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Dumped AC Milan director Boban: I'd speak out again; we've been proved right

Zvonimir Boban insists he has no regrets over his work at AC Milan.

Boban was pushed out of the club after criticising chief exec Ivan Gazidis for his approach to Ralf Rangnick to replace Stefano Pioli. Pioli has since signed a new two-year contract after Milan's revival since the Serie A restart.

Asked if he regretted his outburst, Boban declared: “Absolutely not, I'd do it all again. I wouldn't have been able to recognise myself in the mirror if I didn't. Personally, I am happy that many of the decisions we made that were contested and at the time not entirely understood have proved to be correct.

“Now everyone can see that our choices, which were made amid a thousand difficulties, were not in vain and we do have the foundations for a real Milan squad.

“Not many people have the patience to wait or understand that football takes time. I hope those who are still working at Milan can complete the job and respect the greatness of our club's history."

Among the decisions made by Boban and Paolo Maldini there was also the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who now looks set to sign a contract extension, having been ready to walk away if Rangnick had been hired.

“After last summer, I said we needed at least two experienced players," explained Boban. “With Ibrahimovic and Simon Kjaer, as well as the explosion of Ante Rebic, Milan became far more mature and self-confident. Consequently, almost all the other players were also transformed for the better.

“I had already asked in February to extend Ibra's contract. We had a gentleman's agreement with him: the promise was that if he wasn't in shape, he would choose to retire. I was sure there'd be no problems, as Zlatan is fully aware of what his body can do. Let's just say that at that time, we could not do the contract extension…

“Ibrahimovic is a genius, a force of nature, and he still makes the difference. It's fundamental that he remains at Milan for at least another year.

“The whole team improved with him around. Just look at Rafael Leao, an extraordinary talent, but someone who needed a guide, and you can't get better than Zlatan. This is why we should always thank and respect Zlatan."

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