience. The January transfer window shows we were right, you can see how quickly the younger players improved with more senior figures by their side. But owners must be clear both in terms of the budget and their objectives. In essence, we must respect the needs of the club to balance the books, while the owners must respect leaving the sporting results to those who represent the history and values of a great club

2020 03 08 Retrieve

[Boban hits out at AC Milan dictatorship] Until a few days ago, I didn’t think it were true that there were two souls within Milan. Not even warning us was disrespectful and inelegant. It was not the Milan style. At least not what we remembered the Milan style as being

[Boban has since been given his books by the power-playing Gazidis and the Croatian has snapped back at his former boss] I wasn’t aware we were in a dictatorship like North Korea. My interview [with Gazzetta] was legally impeccable and it arrived after many questions and demands for in-house clarification went unanswered

[The former Rossoneri midfielder plans to due the club for unfair dismissal, with a three-year contract brought to an end just nine months in] They closed a deal with Rangnick in December. I can wish him all the luck in the world, but they [Gazidis] needed to tell me about this. I deserved to be informed of the initiative