Zvonimir Boban admits it was ‘impossible’ for him to reject Milan, explaining he has returned to make them ‘a leading and winning club’ again.
Boban played for Milan between 1991 and 2001, winning nine major honours, and is back at San Siro to fulfil the role of Chief Football Officer alongside Ivan Gazidis and Paolo Maldini.
“I’m very happy to return to my beloved Milan and I’ll give my contribution to bring them back where they deserve to be,” he told the Rossoneri’s official website.
“Milan must be a leading and winning club because that’s the unique nature of their history, our fans and their passion.
“I’ll give my all for this cause and the Rossoneri colours. When Paolo called me to check on my availability, I jumped into my car and went to his home in Milan in the middle of the night to evaluate things.
“After talking to Ivan and the club, everything became clear. And here I am, in my city, at the club I love and in a place that has given me so much.
“I hope I can repay the trust placed in me. I would also like to thank the President of FIFA Gianni Infantino who, although he is an ‘interista’, has been a true friend and has understood that this was a call similar to the one I got three years ago.
“[It was] impossible to say ‘no’. Forza Milan!”
Gazidis added: “I am very excited to welcome Zvone back home, in our club. I am confident that, thanks to his background, experience and his skill set, Zvone will contribute significantly to the growth and development of our Sporting Area and will lend invaluable support to the club’s institutional relations with football bodies.
“Together with Paolo Maldini, I have at my side two individuals of undisputed quality and competence who are able to convey our vision and build an increasingly competitive and successful AC Milan.”