On the market rumors: “I have not taken any time and I have not dealt with other clubs. As the CEO Fenucci also explained, at the end of the championship the club proposed that we meet on June 1st to talk about the next season, leaving everyone a week free to download the tensions and toxins accumulated during the season. For me we could have seen each other even earlier: my stay or not in Bologna did not depend on other clubs. I’m not a hypocrite, if they had called Inter and Juventus I would not have refused, but I never took the time to wait for proposals. Bologna, for all that it represents for me, will never be a plan B in my head“.
On the battle against leukemia and the relationship with the city: “I am grateful to Bologna, the city, the health facilities, the citizens and the fans for the affection and support they have always shown me. But I reciprocated: the first year by offering everything my professionalism and saving the club with one foot in B, the second by doing much more on a human level. Society never questioned me when I got sick and it was great: but how many others in my place would have led the team from a hospital bed between rounds of chemo and another? I went to the bench more dead than alive. I had very low immune defenses, with a mask and spaced out from everyone I showed up at the stadium and then returned to the hospital to treat myself. I did almost crazy things for Bologna. But I don’t like having to remember that. The one between me and Bologna was and I hope it will continue to be a relationship of love. And whoever loves himself does not reproach his love, he does not measure it. I have had a lot, but I have given everything. I’ve always been a divisive man, it’s part of my nature, straightforward and often rude. But I’m not a fake. I understand that a leukemia patient unites everyone with no ifs and buts. Then when the disease is gone, you are just a football coach and maybe that arrogant asshole of Mihajlovic, also a gypsy, comes back … I do not expect unanimity, which also scares me a little. They can clap or boo me, that’s right. But know that I don’t heat a bench: if I’m still here it’s a guarantee for them too “.
On the failure to call a big one: “In Italy it is hard to give opportunities. For the top clubs, the same ones always run: you are looking for technicians who have made the cups, but if you don’t end up in those clubs, you won’t make the cups. It’s a dog biting its tail. By naming names, De Zerbi and Italiano would have deserved this opportunity “.