"But for now, I am doing my talking on the pitch."
He added: "I am now more centred. I've learned to separate my true friends from the hangers on. I have grown, matured.
"If people want to boo me, so be it. I know the true fans of Milan are those that cheer us from the first minute to the last."
Asked about the race for the Scudetto, Gilardino said: "Milan are as strong as Inter. Then there is also Roma. After that, you must look at Juventus and Fiorentina. It will be an open championship, rich in emotion."